There Are Book Publishers To Avoid And Nasty New Author Scams

Author Scams

New authors, beware of vanity publishers and experts making you offers that are too good to be true. They really are book publishers to avoid.

Have you received an email or social media message from an agent or publisher offering to publish your book?

If you are an author, you may have received a lot of them. On average, I get at least one per week.

Indie authors are active on social media. So it is easy for a predatory publisher to get your contact details. Then come the offers for their publishing services.

The warning signs of a scam publisher

Watch out for publishing businesses that make you an offer that includes the word free. It is a signal that you should be very suspicious.

Free manuscript appraisal, a free handbook, free book marketing, or free editing are common. These are inducement offers for an author to buy an expensive publishing package.

It is a classic approach of vanity presses that try to lure you into expensive contracts promising to produce quality books.

Sadly, in today’s publishing world, many new authors fall prey. I get a lot of messages from authors who have been published by a vanity publisher and have regrets.

Some of these publishing houses call themselves self-publishers. This description is simply not correct.

Self-publishing is a free service available to all authors.

You can use Amazon KDP, Apple, Nook, Smashwords, and Draft2Digital, to name a few of the many reputable self-publishing services.

You can publish a book with these companies with only a minimal investment in preparing your book.

But unfortunately, some new authors continue to fall for the same old traps.

If your goal is to become a published author, beware of publishers selling dreams. They can so quickly turn into nightmares.

 

Writers beware! Author Solutions has a reputation

By far, the most commonly mentioned vanity publisher is Author Solutions.

It trades under a long list of names. These include AuthorHouse, AuthorHouse UK, AuthorHive, iUniverse, Palibrio, Partridge Publishing, Trafford Publishing, and Xlibris. All of these names should raise red flags for authors.

These two short quotes from a page on The Alliance of Independent Authors explains the vanity business model very well. And also AuthorSolutions’ defense in a class-action lawsuit.

“Author Solutions operates more like a telemarketing company whose customer base is the authors themselves. In other words, unlike a traditional publisher, Author Solutions makes money from its Authors, not for them. It does so by selling books back to its authors, not to a general readership, and by selling its authors expensive publishing, editing, and marketing services that are effectively worthless.”

“Author Solutions preys upon the dreams of authors by selling them expensive services that sound exciting but do not actually sell any books. Their defense: They aren’t being deceptive because they aren’t trying to sell books. Of course, for nearly 200,000 authors who have paid thousands (if not tens of thousands) of dollars to buy expensive services that promised to promote their books, Author Solutions’s (sic) indifference to book sales comes as more than a bit of a surprise.”

Other book publishers to avoid

There are a lot of vanity book publishers and publishing businesses that operate in a similar manner.

They usually offer to publish trade books and be a one-stop shop for publishing. But they never mention anything about selling your books to readers.

A lot has been written about possible Page Publishing scams. Is it a legitimate company or not? Judging by this advisory on BBB, it is one company that could cause you concern.

These are book publishers to avoid.

If your dream is to be a published author, there are better and far more cost-efficient ways to do so.

Vanity presses only want to sell books to authors, not to readers.

 

The latest book scam. The Editor in Thief

It takes a long time to write a book.

But new Kindle Unlimited charlatans have found a shortcut. They pose as an editor. But once you send your manuscript, they publish your months of years of hard work for themselves.

So not only do you lose your money, but you also lose your book.

I was only made aware of this awful scam by an author who fell for the trap.

After sending the Word document for editing, it took only two days for the book to appear on Amazon Kindle Unlimited. The scammers didn’t even change the title, only the author’s name.

Authors need editors, so how can you avoid this new trap?

First, check if the editor has a website. It should list price estimations for a variety of editing services. You can ask the editor if they have a website, or you can do a Google search.

Next, check the email address. If it has the site name, for example, www.firstclassediting.com and [email protected], you can proceed with reasonable assurance.

Be careful if there is no website, and the email address is Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail with a non-descript name.

Scammers hide behind these types of email accounts with addresses that often consist of a jumble of letters and numbers. For example, [email protected]

Hiring any service online should be approached with caution. Make sure you do your research, ask for referrals, and proceeded slowly.

Then use a secure and safe means to send your manuscript file.

 

The self-publishing services scam

Anyone can publish a paperback or an ebook for free using self-publishing companies such as Amazon and Apple.

So why would anyone pay someone to do it for them?

Perhaps some new authors are not all that confident in the computer skills they need for the publishing process. Also, they may not know about all the options available to them.

So naturally, they look for help. If fortunate, they will find a friend or relative who can help them do everything for free.

But these authors often become victims when they place their trust in someone online that they don’t know.

The cost can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars. Most of these assisted self-publishing services deliver on their promises, although it is outrageously expensive.

However, there are some who ask for payment upfront and then take the money and run.

Once again, like checking an editor, look at the website and email address, and definitely ask for referrals from clients.

 

Taking the traditional route

By far, the best way to get your book published is to find a literary agent to represent you.

It is not easy to succeed, but an agent will work for you to have your book published.

Usually with a traditional publishing house such as Random House, HarperCollins Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster, or one of the many subsidiaries of these reputable publishers.

By taking this route, you may be fortunate enough to receive an advance. But they are not as generous as in years gone by.

Traditional publishers incur all the costs involved in book publishing. This includes editing, cover designers, book marketing, and print production.

They will publish and distribute your book to bricks and mortar bookstores as well as online retailers.

When you sign a book contract with a publisher who produces, distributes, and markets your book, it allows you to concentrate on being an author.

A lot of authors nowadays skip this opportunity believing that it is impossible. But publishers always need fresh new talent, so the door is certainly not closed at all.

But you will need to knock very loudly. It’s a tough road, but certainly worth a try before rushing into self-publishing.

You never know your luck.

 

Self-publishing definitely means do it all yourself

If you decide to self-publish, you are the boss. For many authors, it has been an enjoyable and profitable choice.

You will need to do everything yourself and pay for what you can’t do. You will probably need to pay for a book cover, an editor, negligible print book costs, and book promotion.

But your royalties will be much higher than if you were traditionally published. You can get up to 70% for every book sold if you use Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP).

You can also use other publishing platforms and book distributors.

These are often called aggregators, such as Smashwords and Draft2Digital. In this way, you can sell your books on many different book retailers.

With both, you can make your ebooks available on Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo along with many other outlets, including libraries. Their royalty rate is around 60% on average for ebook distribution.

With basic computer skills, you can have a book online and for sale within 24 hours in many cases. The publishing services of Amazon and aggregators are totally free. It is, of course, the main attraction.

But, it must be said that book sales can be difficult to attract if you are a new author.

Self-publishing is not easy street, but it is a safe way to publish if you stay with the three services I mentioned above.

 

Assisted self-publishing

Another alternative is to use an assisted self-publishing service. One of the most reputable companies is Blurb.

If you are not confident you can do everything to self-publish your book, it is a good option.

With Blurb, you can publish in high-quality trade paperback in a choice of book sizes. You can also publish an ebook version.

Blurb also distributes to Amazon and many other book retailers.

 

Summary

In today’s publishing industry, there are two ways to publish and be sure you will not be scammed.

Take the traditional route or self-publish and do everything yourself.

Avoid becoming tempted by offers from people and book publishers that you don’t know. It might seem like a wonderful opportunity, but it is rarely the case.

It is hard work to publish a book, and it’s a gamble. It’s a fact that very few books sell well.

Handing over a huge amount of money to someone you don’t know will never make it any easier or guarantee success.

But if you are considering an offer, always carefully check the reputation of a book publisher.

Don’t let sharks and publishing scams take advantage of your dream.

 

References: 

Best and Worst Self-Publishing Services Reviewed & Rated by the Alliance of Independent Authors (Alli)

Check Alli’s vetted list for publishers with a history of problems that are clearly marked in red. These are definitely book publishers to avoid.

You will find alerts for book publishers to avoid, such as AuthorHouse, Dog Ear Publishing, Dorrance Publishing, and Page Publishing, just to name a few.

Thumbs Down Publishers List by SFWA.

Derek Haines

A Cambridge CELTA English teacher and author with a passion for writing and all forms of publishing. My days are spent writing and blogging, as well as testing and taming new technology.

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140 thoughts on “There Are Book Publishers To Avoid And Nasty New Author Scams

  • Avatar for VickyB
    August 5, 2022 at 11:15 pm
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    I tried to publish, didn’t mind using a paid service because I’m computer illiterate and it has been so frustrating. There are at least 6 or 7 “ghostwriting” publishers. Please be warned, they have no scruples and literally all of the cheap ghostwriting publishers are scams. ‘Ghostcowriter.com’ promises $399, but the book cover isn’t included.
    ‘Excelbookwriting.com’ is horrible and a total scam. They even beef up their ads on Fridays because it’s payday. All of the scam publishers do it. ‘Visionarybookwriters.com’ is horrible and a scam. Lincoln Writes and Gatekeeper Press is a scam, Palmetto publishing. Manhattan publishing, Fulton Books Publishing, Page Publishing, Outskirts Press, Author Solutions, are all scams charging thousands of dollars for crappy service. I’d rather try to do it myself with no skill than use any of these crooks. What a waste of time.

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  • Avatar for Cathy k
    August 4, 2022 at 11:38 pm
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    I was wondering if anybody knew of a company called AUTHORS PUBLISH based in Toronto.

