Hello fellow poetic artists, it seems as if people will go to the other side of the world to avoid us; that is of course after we have given them our ceative works & MONEY!
I feel very silly being taken in so easily but, I was going to be published, dream come true. Now a very unfortunate nightmare.
I have kept all communication including: e-mails, letters, "Editors Choice Awards", certified mail stubs(so I know they have recieved them)check stubs. I can even whip out the phone bill to prove that I have definitely called on more than one occasion without a single response nor a dime returned to me.
I was first told in Feb 08 that I was being published, of course I was thrilled & ordered an "Anthology" straight away. Again in May they sent me notification that I was also indeed choosen for the publication of " The Best Poets & Poetry of 2007" & I should submit a new work right away for that publication.
Well of course I got the "Editors Choice Awards" for both poems. But, then strange things started to occur. I was sent an artists proof for the 2nd poem for both Immortal Versus which I was supposedly already being published in & another 1 for the same poem for " The Best""""""""" I returned them both. Then on the same day I recieved e-mails saying my original poem that was selected to be published was not choosen, and (the same day & following days) I recived and am still recieving e-mails stating that this work is scheduled to be published in "Immortal Versus" well, I recieved 2 books that week ( they do not look nearly as grand as they are made out to be) and to my intrigue the book was named "Collected Whispers" & my 2nd poem was in it.But, still getting the e-mails that my first poem is being published in the above said "Anthology".
They also said I was a finalist for POET of the YEAR & I am cordially invited to attend a 4 day symposium in Las Vegas at the end of July 08. Well not having these books yet or strange e-mails I put down the $75.00 deposit. The total cost is approx $600.00 plus all your travel, hotel, as well as other travel needs. When I wrote the certified letter to Mr. H. Ely (he lie) dated they recieved it on 6/9/08 BTW NOT signed by Mr. Ely even though it was specifically addressed to him, I stated the sums of money I had payed with the checks from my bak statement.
In the ammount of 172.95 just for the books of which I have recieved 58.oo worth. Also, they still have not refunded my 75.oo deposit for the Las Vegas mouse trap which I insisted upon immediatedly. The funniest thing about the whole situation is they said I oowe them $40.00 for the books, what a joke!!!!
Well soon I am happy to say Joke on you Mr. HE LIE Opps H. Ely
Fort Gratiot, Michigan