AKAQ’s First Anthology: Let’s discuss

First of all, this year is going to be a busy one. In this month alone I’m going through lots of personal changes and they are all very significant, life changing type changes. Writing-wise I have huge plans, both for my own endeavors and for this blog here. The most important is an anthology.

Right now? I would love to just hear input from any writer, any reader, or just anyone who frequents this blog.

When and if I get this going these conditions wont change:

1) Genre: Speculative fiction, crime, noir, horror and sci fi. Pretty much any pulp type material.

2) Cheap and nonprofitable: Depending on the amount of authors I’d like to keep the ebook under $3 and over 99 cents. All profit will go towards the AKAQ website, which includes upgrades, access to more images (Which this website lacks, except for book covers. We have tons of those thanks to Amazon.) and other website related costs.

3) Availability in Amazon. Others are up for debate.

Now, these are topics I would like to discuss:

1) Submission length. Maybe flash/poems in-between stories.

2) Help. I would like either someone who wants to help editing or perhaps some beta readers. I personally like using the writers to go through the whole book, but surprisingly I feel like I’m the only one that ever does it and I feel like I’m bothering the editor, even though I want the whole book, which has my story in it, to be as polished as possible.

3) Covers: I have some ideas already maybe using the image we currently have on our frontpage.

4) A physical book: I once sold pre-orders to my first book and found how successful it was. But after that found almost no sales through lulu.com After that I moved over to Amazon and found a way better and pleasant market. I would like to sale pre-orders through lulu.com again. It’s cheap, I can drop the price to $5 bucks and still make the donation worth it. After all the primary point is to get writer’s work out there and the website’s funds are, if anything, not important at all.

5) Do you want in? I want to include at least 20 authors, and I think I can easily get pieces from the usual bunch around here. I think I plan to send some invites first and then open it up to submissions. This way I could get some bigger names mixed with some new talent.

So discuss, I love a good online discussion. 🙂

-L. Vera

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Trestle Press: The Lawsuit (Now Lawyer Approved)

First off I want everyone to know what this Blog includes before reading further.

  • A quick update of what Trestle Press has done.
  • News of a lawsuit that has been emerging.
  • What you can do to help at no cost to yourself, if you are an ex Trestle Press author.

An Update

Trestle Press, to me, is another word for a shitty publication that provided horrible services for authors. In many cases they were better off doing everything themselves. Now what really blew up in their face was their stolen artwork. I was skeptical from the beginning, especially realizing the horrible editing on the final draft of my book “The Horror Suicide Show“. I originally gave it out for free to my fans and somehow Giovanni got a hold of it and wanted to sell it, market it. I said, “Why not?”, after all I was giving it out for free, so even if Giovanni made me a dollar at the time I would have been happy. (Big mistake, I’ve made way more than that on my own. I just wasn’t confident enough in my work and popularity.) Anyways, shitty editing, shitty book cover, which seemed awfully familier.

You can find lot of my work of deviantArt for free. Many of the stories in “The Horror Suicide Show” appeared there first. Anyways, I like art as well as writing and found the exact image in my favorites folder. It was something I had already liked and used as a background at one time. What a coincidence. So there it was, with an artist’s name attached to it. A quick not to the artist and I found it it was stolen. Then I found out almost every book cover was that Trestle Press made was stolen from a quick google image search.

I somehow amassed an army. Quickly we were contacting artists and authors. It was kinda fun. We also noticed some obvious ones like the use of Ghost Rider and Bill and Ted. If you want even more examples check out my original post earlier this year.


I was contacted by an individual who knows about more shady practices behind the man behind Trestle Press. It’s one man, named Giovanni. We also have suspicion to believe that it isn’t his real name, but that’s a whole other deal. Trust me, I’m trying to make this post short and sweet. So here’s a quote from my new friend who’s heading this new lawsuit:

It may take a week before he is actually served but the lawsuit is comprehensive and has multiple allegations, all of which we can support. You might let the others know this tidbit. He wanted $600 from a bookstore in one of the states most credible department stores for books they held. The owner ran for governor and his son is the mayor of our town. Giovanni never sent an invoice to anyone on my book. Even so he demanded money from the bookstore before he would discuss return of my rights. Sound like extortion? Well, the check was sent via snail mail and Giovanni denied receipt and demanded it be sent FED-X so he could track it. Another check was sent Fed-X but he complained that it was made out to Trestle Press and not to him personally and he would have to wait for it to clear. After continued requests, and even after he was paid, Giovanni did not release the rights to my book back to me. That’s when it was decided to proceed with the suit.

So there’s other shady allegation’s that “Giovanni” is involved in. And the lawsuit has already been making progress through my source’s lawyer.

The Source Needs Help

Turns out he needs more people to come forward. His name is Dr. Joe Edward Morris. He has promised me that there will be no cost for anyone who wants to help raise the stink higher. Any ex-Trestle Press author should at least email (jemorris42@comcast.net) him letting him know that you will support him and that you were a survivor. Afterall, we did survive and we are better off. We all even got together and put out a great book for free on smashwords and 99 cents on Amazon (which the money is donated to a charity) called Burning Bridges and it’s a great read. We need to do a second volume perhaps call it “Suing Bridges”.

-L. Vera

Trestle Press: The Lawsuit (A post every indie writer needs to read.)

I am forced to retract the whole post, dut to legal reasons. Lame right? Eitherway, hope you guys got a quick read while it was up.

Update: Waiting for a go ahead from my source’s lawyer about posting the post back up.

Latest Update: New Post (Lawyer Approved) here

In just the short time the original post was up, we already have other people joining the suit. 🙂