A small snippet of what’s to follow:
- “Your company’s utterly shameless behavior over the past several months has reached symphonic heights.”
- “Stop with the PR and fix your problems. And if you’re working on them…you damn sure do work slow!!!”
- “Really dreadful service and judging by the reviews on this page you are going to find yourself struggling to stay in business.”
- “They are fixing their problems. They are deleting comments!”
- “Can’t believe that they would completely wreck THOUSANDS of customers existing books without so much as a courtesy email.”
- “They’ve revamped their website in April and it has been a s****-show for the ages…”
- “Sign in problem fixed? No, Paul, I don’t think so. I must have changed password well over one hundred times…”
- “I’ve got books that are being listed as out of stock on various sites and ebooks being listed as unavailable.”
- “They have got a LOT of bad press…”
- “Your new website is hopeless…”
- “…you have time for webinars but not to call me back after 2 years of an attempt to contact someone?”
- “Nothing has been resolved. I still can access my files…”
- “When, if ever, will the sales & payment issue be resolved?”
I recently received the following email from a reader:
“I’m curious as to whether you’ve been following the recent Lulu.com saga. They’ve revamped their website in April and it has been a s****-show for the ages – lost data, missing sales, etc. Me thinks they’re in BIG trouble.”
I had not heard about this latest development so I did some poking around online. And, I was shocked!!
Here’s what I found:
COMPLAINTS FROM AUTHORS ON LULU’S OWN AUTHOR FORUM:
Lulu Sales Reporting Method
“I’m sure all of you remember the old days when we got our report it told us exactly where our books were sold. There was also a nice pie chart there I found very useful as it told what type of book was selling best where. It seems Lulu thought it best to remove all of this.”
Is this an error or is Lulu losing it completely?
“Tickets are still closed within seconds and must be opened again. Apparently (according to Lulu), support is still ‘facing an extremely high volume of support cases and is unable to send personal replies to everyone’.”
“Sign in problem fixed? No, Paul, I don’t think so. I must have changed password well over one hundred times and still I’m asked to do so. Tired of having to go through this routine three times per day. Yes, I’ve submitted several tickets but no joy.”
“ALL of my books are still: Distribution review pending, one book which has been available on retail sites now says, “DRAFT” and two of my books that were updated in April are now showing the old covers. Heaven knows what the interior files are. TODAY IS DAY 30 (Que up Thirty Days in the Hole, Folks.) Oops. My Mistake. Today is DAY 32.”
“I have raised a number of support tickets with Lulu since the beginning of this month. I have not received a single human response to any one of them.”
“I would suspect they don’t have more than two or three warm bodies available to work the issue. If they had four that would still be one per minute just treading water. I could be way off-base here, but it sure explains why they might just throw their hands up in the air and crack open a cold one and turn off the phones. I would.”
“Here we are at the end of the day on Monday. Still no report. I’m hearing some did get theirs but it’s half of what they should be getting. As I have mentioned I’ve got books that are being listed as out of stock on various sites and ebooks being listed as unavailable.”
“Wouldn’t it be great if Lulu simply explained / confessed a few things and laid their cards on the table? They have got a LOT of bad press…”
“We were promised on the updated Facebook page revenue data would be up by Friday. People are leaving nasty messages. Still no new update on Facebook since Friday or answers.”
FROM THEIR OWN FACEBOOK PAGE
“Really dreadful service and judging by the reviews on this page you are going to find yourself struggling to stay in business.”
“Our phone lines are closed…”
Complaints from 2 authors:
“Seeing the problems other folks have had we’re planning on switching to a different service if you can’t come through for us immediately.”
This was posted four months after he placed his order:
Complaints from 3 authors:
Complaints from three more authors:
To see more complaints, go to their Facebook page and look for “comments” under each post. The accusation above about them deleting complaints is the second one I’ve seen today. And, that’s why I took screenshots of the ones above.
From the Better Business Bureau:
NOTE: The BBB does not publish names of individuals posting complaints but they do notify the company via email with additional information.
“The company has been unreachable for over a month. After spending a lot of money, I am completely disappointed they dropped me before the finish line.”
“Recently, I visited my account again to check progress and my project has totally disappeared. There is no record of my book, tax documents, or sales.” and “This is my work and I have lost total control of it as I do not know what sales or revenue are being taken.”
“The change was made over two months ago and attempts contact their customer service (or anyone in the company) are met with unchanging message. Using their on-line service generates a long and meaningless email, I have lost business.”
“In the last month or so, I have tried countless times to reach Lulu (by phone, email, etc.) to resolve issues on My Projects page on the Lulu website. Since the “platform change” implemented by Lulu, I have had several problems on my account pages. This has been going on for more than a month. “
“Cannot access my account with LuLu Publishing and have repeatedly filed complaints to support over past several months.”
There are many more complaints HERE.
“Recently, I had a problem which I reported using their online form (the only way to contact them now). The only reply I received was an automated impersonal reply. Several attempts to report the problem produced the same non-results.”
– James of Pughkeepsie
“I have used Lulu for a couple of years with only minor complaints. But I recently tried to contact their support department and got zero response. Over the past month I have sent 5 requests. No response has been forthcoming. My next step is to find a new publisher.”
– George of Santa Barbara
“I have read many reports about money going missing from peoples accounts on forums but I never believed it until it happened to me.”
– Roger of Blackpool
“I’ve had an awful experience working to get my book published by LULU publishing and never again. I had to wait over 2 months for a “review” process and I kept calling them, they were nowhere to be found.”
– F of Irvington
There are MANY more complaints HERE.
“Your company’s utterly shameless behavior over the past several months has reached symphonic heights. Not a single instance of true empathy or responsiblity taken for the total chaos that you’ve wreaked upon your customer base — only total psychobabble. I will do everything in my power to let others know not to work with you.”
– Pete P.
“I’m an author on Lulu.com, and since the update, everything has been a dumpster fire.”
– M Carlson
“Big disaster. Lol, it was worst and worst and now I can’t even login, the page doesn’t work at all!”
“The new upgrade however has left me unable to use their service at all. It is actually difficult to log in, it no longer accepts Word Documents and I am totally stumped by the new insistence on PDFs.”
– David R.
“Can’t believe that they would completely wreck THOUSANDS of customers existing books without so much as a courtesy email. It’s now several MONTHS since this happened and my book is still broken and I haven’t received any news from support about it.”
Read more complaints HERE.
There are other (older) complaints on that site as well.
Needless to say, we recommend all authors avoid Lulu.
- More Lulu Complaints – Thinking Of Using Lulu To Publish Your Book? You Might Want To Read These Authors’ Complaints First! By Angela Hoy
- Complaints About Lulu Are Spilling Onto Lulu’s Own Twitter Page
- LULU CONTINUES TO RECEIVE LOTS OF COMPLAINTS
- Has Lulu Gotten Too Big For Its Britches?
- Lulu Responds to Angela’s Article with Marketing Blurbage, Implies False Accusation about “Accuracy”
- UH OH – PART II! What are Employees of CreateSpace and Lulu Saying About Those Companies?
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