The Author Exploitation Business

Another informative post from David Gaughran. 

If you’re a writer, looking to self-publish and think it’s easier to pay for the service, please read David’s post. There is help out there and a lot of it is free. The big publishing companies are buying up the old Vanity Presses and charging big bucks for their service. David tells me that the average Author Solutions customer spends $5,000 publishing their book, and only sells 150 copies.

I paid for my cover design, and professional editing, but it didn’t come to anything near $5,000. I wouldn’t have been able to afford that.

David Gaughran

penguin (1)Writing is a glamorous occupation – at least from the outside. Popular depictions of our profession tend to leave out all the other stuff that comes with the territory: carpal tunnel syndrome, liver failure, penury, and madness.

Okay, okay, I jest. I love being a writer. Sharing stories with the world and getting paid for it is bloody brilliant. It’s a dream job, and like any profession with a horde of neophytes seeking to break in, there are plenty of sharks waiting to chew them to bits.

Publishing is a screwed up business. The often labyrinthine path to success makes it much easier for those with nefarious intentions to scam the unsuspecting. But it doesn’t help that so many organizations who claim to help writers, to respect them, to assist them along the path to publication are actually screwing them over.

Before the digital revolution made self-publishing viable on a…

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