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

1.0
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Iuniverse - They don't know how to proof read nor help you till the end
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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#1614764 Review #1614764 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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

Iuniverse - Avoid this company!

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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#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

Iuniverse - Very Upset

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.
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

Iuniverse - Coaching by values

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.
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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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.
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.
Cons
  • Misleading and fraudulent practice
  • Policies
  • Did not reveive royalties
Reason of review
Return, Exchange or Cancellation Policy
Loss
$3
Preferred solution
Full refund
Tags
  • Novel Publishing
2.8
Details
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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2 comments
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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#1559063 Review #1559063 is a subjective opinion of poster.

Burn job through arrogance and incompetence by iUniverse

I paid for something and got something else. Bait and switch. Plus, total lack of quality assurance. Despite countless emails to a dozen people at iUniverse, I am now in a financial conflict with this dishonest outfit.
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#1548247 Review #1548247 is a subjective opinion of poster.
2.0
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As an experienced (published) author -- several dozen articles, three nonfiction books and an equal number of non-productive agents, I had my eyes open when I bought their package for a mystery/crime novel. I did so on the basis that somehow a few of their authors...
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#1520364 Review #1520364 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Cons
  • Way they promoted my book
  • I universe
Reason of review
Not as described/ advertised
Preferred solution
Let the company propose a solution
Tags
  • Ponzi Book Publishing

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iUniverse LLC
1663 Liberty Drive
Bloomington, Indiana 47403
United States
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Iuniverse - Crooks

My elderly father wanted his dream realized and we read the reviews before these predators got any money THANK GOODNESS!! The lady who called said “well your father IS 81 years old so he doesn’t have time to wait, that will be 1600.00 please.” They got no money!
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#1496840 Review #1496840 is a subjective opinion of poster.