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From the outset, let me say I have very mixed emotions about AuthorHouse. I have now published two books with them, both works of fiction. Books published by AuthorHouse are priced according to their pages, nothing else. The novel I published in 2012 was nearly 800 pages and got hit with a $37 price tag for the hardbound copy. My 2013 book was only about 288 pages and the HB was priced around $27. While your books may appear on Amazon, Google, Barnes & Noble and in e-book format, including Nook, Kindle and iTunes, don't expect to go walking through Wal-Mart, Sam's Club or Costco one day and find your book nestled in with others for sale. These chains and bookstores refuse to deal with Author House. Neither will you find your book at a Barnes & Noble, so you can forget local 'meet the author and get an autograph' types of events. Any customer of AuthorHouse needs to be warned they farm out most of their designer graphics and post-publication marketing to the Philippines. For my first dust jacket cover, I submitted my own design, which the Filipino group promptly discarded and designed their own. This group also took liberties and re-designed the interior of both books without asking permission. Once you receive your proof copies back, this takes precious time to rectify. The Philippines group was such a disaster with my first book in 2012 that I made it clear in 2013 they were not to touch any part of my second book. Their concept of English grammar is horrible, plus the group shuts down operations frequently for religious holidays and things like typhoons and floods in Manila. I asked their supervisor last year a question about the design of my book and after 10 days, she never replied. Accordingly, I "fired" them and told AuthorHouse only an American design crew was to work on my book from that point forward. This year, from the beginning, I told AuthorHouse no one in the Philippines was to touch my second book. In spite of this, they still assigned the book to the graphics unit in the Philippines! Also note, marketing services at AuthorHouse cost extra and are assigned to....the Philippines. Want to advertise your book in the NY Times Sunday Book Review, get ready to shell out at least $4,500 or more. Expect their Filipino group to call you around dinner time or early evening with their sales pitches, as they have zero concept of the time difference.
All pictures used in your book, with the exception of the front dust jacket cover, will be rendered in black & white. You get 10 freebie pictures with your book, but will have to pay for extras over the limit. AuthorHouse's graphics group maintains all pictures submitted must have a resolution of 300 DPI. They are very quick to remind you if your photos or illustrations aren't 300 DPI, they will not be held responsible for the poor quality of the pictures, thus you have to sign a waiver. If you're a copy and paste person as I am, you have no idea if your picture is 300DPI but I don't like being threatened with crappy quality pictures or forced to sign any type of waver. AuthorHouse will, of course, for an ADDED fee, fix your pictures and render them in 300 DPI. A word to the wise is find someone beforehand with PhotoShop and let them change your pictures into 300 DPI before submitting them with your book. All clients are assigned numerous project managers, each in a different department. If there's a problem with your manuscript, expect them to be slow in responding, if not actually trying to avoid your calls. My main project manager this year, Tim F., stuck to a regimen of returning calls only once a day, even if then. He was also absent a lot from work as well. My book printing project manager, Sherman W., was even more adept at ignoring phone calls and email requests. If you want something beyond the realm of "normal," AuthorHouse requires you to sign a waiver, not just any waiver, but THEIR waiver. Depending upon the book program you choose, you will receive xx "free" hardback and xx "free" paperback copies of your book, but the minor catch is you have to pay for the postage on the books. This year Sherman W was about to charge me $42 in postage, until I told him that was the amount I was charged last year for my 800 page books! He quickly retreated and re-calculated, coming up with a fee of just over $20. Had I not caught this, Author House would have pocketed an extra $22. To make matters worse, last week the printer screwed up the mailing label on my "free" copies and mailed them to an address in New Jersey, not Houston, Texas! One of the worst jobs for me is proofing my own writing. Last year's book at nearly 800 pages was a breeze compared to the less than 300 pages in this year's book. If you don't want to proof your own book, AuthorHouse will gladly do it for you, but for five cents a word. A very strong caveat to all writers is to re-re-read your manuscript as many times as possible. .

