All updates at the bottom of post!
I would like to offically cut all ties to my first publisher "WinePress Publishers". I regrettably write this blog post because WinePress has yet to remove my name from their success story, so I would like to cut ties publicly with them, since they won't remove my name after three times of me asking them to.
When I first published my book, Athena Dean was the owner and operator of WinePress. Athena was an amazing publisher! I am so thankful that our paths crossed.
Last year Athena cut ties with WinePress and the church that now operates WinePress: Sound Doctrine. If you would like to read Athena's story you can at: Not Afraid to Tell my Story
When Athena contacted me on Januray 11, 2012 I sent an email to WinePress asking them to remove my "success story" from their website because of a pending lawsuit.
Malcolm Fraser wrote me back on Janurary 12, 2012 stating:
Thanks for your message.
WinePress is not currently involved in any lawsuit, nor are we aware that one has been filed. Apparently, you have received information regarding one that is pending. I'd appreciate it if you could let me know what you've heard and how you came to hear about it so that we can deal with any issues in a Biblical manner.
It appears that some false information may be at the source of some unfortunate gossip, so I'd be very careful about believing the first thing you hear on such matters. Doing justice to WinePress would be to let us know the specifics and details of what you've been told, and allowing us the opportunity to respond.
On January 16th WinePress released a rebuttal to the accusations from Athena, which stated: "However, in light of the threat of a pending "lawsuit," our attorney has advised us to provide a specific rebuttal. Therefore, we are including the following facts – which are fully documented and verifiable – to address the main points of Athena's accusations"
You can read their entire rebuttal here: http://www.winepresspublishing.com/downloads/WP_Rebuttal_Statement%20.pdf
As of posting this blog the first date on the rebuttal was January 16th. So Mr. Fraser accused me of having false information on January 12th. But just 4 days later, on advice from their lawyer, they wrote a rebuttal. So Mr. Fraser is asking me to believe that on January 12th they had no idea what Athena had accused them of.
Yes, the lawsuit had not been filed, but he twisted his words making me believe he knew nothing of what Athena was going to do.
I contacted Mr. Fraser again on February 9th asking him again to remove my story from their website. Stating that if I had known Athena was no longer in charge I would have removed my name and I believe Sound Doctrine is a cult and wouldn't like to be associated with them or WinePress.
Yesterday I received a letter from WinePress stating:
"I am sorry to hear that you don't wish to deal with the false accusations against WinePress in a biblical manner."
If you'd like to see the whole letter I'd be happy to email it to you.
They also sent me a copy of Timothy Williams book "The Gospel and Gossip".
After this letter I received, I emailed Mr. Fraser again asking him to remove my name.
This issue with Athena Dean and WinePress has been very public. I am sharing both sides and do not feel that this is gossip.
I write this again because WinePress has yet to remove my story from their success story. I am thankful for Athena Dean in helping me publish the first edition of Emotional Purity!
UPDATE: An email, dated February 20th, after another attempt for WinePress to remove my story, Malcolm Fraser said, "Concerning your success story, we have removed what we are legally obligated to remove." Which, if you look at their site, there is all my info about my Success Story, but the pictures of my book covers are not there. This is very sad to me.
UPDATE March 21, 2012: Latest with Malcolm Fraser (they still haven't removed my name from their site) http://www.courierherald.com/news/143737156.html
UPDATE: March 23, 2012: I've once again tried to remove contact with WinePress and once again had a very frustrating set of email exchanges with someone there. Here's the latest on Malcolm Fraser: http://www.courierherald.com/news/143914876.html
Again I want no contact or association with WinePress Publishers!