Report: #511700

Complaint Review: AuthorHouse

  • Submitted: Mon, October 19, 2009
  • Updated: Wed, October 28, 2009
  • Reported By: Anthony — Borgholzhausen Other Germany
  • AuthorHouse

    Bloomington, Illinois
    United States of America

AuthorHouse Took my money to publish my book. They are only printers and did little or nothing to publish my book Bloomington, Illinois

*Author of original report: Authorhouse Publishing Scam ~ Beware

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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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#1 Author of original report

Authorhouse Publishing Scam ~ Beware

AUTHOR: Anthony - (Germany)

I have written many times to highlight the shoddy treatment of myself by 'Authorhouse ' publishing. All potential authors should read my report before  selecting a publisher.

The more of you who can see the obvious after reading my, [and many other damning reports about Authorhouse] will be in a strong position to take their book elsewhere.


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