(More) Advance Praise for TERMINAL SEQUENCE

I’d blush but I know it’s true.

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Actual comments from Amazon reviews:

Incredibly diabolical plot

ANOTHER WINNER!

An excellent book !!!!!

Another Hit

5.0 out of 5 stars WOW Dan Alatorre does it again Terminal Sequence in the Gamma Series. It is the BEST!

I loved this book

This was the best of all three so far…..

My favorite part…

 …when I found out there’s going to be a book 4!

 

WOW, you WILL NOT believe what convicted felon Wid Bastian just did to another author!

Gang, I just received this email. Skip to paragraph two:


“Just wanted to thank you VERY MUCH for your info on Wid. I’ve been doing business with him (I might just use a different word for that after reading your blog post) – and had decided to drop him at the end of this month. Thankfully I don’t think I’ve lost a great deal of money apart from that I believe the physical/financial effort he’s put in for the advertising fees I’ve paid him don’t add up, over time. Possibly hundreds of dollars a month tossed down the toilet for 9 months or so. I feel like an idiot!

“Today when another author alerted me, I found out someone had changed the password on my KDP account.

Had to phone Amazon to get everything reset.

Coincidence? I think not … because Wid called literally 10 minutes after I changed it, and FB messaged as well.


Gang, THAT. IS. SCARY.

It seems like old habits die hard for convicted felon Wid Bastian

and he’s getting more and more desperate.

Wid Bastian wanted poster

 

How Does CONVICTED FELON Wid Bastian’s Fraudulent Marketing Scheme Work? Terrifying insights from yet ANOTHER victim!

For evil to triumph, good people must do nothing.

Remember that as you read.

Here is yet another letter from an author that convicted felon Wid Bastian is preying upon. If you thought con artist and convicted felon Wid Bastian had stopped doing illegal activities, you were wrong.

Today’s Letter:

Hi Dan

I can send his (convicted felon Wid Bastian’s) emails, or on the phone, whichever works for you.

The way he (convicted felon Wid Bastian) hooked me was he sent me an endorsement of a writer I know in Ethiopia (we’ve emailed each other) who is very successful.

I’m the gullible type, trust people, and therefore thought Well, if (ETHIOPIAN AUTHOR, NAME REMOVED) endorsed him, and (ETHIOPIAN AUTHOR) is very successful, that sounds good.

I first heard of him (convicted felon Wid Bastian) at Genius media (now bankrupt) and they wanted too much money and their authors were not ranked high, so another marketing writer said give them a pass $2k spend).

This time around he (convicted felon Wid Bastian) only wanted $399, and no access to accounts, so I thought, what the heck…

Here is what he (convicted felon Wid Bastian) JUST sent me:

(Victim name)

Sorry for the delay in responding to your email. I was away from the office until late yesterday.

I’m ready for our meeting, sent you the outline.

What has come up. Geoff? Is it something I can address?

Best,

Wid

VICTIM’S LETTER CONTINUES:) Two things niggled at me. 1. The fact that he had (ETHIOPIAN AUTHOR) endorsement. He (convicted felon Wid Bastian) originally sent me an email, saying my blurbs were too long and needed a CTA and I should check out (ETHIOPIAN AUTHOR) I responded by saying that I knew (ETHIOPIAN AUTHOR) personally.

FYI (ETHIOPIAN AUTHOR) just emailed me, WID (convicted felon Wid Bastian)…  does have access to his accounts, so I advised (ETHIOPIAN AUTHOR) to cut Wid (convicted felon Wid Bastian) out of access ASAP…  WID hasn’t ripped him off yet, he knew nothing about WID’s background…

(Marketing)…  seems like a very tough road at times… That’s what attracted me to WID, he promised he could do much better, sent photo shots of success stories, (ETHIOPIAN AUTHOR’S) endorsement. I got excited to get my books out there…marketing is harder than writing at times…

Gang, you can see the con artist is still looking for more victims. Help stop this assault on our industry by thieves like convicted felon Wid Bastian and others like him.

TOMORROW, MY REPLY

to this letter PLUS steps you can take to protect yourself.

Wid Bastian Scam Letter: The Truth vs His Lies (And Why he Went To Prison For Embezzlement, Theft and Fraud)

Wid Bastian wanted poster

If you work hard as an author, you may eventually get several books that are doing well and get lots of good reviews. That’s when you think life gets easier, and in certain regards, it does.

You also get just high enough of a profile for a con artist to come after you,

telling you things you want to hear so that you will give them lots of money

to make your dreams come true.

Yes I’m oversimplifying it but I’m doing so to make a point.

What follows will be a letter from a con artist who’s going to flatter you to get you to start having conversations with them so they can market your books. Keep in mind, this guy will not market your books. He will simply take your money.

WID PROSPECTING LETTER TO MJ

He might even put a fake testimonial “from you” on his website saying how happy you are with him.

Second, you will see a letter from this con artist saying that he successfully managed lots of authors’ books, and implying he worked hard and sometimes things just don’t work out.

wid lies letter explaining bankruptcy

However, as part of this exposition, the third document shows what he went to prison for.

He didn’t go to prison because the economy was soft.

He didn’t go to prison because he worked hard and things just didn’t work out.

Wid Bastian went to prison for MORE THAN A DECADE because he embezzled peoples money. He lied to them and said he was going to do things and then took their money and didn’t do those things. For the most part, the FBI has lots of better things to do than make up lies about a low level thief. So when you get this letter and if you get one of these “explanations,” remember this blog post and look again at this document.

wid guilty 11-01-1987

It says the United States of America versus Wid Bastian. It doesn’t say disgruntled author client or unhappy guy in Florida venting about an @sshole.

