Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart has filed a second lawsuit against Author Solutions, a self-publishing house owned by Penguin Random House.
Unlike every other traditional publisher, Author Solutions seeks to make money FROM authors not FOR them.
Author Solutions preys upon the dreams of authors by selling them expensive services that sound exciting but do not actually sell any books. Their defense: They aren’t being deceptive because they aren’t trying to sell books. Of course, for nearly 200,000 authors who have paid thousands (if not tens of thousands) of dollars to buy expensive services that promised to promote their books, Author Solutions’s indifference to book sales comes as more than a bit of a surprise.
Author Solutions runs a number of imprints, including iUniverse, AuthorHouse, Trafford, and Xlibris, but each imprint essentially offers the same deceptive services.
Author Solutions also contracts with several traditional publishers (or “partners”) to create additional imprints, as listed below. This gives authors inflated hopes of being discovered by a traditional publisher, even though the services offered are the very same useless services performed by Author Solutions, only at a higher price. Many of the partners do not disclose Author Solutions’s participation in the partnership.
The partners and their imprints are:
Partner Imprint Thomas Nelson WestBow Hay House Balboa Press Simon & Schuster Archway Reader’s Digest LifeRich LifeWay CrossBos Writer’s Digest Abbott Press Guideposts Inspiring Voices
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