Novelist: K. J. Keller

Author of: The Butterfly Clinic, Chapter Closed, ABC Safari

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'Chapter Closed' has a publisher! SBPRA Publishing

Posted by Kathy Jo Keller on August 7, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Hi everyone,

Thank you all for your ongoing support of my writing efforts. It's been a long time coming, but 'Chapter Closed' has a Publishing House. Although most of you post your comments on FB, or contact me personally, I will continue to post my 'group updates' on the blog. :)

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Reply Peter Damen
9:26 AM on August 17, 2011 
Hi Kathy,
The books looks very promising, I'm sure to be one of your first readers of 'Chapter Closed' !
Reply Kathy
6:04 AM on August 18, 2011 
Hi Peter,
Thanks for the post. I'll be posting the date of the book launch soon. Cheers, K
Reply Jack Kays
4:44 PM on October 22, 2011 
I recently inquired to SBPRA in reference to publishing my book.
There was one question they seem unable to address.
"Will my book be available to buyers from, Wal Mart, Targets, and other walk in books stores/'
Was that question satisfactory answered for you!
Reply Kathy Jo Keller
2:38 PM on October 23, 2011 
Hi Jack,
That question never came up for me, so I don't have an answer for you .. sorry. From the moment of being invited to send the manuscript until this moment, I am very happy with the customer service and professionalism of SBPRA. I live in Europe and we don't have 'Walmart, Target or other walk-in bookstores' only real bookstores that would be comperable to the American version of Barnes & Noble and the like. Thanks for stopping by. Chapter Closed should be available online and in local bookstores JANUARY 2012. (actual bookstores, not book sections of general stores)...Cheers, K
Reply Martin
7:14 AM on February 4, 2012 
Hi Kathy,
I have just recieved a proposal from SBPRA to publish my book. How have you found them? I live in Ireland and would like to know what the distribution and marketing is like from them. Best of luck with 'Chapter Closed.'
Reply Rory
3:47 AM on February 14, 2012 
Hi Martin, I'd be interested to know too. I just got their email, and figured out that it was because I'd replied to an ad of theirs when they were called Writers Literary Agency over three years ago. Seemed like a scam then - and certainly not 'proper publishing' - and I can't see anything in it that's changed my mind. Companies don't just publish unknown authors for no reason.

Here's a link (it's at the bottom):

http://www.sfwa.org/for-authors/writer-beware/alerts/

I'm going to google some more...though I do hope it's all worked out for the author of this page...
Reply Kathy Jo Keller
1:38 PM on February 14, 2012 
Hi Rory & Martin,

This is my second book that I've published. The first book was self-published, the second was picked up by SBPRA. I am extremely happy with SBPRA as my publisher. The timing was a bit off as everything happened around the holidays. This was mostly due to my being a teacher and requesting that everything be done during my 'relaxed' time.

In today's literary world of POD's, Self-pulishing, Blogs, etc... you can imagine that most publishers won't offer the '3-book deal' bit to unknown authors, with a promise of fame and fortune. Those days went out in the late 80's.

SPBRA has three components: 1 = self publishing, 1 = contracted publisher. Both options are on a POD base in the beginning stages. If you send your ms. and they don't like it, you can 'self publish'. If you send your ms and they do like it, then they will pick you up as a client, design your cover and promote your book. Are there processing fees? yes, of course, but that is with every publisher. You are getting confused with agents and publishers.

It is a 'scam' if an agent asks for money, as they only get commissions from a publisher when the have sold your '3-book deal'.

If you are picked up directly by a publisher (POD or 1,000 or so bulk print copies up front) you need to expect publishing expenses and costs. These will be noted in a contractual agreement.

As far as contractual agreements, I find SBPRA to be very fair, reasonable and competitive with the current market. I will say that their final product is excellent. I'm very pleased with my cover design. After the first draft, I offered a few suggestions that were incorporated at no charge.

As for the marketing and advertising...all publishers will list your book with all the majors (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc) as for additional marketing, that is always something that the author pays for....either up front or as a percentage of the contract. (Publishers need paid, too, right?)

