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Former Mardis Gras Publisher Opens New E Publishing House

According to emails, comments, and other sources, it appears that head of Mardi Gras Publishing that went under earlier in 2007 has started a new epublishing venture called LA Media. According to some reports, Teresa Jacobs aka Teresa Wayne failed to provide renumeration to editors, cover artists and authors owed under Mardi Gras Publishing. Jaden Sinclair and Teresa Jacobs/Wayne are purportedly the owners of this new ebook startup venture.

Karen Scott is also reporting of another ebook author, Rene Lyons, starting up her own ebook venture called Dragon Spell Publishing.

I guess that is the great thing about ebooks. One publisher can close and five others rise up to take advantage of more hopeful authors. I hope that these ebook authors can learn something from the past years ebook debacle. If not, I haven’t got an ounce of sympathy for them.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. TeddyPig
    Dec 11, 2007 @ 15:33:14

    I was thinking of putting up a spoof site.

    But then I realized how would people know the difference.

  2. Jane
    Dec 11, 2007 @ 15:36:20

    You could go into business with Mrs. Giggles, Trixy Loins. I have a feeling a fake site may be run more professionally than some “real” sites.

  3. Karen Scott
    Dec 11, 2007 @ 16:40:28

    I think some seem to see e-publishing as a bit of a get-rich-quick scheme.

    It sucks for the authors though, although, I think that after the very public showing of knickers, and general kerfuffle with Mardi Gras, any author who hands their work over to Teresa Jacobs kinda deserves what they get, if she has to shut down again due to “a lack of finances, hormonal women, and bitching”.

  4. TeddyPig
    Dec 11, 2007 @ 17:03:10

    I hope Writer Beware and P&E says something too.

  5. TeddyPig
    Dec 11, 2007 @ 17:03:47

    Oh, anyone let Piers know?

  6. Jules Jones
    Dec 11, 2007 @ 17:32:06

    I think it’s time to prod Emily to add a new section to the ERECblog sidebar. Absolute Write, Preditors and Editors, Writer Beware, and the Making Light posts “Slushkiller” and “On the getting of Agents” will do for starters. And this batch of linky goodness that I posted in my LiveJournal yesterday.

  7. Erastes
    Dec 11, 2007 @ 19:15:33

    This isn’t just a phenenom of publishing – people who run businesses in other spheres can also just pack up and start up in another business, ready to fleece (or not) people.

    Just check out ANYONE you are planning to contract with, for gawd’s sake. Find other authors in their stable, check out their credentials. It aint rocket science.

  8. Ann Bruce
    Dec 11, 2007 @ 20:50:35

    Okay, it might be meds talking, but I thought Teresa Jacobs said she’d never open another publishing house again because of all the headaches.

  9. Ann Bruce
    Dec 11, 2007 @ 20:51:37

    Uh, that “again” is redundant. Sorry!

  10. Shiloh Walker
    Dec 11, 2007 @ 23:11:12

    I think some seem to see e-publishing as a bit of a get-rich-quick scheme.

    I suspect this is a lot of it. People don’t realize the amount of work, thought, time and capitol that needs to go into any kind of start up business if you expect that business to last.

    I have no head for business (and I’m aware of it and quite fine with it) but even I know you can’t just one day decide I’m going to open a bookstore/publishing house/spa-salon tomorrow and everything will be just A-OK.

    If they aren’t going to put forth the effort to research the industry, learn the industry, understand it, and respect it…then don’t bother going into business.

  11. TeddyPig
    Dec 12, 2007 @ 05:35:25

    How are these guys already on Fictionwise?

  12. TeddyPig
    Dec 12, 2007 @ 05:36:54

    I could have sworn someone told me Fictionwise was picky.

  13. Jules Jones
    Dec 12, 2007 @ 05:51:50

    Teddy, did they have a publisher account at Fictionwise when they were Mardi Gras (and were the current titles up there under the Mardi Gras name before)? If so, they may have slid in using that and telling Fictionwise they’d gone for rebranding. Might be worth enquiring of Fictionwise if they’re aware that Mardi Gras/LAMedia is now a “publisher and a couple of friends”/subsidy outfit…

  14. Jules Jones
    Dec 12, 2007 @ 06:02:51

    Fictionwise information for publishers — which amongst other things currently says
    “Fictionwise partners with publishers who can provide 10 or more titles by at least three different established, professional authors.”

    The Mardi Gras catalogue would have met that requirement, but I don’t think LA Media currently does.

  15. DS
    Dec 12, 2007 @ 06:09:13

    Reminds me of coal mines. Bankrupt one day, opening up within a week under another name, same place, same equipment, same employees.

    Did she actually file for bankruptcy?

  16. karma
    Dec 12, 2007 @ 11:56:21

    BTW, it looks like she’s already closed down. Apparently she couldn’t take the pressure because of all these blog mentions and decided to once again go underground.

  17. Marilyn C. Morris
    Jan 27, 2008 @ 13:47:14

    Did anyone look at her excerpt for her book, Closet Freaks? Full of misspellings and grammar errors. Seems like the only word she can spell is the F word….(I can’t even type it, let alone say it!)
    I’m one of those authors who, I hope, got out before she declared an end to her business (did she ever file bankruptcy?) when I saw how her “editor” had mangled my manuscript…..At tbe end of every line of dialogue, the idiot had placed end quotes, even when, in the next paragraph, the same charactter is still speaking! I went ballistic (being an editor myself) and wrote to her, not only no, I would not accept the edits, but Hell No. And asked her to please pull my novel from the ebook list and she emailed me that they were releasing all the mainstream authors from their contracts. Shortly after that, I heard the rumblings about the demise of MGP. And, like other authors left without being paid royalties, I have no idea if my book sold even one e-copy after it launched June 9, 2007 and when my contract was released on September 1, 2007.
    I have had my novel picked up by another publisher who will publish in paperback form in the spring.
    So there is life after Mardi Gras, after all.

  18. Marilyn C. Morris
    Jan 27, 2008 @ 13:51:23

    Well, I suppose I should mention the novel that hung out there in limbo for a while….It’s The Women of Camp Sobingo. Four army wives meet aboard ship bound for Korea in 1945 to join their army officer husbands in the US Occupation. They bond over bridge in their isolated compound and each woman copes as best she can — except for one, who chooses to end her life there. Twenty-five years later, they have a reunion, where secrets and sorrows are at last revealed.

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