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From the outset, let me say I have very mixed emotions about AuthorHouse. I have now published two books with them, both works of fiction. Books published by AuthorHouse are priced according to their pages, nothing else. The novel I published in 2012 was nearly 800 pages and got hit with a $37 price tag for the hardbound copy. My 2013 book was only about 288 pages and the HB was priced around $27. While your books may appear on Amazon, Google, Barnes & Noble and in e-book format, including Nook, Kindle and iTunes, don't expect to go walking through Wal-Mart, Sam's Club or Costco one day and find your book nestled in with others for sale. These chains and bookstores refuse to deal with Author House. Neither will you find your book at a Barnes & Noble, so you can forget local 'meet the author and get an autograph' types of events. Any customer of AuthorHouse needs to be warned they farm out most of their designer graphics and post-publication marketing to the Philippines. For my first dust jacket cover, I submitted my own design, which the Filipino group promptly discarded and designed their own. This group also took liberties and re-designed the interior of both books without asking permission. Once you receive your proof copies back, this takes precious time to rectify. The Philippines group was such a disaster with my first book in 2012 that I made it clear in 2013 they were not to touch any part of my second book. Their concept of English grammar is horrible, plus the group shuts down operations frequently for religious holidays and things like typhoons and floods in Manila. I asked their supervisor last year a question about the design of my book and after 10 days, she never replied. Accordingly, I "fired" them and told AuthorHouse only an American design crew was to work on my book from that point forward. This year, from the beginning, I told AuthorHouse no one in the Philippines was to touch my second book. In spite of this, they still assigned the book to the graphics unit in the Philippines! Also note, marketing services at AuthorHouse cost extra and are assigned to....the Philippines. Want to advertise your book in the NY Times Sunday Book Review, get ready to shell out at least $4,500 or more. Expect their Filipino group to call you around dinner time or early evening with their sales pitches, as they have zero concept of the time difference.
All pictures used in your book, with the exception of the front dust jacket cover, will be rendered in black & white. You get 10 freebie pictures with your book, but will have to pay for extras over the limit. AuthorHouse's graphics group maintains all pictures submitted must have a resolution of 300 DPI. They are very quick to remind you if your photos or illustrations aren't 300 DPI, they will not be held responsible for the poor quality of the pictures, thus you have to sign a waiver. If you're a copy and paste person as I am, you have no idea if your picture is 300DPI but I don't like being threatened with crappy quality pictures or forced to sign any type of waver. AuthorHouse will, of course, for an ADDED fee, fix your pictures and render them in 300 DPI. A word to the wise is find someone beforehand with PhotoShop and let them change your pictures into 300 DPI before submitting them with your book. All clients are assigned numerous project managers, each in a different department. If there's a problem with your manuscript, expect them to be slow in responding, if not actually trying to avoid your calls. My main project manager this year, Tim F., stuck to a regimen of returning calls only once a day, even if then. He was also absent a lot from work as well. My book printing project manager, Sherman W., was even more adept at ignoring phone calls and email requests. If you want something beyond the realm of "normal," AuthorHouse requires you to sign a waiver, not just any waiver, but THEIR waiver. Depending upon the book program you choose, you will receive xx "free" hardback and xx "free" paperback copies of your book, but the minor catch is you have to pay for the postage on the books. This year Sherman W was about to charge me $42 in postage, until I told him that was the amount I was charged last year for my 800 page books! He quickly retreated and re-calculated, coming up with a fee of just over $20. Had I not caught this, Author House would have pocketed an extra $22. To make matters worse, last week the printer screwed up the mailing label on my "free" copies and mailed them to an address in New Jersey, not Houston, Texas! One of the worst jobs for me is proofing my own writing. Last year's book at nearly 800 pages was a breeze compared to the less than 300 pages in this year's book. If you don't want to proof your own book, AuthorHouse will gladly do it for you, but for five cents a word. A very strong caveat to all writers is to re-re-read your manuscript as many times as possible. .

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Balboa Publishing & parent company Author Solutions is a very disreputable company! They are all about signing you up for their services then after you have signed up, they will add all sorts of extra fees. Then when it is time to publish, YOU will find yourself not making any money per book any way. I have not dealt with a more unsatisfactory company. BALBOA PUBLISHING, their "new" Front Group did not have much on the web in the way of REVIEWS!!!

They will promise anything and everything to get YOU to PAY them. Then when it is time for them to deliver, they will ALWAYS screw you over.

This is ALSO A BLACK EYE ON HAYHOUSE PUBLISHING in that they are working with such a PARASITE ON SOCIETY!

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Balboa Publishing & parent company Author Solutions is a very disreputable company! They are all about signing you up for their services then after you have signed up, they will add all sorts of extra fees. Then when it is time to publish, YOU will find yourself not making any money per book any way. I have not dealt with a more unsatisfactory company. BALBOA PUBLISHING, their "new" Front Group did not have much on the web in the way of REVIEWS!!!

They will promise anything and everything to get YOU to PAY them. Then when it is time for them to deliver, they will ALWAYS screw you over.

