FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Eric Myrieckes
1218 Castleton Rd
BLACK PEARL BOOKS, INC. ROBS ERIC MYRIECKES OF ROYALTIES, RUINS AUTHORIAL NAME, AND INFRINGES ON COPYRIGHT
(Cleveland,Ohio,August16, 2006) The defining moment in every aspiring author’s life is when the first publishing contract arrives. That day happened on June 22, 2005, for Eric Myrieckes, author of Street Games; however, signing a 3- book deal with Black Pearl Books defined the beginning of his novelist career disastrous.
Myrieckes’s publishing agreement specified that Black Pearl Books” shall edit and proofread” his manuscript. A layman can tell that Street Games does not meet the most rudimentary editorial and proof reading principles. As a result of Black Pearls contractual breach, Street Games went to press mangled: hundreds of misspellings; hundreds of missing words from sentences; quotation marks missing from dialogue; obvious punctuation missing; capital letters fail to begin some sentences; ect..” I don’t have any idea of what happened. Maybe they used cheap conversion software. My manuscript was in excellent condition compared to the finished book. The errors in the book doesn’t reflect my manuscript,” says Myrieckes. When Myrieckes learned of the atrocity, he immediately sent Felicia Hurst- President of Black Pearl Books- a cease and desist notice that revoked his authorial rights. From that moment on, Hurst became quarrelsome then ended all communication.
Black Pearl Books has refused to reveal the print run count refuses Myrieckes’s phone calls, and returns his mail to sender.“ Black Pearl is very unprofessional and uncooperative. Ms. Hurst is recklessly violating my rights, infringing upon my copyright, and has ruined my credibility as an author through the exploitation of STREET GAMES,” says Myrieckes. Once the negative reviews came pouring in on Amazon.com
., pointing out the editing catastrophe, Hurst contacted Myrieckes- via mail- on March 9, 2006, to dissolve their publishing agreement. However, Hurst maintained that she would continue to exploit STREET GAMES- against Myrieckes’s will- and pay him royalties according to the pay schedule specified in the contract.“ Well, according to the contract, I was to have been paid in June of this year. To date, I haven’t received even a notice as to why I have not been paid. Ms.Hurst continues to refuse my phone calls, my publicist’s phone calls and returns my mail concerning this issue as she has with the others,“ says Myrieckes.
Myrieckes believes that he is being fleeced of his royalties, black balled and taken advantage of because he is incarcerated and cannot effectively deal with this dispute. Myrieckes encourages whomever to email him if they have advice or can help him to resolve this matter. He also warns aspiring authors to thoroughly
Research small publishing houses before entering into a publishing agreement or it’s likely that you’ll end up with a pseudo-publisher like Black Pearl Books.