It’s the United States of America, a federal court, saying Wid Bastian did things like:

  • Theft

  • Embezzlement

  • Money Laundering

  • Embezzlement

  • Scheme to Defraud

  • Fraud by wire

  • Swindles

and finally, the coup de grace

Bankruptcy fraud

By the way, Wid AGREED he did those things! He pled guilty to ALL of that!

The named individual, convicted felon Wid Bastian, has once again filed for bankruptcy. I don’t know how many times he’s filed for bankruptcy, but it’s a lot. You have to ask yourself: do you really want to hire a “marketer” who’s going to take $2000 or $5000 or $10,000 from you when he just declared bankruptcy a couple of weeks ago and he owes in excess of $100,000 to a bunch of different authors?

Wid Bastian bankruptcy (1)

Seems like this loser files bankruptcy every week!

At some point you have to realize for this man’s whole adult life he has been a thief.

But I will let you decide.

Wid Bastian wanted poster

 

Here’s what the loser looks like now. I wonder how he lost that front tooth?

But remember, THIS IS WHO HE IS:

Wid Bastian wanted poster

CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN

CONVICTED FELON FOR FRAUD
CONVICTED FELON FOR EMBEZZLEMENT
CONVICTED FELON FOR SCHEMES
CONVICTED FELON FOR LYING TO INVESTORS
CONVICTED FELON FOR THEFT
CONVICTED FELON FOR MONEY LAUNDERING
CONVICTED FELON FOR SCHEMING TO DEFRAUD
CONVICTED FELON FOR FRAUD BY WIRE
CONVICTED FELON FOR SCHEMES
CONVICTED FELON FOR BANKRUPTCY FRAUD
More people are coming forward to voice their complaints about Wid every day.
complaint about wid from michael atkins B no name shown

But for me it’s all about the IRS.

Them Internal Revenue Service fellas play for keeps.

“The Gamma Series scares the hell out of me”

Actual amazon review:

5 stars

“The characters are so real, as are most of the situations.
As far as we know the science in this book is much more advanced than in reality, but

how do we really know?

the past few years have shown us political corruption in reality just as deep and disgusting as is depicted in these fictional pages. New virus’s we can’t cure, human clones. Today’s improbable may be tomorrow’s possible, and next weeks out-of-date!

Frankly, the Gamma series scares the hell out of me,

not because it’s horror, it’s not.

It is, in my opinion all too believable

in a perhaps not so distant future, with a very different ending, and that is terrifying.”
– Amazon review

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Hauser face

“I shall be very disappointed if you do not.”

“Terminal Sequence is AMAZING” 5 STARS

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Terminal Sequence

(The Gamma Sequence #3)

by Dan Alatorre (Goodreads Author)

Cyndi‘s review

Jan 28, 2020

“IT WAS AMAZING”

Wow!

Another exciting, action packed suspense

in the search to shut down all the facilities carrying out Dr. Hauser’s horrible experiments. Trinn finds herself in all kinds of trouble when she is unable to get in contact with the rest of her team members. When she goes to London the last place she had contact with Maya she is recognized as the Port Bomber and finds herself in a race for her life.

This book is every bit as exciting as the previous books in the series.

I loved a couple of the new characters in this book.

We meet sweet and brilliant 5 year old Constantine. She is one of Hauser’s creations that has been hand picked to take over for Hauser. Another of Dr. Hauser’s creations is Keeper 27 who is responsible for the care of Constantine.

There are some very unexpected twists to this book that I didn’t see coming.

A really great story that you can read alone but is so much better if you read the series.
I am very excited to know that there is going to be another book in this series and I am really looking forward to it.
I received a free download of this book from the publisher. I am leaving a review because I wanted to share my own honest opinion of this book.
Cyndi Goodreads review

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Hauser face

“I shall be very disappointed if you do not.”

TERMINAL SEQUENCE is a roller coaster ride!

The early reviews are starting to come in.

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“A roller coaster ride!”

Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2020

“After reading “Rogue Elements”, the second book in this medical thriller series, I realized that

Dan Alatorre set the bar extremely high if he wanted to write a better novel…

HE DID!

The character development is excellent, the story and plot keep you engaged and he does not disappoint his fans with

edge-of-your seat action and thrills.

I believe Dan had to have spent hours upon hours researching cryogenics and it shines through. The attention spent on detailed description is paramount to this story and is written in such a way that it is totally believable.

Dean Koontz, watch out! Dan Alatorre is on his way.

– Amazon review

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The importance of having some OTHER person review your manuscript

Dan AlatorreI love my beta readers, and because I do, I want them to get the cleanest MS (manuscript) possible – so I stated using a proofreader. This is fairly new to me; my betas used to catch all my typos.

Whether your betas catch them or a proofreader, an editor – let’s face it: when you write 50,000 words (or 80k or 100k) THERE ARE GOING TO BE TYPOS.

I looked at the following passage after the proofreader sent it back with an error flagged.

I looked at it a few times – I couldn’t see the error.

It was only because she pointed it out with a comment that I saw what I’d written.

Time wrap up this party

should be

time to wrap up this party

 

proofreading

Well sure, YOU can see it – but I didn’t. Because I knew what I wrote. My eye saw the right words and my brain read them, even though they weren’t there.

That’s … annoying.

But it’s a lesson for all of us. OTHERS can see our mistakes better than we can, so encourage people to find them in your MS and point them out – including readers. Why not? We’re all human. I’ve seen typos in traditionally published paperbacks of major authors’ works. It happens.

