I no longer have a book coming out.
David Baratier, editor of Pavement Saw Press, never sent my prize money (as he said he would in January), never gave me any sort of contract (he doesn't "do" contracts), did not return emails (he doesn't "do" email either, preferring the phone), and did not return my phone calls.
Here's the email I sent Friday afternoon:
Ten days ago I left you a voicemail, and sent an email, asking you to call so we could discuss my prize money and entering a written agreement. I was disappointed that you never returned either of these messages, and frustrated last night when you returned my phone call only to tell me that you didn't actually have the time to talk then either. The last time we actually had the chance to talk was weeks ago, and you admitted then that you had yet to begin even thinking about the pertinent publishing details. These instances of poor communication, apparent disorganization, and lack of a concrete plan on your part to turn my manuscript into a book make me doubt the integrity of your press, and unless I have both a check and a written contract by Monday, May 5th, I will withdraw my manuscript and seek publication elsewhere.
He called that night and left a message to say that he's too busy with school to meet that deadline.
Last night he called again, and when I brought up the fact that it's been months now without any kind of plan, he said that he was just giving me time because I was moving. "But you never even return my phone calls," I said.
"Well, we seem to be on different schedules," he said. "I'm a dad. Every night between 5:30 and 9:00 I have to put my daughter to bed."
"Well, it sounds like you have too many teaching and family commitments to be doing this at all," I said.
"I don't teach in the summer. I was going to do your book then."
"If you do my book in the summer I don't see how it will be out by the end of the year, as you promised."
"If you want to withdraw your manuscript, then you can withdraw your manuscript."
"That's what I am doing. I already decided."
"Well, if that's what you want to do..."
And so on. Jesus Christ.