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!
Penguin 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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