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Dorrance Publishing Company / Fraudulent company

1 Pittsburgh, PA, United States Review updated:
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Dorrence found me by a manuscript that I sent in to be copyrighted. After they viewed my manuscript I was contacted by mail. They stated that they would like to publish my book. I was very excited immediately I sign on the dotted line. And sent in 500.00 dollars to get my book started.

They put me on a payment plan.They sent me the style of my book and the way it was going to look, and the needed my signature for my approval. And I signed it. Immediately after my first deposit I become unemployed and could not continue to make te payments I tried to contact some body in the finance department and let them know my situation. but every time I called I was giving to their voice mail.

I left several messages but never got a called back a few months later I received a letter stating that I owed a total of 7, ooo dollars. And that they were going to put my book on hold until a payment was made I felt that I was treated very unfairly considering that this is my first book that I dedicated to the devastating time of my life and I really wanted it to be heard it is about a women who fought long and hard for her children in the judicial system.

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  • Da
      17th of Mar, 2010
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    I have recently completed two novels even though I have been writing for 15 years. I was scammed in 1999 by Minerva Press and I am trying to use the traditional methods, i.e. Literary Agent, Publishers etc. Someone once said that the road to publication is long, hard and full of potholes! That is so true, Dorrance, Origional Writing, AuthorHouse, Xlibris and several others almost throw contracts at you without even reading a single word you have sweated over so how can they justify saying that they 'care' about writers? If they cared they would not put anyone into print as they do now. I have sacrificed for my art, I am a serious writer with a long, long pedigree but I still cannot find the right publisher so how can a first time writer have any chance? I have spent most of my working life in sales but self publishing does not produce the same quality of product as the traditional publishers and he bigger bookstores will not give you the shelf space which they know will sell if a well known writer parks his books there. I have sevral offers of publication but only through self-publish/vanity publishers and e books. I am going to research every single possible avenue before making a decision, I believe in my work and believe I can make it pay but I need to know in my heart of hearts that I am making the right decision. David Jay Ramsden

  • Sw
      13th of Feb, 2017
    0 Votes

    @David Jay Ramsden WOW!!! My name is James Smith and I published a book several years ago with Dorrance called " Bring On The Pain" A murder/mystery book that unfortunately went no where because I found out later, I was the only real marketing force behind it. I've written two more novels since then but never tried to get them published due to my experience. I guess we'll all try to navigate these pitfalls together. Good luck!

  • Da
      8th of Jan, 2011
    -1 Votes

    Since making this comment I was offered and accepted a publishing deal with Pneuma Springs and my book was published in June 2010 at no cost to me. My book is the first in a series of detective nivels and is titled 'Inspector Doyle Daly: The rise and fall of the Phoenix.' If you like good reads then buy this one... you wont be disappointed.P.S. I still get offers from the vanity publishers every few days! If your book is good enough then a publisher will come along. Keep trying and keep your faith in your ability.

  • Sa
      21st of Jan, 2011
    +2 Votes

    Yes, I agree too! That "Dorrance Publishing" is the most fraudulent entity I unfortunately have ever done some business with. I wrote a sci-fi manuscript back in 2005, upon completion had it copyrighted with the Library of Congress. After some bad advice from a former friend. I too made that big mistake and sent my copyrighted work to them. (big mistake) It was three to four weeks later when I received this confirmation in the mail that my work would be a great seller. Also included in the paperwork was some contract info to the tune of $30, 000 bucks just to start the ball rolling. So like everyone else I thought about that payment plan jazz too for a few days then wisely rejected the whole ludicrous scam of an idea. I wised-up after reading this review crap that said the following words. "Thought-Provoking Read" this was followed by some (computer literature read software front phrasing jazz) that would fit any & all works sent to them. With my suspicions now aroused, read all the paperwork several times, examining every paragraph carefully. When it finally dawned on me like a revelation come to pass. This was all about money and lots of it too. "Nothing! To do with me or my literary work ." I had now discovered a contract flaw that stated the following, "Dorrance Publishing" does not "guarantee" a buying market for any work." In other words, I would take all the risk's even though I was paying thousands for everything already, & they would cleanup up on both ends of this one-sided deal.

