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1, Report #1147975
May 19 2014
02:31 PM
Publish America American Star Books Publishing Hoax, Rip-Off Baltimore Maryland
Publish America, which is now known as American Star Books has published my work incorrectly (despite the claim at the front of the book claiming they did not change a word of what I submitted), then asked me to pay to have them fix it. They have not helped me at all in the sales of my books, send misleading emails claiming to help with the promotions should I pay excessive amounts for their time to do so, and continually tell me that I cannot own my own work once the contract expires though it is my work and not theirs.I have found many places online where my book has been made available via PDF, which is a contract breach.  Publish America will do nothing about it.  I find many book sellers that claim they have my books in stock, which means they are physically at their store, and I have not been paid royalties for those books.Upon trying to contact Publish America, I got nothing but immature, non-professional all-caps emails telling me to basically go to hell and I am the immature individual who needs to grow up and let them do whatever they want.  I have kept all email communication with the said company and anyone who reads it will understand that it is they not me who have behaved inexcusably.Publish America continues as America Star Books, completely removing all contact information from their site, making it impossible to contact them except through a format link that provides only the ability to send communication without a guarantee it will get there, and if by some miracle it does, does not indicate you will have the ability to receive anything back.Publish America is a scam which all writers must avoid.  Most authors have used them because publishing companies are so hard to get into without an agent, and it is near to impossible to get an agent unless you are either rich or famous.  I used Publish America because I essentially wanted my books on the shelf and out of the way.  Still, having them listed as my publishing company does ruin any potential for a future career as a writer, as their name which has been reported all over the internet is associated with a rip-off company that does nothing but overcharge authors for books that can barely last one reading without falling apart. 
Entity: Internet
2, Report #1396418
Aug 29 2017
09:12 AM
America star publishing Sarah@americastarpublishing I wrote a book titled Bully Land last year December 8, 2016 it came out Sarah said I would get paid in February and August.  Bwthesda Maryland
She has been emailing me everyday until I asked her about payment for August. I haven't received any payment from them not even back in February. That's when she said my book hasn't been out long enough in February. Now her phone just has a busy tone and I been calling her for weeks.
Entity: Nationwide
3, Report #1330516
Sep 28 2016
12:02 AM
America Star Books, LLLP AKA Publishing America My Work Is Being Sold All Over The INTERNET HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY ROYALTIES FROM IT FOR IN TEN YEARS Frederick, MD 21701 Maryland
THESE PEOPLE ARE UP TO NO GOOD'' THEY HAVE STOLEN MY WORK AND TRYING. TO MAKE PROFIT ON SOMETHING THAT'S NOT EVEN FINSHED. THE BOOK NEEDED TO BE FIXED BECAUSE OF THE  GRAMMAR.MY NAME IS BEING DESTROYED ALL OVER SOCIAL MEDIA, THE NAME OF MY BOOK IS DARK IMAGES OF THE MIND  BY MARIA ANN CRAWFORD.  IT'S BEING TEN YEARS AND I HAVE NOT HEARD  FROM THESE PEOPLE I'V BEEN SEEING MY BOOK BEING SOLD ON SOCIAL MEDIA'' EBAY, BARNES & NOBLE AND AMAZON XCETERA AND I'M TIRED OF IT.AMERICA STAR BOOKS AKA PUBLISHING AMERICA THESE PEOPLE ARE CROOKS AND THEY WILL STEAL YOUR WORKI AM A LIVING PROOF IT'S BEEN 10 YEARS  AND I HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY ROALTIES FOR THIS SO I REALLY NEED HELP ON THIS MATTER IF ANYONE KNOWS A PUBLISHING LAWYENR PLEASE CONTACT ME AT maria.crawford137@gmail.comThank you.. 