This is ALSO A BLACK EYE ON HAYHOUSE PUBLISHING in that they are working with such a PARASITE ON SOCIETY!

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Author House, Xlibris, iUniverse, Trafford Publishing, Palibris, Author HouseUK, Wordclay. Just take a look at how many names this scam and fraud operates under.

Their parent company is Author Solutions.

Their equity investment firm is Bertram Capital.

Nobody, including all of the above, gets away with outright thievery forever.

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Author House, Xlibris, iUniverse, Trafford Publishing, Palibris, Author HouseUK, Wordclay. Just take a look at how many names this scam and fraud operates under.

Their parent company is Author Solutions.

Their equity investment firm is Bertram Capital.

Nobody, including all of the above, gets away with outright thievery forever.

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I learnt too late that AuthorHouse is toxic, and one of the nastiest scams I've dealt with in my life.

My hell with Authorhouse started on 24 May 2010 through a misleading website called findyourpublisher.com, which is a bogus fraud site funnelling unsuspecting authors towards AuthorHouse and their partner scams. My first mistake - I gave them my contact details. I was conned into paying them around $1000 to publish my first book which I was told would be available at Amazon. The result was a shoddy, poorly produced crappy book which no reader would waste their time with. The book is still not available at Amazon or anywhere - I just get excuses.

Authorhouse is a scam, and they have stolen my dollars and succeeded in rubbishing of my work, that has left me deflated and completely disillusioned.

AuthorHouse should change their name to AuthorScam. These fraudsters have turned fraud into an artform, and it's time for government agencies to start taking a look at AuthorHouse and their partner companies, iUniverse, Trafford and Xlibris.

If you're a writer reading this: this is your wake up call. AUTHORHOUSE IS A HORRIFIC SCAM. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND DO NOT GIVE THEM YOUR MONEY.

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I learnt too late that AuthorHouse is toxic, and one of the nastiest scams I've dealt with in my life.

My hell with Authorhouse started on 24 May 2010 through a misleading website called findyourpublisher.com, which is a bogus fraud site funnelling unsuspecting authors towards AuthorHouse and their partner scams. My first mistake - I gave them my contact details. I was conned into paying them around $1000 to publish my first book which I was told would be available at Amazon. The result was a shoddy, poorly produced crappy book which no reader would waste their time with. The book is still not available at Amazon or anywhere - I just get excuses.

Authorhouse is a scam, and they have stolen my dollars and succeeded in rubbishing of my work, that has left me deflated and completely disillusioned.

AuthorHouse should change their name to AuthorScam. These fraudsters have turned fraud into an artform, and it's time for government agencies to start taking a look at AuthorHouse and their partner companies, iUniverse, Trafford and Xlibris.

If you're a writer reading this: this is your wake up call. AUTHORHOUSE IS A HORRIFIC SCAM. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND DO NOT GIVE THEM YOUR MONEY.

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I have spent a very long time writing my autobiography. I am very very upset with this company and there delving into my private bank account and life. Over 85'000 authors cannot be wrong!

beware of authorhouse - they are definately a scam.

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I have spent a very long time writing my autobiography. I am very very upset with this company and there delving into my private bank account and life. Over 85'000 authors cannot be wrong!

beware of authorhouse - they are definately a scam.

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AUTHORHOUSE ILLEGAL SCAM UNCOVERED.

Last year Tony Liddicoat sacked 'authorhouse publishing company' who he had paid handsomely for publishing his book, "Five Bells " ~ Job Done. A Divers Story. During his association with them he published his book which became very well received and reviewed by over 25 major journals around the world. The RRP of the book was 9.90. For each book sold he received 1,88. Authorhouse kept
the remainder,[8. 11] This went on for over a year before he realised something must be wrong. When serious outlets asked to sell the book, they were told by 'authorhouse' that they had to pay the RRP, which of course meant they could not earn any money at all. He learnt about the outlets discount for new books which range between 35% and 65% of the RRP. Tony Liddicoat was informed by 'authorhouse' that if he wished for his books to be sold by major outlets then there was a fee payable,[approx 500 annually, for each outlet,!]]
He could not afford to do this and continued being paid the 1,88 per copy, During this time he was lied to, his private mail was intercepted and opened and his requests for clarification to 'authorhouse ' were ignored.
He then re printed his book with a new ISBN number and published the book himself. He is now the only legal publisher of his book and has been for over a year, However even though he received assurances from 'authorhouse' that they would stop selling and supplying the book, his books were still being printed,
advertised and sold without his knowledge or consent. He realised this when he received unexpected 'royalties' [ in itself a rarity without having to chase them] The royalties were for books sold by 'Amazon'
who had been given the pdf file of the book by authorhouse, to print their own copies and sell them on demand or when they wanted. [Without the Authors knowledge or permission ] The 'royalties' offered were the 1,88 per book. Which means that the cosy little arrangement between 'Authorhouse' and 'Amazon' where they print and sell their own copies and were quite happy to give the author 1.88 per copy and keep the remainder for themselves. Now this is against the law. When he contacted 'authorhouse and asked what on earth is going on. he was told that it was human error and he has no cause for complaint as I had been paid the pittance of 1.88 per book.