    That prompted me to send several strongly worded e-mail letters calling them in essence "Crooks" thus, demanding the immediate deletion of all materials sent. Furthermore, to my discussing amazement one reply told me in plain English that I had the potential for a number 1 best-selling sci-fi novel here, & I should rethink my harsh decision to cancel signing that "fraudulent one-sided contract." We'll I didn't refrain for my decision stands even today. This book Publishing jazz has become a big bad joke. The overall caliper of writing is quite poor indeed with little or no real imagination to it. In other words, these new rich sci-fi writers truly do stink--big time! I can only surmise that to be a rich well-known novelist in this day & age, one must have some big connections and a damn good agent too. Everyone else he or she (no matter how good the work may be) has a fat chance in hell of ever getting anything published without taking out a loan or remortgaging one's house.

    After several failed attempts, more fraudulent heartbreaking deals that collapsed right in my face. I have decided to convert this sci-fi manuscript into a movie script. Thus, like that "Print is dead jazz" these publishers are just as dead...

    "Hollywood" here I come with an absolutely cool fresh movie script, that will put to shame movies like, clover field, Armageddon & 2012...

  • Sw
      13th of Feb, 2017
    0 Votes

    @Sandman 999 Hey I wish you nothing but much success. I too was taken for a fool. It hasn't stopped my creative writing spirit but I will navigate these publishing land mines a lot closer going forward.

  • Ja
      5th of Apr, 2011
    0 Votes

    I can appreciate all the comments about Dorrance and the other publishers like them as I have also been courted by them. I've made no arrangements and probably won't now as a result of hearing these reports from those who have been disappointed. Here is one thing to think about though: NO PUBLISHER can "guarantee a buying public", not Viking, not Wm Morrow, not Knopf, not Harcourt Brace, or any other. THOSE big time guys take all the chances up front and they cannot predict whether or not the book will sell. Advice i was given (which i will follow) is to get short fiction published in magazines and enter contests. If your work truly stands out, publishers will take notice. Good luck, all of you.

  • Da
      10th of Jun, 2011
    0 Votes

    Now i have just completed writing my poetry manuscript but am just about to submit it to Dorrance publishers.I have just lead some of the heart breaking complaints relating to fraud of manuscript. please could somebody assure me whether am making the right decision.

  • Do
      27th of Jul, 2017
    0 Votes

    @DAVID KING'ORI Publishers pay you..not the other way around

  • Da
      29th of Mar, 2012
    0 Votes

    I don't know if Dorrance is a scam but I have a book in process that I first submitted almost 18 months ago. The process has been very slow, with no correspondence or reporting on progress except an email to tell me my 2nd (and many months later 3rd) payment was overdue and work would stop on my book. The idea that they may send an invoice or some kind of reminder BEFORE the payment is due seems to be beyond their managerial skills. I just received an email out of the blue, informing me that they have sent 24 free copies of my book to my office. Unfortunately my office moved to a new building a year ago. Had they informed me that this shipment was ready to be sent I would have given them my new address. It is very possible these 24 books will be lost. So I would not say this is a scam exactly, but I get the impression it is run with minimum staff and minimum understanding of what 'service' means. If I treated my clients in this way my company would be bankrupt within 3 months. I shall not be a returning customer that's for sure.

  • Da
      30th of Mar, 2012
    -2 Votes

    NOT A SCAM. Since posting my comment regarding the poor service quality of Dorrance, in particular the lack of any correspondence, progress reports or information other than notices when my (never invoiced) payment was overdue, I have been contacted by a Dorrance employee responsible for shipping 24 free copies of my book to me without any prior notice. The books were shipped to my old office address. Had I been informed that Dorrance was ready to ship the books I would have given my new address. (See my posting above).
    But, to the credit of Dorrance the lady concerned took quick action and was able to retrieve my package from the US mail service and re ship to the correct address. So I do not think there is a scam going on here. This one employee took the initiative, (thanks Katie), and responded professionally to my email. The problem I see is very poor management, poor systems for dealing with clients beyond "have a nice day" and far too much emphasis on getting their money with the minimum of time spent (wasted?) making their clients feel valued. Basically an author pays them to prepare a manuscript and print the book for a fairly hefty fee. But it is not a scam. Just lousy management and corporate attitude. I suggest the managers should talk to Katie and take some notes!