Entity: Frederick, MD 21701, Maryland
4, Report #923547
Aug 07 2012
06:34 AM
Authorized Publishing Gold Star Publishing Country club Golf magazine Delray Beach, Idaho
The Country Clubs NEVER heard of this company, if you get a call from  anybody at this company in Delray Beach, call the general manager first and check it out first-  BUYER BEWARE.
Entity: Delray Beach, Idaho
5, Report #598754
Apr 30 2010
05:11 PM
America Publishing is a company thats just ripping off people New Haven , Connecticut
This company promises to help you earn extra income.  They make it sound so true, they send you a report about their company.  They even give you a number to call to track your package,  but they never answer its jus't an answering machine, where you can't leave a message because after there message it automatically disconnect you.    
Entity: New Haven, Connecticut
6, Report #1284587
Feb 03 2016
06:39 AM
America Star Books Publish America Copyright Infringement Frederick Maryland
My contract with Publish America ended in January of 2014. I had email confirmation that my contract was terminated, the rights to my book were reverted back to me, and that the title would no longer be offered for sale in the company's webstore (I have all communications confirming this saved on file.) Fast forward two years, after I have re-released the title... and I find that the first edition is now for sale in America Star Books' webstore, despite never having signed a contract with the company under that name and having confirmation that my contract with PA had ended. This is copyright infringement, plain and simple. They do not have the rights to print or sell my work, yet there they are, doing exactly that. I have sent them a cease and desist notice with threats of taking legal action if they don't remove my title immediately, but the fact that they had the gall to do this is infuriating. This scam company needs to be stopped, once and for all.
Entity: Frederick, Maryland
7, Report #1128256
Mar 06 2014
10:37 AM
America Star Books Publish America Unprofessional, Threatening, Disrespectful, Bullying Frederick Maryland
I recently attenpted to contact Publish America, to get the right back to my book.  Only to learn they were doing business under another name.  When I contacted America Star Books; PA's new name, the response to my email blew me away.  I wrote, asking to have my book rights returned me. I stated, I was well aware of the class action taken against them but, I was not interested in suing.  All I wanted was my book back. Their response was rude, belittling, and threatening.  Someone responded by denying the lawsuit and accused me of making false statements. This person went on to write that I didn't know what I was talking about and if I didn't apologize immediately, they would have their lawyers contact me. I then responded, with what I read, and now believe to be true.  A case was filed; for what appears to be a plethora of reasons. I again wrote I wasn't interested in money or lawsuits.  I simply wanted the rights to my book back. I told the person responding to me, I didn't appreciate being threatened or disrespected by what was supposed to be a reputable publisher. And again asked how to get back my book. I also mentioned them shutting down one DBA, only to open the same company under a new DBA.  Which appears to be a shady move, but the person responding to me, never addressed why it was done. Said person responded again, writing; I made a complete fool of myself.  I fell for the nonsesnse on the internet, the case was thrown out on merit.  He or she also wrote their rude response was not unecessary. Going on to falsely accuse, me of trying to sue them. And even demanded an apology again.  They asked why I want back my publishing rights. I'm now awaitng another round of harsh coomunication.   Because, of course it would be too easy to just relinquish my book back to me.  The one the listed on Amazon and Publish America, unedited and over priced.
