Complaints About POD Companies

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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UPDATED – 2019 Self-Publishing Price Comparison!

UPDATED: 01/15/2019 EDITOR'S NOTE: Please also see "SELF-PUBLISHING? – How Many Book Sales Needed to Recoup Your Investment?" SUMMARY (see details ...
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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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“I want you to refer your authors to me for editing and illustrations. What are your criteria?”

Q -  My friend shared a Facebook post that said WritersWeekly.com is willing to refer authors to freelance editors and ...
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Q – “My publisher disappeared! How can I find out how many books they sold?”

Q -  Hi Angela, My publisher, (name removed), stopped paying royalties months ago and they're not responding to emails or ...
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“I sued Tate Publishing, and won, but Amazon is still selling their edition of my book!”

Q - I sued my publisher (Tate Publishing) for 5 counts of breach of contract, including stealing all the royalties, ...
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10 THINGS YOU MUST KNOW about CreateSpace’s Death / “Merger” with KDP Print, and Why Some Authors are FURIOUS!

Amazon has killed CreateSpace, and renamed it/merged it/replaced it (same thing, no matter which way you wash it!) with "KDP ...
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“How can Amazon have ‘Print on Demand’ books in stock that nobody has ordered yet?”

Q - I just read your response about the person who said a buyer bought an old copy of their ...
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AUTHOR ALERT! HIGHER BOOK PRICES ON AMAZON and NO PRIME SHIPPING! Has Amazon Given Your Book’s “Buy Button” to a Third-party Seller?

Has your book's listing on Amazon recently changed? Have you noticed the following? 1. Your list price has gone through ...
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How to Publish a Book to Boost Your Fundraising Efforts! by Angela Hoy, WritersWeekly.com, BookLocker.com, and AbuzzPress.com

Last week, I was contacted by an individual who's working with an environmental non-profit group that offers education programs. They ...
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Authors! Have you, too, been approached by Stonewall Press? READ THIS!

We have received the following inquiries about Stonewall Press: I got another call today about publishing my books. The name ...
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YOUR PUBLISHER WENT BELLY-UP? Six Ways to Get Your Book Back on the Market ASAP! by Angela Hoy

Oh no! Your publisher has closed its doors, leaving you and all of their authors high and dry. You're not ...
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AUTHORS: Have you, too, been contacted by LitFire Publishing?

Have you been contacted by LitFire Publishing? If so, you might want to click on the link at the end ...
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Is YOUR BOOK at Risk?! List of 24 Publishers Who Bit the Dust…and WHY

Last week, we discussed the case of a 17-year-old author who fell victim to yet another defunct publisher. His mother ...
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17-Year-Old Author Falls Victim to Green Ivy Publishing, Yet Another Defunct Publisher by Angela Hoy

Small publishers, as well as print on demand and publishing services firms, are biting the dust left and right. With ...
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What?! New Authors Are Being Solicited by “Free” Publishers? How to Avoid This Common Scam…

I received the following email last week: Angela, I have received two phone calls from someone at (a vanity publisher) ...
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Complaints about FastPencil / Infinity Publishing!

Q - Hi Angela, Just wondering what you know about FastPencil? Infinity just aligned with it and I can't determine ...
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What Options Do Authors of America Star Books Have for Getting Their Books Back on the Market?

I am a not an attorney and this is not legal advice. All authors should consult with an attorney before ...
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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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Q&A: “This vanity publisher says they’re going to DISTRIBUTE my book to 5,000 organizations!!” UM, NO, THEY’RE NOT!

Q - Dear Ms. Hoy, I have been entertaining (an expensive print on demand publisher) for a work of historical ...
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Employees (Allegedly) Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Info. about CreateSpace, Xlibris, Author Solutions, Infinity Publishing, Lulu, and Outskirts Press

BookLocker.com, a firm that competes with these firms (and many others), is the parent company of this publication. However, many ...
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Is Author Solutions Having Problems? – Pay Cuts, “Stagnant” Leads, and More…

Disclaimer: The author of this article owns a competing firm, BookLocker.com. However, BookLocker does not publish every manuscript. They reject ...
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BOOKBABY COMPLAINTS

by Angela Hoy, Publisher - WritersWeekly.com, BookLocker.com, Abuzz Press, and PubPreppers.com Thinking of using BookBaby to publish your next book? ...
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