Follow us on
Connect
More on TechnologyTell: Gadget News | Apple News

Posts tagged Author Solutions

UK’s Green Shore outed as product of veteran author scammer
July 23, 2014 | 10:25 am

A welcome tipoff from a TeleRead reader steered us over to Writer Beware, and a warning about a new Author Solutions-style e-vanity press, the UK's Green Shore Publishing, the self-styled"best option for success in the European book publishing market." And astute sleuthing by Writer Beware indicates that Green Shore comes to you courtesy of one of the best-attested author scamming names in recent years. Packages offered by Green Shore range from a £300 ($511) "Affordable Publishing" package to "The Ultimate Chance at Success"at £1500 ($2555). A whole three (count 'em, three) "Reviews" by satisfied authors are offered as video testimonials for...

Is Philip Jones really standing up for the book?
July 7, 2014 | 2:28 pm

In the context of Joanna Cabot's recent post asking "Would Anyone Care About the Amazon/Hachette Dispute If it Wasn’t About Books?", it's worth picking up the editorial "Disinterested? Moi?" by Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller, about the primacy of the book. "It is the books that should do the talking, not the publisher," he declares. "Publishers may make books, but it is the books that maketh the business." Few actual authors would disagree with that. Jones follows with the creed he came into the job with: "my job was to support the book. We could be rude about publishers, booksellers,...

David Gaughran announces Writer’s Digest split with Author Solutions brand
June 23, 2014 | 2:25 pm

Writer's DigestAs readers may remember, in February David Gaughran reported that UK book trade bible The Bookseller had severed its advertising links with Penguin Random House vanity press powerhouse Author Solutions, and would no longer accept advertising from any of its brands. Gaughran has now followed up with dramatic news that U.S. writer support and services platform Writer's Digest is also cutting its ties with Abbott Press, the joint venture it launched with Author Solutions to considerable criticism in TeleRead and elsewhere. As can be verified on the Abbott Press website, the company no longer carries any logo or other information specifically...

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...