Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A High Profile Scam Warning

I know some of you who read this blog are either indie authors or intending to be.  David Gaughran posted a warning on his site earlier this morning that I think bears repeating.  In short, Simon and Schuster has started a self-publishing arm.  But they aren't running it.  Author Solutions is.  This is an outfit to avoid like the proverbial plague.

Here's the link to David's post.  If you are an independent author or plan to be one, check it out.  He summarizes why this is a scam and provides pertinent links for those who want more detail. 

I"ll have more to say about this later.


  1. Heh, I saw that late last night and retweeted about it, I feel bad if there are authors who think that is a worthy tradeoff.

    They need to be taking a look at Steven Pressfield's latest posts about the long tail business and back catalog sales too.

    Do it yourself seems to be the way, we are on the cusp of a renaissance of sorts here.

  2. I have to wonder, when a big publishing house pulls a stunt like this, if they aren't really attempting to sabotage the self-publishing industry from the inside out.

  3. Holy cow, that's insane. Par for the course, but insane.