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    Thumbs down Books Unbound E-Publishing Company

    It rather saddens me to leave this post, but it has to be done. Books Unbound E-Publishing is or rather was my publisher. After contacting Victoria Strauss, she suggested I place a post here. So, I'm following her advice in hopes that another writer will be spared. My journey with BU began in 2004 and appeared to be promising. Then it took nearly 2 years after the signing of the contract to the actual release of my book. Communication with the owners was slow and has become nonexistent since December 2006. I've only received two statements on royalties and was told about another number of books that were sold in the 4th quarter of 2006. No royalty checks have been sent to me and now the publishers won't even respond to e-mail inquiries. After nearly three and a half months of complete inactivity in the forum provided by the publisher, someone surfaced today and asked if anyone from the company was still alive.

    There are 11 authors waiting to have their books released. Some of them have been waiting 2 years. Nothing has been released this year, and it's half over.

    Although their submissions are closed, I believe there are still writers waiting to hear about whether or not their work was accepted. Anyone in that position--this post is for you. If you don't mind waiting years for the release and if you don't mind not being paid royalties for your work being sold, then this publisher is for you. However, if you're a writer who wants contact with your publisher, wants to know when your book will be released, and wants to be paid for the books sold, then steer clear of this publisher, because they don't deliver on the promises made in their contract.

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    So sorry about your experience, but thanks for the warning.

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    Thanks for the update. You might want to notify Piers Anthony also, as he maintains a site that watches e-publishers.

    http://www.hipiers.com


    Sorry about your experience.

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    Thanks for the warning.

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    http://www.booksunbound.com/

    Hope you find a better publisher soon, Bea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnB1988 View Post
    Thanks for the update. You might want to notify Piers Anthony also, as he maintains a site that watches e-publishers.

    http://www.hipiers.com


    Sorry about your experience.
    Thanks! I'll go to that web site, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaoPaux View Post
    http://www.booksunbound.com/

    Hope you find a better publisher soon, Bea.
    Thank you. I think I have found a better publisher. Time will tell. I've done my research on them--just like I did on BU. But this time around, I'm much wiser. Experience is a good teacher, eh?

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    An Update:

    Since I began my crusade to get this publisher to cease making a profit off my work without paying me, I have had some success.

    I was able to get the big e-book store to cease selling my work once I explained that while they were paying the publisher, the publisher has stopped paying its writers. Three days later, I got notice they were no longer offering my book for sale. One week later, I got a letter from the publisher telling me he was sending out royalty statements within the week. Roughly 7 days later, I got an angry letter from the publisher with some unfounded accusations. However, I also got a statement of sales and was advised a check would be forthcoming. That was 16 days ago...still no check and, not surprisingly, no response from the publisher to my inquiries.

    The publisher did keep one promise in that they've also removed my book from their site and are no longer making a profit off of me.

    I did hear from a couple other writers. One is probably equally--if not more--angry than I am. He's been waiting 3 years for his books (2) to be published. Finally, he told the publisher to remove his name, book cover, and blurb from the 'coming soon' page since it's obviously never going to see the light of day. It took almost a month, but his request was finally complied with.

    I definitely feel this publisher is sinking fast. Problem is, it'll take down the writers with it.

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    Sorry to hear of the problems, congratulations on your success, thanks for looking out for fellow writers, and welcome!
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    That's too bad e-exclusive publishers is a dying genre, it would seem. Especially ones not specializing in romance or erotica.

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    Closed to submissions Jan '10, and books slated for late '10 were not published. Site is now gone.
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    Sorry for what happened to you, Bea. I hope it all works out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bea@WritersWall View Post
    It rather saddens me to leave this post, but it has to be done. Books Unbound E-Publishing is or rather was my publisher. After contacting Victoria Strauss, she suggested I place a post here. So, I'm following her advice in hopes that another writer will be spared. My journey with BU began in 2004 and appeared to be promising. Then it took nearly 2 years after the signing of the contract to the actual release of my book. Communication with the owners was slow and has become nonexistent since December 2006. I've only received two statements on royalties and was told about another number of books that were sold in the 4th quarter of 2006. No royalty checks have been sent to me and now the publishers won't even respond to e-mail inquiries. After nearly three and a half months of complete inactivity in the forum provided by the publisher, someone surfaced today and asked if anyone from the company was still alive.

    There are 11 authors waiting to have their books released. Some of them have been waiting 2 years. Nothing has been released this year, and it's half over.

    Although their submissions are closed, I believe there are still writers waiting to hear about whether or not their work was accepted. Anyone in that position--this post is for you. If you don't mind waiting years for the release and if you don't mind not being paid royalties for your work being sold, then this publisher is for you. However, if you're a writer who wants contact with your publisher, wants to know when your book will be released, and wants to be paid for the books sold, then steer clear of this publisher, because they don't deliver on the promises made in their contract.


    I had one of my novels published by Books Unbound back in 2004. I thought, "Great." However, it never sold. Also, I haven't been able to get in touch with Books Unb0und for years and years.

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