Authors Behaving Badly Episode #1: Dara Joy
What about your belief in her work which led you to buy two self-published novels?
Well, despite my reservations over the lawsuit, I still enjoyed Ms. Joy’s books. I felt that at the very least I could contribute to the cause while she was trying to settle this dispute. A working writer is more likely to publish again. We have all seen some really good writers simply drop off the face of the earth. Since the dispute with Dorchester was over the rights to her full-length novels, this left Ms. Joy the option of being able to publisher novellas. Since no formal print publisher would touch her, that meant e-publishing or self-publishing. She chose self-publishing, with offering the book on line to fans and booksellers by pre-payment. I decided to go ahead and order the 1st book.
When did you first start having or notice problems? How did you pay for it?
Oh, the problems started with the 1st book. When I ordered That Familiar Touch, which was offered thru her publishing company “House of Sages, I paid in advance. The options were by Visa, Paypal, or money order by mail. I paid thru a local bookstore who was taking orders. Her payment to them was by mail. Although I did not keep up with the timelines on that first book, they had announced a tentative shipping date, and then changed that many times. If I remember correctly, it was over 6 months late. Although I admit, I was a bit impatient even then, I felt that this was probably a learning process for Ms. Joy and I sat back and waited. Finally, That Familiar Touch was released and shipped. I think most or all got their books from that 1st endeavor.