Entity: Frederick, Maryland
8, Report #1145064
May 08 2014
11:25 AM
Star America Books Publish America RIPEOFF , BULLIES Frederick Maryland
Free or not they shouldn’t treat customers like trash. We get that we may not be the best authors but some of us just have the dream of simply getting our work into someone’s hands even if it is just one person. In 2012 I published my book through Publish America which is now known as ” Star America Books.” I was very excited it was my first book. I started getting other people involved to get the word out there that I was about to publish my very first book. I knew it wasn’t a best selling book but it was a book that had to do with my faith. I was publishing it to inspire someone out there they may have wanted to give up not to make millions of it. I just recently decided to just write another book and even try to market the book I published through Publish America. I contacted them and here was the response I got after I told them that I was considering working with another company and I also told them I felt like I was scammed. I got the email from Star America Books stating this: No, if you pay money, then you are being scammed. You will find that you will pay hundreds of dollars for the same services that we perform for free. That is a scam. We will not transfer publication rights to vanity publishers.If a legitimate publisher should express interest in your work, which is doubtful, please let us know, and we will be happy to arrange a rights transfer. Remember:No other publishers wanted your book. No other publishers would give you anything at all. No other publishers would publish your book free of charge. We gave you what no other publisher would give you.If you want more free stuff, please do some research and let us know what other publishing company will give it to you.Can you find one?and this after I told them they had horrible customer service:Yes, thank you; we’re proud of our customer service. We actually tell the truth. Just as we thought; we were right, no other publisher wanted your book, and now you’re going to pay someone to publish your book. Someone who cares because YOU pay them.And, no, we do NOT have “a lot of law suits[sic].” And, no, we have not had “a lot of law suits[sic].” In fact, we don’t have ANY!Would you please let us know how much you’re paying? We’d like to tell you what you would get from us for that amount.I would be afraid to ever work with this company again…their creditability doesn’t exist. If you have the dream of putting your book out in the public’s eye don’t use this company. Do your research first . There are other companies out there that will take your book…it may take some time to do research but it is better than being treated poorly and being scammed. Even if you have to pay a little to get it published it will be worth it…I wouldn’t submit anything to this company even if it is 100% free…I am hoping that there would be enough people to complain about this company that it goes out of business. Sooner than later.
Entity: Frederick, Maryland
9, Report #1173104
Aug 29 2014
05:51 AM
America Star Books (Publish America) AUTHOR BEWARE MAJOR SCAM Maryland Internet
In 2009, I signed with Publish America, now America Star publishing company. I was so excited to see my book in print. The contract is written as a tiered royalty scale, which I was fine with. However, I had roughly 20 family members and friends purchase books through Amazon or their direct site within the first year. At the one year mark, I recieved a letter saying that I sold 12 books, but no royalties would be issued because of the tiered scale. Then Barnes&Noble.Com and Borders.com began selling my book. I had several co-workers purchase my book and six months later I received a letter that I sold 0 books. I emailed the company through their website because I was becoming concerned that I was scammed. They do not have a direct contact for me to call, no 800 was listed and no phone number to reach a real person. Someone did however respond to my email and told me pretty much to go f**k myself. That I was a loser and sold 0 books from the entire time I was signed. I already knew that was a lie because I kept and still have to letter that told me I sold 12. I kept responding to this person, but you cannot resspond via their email because its a no reply email address.So to respond, I had to go back to their website and fill out the form. Recently, Within the last two months, I had two people buy my book from Amazon and this morning I received an email that I sold 0 books.    What I don't understand is that this company is an American company, they have thousands of complaints about being ripped off and yet they are still allowed to be in business. This kind of company gives the publishing industey a bad name and they should be stopped.      
Entity: Internet
10, Report #1239074
Jul 01 2015
06:04 AM
America Star Books formerly Publish America Will not return my rights frederick Maryland
As a naive new author I signed a contract with Publish America in 2008. It took me only a year to realize they did not fulfill the promises in their contract. With much going on in my life, I did not request a contract termination until 2011. At that time they refused to terminate my contract without a ransom (purchasing 50 books) which they said were their unsold copies (they are a print on demand company so a lie) or an extortion fee of $299. I refused to either and told them quite plainly to keep the book until the contract expired in 2015. I do not want it renewed and cannot wait until it is done. Their contract states that they can automatically renew said contract unless you notify them AT LEAST (key words) three months in advance. When I again notifed them, I was told the same, they had renewed me in January. I told them that the notification they received three years ago more than met their required at least 3 months in advance and STILL they refuse to terminate the illegally renewed contract. I just want my rights back and that is all. I already waited out the initial 7 years and did give them 3 years notice, which they are saying do not count.
