The most vital obligation a publisher has is to provide timely and accurate statements, and to pay royalties without delay. The Watchdog Desk has received multiple complaints about late or missing statements from Adelaide Books. In several instances, authors stated that no payment was ever received.
A perennial problem for indie authors is the interplay between Amazon and IngramSpark, where POD titles by Ingram are marked on Amazon as requiring days, weeks, or even months for fulfillment; or they are shown as "out of stock" entirely. Today, John Doppler ALLi's Watchdog and Adam Croft, discuss the issue of Amazon and IngramSpark delays.
Prolific spammer Pearson Media Group boasts of their expertise and connections, but like much about the company, these claims ring false.
It's no coincidence that nondisclosure clauses in publishers' terms and conditions protect the elements most likely to be cited in complaints.
ALLi's Watchdog Desk contrasts ACX and Audible with six rival audiobook distribution services — Author's Republic, Findaway Voices, Kobo Writing Life, Lantern, PublishDrive, and Soundwise — to explore options for authors who wish to reach a wider audience beyond Amazon's walls.
Waldorf Publishing's worrying decline is compounded by its attempts to extract money and dubious legal concessions from its authors.
These terms are common enough to escape an indie author's notice, but can lead to costly misunderstandings — or deliberate deception.
Audible's Easy Exchange program has turned the platform into a lending library, funded with royalties seized from authors.
Charity publishing is fraught with risks and responsibilities, and good intentions can lead down very dark paths. Here's what you should be aware of when taking part in a charity anthology, box set, or other charitable publishing venture.
A devious and prolific impostor is targeting indie authors with cookie cutter businesses. Meet Octa Group and its endless aliases.
Publishing services that serve specific communities are increasingly popular, but exploitative and predatory operators follow close behind.
The owners of Dog Ear Publishing are apparently attempting to evade angry authors by assuming a new identity: Bookplate Press.