Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The worst ripoff in publishing?

Those who have been following this blog know that I am generally quite negative about the businesses practices of vanity presses (which now like to use names like "self-publishing" companies or "subsidy" presses or "indy" publishers).

The companies frequently publish ugly unedited books. They often overcharge for add-on services and promotional items such as postcards, business cards and postage stamps showing book covers.

There's another reason to hate them -- contract provisions that make it very hard to leave if you are not satisfied.

If iUniverse is your publisher and you decide to cancel your contract less than 18 months after initial publication, you will have to pay them an unconscionable FIFTEEN HUNDRED DOLLARS for PDF files of your book's cover and interior so you can submit them to another publisher or printer.

Bear in mind that an author/customer has already paid iUniverse as much as $2599 to publish a book, and that includes producing the PDF files that are needed for printing.

It takes approximately ten seconds and a few mouse clicks to email you the PDFs, and you can be sure that iUniverse is not going to have to order a copy of Adobe Acrobat just to make the files available to you.

1 comment:

  1. I think that since IUniverse and Author House and ( I believe Xlibris.. though don't qutoe me on the last one) the practices of all have been making good editing and strong marketing for teh average person harder to do.

    I would almost tell epople who use these groups to have a great editor on the side, and to have Adobe on thier computer to get their images, so that they have them anyways.

    Sneeky I know, but $1500 is a lot of money. Especially if it was your image to begin with.