Monthly Archives: November 2014

Author Solutions Steps Up Global Expansion, Penguin Random House Integration

If you’re thinking of signing a publishing contract with the once-reputable Penguin Random House publishing company, please read this warning first and save yourself a ton of money. Self-publishing without the ‘assistance’ of these scummy scam artists is really not that difficult. But if you find it so, you can pay for one-off formatting for a tiny fraction of the exhorbitant cost of these publishing packages. They will do nothing but cost you thousands and break your heart.

They’re now particularly targeting authors in Spain, India and Africa, so if you’re an author in any of these countries, be very, very wary and DO NOT SIGN WITH THEM!

David Gaughran

PRHGrupoASIPenguin Random House is speeding up the international expansion of its vanity press operations, while also seeking to integrate them more closely with the traditional side of the business – hoping to counteract flat growth for Author Solutions at a time when self-publishing is booming.

Author Solutions launches a new self-publishing service company for the Spanish market next Tuesday – MeGustaEscribir – which contains the usual mix of crappy publishing packages and ineffective, overpriced marketing services, as well as some extremely questionable practices such as reading fees (more on that below).

The way the Author Solutions scam typically operates is detailed exhaustively in this post, but here’s a brief summary.

How Author Solutions Squeezes Newbie Writers

Customers are captured through a variety of deceptive means – such as fake “independent” websites which purport to review all the self-publishing options available to writers (but only compare the various Author Solutions…

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PUBLISHED AT LAST! All the Lonely People, Rafferty & LLewellyn #12

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#12 Rafferty & Llewellyn series

Finally got over the last hurdles with this book and published it to Amazon last night. So pleased. And so relieved! I swear that malevolent fate that follows my poor DI Joe Rafferty around has transferred its attentions to me. 🙂

But it’s done now, in spite of the lost disc, in spite of the endless copy- typing to update the digital edition, in spite of my hatred of copy-typing and the unwelcome attentions from the fates, I finished sorting everything out. And it feels wonderful!

I’ll get busy today and upload it to the other retailers, too.

Heres the blurb and the links:

All the Lonely People

#12 of 15 in the Rafferty & Llewellyn British Detective Series 

A Little Laughter. A Little Mayhem. A Little MURDER…

For readers who like cozy mysteries, humorous mysteries and police procedurals. 

When Detective Inspector Joseph Rafferty visits his local pub for a quick drink, he’s looking to forget his troubles, not add to them. His ex-fiancée Abra is still refusing to talk to him, and he’s fast losing hope of a reconciliation. But Rafferty is not destined to enjoy his drink in peace. Because a man is found dead – stabbed in the pub’s car park – and a preoccupied Rafferty is to lead the investigation.

What at first appears to be an open and shut case quickly becomes a lot more complex. The witnesses all plead alcohol-induced amnesia, and Rafferty’s habitually cautious sidekick, Sergeant Dafyd Llewellyn, isn’t helping either—casting doubt on all of Rafferty’s conclusions.

And as Rafferty wrestles with the case, he also has to wrestle with Abra’s determination to avoid their problems. Soon, he is in despair on both counts…

The twelfth book in the quirky, not quite so Traditional British mystery series. 

LINKS:

AMAZON UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/All-Lonely-People-Detective-Llewellyn-ebook/dp/B00P5EPSXK/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1415022404&sr=1-2&keywords=geraldine+evans

AMAZON US: http://www.amazon.com/All-Lonely-People-Detective-Llewellyn-ebook/dp/B00P5EPSXK/ref=sr_1_20?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1415023098&sr=1-20&keywords=geraldine+evans

AMAZON CA: http://www.amazon.ca/All-Lonely-People-Detective-Llewellyn-ebook/dp/B00P5EPSXK/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1415023311&sr=1-3&keywords=geraldine+evans

AMAZON AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/All-Lonely-People-Detective-Llewellyn-ebook/dp/B00P5EPSXK/ref=sr_1_22?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1415023486&sr=1-22&keywords=geraldine+evans