Entity: frederick, Maryland
11, Report #1156884
Jun 30 2014
04:57 PM
America Star Books Willem Meiners Refusing to Return money that I had paid Baltimore LLLP Internet
I contacted publishAmerica to publish my book The Long Winding Road of Injustice. The publishing company was run by Willem Meiners and operated in Baltimore Maryland. I understood this was a free service. They send a contract and I didn’t hesitate to sign, as I needed my family story told. After signing they sent an email saying that $315 is needed so that the book could go to the printers. This was confusing, as there had been no prior mention of any payment. I decided not to query this and I sent them the money because I was so anxious to see my book in print. Some while later while browsing the net I was astonished to discover that this publisher was scamming writers. Many writers had information that although they were aware their books were selling they did not receive any commission from sales. Other writers were demanding an end to their contracts. Writers have also taken court action against him. I was very disappointed about this, as there was another publisher that published books for free and took some extra commission from sales to make up for this. That suited me financially. I requested return of the money from PublishAmerica and cancellation of contract. I was informed that the contract would run for the full term of five years and they would not be returning the money. They have instead threatened, insulted and verbally abused me. Recently I learned that Willem Meiners has changed the name of his company to America Star Books. Shortly before this I received an email from him stating that he had agreed to cancel the contract and that would cost $299. He said he would send $15 that was the balance left. But I never received it. He was dishonest about this because the contract was false anyway as he had refused to send me a signed copy. He has also my book for sale on Amazon under his new publishing name, although this arrangement was done under the old name. I would be thankful for anyone out there who would talk to this man about the wrong he is doing. I can be contacted at the email address jscu@gmx.com
Entity: Internet
12, Report #1358752
Feb 27 2017
08:51 PM
america star books/ RacheL broke my contract FREDERICK MD Nationwide
America Star Books published two books for me. The first one was reaching the end of my contract. The second book was a two part story. When I  submitted the part two of the story, this company deleted my other two books and refused to publish part two. although i had approximately  five years left on that contract. During this 7 years I had advertised my books with numerous agencies, yet when anyone went to this company's internet site to order my books. they typed in the  title of the book and the authors  name on the search line, the message came up. ---0 results found-- i tried to order copies and got the same message. i called one of the employees and asked her to find my books and she placed my order for me. Had I known they would refuse to publish part two of my book, i never would have had part one published. I am very disappointed with this company. The reason they gave for terminating my account was, because I had not sold enough books. Well how could I when they gave everyone that tried to order my books, a message: -0 results found. How embarrassing for me. BEWARE OF AMERICA STAR BOOKS.  I was warned about this company but it took them 7 years to show me  their true colors. TODAYS DATE  02- 27-17
Entity: Nationwide
13, Report #320750
Mar 24 2008
08:42 PM
Publish America scammed; lied; deceived; perpetrated; false advertising; POD not traditional publishers Frederick, Maryland
The book was not edited professional. It was poorly critique. The newspaper in my city would not reveiw its contents. The editor said that PA were preditors and leeches. She said that they usually tossed their books in the slush pile. The need to be sued for the lies, pain and sufferings. They will not release me from the contract. I need legal advice. Patricia Cleveland, OhioU.S.A.
