"Through Archway Publishing, Simon & Schuster is pleased to be part of the rapidly expanding self-publishing segment of our industry," said Carolyn Reidy, president and CEO of Simon & Schuster. "Self-publishing has become a viable and popular route to publication for many authors, and increasingly a source of content for traditional publishers, including Simon & Schuster. We're excited that we'll be able to help more authors find their own path to publication and at the same time create a more direct connection to those self-published authors ready to make the leap to traditional publishing."
So, what's wrong?
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- Like the other ASI brands, Archway LIES about providing "free" and "complimentary" books. How the hell can a book be free if the author paid $24,999?!?!
- Author Solutions is deceptive and dishonest in other ways.
- Author Solutions is a massive pay-to-publish empire which has grown by acquiring and combining such former competitors as AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Trafford, Wordclay and Xlibris. It has a Spanish-language division called Palibrio. "ASI" also operates the self-publishing businesses for traditional publishers Harlequin, Thomas Nelson and Hay House, and has a self-publishing alliance with Writer Digest magazine. ASI is one company with multiple seemingly competing brands providing similar products at various prices. It's like General Motors. If you bought a Pontiac instead of a Buick or Chevy, GM still made money.
- If an author has a bad experience with Hay House or iUniverse, she may try Xlibris or AuthorHouse -- and work with the same people and receive the same bad service.
- ASI was recently bought by huge publisher Penguin, with many brands that compete with Simon and Schuster (owned by CBS). Who will be loyal to what? Will Penguin-owned ASI help S&S to compete with Penguin?
- Archway services are so expensive ($1,599 to $24,999!) that it is extremely unlikely that any Archway author will make a profit on publishing.
- Many ASI books are TERRIBLE.
- Many ASI customers are angry with the company.