All in all I am 100% positive and pleased with SBPRA,
They just created an awesome promo vid-clip for you-tube.
If you want to see great marketing quality, go to google and type:
Chapter Closed, K. J. Keller.
Hope this helps and good luck with your publishing endeavors.
Cheers, Kathy
My book launch was this past Saturday, to a sold out theater of 90 people.
Reply jo Birch
7:34 AM on March 1, 2012 
Hi, I have just been sent a publishing offer from sbpra which I was very pleased about but I have scince read a lot of bad press about them saying that thay do not pay the royalties and you have no proof of book sales. Does anyone know if this is true
Jo
Reply Ghost
4:33 PM on March 15, 2012 
To better answer your question, Jo, SBPRA and WL Writers agency are still one and the same. They are still on the list as one of the 20 worst agencies. Run. Find a real publisher.

My deepest sympathy goes to all those who have mistakenly fallen into the trap.

To learn more, check the forums at absolutewrite.com. This is an excellent site where writers help writers.
Reply Kathy Jo Keller
1:10 PM on March 16, 2012 
Hi " Ghost",
I am sorry that you have had bad experiences with publishers and perhaps you also have had difficulties with my publisher for some reason of miscommunication. All I know is that i am happy as can be with the quality, service and promotion of my novel by SBPRA publishing group. I also prefer to keep my website positive and encouraging for new authors, as I am also a creative writing and English ESL teacher. So, all I can say is look at the rest of my blogs and events page and photos to see that I am experiencing a great time as a published author, with many local booksignings and media attention due to the excellent marketing package, author press release, author promo book-video trailer and tweets/retweets of all my signings.

All of this extra effort, from the excellent team at SBPRA, has been worth its weight in gold. Good luck with your future publishing endeavors and trust me, no matter who you end up with as a publisher, somebody, somewhere on the planet will have had a less than perfect experience with your publisher of choice. (and they will probably choose to vent on your website.)

I'm sorry that you are jaded and obviously have issues with my publisher, but I would like to respectfully request that you take the issues up with the SBPRA help desk rather than 'raining on my parade'.... I wish you well. K
Reply Audrey Davis
1:04 AM on July 1, 2012 
Yes, you're having a good time during your honeymoon. Check back in a year or so, Kathy, and let us know if you're still as pleased with SBPRA then as you are now

A little experience will change your mind.

Robert Fletcher is a con man. He's never been anything else. He's not going to change any time soon. He'll be super nice to you and tell you anything you want to hear as long as he thinks you still have some money in your bank account. That's what con men do for a living.

Bottom line: You'd been scammed.
Reply Gary E
11:14 AM on July 9, 2012 
@Kathy

I'm so sorry you have been taken in by Mr. Fletcher. No one is raining on your parade. They are simply trying to educate you and help you avoid spending more money on a man who has taken advantage of newbie writers like yourself. If you follow these links you can read about the ongoing lawsuit against Mr. Fletcher filed by the State of Florida. Read in particular the section entitled "General Allegations". I urge you to contact the State of Florida attorney general and provide him with your story. Perhaps eventually you will be able to get back some of the money you have paid.

Link to the lawsuit announcement:

http://www.myfloridalegal.com/newsrel.nsf/newsreleases/0CA04161DA
4BE29C8525762600550D21

Link to the filed document:

http://myfloridalegal.com/webfiles.nsf/WF/MRAY-7VJLSY/$file/Write
rsLiteraryGuildComplaint.pdf

Good luck.
Reply Editchick
11:26 AM on July 11, 2012 
Run far, far away from this publisher. You will end up paying through the nose with no results. This company has a long, long history of scamming authors, and I'd hate to see you get sucked into it.
Reply Kathy Jo Keller
2:33 PM on July 11, 2012 
Dearest,"Editchick", Ghost, Audrey & Gary
You can only be taken by someone if you allow it to happen. I would never consider investing money into something I was not 100% certain of. And neither my ego nor confidence has ever been large enough to consider dropping boatloads of money into a marketing venture for my novels.