Entity: Frederick, Maryland
14, Report #1289739
Feb 24 2016
02:16 PM
Magazine Publishing Services CanadamagsNational Readers of North America Rip Off Artists! Great Falls Montana
  I received a phone call from these people asking me if I was interested in receiving a 5 year subscription to certain magazines at a discounted price with a $90 down payment and then $57.50 per month for a year.  They also promised me a watch which I have never received.  To this date I have not received any magazines at all and they refuse to take my request for a cancellation.  They said it's past the cancellation date.  I received the first bill in the mail on January 27th and called them to cancel after I found this link http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Magazine-Publishers-Service-Canada/Montreal-Quebec-H2Y-3G7/Magazine-Publishers-Service-Canada-Magazine-Publishers-Service-A-family-business-I-pai-866632  It seems I'm not the only one that has been scammed.  They told me this (copied and pasted from their email) Dear Janice McEachern, We received your request to cancel the Subscriptions you ordered from Magazine Publisher Service. Please consider the following: 1) You placed an order with our company and to show good faith, you paid the required down payment. 2) We called to verify the order and to address all questions and/or concerns you might have.  Note:  FOR QUALITY ASSURANCE, THIS CALL WAS RECORDED. 3) At the time of Verification, you were in full agreement. 4) On the strength of your word and the fact that you paid a non-refundable deposit, we went to considerable expense on your behalf by processing and entering the order with the publishers. For the reasons listed above, we are rightfully requesting the agreed upon monthly payments.  However, our company is aware of the fact that circumstances change and people sometimes reconsider. For that reason, we offer an 'Early Termination Option'.  By paying 90% of the total balance early, you are free to terminate the agreement at any time. Choosing the option will have no effect on your credit rating with our company.  You may simply call 1-800-784-0232. Our representatives will accept a Credit/Debit card by Phone. In the event you choose to continue service, simply arrange to make the agreed upon monthly payments. Very Sincerely, Customer Service I called them and they were very rude on the phone.  They told me that I had a 3 day cancellation policy but that they were nice and upgraded it to a 10 day cancellation and that I was past the 10 days.  But I did not receive the first bill until January 27th with the letter stating the cancellation policy!  I lodged a complaint with the BBB.  I told them I would like to cancel this before I am out any further funds for nothing!  Even though they told me that no other payments would go through on my credit card, only the initial payment, they have tried to take the money off my credit card!  My card was maxed out so it did not go through.  I will be cancelling that credit card to avoid any further charges.  I am expected to pay for a product I am not even receiving and by the looks of things no one else receives the products either.  I will also be going to the police.
Entity: Great Falls, Montana
15, Report #638641
Sep 08 2010
07:26 AM
America Publishing, New Haven Ct SCAMMED And Disqusted!!! new haven, Connecticut
After Being out of work for 3 months i came across an ad  In July 2010, where for $40 I can stuff envelopes at home and make money, thinking it was a good idea at the time the check was cashed and I have NOT received any materials as they promise nor have I received my cash back. I have been SCAMMED and I am so disqusted. AMERICA PUBLISHING in NEW HAVEN CT Should Be fined and arrested for doing this.
Entity: new haven, Connecticut
16, Report #590615
Apr 07 2010
04:16 PM
America Publishing advertise in Pennysaver as work from home stuffing info packets and ripped my off for $40 New Haven, Connecticut
I saw an ad in the pennysaver several times before calling the number.  The recording said give us your name and address and we will send you info regarding making money for stuffing our information packets from home. What came was a form with some general info and iron glad guarantee that if you didn't like the program the $40 to progress your acct into their system would be returned.  They claimed NOT to be a scam and offered a 100% return. I sent my $40 money order and form (and made a copy) before mailing it.  When three weeks passed and I received nothing (ALL materials were suppose to arrive within 5-7 days) I took out my form and called the number on the form.  It was a recording telling you to send your form that no one was available to take your call and you could not leave a message.  I tried the number for several days with the same response.  So I saw the ad in the pennysaver again and atleast this number allowed you to leave a message.  I left my name, that I wanted a return call, that they had my money and expected a response.  NOTHING.  I wrote them a letter reiterating their 100% money back guarantee and requested my money and to date have received nothing.  THEY ARE A TOTAL SCAM  
Entity: New Haven, Connecticut
17, Report #572650
Feb 21 2010
08:47 AM
America Publishing Earn $4,750 error, weekly working from home assembling information packets call 24 hrs 1-866-331-4154 New Haven , Connecticut
Responded to add in Pennysaver 10355 February 17, 21010 in Claremont, Ca. Received letter asking for $40.00 to start envelope stuffing program. Checked internet and found very similiar ripoffs.