It’ll happen less if you get people to help you.

Get ready to go terminal. Preorder now for just $0.99 – for a limited time. The price goes up to $4.99 with no notice sometime before release day, February 28, 2020

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Authors, Beware of this online scheme from convicted felon Wid Bastian

Hey, Dan.

This is the email that I got from him. He sent me some messages on LinkedIn and said that he had an offer for me, to check my email. Just so that you know what his most recent pitch is as of yesterday. If it helps in some way, I’m all about it. Feel free to use this anyway that you want.

I blocked him, and checked off the reporting scam box. Not sure what happens next.

Best,

Non victim

Message from convicted felon Wid Bastian as he canvasses LinkedIn for new victims. (Note how he misattributes a quote to Ben Franklin when it is actually from  Xun Kuang.)

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

Hi (NAME)

I’m Wid Bastian. The quote in the title bar is from Ben Franklin. It conveys a profound truth – the best way to impart knowledge is to not only teach someone what to do but also to meaningfully engage them in the process of learning.

Do you have an effective, repeatable system for marketing your eBooks? If so, congrats and ignore this message. But if you’re still searching for an eBook promotion method that produces results then I can help.

I saw your profile on Linked In so I reached out. I sent you a Linked In connect request. I’ve peeked at the three books you have published on Amazon. Great reviews on Etched in Granite. I can help you, MJ. You have the talent to build a solid literary brand.

Since 2014, as a promoter, I’ve helped dozens of authors just like you build their literary brands and increase their income by applying proven, core principles that work long term. Ready to learn these principles and techniques and put yourself on a path to success?

Here’s how it works…

I promote four books for you over two weeks. I’ll share with you exactly how I promote – the SEO involved (book descriptions, keywords, categories) – where I promote (the best online blogs and platforms to use and how to rank these platforms) – and exactly what to do to bolster your promotions on social media. My promos will result in thousands of downloads, a nice boost in sales and great exposure. But far more importantly, by participating in the process you’ll learn exactly how to do this on your own.

While I still promote for a few select clients, my focus now is on teaching authors how to promote themselves. No one is more invested in your success than you are. I’ll show you how to immediately increase your downloads, sales and KENP income. Not in theory, not through some longwinded lecture or complicated online course, but rather by applying simple and powerful strategies to your book lineup.

Your net cost for this program could be zero. Why? You’ll definitely earn income from the promotions I run for you. For most authors, their net cost ends up being $300 or less for me to teach them how to build a literary brand and make money long term through doing what they love, writing books.

Want to know more? Message me back. I’ll provide all the details. This is me – Wid’s Linked In profile .

Best,

Wid Bastian

During this process, you’ll be required to turn over your passwords and other information for your Amazon account, which includes things like your address, bank account, Social Security number. Phone number, contacts…

You should never turn these things over to anyone.

Dozens of authors have complained about being ripped off by this individual, Who served over 10 years in prison.

Complaints on this individual have been referred to numerous state attorney generals around the United States, as well as complaints for fraud filed with the FBI and income tax evasion to the IRS.

He is currently filing for bankruptcy in Utah and has been ordered to pay over $3 million to clients he embezzled from in a prior scheme. 

Convicted Felon Wid Bastian Crawls Out From Under Rock To Beg For Mercy While Still Soliciting Victims On LinkedIn

I receive the following email and “letter” from convicted felon Wid Bastian on February 6, 2020. Both contain a number of inaccuracies and outright lies by Wid, which I will signify by replying line by line IN ALL CAPS. Later I will post the contract that convicted felon Wid Bastian blatantly and fraudulently violated, despite his assertions otherwise.

 

Please beware.

 

Contents of email received from convicted felon Wid Bastian on 2/6/2020:

 

Dan;

WELL, AN ALLEGED WRITER WOULD NORMALLY KNOW A LETTER ISN’T STARTED WITH A SEMICOLON, BUT WITH A COMMA, SO WE ARE OFF TO A GREAT START

Do not email me again.

DON’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO; YOU HAVE NO JURISDICTION OVER MY ACTIONS IN TELLING THE WORLD ABOUT YOUR LAWBREAKING

You are a named creditor

AMONG DOZENS OF OTHER VICTIMS

in my

LATEST

bankruptcy. Act responsibly.

YOU HAVE TO LOVE THE IRONY IN A CONVICTED FELON AND CON ARTIST TELLING OTHER PEOPLE TO “ACT RESPONSIBLY”

Attached is a statement I’ve sent to anyone who asks.

WE WILL SEE THE STATEMENT MOMENTARILY, BUT IT IS NOT SIGNED NOR WAS IT SWORN OUT UNDER OATH, SO IT’S REALLY A  PIECE OF MEDIA PROPAGANDA A.K.A. LIES.

On top of what I say in that statement, let me assure you of this: the Do No Harm and the other two Collabs were, in a legal sense, handled properly.

NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH; ALL REVENUES FROM THE SET WERE EMBEZZLED BY WID BASTIAN AND THE CHARITIES WERE DEFRAUDED

My reports

NO REPORTS WERE GIVEN TO ME AND NO COSTS WERE EVER VERIFIED

are accurate

THEY WERE NOT ACCURATE AND WERE NOT SUBSTANTIATED IN ANY WAY, WITH RECEIPTS OR OTHERWISE, NOR WERE THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS VERIFIED BY ANYONE

(I UNDERSTATED the costs).

