A fool and money!

Marie Seltenrych By Marie Seltenrych, 20th Feb 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A publishing company insists that I paid them $4575 for certain services. I refute this amount, saying that I have only paid $1759.00

Confusing contract

When I received the contract from this well known company, I believed that I was receiving certain services extra as a bonus for having not received my revision a year earlier, and because the person dealing with me could not be found. I was impressed with their generosity.

Telephone madness

After many lengthy telephone conversations with a beautiful agent, I was convinced to go ahead with these services, and seeing as they wanted to "do this for me" I signed the contract.

Money returned surprisingly!

Following the signing of the contract, the company suddenly returned an amount of $1759 into my designated account. I was impressed as this was for services never received, and they were finally coming good.

Day of reckoning

On the following day, my 'friend' telephoned me to organize the finalization of the contract.
I was told the amount they would take was $480, which was for an extra service.
However, during the conversation, I began to feel a sickening feeling.

Amounts up

After much ado about 'nothing' (just my money), the lovely person insisted that they had returned all my money to me. I asked what amount she referred to:
I explained that only $1759 had been returned to me, which was the amount I gave for these particular services. I was told that I had paid $4575, and was almost 'hustled' to get this project going.

Twist in the tale

I insisted that I had only paid $1759, not $4575, and the argument went on and on...
Suddenly, they wanted to take the full $4575 from my account, claiming that they had refunded this amount. I argued the matter. I was shaking by now.

The the of the matter...?

Once I insisted on my honesty and integrity, I asked for details of how and when I had paid the amount of $4575. I was given a card number (part of if). That was my card. I insisted on checking this matter out. I refused to go any further until they had their records corrected.
What would you do, Diary?


On the following day, this matter caused an argument with my 'darling' and me. I felt that I was not supported and that I had somehow been the cause of this problem. After a blow-out, he did insist that I did the 'right thing' in not taking the credit as they stated. However, as they had insisted that they had returned this amount as well, I was no better off than before.
In fact, the amount I had given for services not received was actually returned, minus $30 charge. I am happy to spend my money elsewhere. This was a shocking experience and one I will never forget.


Today I am feeling flat and I have lost my 'spirit' of trust in humanity and my desire to write till I drop. I have been procrastinating about getting into my next few books, doing a review for someone, and anything connected with writing. This has floored me completely and it is horrible. I hope others do not have to experience this 'learning curve'. This company is very slick, never giving much detail of what you are actually paying for, so I think they are a big headache for vulnerable victims (authors who love their novels).


Cash, Fool, Integrity, Money, Publishing, Writing

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author avatar Marie Seltenrych
Drawing, writing, acting, dress-designing, dress-making, producer (stage); write: children's picture books, chapter, adult romance, mystery; prophetic (Christian); plays; publisher/editor as well.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks for this highlight, Marie. There are so many unreadable clauses that we have to be wary of - siva

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
20th Feb 2014 (#)

Well all you have to do is pull out all your bank statements and company records of the transaction and get clarity. If they are unwilling to do it, sue them for breach of not providing evidence. I would do it and honestly have done it and have no regrets as it is all within the law.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
20th Feb 2014 (#)

Have 5-6 bills and fake transaction amounts can be clarified by proof of transaction and proof of services rendered. If there is no proof there is no service as simple as that as they didnot render the service and are cheating you.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
20th Feb 2014 (#)

Banks have have databases spanning donkeys years. That is proof.
This is why i take all in writing and leave a paper trail and shit doesn't stick as proof lies in the pudding.

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