This information is being forwarded to the legal authorities in the UK and every blog site known, enable the unsuspecting to know just how 'authorhouse 'operate. It is a scam and if you multiply this by the 60,000 authors they say they have 'published' then it is a huge sum.

BE WARNED ~ BE ADVISED.

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AUTHORHOUSE ILLEGAL SCAM UNCOVERED.

Last year Tony Liddicoat sacked 'authorhouse publishing company' who he had paid handsomely for publishing his book, "Five Bells " ~ Job Done. A Divers Story. During his association with them he published his book which became very well received and reviewed by over 25 major journals around the world. The RRP of the book was 9.90. For each book sold he received 1,88. Authorhouse kept
the remainder,[8. 11] This went on for over a year before he realised something must be wrong. When serious outlets asked to sell the book, they were told by 'authorhouse' that they had to pay the RRP, which of course meant they could not earn any money at all. He learnt about the outlets discount for new books which range between 35% and 65% of the RRP. Tony Liddicoat was informed by 'authorhouse' that if he wished for his books to be sold by major outlets then there was a fee payable,[approx 500 annually, for each outlet,!]]
He could not afford to do this and continued being paid the 1,88 per copy, During this time he was lied to, his private mail was intercepted and opened and his requests for clarification to 'authorhouse ' were ignored.
He then re printed his book with a new ISBN number and published the book himself. He is now the only legal publisher of his book and has been for over a year, However even though he received assurances from 'authorhouse' that they would stop selling and supplying the book, his books were still being printed,
advertised and sold without his knowledge or consent. He realised this when he received unexpected 'royalties' [ in itself a rarity without having to chase them] The royalties were for books sold by 'Amazon'
who had been given the pdf file of the book by authorhouse, to print their own copies and sell them on demand or when they wanted. [Without the Authors knowledge or permission ] The 'royalties' offered were the 1,88 per book. Which means that the cosy little arrangement between 'Authorhouse' and 'Amazon' where they print and sell their own copies and were quite happy to give the author 1.88 per copy and keep the remainder for themselves. Now this is against the law. When he contacted 'authorhouse and asked what on earth is going on. he was told that it was human error and he has no cause for complaint as I had been paid the pittance of 1.88 per book.

This information is being forwarded to the legal authorities in the UK and every blog site known, enable the unsuspecting to know just how 'authorhouse 'operate. It is a scam and if you multiply this by the 60,000 authors they say they have 'published' then it is a huge sum.

BE WARNED ~ BE ADVISED.

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Author House/Author solutions is a scam and a rip off. You pay them money to publish your book and you get under 1.00 in royalites for each book. They make it look like you will make money, but they can write and rewrite things in their favor that looks like it's in yours. They are tricky. They have got rich quick by ripping people off. They will continue to do this until they are caught, they don't care. I paid them $2300.00 and I'm getting peanuts for my book! They said it was my fault for the amount, but that's a lie. They like to blame. There was also pictures missing from my book. The did a poor job at editing the book, there were still tons of mistakes in the book, which they blamed for me, but I paid them $1300.00 to edit it and they didn't even do that rightI hate them and hope they go bankrupt.

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Author House/Author solutions is a scam and a rip off. You pay them money to publish your book and you get under 1.00 in royalites for each book. They make it look like you will make money, but they can write and rewrite things in their favor that looks like it's in yours. They are tricky. They have got rich quick by ripping people off. They will continue to do this until they are caught, they don't care. I paid them $2300.00 and I'm getting peanuts for my book! They said it was my fault for the amount, but that's a lie. They like to blame. There was also pictures missing from my book. The did a poor job at editing the book, there were still tons of mistakes in the book, which they blamed for me, but I paid them $1300.00 to edit it and they didn't even do that rightI hate them and hope they go bankrupt.

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