THE COSTS APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN MADE UP AND WERE IN DIRECT VIOLATION OF THE CONTRACT

For you in particular, you became a USA Today Bestselling author for $750.

THAT IS NOT THE CASE; MY COSTS WERE MORE THAN THAT AND CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN ASKED FOR MORE MONEY BUT WHEN WE REVOLTED HE WITHDREW THE REQUEST, NOT TO MENTION HE VIOLATED THE TERMS OF SERVICE OR AMAZON

Read the DNH report.

TO DATE, NO REPORT WAS GIVEN TO ME BY CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN

I could only distribute “net income”, to either the charity or the authors.

THAT WAS NOT WHAT WAS AGREED; THE CHARITIES WERE TO RECEIVE 100% OF THE PREORDER PROCEEDS, AND THERE IS NO MENTION OF REVENEUE FORM PAGE READS IN KUNDLE UNLIMTED; YOU ALSO ATTEMPTED TO ALTER THE CONTRACT ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION

There was no net income

THIS ALLEGATION IS FRAUDULENT BECAUSE CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN ALLEGEDED THAT HIS COSTS WERE MORE THAN THE REVENUES BUT PROVIDED NO PROOF OF ANY EXPENSES OTHER THAN INFLATED AND ARBITRATY SALARIES FOR HIMELF AND TWO ASSISTANTS, ONE OR MORE OF WHICH MAY NOT HAVE EVER BEEN PAID OR EVEN EXISTED.

I didn’t invent GAAP rules

NO ONE ALLEGED A CONVICTED FELON INVENTED ACCOUNTING RULES

I just followed them – explicitly

GENERALLY ACCEPTED ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES REQUIRE RECEIPTS BE MAINTAINED AND LEDGERS KEPT, REPORTS BE SIGNED OFF ON MY AN ACCOUNTING FIRM, CLIENTS NOT BE EMBEZZLED FROM, CONTRACTS BE FOLLOWED, ETC – BASIC THINGS WHICH WERE NEVER DONE.

How can you even begin to say that I ripped you off?

BECAUSE YOU TOOK ALL THE MONEY FROM OUR SET, INEXCESS OF $20,000, AND BECAUSE YOU DO THAT IN EVERY SET YOU MANAGE, THAT’S HOW.

Genius Media

POSSIBLY A FICTITIOUS COMPANY

collapsed due to being over leveraged

THAT’S A NICE WAY OF SAYING HE TOOK ALL THEM MONEY BUT DIDN’T DO THE WORK HE WAS PAID TO DO.

That’s bad enough, but your posts give the impression that I was ripping people off, which is a lie

MY POSTS ARE 100% TRUE AND ARE MUCH CLOSER TO THE TRUTH THAN ANYTHING YOU HAVE EVER SAID.

All this smoke you’re putting out cannot hide the facts

I AM TRYING TO GET THE FACTS OUT THERE AND NOT FURTHER THE LIES YOU ARE STILL TELLING.

The fact is that I could no longer support my debt burden, that’s why I declared bankruptcy. Go ahead and keep sending letters to State AGs or whomever

THANK YOU, I WILL: IRS, FBI, STATE ATTORNEY GENERALS, ETC.

When they see the facts, not the BS you and your friends are spouting, your nonsense complaints will go nowhere. I have the facts on my side (and all of the documentation)

THEN WHY DIDN’T YOU / DON’T YOU PROVIDE IT? BECAUSE WE BOTH KNOW IT DOESN’T EXIST.

From now on direct your comments to my lawyers.

YOU DON’T GET TO TELL ME WHAT TO DO, ASSHOLE – THE TRUTH IS ON MY SIDE AND THE OTHER 19+ AUTHORS YOU LIED TO, EMBEZZLED FROM, AND CHEATED, AS WELL AS POSSIBLY ANOTHER 30 AUTHORS THAT I HAVE HEARD ABOUT

Stop harassing me

TELLING THE TRUTH PUBLICLY IS NOT HARRASSMENT, STUPID.

Get a life

OF THE TWO OF US, I WOULD HAVE TO SAY THE ONE WHO DIDN’T SPEND 10 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON, DIDN’T RUN OUT ON MY 4-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER, DIDN’T USE MY FIRST WIFE’S HOUSE AS COLLATERAL TO RUN FROM THE LAW, I’M THE ONE WITH A LIFE; YOU HAVE A SERIES OF VERY STUPID MISTAKES AND SERVED TIME IN FEDERASL PRISON – FOR COUNTERFEITING, OF ALL THINGS! THAT’S SOMEONE WITH NO LIFE – AND NO CLUE.

Wid Bastian

POSSIBLY NOT EVEN HIS REAL NAME BECAUSE HE HAS UPWARDS OF 6 ALISES ACCORING TO THE FBI WANTED POSTER

 

THE STATEMENT FROM CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN REFERRED TO ABOVE, FOLLOWS. PLEASE NOTE THAT IT IS NOT SIGNED, IS NOT SWORN UNDER OATH, HAS NOT BEEN VERIFIED BY ANY OUTSIDE SOURCE, AND CONTAINS A NUMBER OF INACCURRACIES, MISSTATEMENTS, AND OURIGHT LIES:

From 2014 through the end of 2019, I owned and operated a company called Genius Media.

TO DATE WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED VERIFICATION THAT ANY SUCH COMPANY EXISTED, ONLY THAT CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN SAID IT DID

I was forced

ODD WORD; HE TOLD US IT GOT ACQUIRED. I GUESS HE LIED

to cease operations of Genius Media for several reasons

TO MY KNOWLEDHE IT DIDN’T CEASE; HE CONTINUED TO SOLICIT VICTIMS

first and foremost because my firm was overleveraged.

