Monday, March 4, 2013

Law firm is going after sleazy, sloppy Author Solutions. Will the cops and FBI be next.


I have frequently complained about pay-to-publish behemoth Author Solutions, Inc. ("ASI"), which is now owned by Pearson, a legitimate, traditional publishing company.

ASI uses a multitude of brand names which really don't compete, offers free or inexpensive publishing that can quickly get very expensive, and publishes some terrible books. Sadly, some respectable publishing companies have established self-publishing operations with ASI.


Many ASI author-customers are pissed off at the company, and many complaints are online

As reported by Mick Rooney, Evil Empire ASI has attracted the attention of a law firm which may institute a class action lawsuit. Read Mick's excellent report here. If you think you've been victimized by any of the ASI brands (AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Trafford, Xlibris, Inkubook, Wordclay, etc.) sign up on the website of law firm Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart.

The lawyers don't get paid unless they collect, and apparently realize that the ASI-Pearson combo has a big bank account waiting to be plucked. Many authors deserve to get some money back.


---
pic from http://wikia.nocookie.net/. Thanx.

2 comments:

  1. Wking115@yahoo.comMarch 4, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    I self-published a book withXlibris. I have previously published 16 books with commercial publishers, so I know all of the steps in publishing. For me, Xlibris was fast, inexpensive and effective. They did as good a job on the parts of the overall process that is their business as did McGraw_Hill, PrenticehHall etc. The key is, however, that they don't do many of the things that commercial publishers do. They are quite upfront about this, but inexperienced authors might well not even recognize what they are being told.
    The bottom line is that inexperienced authors might well expect too much.
    As for the financial part, they are very inexpensive. They make their money on "extras" that they call "author services". Anyone naive enough to believe that a publisher is going to do a job for hundreds of dollars and then pay thousands to advertise a book of uncertain quality deserves to be taken.

    By the way, I think that their quality control regarding content is such that if you wanted to publish a book of random words, they'd do it because you're paying for the printing.

    So. overall, I found Xlibris to be very good at the limited things that they do, but they are basically printers.

    ReplyDelete
  2. You are very informative person!!! I am very impressed your writing skills. I hope you are always shared me this type of post.. Good luck::)-

    ReplyDelete