I just read another rather shocking contract from one of these self-called “publishers” and it makes me really mad to realize how they screw writers, using the fact that it is very hard to penetrate the book market – at least it was in the past.
Now with e-books and such distributors as Amazon, Google, Apple and many more it became easier for writers to self-publish. But as for paper books they are prone to fall into the trap of one of these scam artists.
Reading the ads of “publishers” very carefully, you will find out that in 99 percent of all cases they are VANITY PUBLISHERS or self-publishing firms, who lure in innocent authors with visions of best-sellerdom and who over-charge for their services. Real publishing houses do not have to advertise, they are overwhelmed with pitches and manuscripts.
Real publishers sell to readers – vanity publishers try to sell to writers!
As soon as you, the author, is asked to pay ANYTHING, this company is NOT a publisher! Rather a savvy (and scrupulous) agent for printers, freelance editors and cover designers.
The expression “publisher” should be legally protected and it should be forbidden by law to call themselves publishers!
Here are some voices of screwed and angry authors that I read in the past in chat rooms:
DO NOT USE …. UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES! It is a mistake I will be paying for, for a long time. It took them 12 months to form my manuscript into a book. In that time they merged with ….. and after that time it was impossible to get anything done unless I kicked and screamed my way up to the Vice-President! I foolishly signed the 10% royalty agreement because I thought they would incentivize the bookstores to buy my book, but they haven’t done any marketing of my book to this point. Only trying to sell their current authors more services… I paid for the Premier Plus option which was at the time the highest and most expensive service they offered and they have not fulfilled much of what they said they would do. I also think they are now screwing me on the sales of my books as well. I can’t get a royalty report from them and they say they have to wait until (months after the close of the quarter) to get their reports.”
“I am their client too and very much disappointed with the way my book is handled, unless it is the matter of grabbing money, it is difficult to get a response.”
“I SHOULD HAVE SEEN THIS WEBSITE MUCH BEFORE .I HAVE READ ALL THE COMMENTS THERE IS NOT A SINGLE INDIVIDUAL HAPPY. I PAID OVER $6000, THEY COULD NOT SELL A SINGLE BOOK ALL THE TIME I AM BUYING MY OWN BOOK…”
“The flag ship of the vanity/POD industry is sinking herself. HMS …. is going down the toilet.”
“I wish I had seen this site (and many others popping up out there) before paying … to destroy my four years of hard work.”
“Stay away from those people, do not invest a penny in …. Save yourself time, money and frustration! Buyer beware! Author beware! Writer beware!