A wonderful article, Laurel. I am sorry to hear that you suffered along with everyone else from Booktrope’s lack of planning and an imperfect publishing model. However, I am certainly glad you did earn something.
As a former Booktrope author, who never received any marketing help from the publisher, I did my best to sell my novel. I knew I would earn pennies, but I hoped that the team would earn something as well. Unfortunately, it seems that Booktrope never gave one dime to my proofreader. I have yet to hear from my editor and cover designer.
Be well and thank you for sharing your experience.