I signed with Dip Publishing on March 19, 2012 to publish my book, The Diary of the D.C. Sniper. The book can be found online in hardcover, paperback, nook, kindle and on Itunes. However, to date, I have not received a penny since its publication in August, 2012.
Argus O. Milton is the CEO of Proxvoice Management, the alleged "parent" company to Dip Publishing. This company is non-compliant even as of this moment in Georgia. Their registered agent, is Douglas Martin. When contacted, Mr. Martin knew nothing of this company and wanted nothing to do with Argus Milton, his former partner.
Dip Publishing, which is the name that appears on the back of my book, is not a publishing company at all. In fact their address is a tiny post office box in Marietta, GA. The box is the smallest one you can rent. You cannot even fit my book inside their PO BOX, which is 367 if you wanted to know. [continued below]....
Mr. Milton has been contacted over 100 times regarding his inability to reimburse me for an interview CD mastering job which was supposed to be paid by August 1, 2012. That never happened either. He breached that contract as well. So the Interview with the D.C. Sniper, available online as well, I have never received a nickel from any sales or been reimbursed for my time in mastering it.
Dip Publishing has a "set schedule" to pay its authors royalties, yet at least 3 known authors have not received any royalties. I am one of them. The others will remain nameless for various reasons, but the song is still the same. Argus Milton pretends that his Keller (Devry University) MBA will prove him to be a legitimate businessman, but right now all he amounts to is a conniving crook. He has taken money from me, amounting to several thousand dollars and breached at least 2 agreements.
What I do not like is that Proxvoice Mgmt and/or Dip Publishing is using my name, brand, reputation and title to lure other authors into this scheme. They have little out of pocket costs since they only order from Engram (sic) publishers when a sale is taken. They do not actually publish the book, they are a middle man operation with 3 employees.
According to the Secretary of State's own website, Argus Milton is the CEO, his sister, Audra Milton (or some relative to him) is the Secretary and Christy Covington is the CFO. I have never seen any of these people. When you call the number on www.dippub.com's
website, you get an answering machine most of the time. Argus says the reason that my royalties have not been paid is because of issues with "accounts receivable or payable."
Really? How can the CEO of a company that is actually a first floor apartment building where Argus Milton lives, run by a relative and one other person, not have money to pay me? What is worse, this is dragging on and on.
Some would say, "Take them to court!" Well, it costs lots of money to take a broke company to court and even if you won, you'd lose even more money.
So in conclusion, avoid this company at all costs! I am the co-author to a book that took 7 years of research, writing, correspondence and interviews to get and they ruined it all. They never did any marketing, never even got one book signing, never promoted the book to "their best efforts" and are a sham of a company.
I have held out as long as I could but I don't want others to fall into this trap of Dip Publishing. What does any author gain by telling the world that their own "publisher" is a scam artist? Nothing, exactly. So avoid Argus O. Milton, his MBA, his non-compliant company, his registered agent who wants nothing to do with him and his "legal team" at firstname.lastname@example.org - yeah right.
This company is in business alright, it is in the business of embezzling funds and scamming its authors out of thousands of dollars. It also breaches contracts, does not return phone calls and admits to wrong doings in emails only to never rectify them - rather making ridiculous excuses.