Michigan printing company helps woman after Illinois publisher takes money

DEXTER, Mich. (WXYZ) - Employees at Thomson-Shore, a publishing and printing company that has been around for more than 40 years, heard about a local woman's publishing nightmare and reached out to help her fulfill her dreams.

The president of the Dexter-based company contacted 7 Action News in hopes of helping Tonia Bell fulfill her dream of becoming a published author.

"We'll publish her book," said Thomson-Shore President Kevin Spall.

Spall said he and his colleagues saw Bell's story and recognized that there are more and more pop-up publishers these days that may start off with good intentions, but quickly get in over their heads, leaving authors empty-handed.

Spall suggests that authors research companies they're considering doing business with, with the help of the Alliance of Independent Authors or The Independent Publishing Magazine.

Bell paid Illinois-based Green Ivy Publishing $3,500, but then the company started giving her the runaround and eventually their number was disconnected.

On Green Ivy Publishing's Facebook page, it appears some authors began have trouble with them earlier this year.

One unhappy author wrote, "I published in September and still nothing. No one will answer my calls or emails."

As for Bell's book, described as a dramatic love story inspired by her late husband, Spall believes Thomson-Shore will be able to have her book available soon for purchase through Amazon and bookstores without any out-of-pocket costs to her.

"We're excited to be a part of it," said Spall.

Thomson-Shore is having an open house for their upcoming Booktoberfest on Oct. 21, where they will be offering advice and insight for authors. There will also be fun and educational activities for families.

The cost is just $3 and that includes a hot dog or bratwurst, chips and a soft drink.

Authors will also be on hand to sign books and offer advice to other authors. 

Thomson-Shore is hoping Bell's book, "Peace On That," will be ready to feature during Booktoberfest.

Click here for more information on Booktoberfest.

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