- Report: #475422
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Complaint Review: Authorhouse / iUniverse
Authorhouse / iUniverse1663 Liberty Drive Sutie 300 Bloomington, Indiana U.S.A.
Authorhouse / iUniverse Swindled eight thousand dollars after fruadulent contracts to publish book "My El Mochito Sephardim From NM. Bloomington Indiana
They used a one-size fits-all technology and it is impossible with two languages. By the time the book came out, the sum totaled more than $3,000.00 and unacceptable. I don't have the complete sum because I am partially blind and need help to go over the figures. I instructed them to stop the presses and credit the sum back to my credit card. They refused and kept over $3,000.00.
In December of 2008, I submitted the novel to iUniverse not knowing that they had merged with Authorhouse in 2007. In hard-sell tactics, a woman by the name of Kathi Wittkamper talked me into hiring one of their editors. She assured me that someone with knowledge of the Ladino language would edit my novel to my satisfaction or the money would be credited back to my credit card account. The letter that followed our telephone conversation is attached. The amount came to $4,800.83.
Needless to say, they assigned an editor without any knowledge of the Ladino language and she treated it as Spanish, issuing suggestions. I called Ms. Wittkamper immediately and told her that the editor had no concept of the Ladino language spoken by Spanish Crypto Jews their culture or the terrains and to please credit the money back to my credit card account. They refused and kept the $4,800.83.
I am asking for a federal investigation into the tactics used by Authorhouse and iUniverse. It's called White Collar Crime. Scams of this magnitude must be stopped immediately. Searching the internet I found authors warning other author of scams by these publishers.
Rio RAncho,, New Mexico
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 07/31/2009 05:24 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Authorhouse-iUniverse/Bloomington-Indiana/Authorhouse-iUniverse-Swindled-eight-thousand-dollars-after-fruadulent-contracts-to-publ-475422. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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