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  • Avatar for Anonamous
    August 3, 2022 at 11:05 am
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    Dear all,
    I knew nothing about self-publishing and found a London company called Publish Nation, they said they could self-publish my book with a plain cover for £175 which I paid, after sending my manuscript to them via email they returned it showing how it would look on kindle, I honestly saw no difference, they said that it had been formatted. I was then told to go to Amazon kdp and upload my manuscript which was my original one on my p.c. After they sent me an IBN number and a lot of hassle entering bank details they said, that my book would appear on Amazon within 72 hours which it did, the long and short of this is I could have done all this myself. As far as the cover was concerned it was no more than a piece of A4 paper with the title of my book After I went to Amazon create your own cover and I did this for free and it uploaded no problem. A scam that I could have avoided.

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  • Avatar for Corne Bezuidenhout
    July 28, 2022 at 8:21 am
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    Good day,

    Is Scriptor House a ledgit Publisher?
    Your comments will be much appreciated.

    Regards

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    • Avatar for Derek Haines
      July 28, 2022 at 8:49 am
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      On The Best Self-Publishing Services. (And the Worst). Rated by ALLi list, there is a caution rating for Scriptor House. It notes concerns with marketing, transparency, quality, value, and Legal.

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  • Avatar for Ajay
    July 26, 2022 at 11:53 am
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    Could anyone on this forum enlighten me about LR Price Publication UK. Are they geninune in their hybrid offers.

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    • Avatar for Hayley Edwards
      August 4, 2022 at 10:57 pm
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      I am an author with LR Price Publications UK and I can confirm they are a very genuine and very good publishing company. They have helped me so much over the last two years and continue to do so. I have even been in the local newspaper and had my books sold in Waterstones. I have spoken to some of their authors who have even been on TV. I will be going to their next book launch at the British Library in London in August. xxx

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  • Avatar for Rolly
    July 15, 2022 at 9:58 am
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    Hi there.

    Is europe books, an International Publishing House, legit? Please reply. Thanks.

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  • Avatar for R Flagg
    July 10, 2022 at 12:25 pm
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    LR Price Publications ltd
    Regards the fantastic review of LR Price Publications ltd in the ‘Word of Mouth Magazine Ltd’s’ website stating that they are highly respected in the publishing world. The piece showing a phot of Waterstone’s shop front.

    ‘https://wommagazine.co.uk/lr-price-publications-review-of-their-publishing-services/’

    Imagine my surprise to see that the company Secretary for Word of Mouth happens also to be the company Secretary for LR Price Publications. His name is Russell Spencer and this is information in the public domain (Companies House) but tales a little searching.

    At the very least a conflict of interests, definitely unreliable and possibly misleading. I have asked the company to list the review as an advert and they kindly deleted my comments from their site. They refuse any explanation.

    You decide would you can infer from the review and the subterfuge and the refusal to explain.

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  • Avatar for Andrea L Berman
    June 8, 2022 at 10:12 pm
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    I recently was contacted by a Book Agent claiming to work for Paradigm Talent Agency. I went on vacation and a week later the book agents phone became disconnected or out of service and the film directors website became unable to be reachable either. I think I have been scammed. anyone ever hear of Paradigm Talent Agency? I did pay out some money for services which now I am afraid I am going to need some help. Any suggestions.
    Andrea Berman, Author

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  • Avatar for Raymond Casey
    June 1, 2022 at 2:06 pm
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    I was stung by pen culture solutions their high marketing guru Kate Johnson talk me into $1,400 au to publish my book which they did then they got $1,700 USD for placement which never happened soon as they got that last money they begin ignoring me and they have done for six months no replies to telephone or emails Max Lucas clay Hodges Cassie Miller and the rest extremely crummy everyone is selling my book online and I get no royalties no acknowledgement and no reply these are the worst of the worst I have tried emailing them to stop them publishing my book but they blatantly keep on doing it this crowd has a hide thicker than elephants hide absolutely the pits to deal with unbelievable crummy crowd to deal with completely arrogant
    1 very unhappy Australian author with author solutions XLibris and pen culture solutions absolute rubbish crowds
    These two publishers should be banned by law from ringing innocent people up and tying them up into tens of thousands of dollars to publish their books and they get nothing out of it except expense and lies and give them no royalties rotten crowd don’t deal with them under any circumstances they should be banned their licence removed 3 years ago I had $500 usd.to in my authors corner with
    XLibris when I sacked them 12 months ago they sent me a poultry $140 au even got in and robbed my authors corner account can you believe that they claimed I only sold 80 books in 6 years that’s funny I bought 200 of my own books doesn’t that bring it up to a neat 280 books rotten to the core this pair comes under the Yul Brynner famous statement about smoking with a difference whatever you do don’t deal with these pair of robbers and time wasters
    Very very unhappy with American publishers absolute rotten this pair

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  • Avatar for Briana
    May 21, 2022 at 2:36 pm
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    Hi. Hope you don’t mind me jumping in even though it is a little late in the discussion. I’ve been in various occupations within the publishing and book selling world since the early 1990s.I’ve worked at digital-first publishers for over the last twenty years, though I’m not currently working in the industry. Some of the amazing authors I’ve worked with have topped various best-seller lists, and I’m thrilled for every one of them. I’ve also been published in the romance and fantasy genres through various-sized presses throughout the years. Some of those experiences have been good, and some could use improvement, even though the presses were reputable at the time.

    I just mention that to give you an idea of my background, and also, to let you know I have no business benefit from my comments here. I do hope to one day be working back in the industry, but it won’t be particularly soon.

    As I read the posts here, my heart broke again and again. I’m so sorry that so many of you have been taken advantage of. I’m so sorry your work wasn’t valued, and I’m appalled at the unprofessional response of some of the “professional” publishing entities here.

    Money always flows TO the author. Not to the publisher. Any “publisher” who wants to sell you a package or quotes “fees” to get your book ready for publication is an entity you want to check out at length. There is no reason a publisher sells a “package” to an author to benefit the author.

    If they quote fees for cover art or editorial, you are more than well within your rights to ask for testimonials that you can verify, as well as work experience.

    Please check out places like Writer Beware, A.C. Crispin/Victoria Strauss’s, which can be found on Twitter, before you consider a contract with any of these people. Ask on Twitter or Instagram. Check out the professional networks for authors of your genre. Never be afraid to ask for help or info or clarification from your fellow writers. Nobody reputable wants to see you being taken advantage of, or your work stolen.

    If you are being “cold contacted” by a publishing company or agent, don’t hesitate to ask them why they contacted you in specific. Publishers have a great number of books to publish, and agents’ schedules are more busy by the day. While in some cases, a reputable agent or publisher may contact an author to declare their interest, it is usually when an author has a backlist and multiple books sold, or is very highly placed in their day job.

    Please don’t ever send money to a publishing entity before receiving, reviewing, and being perfectly comfortable with a contract. Some companies may try to pressure you, quoting impossible timelines to try to get you to sign a document hurriedly. Some less than honest companies may try to take all the rights (print, ebook, audiobook, foreign translation, movie option). Don’t give away any more rights than you feel comfortable with. There is always room for discussion of contract terms and items for negotiation. That doesn’t mean any publisher will negotiate any specific clause, but there will be an open discussion, at the very least.

    Any publisher that says your book is perfect as is isn’t telling you the truth. Authors get blind to mistakes after they’ve read and reread their work dozens of times. I’ve edited nearly a thousand books, and even the ones I thought (and still think!) are some of the most elegantly and beautifully worded books require changes. That extra set of eyes is most necessary through all phases of editing.

    Content and developmental editing matters, as does line editing, formatting, book and cover design and proofreading. There are ways to lose the reader before you ever had them. A low resolution cover, a blurb that doesn’t compel or “tells” rather than”shows,” or an excerpted part of your book that has grammar and spelling issues, be it on your website or on a retailer such as Amazon.

    When that reader buys your story, the pacing or the breakdown of chapters and topics can pull a reader in and keep them invested, or not hold their attention. Someone who has worked on these sorts of releases has the knowledge to impart and will be happy to be part of a dedicated team. An editor is there to help make your work shine.

    Someone new to your work might see that Marcie lives in New Orleans in one chapter and Slidell, LA in another, and that you spelled her name Marci once and Marcie the rest of the time.

    Ultimately, you enter into a contract with a business. All of you on the team should be invested in the best product all of you can produce, together. Then, when that book is for sale, author, agent, publisher, etc. have a common goal–book sales, reviews, and so on.

    I’m so sorry for the negative experiences. This industry can be equal parts amazing and dispiriting. One of the most amazing parts is the community. Don’t ever hesitate to rely on that, be it on social media, friends who have had direct experience with a publisher, or an author who you respect.

    I hope this helped. Keep reading, keep writing, and, try to remember that the good people and businesses outweigh the bad.

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  • Avatar for Tyler R Sabala
    May 19, 2022 at 10:16 pm
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    im in contact with this publishing company Called EBL Publishing has anyone ever heard of them so far they have been nice and everything they are a start up company im hoping to learn some things about them but im curious if anyone has ever heard of them cause they had started around 2019 around the time covid 19 started but they are owned by another publishing place called grupo planeta and lantia publishing im curious if anyone has heard of them

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  • Avatar for Janae
    May 13, 2022 at 12:25 pm
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    I’ve been contacted by a publisher that I wasn’t familiar with. However, one of the founders did work for a publisher that I had looked into previously. They are asking for a fee, but it less than other vanity publishers like Page, etc. Everything I read tells me don’t go with a vanity publisher, but I write childrens’ book and do not draw, so need an illustrator. I’ve looked into freelance illustrators, and their fees would be almost as much to possibly more than this publisher is asking. They will also be helping me with marketing, distribution, getting listed in online stores, etc. I’m really stressing over this. I would appreciate any advice anyone can give. Thank you.

