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1,305 Views 6 Replies Last post: Jun 22, 2017 3:57 AM by Notjohn RSS
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Jun 15, 2017 1:58 PM

Complaint - overdue royalties

I've been publishing with CreateSpace for over two years and, up to the end of April 2017, they always paid royalties on time. However, since then I have not received any royalties despite having nearly $2000 unpaid on my account. I've e-mailed and rung several times over the past two weeks, but I have not received a satisfactory response from CreateSpace. They keep saying they'll reply within one business day, but they never do. I've made a formal complaint - still no response.


Has anyone else had this problem and does anyone know how to escalate the complaint?

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1. Jun 15, 2017 2:04 PM in response to: cgill
Re: Complaint - overdue royalties

I haven't had the problem, but I would call Customer Service, and ask to speak to a manager.  You might have to raise your voice or threaten to end the universe as we know it, but you should be able to speak to someone of some authority.  I would explain the problem and ask to whom to send the information.  Oh, and don't actually end the universe as we know it, Washington is doing that for us.




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2. Jun 15, 2017 4:13 PM in response to: walton
Re: Complaint - overdue royalties

walton wrote:


Oh, and don't actually end the universe as we know it, Washington is doing that for us.

And they're selling "Make Our Universe Great Again" caps (made in China, of course).

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4. Jun 19, 2017 4:24 AM in response to: cgill
Re: Complaint - overdue royalties

This happened to me once last year.   It turns out that CS had been making payments but they were rejected by my bank.  This after having received payments with no problems for several years.  Neither CS nor the bank could determine what was wrong.


I changed the bank account for the deposit, and the payment was made without problem.  Months later it turned out the bank had made an internal change which caused direct deposits to fail.  I updated it and switched the account back.  CS didn't have control or information of any of this, and complaining louder to them would have had no effect.


Based on my own limited experience, I suggest changing the bank account associated with your royalties to see if that helps.  Keep in mind you may have to wait until the next payment date to have them try again.

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5. Jun 22, 2017 3:37 AM in response to: cgill
Re: Complaint - overdue royalties

Have you tried going through the Satisfaction Guarantee option (see CS's homepage). I believe that goes to a different area than the regular customer support section.





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6. Jun 22, 2017 3:57 AM in response to: cgill
Re: Complaint - overdue royalties

Have you discussed this with your bank? That's usually where the problem lies.


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