ED Magedson – Founder
AuthorHouseBloomington, Illinois United States of America
I am an author and used Authorhouse to publish my book. I chose them as they were prominenton all web search engines and seemed to offer a complete and uncomplicated package. They eagerly took my money after I was bombarded with 3/4 phonecalls a day. As soon as they had my money the mood changed and I found that I had to chase for progress and results. Any difficult queries I had remained unanswered and silence seemed to be a big part of there 'modus operandi'. I was lied to, my private mail which was sent to me via, them was intercepted and opened. My royalties were hardly ever paid on time and I had to continually chase for what I was owed and on on occasion had to threaten legal action. At the time of writing this I am still owed money by them and all my enquiries are greeted by 'silence'.
They print the books and then charge the authors exorbitant prices for their own books. If a major outlet wants to sell your book they are usually entitled to an outlet discount, but unless the author pays Authorhouse 600 [ approx] per annum, then there is no deal with the outlets who naturally just lose interest, which happened to me twice. I then discovered that they were supplying Amazon themselves, and making about 7 per book profit, whilst I as the author received 1.80. It is a scam and unless you are worldly wise in the publishing world then you only discover when it is too late and they have made a tidy sum for themselves. Its a ripoff.
I have now cancelled my contract with them and have re-printed and published my book myself and what a difference its made. My advice is to all authors or potential authors is to take your money elsewhere and for existing authors to cancel and re-publish. Authorhouse are also in the habit of having there employees to report well on the company on this siteand write what they are told to write. Do not be fooled and the only way to defeat the ripoff is to tell the world. Do your bit.
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