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    • Avatar for Derek Haines
      May 13, 2022 at 12:45 pm
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      All you can do, Janae, is check the offer carefully. Take your time, and do as much background research as you can to see if it’s the best decision.

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  • Avatar for James Calderwood
    May 6, 2022 at 1:18 pm
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    pen culture are very persistent I asked the guy what the building looked like in Los Angeles and i wanted photos of the door to the company with the logo He sent me dome photos of a market in the Philippines and some photos of evidently Philippine people. I asked what was on top of the building. I had street views of the building on Google earth. he did not know and then suggested a carpark. He was wrong there was a golf driving range on the upper part of the building. He still hounded me telling me he would have my four books in airporr and supermarkets world wide Another mob of thieves

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  • Avatar for Lesia Schofer
    April 19, 2022 at 5:57 pm
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    I received an email from someone representing The Book Walker. I published a memoir about grieving in 2015 and sales are very low. I like their idea of using email lists as a strategy, but not sure whether or not to finally trust someone to help me promote my book.

    Has anyone had experience with The Book Walker as a media manager?

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    • Avatar for Lauren Michelle Colletti
      April 26, 2022 at 1:34 am
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      I got ripped off from them, be careful! They took my money and I never heard from them again

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      • Avatar for Lee Bartnick
        July 14, 2022 at 3:00 am
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        Hi Lauren Michelle Colletti, please let us know whom you are referring to? Who took your money and never fulfilled the services?

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  • Avatar for Ena Grewe
    April 17, 2022 at 5:49 am
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    Utterly indited subject matter, Really enjoyed examining.

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  • Avatar for Roberta D
    April 4, 2022 at 4:25 pm
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    GhostBookPublishers, those *(#(*#&$$$$!!!ers ripped me off and not many people have managed to do that. They insist on payment first and then you see the contract. My first publisher, who did my novel, aka my real publisher informed me after the fact that no, they can NOT publish an audiobook version because she has rights. Well surely they knew that. I didn’t know at the time. Even though I refused to sign the contract I made one of those extremely rare mistakes of paying them and now even if I don’t get my money back I will smear them until the days of infamy are nothing but scattered memories across the cosmos. *(#(*#*$erds. I did not and will not everrrr send them my manuscript.

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  • Avatar for raymond casey
    March 23, 2022 at 3:18 am
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    I have been ripped off by pen culture solutions publishing company have paid them to published the book which they have have paid 1700 USD for book distribution which I believe hasn’t taken place now they are completely ignoring my phone calls and emails am I entitled to ask for my money back I can’t ask them they are not replying where do I go in the USA to fix this and get my money back as they have not held up their end of the deal there are pack of crooks

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    • Avatar for Tracy
      April 10, 2022 at 10:59 pm
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      try the better business bureau

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  • Avatar for Shannon Hrimnak
    February 25, 2022 at 6:38 am
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    Does anyone have knowledge of working with Paper Raven Books?

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    • Avatar for CJ
      May 27, 2022 at 11:42 pm
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      They’ve contacted me ref getting a book written to self-publish and I’ve been on one of their free to attend webinars. They seem very nice and make no promises about how long it might take to get a ROI, so I was also wondering if anyone had had good or bad experiences with them.

      Thanks.

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  • Avatar for Victor Seal
    February 18, 2022 at 7:15 pm
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    I receive a call from this self-publishing company named Renaissance Publishing House.
    They offer to publish my book and also promote it using aggregators, hybrid publishing, and so on. It seems convincing talking to the sales agent and I think this company are scamming authors.

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  • Avatar for Victor Seal
    February 18, 2022 at 6:58 pm
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    Another self-publishing company scamming the authors. Typically they are operating somewhere in PHP. ‘https://renaissancepublishinghouse.com/’

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  • Avatar for J scovit
    November 27, 2021 at 4:09 pm
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    Sour grapes, sad stories. Stay with Amazon mostly. J

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  • Avatar for Lorie N Davis
    August 19, 2021 at 8:49 pm
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    A timely article! I was just contacted by Great Writer’s Media. Of course, they offered me services to “fix” and republish a book that got 5 Amazon stars in 2002, but whose publisher is defunct. They asked if they could have/buy the rights to the title of that book with an eye to republishing. But I thought I should check them out before replying. I cannot find any actual facts by anyone about them or their services, except what was on their own website. The only published author they quoted wrote a 38 page kids book.

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  • Avatar for Thomas Doyle
    July 23, 2021 at 3:13 am
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    Badgering a man constantly (to the point where it was apparent to people in the group who did not even know you) and then calling him out on social media because he’s not giving you the time you so obviously think you deserve is not a good look. I especially like the part where you think him not answering you due to his mom’s death was an ‘excuse.’ Perhaps sending him messages during a period of grief was not the best idea? Book publishers don’t owe you anything, especially without a contract. If you waited around for two years for an answer you weren’t getting, that’s on you for not pursuing other avenues. As you yourself said, Nick is a one man show (and perhaps he takes on more responsibility than he can handle at times) but he has always tried to do his best. He’s not Scribner, he’s a man with a love of the genre trying to do his part as best as he can. I’ll stop now before I get accused of mansplaining, but take comfort in the fact that I chose not to use capitals for emphasis. Wishing you all the best…

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  • Avatar for Anna
    July 2, 2021 at 10:43 am
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    To help aspiring Horror, Thriller, and Science Fiction authors, I want to spread the word about Nicholas Grabowsky. He is the publisher and owner of Black Bed Sheet Books.

    For the last 2 years, I belonged to 2 of Nicholas’ Facebook groups, which are Black Bed Sheet Books and Horror Nation. Horror Nation is strictly meant for Horror fans sharing Horror-related content whereas Black Bed Sheet Books is mostly for Horror authors and fans.

    Last year, I talked to Nicholas on his Black Bed Sheet Books group page and he misled me about my work. I submitted at least 2 different versions of my story.

    He briefly explained to me last year about contracts and told me that my story would be published sometime this year.

    Because Nicholas Grabowsky appears to be a 1-man show, I was willing to have some of my friends help him with book cover illustrations and whatnot. When I offered, he wouldn’t respond.

    Nicholas asked other authors within the last few months to vote for him to make recommendations lists for Black Bed Sheet Books and we did.

    Every time I asked him a simple question about my book, he kept saying “I’ll PM you real soon” and “I’ll PM you later” with a winking emoji.

    Every time Nicholas Grabowsky said that to me, I sat and waited. He could NEVER answer a simple yes or no question or give any answer to my questions at all.

    It was not until June 25, 2021 that Nicholas FINALLY gave me an answer and it was only because I confronted him on his Facebook group page.

    Last Friday, I was mostly asking him about what I should do to advertise my book.

    Suddenly a random book publisher, who does NOT work for Black Bed Sheet Books at all felt compelled to interlope in our conversation with snide remarks, mansplaining, and patronized me about not getting my work published by Black Bed Sheet Books simply because I asked Nicholas Grabowsky about WHEN he would respond to me.

    Nicholas finally confessed to me that he “decided” that he disliked my story and “set it in a pile of other stories.”

    Never once did he explain WHY he disliked my story and wanted to use his own mother’s sudden death as an excuse for not answering my questions, when he KNEW about my story, since last year or 2 ago.

    I let Nicholas Grabowsky know publicly that he misled me into believing that he was working on my story, when he disliked it the whole time.

    Had Nicholas had been HONEST with me, I would’ve understood and could’ve looked for another publisher. Instead, he avoided me like a coward and used me as well as other authors to vote for he and his company to make lists for Horror publishers to use.

    What Nicholas Grabowsky did was awful, cowardly, juvenile, and highly unprofessional as a book publisher in the eyes of many people.

    This comment may sound like I am posting this with malicious intent, but if he has done this to me, I can only imagine who else Nicholas did this to in the past and present.

    With that being said, it would be beneficial for other Horror, Thriller, and Science Fiction authors to AVOID Black Bed Sheet Books like it is The Plague and like Covid-19 combined.

    Nicholas Grabowsky is disingenuous to new authors, who are inexperienced with the book publishing industry.

    Please add Black Bed Sheet Books to the list of book publishers to avoid and help spread the word to new and aspiring authors.

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    • Avatar for Nicholas Grabowsky
      July 23, 2021 at 1:02 am
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      Why are you lying about me and my company? I never told her I was going to publish you, and I never had the time to look at your work. You kept implying in posts on Facebook that I agreed to anything, and I didn’t like that at all. We have a top notch reputation worldwide since 2008 and the horror industry and the publishing world greatly respects the achievements of my authors as well as myself and there’s nothing you can say to take that away from us. Just because I did not publish you doesn’t mean you have to be vindictive. I did not mislead you, I never said anything that wasn’t true, all I told you since last year was that I have yet to look at your stuff, and you’d write back telling me when you want your book to come out and I gave you a few ideas of my timeline “IF” I got around to reading and making a decision. And you are very cruel to mention my mom in this. I don’t see anyone ever publishing you at all, ever, and it takes a lot from me to say that to someone. While Black Bed Sheet keeps moving up in the world with our growing list of nearly 200 authors to date, I’m glad I don’t have to deal with you taking up any more of my time and always putting words in my mouth or, like now, outright lying about our conversations. No publisher ever wants to deal with that, but sometimes there are people like you that sadly exist :(

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      • Avatar for proud ofyou
        July 23, 2021 at 10:23 pm
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        Very well said Mr. Grabowsky!

