Why Is The Media Ignoring Author Exploitation By Publishers?

AUTHORS BEWARE! With so many sharks circling in the writers’ waters, get wise and protect yourself in the David Gaughran shark-repellent! Forewarned is forearmed.

Here’s what David has to say about Penguin / Author Solutions and the media’s strange reluctance to tackle the sharks, preferring instead to indulge in yet another Amazon-rant. If you want to wise up, read on.

David Gaughran

prhasiThe Amazon-Hachette dispute has caught the media’s attention. But what about the story the media refuses to cover?

The media is more concerned with one-sided accounts of Amazon’s perceived actions – when no one really knows the exact nature of the dispute.

The media is more concerned with what Amazon might do in the future, than actual author exploitation by the world’s largest trade publisher: Penguin Random House.

Penguin Random House owns the world’s largest vanity press – Author Solutions – which is currently subject to a class action for deceptive business practices, breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and violation of business statutes in California, New York, and Colorado.

The court papers cover the same ground that I’ve been blogging about for the last three years, that Writer Beware has spent even longer documenting, and others like Emily Suess and Mick Rooney have covered in extensive detail.

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