Authors Helping Authors: Experiences with Authorhouse

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By Index Admin January 27, 2013 23:12

Authors Helping Authors: Experiences with Authorhouse

With so many publishers available to independent authors these days, it’s hard to know which one to go with.

One thing we know is that many authors are using small publishers and/or vanity presses in lieu of trying to get someone at one of the Big Six to notice them.

The Index is asking authors who have published with one of these presses to share their experiences, both good and bad, with other authors looking to self-publish their own work.

This post is dedicated to the pros and cons of publishing with Authorhouse.

If you’re an authors who has published with Authorhouse, please leave your remarks in the comments section, and the Index would appreciate it if you’d be open to questions from those who may reply to your remarks.

If you’re thinking of publishing with Authorhouse, please feel free to leave your questions in the comments for authors who have already published with this publisher to answer.

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  1. DA April 27, 18:12

    I learned the hard way that Authorhouse provides an indie author with services they can do on their own with less money.

    It’s cost me over 10,000 to publish my book and I’ve seen no return because they DO NOT market for you. You have to do it all yourself, which is fine if you know what you’re doing.

    The service that gets you on social media is simply someone setting up usernames, emails and passwords to social media sites. It in no way teaches you how to use social media to benefit your book or you which was misleading.

    Cover designs can be bought without their help for $500 or so (depending on who you know/hire) and there are editors out there that aren’t too expensive.

    Getting an ISBN is nothing. Publishing hard or soft cover, again, nothing through either Lulu press or CreateSpace.

    Everything they offer you can do yourself with a lot less money up front.

    Furthermore, I can’t change the price of my eBook. It’s 5.95 forever and I hate not being able to control the price when I should be able to.

    The rights of my book are still mine but that would be the same if I self-published without their “help.”

    The only thing they did for me was give me a cover (which I dislike and could only ask for one round of changes before paying for more), edit (which I could have found someone to do), give me a ISBN (which you get free at Smashwords), host me on their site (which is redundant with the amount of people they have), and offer to bring me to events that I had to pay thousands for and see no return. A book signing close to my city would have cost $3,000 and I was expected to give away free copies of my book which I had signed. Sure, my name potentially gets out there but how many people are really going to get a book they’ve never read signed by an author they don’t know?

    My advice to ANYONE who wants to self-publish is to stay away from vanity presses or self-publishing firms. Spend the thousands you would spend with them on getting advertisments or polishing your book. Self-publishing can be done COMPLETELY on your own without anyone like AuthorHouse needing to take your money and not give you much in return. You’ll be promoting on you own anyway so you may as well keep your money.

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  2. Linda A. Cadose April 13, 16:38

    My experience with Authorhouse was exactly the sane as DA. Avoid Authorhouse, they will cost you thousands.

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