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Update on Iris Print: Now with Bounced Royalty Checks

We blogged a couple of weeks ago about Iris Print and the speculations that it was closing its doors. One of the more prominent authors, Rebecca Day, had encouraged people to still buy her book Thaw that was published by Iris.

Tina, I wouldn’t say things are resolved – just that I’m reasonably confident that I’m eventually going to get some royalties from copies of Thaw that might sell as a consequence of any reviews.

Ms. Day has made a new announcement on the status of Iris Print.

The royalty check I received last week was returned by my bank for insufficient funds. I wrote Kellie yesterday, asking her to make good via Paypal, and have heard nothing.

It appears that Ms. Day will be able to get her rights back as soon as Kellie officially announces the closing of Iris Print but at this time asks people to not buy new copies of Thaw as there is no guarantee that Day will see any royalties from those sales.

Tiger Publications Status Unclear

Tiger Publications Status Unclear

Update: The website has been updated and the publishing house is closing its doors after a little over 1 year in operation.

I’m not quite clear on all the details so I’ll just report what I’ve been emailedand what I can glean from message boards. Tiger Publications is a small print press. According to my sources, Tiger Publications is closing its doors despite the lack of any announcement on its websites and seemingly conflicting messages online:

  • “As of today, one of my clients, Tiger Publications, has ceased operation and closed shop permanently.” Link (music)
  • “I am guest blogging as part of the Tiger Author spotlight at Bragging Rites Unleashed! ” (June 2 post)

The google pages show that there once was an announcement but the cache pages have been scrubbed of any signs of it except in the search engine summary.

One poster at Absolute Write forum stated that there are two divisions within Tiger Publications–Tiger and Tiger Kids–and it is Tiger that is shutting down. There is no differentiation that I can see between the two divisions on the website although on the submissions page, there are different email addresses. According to the same poster, the email to the YA submission mailbox was returned to her. I sent an email to the same address and it apparently went through.

As recently as April 2008, Dona Parus, an author herself writing as Sloan St James, was interviewed about the new publishing venture. Ultimately, I’m not sure if Tiger Publications is shutting down or is keeping going but given the contradictory reports (ie. emails authors received versus the website), I thought it worth a mention.