NO ONE KNOWS WHAT THAT SPECIFICALLY MEANS HERE; WHAT HE MAY MEAN IS, HE TOOK A LOT OF MONEY FROM CLIENTS AND DIDN’T DO THE WORK

The responsibility for any business failure ultimately rests with the owner.

NOTE HOW HE DID NOT SAY “ME” HERE

However, misinformation

HE CANNOT BE REFERRING TO MY POSTS BNECAUSE THERE WAS NO MISINFORMATION IN THEM, ONLY THE TRUTH ABOUT HOW HE INTENTIONALL AND WITH MALICE STOLE FROM CLIENTS WITH THE INTENT TO DEFRAUD, INCLUDING STATEMENTS RECEIVED THAT HE TOOK APPROXIMATELY $10,000 FROM ONE AUTHOR TO TURN A BOOK INTO A SCREENPLAY AND DID NO WORK

was publicly posted about me and Genius Media

AGAIN, A CORPORATION THAT MAY NOT EVEN EXIST

in December 2019 and January 2020.

PRIVATELY, A LOT MORE WAS SAID BUT DECORUM PREVENTS ME FROM POSTING IT HERE

Let me set the record straight.

GET READY FOR THE LIES

In the 1990s, more than 25 years ago, I owned an investment company that

YOU EMBEZZLED FROM AND WERE ORDERED TO PAY $3 MILLION IN RESTUTUTION TO THE VICTIMS

experienced serious problems.

AKA THEFT AND EMBEZZLEMENT

ALSO, ACCORDING TO NUMEROUS REPORTS, WID BASTIAN WAS SENT TO FEDERAL PRISON FOR COUNTERFEITING, ALSO FOR TAKING MORE THAN $800,000 FROM A CLIENT

I am an ex-felon

TO MY KNOWLEDGE, YOU ARE CURRENTLY A CONVICTED FELON; NO COURT HAS WAVIED YOUR CONVICTION NOR EXPUGNED YOUR RECORD NOR ANY GOVERNOR GRANTED YOU A PARDON

based on my involvement with that company

EMBEZZLEMENT, FROM DOCUMENTS, PUBLIC RECORDS I RECEIVED AND INTERVIEWS I CONDUCTED

As a legal matter, the case has been over for 15 plus years.

THIS IS NOT TRUE; CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN WAS REMANDED BY A FEDERAL JUDGE TO NOT HANDLE MONEY FOR ANY CLIENTS EVER AGAIN, WHICH HE VIOLATED WHEN HE INSISTED THE REVENUES FROM AMAZON FOR THE BOX SETS BE PAID TO HIM ON BEHALF OF THE AUTHORS

I never told anyone who asked me anything but the truth about my history

ACTUALLY YOU APPEAR TO HAVE LIED ABOUT IT TO MANY PEOPLE AND LIED ABOUT IT IN THIS VERY DOCUMENT

but I also did not advertise it.

BECAUSE ADVERTISING ISN’T SOMETHING YOU EVER DO, EVEN IF PEOPLE PAY YOU TO DO IT AND YOU PROMISE YOU WILL

This company had nothing to do with the arts (eBooks, films, etc.).

UNLESS YOU CONSIDER EMBEZZLEMENT AN ART FORM

From 2014 through 2019, I promoted hundreds of authors at Genius Media.

PROMOTED, STOLE FROM; POTATO/POTAHTO. INFORMATION INDICATES HE SOLICITED MANY AUTHORS AND SUBSEQUENTLY EMBEZZLED AND DEFRAUDED MANY OF THEM; TO DATE HE HAS NOT PROVIDED ANY RECORDS TO INDICATE HE DID ANY OF THE REQUIRED WORK HE WAS CONTRACTED TO DO

Did every author do well under my eBook promotion system? Of course not.

BOY IS THAT THE TRUTH; DID ANY DO WELL IS A BETTER QUESTION

Did most authors make money

NO, ACCORDING TO 100% OF THE AUTHORS I SPOKE WITH

and/or

THAT AND/OR IS A CUTE WAY TO MAKE IT SEEM LIKE AUTHORS MADE MONEY WHEN THEY DIDN’T

substantially build their brand

THAT’S IS A VAGUE AND UNMEASURABLE TERM, BUT IT IS INRTDNDED TO MAKE THE RESDER THINK THE AUTHORS MADE MONEY. THEY DIDN’T. MADE MONEY AND/OR BUILT THEIR BRAND” WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN IN DEFINABLE TERMS? IT IS INTENTIONALL VAGUE HERE TO IMPLY THEY MADE MONEY WHEN THEY DIDN’T.

under my system?

NO PROOF HAS BEEN FURNISHED TO SUBSTANTIATE THIS CLAIM, BUT A LOT OF PROOF HAS BEEN OBTAINED THAT DIRECTLY DISPUTES IT

Absolutely.

ABSOLUTE BULLSHIT

I have documented results with Amazon sales charts, screenshots, emails, etc. to prove this claim.