Entity: New Haven, Connecticut
18, Report #367020
Aug 26 2008
09:18 AM
Contest America Publishing through-the-mail scams that target poor and elderly with promise of prize money North Kansas City Missouri
An elderly friend of mine has been writing checks to CAP or Contest America Publishing for several months ... virtually draining her checking account and giving away a substantial percentage of her meager annual income, which consists of a single Social Security check that totals just over $10,000. In the past three months, her checks to CAP have totalled a stunning $455! Most are in the amount of $10, $25 or $35 for various contests that propose to be a chance to win big cash prizes. Like most of the victims of CAP's endeavors, my friend is eager to solve her debt problems through a quick score of the big cash promised by CAP. I have tried to underscore the fact that CAP is a scam, but she continues to send the checks. I am worried that she will eventually run out of money and drive herself so much further into debt that she will be forced out of the low-income housing in which she resides. Please spread the word that CAP is a fraud and do all you can to encourage the elderly and those of lesser means to hold onto the precious few dollars they have versus sending them to companies like CAP who exist solely to exploit the disadvantaged. Shame on them! Mary Ellen Chicago, IllinoisU.S.A.
Entity: North Kansas City, Missouri
19, Report #392413
Nov 18 2008
12:15 PM
Scott Dee Book Packaging - Mid America Publishing Company stole our money and our dreams Georgetown Texas
Scott C. Damschroder stole our money and our dreams. I gave him almost 5,000 to publish my book and and advance of 100 copies. He did not fulfill the agreement and also told me after I emailed him numerous times about the status of my book, that his company was closed? This is one year after I sent him the money and information on my book. He also has Laurie Faust illustrate my book. He has said that he is completing the design of my book, but has no money to reimburse me for the 100 copies. It is as if he is trying to lead me to believe that he is doing me a favour for the person who owns the company???? It is him! He has given me a name of a printing company and upon further investigation I have found out that he is actually part of it? I have my cousin now involved who is a fraud specialist in Canada. He has contacted both the Texas State Police and a lawyer in Texas who has heard about this person in recent months. A class action suit will probably ensue and thanks to a number of clients of this company that have come forward with similar stories, we have a solid case against him. People like this should never be able to hurt others and it is about time this guy is put out of business. He has deleted his website and contact information off the web to make it appear as if he is out of bsuiness, but he will try to come back! BEWARE! Paulene Newcastle, OntarioCanada
Entity: Georgetown, Texas
20, Report #392052
Nov 17 2008
02:15 PM
Scott Dee Book Packaging Or Mid America Publishing Company Steals Your Money and Your Dreams Georgetown Texas
I contacted this company last October, 2007 to publish my children's book. After many months, I contacted him again and he finally set up an appointment for me to go to the illustrator (Laurie Fraust) myself as he was having surgery of some sort and would be laid up. After she finished the illustrations I contacted him and at this time he told me that he sent me an email staing that the company had to close???? No he did not! He then asked me if he had permission to finish my layout for the book. I thought this meant my book and the 100 copies I ordered and paid 5,000.00 for. I contacted him this week and asked how things were going and when I could get my 100 copies. He told me that I would not get them and that I would get a file to take to a publisher. I asked him to return my money for the 100 copies then and he said there is no money in the company to do that? This is not the first time he has done this. I have had 4 other clients contact me and he has done this in the past. I am now in the process of hiring a lawyer to sue him. If anyone else would like to take part in a class action suit, please contact me. I am interested in getting this man out of business forever! Paulene Newcastle, OntarioCanada
Entity: Newcastle, Ontario
21, Report #1175209
Sep 08 2014
09:40 AM
America Star Books Publish America Numerous bad-faith dealings, refusal to respond to requests to cancel contract Baltimore Nationwide