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      • Avatar for Fletcher Bailey
        June 18, 2022 at 6:35 am
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        Hi Nicholas,

        I was sorry to read of your mother’s passing. I lost my mother to the big C back in 2015. I would give my left nut just to have a chance of being in a phone conversation with her, where I can’t get a word in, edgeways, just to hear her hearty voice again.

        Heal well.

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    • Avatar for Mad ah
      July 23, 2021 at 4:58 am
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      Wow! I find this post very disturbing not only for black bedsheet books, but also to you
      It seems to me as if you think you are the next great writer and you submitted a book that the publisher was not willing to invest his money into. A publisher gets a lot of submitions a day, and they have to decide what they want to invest in. You should be proud that this publisher even said okay I will look at it. To call him a coward, and said he ignored and used his mom’s death as an excuse not to talk to you…. Shame on you. I predict this future any publisher reading this and you submit your work to them, will not even give you a second look.

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  • Avatar for Rich Osborn
    June 24, 2021 at 6:53 pm
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    Truman Publishing Claremont, CA took my $899 and ran. I asked for a refund because of their one-sided contract and John Taylor of Truman Pub said I would receive it in 20 days. Less than 30 seconds to take my money but 20 days to get it back. The 20 days passed; no refund. I cannot contact them. They only take phone messages and John never has called back. Don’t use them. It’s a scam. I only have me to blame.

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  • Avatar for Joseph
    June 17, 2021 at 10:27 pm
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    I’d like to add ganpimedia for a company to WATCH out.
    I paid 5000 dollars but no result.

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  • Avatar for Amy
    March 27, 2021 at 6:52 pm
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    I am not one to leave bad reviews unless it’s really warranted. And Tablo was so terrible that I need to write this, in the hopes that it was save others from experiencing the grief that I did. The communication was like pulling teeth and there were more frustrations than I can even list – but this is a nutshell….

    Nov 24, ‘ 20 – Before signing on, I spoke with Georgia and asked if they had printers in Canada, as I didn’t want to pay duties/taxes. She assured me that they did. After asking her to double check, she discovered that the closest printer was in Seattle.

    Nov 25, ’20 – Georgia tells me that they’ve never experienced a delay on freight to Canada and there are never extra duty or custom fees (remember this for later).

    Nov 30, ’20 – I contacted Tablo saying I have my book ready to submit. I asked if they require bleed (a print term) and if I would be able to see a digital proof. Damien replied the same day saying that they don’t need bleed and I would get a digital proof before publishing.

    Dec 2, ’20 – I am told by Damien that they reviewed my PDF and there were no issues. They asked me to sign up for a plan. I chose the ‘hardcover’ plan as there was a promo on. I asked if the hardcovers take longer to produce, and I was told by Ash that it is 5 days for paperback and 7 for hardcover. At this point I paid $399 USD for an annual subscription. I also asked again if I would be getting a digital proof and Ash said yes.

    Dec 7, ’20 – I haven’t heard anything so I check in for an update. Ash then tells me that he has gone ahead and approved the files for publishing. However, I haven’t received my digital proof. Ash then sends it to me and I see major issues. Alignments, spacing and timelines are all off. This is because I didn’t submit a file with bleed (as per earlier instructions). I spent a long time revising my file after this. I removed the patterns from each page because I didn’t trust the alignment, and changed it from reader spreads to singles (again, mixed instructions).

    At this point I also asked Ash for pricing for author copies. He gave me the breakdown and said shipping is a flat $29. I realize a few hours later that this doesn’t account for me being in Canada. Ash suggests that we actually print in the UK and ship from there, saying that printing would be 10% cheaper and printing/shipping time would be the same. I confirm that this won’t create a delay and Ash tells me that shipping would actually be FASTER.

    I then get a new digital proof and approve it for distribution.

    Dec 9, ’20 – I as Ash to revise the pricing for distribution and I order 100 paperback and 30 hardcover books. I ask if there are any fees on top of shipping and the cost of the books. I get a reply saying the pricing is being adjusted and no, there are no additional fees. Ash send me the price for my order. Fortunately I realize he had forgotten our conversation about printing in the UK and shipping to Canada and he revises the quote.

    I confirm again that there won’t be any additional shipping fees and Ash say no, this is the final fee.

    I catch that the retailers are still showing an old file for the preview of the book (before I made adjustments). This is because they approved it without showing me a proof. Ash says he will fix it.

    Dec 12, ’20 – I see that the retailer prices are all wrong. Barnes and Noble and Amazon had very different prices listed. On Amazon my hardcover was listed as $40 when I requested the pricing to be $19.99. Also, the book isn’t available via Amazon Prime which I rely on for sales.

    At this point I am frustrated. I ask Ash to cancel my plan and send me a refund. It has been less than a week since I signed up. I get a wish washy response about how these things take time and Prime will happen but not sure when and it takes times for prices to settle. I reply and say I’d still like to withdraw.

    Dec 14, ’20 – Ash tells me that they can’t give me a refund but they can mark it as ‘out of print’ and remove it from the distribution network. Ash says that this would prompt bookstores to de-list the book and would take 1-2 weeks to update and remove the listing. Ash also confirms that he did change the pricing and will look into it further. I realize that Amazon is STILL pulling the old file for the preview.

    Dec 19, ’20 – Pricing and preview of book are still wrong.

    Dec 30, ’20 – No reply and I have not received the books that I was expecting before Christmas. Ash tells me he’ll look into it.

    Ash then tells me that when TRIED to update the pricing before, it didn’t work and he neglected to let me know. He also tells me that the books were bring printed on the 15th and I should receive them shortly. All Ash can tell me is that he knows they have let me down.

    Jan 8, ’21 – The books that I was supposed to receive BEFORE Christmas finally arrive. I am charged customs/duty. Fortunately Tablo reimbursed this. BUT the hardcover books are missing. Damien says he’ll look into it.

    Feb 14, ’21 – STILL no hardcover books. I tell them that this is a scam and I want a refund.

    Feb 18, ’21 – I get a reply saying that my books are at the Richmond UPS warehouse and I should call them to follow up. I call and UPS tells me that books never made it to Canada. That Tablo cancelled the order before they got shipped out. Obviously furious, I again demand a refund.

    Feb 24, ’21 – Miracle: the hardcover books arrive (I have to pay duty/customs which did get reimbursed). Almost 3 months late.

    Now, on top of all this, before I cancelled my account some books did sell through distributors. I’m supposed to receive royalties for these sales. I’ve asked many times and no one can tell me where those royalties are. I will be very surprised if I ever see that money.

    Also, the Tablo books are STILL showing on retailers websites but as unavailable. I’ve asked to pull these listings down and they won’t. After some research, I see that many people have had the same issue and are actually looking to sue for their intellectual property. As a reminder, Ash said that it would take 1-2 weeks to be removed.

    I’ve since republished with KDP and the process has been like night and day. Long story short: stay away from Tablo!

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    • Avatar for Derek Haines
      March 27, 2021 at 9:58 pm
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      I have to agree with your last sentence, Amy. I really sympathize with you and the problems you’ve had with your publisher. But in the end, you send a clear message to new authors. Self-publish and stay in control. It might take a short learning curve, but you can avoid so many problems by doing so.

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  • Avatar for nicla
    February 22, 2021 at 6:40 am
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    I got contacted as well by silver ink literary, did you figure out if they are legit? It doesn’t feel like they are…

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  • Avatar for MARIA G. ONYEGBULE
    February 18, 2021 at 5:51 am
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    I have also been contacted by Stef Harris of the Silver Ink literary agency. Does anyone know anything about them, are they genuine? or is this just another scam.

    M, G.

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    • Avatar for Laisa
      March 13, 2021 at 10:04 am
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      How are you going with your book? Are you taking this offer from Silver Ink. Need to know please, my daughter has also been contacted. They seem legit

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      • Avatar for Chloe
        June 15, 2021 at 7:31 am
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        They are not legit. Paid 20,000 with them.. Havent heard from them anymore. I got
        Scammed by them.

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  • Avatar for A.V
    December 5, 2020 at 5:50 am
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    Any thoughts on Iflow Creatives? I know a friend or two whom went with them, got a big package that covers editing, formatting, publishing etc. We think they are neat, but wanted to make sure it was legit.

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  • Avatar for zoe
    November 19, 2020 at 3:39 am
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    has anyone heard of silver ink literary agency and their agent Amelia Davis?

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    • Avatar for Bowen
      January 12, 2021 at 7:38 pm
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      Silver Ink contacted me as well. Does anyone know if they are legit?

      Bowen

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  • Avatar for daniel sheppard
    October 7, 2020 at 1:48 am
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    In March 2020 I fell victim to a scam publishing house, I thought I was publishing my book with a reliable self publishing company named Alpha Book Solutions I sent them a check for a thousand dollars after a lengthy e-mail correspondence; culminating in my docu signed marketing agreement in which they promised to print and publish my book “Dead Reckoning” and to have the book on the shelves of Barnes N Noble, and available on Amazon as well as a hundred or more book stores nation wide, Well to make a sad story short they no longer return my e-mails and I cannot reach them by phone.

