MORE COMPLAINTS about Fast Pencil / Infinity Publishing. And, now they have a website called Opyrus!

MORE COMPLAINTS about Fast Pencil / Infinity Publishing. And, now they have a website called Opyrus!

I recently received the following email:

Hi Angela,

Wanted to bring you up to date regarding the struggle with Infinity Publishing.

I have still not been paid what I am owed in royalties – going back to the end of 2017. A few authors that I am in contact with have said they have been sent checks, though we don’t know if they are accurate, full payments.

I informed the Attorney General of Pennsylvania back in Feb 2018 but they do not communicate with us about their investigation or dealings.

Just last week I received an email from an Independent Publisher called Opyrus. Have you heard of them?

Turns out Opyrus is what FastPencil is turning into, but the email gives the address for Infinity in Pennsylvania.

I checked it out and, sure enough, FastPencil, Infinity Publishing, and Opyrus all have the exact same address!

Infinity Publishing

Fast Pencil


If you are thinking about giving business to one of these companies, you should first click on these links:

Complaints about FastPencil / Infinity Publishing!

Employees (Allegedly) Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Info. about CreateSpace, Xlibris, Author Solutions, Infinity Publishing, Lulu, and Outskirts Press

Infinity Publishing Tries to Insult Us on Twitter, Then Immediately Blocks Us

In addition, there are now even more complaints about them online:


“I have not received any royalties in years!”
– Wendy A.

“I wish to join the chorus of those one star reviewers, wishing there was a lower choice. The last statement I received was August 2018. It showed they owed me a royalty check but none has been forthcoming. I called several times and got hollow promises. Now they won’t even answer the phone and ignore my messages.”
– David T.

“This company is not even worth a 1 star. After ordering an initial supply of my self published book – I received nothing in return. I have sent 4 emails, 3 chat messages, 4 voice messages and a complaint to the BBB – all with NO RESPONSE at all from this company. They are stealing from consumers and worthy of a class action lawsuit to be shut down.”
– Rick W

“Selling my books in the hundreds and zero royalties payment.”
– Joanne K

“Infinity Publishing is ******** all 7,000 of its authors by not paying royalties on the 10,000 books published under Infinity. There have been no royalties since the end of 2017! They are pocketing all the profits from the book sales.”
– Bo M

Read more complaints about Infinity Publishing / Fast Pencil on the BBB website HERE and HERE.


Fastpencil Took my money and no services rendered

Fastpencil preys off of budding writers, steals royalties, refuses refunds


“Because they are refusing to pay royalties to a friend and don’t even respond to phone calls and emails… I would give them ZERO stars if possible. They are a rip off.”
– Anastasia S.

“Horrible and frauds. They do not pay royalties. It’s been over a year that we’ve received a check and our book is selling. Steve is a con and should go to jail.”
– Samantha S.

“No customer service. More like SlowPencil. Do any humans work here? Nobody cares. Avoid!!!!!”
– Luke W.

Read more complaints at Yelp RIGHT HERE.


The Alliance of Independent Authors has given “Caution” ratings to FastPencil and Infinity Publishing.

PDF of a lawsuit filed against Infinity Publishing

Complaints about Infinity Publishing / FastPencil posted on Amazon


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3 Responses to "MORE COMPLAINTS about Fast Pencil / Infinity Publishing. And, now they have a website called Opyrus!"

  1. Pamela Allegretto  August 14, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    Wow! How are these companies allowed to operate? I thank my lucky stars for BookLocker.

  2. Chrystalline  August 14, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    I got this from them in June. I had no interest, since I can’t stand those schmoopy anthologies, but when I looked at it out of curiosity, I discovered they’re actually charging writers to submit work for inclusion. Checking the LifeWrite link now, they’ve added an auto-play audio that I couldn’t find on the page to turn off.


    I know you are still getting used to our transformation from FastPencil into Opyrus, but the surprises are not over!

    We are thrilled to share with you The LifeWrite Project, a non-profit initiative from Opyrus, which supports organizations helping those suffering during the pandemic.

    The LifeWrite Project’s first initiative is The Corona Silver Linings Anthology, a written-word thought capsule on this global pandemic.

    We are reaching out to you first in hopes that you will share your unique voices and submit your writing to be considered for our print and digital publications. As writers, you know how powerful the written word is in impacting your life and the lives of others.

    So please submit your piece, let your inspirational story uplift, strengthen and encourage others, and in doing so, not only are you giving permanence to your experience during this pandemic, but you are giving vital funding to organizations who are helping those who need it most.

    Join NY Times best selling author Ridley Pearson (Peter And the Starcatchers) and Guy Gilchrist (The Muppets) in creating an everlasting tribute of courage, resilience and transformation. Submit your piece to The LifeWrite Project today.

    Team Opyrus

  3. Gordon O.  August 14, 2020 at 11:56 am

    Thank you Angela for this. We do meet such characters in the writing world.