A Tribeca book company convinced the mother of a chess prodigy to pour thousands into a publishing deal, then failed to promote the boy’s tome and threatened to checkmate the child’s career, according to the lawsuit.
Oliver Boydell, 12, is a chess prodigy with two junior national championships and one in New York City.
Oliver’s mother, Tiffany, signed a deal with Metabook Inc. that required the family to invest $40,000 and be a “true partner” with the company, which “would vigorously promote the book,” she said in a lawsuit before the colonel Manhattan Court of Justice.
Instead, “Metabook pocketed Tiffany’s money while effectively abandoning the project and became an aggressive and predatory impediment to Oliver’s chess career and opportunities,” Boydell charges in court filings.
Oliver’s He’s Got Moves: 25 Legendary Chess Games as Analyzed by a Smart Kid was released in 2020. Metabook turned down a chance to publish the boy’s second book, which Random House picked up instead.
Boydell is suing Metabook for $200,000 in damages, alleging that the company “threatened to knowingly make false claims regarding Oliver’s second book in order to intimidate him and his mother and disrupt Oliver’s chess and publishing career.”
The allegations are “deeply inaccurate,” a company spokeswoman said, noting that the boy’s book has been published in the Post, the New York Times and on Good Morning America, and that Boydell “expressed her high level of satisfaction with the manner and Way Metabook was promoted communicated and treated the book.”
https://nypost.com/2022/10/01/oliver-boydells-mom-sues-over-book-deal/ Oliver Boydell’s mother is suing over book deal