Shoddy, unprofessional work, refuses to return manuscript.
My experience with Thornton Publishing and Books To Believe In was not a positive one. While my book did get published, I got very little assistance in helping me launch the book. I wasn't informed before the book was launched, there was no consultation about the price, and my questions met with scant understanding or service. Then, when I tried to move to another publisher Ms Thornton refused to return my manuscript files. My contract was explicit that I couldn't sell books through another publisher during a 30 day "notice" period. That was fine. But, Ms Thornton became very stubborn about returning my files, claiming it was a long "process that can not be rushed". That was completely disingenuous. I cannot recommend her service.
Reason of review
Refusal to return my property
Return my Property
Thornton Publishing, Profitable Publishing, Books to Believe In
Thornton Publishing of Parker, Colorado and Englewood, Colorado, which is also Books to Believe In, Profitable Publishing and perhaps other entities, and which is headed by Ellen Jean (aka EJ) Blake-Brock-Thornton-Craig although she never uses all of her names at once. It seems as the most common names she calls herself are Ellen Craig, Ellen Blake-Thornton or EJ Thornton. She is also my youngest sister. After dealings with those entities I feel the need to warn the consumer away from them. Thornton Publishing, Books to Believe In, etc., are really nothing more than the lowest possible quality Vanity Press, which charged, in my case at least, unconscionable and false charges for web hosting, that in fact was not paid for by the publisher but rather by the author, costing thousands of dollars in addition to the monies originally spent on printing. I never received a dime in the admittedly meager royalties the publisher received from the few customers who came across it buried in a poor quality link. When, after my book (which is called "A Dolphin's Tale," and is now at this linkhttp://appshopper.com/books/a-dolphins-tale languished for years, along with every other book I am aware of at these publishers, I lost patience and l asked to terminate my relationship with the publishers, requesting a refund of $1500 that I had previous paid and which had not been spent by the publisher according to the publishers own books. EJ dimply juggled the books to reflect an outrageous monthly charge for web hosting that she had not even paid for and claimed at that time that I owed HER money. Worse than the poor and overpriced print quality, the taking of an author's dream and wrecking it was the dishonest way that Thornton takes advantage of authors foolish enough to sign on with them.
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