It’s official! I’ve cancelled my iUniverse contract!

Ladies and gentlemen, the day I’ve been babbling on and on about for the past year has finally arrived. That’s right — not four hours ago, I officially sent in my cancellation form to iUniverse. Once they process it, Imminent Danger And How to Fly Straight into It will officially be a free agent!


Okay, I might be a bit excited. And terrified. But mostly excited.

So, what’s next? Well, it will take iUniverse a few days to take the book down off their website. Then they have to send out the message to Amazon, B&N, Chapters, etc. It will take them 30-45 business days to take down the book. And once the book is officially down from all those sites, I can put the new version up on Amazon/KDP!

In the meantime, I get to play around with something that I think’s going to be a lot of fun for everyone involved — my IndieGoGo campaign. I’ve mostly got it set up — basically, I’m trying to raise a few hundred dollars to repay the costs of the new cover design. And then the prizes range from eBook copies of Imminent Danger to cover art cards to bookmarks to print copies with the new cover (my personal favorite), and then lots more fun stuff.

I’m hoping to start up the campaign in the next week or so (gasp!), so keep an eye out for that. And until then, live long, prosper, celebrate my emancipation from iUniverse, and enjoy the unrelated media!


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21 thoughts on “It’s official! I’ve cancelled my iUniverse contract!

  1. Good for you! Go get ’em, girl! 🙂

  2. Funny. That was the song I was thinking about when I saw the post title.

  3. Mazel gov!

    • ‘Mazel’ is luck in the sense of destiny; ‘gov’ is an abbreviation for government; so ‘mazel gov’ would be future achievement filled with bureacracy, i.e. the hurry up and wait of uploading an ebook to distributors.

      Therefore, I view this more as electromancy than a typo; but then, I am very odd.

  4. Damned Goyish autocorrect.

  5. Virtual high five! Congrats!

  6. Nicely done! Rock on!

  7. Woot! Well done. Will keep a keen eye out for the IndieGoGo campaign. 🙂

  8. Michelle, Congrats and Best of luck! Wishing you a smooth transition 🙂

  9. Wow, that’s a big step! Congrats! 🙂

  10. Good luck. I hope it goes well for you on the KDP side.

  11. As a fellow (former fellow?) iUniverse published author, can I ask what your thoughts were behind leaving them? My book’s only been out since July and although my sales have been pretty rough I haven’t been displeased with them. I’m curious to see things from another perspective, though!

    • First of all, congrats on your book! I wasn’t necessarily displeased with them, it just boiled down to frustration over the high cost of the books, and the lack of control I had over the book. I go into more detail on my thoughts here: — thought I’d link this rather than type it all out again 🙂

      • Interesting … the price of the book is one of the things that I’m not so happy about either—$24.95 seems steep for a softcover, no? I’ll read your link in a moment—thank you!

        • The price is one of the biggest turn-offs for me — I just discovered it costs $5.17 for me to purchase a copy of my book from Createspace. There’s just no comparison to the daylight robbery iUniverse offers in terms of print book prices.

          • It’s interesting; it seems iUniverse was a bit of an experiment for you as well as me. You see, there are seven books planned in my series, the first of which is now published and available. There are a few things that are tempting me to stay with them for the second book, but in truth I’m likely to go a different route.

            • And that’s the thing — it was a really good learning experience as a first time author. But once you’ve gone through the process, you can start to see the places where you can do it yourself. A huge one is the cover design — you can find a cover designer so cheap, and they’ll turn out something equal or better than iUniverse supplied. If you’re planning a series, I’d say do a bit of research and try publishing it yourself!

  12. Yay! Congratulations! 😀

    Personally I’m leaving Lulu and will be attempting Lightning Source next. They have so many options and offer a lot of services/royalties. I will be sure to post about my experience once I get started. =]

  13. Woo-hoo! Congrats on “Breaking Free”! 😉
    After being told that video isn’t availble in my country (What a load of horse faeces) I simply found another nice HQ version of the song & video, also on YouTube – more evidence of said load of horse faeces), I realised I’d never seen the vid in its entirety. Classic stuff. Also recently discovered bass player John Deacon wrote that and not Freddie as I had always assumed. Slap my face.

  14. First and foremost, Congratulation!
    Just like you, I published my first novel by iuniverse since 2012. I have spent so much money and effort only to be displease about the journey. There hasn’t been any support to help make the book a success and the price to buy back your own copy is ridicules. I have already pull out my e-books, next i will be attempting the physical copies. So make no apology for your break away. You have work hard so you deserve the best! Good luck

    • Thanks 🙂 I’m sure doing the publishing myself will be full of challenges (and probably really frustrating as well!), but the level of control I’m gaining totally makes it worth it. Good luck with your own attempts at breaking free!

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