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By Joanna Cabot
March 4, 2015 // 1 Comment

JRR Tolkien falls off children’s most popular books list (The Guardian) Annual What Kids Are Reading report sees dystopian fantasy and larger-than-life comedies dominate, with John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars the most popular title in secondary schools and David Walliams’s Demon [...]

How does Author Solutions treat authors like roaches?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

That’s today’s non-trick question. And the answer? Because roaches check in, they don’t check out. Thus the motto at Author Solutions, if Helen Sedwick is to be believed. Thanks also to David Gaughran for unearthing and sharing this, but I thought it important enough for some [...]

David Gaughran catches the stench wafting from the publishing industry

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 23, 2014 // 1 Comment

No one could accuse David Gaughran of being afraid to take a stand, or of supine impartiality in his readiness to listen to every side. And the author of Let’s Get Digital and Let’s Get Visible doesn’t leave much room for ambiguity in his latest title: “Publishing Is Rotten [...]

UK’s Green Shore outed as product of veteran author scammer

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 23, 2014 // 5 Comments

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 [...]

Is Philip Jones really standing up for the book?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

David Gaughran announces Writer’s Digest split with Author Solutions brand

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

As 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 [...] Another scam on indie authors?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 9, 2014 // 2 Comments

Another scam targeting self-publishing and has apparently surfaced alongside the Penguin Random House-backed Author Solutions crowd:, 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 [...]

Beware Author Solutions, and never ever pay for publishing

By Chris Meadows
March 9, 2014 // 3 Comments

If 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, [...]

Writer’s Digest and Author Solutions: A refresher

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 17, 2014 // 1 Comment

Following 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, [...]

UK Bookseller will no longer take Author Solutions advertising

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 14, 2014 // 2 Comments

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 [...]

New PublishAmerica sock puppet America Star Books wants to pull its wool over your eyes

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 31, 2014 // 12 Comments

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 [...]

David Gaughran comments on Random House Writers’ Academy

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 16, 2014 // 1 Comment

I 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 [...]

Random House figures out another way to make you pay them for your own writing

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 9, 2014 // 1 Comment

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 [...]

Bowker Names Smashwords as the Biggest Fish in the Indie eBook Publishing Pond

By libertyc
November 16, 2013 // 7 Comments

The 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, [...]

David Gaughran Digs Deeper into Writers' and Artists' Author Solutions Mare's Nest

By libertyc
October 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

As 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’ & [...]

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