One of the first signs that a publisher is about to go out of business (or that they’re just plain stealing from you) is late or non-existent royalty payments. Another huge sign is ignored emails, unreturned phone calls, and unanswered snail mail.
Is your publisher feeding you one or more of these ridiculous, unbelievable excuses?
“The check’s in the mail.”
“We’ll pay you next week. Promise!”
“That bounced check was a bank error!”
“We had a software/system problem…”
“You need to contact my bookkeeper.”
“We ran out of stamps.”
“We ran out of checks.”
“We changed bank accounts.”
“The distributors/retailers take 6 months to pay…”
“We can’t post your royalties until EVERYONE has reported final numbers.”
NONE OF THESE IS A VALID EXCUSE FOR HOLDING YOUR ROYALTIES! And, most (if not all) of them are probably LIES!
We have broken these lies down with a little bit of common sense, and given real examples of these horrible deeds, RIGHT HERE.
If your publisher owes you back royalties, you should immediately move your book to a reputable publisher. BookLocker has been in business for 20 years, and has never made a late royalty payment. And, yes, we have a low-cost publishing program for authors who are upset with their current publisher.
Read about BookLocker’s Disgruntled Author Publishing Program RIGHT HERE.
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Got questions about Print On Demand and Self-publishing? Ask Angela Hoy.
About The Author
Angela Hoy is the publisher of WritersWeekly.com, the author of 19 books, and the co-owner of BookLocker.com (one of the original POD publishers that still gets books to market in less than a month), PubPreppers.com (print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish), and Abuzz Press (the publishing co-op that charges no setup fees).
Angela has lived and traveled across the U.S. with her kids in an RV, settled in a river-side home in Bradenton, FL, and lived on a 52 ft Irwin sailboat. Angela now resides on a mountaintop in Northwest Georgia, where she plans to spend the rest of her days bird watching, gardening, hiking, and taking in all of the amazing sunrises.
WritersWeekly.com - the free marketing ezine for writers, which features new paying markets and freelance job listings every Wednesday.
BookLocker.com - According to attorney Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print, BookLocker is: "As close to perfection as you're going to find in the world of ebook and POD publishing. The ebook royalties are the highest I've ever seen, and the print royalties are better than average. BookLocker understands what new authors experience, and have put together a package that is the best in the business. You can't go wrong here. Plus, they're selective and won't publish any manuscript just because it's accompanied by a check. Also, the web site is well trafficked. If you can find a POD or epublisher with as much integrity and dedication to selling authors' books, but with lower POD publishing fees, please let me know."
Abuzz Press offers FAST and FREE book publication, but only accepts a small percentage of submissions, and only works with U.S. authors.
PubPreppers.com - "We Prep, You Publish!" Print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish. Offers formatting and design services only, and then provides simple instructions for authors on where to sign up to have the print and ebook editions printed/listed/sold. Cut out the middle man. Keep 100% of what bookstores pay for your book!
Angela's POD Secrets Revealed Series can be found HERE.
Have a POD Book with another publisher? See if BookLocker can give you a better deal. (BookLocker offers "disgruntled author discounts" to those who want to move from other POD services.)
See BookLocker's publishing packages HERE.
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Read More Of Angela's Articles HERE
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It would be a sad day to get a sign about a publisher going out of business.
Advance notice in a nice way would be better.
At least, there is something that can be done about it. Changing publishers is good.
It’s so reassuring to be with BookLocker. I will tweet this along to my fellow authors. Thank you.
Infinity Publishing authors have not received a statement or royalty check for over a year. The excuse given refers to the Infinity/FastPencil “merger.” They say everything will be back to normal “soon.”