Today, Noble Romance Publishing and Cherie De Sues have terminated their relationship. I am very pleased, happy...deliriously happy.
Today I phoned Heather Sharp, the attorney for Noble Romance Publishing three times and emailed twice to get my rights back of my novels due to many breaches of my contract. In an effort to provide proof I'm using a public forum for all my fellow authors and those curious about what goes on behind the curtain in publishing. Jill Noble professed to own Noble Romance Publishing to all her authors and here is the proof. I am providing proof of this breach by Noble Romance Publishing.
PROOF #2 Read my comments at the end.
"Just keeping you all informed.
I'm stripping all the formatting from approximately half our books and re-doing *all* the files. They contain "junk" that's keeping our files from converting properly to the various formats.
I'm starting with the 15 or so I need to re-do for Barnes and Noble. As I re-do files, I will be sending you all updated author copies. Once the books are stripped, I'll be adding them to Smashwords, since Smashwords converts to certified ePUB (which we need for Apple).
I apologize for any inconvenience any of this causes, regarding delays, etc. It is was it is - and I've learned *a lot* since starting this company 3.5 years ago. Unfortunately, I made a few mistakes (file-creation-wise). Top priority = well-edited, well-formatted e-books. Quality for their buck.
I'll keep in touch w/updates.
PS. Received our first mock on the new site design home page. With a bit of tweaking, it's going to be *really* nice.
This breach is not a small thing. When an author signs contracts with Jill Noble and her signature is at the bottom and Jill tells you she owns the company, Noble Romance Publishing...you believe that. When Jill was fired by a family member, Jim (James) Noble, none of the authors knew who he was or that Mr. Noble was the owner of Noble Romance Publishing. In fact, most of the authors for Noble wrote, emailed and called for weeks until a statement from Noble Romance Publishing was finally released to the public and some of the authors. All the Noble authors were not informed, like me. All the forums and links were shut down and most of the authors thought Noble Romance Publishing was no more.
In Noble Romance Publishing contracts it states that Noble must do business as usual or forfeit authors rights and return them immediately. I asked for those rights and no one answered. The contract also states that royalties must be paid and they were not and continue to be wrong to this date. That is a breach of my contract.
Noble wants authors to KEEP QUIET
Yesterday, Friday, I called and emailed both Heather Sharp, the attorney for Noble Romance Publishing and Mr. Jean Gombart, the CEO of Noble Romance Publishing. Neither would take my call or email me back about returning my author rights of my novels. In an effort to provide proof I'm using a public forum for all my fellow authors and those curious about what goes on behind the curtain in publishing. So I am providing proof number one today.
PROOF #1 See my comments below after these two emails from Jill Noble, Editor and professed owner of Noble Romance Publishing.
"Jill N. Noble firstname.lastname@example.org
Cherie, after sharing some of your earlier emails with our CEO, it was decided I would filter your email into a file where I no longer have to read it. Your contracts do not require me to subject myself to your rude diatribes. If you feel NRP is in breach of your contracts, feel free to take the appropriate steps, as listed in said contracts.
This will be the last communication you will receive from me, directly."
It's a business doing pleasure with you!
Jill N. Noble
Noble Romance Publishing, LLC
"Dare to Be Different."
"Jill N. Noble email@example.com
Dear Ms. De Sues,
Per the terms of your publishing contracts for Dangerous Curves, Triage, and South of the Border, Noble Romance has submitted an order to Lightning Source for 5 author copies of each book. These author copies are provided to you free of charge as listed in section XI of said contracts. Noble Romance has no control over when these books are shipped, but Lightning Source normally ships orders within 2-3 business days of order placement. They have indicated Triage will be shipped separately, so there may be a delay in the shipping of that title."
When my three novels, Dangerous Curves, Triage and South of the Border finally arrived after months of waiting, they were incorrectly formatted, double-spaced. That means the cost of the book is doubled because of how many pages or weight of the book. In fact, no one would buy Dangerous Curves for $25.00 because Noble Romance Publishing didn't format correctly and never adjusted the title so the cost would be $12.50. That cut into my royalties terribly and is a breach of my contract.
After many complaints from me, many months later Dangerous Curves was pulled from all bookstores without notifying me instead of fixing the problem. That is a breach of my contract. I was never paid my full royalties for Dangerous Curves when it hit the bestseller list at ARE (All Romance Ebooks). That is a breach of my contract. In fact, the rest of my ebooks were not put into print as promised by Jill Noble by way multiple emails to me that I have saved. That is a breach of my contract.
After these two emails below Jill would no longer communicate with me or answer my emails about concerns or breaches of my contracts. I sent emails to corporate and a letter to Heather Sharp the attorney to return my rights because of breaches in my contract and they were never answered. That is a breach of my contract.
Follow the links to read what Noble authors are saying
For well over a year about 20 Noble authors screamed "BREACH" of their contracts with Noble Romance Publishing and I am one of them. I haven't been paid all my royalties from ARE (All Romance Ebooks) and other sites including overseas, and my communications to reclaim my book rights overall as an author with Noble Romance have been ignored. I intend to publicly show proof of the many breaches of my Noble Contract until I get my rights back.
