Hey 3.5 readers.
Bookshelf Q. Battler here.
Check out this article in the Guardian by Alison Flood.
I suppose we all get wrapped up into the good of self-publishing i.e. all the great success stories big (the self-published millionaires) and small (the person who finally got to see their name in print even if it doesn’t make a dime) and in-between (the person who makes a fairly decent living but has yet to become wealthy)…but it’s worth noting there are some shenanigans going on as this article points out – plagiarism, unscrupulous characters ripping off authors, stealing their content and packaging it as their own, violating the rules and so on.
Has anyone ever experienced any self-published hi-jinx?
I self published with LuLu, for POD and my book showed up for sale instantly on Amazon, listed by other sellers, for up to $50.00. I had left Amazon off my list of vendors when I registered. I took my book off LuLu and it is still for sale on Amazon.
Why do people list books that high? I’ve seen books at surprisingly high prices, like hundreds of dollars. It would have to be a first edition bible signed by Jesus for me to consider it so I don’t get the high prices. Do fans actually pay this?
I don’t know, I even saw it listed for $250.00, but the worst thing was that they were selling my book without me, as their own property. It was pure scam and LuLu had no idea how it happened or how to fix it. I pulled my POD book off Lulu, and that removed about 20 stores from selling it, but last time I checked, at least five sellers still had it listed.
Does it hurt you for the 250 option to be out there? Wouldn’t people just buy it for cheaper price from you?
No, but I dont even have it on Amazon. It hurts that other sellers on Amazon are selling my book POD and it has nothing to do with me.
Yeah I’m at a loss as to why people do this other than maybe they figure they have nothing to lose and maybe one day that random unlikely fan who wants the book so bad will pay $250
Yes, that’s true. I couldn’t stop them.