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  • Avatar for Elmo Hudson
    October 4, 2020 at 12:48 am
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    I signed a contract with Author Reputation Press and their scouts said this book have potential of being a number one book which it should be for its the only book in the world and medical evidence they wanted me to send them my manuscript from Authorhouse and when I went to post office to send a copy of my book to them the post office said that wasn’t the correct address and they found the correct one for me and sent it to them and they charge $1000.00 for a literary agent in three installments and then a employee call me for a $360.00 payment with same credit card and I couldn’t find my password for credit card company then a woman called and asked the same thing I told her a man just called and said same thing she said she would check and the same man called me back for the money I am going to cancel this contract with them and they said to sent a copy of this book since they coudn’t get the manscript from authorhouse and they said it would cost over $500.00 to do this and earlier she had said they located the e-book of google for S4.99 now she is saying she couldn’t locate it on Authorhouse they are to call me back Monday and said the book I sent them had arrived she has been misleading I am going to cancel then and I had made one payment of around $400.00 etc?

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  • Avatar for Sherrie Miranda
    September 16, 2020 at 11:18 pm
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    Hello,
    Would it be alright to repost this on my WordPress blog? With all bylines, etc., of course.
    If not, no worries. Just trying to help writers not get screwed.
    Sherrie Miranda

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    • Avatar for Sherrie Miranda
      September 16, 2020 at 11:20 pm
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      Wait, Derek, you have a WP blog. Maybe I can just Reblog it then?
      Sherrie

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    • Avatar for Derek Haines
      September 17, 2020 at 9:22 am
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      You can share any content from our site. But I would appreciate a source backlink, of course.

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      • Avatar for Scott Gardner
        September 24, 2020 at 2:11 am
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        Have you heard of a hybrid publisher named Heart and Goldman or James Amstell?

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  • Avatar for Brian sumner
    August 27, 2020 at 11:03 am
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    Can someone tell me if BOOCONN in NY is legit ? They approached me out of the blue

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    • Avatar for Mr keith devine
      April 28, 2021 at 11:38 am
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      Definitely not legit. Chase Smith of BooConn actually made up a Barnes & Noble purchase of my book. I had suspicions so I wrote directly to B&N who confirmed it was a fraud.

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  • Avatar for Riano
    August 17, 2020 at 7:08 pm
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    Can any tell me if RUSHMORE PRESS is a legit company? They claim to have done editorial reviews on my manuscripts. They say they will cover all publishing and production costs, but are asking $2250.00 for marketing. It just feels odd…

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      • Avatar for Paul
        November 24, 2020 at 12:29 am
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        Me and my friend also saw this link; however, they’re just listed there. It doesn’t really have any detail about them being a scam or whatnot. I just think some of these links are black propagandas. It could be just one of their competitors listing all the names of the publishers they can list with no solid proof. I’m saying this because my friend that published with Rushmore Press and is actually doing pretty well. They’ve done everything they promised and has helped my friend’s book climb up the ranks organically. So with that being said, if Rushmore Press were a scam, my friend’s situation with them shouldn’t be the case.

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        • Avatar for Joan Saxby
          June 12, 2021 at 5:33 pm
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          Rushmore press is a SCAM!

          Well your “Friend” just got scammed by an idiot from a scam company, from fake non existent Las Vegas office (scam office) which is just actually hiding in a small apartment in Punta Princesa, Cebu City Philippines.

          Scam office, scam address, from a scam company. Look it up.

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    • Avatar for Paul
      November 24, 2020 at 12:20 am
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      I have a friend that actually published with Rushmore Press and is actually doing pretty well. Not familiar with how Rushmore Press works or choose their titles; however, they seem to be doing everything they promised.

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    • Avatar for Anita Kirk
      April 19, 2021 at 8:50 pm
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      I had a email, then phone calls asking for the same amount, did you use Rushmore press? If so are they ok, and is it worth me paying?

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      • Avatar for Joan Saxby
        June 12, 2021 at 5:46 pm
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        NO DO NOT! RUSHMORE PRESS is a SCAM company. That Las Vegas address is actually a fake non existent office, and is actually being ran and hiding in a small apartment in Cebu Philippines.

        Don’t be fooled.

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  • Avatar for Daniel Spiteri
    August 5, 2020 at 11:32 am
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    Hello,

    I received a contract from Solstice Publishing. Are they a reputable company? Should I publish with them or would I be better off self-publishing?

    Thanks for your attention to this matter.

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  • Avatar for Phillipa Nefri Clark
    July 10, 2020 at 2:30 am
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    Getting a traditional publishing deal does not mean you get to sit back and write without spending any more money or worrying about marketing. More and more authors are actively marketing their Big 5 published books in order to make any kind of income. The biggest advantage is the reach of traditional houses to expose your book to a wide audience.

    True self-publishing doesn’t have to cost a lot. My biggest expenses are my editor and cover designers. Marketing comes next. And spending a bit of time learning.

    Very pleased overall to see this warning against the many scams out there.

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  • Avatar for Pamela Vause
    July 7, 2020 at 4:55 am
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    Thank you for your comments. I am seeking advise and, want to expose Xlibris. They are the most crooked, nasty people ever to work with. They are full of promises until they get your money. They signed me up to a contract that had a 12 months expiry date last August. First they started insisting that I couldn’t go straight to a screen play script with my book ( we already had LuLu edit and publish, this book earlier..)We had to start over again before they would put a script writer over my work. These are some of things that happened. The book ended up with 38 spelling errors after their edit. I made them go back, then it came with nine. When we got through all of this we came to the script writer. He isn’t known or registered, and his work is just as bad. I wasn’t allowed to talk to him, and have any in put in his work. I originally wanted to use my script that I had written, but they said I had to use theirs for $14.000or as the movie world wouldn’t except mine. In their book publishing side of things I paid $6.000. Out of this fee was $4.000 for the development of a 2 minute movie on my novel.. It has never been made and it is nearly 12 months. When I ask for my money back for this section, they say it is too late, for a refund, even though the movie has never been made. I feel they waiting for the 12 months to expire, then I will not be able to claim. What can I do?

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  • Avatar for nt
    July 7, 2020 at 1:43 am
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    Rushmore Press is listed in an article on the Writer Beware website.
    AUGUST 16, 2019
    FROM THE PHILIPPINES, NOT WITH LOVE: A PLAGUE OF PUBLISHING AND MARKETING SCAMS

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  • Avatar for yogijude
    June 29, 2020 at 11:01 pm
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    Does anyone know about Atmosphere Press? They are a partnership publisher. I haven’t agreed to anything yet, but I have a phone meeting with the editor and founder in less than a week.
    Thank you for any input!

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  • Avatar for Donna Bauerschlag
    June 25, 2020 at 9:46 pm
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    Has anyone had any experience with Stratton Press? My husband wants to lower the price of his book and have them provide Marketing. He originally published with Xlibris. That was our first mistake. They did a good job with the book and cover, but we paid them lots of dollars for Marketing, which never benefited us. I’m afraid that we may have some of the same issues with Stratton Press. Any information would be helpful. Thanks

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  • Avatar for R.E. Vaughn
    May 16, 2020 at 12:07 am
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    How about ‘Tablo.io’? Any info on this company. particularly any firsthand experiences, will be greatly appreciated. I really should have looked before I leaped, so to speak, before using this publisher.

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  • Avatar for Andrea Jenice
    May 7, 2020 at 3:49 pm
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    I was wondering about publishing advantage group and if it is a scam?

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  • Avatar for Stephanie Butcher
    April 25, 2020 at 9:55 pm
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    What about the company Notebook Publishing in the U.K.? They have several packages you can choose from for publishing but no price. They have very good reviews online but how do I know those reviews are legitimate?

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    • Avatar for Derek Haines
      April 25, 2020 at 10:22 pm
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      There is no way of knowing if online reviews are totally legitimate unless you try to contact the reviewers. I don’t know of the company, but your mention of no prices on its website is a concern. As I advise for all authors now, tread carefully with publishers you do not know.

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      • Avatar for Paula Zelenka
        July 22, 2020 at 12:05 pm
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        Hi everyone, I‘be been approached by Booconn marketing and I just want you to check they’re legit.
        I have been scammed in the past and for all the authors out there, don’t self publish with Balboa Press. They’re unprofessional and unreliable. I cut ties with them over two years ago and they still call me, offering me deals and wanting money.

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        • Avatar for Paula Zelenka
          July 22, 2020 at 12:08 pm
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          Sorry, should read as –
          *I just want to check if they’re legit.

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        • Avatar for Sheila Trask
          June 12, 2022 at 5:44 pm
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          Yes they are everything you said and then some. I republished with belboa and they’ve given away my contact info. I receive on average two calls a day and two emails a week. Nonstop. They are scam artists. I’ve lost control over my book and have only received around 20 dollars in three years. I know people who bought my book and I never received the money.

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      • Avatar for Laisa
        March 13, 2021 at 10:27 am
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        My daughter has always wanted to an author since age of 4 shes been asking every year but I didn’t take her seriously. At age of 8 she asked specially to publish her book for her 9th birthday present, then we thought we’d give it a try, we contacted Xlibrix and sent 3 manuscripts at once, they published the first book which is “Looking for Mother Chicken” and there were thousands of dollar paid, we also paid marketing fee which they promised to market her book and her royalties would go toward publishing her two other books. My daughter was so excited she continued to write books after books and started on a chapter book. we hear nothing from Xlibrix about her two other books and no royalty, I’ve enquired and was told that she only has $7 since my daughter published her book when she was 8turning 9 she’s now 15. My daughter is really discouraged by Xlibrix she’s now been contacted by Silver Ink. What would you say about this

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        • Avatar for Thomas Swafford
          March 5, 2022 at 6:16 am
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          From what I have read, they are another scam. Do a web search on their name and scam and see what you find.

