Simon & Schuster Joins Forces With Author Solutions To Rip Off Writers

Really the title of this one says it all. David Gaughran gives the details here, but in case you aren’t feeling like reading another vanity press screws unwary writer story today, here are the highlights.

Big name publisher Simon & Schuster has decided to get into self-publishing game, and has outsourced the development of its self-publishing program to vanity press conglomerate Author Solutions (umbrella group for Author House, Xlibris, iUniverse, and Trafford, now owned by Penguin).

In exchange for $1,999-$14,999 up front for fiction ($2,999-24,999 for business titles), an additional $.035 cents/word for editing services, half your ebook royalties, and all but pennies of the proceeds from your print sales, Simon & Schuster’s new Archway Publishing unit will publish your book.

Such a deal — for them.

Via: Simon & Schuster Joins Forces With Author Solutions To Rip Off Writers | David Gaughran.

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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write and research than the current one), my writerly self can be found sifting through the stacks in my church’s archives looking for a few good stories to tell, blogging about life with a very curious Six-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.wordpress.com.
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One Response to Simon & Schuster Joins Forces With Author Solutions To Rip Off Writers

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