A first-time author has come forward with some harsh allegations about a publisher called Haven.
Haven Publishing bills itself as “a publisher of niche genre books” and claims to deliver “…impactful literature, graphic novels, and comic books to an ever changing market and striving to seek out talented authors, writers and illustrators that have yet to be discovered.”
We will be handling Production and Filming of properties derived through Haven and outside sources through our DBA, Haven Entertainment. Haven intends to bring independent cinema to the masses by working with talented and varied sources to cultivate the arts in it’s highest form.
Those are embarrassing grammatical errors for an up-and-coming publishing company, but whatever.
I’ve never heard of Haven, nor have I heard of any of the authors they tout on their list of creators, with the exception of Bo Hampton. A search for published works yields nothing. There is a Facebook page and a Twitter account. The Facebook page has 110 likes, and the Twitter account has 291.
UPDATE: Bo Hampton denies in this note directly to me:
My brother Scott saw a post wherein you mentioned that Haven publishing was touting me as one of their creators. I’m really irritated and want it removed from wherever they posted it. Any input you can give me is much appreciated. I just thought you might remember where it can be found–I never agreed to do ANY thing with them but that guy Manny’s name rings a bell.
He may have asked me to work on something but couldn’t meet my page rate so I turned him down.[ In fact I'm almost certain he wanted to do an Atlanta based zombie book ]. Oyy–what a creepy thing for him to do. By all means feel free to post anything of mine that helps “out” him and this type of behavior.
I have ZERO association with him or Haven. Thanks for the alert!
This September 2012 FB post claims 20,000 followers on Twitter, and a soon-to-be live website.
There is no working website as of January 2014.
There have been no posts to either the FB page or Twitter in months. I was unable to find any recent activity for this publisher beyond an impending convention appearance in early 2014. On the convention page, there’s a listing for FB pages and links for this company, most of which don’t work.
Here are two of their announcements. One of them from 2012, but I could not find this book in any database. The other, a recent acquisition. This is small press stuff, but we don’t judge.
The book above is listed on Google as being published by Haven in 2012. However, there is no record of an existing copy. Anywhere. It is not available on any bookseller website.
A satirical look at a controversial figure in anime and gaming fandom. Emanuel Camacho has been working in the convention industry since before he was a teenager, has seen the rise and fall of fandoms, and conventions alike. He has been in the fire and has endure some of the most ridiculous situations while working these events and is sharing some of the quarky aspects of these experiences with you in this book. From his first awkward meeting with William Shatner to dealing with the social pressures of maintaining a reputation in a very public industry. From his dirtiest secrets to some of his triumphs. This is a comedic look at his life as an event organizer.
That’s some quality writing right there.
To add to the mystery, there is a Haven Entertainment formed in 2012. It does not appear to have the same people behind it, and I can’t find any link between the Haven Publishing and Entertainment of this post based in Florida, and the Haven Entertainment production company based in Los Angeles.
If it’s not the same company, that’s a serious market confusion issue, and I’d break out a lawyer to do something about the trademark.
While Haven Publishing and Entertainment claims to produce graphic novels while not having produced any, Haven Entertainment reps books with Boom Studios.
OK, so there’s the set up. Haven Publishing and Entertainment appears to be a start up with announcements and hype and no product. It certainly doesn’t have 20,000 Twitter followers, and does not appear to have any real world publishing experience or presence. And I’m going to go wild here, and make the guess that Haven Publishing and Entertainment and Haven Entertainment have nothing to do with one another. On the Twitter page, the Florida based Haven Publishing and Entertainment sports a graphic showing New York and Los Angeles…actual locations, or hype?
This is Emanuel F. Camacho, the man behind Haven Publishing, but his web presence appears to be on hold as well. His website GPX Gaming is down. UPDATE: Camacho is also the chairman of a failed convention scheme Kunicon, noted for its significant budget overun. Thanks to Dave Merrill for the information. The IMDB page has a small list of credits, some of which are “uncredited”. As for those credits, I think I may actually have more film and tv name checks than this dude does, and I’m a cartoonist. UPDATE: G.A.M.M.E. Expo also appears to have imploded and left a lot of people out of some moolah.
Camacho has, apparently, run panels at Anime Mid Atlantic on “How to Get Published”.
You’ve got to be kidding me.
“We went overbudget by about $30k,” says Manny. Although Kunicon had planned for between 800 and 1000 people, “the end result was actually somewhere in the 450-500 attendance.”
After the Denver convention, Kunicon’s web site went offline. LiveJournal and Cosplay.com posts indicated that the webmaster was on vacation, but a new web site would be online on September 7th. The web site is still not online.
Regardless, if I’m confused as to who is whom, I guess the average Joe might be confused as well.
OK, here’s where it gets weird.
I was reluctant to blog about this at first because this story is so odd. There is little evidentiary support for the claims of author Dan Coglan, who has an IndieGogo campaign to raise money to pay his bills claiming Haven Publishing cruelly deceived him and ripped him off.
I’m blogging it anyway, because it’s a great opportunity to A ) show you how publishing really, REALLY doesn’t work, and B ) show you just how gullible aspiring authors can be and C ) show you just how important it is to do your research.