So far, with the exception among my writing peers I've been silent in the press & web, but not any longer. I have over 70,000 friends on my social websites...so see what authors and the book industry are saying about Noble.
Dealing with Noble is a double edged sword
I've learned that In an effort to silence the Noble authors in the last few weeks, Noble Romance has secretly begun to reach "agreements" to settle with the most outspoken authors out of court with Noble's lawyer Heather Sharp at the Robbins Firm in Atlanta, Georgia. That leaves many authors out in the cold who have done their due diligence of sending notification to Noble Romance to get their rights back.
Now Heather Sharp considers herself, "Tough, Smart, and Effective," on her website, and many Noble authors are claiming they were tricked into signing agreements that are not in their best interests. I do want my rights back, but I won't sign an agreement to give Noble my copyrights. Hell no.
Mr. Gombart, the acting CEO of Noble Romance, who two years ago was the manager of Francois & Co. that sells rocks and stone, has no experience in publishing. Here's his own words about ARE and working with Noble authors. Mr. Jim Noble is the owner of Noble Romance Publishing and not familiar with publishing either when he and his family member Jill Noble who ran Noble Publishing parted ways. Here's Jill Noble's own words when she left Noble.
“Well, I want you all to know, I tried. I really did try - and for a little bit, I thought I'd succeeded, and I'd soon obtain full control of the company so I could resolve many of the problems we've had and take NRP to the next level. Unfortunately, the light I saw at the end of the tunnel turned out to be a freight train.
“Effective immediately, but after much thought, I have decided to part ways with Noble Romance Publishing. I have many powerful. legitimate reasons for doing so, but suffice to say, the owner and I have major differences in how we believe we should run the company and how we should treat our authors and freelance workers, and our visions for the company's future are miles apart. This, in addition to him making it literally impossible for me to do my job and do it well, has led me to make this very painful decision. Barring a miracle or some other form of Divine Intervention, Lisa Collicutt's book, The Devil's Flower, is the last one I'll work on/release for Noble Romance Publishing. I'll have the book uploaded and live in just a bit. After that, I'm done.
“At this moment, I do not know what the owner's plans are, as far as the company's immediate future is concerned. I'm pretty sure he'll keep it up and running, in some form, so he can earn back some of his initial investment. I, on the other hand, only invested years of my life, my talent, my expertise, and my hard labor, and so I don't imagine there is any way I'll recoup my contribution. ;-) I'm not concerned about that, though. For me, this has always been a labor of love. I've met a lot of really wonderful, talented people (and let's face it - a few crazy ones, too, lol), and up until this past year, I never looked on my position here as a "job." Jobs are never this fun. To say I've enjoyed working with you sounds like such a cliche, but I promise you, it's true. I'm hoping many of you will want to keep in touch and maintain a friendship on some other level. On the bright side, I can now review your books without being accused of practicing favoritism.
“I'm sure, at some point soon, the owner or one of his assistants will be in contact with the authors to let them know what to expect. I'm certain they will honor all contract terms, and there's always the possibility they'll hire someone else to do my job. Meanwhile, if you have questions or concerns specific to NRP or NYA, I recommend you contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I sincerely apologize for the fact that my parting ways with NRP will no doubt disrupt some of your lives, to one degree or another. I hope you're treated fairly; I believe you will be. You all have contracts; follow them to the letter, and you'll be fine.
“As for myself, I'll be moving on and doing my own thing. I feel like I have a lot to offer when it comes to assisting authors in polishing their manuscripts, advising them on their careers, and assisting them in achieving their goals. I'll also be available as an e-publishing/self-publishing consultant, and I intend to do more ghostwriting. But most importantly, I'm going back to writing. I've neglected my own characters for far too long. If there's one bright spot in all of this, my having time to write is it.
“I wish all of you nothing but success. If there's anything I can do for you, personally, please let me know. You can reach me here for a little while, but I'll be phasing out this email address and moving all my important folders to email@example.com in the near future“
“Oh, and please, if you know anyone who needs to be made aware of this, but they are for some reason not on the authors' loop, please pass this along."
“Take care, and Kind Regards,
“Jill N. Noble Freelance Editor, Ghostwriter, Author”
Okay, so the bottom line here is to get my rights back and warn new authors to stay away from Noble Romance Publishing. Read what the authors, RWA, RT and industry leaders are saying about Noble Romance. ARE has pulled all of Noble Romance Publishing books off their shelves. You must consider the life of your career, is it worth tarnishing your author name with Noble Romance? Are you ready to lose your rights?
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I do have three novels that are very suitable for a Halloween read. Check out West Salem, Tales of the Red Moon Clan or Seduction of Simone. Each novel represents either ghosts, shapeshifters, witches or fae. These spirits or creatures if you will, mean Halloween or Samhain to me. (Samhain is a Wiccan ceremony of remembering and communicating with the dead).
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