I felt compelled to write this post to warn people about this vanity press parading themselves as expert publishers. They are not experts, far from it in fact their skills at so called professional publishing is anything but and all you get from these creeps is a crappy book and shattered hopes and dreams. Take it from me, when I was first starting out self publishing I made the big mistake of contacting these scam artists and I was given a well rehearsed sales script from a gentleman by the name of Ross Thompson that's a name I will never forget as long as I live, well during our conversation that was completely one sided with him doing all the talking promising me the sun, moon and stars saying how much he loved my writing and that Author house could make me the next big thing and that my book would be available in over 25,000 stores world wide and that if I worked with them (Author house) they will make me a house hold name. Being naive and suffering from what I call stars in their eyes syndrome I agreed to work with them but it was soon after I realized what a huge mistake i made working with these clowns. First up I signed the contract and agreed to pay them £2,000 to produce my book (more effing fool I was) then I spent four months of constant writing to get the book finished without editing it as they were to take care of all that, anyway after they received my manuscript I was to wait three weeks for a phone call from they're so called designing department to formulate a cover for my book. Well the phone call came and went and their wonderful designers created a book cover that resembled a toddlers drawing and the so called editing department didn't even edit the manuscript properly, when I received my proof copy of what was called After Midnight (Now the devil and the awesome four) my heart sank into the pit of my stomach and i felt like crying. Good God what a mess they made of the book I worked so hard to write and the countless hours I spent at my keyboard. I wouldn't even call it a book more like a Pamphlet. When I contacted them about the editing mistakes that still remained, they were quite happy to inform me that they would be happy to fix the problems in the book for a fee of £100 and not only that if I wanted to partake in the Amazon look inside program I would have to pay another £50 and to convert my book to kindle format would be another £70. Well after that I was gutted and truly broken. Everything they had told me was a lie and they were laughing all the way to the bank while I was left to wallow in my grief and misery. The book still got launched though I requested them not to and you can imagine my dismay when I saw it available for sale on Amazon and other online retailers at a ridiculous price of £20.00 I just wanted to curl up into a ball and die. You see when Author house tell you that your book will be available in over 25,000 book stores world wide, it's a Goddamn lie because real bookstores don't stock self published books at least they didn't 12 years ago, and when they tell you they love your work it's another lie to boost your ego, these guys don't even read your work you could send them a manuscript called How I laid fifty blondes in one weekend, and they will tell you it's the best thing they've ever read. It took me a long time to recover from the shame and misery that these assholes made me feel, but I wasn't going to give up that easy no sir. I started doing research on self publishing and read so many books on the subject that I was brainwashed from it, but it was so worth it. I can now design my own books covers, do my own type setting, converting to kindle and smashwords formats and more. So Mr. Thompson at Author house, you nearly broke me both mentally and financially but you only went and made me stronger and more determined than ever before, and I will warn people about your company and your lies and make sure that no other aspiring Author will fall into your vile clutches again. You should be ashamed of yourselves for taking advantage of aspiring writers and shattering their hopes and dreams like you almost did mine. So people especially aspiring writers, do your research as I did and read a lot about self publishing and learn what you need to know. Believe me it is so worth it to be able to design your own books from start to finish, from writing to editing, cover design and epub conversions it is a lot easier than you think it is. Avoid Author house and all other so called expert publishers because they are just predators waiting to pounce on unsuspecting writers. So take a fools advice, if you want covers designed or manuscripts converted then go to Fiverr.com or other similar sites at least you won't be taken advantage of. Even writing this post makes my heart sink, even to this day I still feel the burn after what Author house have done to me. So avoid these bastards like the damn plague.