Report: #1071502

Complaint Review: Publish America

  • Submitted: Tue, July 30, 2013
  • Updated: Thu, June 12, 2014
  • Reported By: AMRAM — Minneapolis Minnesota
  • Publish America

    Internet
    USA

Publish America They said they are going to publish my book without my permission. Internet

*Consumer Suggestion: No signature. No contract. Period.

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I sent publishamerica my book on july 21st,  i never heard from them, so on 7/30 i told them i was going to publish it myself.

 

They told me that i have a contract and that they would publish my book without me.    I never signed a contract.

 

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

No signature. No contract. Period.

AUTHOR: Maven - ()

They can't publish your book without your permission! It's not theirs to publish to begin with. Unless and until you sign your publishing rights over to them via their contract, they have no right to your work.

First off, PublishAmerica / America Star Books is not a publisher. They're no different than Amazon's CreateSpace or Lulu self-publishing - except for the fact that they take your publishing rights for a measely $1.00 and hold it hostage for seven to ten years (depending on your contract), and they won't release you early unless you pay their ransom (which is usually $299.00). They are a SCAM.

They don't report any sales you've made to you so that any books you've sold will remain a mystery until your contract is up, and if you write them something they don't like, they treat you with pure disrespect and outrageous rudeness.

You should feel fortunate that you haven't signed their contract. And without your signature, they have NO RIGHT to publish your book.

You should write them (send per certified mail with return receipt requested) and tell them that to publish your book without your signed and sealed permission would be in violation of U.S. Copyright law, and that you won't hesitate to legally protect your rights after you report them to the FBI. Copyright infringement is a serious and expensive crime (for the infringer, not you). It carries fines up to $100 grand. Make sure they know you know it.

In order to protect your intellectual property, you don't have to register it with the U.S. Copyright Office. It is your property the moment you wrote it (and didn't copy from another author, of course, which would otherwise place you in the copyright infringer category!). If your book was written by you, you own the copyrights to it. Period.

Here is some useful information for you:

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