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Complaint Review: Sam Asinugo, New World Media, Trident Media

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  • Submitted: Sat, November 18, 2006
  • Updated: Thu, April 12, 2012

  • Reported By:Billings Montana
Sam Asinugo, New World Media, Trident Media
801 N. Pitt Street Alexandria, Virginia U.S.A.

Sam Asinugo, New World Media, Trident Media, ripoff, total fraud, multiple contract violations, no royalties on book published Alexandria Virginia

*General Comment: the owner sam asinugo riped me off also

*General Comment: Yea, Sam is such a nice guy ...

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Sam is a SCAM!

*Consumer Comment: Sam Asinugo

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I began working with American Literary Agents of Washington as an agent to sell my book. Their inability to provide any proof of doing anything to sell it lead me to answer pamphlets from Trident Media. I was told an outright lie when I asked if there was any association between Trident and A.L.A.. Because I was told there was no affiliation between them and because their phamplet and contract made me believe my books would not only appear on the internet but would be physically placed in book stores around the nation I signed with Trident Media.

Because of Tridents' inability to correct my manuscript per their editor it took 9 months to publish my book instead of 90 days. I even had to pay extra to cover the cost of correcting errors which occured between Tridents' computer and the printers computer which is contrary to the contract I signed.

Instead of my book being physically placed in book stores it appears only in their computers. Nothing was done by Trident to sell my book in any manner except over the internet. When I talked to managers of bookstores in my area I was told print on demand books rarely recieve bookshelf space. What a shock this was to me.

While waiting for copies of the book to arrive relatives and friends in another state ordered and received copies of my book through Barnes and Noble bookstores. When I received my first royalty check it was for only 1 copy. I was told that instead of Trident keeping an accurate count of books sold it would be up to me to search the world over, locate any person who bought a book, get a copy of their sales reciept, send it to Sam and then I would receive royalties.

After one and half years of publication Sam still instists that no copies have been sold. Even though the number flucuations on on-line book sales sights and the fact that used copies are offered strongly suggest that books are selling I have not been able to receive any royalties. I even hired VNU US Literary Group to check on copies sold. They could find no first time book sales. It appears that Sam maintains total control of the ISBN number and first time sales to everyone so that no internationl record of sales is created.

I have also found many contract violations that Sam has committed throughout the publication and listing of my book on the internet sales.

Sam also refuses to answer any letters I send and becomes so obnoxious over the phone that nothing is ever accomplished. I feel Sam in now collecting on the thousands of copies of my book which are selling while I am recieving nothing for 25 years of recearch and writing.

Jerome
Billings, Montana
U.S.A.

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#1 General Comment

the owner sam asinugo riped me off also

AUTHOR: virginia - (United States of America)

sam asinugo failed to advertise my 2 books which was written in the contract I signed with him my first book they  edited they mess up placing  sentances on the wrong pages that belonged in another part of the story

I told them do not edited the second book because of their mistakes I know when books are sold sam takes care of the sales which he never sent me my royaltys I kept up with the book sales around the world and they where selling I paid him a lot of money for 3 books and I was lucky to get my 3rd. book back out of his hands which I proved t him I paid him to publish that one and he riped me off all the way around its a shame that some one would say nice things about this man it most likley was sam him self pretending to be some one else and say how good he was there is a lot more to this story I would like to sue him and his company for breach of contract if I could find a contract attorney to do this fo me its not fair for a man to hurt people and take their dream away from them my story was a children story the school children I read my story to loved the story and so did their parents it would make a great movie for children my book is in barnes'n'nobil and on amozon.com I know I mised spelled a few words but I did not take time to look the word up to spell it the right way so theres no reason to make comments about my spelling
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#2 General Comment

Yea, Sam is such a nice guy ...

AUTHOR: Don Murphy - (United States of America)

That's why he has been in prison for the last couple years, and will be for a long time, for forgery. Want proof? Here you go: http://www.courts.state.va.us/opinions/opncavwp/1671094.pdf

Real nice guy, right?

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#3 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Sam is a SCAM!

AUTHOR: Marcus - (U.S.A.)

Let me put it this way, used to work for the guy. Class "A" scumbag. The above story is NOT unique.

OP, your suspicions are correct. 'American Literary Agents of Washington' and 'trident media' are the same company. What he does is answer the American Literary Agents of Washington phone in one room and direct the potential customer to go call Trident Media. Then he walks into the NEXT ROOM to wait for the phone to ring.

He also owns a courier business in the same office. At least he did when I worked there.

Here's a protip: A publisher pays YOU, you don't pay THEM. I have delt with other publishers before and after working with Sam, not once did I have to pay them a dime.

Hell, if you want, you can always use the same printing company that he uses. It's called Lightening source.

http://www.lightningsource.com/

This may help you out.

http://www.publish-yourself.info/node/14

That's how Sam got started, he published his own stuff and figured he can make money by charging people to publish THEIR stuff. But you don't need him.

Also, if there was a problem between him and the printer, then that should have been left up to him. He probably screwed up a order or something and wanted you to foot the bill for his screw up.

Also, don't buy that whole 'you have to look up the sales of your book yourself mess'. Sam knows EXACTLY how many books he sells because he has to get the books printed and SHIP THEM. Next time you call him, IF you call him, be sure to mention that.
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#4 Consumer Comment

Sam Asinugo

AUTHOR: E - (U.S.A.)

Do not listen to this or whatever this person has to say. This information is false. Sam has been in business for many years and I have always done business with him. The person who is saying things about Sam's company is ludacrous. He has done excellent work on my books that I got published. Don't listen to this crap. His book was probably not written in a good fashion, and was surprised about the comments Sam made. Sam is a great business man, and I will continue to do business with him.
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