Monday, March 24, 2008

The Demise of Dark Eden Press

FORWARDED WITH PERMISSION: Message from Debra Durham of Dark Eden Press.

I don't often share much personal stuff about myself or what is going
on with me, so I never thought I would be coming to any of you with
this but sometimes life comes at you and you have to deal with it, and
this is one of those times for me.

I could beat around the bush here but that's not me. You deserve the
truth even if it is painful for me to talk about.

I have found out recently, very recently, that my cancer has returned.
For those of you who do not know, this is my 6th time around with
this in a little over 10 years. It started as cervical cancer 10
years ago and each time has gotten worse and spread to other places.
I will be starting chemotherapy and radiation treatments shortly and
as I have been through these same treatments twice already, I can
honestly say it isn't pretty.

After discussing the issues and options with Susan and Billi, and then
Gretchen and Brenda, it was decided for a few reasons that I will
discuss below, that the only option was to close Dark Eden as of April
1st. I have to devote my energies and my time to getting better, and
to my daughter.

One reason for closing is the treatment plan itself. I will be in no
shape to run a company, much less take care of anything else. Another
reason is with Brenda having gone back to work fulltime, that would
leave just Gretchen to do it all and as great as she is, she can't do
it by herself. Billi works fulltime and does her business part in the
evenings and weekends. Susan has health problems that she didn't have
when we started this company and wouldn't be able to do what the
things that I do. It was hard enough after the house fire keeping
things running smoothly and even then they were getting some help from
me. They pitched in and ran things beautifully after the fire but
that was only for a few months, this would be for the next 6 months at
the very least.

The last reason is all of you. All of you deserve an owner who is
going to be here, who is able to get the things done that need to be
done. I don't want my authors trying to figure out why I haven't
answered emails for a couple of days, or why royalties are late, or
wondering when the things that need to be taken care of are going to
get done, when the reality is that I will be too sick to do it.

I will spend the next two weeks preparing letters to release your book
rights to you, doing March royalties, and closing the readers group.
I will then begin shutting down all the DEP email addresses except for
my own and forwarding all mail from that to my personal email address.
By May 1st, I would hope all payments have cleared the bank, and on
that date I will also close the author group.

On a personal level, I feel horrible that this has to be done to all
of you. I have come to know almost every one of you personally and I
feel as if I have let you all down when you trusted me with your
stories, and I am so sorry for that. You trusted in the fact that DEP
would be around for a long while and now we are `one of those publishers'.

If you have any questions or problems, please don't hesitate to email
me as I will be working to get last minute things tied up over the
next several weeks.

Please feel free to post this on your blogs or websites as you see
fit. I would rather have the truth out about why we are closing, even
if part of it is a personal issue, than to have DEP's name trashed
across the blog universe. Lord knows some of those people do not have
enough to do but sit around and pick their next victim. I do not want
it to be this company.

If I have not told all of you lately, it is and has been, a pleasure
working with all of you gifted writers and DEP's fantastic staff.

Debra Durham

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