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Fifty Shades of Black and White

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When four women first banded together to form The Writer’s Coffee Shop publishing house, little did they know they would publish one of the most successful book series in history: Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed. Although they never formalized a written partnership agreement, the four operated The Writer’s Coffee Shop as a partnership, but that lack of a written agreement was a portent of things to come. After selling publishing rights to the Fifty Shades trilogy to Random House, one of them claimed no partnership ever existed and made off with more than $40,000,000 in royalties from the sale.

It was against this backdrop that Jennifer Pedroza retained attorney Mike Farris to file a lawsuit in Fort Worth, Texas, to establish that The Writers Coffee Shop had been, and still was, a partnership; that she was a still-existing partner in that partnership; and that she was entitled to her share of partnership profits.

Fifty Shades of Black and White provides an insider’s look at the sordid story of the rise and fall of The Writer’s Coffee Shop, as well as a study of the litigation it spawned. Mike Farris explains how the case developed and proceeded in the courtroom while Jennifer Pedroza tells her personal story of how she was victimized by someone she thought was a friend. In the end, this is a cautionary tale of what happens when money comes between comrades and of the importance of “getting it in writing.” It is an illustration of why greed is one of the seven deadly sins.

Mike Farris and Jennifer Pedroza

Mike Farris is a commercial litigator and entertainment attorney with the Dallas, Texas, law firm of Vincent Lopez Serafino Jenevein, P.C. As a writer, Mike is the author of the novels Manifest Intent, Kanaka Blues, Rules of Privilege, Wrongful Termination, The Bequest and Isle of Broken Dreams. In the world of non-fiction, he collaborated with former ABC-TV anchorman Murphy Martin on Martin’s memoir of his years in journalism, entitled Front Row Seat: A Veteran Reporter Relives the Four Decades That Reshaped America, and with Robert Hinkle to write Bob’s memoir, Call Me Lucky: A Texan in Hollywood.

 

Jennifer Pedroza lives in Arlington, Texas with her husband, Mickey, and her seventeen year old son, Nicholas. An educator for over 20 years, Jennifer loves teaching and mentoring students. In 2012, she stopped teaching in order to market books for the company she and three other partners created. The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House introduced the world to the globally successful, Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James and successfully launched many other novels from Indy authors all over the world. By 2014, Jennifer returned to the classroom and is currently getting her second Masters Degree from The University of Texas at Arlington. Even though teaching will always be where her heart is, she can also be found at any beach reading a good book and enjoying time with friends.

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When four women first banded together to form The Writer’s Coffee Shop publishing house, little did they know they would publish one of the most successful book series in history: Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed. Although they never formalized a written partnership agreement, the four operated The Writer’s Coffee Shop as a partnership, but that lack of a written agreement was a portent of things to come. After selling publishing rights to the Fifty Shades trilogy to Random House, one of them claimed no partnership ever existed and made off with more than $40,000,000 in royalties from the sale.

It was against this backdrop that Jennifer Pedroza retained attorney Mike Farris to file a lawsuit in Fort Worth, Texas, to establish that The Writers Coffee Shop had been, and still was, a partnership; that she was a still-existing partner in that partnership; and that she was entitled to her share of partnership profits.

Fifty Shades of Black and White provides an insider’s look at the sordid story of the rise and fall of The Writer’s Coffee Shop, as well as a study of the litigation it spawned. Mike Farris explains how the case developed and proceeded in the courtroom while Jennifer Pedroza tells her personal story of how she was victimized by someone she thought was a friend. In the end, this is a cautionary tale of what happens when money comes between comrades and of the importance of “getting it in writing.” It is an illustration of why greed is one of the seven deadly sins.

Additional information

Format

Trade Paperback

ISBN

978-1-941071-89-2

Language

English

Pages

410

Publisher

Stairway Press

Release Date

5/15/2018

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