While I do not wish to offend any author who had, or has, a satisfactory relationship with Author Solutions (or any of their affiliations), as the embedded lawsuit attests, this is not always the case. I re-blogged this post because I believe it is important that authors, especially new authors who more than likely spent years writing their first book, understand that Author Solution is a vanity press that, largely, profits from authors.
Check out the actual complaint here.
This is brought by two primary individuals who spent $25K and $10K on their books. Basically they talk about all the stuff we’ve heard about Author Solutions in the past: AS makes their money off authors, not for authors; AS sells “marketing” packages that do nothing to market books; AS grubs and grubs for services that are very poorly delivered and end up giving no value to the manuscripts.
The fact that this company is owned by Penguin Random brings shame on one of the world’s largest publishers.
When the two companies joined, I was in disbelief. But perhaps, I thought, PRH will reform the company and make it useful and valuable to indie authors. Perhaps this is a sign that traditional publishers and indie publishers can find ways to work together for the benefit of both.
As long as these…
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