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  • 1 day ago
  • Media
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Book Publisher
  • 12

Have had 5 books published by Iuniverse. My 6th was rejected after review because subject material too critical of Barack Obama and government. They originally accepted my payment and started process, but procrastinated for nearly four months before refusing to publish. I will now self-publish or use another publishing company. This would have been my 7th book.Used Tate Publishing to publish my... Read more

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  • Sep 25
  • Newspapers & Magazines
  • Redway, California
  • Books Sale Information
  • 1
  • 1
  • 13

I have had similar experience. Especially the marketing department. I can't find out how many books have sold. Read more

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  • Sep 21
  • Newspapers & Magazines
  • Indiana, United States
  • Book Publishing
  • 3
  • 3
  • 127

I can't even begin to tell you of their shake down process without my blood boiling. I did two books with iUniverse. Big mistake. The first book cost me a bundle because of errors (my bad), but when ready for print, they got my name wrong on the cover! They are not the printers. They send all their work to a printer in Tenn. They have no control of their printing. You can hear in the background... Read more

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  • Sep 11
  • Media
  • Torresdale, Pennsylvania
  • Self-Publishing Service
  • 3
  • 3
  • 170

I published with iUniverse in 2004 and had steady sales, had them even when I self-published through a private printer before that. Book was commercially published in Italy, Poland, China, and Viet-Nam after that and still sold steady on iU. I then bought a package from iU for about $798 in which they would send e-mail ads to targeted readers. Not one sale that I could see. Later the book... Read more

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  • Aug 10
  • Media
  • Iniverse Book Publishing
  • 300

As an unknown, unpublished author, I researched for months trying to find what I believed to be the best print on demand (POD) publisher.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
  • 161

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
  • 7
  • 7
  • 244

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
  • 1
  • 1
  • 179

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
  • 143

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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