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Thylazine Foundation's stolen money, review books [Australia]:
The Thylazine Foundation attempts to ensure that poets work and review books are not lost in the post by paying for registered post from Darwin to other locations within Australia and overseas and by suggesting that poets and publishers do the same when they send their books into us.

While we do our best we cannot be held accountable for the theft of books by reviewers when it occurs and when it is willful and malicious. I am one individual doing my bit for Australian poetry, that in my opinion needs all the supporters that it can get, so when reviewers deliberately choose to steal review books from poets and publishers, it makes this task increasingly difficult, since we have not got the resources, in order to purchase stolen copies or ask publishers to resend them.
And get this:
Amazing Literary Connections: New York poet Richard Ryan was recommended to The Thylazine Foundation by Ram Devineni of Rattapallax Press (a publisher who had to be told firmly and for a second time to stop selling my work outside of a contract). Ram Devineni is an associate of John Kinsella (Salt Publishing) who continues to sell my books illegally in both Australia and overseas.
There is also mention of some cyber-stalking going on.
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At 4:26 PM, Blogger Reb replied:

Since when does sending review copies guarantee reviews? Isn't it a fact that the majority of review copies don't garner reviews? Am I missing something?    



At 8:48 PM, Blogger eeksypeeksy replied:

Do I get this? They promised to return review copies but they didn't return them?

How are Rattapallax and Salt Publishing implicated?    



At 10:38 PM, Blogger Ivy replied:

Reb: good question. She's probably the best person to ask that, though. I think she gave review copies to reviewers, as well as advance payment for the reviews, but did not received the written reviews, so in effect the writers reneged. But I don't know the full circumstances -- I'm just guessing.

eeksy, she wrote: "Amazing Literary Connections: New York poet Richard Ryan was recommended to The Thylazine Foundation by Ram Devineni of Rattapallax Press (a publisher who had to be told firmly and for a second time to stop selling my work outside of a contract). Ram Devineni is an associate of John Kinsella (Salt Publishing) who continues to sell my books illegally in both Australia and overseas."    



At 10:58 PM, Blogger Reb replied:

Hmm, paying for reviews sounds even shadier than a reviewer selling a review copy. If you pay for it, well, that's not a review, that's advertising and shouldn't be presented as a "review".

I'm all for warning people about unscrupulous folks in the business, but the accusations on that site are sketchy, at best.

I'm sympathetic to the costs of sending review copies. I'm planning on sending out review copies for the Bedside anthology I'm working on. It's an expensive marketing cost and one has to consider the likelihood getting of a review from each publication/reviewer. I've never heard of anyone paying for reviews. Sounds scandalous.    



At 12:40 AM, Blogger Ivy replied:

Reb: I think what might be happening is, a number of publishers [Australian and otherwise] send her review copies, she assigns them to reviewers [who get to keep them] and she pays them for the reviews once they're turned in. Then I presume she puts up the reviews on the site.

I don't think she publishes any of the books she's trying to get reviewed. She just seems pretty irked that the reviewers did not turn in reviews when they were paid for it.

Or if they were not paid, maybe she assumed an understanding that a review would be forthcoming in return for them keeping the book.

I agree, it's a pretty expensive business. I think she's just trying to hold them to account.    



At 2:03 AM, Blogger Reb replied:

Ah, that makes more sense. Thanks for explaining it to me.    



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