Authorhouse scam.

Authorhouse is definiteiy a scam.I do believe it is time that government agencies take a good look at Authorhouse and the publish on demand industry as a whole.

If anyone believes they have a legitimate case. I suggent that you contact your elected representatives and every state and federal agency you can think of. Consumer protection, even the Internal Revenue. Let's face it.

There's not one government agency who gives a hoot about us. But if we can approach this scam from the standpoint of the IRS losing tax dollars. Then maybe, just maybe, they will take action. I have written off my book and my loss.

If we together can stop Author-house and other self publishing companies like them from bilking others, then we will have at least achieved some level of justice. Alone we can never hope to receive results. But together, we can be a force for change. Because there's millions of dollars involved here.

I'm sure the IRS would be interested. It only takes a few minutes of your time to drop these agencies an e-mail.

And the satisfaction you received will be more than worth the time.

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Jul 29 #1013442

i'm grateful for the heads-up!

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May 29 #989298

I regret that I published with Author House as they are very dishonest.
Author House failed to pay 125,000 authors since 2007 until now.
Please contact me if you wish on skype golden.fleece5

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May 29 #989296

I published with Author House late 2007 and 2008 I cancelled
the publication rights and Author House is still selling/renting
my book in over than 100 countries without my permision.
In addition, I haven't been paid for 8 years now.
We may discuss further if you wish to contact me by email, by skype:golden.fleece5 or by phone +61 422 352 433

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Apr 08 #969319 Ironwood, Michigan

There is a Class Action lawsuit pending against Penquin, iUniverse, AuthorHouse and others where their purpose is to get money FROM the author and not FOR the author. Contact the lawfirm of Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart, LLP; 11 Broadway, Suite 2150; New York, NY 10004. Telephone 646-366-5140. I spoke with one of their associates on March 19, 2015.

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Feb 17 #947087 Vineland, New Jersey

Hello everyone I couldn't help but to notice that everyone seem to be upset about author house... I'm new I wrote a book and contacted author house publishing company .. I'm to send them money today along with my manuscript is this a good Idea why or why not help me ..

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Dec 08, 2014 #913100 Lawrenceburg, Indiana

They have had my first book for two years now and I see used copies for sale all over the world. I have made exactly 80.00 so far on this book. I was *** enough to send them Part II of that series but they won't get anymore.

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Jan 14 #930878 Ibadan, Oyo

Collate your sales status reports from the retailers online with best selling, best seller, sales rank and different adjectives. Compile those with the phrase "Customers who bought this also purchased.. and then involve your lawyers to prepare a document where your claims are calculated based on the definitions of wikipedia to have your result. mail the documents to their office and wait for the next step. Legal actions with proofs of sales would forced them to pay all your dues.

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Jul 31, 2014 #849345 Anderson, Indiana

My first quarter income was pathetic! I could not buy a book of stamps with it!

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Apr 11, 2014 #804324 St. Petersburg, Florida

Authorhouse gets a book published with an actual ISBN number. The rest are just sales gimmick, but so is buying a new car. Authorhouse works

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Jan 29, 2014 #779566

Authorhouse is more about collecting money then helping a customer. In the past I have gone to upper management for satisfaction before I let the BBB get involved. Authorhouse refunded my monies and I rescinded the complaint with the BBB.
Having to do business with this company is odd at best and I have decided not to have another book published by them. I do not think they are legit with royalties although I cannot prove this now I am working on it.
I agree with "Pissed" consumer, Authorhouse needs to be challenged and corrected, they will get your book out there but after that there is a charge for any and everything, mostly geared to help them deplete your pocketbook rather then offer any substantial marketing tools, one can market quicker and easier through social media.
Authorhouse is a suspect company to do business with, be careful. I am looking at removing my books from their stable, something is just not right with the company but as they say "Buyer beware."

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Jan 29, 2014 #779487

You should read this blog about authorhouse the scam http://authorhouse-publishing-scam.

