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Authorhouse - Authors Beware - Scamsters at work.
Update by user Mar 27, 2019

THIS REPORT RECEIVED FROM A STAFF MEMBER AT AUTHOR SOLUTIONS (AUTHOR HOUSE):- Please permit me to give you an overview of the sales and production process- the way I know it best. To be clear, let's start with a little bit of history. Before it became as Author...

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Anonymous
#1879662

Independently foolish was a great book l think all women should read this book by doc Erika

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#1479583 Review #1479583 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Service
Authorhouse Publishing Service
Pros
  • Courteous representatives
  • Seemingly professional and expert approach
Cons
  • Company is attempting to scam its own customers
  • Being shorted royalties
  • Deceptive business practices
Reason of review
Gross abuse of trust and misrepresentation
Loss
$20
Preferred solution
See them put out of business
Most helpful review
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...
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Anonymous
#1688012

I published with Author House. Sold 200 books never received a dime on any royalties.

I paid them 2800$ Now that I am published with Amazone Author House is still selling my book and pushing potential customers to buy there book. Amazone won’t do anything about it and Authorhouse refuses to stop selling my book!!!

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#135099 Review #135099 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Reston, Virginia
Service
Authorhouse Publishing Service

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Thousands invested but no joy

1.0
Details
This company is an absolute scam. Yes, they printed my book but made a shoddy mess out of it. In some cases, parts of my book were edited out ...unknown to me; I gave them thousands of dollars I have received exactly $16.00 in royalties.

User's recommendation: These people need to be taken down!

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#2232559 Review #2232559 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Loss
$6000
Preferred solution
Full refund

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To expose them for what they are

They did not explain all the details at the time I engaged them. After the initial acceptance of my manuscript, every time I tried to do dealings with them, they asked for more money, this continued every step I took (more money required). In the end I had extended my budget to its fullest, and I had to drop out. My dream was totally destroyed. I was conned out, and have to accept my stupidity at getting caught up in this scam.

User's recommendation: Avoid like the plague.

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#2231126 Review #2231126 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Service
Authorhouse Publishing Service
Pros
  • Were very nice to me before i sent the manuscript in
  • Very unsatisfied
Cons
  • Predatorial practices
Loss
$15
Preferred solution
Price reduction

Refund policy

1.5
Details
Authorhouse - Refund policy
I was in the beginning stages which is submitting my transcript and getting an review. I was told that I can't use my name or use names because of the privacy rights regarding domestic violence. I change the transcript which would allow me to keep my name and it was once again rejected. I asked for a refund. They kept $450 of my money. Only two persons in refunds department. I am calling and nothing. I was told that in order to be my signed agreement I had to wait 5-7 business days. I paid before I signed the agreement. I need my money back. I can't afford to lose that kind of money. Don't use this company. I was misinformed.

User's recommendation: Read agreements before paying. Don't pay before you know the information.

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#2230723 Review #2230723 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Loss
$450
Preferred solution
Full refund

Horrible sales tactics

1.0
Details
Just asked for some info online and they badgered me with phone calls for three weeks as I wasn't ready with a finished manuscript and just shopping around for prices. I eventually took the call and it was a very pushy sales team, even faking they had spoken to a manager to get me a discount. Felt very uncomfortable and my scam senses where tingling and hung up on the part where you hand over bank details.

User's recommendation: Be careful.

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#2197049 Review #2197049 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Manchester, England

DO NOT GIVE THE YOUR MONEY

1.0
Details
My interaction with this business has been horrific. They call a lot to hassle you for money which caused me great anxiety regularly. Since my topic of writing has dissolved since COVID I no longer have a manuscript to provide them with. I have been requesting a refund for weeks, Shiela Dela Vega fails you respond to messages of be available for Calls and the manager of the refunds team was aggressive in his tone on the phone. There is zero customer care and this company should be avoided. I have no idea what my money has been spent on and they think I am being unreasonable in asking that question. AVOID AVOID AVOID!!
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#2174654 Review #2174654 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Loss
$700
Preferred solution
Full refund

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Misinformation given as subtitle

1.0
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"Kiss me goodbye in Paris" has the subtitle "Special Operations Executive" which is used to indicate the group formed by Churchill in WW2 to fight behind enemy lines. Bought on line for £28 when I was shielded. Very disappointed.

User's recommendation: Avoid this publisher.

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#2167195 Review #2167195 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Service
Authorhouse Publishing Service
Cons
  • Misrepresentation of book subject
Loss
$28
Preferred solution
Full refund

Non accounting of funds

1.0
Details
DOES Anyone know the best attorney to go after authorhouse. 270348****MnotD
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#2138510 Review #2138510 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Cosby, Tennessee
1.1
Details
I was led to believe that this was a UK company. Only when they had my money did it transpire that all was handled by their HQ in the USA by staff in the Philippines. From the day that I found out the sales price of the books I protested that they were far too...
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#2064216 Review #2064216 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Kilwinning, Scotland

Very disappointed with the marketing dept

3.0
Details
My book has been priced much too high and therefore is not selling

User's recommendation: Not favorable at this time.

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#2011862 Review #2011862 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Service
Authorhouse Publishing Service
Pros
  • Cover of my book
Cons
  • Aggressive marketing services associates
Preferred solution
To change the listed price of my book at Amazon and Barnes N Noble

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AuthorHouse Scam

1.6
Details
AuthorHouse Scam
AuthorHouse Scam
I have two (2) published books with AuthorHouse and I have NO ACCESS to my sales, royalties, and dashboard information, and they don't care.

User's recommendation: Research AuthorHouse first before engaging in any business with this publisher.

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3 comments
Anonymous
#1878919

I can related, they did exactly the same thing to me!

Anonymous
#1879079
@PissedConsumer1878919

It sucks when we are only trying to make an honest buck and here comes AuthorHouse taking everything from beginning authors.

Jerson David C
#1892847
@PissedConsumer1878919

They're fleecing a bunch of new writers.

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#1986906 Review #1986906 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Service
Authorhouse Publishing Service
Pros
  • Franchise brand
Cons
  • Illicit practices
Loss
$75
Preferred solution
Deliver product or service ordered

So fustrated

1.0
Details
They played games requiring more and more money
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#1974009 Review #1974009 is a subjective opinion of poster.

End Contract

1.3
Details
Can you tell me who I have to write to to ask them if they will end my contract

User's recommendation: Do not use this company.

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#1915720 Review #1915720 is a subjective opinion of poster.
I was never really interested in wide-scale self-publishing, but I was keen to get 10 or so copies for myself that I could give to friends and family. I paid for the first instalment of around £330 (the whole package being £850). Though the next day I realised these...
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Anonymous
#1865215

I just spent 340 minutes listening to an authorhouse sales-mans spiel - it was obvious to me straight away that its a scam. I then went online to research them and sure enough plenty others think so to. Thanks to all who have commented, I am looking forward to their next call so I can tell them some truths about themselves.

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#1892600 Review #1892600 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
Preferred solution
Full refund

Second letter just checking the letter that I sent first

I'm trying to contact someone first of all I'm author from 2012 in the beginning I began to receive certain checks not a whole lot just a little bit can I stop worrying about it your slate I call again and I and they told me that everything is p
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#1848468 Review #1848468 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Naples, Florida
Service
Authorhouse Publishing Service

Need galleys

I am just trying to get ahold of anyone at AH...I am an author waiting to connect with the author support team. Can you assist me with this simple freaking task please? Tad Miller Author, Blue Eyes On The Yellow Sea
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#1841664 Review #1841664 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Preferred solution
Phone call return please...need copies of my galleys (text and covers/spine)