• Report: #976497

Complaint Review: Total Publishing Media

  • Submitted: Sat, December 01, 2012
  • Updated: Sat, December 01, 2012

  • Reported By: NewAuthor — North America Nationwide Canada
Total Publishing Media
5332 S. Memorial Drive, Suite 200, Tulsa, Oklahoma United States of America

Total Publishing Media Peter Biadasz Did not deliver on services promised: including time, editing, layout and copyrigh registration Tulsa, Oklahoma

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: We have MANY happy authors!

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When I signed up with Total Publishing Media and Peter Biadasz I made it very clear that this is my first attempt at publishing a book and I need the guidance and expertise of a publisher and author of several books. What I got was a run around approach that resulted in waisting a 1.5 years of paying money and a very inconsistent level of service delivery and a book that is still not ready to go to market.  I know need to invest even more money to complete this book as the Publisher failed to do the following things:

1. Properly register my book for Copyright including copyrighting the creative content of my book and provide me proof of the registration.  This was requested for the entire 1.5 years of my trying to finish the book.  I am still waiting for the proof and keep getting excuses why it is taking so long.

2. Spell and grammar check my book.  Peter personally promised to edit my book after I expressed frustrations that I have caught many grammatical and typing errors in more than 6 edits where by the operations team did not provide ANY insight on changes that need to be made.  I had to pay an external editor Money to actually read and proof my book.  I am not a trained editor and paid for editing services by Total Publishing Media.  The operations team simply corrected what i noticed but provided no direction or input on additional needed changes which my additional editor found and neither did Peter who gave me his word he would personally examine the book and correct it.

3. Book Layout - After 1.5 years there are still significant errors in layout which was requested to be corrected by email and by phone conversations.  These errors include spacing between words, indentation of personal stories, standardizing how quotes look like and many other formatting issues.  I will again have to invest more money as Peter and his operation team did not produce a product that is ready to be published.

4. Chapter Cover Pages - It took Total Publishing 9 month to provide Color Chapter Cover Pages which was requested over 20 times but apparently was not clear in instructions.

5. The operations team refused to edit my book for 5 month because my table of contents was out of order.  It is my understanding that table of contents are usually done last as things get moved around and the table of contents has nothing to do with editing the actual content in the book.

6. Responses and files would take anywhere from 2 weeks to 5 month to be delivered which is not the standard agreed upon ion our contract with little to no communications why there were such long delays in response or delivery.  Peter always made excuses why he is waiting for the files from operations and why their mistakes and inconsistent delivery was justified.

This was a very frustrating experience and I have all the emails tracking change requests to show that the level of service did not meet the standards promised.  Apparently the few authors that had a good experience with Peter were ones that already did all the editing and layout and just had Peter provide the print on demand services.

So now after 1.5 years I have to invest more time and money to get my book to market.

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#1 REBUTTAL Owner of company

We have MANY happy authors!

AUTHOR: Peter Biadasz - ()

Total Publishing and Media has many happy authors from coast to coast. I feel very sorry for this author. After signing his contract one of the checks sent to us bounced. He has high dollar ideas, but appears not to have the funds to support them. He asked us to do much work beyond the scope of his contract. We eventually reached a financial settlement with him. He paid us to recoup some of OUR LOSSES.  

The author was found to be uneducable on the nuances of the book writing process as well as many aspects of the book publishing industry. I once asked him to repeat to me a concept I had just explained to him and he was so stuck in his erroneous paradigm he had not heard/understood the correction I attempted to teach him. The copyright he brings up is a good example. Early on he was told repeatedly that the copyright is registered when the book is complete because copies of the
book are sent with the registration. The book was not complete, yet he was still asking for the copyright.

I wish the author success in his endeavors, ask that he stop slandering/venting anger at Total Publishing And Media, and accept responsibility. He attempted this mis-representation in another venue to no avail. 
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