I entered several poems on poetry.com a then received a letter from Howard Ely,managing editor for International library of poetry.
He mailed me a certificate for the Editor's Choice Award, and a uthors proof copy of my poem "My Great Mother" for me to look over and sign. Along with a offer to buy the book Immortal Verses that my poem was going to be published in.
He said that my poem would be on a whole page by it's self and that for $25.00 I could have my bio on the page next to it. Also, for another $25.00 I could get a slip cover personalized with my name in gold.But each item had it's own $8.00 shipping and handling fee.
So, there's the special authors price for the book of $49.95 plus $8.00s&h,then $25.00 for the bio,plus the $25.00 for the slip cover plus the $8.00 s&h fee for that. Then I get a second letter asking could they put the same poem of mine "My Great Mother" on a track of a 3 cd set with 33 other poets. The 3 cd set is called the Sound of Poetry,and each poem gets it own track and is read by a professional reader.
He also said that I could get a special authors price for this to at $49.99 plus $8.00s&h. Also, he offered me a commemorative plaque to present my poetry in a formal fashion,that this is a impressive way to exbit my work.(His words not mine.)
The price of this plaque was $39.99plus $8.00s&h fee. Well now there is no nothing and i've found out since that the book Immortal verses was to come out in fall 2006. I didn't even enter my poems till august 2007,received the letters the end of september,2007 and now it's almost november,2007 and nothing but charges on my credit card, can't get no one to help me, or even get a hold of any one at poetry.com or International library of poetry.
I've called and emailed and anything else i can think of. my credit card company said i had to contact the place of business before i can even begin to dispute the charges.
Please some one has to help me! Plus all the others they are doing this to. I feel like a BIG FAT FOOL... I know I'm not the only one they have done this to,even if they wasn't as stupid as me to send them credit card info they were still violated for their poems,and work that came from the heart.
These people are playing with peoples hopes,dreams, and feelings...
PLEASE HELP US???
New Madison, Ohio