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There be sharks in these waters


I guess it’s really just a throwback to the old vanity publishing days, but in the Internet Age there are myriad ways the pirates can deprive ye of ye treasure.

David Gaughran, who blogs knowledgeably about self-publishing, warns us of the dangers lurking behind the Penguin/Random House merger. One of them goes by the nom de guerre, Author Solutions (owned by Penguin). In short, they are out to separate the uninitiated from their cash. Under the new powerhouse arrangement, you can expect to see them get even more insidious. Rah, capitalism.

I won’t go into detail here. Just read Gaughran’s post. It’s shudder-inducing, especially the part about how Author Solutions creates (or at least has created) fake social media identities to hock their schlock. They even used an easily located stock photo for a chap named “Jared.” Exposed!

Writing, publishing, and especially self-publishing are hard enough without having to worry about having the flesh torn from your bones, metaphorically speaking. Or, who knows, maybe even literally.

Hey, let’s be careful out there!

(Photo via Boing Boing.)

6 comments on “There be sharks in these waters

  1. 1WriteWay
    July 17, 2013

    Good photo, Kevin! It’s a nice illustration for the behavior of Author Solutions. I just read Gaughran’s post. One of the first blogs I followed was Writer Beware, and they frequently revealed AS’s criminal tactics. The merger of Penguin and Random House is bad enough.

    • Kevin Brennan
      July 17, 2013

      I guess they haven’t been on my radar because I’m not a potential target “client.” Makes me cringe to think there are writers out there who fall into their traps!

  2. kateshrewsday
    July 17, 2013

    Erk. Thanks for the warnng, Kevin!

    • Kevin Brennan
      July 17, 2013

      You’re welcome! We all have to watch each other’s backs… 😉

  3. L. Marie
    July 17, 2013

    I heard about Author Solutions through Writer Beware, which has been cataloguing their shenanigans.

    • Kevin Brennan
      July 17, 2013

      I hope the word spreads far and wide, now that this merger is only going to embolden them…

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