NO SUCH VERIFIED REPORTS, SCREEN SHOTS, OR EMAILS WERE GIVEN TO ANY CLIENTS THAT I AM AWARE OF; SEVERAL ITEMS WERE CREATED BY CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN BUT WERE UNVERIFIABLE AND APPEAR FRAUDULENT

I have many emails in possession

YOU SHOULD SHARE THEM; A LOT OF PEOPLE YOU ROBBED ARE UPSET THAT YOU HAVE FAKE TESTIMONIALS FROM THEM ON YOUR WEBSITE DESPITE THEM ASKING YOU TO TAKE IT DOWN

some from the same, few authors

VERY FEW

who are now accusing me of deliberately harming them

YES BECAUSE YOU EMBEZZLED FROM THEM AND HAVE FAKE TESTIMONIALS ON YOUR WEBSITE FROM THEM

in one way or another through my 2019 Collabs (see below), telling me how well they did and how happy they were with my eBook promotional services.

ACTUALLY, SEVERAL WENT ONTO KBOARDS TO COMPLAIN ABOUT YOU AND YOU METHODS, TO WARN OTHERS, AND TO ASK QUESTION ABOUT YOUR TACTICS; TO MY KNOWLEDGE, ALL OF THOSE COMPLAINTS WERE TOLD YOU WERE NOT BEING FORTHRIGHT AND WERE SOMEONE TO STAY AWAY FROM; CONVERSELY, YOU APPEAR TO HAVE TRIED TO STEM THE TIDE OF NEGATIVE CRITICISM OF YOUR TACTIC AND WERE BURIED IN COMPLAINS, ULTIMATELY LEAVING THE SITE

I have recorded video testimonials from some of these same authors.

SAYING YOU HAVE THEM DOESN’T MEAN YOU DO, BUT YOU SHOULD SHOW US THOSE AND WE’LL SEE IF THOSE AUTHORS STILL FEEL POSITIVE ABOUT THEIR EXPERICNCE WITH YOU; TO DATE, I HAVE NOT ENCOUNTERED ANY THAT ARE HAPPY WITH YOU STEALING FROM THEM

Yet somehow, if a few recent posts are to be believed, I morphed into an “eBook Frankenstein”

I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THAT MEANS, BUT IF YOU ARE WILLING TO REFER TO YOURSELF AS A MONSTER, I WILL CONCEDE YOUR POINT; MONSTER IT IS

and became a bad actor in late 2019

ACTUALLY, WE BELIEVE YOU WERE A BAD ACTOR / MONSTER FOR MUCH LONGER THAN THAT, AND DESPITE TEN YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON YOU SEEM TO HAVE GONE RIGHT TO EMBEZZLEMENT UPON BEING RELASED; YOU COULDN’T STAY CLEAN AT ALL, LOSER

Industry websites who posted or reposted these rants

A RANT IS WHAT THIS DELUSIONAL FANTASY LETTER/STATEMENT IS

should have done their homework

YOU WOULD HAVE NO WAY OF KNOWING IF THEY DID OR DID NOT DO THEIR HOMEWORK BUT ANYONE WHO LOOKS INTO YOUR METHODS OF STEALING FROM CLIENTS AND VIOLATING AMAZON TERMS OF SERVICE – WHICH CAN GET AN AUTHOR BANNED FROM AMAZON – WILL NO DOUBT BE LABELED AS NOT DOING THEIR HOMEWORK WHEN THEY DECIDE YOU AREN’T HONEST. IT’S NOT THAT YOU’RE A THIEF, THEY JUST DIDN’T DO ENOUGH HOMEWORK. PLEASE PROVIDE US ANY PROOF TO THE CONTRARY SO WE CAN SEE WHAT A SHINING BEACON OF TRUTH AND HARD WORK YOU ARE

if their goal was to provide an accurate and complete picture of my eBook promotion business.

UNLIKE YOUR GOALS WHICH HAVE, FOR UPWARDS OF 20 YEARS, BEEN TO STEAL FROM CLIENTS

In late 2019, when Genius Media

A COMPANY THAT MAY HAVE NEVER EXISTED AND ONE THAT WAS 180 DEGREES MISLABELED; NO GENIUS THERE

was nearing its end

AKA, WID COULDN’T KEEP THE TRUTH FROM COMING OUT, CHECKS WERE DUE AND HE NEEDED TO KEEP THE  MONEY HE EMBEZZLED

I filed reports on three Boxed Set Collabs

I DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS; MOST AUTHORS IN THE SETS WERE NEVER GIVEN AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FROM CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN OR ANY REPORT AT ALL FROM CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN, BUT THEY WERE REPEATEDLY TOLD ACCOUNTANTS WERE COMPILING IT; NO ACCOUNTANT SIGNED OFF ON ANY INFORMATION TO DATE RECEIVED FROM CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN – COINCIDENCE? MORE FRAID AND DECEPTION? ARE YOU HOPING WE’D FORGET YOU SAID ALL THOSE THINGS? WE HAVE IT IN SCREEN SHOTS FROM FACEBOOK PAGES

I ran in 2019. Two of those three Collabs were successful

INVESTORS BELIEVE A SUCCESSFUL INVESTMENT IS ONE THAT PAYS ITS INVESTORS; WHEREAS CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN SEEMS TO BELIEVE A SUCCESSFUL INVESTMENT IS HIM KEEPING ALL THE MONEY AND NOT DOING THE WORK AS PER THE CONTRACT

all of the authors involved became USA Today Bestselling Authors

THAT’S DEMONSTRABLY NOT TRUE, AND MANY WERE ALREADY USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHORS

(for a fee of $750 per author, not a penny more)

THAT IS ALSO NOT TRUE; ANY LEGIT READING OF THE CONTRACT WILL SHOW THE FEE WAS $750 AND THAT $750 FEE WAS FOR ALL MARKETING EXPENSES AND SALARIES; 1005 OF THE PREORDER REVENUES WERE TO BE PAID TO CHARITIES, 1005 OF THE REVENUES FROM THE SET WERE TO BE PAID TO THE AUTHORS – WHICH NEVER HAPPENED, IN VIOLATION OF THE CONTRACT, WHICH I SAID TO YOU AT THE TIME. YOU BEGGED FOR MORE TIME, DURING WHICH YOU DECLARED BANKRUPTCY – AFTER HIDING FOR SEVERAL WEEKS AND NOT TALKING TO ANYONE IN THE SET

One Collab did not reach that goal.