Publish America (now DBA America Star Books) accepted my book for publication about 6 years ago. They used my PDF to publish my book as is, making no changes to the typography or layout, and added a cover. They promised to market my book, citing Ingram and Barnes & Noble, among others, as their marketing and publishing distributors. They sent multiple emails to me asking me to pay to have my book sent to various entities, such as Oprah. They did not ever get my book listed anywhere. They have never actually marketed my book. I've sent multiple complaint emails, receiving nothing in reply other than vague denials, accusations, demands for apology, and vague threats. Recently, they have sent emails requesting $99 to cancel my contract before the 7 year term was up. I asked them to cancel my contract as they have not actually fulfilled their promises. I received emails mentioning lawsuits. I was told I could have a publishable PDF for $500. I told them that their PDF was generated from my original PDF and that I would not pay for something I had originated. The tone of their emails is crude, frightening, offputting, childish and very unprofessional, as well as libelous and demeaning. They continue to email me with requests for money to cancel a contract that should already be null and void based on their own violation of the terms of the contract, and have ignored my repeated requests for confirmation of the contract being cancelled. They have mentioned bringing suit against another party and winning $53,000 in damages against this party. I can only interpret this as an attempt to intimidate me against publicly disparaging them, an attempt at prior restraint and a bullying tactic. Here are, verbatim, the last three emails I have received from America Star Books: Dear ***:  The way, the long chain of emails that you mention contain some of the most bizarre and wacky false accusations that we have encountered. All of it was reputed, and if impolitely, and rightly so. We never received an apology from you for the weird, wacky, false nonsense that you casually through our way.So, you accuse us of wacky nonsense.It is all refuted.Then, you make no apology, like a child would do.Then you're asking us for a favor, for advice, for legal reasons.No, the world does not work that way.Please pay your lawyer to answer your questions.Thank you,America Star Books Support Team   Dear ***: >>when you accepted my book, you>>printed it with my own layout designYes, it was your design.But, it was our files, that were professionally created by our staff.>>I turned down your offer to re-typeset the bookNo, you did not.All material presented must be re-typeset by our team of professionals due to proprietary formatting required by our printers.>>The typesetting and layout of the book are mine,>>and have existed in this form since long before I>>sent you my manuscript.Yes, that is correct. You have the right to do as you please with your own work. You have rights to your own art, of course, in the form that it was in when you supplied it to us.The file that we created, however, may not be used by you. You do not have the right to use the cover file that we created, even though it contains your art.For various legal reasons, we must retain the rights to the formatted file that we created. We have no right, of course, to publish your material. What that clause means is that you do not have the right to use the file that we created. That file was created by a team of professionals, using proprietary formatting, codes, and techniques that are required by our printers, and distribution centers. Your attorney would tell you that for you to use it would be a very clear case of copyright infringement.You are, of course, free to use your art, in whatever way you choose, just so you do not use our files. You may take your art, as it was when you submitted it to us, and create your own cover design.If you would like further clarification, you may ask us politely, and with courtesy. ----- Dear ***:  As you can see below, we deleted most of your message without reading it. Would you please answer our simple question just below? Then, we will be happy to help you.>>Your promises to promote, market and>>sell my book have not been kept.What promises did we not keep?>>Being offered, for pay, to send books for review...>>have landed you in court for these attempts.No, they have not.No, that is simply false.But here's a case that did land us in court. Your research caused you to fall for his nonsense. The leader of the site that posts that nonsense lost credibility long ago, and was sued by PublishAmerica's attorney. He was served a summons to attend trial and testify, and a judgement was entered by a jury. What he said was found to be simply, plainly, false. He was ordered to pay $53,000 in damages. His paychecks were garnished, and he has paid thousands of dollars.Got that?Here's some more information for you:No other publishers wanted your book.No other publishers would give you anything at all.No other publishers would publish your book free of charge.We GAVE you $1500 worth of publishing services, FREE.We gave you what no other publisher would give you.Thank you,America Star Books Support Team   ---   I would be very interested in knowing if there was a legal remedy to this situation that will allow me to recoup the last 6 years of wasted effort, damage to my reputation as an author by this publisher, and losses of sales from this publisher's neglect of their contracted obligation to properly promote my work as promised. Any serious inquiries from a law professional will be responded to promptly. I have full documentation of all my dealings with PA/ASB and believe that they have violated the law in regards to the contract they made with me.  
