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AuthorOffer.com: Another scam on indie authors?
April 9, 2014 | 10:37 am

AuthorOfferAnother scam targeting self-publishing and has apparently surfaced alongside the Penguin Random House-backed Author Solutions crowd: AuthorOffer.com, which apparently is soliciting payments from authors to "offer your Kindle Books to our 635,148 hungry readers , and get up to 24,350+ free downloads or 3390+ purchases for your book." Exactly how it's supposed to be doing this is not clear, because it seems from the site that all AuthorOffer.com does is to duplicate Amazon's updates of free and cut-price titles available on Kindle, and email that information out to its subscriber base. "Once you set your reading preferences, you’ll get a...

Beware Author Solutions, and never ever pay for publishing
March 9, 2014 | 1:11 pm

Author SolutionsIf this isn’t Rule One of self-publishing, it should be: You should never, ever, ever pay someone to publish your work for you. Full stop. End of sentence. Now, it’s fine to pay for useful services, of course. If you can afford it, it could be a good investment to pay someone to edit your work, or to design your cover art, or even to format your book for you if you don’t feel confident of your own skills in that regard. (Though I’d honestly recommend paying $40 for Scrivener and spending a few days learning...

Writer’s Digest and Author Solutions: A refresher
February 17, 2014 | 2:16 pm

writer's digestFollowing David Gaughran's revelation that The Bookseller, the top UK book trade journal, would henceforth stop accepting ads from Penguin Random House vanity platform Author Solutions, I did a little digging into one of The Bookseller's Stateside peers, Writer's Digest, "the oldest and most respected publisher devoted to the education and advancement of writers." Because, as Gaughran points out, Writer's Digest not only accepts advertising from Author Solutions - it even has a full-blown vanity press operation of its own going with them. Abbott Press, launched with some fanfare by Author Solutions and Writer's Digest in early 2010, "was founded with...

UK Bookseller will no longer take Author Solutions advertising
February 14, 2014 | 4:23 pm

I've often corresponded with David Gaughran, and share many of his views on publishing and self-publishing, so I'm trying my hardest to be at least a little impartial here (as well as to do some actual work instead of lazy journalmetooism). Because it's hard not to jump on board with both feet when he announces: "A Victory Against Author Solutions." [caption id="attachment_107804" align="alignright" width="193"] Author Solutions lobby in Cebu - in case you need a visual guide for some of those sub-brands...[/caption] In short, according to Gaughran, The Bookseller, house organ of the UK book business, will no longer carry advertising from...

New PublishAmerica sock puppet America Star Books wants to pull its wool over your eyes
January 31, 2014 | 10:25 am

The Writer Beware blog has posted a tipoff about a new identity for Author Solutions-style self-publishing vanity press operation PublishAmerica, which, like Author Solutions, spawns a succession of new names and sub-identities to disguise its basic focus of providing overpriced and often unnecessary services to aspiring self-publishing novices. This time, the new identity is America Star Books, the new destination for the publishamerica.com URL with a special eye to non-American writers. "Our mission is to change the landscape of book publishing all over the world," declares the America Star Books website. "If your book is written in English, we publish it...

David Gaughran comments on Random House Writers’ Academy
January 16, 2014 | 2:48 pm

David GaughranI contacted self-publishing savant David Gaughran for his opinion on the recent developments at Random House Writers' Academy, and its current "Creative Writing for Beginners" course, which aims to equip aspiring writers with the basic tools to begin realizing their vision - for £499 ($821). This was his response, and is published here with his agreement: I'm pretty dismayed by this development. It sounds pricey for an online course, but the real worry is the complete disregard Random House seems to have for conflict-of-interest issues. It's bad enough that Penguin Random House already owns the biggest vanity press in the world without starting...

Random House figures out another way to make you pay them for your own writing
January 9, 2014 | 3:25 pm

Not content to have Author Solutions on board to take care of all its author-charging needs, Penguin Random House has apparently decided to go direct, with the launch, via the UK Writer's Academy, of the online " Creative Writing for Beginners" course. Offered at a price of £499 ($821), with an Early Bird Rate of £350 ($576), this course will run from March 14th, 2014 for 10 weeks of online interactive tuition which will, it is claimed, equip participants with "the essential skills and techniques you need to get started writing fiction." The Writer's Academy makes very positive play of the fact...

Bowker Names Smashwords as the Biggest Fish in the Indie eBook Publishing Pond
November 16, 2013 | 12:50 pm

NielsenThe largest publisher of independent e-books may not surprise you. Bowker named Smashwords the largest publisher for indie e-books in its latest report “Self-Publishing in the United States, 2007-2012,” after publishing about 90,000 e-books in 2012. When it comes to e-books and printed books, Amazon’s CreateSpace comes in at number one with 131,000 published ISBN registrations, more than double than what it did in 2011 (59,000). Bowker based the data on ISBN registrations, which is handled by Bowker. More than 50 publishers were mentioned in the report. Author Solutions was another name that popped up often with divisions or imprints of the company often...

David Gaughran Digs Deeper into Writers’ and Artists’ Author Solutions Mare’s Nest
October 12, 2013 | 12:25 pm

David GaughranAs already covered in TeleRead, David Gaughran has been delving into the twisted entanglements between self-publishing neo-vanity-press Author Solutions and the newly  launched Writers’ & Artists’ Self-Publishing Comparison service from Britain's venerable Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook. And he contacted me with news of fresh developments in the story - a pending agreement between Author Solutions and Writers’ & Artists’ publisher Bloomsbury Publishing. Gaughran warns that public opposition to an agreement of this kind might still derail it, so there's time to actually do something about this. And you can read through all the ramifications of the story and additional comments here. I asked him for...

David Gaughran calls out another Author Solutions offensive via Writers & Artists
October 7, 2013 | 7:15 pm

David Gaughran, never slow to call foul on the various scams and disguised vanity press exercises perpetrated by publishing services providers in general and Author Solutions in particular, has turned his spotlight on the recently launched Writers’ & Artists’ Self-Publishing Comparison service from Bloomsbury Publishing, launched in conjunction with the staple reference publication of generations of UK authors, the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook. Already covered in TeleRead, the service has been criticized extensively on the website of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) for its close involvement with Author Solutions and its various brands. "ALLi worked with Bloomsbury for some months...

UK Writers & Artists launches online self-publishing resources, comparison service
September 27, 2013 | 2:41 pm

For decades, the "Writers' & Artists' Yearbook" has been the bible for UK creatives, journalists, publishers, et al. Now under the Bloomsbury Publishing umbrella after the buyout of its original A & C Black imprint in 2000, the brand has morphed with the passage of time and technological developments, and now supports the very useful Writers & Artists website, and has just launched its new Writers' & Artists' Self-Publishing Comparison service, which looks to be helpful for non-UK self-publishers as well - at least until you get to the actual choice of providers. "This innovative resource puts you in touch with...

What’s the hoo-hah about Libboo?
August 6, 2013 | 2:03 pm

Another self-publishing support platform, Libboo, seems to be getting quite a bit of pick-up lately, with a fairly laudatory writeup in The Bookseller's digital offshoot, FutureBook. In a piece called "Testing Libboo - an author's view," self-published author Russ King describes his experience with Libboo, an "advocacy marketing" platform which "empowers you with behavioral data about your readers. A first-of-its-kind dashboard with real-time analytics offers insight into how, where, and why your book is shared online." "I joined Libboo during their beta phase," relates King. "As a reader, I enjoyed earning high quality free books and chatting with the authors. As an author,...