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    • Avatar for Carole weave Lane
      May 4, 2020 at 7:14 am
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      I would like to know if ‘booconn.com’ is legitimate please. They are the latest company to approach me

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    • Avatar for Louise Dodding
      June 6, 2021 at 5:47 pm
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      I published in December with this company; would not recommend and I cannot work out how they get good reviews; just looking into a few things now…
      Do not waste your money

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  • Avatar for Cindy Gurr
    April 24, 2020 at 4:42 am
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    I would like to know if Booconn is a fraudulent scam company, please? They have contacted me with regard to my book. Would love to hear form you
    Thank you Cindy

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    • Avatar for Jacque Pendleton
      May 2, 2020 at 11:06 am
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      I’ve been with this company for 2 years and I never had any problems with them. In fact, they were helpful and did a lot of things for me so I don’t think they’re a a scam, Cindy.

      Ariyah

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      • Avatar for Cindy Gurr
        August 2, 2022 at 2:30 am
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        Thank you. I have now been contacted by Grovehouse Press with an invitation to have my book made into a film Netflix. Sounds fishy please advise if this is legit. Thank you – Cindy Gurr

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        • Avatar for Derek Haines
          August 2, 2022 at 8:12 am
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          Sorry, I have no information other than that ‘grovehousepress.com’ was launched on May 21, 2021.

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    • Avatar for George
      June 27, 2020 at 11:45 pm
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      I’d say from my guess that it is a scam company that isn’t even in the US. Most likely The Philippines. If you read some of the literature on their website you will notice some VERY poor English. Run. Run.

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  • Avatar for Joy Toylo
    April 22, 2020 at 5:30 pm
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    I’m reporting a fraudulent company called “Bright Lights Distribution LLC” that is cold calling authors, collecting financial information over the phone and the non-delivery of goods or services that have been paid for.

    They are based in CEBU CITY, PHILLIPINES disguised as an American marketing firm located in 16 Boxwood Lane Hicksville NY 11801 and 9422 Phillip Avenue Norfolk VA 23503.

    They are “highly trained scammers” and are led by the owner Raphael “Ralph” Mariño and goes by the phone name: “Darren Matthews” and is usually the one you get to talk with when you give out your credit card information. He also uses another phone name: “Zack Daley” when calling VIP LEADS to make a sale of his own.

    I hope that this can help you and many more others that may fall victim to these scammers.

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    • Avatar for Chantal
      August 15, 2020 at 5:30 pm
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      I just received phone calls from rick Gomez of bright lights distribution llc based in New York . That office open in february 2020. I have been told that the office in Virginia is behind the new movie « after » who really existe. The problem is that the office in Virginia started in 2019….. a movie takes more than one year to take form…..

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  • Avatar for Kim Cohen
    April 11, 2020 at 2:42 am
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    I went through the vanity publisher, Dog Ear Publishing LLC, (Dog Ear) and just became aware it’s no longer in business. Dog Ear did not send notices to its authors advising of the closure to give us a chance to gain access to our books on the distribution platforms to which they were uploaded by them e.g., Amazon. In fact, their website still appears fully functional with a few exceptions and invoices are still being generated. However, they do not respond to emails, no one answers their phone and their voice mail system is full and cannot accept messages. Therefore, I don’t have any control over the books’ images, description, categories or keywords on the Amazon landing/detail pages. I’ve contacted Amazon by phone and email and was directed by their KDP Support Team to submit a Report of Infringement which they then declined; then approved; then declined again so I’m a bit confused. I’ve re-contacted the KDP Support Team via email advising them of the sequence of events and have suggested the following solutions. 1) terminate their agreement with Dog Ear based on the circumstances and provide me and other authors upon request access to the landing/detail pages, or 2) simply unpublish the books, or 3) place a disclaimer on the pages stating books are unavailable through Dog Ear, and a solution is being formulated to resolve the problem. But so far…crickets. So, my question to you is what would you recommend in a situation like this? I was recently told that Dog Ear is owned by AuthorHouse, but I’ve been unable to verify that. Do you know how I might go about doing so? Perhaps they would be willing to assist? Or will my obtaining new ISBNs and uploading updated images, files and descriptions, and selecting categories and keywords through my own KDP account resolve the issue? I look forward to your response!

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    • Avatar for Derek Haines
      April 11, 2020 at 10:18 am
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      I’m sorry to hear about your problem, Kim. The only advice I can give you is to check your contract or have a lawyer do it for you. I know that some authors in a similar situation have self-published their books with a change of title and new covers. But you need to be sure that you can do this under the terms of your contract. It is possible for a publisher to retain the rights to a book even though they are in the process of bankruptcy or liquidating. Unfortunately, there is no quick or easy solution.

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  • Avatar for SILVIA SPEYER
    January 21, 2020 at 5:33 pm
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    Thank you for the list of Scammers. I am publishing with Christian Faith Publishers. What is your recommendation for the future?

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  • Avatar for tim marakovits
    January 17, 2020 at 1:03 am
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    Hello, I just read this article since I had a conversation with Christian Faith Publishing. Although my manuscript is not a religious book the person said they have a division that deals with more conventional topics. But if I submit my manuscript they reserve the right to reject it if it’s falls outside of their acceptable criteria. Speaking with them they sound reputable and explained, if things progress, upfront fees of around $3,000 and then a 50cent cut on sold copies. Are familiar with them ?
    Thanks.

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    • Avatar for Bibian Green
      September 20, 2020 at 10:56 pm
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      No upfront fees please, biggest mistake I ever made.

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  • Avatar for Dianne Lane
    January 14, 2020 at 5:08 pm
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    I am wondering about Rushmore press out of Las Vegas, NV. Is it legit

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    • Avatar for Barbara Wilson-Battiss
      January 27, 2020 at 7:09 pm
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      I am wondering about Rushmore Press in Las Vegas and Mulberry Books Publishing.

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    • Avatar for Bryan Carrier
      April 15, 2020 at 8:37 pm
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      Anything about Pen It Publications?

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  • Avatar for Marion L Stapleton Harley
    January 9, 2020 at 12:17 pm
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    I received a phone call from the radio station re interview with Al Cole. I listened to the initial words of the person phoning me, then made it 100% clear that whilst I am happy to give interviews, I never pay anything for so doing. I cut the call. They immediately rang back. I emailed them my views about never paying anyone for publicity. They did not reply.

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  • Avatar for Stacy
    January 1, 2020 at 11:41 am
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    I’ve been contacted by a publishing consultant at ‘Readers Magnet’ about one of my children’s books.
    The thing is that I’ve never heard of them and I ever reached out to them 1st. The call came out of the blue.
    The package sounds great. I would love to have my books reach a larger audience, being sold at major book stores, online and have a website selling my books exclusively.
    But, after being burned by Star Publishing that used to be under another name that I forgot, I am very wary of any site or TV commercial that’s willing to help authors.
    Can you tell me anything about Readers Magnet?
    Thanks.

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    • Avatar for Stacy
      January 1, 2020 at 11:45 am
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      I meant that I have ‘NEVER’ reached out to them.

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      • Avatar for Stacy
        January 1, 2020 at 11:55 am
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        My mistake.
        I didn’t mean Star Publishing.
        It was American Star Publishing.
        I was burned by them when they were known as PublishAmerica.
        They aren’t in business anymore.

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  • Avatar for John Slegers
    December 11, 2019 at 5:44 am
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    What about Lulu? How do they compare to the services mentioned in this article, and why aren’t they mentioned in this article?

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  • Avatar for Dana Prather
    November 6, 2019 at 6:48 pm
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    I am dealing with Page Publishing. I have seen a disturbing YouTube video and have read a few things about them. Have you heard anything about the company?
    I wrote to them and said that I was going to stop my payments, so I could catch up on other bills. They didn’t seem to mind. Which kind of struck me as odd. I have paid $1173.50 and I owe them $2212.50 more. Now, I am going to see what it will take to get out of my contract. There is no termination clause. I’m just not sure how to go about telling them. Do I ease into it, or let them know what I have found on them?

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    • Avatar for Derek Haines
      November 6, 2019 at 6:57 pm
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      I am sorry, Dana. I can’t advise you how to proceed. But according to ALLi, this publisher has an advisory notice of caution in regard to quality, value and marketing practices.

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  • Avatar for Roberta Parry
    October 16, 2019 at 2:00 am
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    I just received an email and follow up phone call from a representative of Parchment Global Publishing. He is offering me an opportunity to have a 15 t0 30 minute interview with Al Cole on Radio CBS People of Distinction. According to him. Al’s scouting team came across my novel KILLING TIME and found it worthy to be selected for his Monday and Tuesday interviews of authors and books. The interview will be broadcast to over 200 radio stations nationally and internationally for three consecutive days. All I have to do is pay for air time, $1500. All other costs will be covered by Al’s sponsors. Is this legitimate? Please answer ASAP.

    My thanks.

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    • Avatar for Derek Haines
      October 16, 2019 at 9:16 am
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      I’m sorry, but I don’t know about this company. You’ll need to decide if you can recoup your investment with enough book sales. It would be a good idea to ask them if other authors have used their service and if you can contact them as a reference.

