Book Publishing: The Dark Side of the Publishing Industry

  • by Timothy Aldred
  • Narrated by Aaron Sinn
  • 1 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The explosive tell-all!
In October 2006 Timothy Aldred's daughter, author Millenia Black, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against New York publishing giant Penguin Group (USA). After two years Penguin Group settled the case with his daughter out of court, and she is prohibited from ever discussing the details of the case again.
Inside you will learn:

Exactly what transpired prior to the settlement of the lawsuit
Why the case was settled out of court
The role of the Oprah Winfrey Show producers
The disparity in advance royalties given to black versus white authors
The bombshell publishing insider witness - and what she exposed!
And much more!
Injustices flourish in silence, and the truth about the publishing industry's treatment of certain writers must be spoken until all writers are treated equally. Big publishing companies use their power to keep certain discriminatory practices hidden while continuing to maintain a centuries-old mind-set of inherent superiority.
(Previously published as Why They Gagged My Daughter.)


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This audio book was a "can't believe what I'm hearing" book. Publishers shouldn't be able to even meet the author, even agents shouldn't be allowed to tell the publishers anything about the author. After the book is published that would be a different matter. But books should be published on whether they are good or not, not based on skin color.
Shame on the Penguin!

Good informative book.
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- Mystery2decor "amateur sleuth"


Aldred, from Jamaica, shares the experience of his daughter's court case against a large publisher. Aldred wrote the book as a kind of expose of engrained discrimination. I can tell he is driven by passion for his family, desire for justice, and truth. I hope this book can start conversations and create understanding.

Publishing is a high dollar industry, and like all industries, is concerned with making money. I was stunned to hear this account about how publishers wanted to market the works of Millenia Black (Aldred's daughter) because she was African American. It wasn't based on the content of the book, which had no African American characters. Authors should be evaluated based on their talent and content of their books, regardless of their background! Ms. Black and the publisher settled out of court and a gag order was established.

Sinn is an excellent narrator.
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- Abby Farmer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-22-2015
  • Publisher: Timothy Aldred, LLC