CYNTHIA MCMURRAY, BRYLER AND THREE DOGS: APOLOGY AND RETRACTION

Please Note: No comments will be approved for this prepared statement. Although I appreciate comments to my blog, I am obligated to block all that are submitted. Thank you for understanding.

From May 27, 2013 to July 27, 2013, I wrote a series of articles on this blog

(https://dianetibert.com/) about Cynthia McMurray, Bryler Publications Inc. and Three Dogs

Press. These articles are headlined:

. Bryler Sleeps with Three Dogs on Staircase (May 27, 2013);

. Three Dogs Find New Dog House (June 9, 2013);

. What Can We Do About Bryler Publications? (June 13, 2013);

. How Happy Are Bryler Authors? (July 5, 2013);

. Bryler Contest: Books Written By Kids Participants (July 12, 2013);

. Let the Witch Hunt Continue… (July 15, 2013);

. $21.19 (July 16, 2013);

. BBB Reports on Bryler Publications and Three Dogs Press (July 18, 2013); and

. Witches are Great People (July 27, 2013).

The statements I wrote and the comments that others have left on these articles directly say, connote and otherwise suggest that Cynthia McMurray is guilty of defrauding her customers. Further, my statements and these comments make Ms. McMurray out to be an unscrupulous, malicious and diabolical criminal, out to victimize unsuspecting authors.

I recognize that there is no foundation to these allegations and I regret that they were ever

made. Ms. McMurray has not been charged or convicted of any criminal activity, and I and my fellow internet posters should have undertaken diligent inquiries before making such accusatory and damaging statements about Ms. McMurray. I should have contacted Ms. McMurray and undertaken responsible investigative journalism before publishing this false and damaging material.

I also recognize that my blog has created a forum which has encouraged and permitted negative and volatile discourse, aimed at Ms. McMurray. My objective was to create awareness, not damage Ms. McMurray’s reputation or her business. I allowed disparaging, insulting and untrue remarks spiral out of control when I knew I should have removed them from the blog, and for this I am deeply sorry.

I am now taking the earliest opportunity to correct my errors, and I have accordingly removed all offensive and untrue material from the blog.

I sincerely express my regret for the distress and embarrassment my errors have caused Ms. McMurray, her family, and the authors who have stood and continue to stand by her as she moves forward with Three Dogs Press. My actions have caused damage not only to Ms. McMurray, but also to the authors who continue to work with her label.

Furthermore, I would note that books published by Ms. McMurray are well-crafted. Her

business is not meant to “rip off” or “scam” authors, and presents a legitimate option for

developing or experienced authors alike.

In fact, many authors HAVE succeeded under Bryler’s (and now Three Dogs Press’) label. One

need only search for Gary Chisholm, Kimberley McMillan and Vernon Oickle, among others, to

find examples of this success. The product’s quality matches that of any major publishing

company.

Finally, I have been informed that Ms. McMurray continues to undertake efforts to work with

her authors to bring Bryler’s outstanding obligations to a satisfactory close. She is undertaking

serious efforts to fix things, and not run away, as I previously – and inaccurately – reported.

JtFR: Demystifying Publishing Industry in the Chronicle Herald

An article appeared in the Opinion section of the Chronicle Herald yesterday (August 21, 2013) called Demystifying Publishing Industry. It was written by Terrilee Bulgar and discusses the publishing industry in Atlantic Canada.

It begins:

Members of the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association (APMA) would like to clarify misperceptions that might arise from a recent news story about a Nova Scotia company named Bryler Publications (“Writers’ Cramp: Chester publisher says relationship with a major bookseller has driven her into bankruptcy,” July 15).

On behalf of the 28 members of the APMA, I am responding to the article above out of concern for a number of statements attributed to Bryler founder Cynthia McMurray, and in the interest of informing writers and consumers that the situation she described is not entirely accurate.

The (failed) business model pursued by Cynthia McMurray and Bryler Publications is not “publishing” per se, but a form of self-publishing, wherein authors pay to have their books packed, printed, and in some cases, made available in the supply chain, which links them to conventional and online bookstores.

…the rest of the article can be read here: Demystifying Publishing Industry.

Because this is Just the Facts Reporting, no comments will be approved for this post. I appreciate the comments, however, I am being held responsible for them. The harsh comments in previous posts have led to legal action against me, so to prevent further trouble, all JtFR will remain just that with no comments. Thank you for understanding.