I look at it this way. I had sent my novel to all the 'major leagues', and unfortunately, it was not picked up. Various reasons, I'm sure as authors you have heard them all: bad economy, not taking new authors at this time, not a 'fit' with our market, and my personal favorite: 'We really liked it, we just didn't love it'!

I laughed and said---okay! I knew my novel was good, great actually, and a fun and quirky read, and I wanted it published this decade....so, I started sending out my 'pitch' to the 'minor league' publishers. Behold, I was picked up!

I read all of the optional packages that were available for purchase, but, perhaps because I teach a media and advertising unit to my students, my 'buyer beware button' was activated. Long story short: I did not purchase anything, therefore, I am out nothing.

In my opinion, the publisher is doing what they said they would do. They said they would deliver a professionally printed book with an eye-catching cover... and they did exactly that!

If the public is not buying your books, even though you paid the publisher's 'marketing division' to place it on the 'book fair' trade tables, I fail to see how this is a 'scam'. It only proves that paid marketing is not the best way to promote your novel. I personally prefer booksignings and mouth-to-mouth advertising. And I am being honest when I say that I don't care if I sell 100 or 1,000,000 copies this year. I write because I love to write. I publish because it is fun to have others read what I write.

As for the 'waiting for royalties' drama.... I purchase my books at author price in bulk orders of 100 books at a time. I personally meet & greet the book shop owners, promote my own book, set my own price and keep all the profits at the moment of sale.

Yes, I have read all of the 'hype' surrounding the lawsuit of this publisher. I will wait until all the dust settles and if it falls on the negative side, I will place my novel with a new publisher. Simple as that.

I'm sorry if you invested money in the 'marketing division' that you regret investing, but, I would prefer in the future that all of you keep your angry rants on your own blog. I played safely and wisely and I have no regrets.

I have a great finished product that I am proud of, a lovely promo-video clip, and have enjoyed many hours of pleasure at booksignings around Europe.

Best of luck to all of you in your future writing endeavors.
Cheers, K
Reply ALI SHAABAN JUMA
7:27 AM on October 3, 2012 
I am journalist based in Zanzibar, Tanzania , I am looking forward submitting my book proposal to SBPRA after contacting them but I'm in a dought following report that the publisher is a scam will you please give me your experince on them especially how you receive your may, what percent they offer and how you monitor your ebook sell.
Reply David Leon
5:22 PM on November 9, 2012 
Dear Kathy,
I recently received a contract offer from SBPRA to publish my book. I was pleasantly surprised to receive their offer but a bit suspicious also, so I searched the Internet to learn more about SBPRA and determine whether they are a legitimate publishing company, and I came across your blog. Reading the comments on your blog has been very helpful, but I have a few specific questions that I would love to ask you without consuming space on your blog. Would you mind communicating with me via e-mail so that I could ask you these questions? If you would not mind doing this, please write to me at my e-mail address (dleon19@bellsouth.net) to let me know. However, if you are too busy or simply not interested in communicating with me, don't worry about it. By the way, I am also an ESL teacher. I have taught ESL in Japan, Taiwan, Costa Rica, Brazil, and here in my hometown of Miami. Anyway, I hope to hear from you.
Reply Ken Webster
2:08 AM on February 7, 2013 
Don't believe it about SBPRA there is a lawsuit pending in Florida that Was filed by the State's Attorney General.
Reply Dan Rodgers (CALL ME SGT. ROCK)
12:51 PM on February 13, 2013 
Ken Webster says...
Don't believe it about SBPRA there is a lawsuit pending in Florida that Was filed by the State's Attorney General.
Reply Dan Rodgers (CALL ME SGT. ROCK)
1:01 PM on February 13, 2013 
I to have signed agreements with SBPRA and so far so good. They seem to be very professional and they answer my questions quickly. My book, CALL ME SGT ROCK, according to them will be out in 3 to 4 months. I decided to go with SBPRA after another author told me about his success with them.
Reply Netta
3:58 PM on April 30, 2013 
Hi Kathy,
I just did a search on your book and I see it's actually in a major store in little old NZ (where I live). I wondered if you are still happy with your publishing company as I have just been offered a contract too? If you prefer you can contact me at slawton53@gmail.com

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