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    You'll need a new ISBN, as the ISBN identifies the publisher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JulieB View Post
    You'll need a new ISBN, as the ISBN identifies the publisher.
    Thank you for clarifying that, Julie.

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    And also the edition--so a paperback and hardback of the same book, from the same publisher, would usually have different ISBNs.

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    Okay so I wanted to share my experience with chupmunka and maybe get some advice?

    They found my self-published book, The Crazy Inside: A poetic journey through manic depression, on myspace a long time ago. I signed a contract with them. They told me it would be an e-book and then 9 months later it would be published in print. Well, almost three years later I never saw a dime and it never went to paperback printing. I asked to be let out of my contract since they didn't hold up their end. They said that was fine. To this day they are still selling my book on amazon through kindle and I have NEVER seen a dime.

    So if you are considering chipmunka, I would most definitely reconsider. Also, does anyone know what I can do about this?

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    Have you got it in writing that your rights have now reverted? If so, have you contacted Chipmunka and pointed out that as the rights have now reverted, they shouldn't be selling your book?

    Even though your book is for sale, it might not actually be selling any copies, so you might not be owed anything anyway. Do they supply you with royalty statements?

    There are lots of problems to sort out here: you should do all you can to resolve this with Chipmunka but if you can't manage that, you will probably have to get a lawyer involved.

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    I do have it in an email.

    Also, when my book was selling on lulu I did very well, I doubt in the five years or so it's been since this started I haven't sold ONE copy. I'm thinking of having my mom, who just bought a kindle, buy one just so I can say I know at least one was purchased.

    I do not receive royalty statements.

    I have emailed them asking why it's still available and they do not respond.

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    If you have evidence the rights have reverted you can file a DMCA with Amazon and they'll take the book down. It's what a lot of the AMP authors are doing right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nkkingston View Post
    If you have evidence the rights have reverted you can file a DMCA with Amazon and they'll take the book down. It's what a lot of the AMP authors are doing right now.
    Thank you so much!

    My mom bought a copy on her kindle today and it did go through. anger!

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    Give it a couple of days. I've bought books before on Amazon and the sale went through. Then a few days later I received a note that the book was out of print, they couldn't get it and my account was credited for the price I paid.

    If you don't get that notice in a few days, then... well, there you are.

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    Yes, I've had that happen with print books, but Alicia0099 stated her mother bought it on the Kindle. That should mean instant delivery.

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    I wanted to share some news about Katy Sara Culling who was also a Chipmunka author has passed away. I was very depressed since I had befriended her here. I am also a Chipmunka author. I don't want to say anything else about that here as this is about Katy Sara and her sad passing. She was a wonderful person and very prolific. She wrote five books with Chipmunka. She has a fb page if you knew her here and want to leave a condolence. Aloha Maya

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    Mayaone, thank you for letting us know. I'm so very sorry to hear it -- she was far too young to be already finished. My heart goes out to her family and loved ones.
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    Thank you MacAlister. She was a wonderful person who helped many people with mental illness but couldn't deal with her own. She will be missed by so many

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    Quote Originally Posted by mayaone View Post
    I wanted to share some news about Katy Sara Culling who was also a Chipmunka author has passed away. I was very depressed since I had befriended her here. I am also a Chipmunka author ...
    Mayaone,

    I'm so sorry. This is horribly sad news. My deepest sympathies to you, and all of Katysara's friends and loved ones. If there's anything you want to say about her--unrelated to anything other than honering what Katysara meant to you--there is a totally non-agency/non-publisher related thread here. It's for rememberances of members who have passed, and nothing else. Anyone can start a thread.

    Mac has already changed her tag.

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    Chipmunka Publishing

    I know there have been previous threads about Chipmunka Publishing, but I would like to recommend my Beware Page about them here:

    http://www.thehorrorzine.com/Beware/...ublishing.html

    Please, if you are considering Chipmunka Publishing, please read my Beware Page about them first, before you sign any contracts. An informed decision is a better decision.

    If you have been a victim of Chipmunka, I would love to hear from you at thehorrorzine@gmail.com

    P.S. The Horror Zine works best with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Apple Safari browsers, but not very well with the Internet Explorer browser.

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    Removing a book from Chipmunkapublishing

    Don't worry about removing a book from Chipmunka - heard of other people who had to do it too and it does say on their website that authors can remove their books if they want to (so they must be used to it!)

    Apparently all you need to do is email them saying you are removing the book immediately and ask them to return the digitial format or whatever it is they use and ask for the e book to be removed from the digital list. Say why you are removing it too is a good idea - keep it short and if you want you can CC a mental health organisation, newspaper, media folk etc etc into the email too- it will be removed in a flash!!

    Not only is this vanity publishing (taking money from authors) vaguely disguised as 'doing good works on mental health'- it is a particularly dubious outfit so the best thing would be to stay well clear in the first place.

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    They seem to want a lot of money from their authors for their 'services' etc - that in itself is a warning. Doesn't matter what they are raising awareness about either. Authors should never have to pay anything to a publisher

    And as the authors themselves have to buy the books (even at 'discount') to promote/sell etc - this 'publisher' will be making money out of them. Always keep clear of any publisher who wants money from an author - the real/genuine ones don't.
    Last edited by inpassive; 02-26-2012 at 07:10 PM.

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    Unhappy Chipmunka Publishing

    What I want to do is to make you aware of the complaints I have received about Chipmunka, and also to let you know of the negative email conversation that I had personally with Jason Pegler which, in my opinion, Mr. Pegler's email reflects very poorly for Chipmunka.

    You can see Mr. Pegler's emails here:
    http://www.thehorrorzine.com/Beware/...ublishing.html

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    Last edited by Jeani Rector; 02-29-2012 at 10:12 PM.

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    I see my threads have been merged here. Thanks.
    Last edited by Jeani Rector; 02-29-2012 at 10:09 PM.

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    Jeani, we have a thread on Chipmunka on the Beware forum.

    Your cautionary posts belong in the beware forum. It's probably best to check if we have a thread on a particular publisher before starting a new one. (I'm not being snarky here. Your new and it's understandable you didn't know about the beware forum. Welcome!)
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    But seriously, never ask permission to write something. Don't be a wimp.

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    Hi Jeani,

    Please take a look at our Bewares, Recommendations & Background Check room, in particular the stickied threads that appear at the top of the thread listing.

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    You probably forget because it was a long time ago but it seems you've already posted your concerns in the Chipmunka thread.
    But anyway, thanks for the warning.

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    Chipmunkapublishing.com (Chipmunka Publishing)

    Thank you. My only concern is for writers.
    Last edited by Jeani Rector; 02-29-2012 at 10:09 PM.

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    At the risk of being ironic, please keep all discussion of Chipmunka in the existing thread. Merged. Again.
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    I want to take a moment or two to complain about Chipmunka.

    A friend of mine is pubbed through them. Yes, I believe she has sadly learned her mistake. Anyways I read her book and went on CM site to review it. That was over a year ago. Ever since then at least 2-3 times a week I get emails from them. SPAM. nothing about any specials book offers or anything like that. They want me to go to their s****y semiar on mental illness. Yes, they actually send customers emails on why they are a great pub. Jason is always praising his own books, you know, the one where he admits to raping a girl and getting away with it. I have labeled the emails as spam and have reported them to yahoo, but it never stops. For the low, low price of 139 euros, or whever they use in London, sorry not very worldly , I can attend. It is ridiculous. I just reviewed a damn book lol and now they want me to write and sell them my own memior? How ballsy does one have to be to ASSUME all of their customers are off their rockers?

    BTW-I do have a mental illness but that is besides the point
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