It is with great sadness that I bring this to you. However, after many attempts to resolve my problems with Nathan Barker and his Scrybe Press, I am asking that you boycott his other businesses and spread the word to your friends about his corrupt business practices.
For years I have tried to get Nathan to pay me the advances and royalties he owes me for publication of five of my books. On November 23, 2012, I sent the following to the Upstate New York Better Business Bureau:
Nathan Barker, doing business as Scrybe Press, was in breach of contract on five fiction titles he published from me. I terminated our agreements in early 2012 and demanded payment of all monies owed to me. I do not know the full amount owed because he continually failed to deliver royalty statements. However, I have e-mails from him recognizing that he still owes me $401.78 for back royalties up to October 2011. The actual amount owed me is more, but I have no way of finding out by how much. Mr. Barker has continually ignored e-mails, phone calls, and my certified letter demanding payment of the $401.78.
I have copies of the original contracts that were signed as the books were released between 2004 and 2008, as well as renewed contracts that were signed for all titles in early 2011. I have lost some e-mail exchanges due to a computer crash, but I have records of our correspondence about the money he owes me dating back to Dec. 2, 2011.
I feel I have been very patient. Mr. Barker is a small business owner with a family to support. However, he was paid by the book distributor as the copies sold and, for whatever reason, did not forward my share of the money to me at that time, as the contracts required. I have continued to be patient since cancelling our agreements, but his lack of response has brought an end to my charity.
I would like a full accounting of the complete number of copies sold for each of my titles, along with the money he owes me based on those numbers, plus a reasonable interest payment for the time he has withheld my payment. However, I’ll forego royalty statements and payment for copies sold after our revised contracts, plus the interest, and settle for an immediate payment of $400.
I received a reply from the BBB today. Not surprisingly, Nathan ignored them, too. The BBB suggested I file a small claims lawsuit. I am considering that.
In the meantime, I ask that you do not buy from his online store, Kayleighbug Books, or his physical store, Main Street Books of Morristown, NY. This would include his listings on eBay, Alibris, Abe Books, etc.
If you share my outrage and feel the need to express it to Nathan, he does have a Facebook page. There’s also this contact method: 408 Main Street PO Box 205
Morristown, New York 13664. Phone: 315 750 4042. His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.