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    We will never hear the end of it now

    http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/b...d0cd-304640565

    Basically, S&S just signed an author previously 'self published' by Archway. I haven't seen the book in question, but I am wondering if the author ever bothered to look for a commercial publisher, and how much she paid Archway (if she did) in the beginning.

    Either way, you can be sure all the Author Solutions marketing staff will be using this as part of their pitches.

    ETA: curiouser and curioser. Castleman has apparently been in publishing and marketing for a long time, so it's possible she knew enough to avoid paying Archway for publication. But a book strong enough for the commercial market shouldn't have needed Archway in the first place. Her connection to a children's literature institute makes me even more curious, but I'll have to go research that group to see if it's the one I'm remembering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Filigree View Post
    http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/b...d0cd-304640565

    Basically, S&S just signed an author previously 'self published' by Archway. I haven't seen the book in question, but I am wondering if the author ever bothered to look for a commercial publisher, and how much she paid Archway (if she did) in the beginning.

    Either way, you can be sure all the Author Solutions marketing staff will be using this as part of their pitches.

    ETA: curiouser and curioser. Castleman has apparently been in publishing and marketing for a long time, so it's possible she knew enough to avoid paying Archway for publication. But a book strong enough for the commercial market shouldn't have needed Archway in the first place. Her connection to a children's literature institute makes me even more curious, but I'll have to go research that group to see if it's the one I'm remembering.
    It's also the first Archway title that S&S has picked up. ASI trumpeting it in their marketing pitches was my first thought too on reading it ("Publish with us and you too might be picked up by Simon & Schuster!"), but one title, out of how many that Archway has published? If you want to be published by S&S, you're still much, much better off going through an agent.

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    I just discovered that AuthorHouse has put a pdf version of one of my discontinued novels up for sale through Ingram. Ingram has since taken it off their list, as AH confirmed that the contract was nullified by me in 2008. Talk about slimy...and dumb, because that poor novel was a tedious 600 pages.

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    Wow. Great update.

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    Wordclay Publishing

    Hi,

    Any one familiar with Wordclay Publishing?
    got a call from them..

    you can check the website www.wordclay.com

    Any comments will help...

    still writing my my romance novel..just started actually...

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    It's part of Author Solutions. There's a thread here about AS and its offshoots.
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    We'll save you the trouble in case you don't want to spend hours on that thread:

    Notorious vanity publisher with more heads than Hydra, and possibly slightly more evil.
    Run away, then do research for better publishers.

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    Penguin Buys Author Solutions?

    This just popped across my news feed:

    http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2012...r-116-million/

    This is weird, Author Solutions and it's various subsidiaries make money off authors, not off author's works. They recently started giving authors 100% of royalties, so they could better sell marketing and distribution services, where their real income source is. New business model for Penguin?

    Jeff

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    Crap. I never seem to read the dates on these things and just got hit with a three year old news item.

    I've never paid attention to Author Solutions before so I never noticed it. Sorry.

    Jeff

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    Now that all the lawsuits have been settled, Penguin Random House has sold Author Solutions:

    Penguin Random House announced Tuesday morning that they finished 2015 in style, unloading the albatross of Author Solutions to an affiliate of Najafi Companies, for undisclosed terms.
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    As always, Writer Beware has a good roundup of the low-down: http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2016/0...te-equity.html
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    My take...TL;dr

    Author Solutions bought by another bottom-feeder. Will probably commence eating itself further out of relevance except for authors who 1) are not internet savvy enough to research and/or 2) are ESL authors from developing nations where the vanity publishers are frantically trying to expand.


    I can guarantee they'll try to use the Najafi family-publishes-with-us connection as a marketing tool.

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