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    • Avatar for Kate
      March 23, 2022 at 7:14 am
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      This is not legit. There are several radio interview scams and all of them are with small companies that operate under the big scam publisher “Author Solutions.” These include: Author Reputation, Parchment Global Publishing, Book Vine Press, Lunar Lights Media and other. The radio personalities are: Kate Delaney, Al Cole and Ric Bratton. The interviews happen but they go nowhere. Readers Magnet is a larger one as well. I’m working on what has sadly turned out to be a very long trail of these companies who scammed my mother. Most are out of the Philippines and they close up shop as needed.

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  • Avatar for Bob Nalzaro
    September 8, 2019 at 1:52 am
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    I just want other people to know that a company called “BRANDING NEMO” has been contacting authors for an $8,000 “Hollywood Book-to-Screen” service. A guy named “Brian Watsons” has been pestering me for days now and I don’t think I’m the only one they’ve contacted about this.

    BEWARE!

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    • Avatar for diana Y
      September 19, 2019 at 4:45 am
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      ATTN: AUTHORS WHO PURCHASED SERVICE FROM BRANDING NEMO – I am sharing this to help other authors

      I tried to verify the company BRANDING NEMO, if they are registered business in the State of California. And there is no BRANDING NEMO business registered in California Secretary of State – Business Entities (BE). I tried several times to search for the — Branding Nemo– company but no results found under business search in the California Secretary of State Website.

      BRANDING NEMO IS A FRAUDULENT COMPANY. if you have purchase any service from this company. contact your bank and inform them that you are a victim of fraudulent business operating in California with out business registration or license. My bank helped me when I file a charge back against BRANDING NEMO. since they are not a registered business in California, there office is not even a real office, its a virtual office.

      if you need further assistance. file complain. report a business, etc. You can visit the website of the “California Department Of Justice, Office of the Attorney General.

      I hope this would help you….

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      • Avatar for Nils-Mekkar Tjolmn
        July 4, 2020 at 1:12 am
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        I was originally contacted by:
        Bob Sanders
        BN Payment Center

        and paid $1,093 in installments

        BRANDINGNEMO, LLC
        MAIN OFFICE: 201 East 5th St., Suite 1110 Sheridan, Wyoming 82801

        SATELLITE OFFICE: 950 Reserve Dr. Suite 160 Roseville, CA 95678

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    • Avatar for D.A. Chadwick
      January 27, 2021 at 6:24 am
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      I received numerous calls from him and never called him back. Thanks for sharing. Somebody is always trying to rip us off.

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    • Avatar for Derek Johns
      May 11, 2021 at 3:23 am
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      Marcia M Publishing wants fees up Front. On one website multiple authors showing as currently unavailable. Makes promises which are unrealistic. Totally unprofessional. Upon repeated requests for Information no response the email address keeps changing. The website has been under construction for some months now. Avoid this company at all costs, there are good publishers out there in the UK.

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  • Avatar for Holly Fern
    July 20, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    GBR Publishing in Ontario has scammed many women out of their royalties and cancelled contracts as “coauthors” remain unpaid once recruited under the guise of their lead authors.

    Incredibly disappointing experience and I hope more authors step forward to speak their truth.

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  • Avatar for Gerald Rennie
    May 22, 2019 at 7:01 pm
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    I have been contacted by phone regarding A publishing company called Author University regarding my book the rat Chronicles . I was wondering if anybody had an experience with them . They offer a package that would cost $599 USD to send my book to 200,000 email clients of which you typically get a 13% response rate. As I live in Canada that would come to around $810 Canadian. I haven’t made any commitments yet but my experience with Iuniverse and their marketing packages were somewhat very disappointing . I do not know who to trust when it comes to publishing my books, however I do have reservations about trusting Author University, with their claims regarding book scouts saying that my material is very good . I haven’t made any move to invest my hard earned money for them to represent my book yet . I have spent thousands of dollars with Iuniverse promoting my books and they have fallen short of my expectations . I may look at other options to promote my books .

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  • Avatar for Hahyley
    May 1, 2019 at 5:58 pm
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    good luck getting it back!! I harassed balboa for a year, I went through hay house to get it back. there is a facebook group called – author house / balboa press survivors – you can share the pain there! – author house and balboa press are the same rip job, and now my email is being harassed with a new scam in town called author reputation press – BEWARE!! now they have your email address and they sell it onwards too… disgusting! can’t believe hay house allow such a corrupt thing to happen…!

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  • Avatar for Victor Atako
    May 1, 2019 at 1:13 am
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    I published my first book through Authorhouse in 2017 after spending almost $14,000.00. This money was beyond human imagination to spend on one book. This company simply ripped me off to the extent that when other companies would call me to express their love of my book, and asked me how much I spent on the book. They could not believe how much it cost me to publish that single book. I was told that the book needs a new face lift and also reduce the price of the book from $29.95 to $19.95. Unfortunately, up till now since the book was published in April 2017, I have received only $5.00 in royalty. My story with AuthorHouse should be a big court case because I am not going to let go this company. My advice to the Authors out there, by-pass AuthorHouse

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    • Avatar for Nelda Powell
      August 21, 2019 at 2:35 am
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      I published my first book through Authorhouse almost 10 years ago. I spent thousands of dollars and have not sold many books. Can I pull my book from Authorhouse and use a different publisher? Is that even possible? I have received $44 in royalties in the last 3 years. I wish I had considered alternatives but at the time I believed them to be my only option.

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      • Avatar for Derek Haines
        August 21, 2019 at 7:50 am
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        You would need to check your contract, Nelda. It depends if Authorhouse owns the book rights. If so, you would need to negotiate with Authorhouse before you could use another publisher.

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      • Avatar for Brian George
        January 14, 2021 at 11:53 am
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        I pulled 3 of my books from Authorhouse. You have to ask them for a release form and they will send it. Make sure you ask for the original Word Doc back also. I re-named one of my books and kept the other 2 just changed the covers and re-published on Draft2Digital and they are still there. I got a separate print deal with another publisher for one of the books and that is just out last year. Covid hit the promotions that we planned but I still have all my rights.
        I’ve been approached by many scammers but am now in half a mind to let Rushmore loose.

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      • Avatar for Derek Johns
        May 11, 2021 at 1:24 am
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        Beware of Marcia M Publishing in the UK, trademark scam with extreme lateness, high fees and poor or missing services. Posing as a professional publisher behind a small-scale operation from home. A friend learned too late that other authors had suffered a similar fate and had paid thousands. Look for a reputable publisher or self-publish.

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  • Avatar for Sheila Barrington
    April 23, 2019 at 1:27 pm
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    Well I have written a book that was bless by God to write cause he knew I had a testament to share with others, I tried to correct my errows but something would not let me, I assume it was the spirit to assure me to let it stay as is, why I don’t know, but I looking for a publisher to re- read my book and let me know if I have chance, I had a neighbor to read it and she said it brought tears to her eyes, I use to start off writting a book pand never finished it, but the spirit alarm me that once you start this book you are going to finish it to the very end and that’s what I did, I hoping for a miracle cause I have kids and grandkids I want to bless by this book along with others, and you are right about trusting other people, I don’t want my book in the wrong hands cause it’s my pride and joy and it’s a blessing from God to write this book. I hope you can guide me to the right publisher that can be a blessing, I am disabled but I do have dreams to be fulfilled.

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  • Avatar for Laure
    March 30, 2019 at 9:47 am
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    Hello everyone and thankyou for your excellent page…i just wanted to say that i payed balboa 1500 dol( i live in the uk..but was speaking to the us the whole time??.)..in december, but then received the written offer, read the fine lines and didn t sign the agreement.. and cancelled it over the phone and via email, thankfully.. HOWEVER it s been 3 months ,i haven ‘t yet gotten my money back after 3 emails where i was told i would , and now my last email was not answered, i am not sure what to do, if anyone has any ideas ,i am listening :) i feel like balboa being linked to hay house is a fabulous smoke screen …and an unfair one, i think i will write to hay house ? Best Laure

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  • Avatar for Shelly
    March 29, 2019 at 8:26 am
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    New scam company on the alert – (I think this was the old author solutions) because that company had my details (yep was scammed) and now I just received a new email after many years! They must be trying to change names.

    Senior Author Adviser – Publishing & Marketing
    Author Reputation Press, LLC

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    • Avatar for sharon king
      March 29, 2019 at 8:17 pm
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      Thanks very much, does this also apply to Book Guild Publishing? Their contract was much fairer than Austin Macualey (25% royalties) Book Guild (45% royalties.)
      Both are asking for £1900 contribution to a partnership. I have ruled out Austin Macauley (they offered me a second contract today for another book I sent in.)
      Any advice very much appreciated.

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      • Avatar for RICHARD SMITH
        June 12, 2020 at 7:52 pm
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        I have just collected the unsold copies of my book from “the book guild” as our contract expired last Jan 2020. This is because they only contacted me about 3 weeks ago to collect them. My book was published in Jan 2019 and I paid the £1900 with 45% royalties and 75% subsidiary rights . I received £100 in July 2019 but absolutely nothing since then, no royalties, not even a statement nor any subsidiary rights etc at all. Up until my book was published there was regular contact from them but nothing as soon as the book got published. I asked them which book stores my book was in and they said they could not tell me ( ?? ) I was promised to be put onto their web page as one of their authors and to get TV, newspaper & radio interviews etc but got nothing. They basically took my money and just put my book on line and hope it sold. How can it sell if no one knows it exists? There was no marketing or promoting and I was even misled when I could have had a book signing at WHSmiths so it failed to happen. My advise is to avoid this publisher at all costs and to get a marketing and promoting company involved when you do publish as they’re not that expensive. The book guild, and their other parent companies should be avoided.