IT IS ARBITRARY AND CAPRICIOUS FOR CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN TO STATE WHAT THE GOALS OF THE AUTHORS WERE, SINCE MANY WANTED TO MAKE MONEY ON AN INVESTMENT AND DID NOT MAKE MONEY BUT WERE EMBEZZLED FROM

I was legally obligated to wrap up the affairs under the terms and conditions as stated in the signed Collab contracts

ACTUALLY, CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIN VIOLATED THE TERMS OF THE CONTACT AND THE TERMS OF SERVICE OF AMAZON INC, AS WELL AS MISSING DEADLINES FOR SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE IN SAID COINTRACTS

I did just that.

NO, YOU STOLE ALL THE MONEY AND DID NOT PERFORM THE WORK AS PER THE CONTRACT

A few of the authors in these Collabs got angry

I AM NOT CERTAIN ANY WERE ANGRY WHEN THE ALLEGED REPORTS WERE ISSUED, BUT CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIN CANNOT KNOW THE STATE OF MIND OF THE VICTIMS; BUT CONCEDING HIS VICTIMS WERE ANGRY, ONE MIGHT THINK HE WOULD PROVIDE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND RECIPTS OR OTHER EVIDENCE TO SHOW HE DID THE WORK, WHICH WAS ASKED FOR BUT NEVER PROVIDED

when those reports were issued. They published false statements about me

I AM UNAWARE OF ANYONE PUBLISHING FALSE STATEMENTS ABOUT CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN

that were picked up by a few industry websites

I AM UNAWARE OF ANY INDUSTRY WEBSITES PICKING UP FALSE STATEMNETS; RATHER, SEVERAL THAT I BECAME AWARE OF DISCOVERED ADDITION VICTIMS OF CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN

and bloggers.

The final Collab reports were prepared under the supervision of legal and accounting counsel.

THIS IS DEMONSTRABLY NOT TRUE AND APPEARS TO BE A COMPLETE FABRICATION; NO REPUTABLE ACCOUNTING FIRM OR LAWYER HAS SIGNED OFF ON ANY FINANCIAL REPORTS THAT CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN SENT OUT, AND MOST AUTHORS RECEIVED NO STATEMENTS FROM CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN AT ALL

I also provided revenue and expense documentation to the authors along with a report. Here are three determinative provisions of these reports. One, I was only allowed, by the terms of the contracts, to distribute “net income.” There was no “net income” to distribute.

BY ARTIFICIALLY INFLATING WAGES CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN CREATED FAKE EXPENSEDS IN EXCESS OF ALL REVENUES, WITHHELD REVENUE INFORMATION FROM THE INVESRTORS, AND PROVIDED NO VERIFICATION OF ANY EXPENSES, SO THE STATEMENTS ARE FALSE AND FRAUDULENT ON THEIR FACE; ADDITIONALLY, CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN NEVER PROVIDED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS TO THE INDIVIDUAL AUTHORS IN THE SET AS HE ALLEGES, BUT RATHER GAVE A SUMMARY OF SEVERELY INADEQUATE  REPORTING TO ONE AUTHOR AND TOLD THAT AUTHOR TO GIVE IT TO EVERYONE ELSE, DESPITE CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN HAVING THE EMAIL ADDRESS OF EVERY AUTHOR IN THE SET

Two, each contract began at a specific time and ended at a specific time.

NONE OF THE CONTRACTS I WITNESSED STATED THAT

Revenue or expenses outside of the contract period could not be included in the reconciliation.

NO ONE KNOWS WHAT HE’S BABBLING ABOUT HERE

Three, Genius Media was the sole determiner of expenses – no other person or entity had the right to determine expenses.

EXCEPT THAT PEOPLE CANNOT CONTRACT TO PERFORM ILLEGAL ACTIVITOES, WICH YOU DID WHEN YOU KNWINGLY ACTED TO DEFRAUDE THE VICTIMES; THAT STATEMENT (ABOVE) IS THE KEY RIGHT THERE, CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN ARTIFICIALLY INFLATED EXPENES AND THEN SAID HE WAS THE SOLE DETERMINANT OF THE EXPENSES, A MOVE DECIDEDLY NOT WITHIN GENERALLY ACCEPTED ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES, NOT AN ARMS LENGTH TRANSACTION, ALLOWS FOR MONETARY MANIPULATION IN VIOLATION OF FEDERAL LAW, AND IS DECEPTIVE ON ITS FACE

All expenses were conservatively calculated

NO, THEY WERE GROSSLY EXCESSIVE

and documented

THEY WERE NOT DOCUMENTED AT ALL.

Lastly, I’ve seen reference to a provision in these contracts stating that “expenses cannot exceed fees.” Author fees were paid for “participating” in the Collab, not as a determiner of expenses (this exact language is found in each contract). What this provision prevented was a “cash call” – asking authors for more money than their $750 fee to promote the Collab. No author, in any of my 2019 Collabs, paid one dime more than their $750 fee.

