I can understand if they had to close up shop, but to not notify the writers is unconscionable. In my search for news about this press I found that at least one of the anthologies they posted calls for has been published recently and is available for sale. And I wonder, have the authors been notified? Will they receive the royalty payments they were promised?
And I think what irritates me the most about this situation is that Jo-Anne Russell is still out there working as an editor for another new press.
As writers we have to trust the people we work with. At some point in the process between submission and publication we have to trust that the editor isn't going to screw us over. And the more these small presses open and close with no regard whatsoever for the writers, the harder it's going to be for other small presses to gain author trust.
UPDATE: 7/10/13 I received this email from Jo-Ann Russell explaining the situation.
Greetings Sandra, how are you?
I have read your blog and the comments, and I completely understand where everyone is coming from. SRP fully intends to keep all commitments. I had intended to have the press change hands, however that did not go as planned. Rather than let the press die I have chosen to stay on board and carry on. During this process, I have lost most of my editors and therefore I am trying to secure new ones in the hopes of getting up to date with all the works past due. The website is currently down but will be back up soon.
I have been in similar positions like my writers from time to time, and I know how awful the feeling is.