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.


About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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