Update at the bottom
This year, ye gods!
I wrote about this retailer sudden and (so far) unexplained closure at Karen Scott’s blog, but I’ve been keeping an eye out for more information.
Victoria Strauss wrote a recap for Writer Beware, which is worth reading, but right now I find this post at blogcritics.org, by Celina Summers, to be the most complete and informative of the lot. I particularly like that it offers actual action that individual authors can take, independent of other legal avenues discussed in the private ‘refugee’ facebook group that Ms Strauss mentions. (Read the comments, there is good information among the unavoidable idiocy [‘not worth fighting’ my ass])
If you, like me, keep a list of assholes and criminals who also disguise themselves as authors, so that you don’t purchase anything by/from them,¹ you may want to add Lori James, the cheating thief who is stealing from ARe’s authors and publishers, to the list–as well as her pseudonyms, Samantha Sommersby and S J Harper.
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As promised, Ms Summers posted a second piece on ARe’s closing, which provides some more facts about legal action taken by Lori James’ former partner, and former CFO of ARe, Barbara Ulmer. Please note, though, that there’s a lot of speculation built on a lawsuit that was dismissed, basically because Ms Ulmer didn’t push for a resolution through the courts. So I would advise my readers to take Ms Summers’ conclusions with a decent serving of salt.
¹ Sadly, keeping an actual list is necessary for me, given how many assholes and criminals actually put what they write for up sale.