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Dec 19, 2013 #760879

I have published through Authorhouse and I believe they have been intentional in not providing me with the correct amount of royalties. I have written off my book as a bad experience and even though it is in the top 100 bestsellers in the LGBT section of KOBO (out of nearly 10,000 e books) and has sold in 16 countries, I have received about £40.00 in royalties from Authorhouse in the past two years and the royalties statement never marries with the figures I receive in money. I understood a class action was being brought but wondered if there was any further news on this.

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Jan 14 #930879 Ibadan, Oyo

do the job of calculations of your royalty yourself. Multiply the due for each format sent to you with the number of retailers you monitored on internet among the retailers that sold your book, use wikipedia definitions of bestselling, and multiply out with the number of weeks of unpaid royalties to get your claims. Prepare the claims with backing legal documents with your lawyers and then mail to the office. The documents would be treated and the company has no chance of defaulting with those legal documents you have sent. If they fail to yield, follow it up at appropriate courts for all your evidences of sales. Am a victim too and up with the firm to get my claims. contact me on for more enquiries. Best of luck. never give up!!!! All publishers and promoters are always fraudulents in the payment of royalties to owners of the intellectual property!!!

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Sep 17, 2013 #717990

The Author House sales rep told me my book was Hollywood movie material, and I should do a Hollywood movie trailer. I was doubtful because I am unknown, and my book wasn’t even out yet. I thoght Wouldn’t a book need to be widely accepted and raved by the public to be a movie?
She was insisting she could help me get it into a movie if I followed her advice I was excited, but my mother was visiting. She wouldn’t let me off the phone to talk to my mother.

I asked her prices She told me $20K…$50K…I start saying no no I can't afford it. She kept comparing me to Stephen King.
I thought "no way" she was just building up my ego. I said I had to go and talk to my mother. While my mother was there the sales rep left three phone messages. All the marketing turned out to be a failure and not one single book was sold.

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Sep 17, 2013 #717985

Author House has great sales people and terrible ethics. Upon contracting with them for my book of 120 pages, I was quoted an author price of 6.53 and a retail price of 13.74. I have this in writing. My book came to 112 pages 8 pages less than quoted and they placed the author price at 10.49

They have a very sloppy printer. When I sent in my list of changes, it came back with even more needed! Whole paragraphs
Grandma paid over $3, 000 to have book published with a promise of marketing the book received some books and then paid for more. I wrote and phoned re: royalties as I saw the book advertised but never received any royalties as promised

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Sep 10, 2013 #714632 Cincinnati, Ohio

I was very unhappy with the way they handled my book. I turned in a format that needed some work and that was the final product they printed. Then telling me it would cost more, to do this and to do that. I really think they are not in the publishing business just a busniess to get more money from people who are trying to realize their dreams. I would not ever like to see anybody go through what I went through.

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Sep 17, 2013 #717976

No they are not in the publishing business at ALL they are in the vanity scam business of scamming wannabes. Their business model is getting money out of the wannabe writes.
A publisher's business is selling books and they pay authors.

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Sep 09, 2013 #714174 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

I read each of your comments and called to inquire about my corncerns. I will follow up with my outcome. Best wishes

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Jul 30, 2013 #690076 Augusta, Georgia

I have had issues with Authorhouse as far as paying for a change in format on two books which took months to complete and only one book with the corrected format change has appeared on and I had to call 3 days ago concerning the correct format changes to the 2nd book, this process has been ongoing since 06/2012.
The updates on the royalty page had to be requested by me. I am in the process of seeking legal action and sending a letter to the BBB once I start proceedings in 3-4 weeks. My dealings with this company have not been the best.
I did receive help once form upper management who returned payment if I rescinded my complaint from the BBB and on the strength of that I entered into this present disaster which has simply been a joke. I wish to be included in all proceedings concerning this matter.

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