ALLi’s Watchdog Desk has received over twenty complaints of Blasty failing to respond to customer service inquiries, failing to honor cancellation requests, and continuing to charge customer credit cards and bank accounts after cancellation. Some complainants felt they had no other recourse than to cancel their credit cards, or file fraud claims with their banks.
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Dog Ear Publishing’s failure to pay royalties and refusal to respond to inquiries warrants our most severe level of caution, the Watchdog Advisory.
UPDATE: August 17, 2018. Since the publication of this article, Mr. De Montfort has been in touch with us to clarify several points about the company’s approach and policies. This new information is annotated in the text below. We’ve seen quite a bit of media buzz recently about a new startup, De Montfort Literature (DML). […]
A handy summary of ALLi Watchdog John Doppler’s best practice advice for self-publishers everywhere, to help you get the most out of self-publishing services and to avoid the traps and scams.
INDIE AUTHOR FRINGE: If you’re a writer who wants to publish your first book one of the most important decisions you have to make is who to trust to produce and distribute it. Self-publishing is no longer the wild wild west frontier that it was five years ago, but for beginning and emerging authors it […]
During the first quarter of 2017, ALLi’s Watchdog Desk received several complaints about a company known as ProofProfessor. The complaints were not about the proofreading services offered by the company. Rather, they described a troubling and consistent pattern of behavior by ProofProfessor’s founder, Matt Rance. In each case, Mr. Rance approached an author or publisher […]
Beginning in the last half of 2016, many indie authors reported sharp declines in their Amazon sales. Some wonder if a global slump in sales could be to blame, while others point to the rise of Amazon’s imprints as a possible cause. More than a possible cause: I’ve heard authors express absolute certainty that Amazon […]
This week, we’re taking a closer look at Pronoun, a relatively new digital distributor that’s attracting a lot of interest among indie authors. Background Pronoun is the result of a merger between the publisher Vook, the imprint Byliner, and the analytics platform Booklr. The company publishes ebooks to the five major online retailers: Amazon, Apple, […]
In recent months, many authors have received email solicitations from Motivational Press inviting them to submit a manuscript for publication. Does the company live up to its own hype? Our Watchdog reporter John Doppler has been investigating and shares his findings here. Background Founded in 2007, Motivational Press is an assisted publisher targeting authors of business, […]