Marbol Publishing Marty Boltres Unprofessional, ill-mannered, narrow-minded, dishonest, not worth the time of any freelancer, author or customer in Grand Rapids Michigan
If there ever was a vicious and narcissistic editor/owner of a publishing house, this man would be that exact persona. Mr. Marty Boltres treats any freelance writer like a pawn in his own global chess game of self-profit, worth, and ignorance. One freelance writer, in fact, inquired about writing for him and his publishing house for a new magazine and only several months later finally received at least some kind of response.
No harm there as that's typical with the publishing business -- but he adds insult to injury, contracting an article to be written, receiving it, and then reportedly emailing on a couple of occasions that the payment is on its way via check (even though it was established that an invoice can be paid directly online for convenience). Flash forward a full month later, and the freelancer still hadn't received any payment only to then receive a call from Mr. Boltres to inquire about whether or not that was the writer's best work, as it wasn't to his standards due to the fact that there were no quotations from 'reliable' sources.
Also bear in mind that the sources given by Mr. Boltres (and, yes, he gave actual sources to research) were literally of no help, forcing the freelancer to have to do research independently (not that the writer required any sources from Mr. Boltres at all), only coming up with speculative notes and insights from other well-known sites, information that doesn't necessarily need to be cited or quoted as part of industry knowledge or trends. That still gave Boltres cause to berate, judge and belittle the writer, and yet still say that payment will be sent regardless.
Although that one statement suggests professionalism in paying a writer for hard work (albeit unsatisfactory according to Mr. Boltres' standards), flash forward yet again another week to two weeks, and the writer still hadn't received any check for payment. As with any professional standard, the writer emailed for an update, addressing the concern, especially given the fact that more than a month ago, the writer was notified that the payment was on its way. Unfortunately, Mr. Boltres' immediate response was nothing short of damaging:
He responded with a threat to not pay the invoice at all if the writer even suggested anything about the writer's own opinion of the work at all, not to mention berating and belittling the writer further, stating that the writer having claimed to have a professional background was nothing more than a misrepresentation, and couldn't be further from the truth. Again, belittling, berating, slandering and causing emotional distress.
Whether you're a customer, freelancer, author, writer, or whoever associating with Mr. Boltres' business in the publishing industry, it's clear -- he doesn't deal with people well, may have personal issues taken out on those around him, and shouldn't be in the business at all. Steer clear of him.