Communications and Electronics Engineering. Freelance writer with more than 30 publications, and nine robotics and programming awards.
My book published by Apress
It's difficult to write about these matter that happened to me. However, I want to clarify all this issue, because I don't want it to happen to you, and that you take the necessary precautions. Mr. Aaron Black is a dangerous guy and very skilled to cheat people and has no scruples to achieve his goals. Below I will detail all this story in chronological order and you can get your own conclusion.
On April 26, 2019, Mr. Aaron Black contacted me to invite me to publish a book about the Raspberry Pi board with the publisher Apress. I didn't know Mr. Black and had no references from him so that I could fully trust his words, so I asked him for specific information regarding his offer. He responded immediately as you can see in the figure below.
As we can see, among other things, Mr. Black offered me an advance of $ 2,000.00 USD just with the delivery of the manuscript, this seemed very attractive to me and I decided to accept immediately. I anticipate you that this $ 2,000.00 USD never paid me, despite claiming it on several occasions and he never answered my question as you can see in the image below.
This request is from October 19, 2019. Why did not he answer my question? I don't know, I was beginning to suspect that something was wrong with Mr. Black. However, I trusted this company and decided to be patient and not show anxiety or despair.
This story is real, on June 4, 2019 Apress sent me the contract “681_ 89027807_AUE_Guillen_Pi_Sensors”, to be signed by mean of the “DocuSign” platform as can be seen in the figure below:
I can tell you that the publication process continued on its way. On June 4, 2019, Mr. Black introduced myself to Mrs. Jessica Vakill, She was the Coordinating Editor for my book, “Sensor Projects with Raspberry Pi”.
Finally, in January 2020, the book was published in digital and paper formats. I even received regular mail at my home with five samples of my book: “Sensor Projects with Raspberry Pi”.
However, this story could not be so beautiful, and with a happy ending as in fairy tales. I started receiving emails from email@example.com and ApressRoyalty@springer.com with notifications of failed bank transfers: January 9, 2020, February 13, 2020, March 5, 2020 and April 3, 2020. For example, from this last notification I show you the email and the failed electronic transfer:
Even on March 23, 2020, I processed the ticket # 123150 with "Global Royalty Support", because they had the data of a bank account that was not mine, and for that reason the bank transfers were failing.
GlobalRoyaltySupport@springernature.com acknowledged receipt of this ticket # 123150.
Finally, on April 11, 2020, I complained to Apress, and let them know that they were violating the contract with every intention of causing me financial harm. Obviously, they never responded to me, and they didn't send me notifications again.
It's clear for me, Mr. Aaron Black is dedicated to fraud people who are freelance writers like me, he makes false promises that he will never keep, Apress Media LLC company is satisfied with his work, and the tax authorities don't audit them.
Be carefully, because Mr. Aaron Black, here in Apress, reeks of corruption.