THAT’S NOT TRUE

Two of the three Collabs made the USA Today Bestseller list – that means those 30 authors achieved this USA Today goal for the price of $750.

TO IMPLY THAT IT MIRACULOUSLY HAPPENED WITHOUT MANY NEWSLETTER SWAPS, CONSTANT POSTING IN Facebook groups, swaps, and the efforts of two separate charities is a willful misrepresentation of the facts

I did nothing wrong

UNLESS YOU CONSIDER LYING AND EMBEZZLENET WRONG, PREDATORY PRACTICES, AS WELL AS FRAUD, THEFT, VIOLATING THE TERMS OF THE CONTRACT, VIOLATING AMAZON’S TERMS OF SERVICE, AND PRETENDING TO HAVE YOUR COMPANY GET ACQUIRED BY ANOTHER THAT YOU THEN SAID YOU OWNED

from a legal perspective

IT WOULD BE BEST FOR ALL TO SEEK LEGAL ADVICE FROM PERSONS OTHER THAN A CONVICTED FELON AND ALLEGED SOCIOPATH, THANK YOU

on these Collabs.

I did not communicate well

BECAUSE YOU WERE LYING TO THEM ABOUT REVENUES EARNED AND MAKING STATEMNTS ABOUT HOW MUCH THEY WOULD MAKE

with the authors from October 2019 forward.

YOU DROPPED OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH, STOPPED RETURNING CALLS, REFUSED CERTIFIED LETTERS, BLOCKED THE AUTHORS FROM THE SET ON FACEBOOK, AND REFUSED TO RETURN THEIR EMAILS, WHILE TAKING THEIR MONEY AND DEFRAUDING THE CHARITIES THEY PLEDGED – WITH YOU – MONEY TO

I could and should have done better in that area.

IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE HOW YOU COULD HAVE DONE WORSE, EXCEPT WHEN ONE REALIZES YOU WERE INTENTIONALLY STEALING FROM THEM AND TRYING TO GET AWAY, THEN IT MAKES TOTAL SENSE

That said

THAT GROUP OF LIES SAID

my legal obligation was to wrap up the affairs of each Collab properly.

NO ONE BELIEVES ANY LEGAL COUNSEL WAS SOUGHT BY CONVICTED FELON WID BASTIAN EXCEPT TO DECLARE BANKRUPTCY

The allegation that I “scammed” authors in these Collabs or filed false reports is not only false; it is defamatory.

NOT ONLY IS IT TRUE, IT IS THE BEST WAY TO SUM UP YOUR ACTIVITIES, LACK OF EXPLANATIONS, EXCESSIVE FEES, LACK OF DOCUMENTATION, AND SUBSEQUENT MANIPULATION OF THE BANKRUPTCY LAWS

As I said in the first paragraph, I am ultimately responsible for the demise of Genius Media.

WE ALL SAW GOODFELLAS; THIS IS THE EQUIVALENT OF LIGHTING A  MATCH TO THE COPA

Despite my best efforts and intentions

TO NOT GET CAUGHT

I did not succeed.

YOU SURE DID NOT! PRISON AWAITS AGAIN, JAIL BIRD

This failure

OR FRAUD, DEPENDING ON YOUR POINT OF VIEW

has not only hurt me

NO ONE BELIEVES YOU WERE HURT, WID; IN FACT, PROFESSIONALS FEEL YOU ARE A SOCIOPATH INCAPABLE OF FEELING

my family

SPEAKING OF FAMILY, YOU ALLEGEDLY WALKED OUT ON YOUR FOUR YEAR OLD DAUGHTER, LEVERAGED YOU FIRST WIFE’S HOUSE TO PAY YOUR WAY OUT OF PRISON SO YOU COULD GO ON THE RUN, AND DID YOU REALLY TELL THE KID YOU HAD ANOTHER FAMILY WAITING IN UTAH? MEANWHILE,

and friends

ALL OF WHOM YOU STOLE FROM AT ONE POINT OR ANOTHER, MY REPORTS SAY

it also negatively impacted my clients

OR YOU ABILITY TO PROCURE NEW ONES AKA VICTIMS, AND ONE CAN ONLY HOPE SO

some far more than others.

NO MENTION OF THE CHARITIES YOU DEFRAUDED/ HOMELESS VETERANS AND PET SHELTERS? THEY CAN GO SCREW THEMSELVES?

Dealing with this matter is tough enough

FOR US, IT IS!

but when a few

MORE AND MORE EVERY DAY

people post unsubstantiated

THE TRUTH

Defamatory

THE TRUTH

Allegations

TRUTHS

about me and Genius Media and those false

NONE OF IT IS FALSE

statements are then picked up by industry sites

YOU WISH; THE INDUSTRY STILL DOESN’T KNOW YOU EXIST

and given a false aura of legitimacy

IT IS COMPLETELY LEGIT AND VERIFIABLE

substantial harm has been done

BY YOU, FELON

that cannot be undone, even with a clarification

LIE

or retraction.

FEEL FREE TO RETRACT ANY OF YOUR LIES AT ANY TIME, MAKE RESTITUTION, ADMIT WHAT YOU DID TO YOUR VICTIMS, REPORT YOUR EARINGS TO THE IRS, REPORT YOUR ACTIONS TO THE FBI, AND TAKE YOUR PRISON TIME LIKE AN ADULT.

 

Wid Bastian

UNSIGNED, AND ONE OF MANY ALIASES

February 3, 2020

THE DATE IS POSSIBLY THE ONLY CORRECT THING HE PUT IN THIS STATEMENT

 

 

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