Author Solutions’ Deceptive Practices

Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart has filed a second lawsuit against Author Solutions, a self-publishing house owned by Penguin Random House.

From Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart’s site:

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

The full article is linked HERE.

S.G. Basu is an aspiring potentate of a galaxy or two. She plots and plans with wondrous machines, cybernetic robots, time travelers and telekinetic adventurers, some of whom escape into the pages of her books. Once upon a previous life on planet Earth, S.G. Basu trained to be an engineer, and her interest in science and her love of engineering shows up time and again in her books.

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