  • La
      13th of May, 2012
    0 Votes

    I was recently courted by Dorrance Publishing. I decided to look into their Publishing Co., and was glad I did before submitting any manuscript to them. Up until now I have submitted children's colored illustrated books through Xlibris and find them pretty reasonable for returning authors. Laqaixit Tewee

  • Yo
      28th of Aug, 2012
    +1 Votes

    RoseDog Books (Dorrance Publishing) is playing a tiresome royalties-statement-got-lost-in-the-mail game with me and won't return my calls. Since my profit is a trivial $1.50 per book, I can only conclude that they are covering up profits to evade taxes. My book has almost 20, 000 likes on Facebook now, and I see they only have 2, 000, so this game of theirs will not last. I would be personally honored if my book itself, a study in personal and progressive devastation, became their utter demise. I'm very concerned that no one else is posting about this problem, but I guess with a statement due only every 6 months, the publishers get more comfortable with neglecting to mail one, then they're clear for a whole year! This is not the first time they've done this to me! It's a classic scam of sleazy vanity publishers that are put out of business, like Bookman Publishing, and I don't give a ### if they've been around since 1920...their days are numbered!!!

  • Cc
      29th of Jun, 2013
    +1 Votes

    You people need to realize that publishing is a job and that real authors never ever pay one penny they get paid. Paying for vanity publishing makes you a fool no matter which vanity scammer you go with. They are ALL scams. They flatter you to steal from you. You make a joke of yourself.

  • Cc
      29th of Jun, 2013
    0 Votes

    Please be warned the person on here pretending to be happy with Xlibris is an Xlibris employer trying to draw some of you into another scam. If your book is any good a REAL publisher will want it even if it is digital only at least youw ill never pay one penny and will get sent money even if it isn't a lot. instead of stolen from by thieves and you should always type the name of your publisher plus scam into google Xlibris Scam!

  • Jo
      18th of Jul, 2013
    +1 Votes

    I have also submitted material to Dorrance for consideration for publishing. To date, many telephone messages plus written letters, all to no avail, have been made to Dorrance. They have sent nothing to me in the form of a written contract to publish, no apoligies for delay, absolutely no contact of any kind. This is all very dissapointing. I would think a reputable publisher would at least have some courtesy. Thank s for nothing, Dorrance. John A. Thompson, Jr.

  • Us
      5th of Aug, 2013
    0 Votes

    Dear Michael Knapp 4/8/2013
    Author Services Representative
    Thanks for your email dated Friday, August 2/2013 regarding the Rose Dog Team.
    Refer to my letter dated 03.08.2013 I say sorry to you while acknowledging the hard work that you have in your hands and head of you in helping build peace stability and prosperity to Authors in different nations.
    This is in respect to your you have only once you receive payment on the sales invoice would that sale be eligible for earnings to the author earlier
    Promise me to change the lives of the people for the better during your tenure.
    After all this I would like to know when I will receive my earnings. ? I would like to know when you will receive payment on the sales invoice.? Would like to know my charge I will be paid according to my contract or payment on the sales invoice?
    Beg clarification on only once you Receive payment on the sales invoice ? Please let me know soon.
    I humbly request you to look at my attached documents and advise me accordingly to my contract.
    Thanks and hoping to hear from you soon.
    Yours Sincerely.


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    Dear Michael Knapp 3 /8/2013
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    Thank you for taking the time to submit your comment to me dated Friday, August 2 2013, regarding the Rose Dog Team.
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  • Le
      11th of Sep, 2013
    0 Votes

    Before with Dorrance Publishing you publish a book,
    Please!!! have an attorney take a good look.
    Like the virus protection tells you WHOA!!!
    This is not a place you should go.

  • Cc
      4th of Jan, 2014
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  • Cc
      4th of Jan, 2014
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    Listen you dumb bunnies real authors don't pay anything they get paid so stop being dumb.

  • Cc
      4th of Jan, 2014
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    Listen you bunnies real authors don't pay anything they get paid so stop being dumob.

  • Cc
      4th of Jan, 2014
    -1 Votes

    This is not real publishing in any way shape or form why do you people not realize this? Real publishers never ask writers for a dime. They PAY them but your book has to be good enough.

  • Af
      5th of Mar, 2014
    0 Votes

    its a big scam i sent my full mauscript in and they said they had never recieved my story and i have my files saved all on my computer can i sue these ### everytime i call they say they never received it im going to call a lawyer for copyright infringement some man i talked to from the company told me no need to be copywritten we would send it back to you then afta they stole it they sent a letter sayign didnt receive it was erotic fiction and the people on here saying its not a scan i bet u work for dorrance

  • Eg
      8th of Mar, 2015
    0 Votes

    Before you sign up with a scam artist, google the name of the so-called publishing company with the words "scam" or "complaints" and see if anything comes up!

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