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Close your eyes and envision a member of iUniverse's management team hanging up the telephone, rubbing his hands gleefully and glancing around the conference table at his two colleagues with an evil sparkle in their eyes. His tone is almost maniacal. We've hooked...
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Zaelyn
#1808935

Thanks for the info LosAngeles California. I suspect most publishers are scamming many authors.

List the names of all to be Leary Of please? If you know any that are to be trusted then please list them too.

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#1741701 Review #1741701 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Iuniverse Publishing Service
I wrote a short read book titled "The Day God Wore A Hardhat". This book is my baby, it was a labor of love and very important to me. I never even let my friends or family read it because I was afraid it wasn't any good. I have paid I-Universe over a period of 4 years...
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#1763495 Review #1763495 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Reason of review
Not as described/ advertised
Loss
$14
Preferred solution
Let the company propose a solution
Tags
  • Arrogant Scam

Very Upset | Iuniverse review

1.1
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This post is to let everyone who had a bad experience with Iuniverse. That if you call 317-232-6201 or 317-232-6330 for a complaint about them. It is the Indiana Consumer Hotline. The Att. General Curtis Hill will look into the complaints. We just need to flood his office with them, and then we will able to take down Iniverse and hopeful get our money back. This way no attorney fees.
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#1686032 Review #1686032 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Reason of review
Return, Exchange or Cancellation Policy
Loss
$600
Preferred solution
Full refund

Avoid this company! | Iuniverse review

1.0
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Difficult to deal with and staffed with many incompetents. I paid big buck (perhaps $1,000?) for proofreading and all the did was fun it thru MS Word leaving may mistakes. I sent them the corrections and said they could publish after fixing em. They published the book w/o making the corrections! They asked for $500 to advertise the book. I told them OK if they allow me to submit a revision first at no cost to me. I sent em the $500 an have been spending months trying to get them to insert the revisions. Now, they are not responding to my emails. Next step is Small Claims Court.
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Anonymous
#1765255

Not saying you are wrong, but you really have to give an editor something to work with. If your story is anything like your letter it would be difficult to know what it was about. If you can't edit a small email yourself for grammar and spelling, you can't expect someone to change a whole book.

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#1678556 Review #1678556 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Pros
  • I liked the sales approach
  • Original promises that they eventually failed to fulfill
Reason of review
Not as described/ advertised
Loss
$500
Preferred solution
Full refund

Very Upset | Iuniverse review

1.0
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I paid them good money and they promised that they would be able to publish my adult coloring. I have been working on the for over 30 years. I start will one person, who keep telling the a 6x9 book. I told no it had to be 8.5 x 11. I have documents the say the large size. Then I am give to someone else. I didn't have the program to darken the lines, they said that they could do it, and in the same breathe say they are going to publish as it. I cancelled the publishing, But because I went past the 90 days I will get nothing for a refund. They were stalling so it would go past the 90 days. So what do I do now. I can't get any money back at all, and no book either.
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#1673173 Review #1673173 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Cons
  • Entire publishing process
Reason of review
Poor customer service
Loss
$600
Preferred solution
Full refund
Tags
  • Iuniverse Scam
1.0
Details
My elderly father reached out to iuniverse to republish his book hoping to reach more readers. They were fine in terms of price and help with that, but once the deal was made I can only assume that his point of contact passed his name along to the sales department....
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#1660656 Review #1660656 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Service
Iuniverse Publicity Service
Pros
  • Design of my book
Cons
  • Ask for refund and they stop answering the phone
Reason of review
Predatory ways
Loss
$1200
Preferred solution
I would like them to go bankrupt
Tags
  • Iuniverse Scam

They don't know how to proof read nor help you till the end | Iuniverse review

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They don't know how to proof read nor help you till the end - Iuniverse review
I dealt with this company back in 2009. They misspelled words in my book and didn't even bother proofreading it. It was published, but all the feedback was in the grammar of the book. I looked like a fool. I will never deal with this company ever again. I have two other books written now and I will not use them. Also, when you self publish, it's hard to get newspapers to pick up your story and no book signings. Many companies will not deal with self publishing companies. I spent well over 14,000 with these people, and what a waste of money. The Name of my book was "A Big House for Little Men" by Michael W McKay
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Anonymous
#1768961

If you have not gotten back any of your money then contact the Indiana Attorney General and they will send you a form to fill out. It is worth a try to get our money back.317-232-6330

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#1614764 Review #1614764 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Service
Iuniverse Publishing Service
Pros
  • Dropped the ball
Cons
  • Too much money and bad people working for them
Reason of review
Bad quality
Loss
$14000
Preferred solution
Let the company propose a solution
Tags
  • novels
  • Books
  • Fictions

Coaching by values | Iuniverse review

1.6
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I ve published the book in 2011. I’m an experienced writer with over 70 books published with some of the known global publishers. I paid extra for reviews and other marketing pitches from iUniverse. I am receiving ridicule royalties. I believe iUniverse is cheating!,,, the book got rave reviews. I have the same book in Spanish and in French and royalties are 1000% higher in a much smaller market. I’m preparing a new edition in English, and fortunately I maintain the copyrights and most likely will not publish with iUniverse. Prof. Simon L. Dolan
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#1614291 Review #1614291 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Service
Iuniverse Publishing Service
Pros
  • Self publishing
Cons
  • No contacts
  • No sales no marketing no royalties
Reason of review
Problems with payment
Loss
$100000
Preferred solution
Let the company propose a solution
Tags
  • Iuniverse Review
3.6
Details
I published with iUniverse in 2012, and had a decent experience, given that I was totally inexperienced in publishing. They did keep hounding me for promo events, but that stopped when I asked them to. I do still get small royalty checks and recently ordered copies of...
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2 comments
Anonymous
#1735799

How much of a net gain have you made? and how much have you paid this company?

My mother has spent over 10 thousand dollars on this company a year ago and has yet to receive any royalties. She was told her book was so good it could be a publishers choice or something like that. They would take a couple thousand from her then keep stringing her along on how great the book was if she gave them more money.

What was so great about your experience. Did you pay them little and are receiving herds of royalties?

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#1588686 Review #1588686 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Service
Iuniverse Publishing Service
Reason of review
Good quality
1.0
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I've been wanting to get my novel published for a while now. Iuniverse caught wind of it like a bloodhound and made me an offer. "One fee, 3 installments, get everything you will need." That was a lie. They have been charging me for everything from editing, to...
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Anonymous
#1735800

Same thing happened to my mother, except they strung her along for over 10,000 dollars. We need to get a class action lawsuit on these crooks. My mother is old and they misled her and robbed her blind.

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#1568481 Review #1568481 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Service
Iuniverse Publishing Service
Cons
  • I universe
  • Misleading and fraudulent practice
  • Policies
Reason of review
Return, Exchange or Cancellation Policy
Loss
$3
Preferred solution
Full refund
Tags
  • Novel Publishing

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I wrote a book and published it through iUniverse that appeared as high as #11 on An Amazon list based on sales. I have received some royalty payments and continue to receive them 8 years later, however, I have never believed Ive received all the royalties due to me. I...
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Anonymous
#1720836

We should ban together and do class action. My royalty check from them was $1.17.

There is no possible scenario where that amount would ever be correct based on the percentage I get from sales.

This is basically a payment for less than 1 book sale worldwide. Iuniverse = Iscamaverse

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