Complaints About POD Companies

“My book is on Amazon so it MUST be selling, right?”

I often hear from authors who want to alert me that their publisher is ripping them off. The emails usually ...
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And, Even MORE Complaints about Amazon KDP!

Some Amazon KDP authors have had their author accounts and their books suddenly terminated. Authors continue to report printing and ...
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Amazon published his book, but it’s not “in stock” at Amazon…

Today, I'm sharing a brief exchange I shared with an author. Never, ever assume that having your book published by ...
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Have You, Too, Been Hoodwinked by Fake Social Media Posts? – In The News – 02/10/2022

* Freedom of Press Russia Retaliates German Anger as Russia Shuts International Broadcaster Deutsche Well "Deutsche Welle Director General Peter ...
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2022 Self-Publishing Price Comparison!

UPDATED: 02/02/2022 EDITOR'S NOTE: Please also see "SELF-PUBLISHING? – How Many Book Sales Needed to Recoup Your Investment?" SUMMARY (see details ...
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COMPLAINTS about JustFiction! Edition

Q -  Hi Angela, I don't believe that my novel has sold outside the USA. JustFiction! has contacted me about ...
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MORE Complaints about Balboa Press!

BookLocker.com, a firm that competes with Balboa Press (and many others), is the parent company of this publication. Many authors ...
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“Should I pay my publisher almost $3,000 to make my book returnable?”

Q - Dear Ang, My new publisher highlights their services for me to be MARKETING my novel. I have not ...
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Why “Free” Publishing Services Can Quickly Go Belly Up, and How They Can Keep Screwing Authors Years Later

Disclaimer: We own Abuzz Press, which does not charge authors any up-front fees. We offer this as a public service ...
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Promote Your OWN Website, Not Your Publisher’s

Author Andy was so excited! His new book was finished and he'd just approved his print galley. It was time ...
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“My publisher says only three copies of my book have sold. I don’t believe them. What can I do?”

Q - Hi Angela, Is it possible for me to find out about how many of my books have been ...
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MORE COMPLAINTS about AuthorHouse!

We compete directly with AuthorHouse. When we reject a manuscript, we never refer those authors to AuthorHouse. As many of ...
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COMPLAINTS about Outskirts Press / OutskirtsPress.com

AUTHOR JADIE LEWIS IS ASKING OTHER OUTSKIRTS AUTHORS TO CONTACT HER VIA EMAIL: elisyah@att.net We compete directly with Outskirts Press ...
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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 ...
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“On your website, how can I easily find all the complaints about companies?”

Q - You have done a bang up job of warning your readers about scammers victimizing writers and authors. I ...
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So-called “Christian” Publishers Can Be Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

Lots of companies use the word "Christian" in their name and/or their advertising materials. And, some people automatically assume those ...
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Troubled Publisher’s Virus Excuse for “Being Closed” is BOGUS

I've been trying to keep WritersWeekly a virus-news-free zone (since we're all being inundated with it elsewhere) but this must ...
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“Where are these ‘book marketing’ companies finding my phone number?!”

Q -  Angela, I recently self-published my book and now my phone is ringing off the hook. It seems almost ...
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SELF-PUBLISHING IN 2021? – How Many Book Sales Needed to Recoup Your Investment?

UPDATED: 03/04/2021 EDITOR'S NOTE: Please also see the Self-Publishing Price Comparison HERE. Considering self-publishing? Are you wondering how many books you ...
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Amazon is Cutting Back on Buying/Stocking Books! AUTHORS, HERE’S HOW TO SAVE YOUR BUSINESS!!

Remember when Walmart moved into small towns all across the country, promising more jobs while putting mom and pop businesses ...
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Amazon KDP Complaints; Why is Dog Ear Publishing Still “in business?!”; Angry AuthorHouse Author Writes an Entire Book About Her Experiences; AND MUCH MORE! – …In the News – 10/17/19

Read these before you publish your book with Amazon KDP (previously CreateSpace)! Better Business Bureau Complaints about Amazon's KDP Publishing ...
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IS THIS EVEN LEGAL?! Amazon is Giving Their Main “Buy Buttons” to Book Depository, Which AMAZON Owns AND They Are Inflating Those Book Prices!

Have you recently noticed that Amazon has raised the price of your book significantly and have you noticed that the ...
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Dog Ear Publishing Complaints and an Update

Earlier this month, we posted a link to this article: ‘We were scammed’: A dozen authors say Dog Ear Publishing ...
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LIES, GUILT, AND COERCION – Dirty Tricks One Publisher Tried When This Author GOT SMART!

An author contacted me, wanting us to publish her book because another well-known print on demand publisher was using guilt, ...
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25 Ways to Create a Publishing Company That WILL GO OUT OF BUSINESS! (And, You Just Might Go to Jail, Too!) by Snarky Angela Hoy

As we continue to watch publishing services companies ("self publishing" firms and "print on demand publishers") go out of business, ...
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What is a “Book Re-publisher” and Why Should Authors Avoid Them at All Costs?

I received the following email this week: Are you familiar with (name of large conference removed)? I ask because (name ...
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WSJ Claims Amazon’s “Publishing Business” is NEW…But It’s Over a Decade Old and They Are STILL Having Problems!

I received the following email last week: Angela, Longtime subscriber. Hope to finally get my book finished this year. Yesterday, ...
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Lots of Imprints and Lots of Complaints! Could You Unwittingly Crawl into Bed with Author Solutions?

Some authors who have heard about Author Solutions' troubles may unwittingly crawl into bed with them because they do business ...
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WritersWeekly’s 2018 Readers’ Favorites!

Since I am currently on my back from my recent boat mishap injuries, and since typing is KILLING my sprained ...
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