Entity: Nationwide
22, Report #1210010
Feb 18 2015
01:14 PM
America star books publish america will not give my rights back, and my contract expires in april 2015 fredrick Maryland
I am reporting them because they are a scam publisher. My contract expires in April of this year and it says to notify them three months in advance. I did last month and was toild that they automatically renwed my contract in Jan. I told them, I didn't even sign it til April. I was told I would have to pay 299.00 to get rights back that should be mine now for free. I just want my rights back. They are rude and not paying me for the books they are selling. I can go to Anazon .com and find used copies. I never got [aid for. I even told them why do you want to renew a contract when you aren't making money. They wouldn't even admit that's why they are doing it. I need my rights back and that's all I want. I have all the contracts and mailing enevlops and everything. I need a pro bono lawyer. I have no money. I just want what is mine back.  If anyone can help me please contact me. Do not send your work to these people you will never get it back.
Entity: fredrick, Maryland
23, Report #1404147
Oct 28 2017
04:11 PM
america star books publish america they are now closed and they kept my rights fredrick Maryland
I have had a book contract with Publish america since 2008. They did nothing to honor it. no pay or anything and now they have closed their doors. That is great.
Entity: fredrick , Maryland
24, Report #567852
Feb 11 2010
07:36 AM
1 Publishing/Publishers Clearing House Shipping STAR Magazine which was never ordered. Port Washington, New York
On February 4,2010 received email from Publishers Clearing House that I would be receiving STAR Magazine of which was NEVER ORDERED.  Tried to send email to PCH to CANCEL but to no avail. Again on February 9, 2010 received email from PCH that my order was accepted and that I will be receiving it shortly.   MAGAZINE WAS NEVER ORDERED.
Entity: Port Washington, New York
25, Report #7113
Oct 13 2001
12:00 AM
Volkswagon Of America ..Star Motor Company, WV Terrible Service Department
I purchased a brand new 2000 VW JETTA GLS VR6 from Star Motor Company On August 1999. Ever since the day I bought the car it has had problem after problem. The service department always said nothing was wrong, everything checked out ok...YEAH RIGHT!!! I don't think when you buy a new car it should back fire, stall on you while driving, idle rough, and numerous other things. My check engine light has been on since around 18,000 miles and every time I tell them about it they reset it and say everthing checked out ok...how does everthing check out ok when your check engine light keeps coming on. I believe they say that because they were waiting for my warranty to expire so they could charge me to fix the major problem that is so apparent. So finally I called Volkswagon Of America to report it to them..oh yeah i haven't been able to drive my car for over a month, since it is broke down. They said they would contact Star Motor Company to resolve the problem, yeah right! It was three days later I called them back to ask them about the progress and they said they were gathering information. Three more days has went bye without a response. It is a major inconvenience to have a 25,000 dollar car that hasn't even been in the rain and is in immaculte condition (showroom) to be sitting in my garage broke down. I have since contacted the Better Business Bureau Auto Hotline 1-800-955-5100 to file a complaint. They sent me a form to return to them to try and resolve the matter. I don't understand how you buy a new car and it is a piece of junk. Then I find out my car was made in Mexico, man that blew my mind! I thought I was buying a piece of german engineered technology..I was wrong!!!
Entity: Auburn Hills, MI & Clarksburg WV, MI, WV

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