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      • Avatar for Richard Smith
        June 12, 2020 at 8:06 pm
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        I have just commented on THE BOOK GUILD so I hope you read it. Basically they take your money and just put your book online and hope it sells. How can a book sell if no one knows it exists? There’s no marketing or promoting of your book and you get practically nothing in royalties. Avoid THE BOOK GUILD at all costs.

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    • Avatar for Kate
      March 23, 2022 at 7:16 am
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      Author Reputation is one of the many offshoots of Author Solutions

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  • Avatar for sharon king
    March 26, 2019 at 12:38 pm
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    Hi,
    I have been offered partnership publishing for my first book by: Novum, Austin Macaualey and the Book Guild.
    Do you have any thoughts on the reliability of these companies re marketing and actually getting books onto book shop shelves?

    Thanks.

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    • Avatar for Matthew Seller
      February 23, 2020 at 5:40 pm
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      Pass on them. There all Vanity publishers they operate in the U.K. and advertise on Websites and Youtube. I checked them against a copy of the Writers and Artists Yearbook and they aren’t listed. They offer to publish 3 books I had written costing over £2000. Don’t trust them

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    • Avatar for RICHARD SMITH
      June 12, 2020 at 8:00 pm
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      Also ,what they do not tell new authors is that they sell your book to stores, amazon etc at a reduced price so you will only get your 45% royalty on a lesser price as contracts usually say you’ll get 45% on “net sales”. Basically if your book had a £7.99 sale price you assume you’ll get 45% of £7.99 but if they sell your book to amazon for £3.99 you’ll only get 45% of £3.99 which drastically reduces your royalties. Not a lot of new authors know this and the publisher will not tell you this either.

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      • Avatar for Robert Muller
        November 26, 2020 at 8:33 pm
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        In my experience, I cannot confirm that Novum Publishing promises the authors something that is not kept. I can imagine that some authors have false expectations. However, the contracts with this publisher are well-designed. I generally advise you to check contracts carefully before signing them to know where you stand.

        Before I ended up with this publisher, I tried self-publishing. I researched and contacted various service providers such as editors and graphic designers. I was never satisfied and I didn’t really have the time for self-publishing. My manuscript therefore remained unpublished for several years. Until I decided on a different solution. It was the right decision for me.

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    • Avatar for Marie-Ann
      June 30, 2020 at 12:22 pm
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      A friend of mine was offered to have her book translated into English. She had her first book published by novum publishing and it was a success. Now she is happy that the English market is also being focused on. I noticed how much she was looking for a publisher but the topic was too special for all publishers and nobody wanted to publish it. Unfortunately, she was also unable to publish her book via the university, because otherwise she would have had complications with her scholarship. Ultimately, she was very happy that she was able to publish her work and that the book was very well received. It definitely made sense to her. She is a scientist and knows how to write works, but she is not familiar with the book market. She was sent to readings and was also present at several book fairs. In my view, I would advise you to look at each case separately. There are cases where such a publication alternative makes sense.

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  • Avatar for Marc Weingarten
    March 22, 2019 at 9:57 pm
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    I self published my book, Cape Comedy, with First Edition Design Publishing. For the first few years I received my royalties upon book sales. However, about 2 1/2 years ago, without any notice from them, they set a royalty threshold where unless my sales exceeded that threshold, they would hold my royalties until they did. Well, to this day I haven’t received my royalties. I confronted them 12 months ago about it, and I received an email stating they would release my royalties to me the next quarter. That would have been 8 months ago.It’s now 12 months since I confronted them, and I still haven’t received my royalties. I’m writing you simply to warn anyone embarking on a self-publishing career and seeking publishers, that First Edition Design Publishing is a company to stay away from. They have proven to be dishonest and untruthful with me, and I regret the day I entered into a relationship with them.

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    • Avatar for Keri Ross
      May 14, 2020 at 6:57 pm
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      SAME THING happened to me. On top of that, they cancelled my contract to publish (so we had to pay someone new) and refused to respond to the BBB. These people dont have any conscience.

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      • Avatar for Deborah E Gordon
        October 6, 2020 at 9:36 pm
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        Mrs. Ross was a challenging client, and we fought long and hard to find a family member to help her understand the process. Mrs. Ross was belligerent and lacked total disregard for all those that were trying to assist her. We invite all those that are interested in please read the full account on the BBB website. We were in the right 100%, we went above and beyond to try and appease her, however, and no business should have to put up the harassment that most of our staff had to endure. Her credit card company found us in the right, and the BBB closed the case after she repeatedly kept posting the same thing over and over, although she received a clear response. Her main complaint was she was upset that Amazon did not list her book as prime within the first week of posting her book, as well as the author names she provided us, as well as the author names she provided on the cover, were the names and the order we used to publish the book. After the book was published, she wanted them changed – which was fine; we were willing to change that for her – however, the book would have to be unpublished, and her cover that she provided was going to have to be recreated. She did not understand this process. We wished her the best of luck and asked her to please find a new publisher.

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        • Avatar for Briana
          May 21, 2022 at 4:32 pm
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          *I do not know Deborah I haven’t looked up her site. I haven’t even go onto any of the websites to research her,.*

          Oh please! Deborah, have you no shame? No guilt? You grifted from these people and now you want to besmirch them? Seriously? I thought I’d seen it all but this is a new level entirely.

          I am so angry for these people who put money and faith In you, only for the disrespect toward them from you continues. Almost every publisher that went down in flames hid their faces for a good long time. And by that, I’m talking publishers who were once respected and ruined their reputations in the end.

          Your “business” is something else entirely. Were you a legitimate publisher, you would not be sharing confidential information, including sales data, in a pathetic attempt to confuse the issue and hurt people that you’ve already victimized.

          Keri and Marc, I wish you and your work every success. I’m so sorry for your situations.

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    • Avatar for Deborah E Gordon
      October 6, 2020 at 9:24 pm
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      Mr. Weingarten’s book had minimal sales, which totaled less than $20.00. We did change our policy that consisted of FEDP retaining 4.5% of all publishers royalties to a policy that the author can retain 100% of their royalties; however, we had to put a minimum of when we would release royalties. We changed this policy for two main reasons: if an author were to receive royalties under the $20.00 accurate, they become discouraged and upset that their titles were not selling, also from a business point of view, it is very costly to send out royalties in the amounts that totaled under $20.00. We have thousands of authors, and to send out royalties that total $2.00 or $9.00 or $19.00 accrue a cost, yet in return, we are giving authors 100% of their royalties instead of charging a 4.5% fee for processing the royalties. All authors received this update via email 90days, 60 days, and 30 days before making the policy change.

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  • Avatar for Ryan Sinclair
    March 5, 2019 at 3:31 am
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    I was(key word-was)recently with a publisher, who on another website was accused of being an author mill. There were some disagreements to that, I for one will vouch for the person saying they were leaning more on the side of the author mill. I know other authors that that had left the same publisher for their own reasons, one of which was not being paid the proper amount for number of books sold. I suspect this as well as does another close author friend of mine. The reason I left them was the day of my book release, they misspelled part of the title wrong. When I emailed and told them, they did not completely fix the issue. Two more mistakes were found a couple of days later and by then I was livid. I emailed back and said basically “fix or give me back my contracts!” Both emails from them(one person specifically) was very unapologetic. There are so many things that could be said why not to go with Solstice Publishing(they had to change their names a few years back!), I caution every author to check all other options before choosing them!

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  • Avatar for Terence Banks
    January 9, 2019 at 4:12 pm
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    Thank you so much for the valuable info.that I’m vastly becoming to realize how easy it is to get scammed.By there’s so call vanity presses.I just had a bad experience with universe pulling company.So I pulled canceled the publishing package,I was involved.Due to the facts that a so called publishing consultant,literally told me no one at universe or any where else.Will edit my manuscript because it’s satuated with Ebonics and slang.I felt she was be ing biased/discriminatory towards me and my manuscript.So,I cancelled the publishing package I had with the company.I let a few of her superiors know what she said to me.Plus she wanted me to pay more money for editing.So now I’m even more careful,once again thank you so much for the informative articles.

    Stay blessed,

    Terence Banks

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  • Avatar for Laura
    December 18, 2018 at 1:24 pm
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    Thanks soo much for your very interesting artcle, i almost commited to Balboa yesterday, i payed …but luckily i haven signed the agreement so i will gwt my money back…phew… ..i have just been reading horendous reviews on how they can really make u pay and pay … so mamy thanks for helping me take another route :) Best , laura

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  • Avatar for Angelena Boden
    September 26, 2018 at 6:36 pm
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    Wise words but I must say that I used Matador for book 3 because of the time factor. They come highly recommended by Writer’s Workshop and others. I found them to be excellent – professional, savvy marketers as well as knowing their business. They aren’t vanity publishers at all.

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  • Avatar for Anastacia Moore
    August 31, 2018 at 9:33 pm
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    I have been repeating this to fellow ‘self published’ authors since the inception of time. Unfortunately some fall for these scams regardless of the countless warnings. Thank you for re-iterating the importance of research before jumping onto the paper mache’ flotilla of scam artists out there!

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