Complaints About POD Companies

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!

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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Uh Oh! What are the Employees of Author Solutions Saying Since the Firm was Sold?! (a.k.a. AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Xlibris, Trafford, etc.)

Glassdoor.com is a site that lets employees (past and present) of companies post reviews about their experiences. After finding atrocious ...
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URGENT NOTE FOR AUTHORS OF FAILED TATE PUBLISHING – Your “Production Files” Might Have Problems!

Last week at BookLocker, we processed the first set of files from one of defunct Tate Publishing's victims. On the copyright ...
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Infinity Publishing Tries to Insult Us on Twitter, Then Immediately Blocks Us

Last week, I was pretty shocked when Infinity Publishing tweeted that BookLocker.com is a "discount publisher." And, they didn't tweet it in ...
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“CreateSpace has put us in a very bad light with our customers! I’m at my wit’s end! Can BookLocker get my book published right away?” YEP!

Hi Angela, After MONTHS of twice weekly (file) rejections from CreateSpace for the most piddling reasons, I have had it ...
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CREATESPACE COMPLAINTS (now known as KDP Print) – PART IV

Just a few snippets from below: * "a HUGE waste of time" * "they provide a flawed service to authors" ...
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Another Complaint About Xlibris

YES, I do have a complaint about Xlibris. Around Oct. 10-15, I received a call from Xlibris Publishing company. I ...
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Who should authors contact about AuthorHouse complaints?

Q - I haven't been paid by Author House Indiana (in) approx. 8 years. Please advise by email if possible ...
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Lots of Imprints and Lots of Complaints! Could You Unwittingly Crawl into Bed with Author Solutions?

The first big Author Solutions lawsuit was denied class-action status so the plaintiffs must sue on their own. But, the ...
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