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This Is The Modern Publishing Business

Scammers used to operate at the edges of the publishing business, but have wormed their way into its heart. And the entire industry is in denial. An unintentionally revealing aspect of the tiresome Amazon-Hachette dispute was a series of statements … Continue reading

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FYI: Penguin Random House Is Still In The Vanity Business

Penguin Random House announced the sale of Author Solutions on Tuesday, leading to headlines stating it has exited the self-publishing business and various commentators congratulating it for cleaning house. Unfortunately, neither of those things are true. Four Penguin Random House-owned … Continue reading

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Authors Guild Dumps Author Solutions (And Pretends It Was All A Bad Dream)

The Authors Guild – which bills itself as America’s leading writers’ organization – has terminated its partnership with Author Solutions. The Authors Guild joins companies like Bowker, Writers’ Digest, and Crossbooks in cutting links to Author Solutions – a company … Continue reading

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Author Solutions and Friends: The Inside Story

Author Solutions has forged partnerships with a long list of famous names in publishing – from Simon & Schuster and Hay House to Barnes & Noble and Reader’s Digest. Recent disclosures in various lawsuits, along with information sent to me … Continue reading

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Bay Area Book Festival Defends Author Solutions Sponsorship

I discovered yesterday that Author Solutions was sponsoring the inaugural Bay Area Book Festival – something at odds with the breathless verbiage on the event’s site: A new kind of book fair… the largest, most innovative, and most inclusive… [we … Continue reading

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Barnes & Noble’s Dirty Little Secret: Author Solutions and Nook Press

Nook Press – Barnes & Noble’s self-publishing platform – launched a selection of author services last October including editing, cover design, and (limited) print-on-demand. Immediate speculation surrounded who exactly was providing these services, with many – including Nate Hoffelder, Passive … Continue reading

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How Jessica Mitford Exposed A $48m Scam From America’s Literary Establishment

Jessica Mitford took on the American funeral industry, the California Department of Corrections, and the Ku Klux Klan, but it was her 1970 exposé of The Famous Writers School which led to Time calling her “The Queen of the Muckrakers.” … Continue reading

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