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  • Aug 10
  • Media
  • Iniverse Book Publishing
  • 113

As an unknown, unpublished author, I researched for months trying to find what I believed to be the best print on demand (POD) publisher. I first tried the "Big Boys;" sent out several dozen query letters, received about six back, three of which said they "might" be interested, but wanted several chapters to read. Further discussions showed that they could publish the book, but it would not hit... Read more

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  • Aug 07
  • Newspapers & Magazines
  • Book Production
  • 65

I published five novels through Iuniverse and have no issue with the physical production of books or the process. The books are to a high standard and appear on all the sites and even in a store in the case of one of my books. What I do take issue with is their accounts and payment processing. I am talking to one of their "author assistants" who is useless as far as I can tell because I have not... Read more

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  • Jun 12
  • Media
  • Poway, California
  • Book Printing
  • 2
  • 2
  • 133

I paid $1600 for a professional edit, and my book went to print with at least ten typos. When I tried to get these corrected, the company tried to shake me down for another $400 for a block of edits. They accepted no personal responsibility for the shoddy editing job. I asked them to send me a finalized copy of my manuscript so that I could upload it to Kindle Direct publishing. They sent me a... Read more

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  • Jun 06
  • Professional Services
  • Saint Louis, Missouri
  • Marketing Package
  • 119

I spent $3000 dollars on a marketing package as this was my first book and I was unsure how to market the book effectively. I received one book review in a minor publication for that amount. Since then I've begun to self promote through social media and I have a 5 star rating on Amazon. I don't believe that the quality of the book was an issue so much as the lack of service on their part.... Read more

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I had a contract with IUNIVERSE back when they were in NE .... After they relocated to IN, I couldn't chase anyone down to return my phone calls!!!!! They took thousands of dollars to publish my book and I never got a book published at all through them! To this day I cannot get anyone from IUNIVERSE to return a call and/or email..... Add comment

  • May 16
  • Advertisements and Cons
  • Bloomington, Indiana
  • Book Trialer Screen Play Editing
  • 89

1. They do not have (true) agents on staff who market your book. They send emails out and later follow up with them to see if they like your material. How much time does it take to send out a generic email to a 100 or so companies (you do the math). How long does it take to follow up in email format (you do the math). You get part of marketing person - part time. How do I know this for fact -... Read more

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  • May 10
  • Newspapers & Magazines
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Book Publishing Terms
  • 1
  • 1
  • 91

I recently had a negative experience with iUniverse, I contacted them last week to publish a book by late June. I insisted that I need the book out by a specific date due to the launch of an extensive marketing campaign and I needed to make sure the book will be in stores. I was told they can do that, but they asked me to pay an extra $500 for rush service on top of the standard $2999 publication... Read more

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  • Mar 06
  • Newspapers & Magazines
  • Mount Laurel, New Jersey
  • Books Royalties
  • 2
  • 2
  • 106

I was contacted and published with iuniverse in 2012. from that time to date 2014 i received $ 18 in royalties. Meanwhile the books are being sold worldwide through hundreds of websites. i also wasted lots of money through social media marketing. when i begin to publish with iuniverse i invested 7,000 dollars for book services. i have not seen any of my returns. it's not fair and it's not just.... Read more

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  • Mar 06
  • Newspapers & Magazines
  • Bellevue, Washington
  • Withholding Royalties
  • 74

I was contacted and published with iuniverse in 2012 During that time to date 2014 i only received $ 18 dollars in royalties while the books are bieng sold world wide. I also wasted lots of money in Facebook marketing. It's not fair and it's not just. I paid 7,000 dollars to get my book publish and i get nothing for it. My book is all over the world being carried by hundreds of websites. I just... Read more

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  • Jul 18, 2013
  • Professional Services
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Iuniverse
  • 80

1. They haven't paid me in years!Said they will get to me after they pay everybody else first, then they will figure out how much they owe me. This has been going on for years. 2.And they refused to let me design my own cover on a re-title publication as contractually agreed to and promised by them. I demanded my money back. I am considering suing them. Do not do any business with these crooks.... Read more

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