Penguin Random House Merger Helps Author Solutions Exploit Writers

Writer beware, indeed! Since I’ve been blogging, I’ve read countless posts warning writers about Author Solutions. It appears that the Penguin-Random House has enabled AS to extend its evil tentacles toward even more unwitting writers. Their activities sound so much like “white collar crime,” I wonder how they get away with it. Then I realize, it is “white collar crime” and that is how they get away with it.

David Gaughran

ASIPRHPenguin and Random House officially merged on July 1 creating the largest trade publisher in the world. This merger has given fresh impetus to one of their subsidiaries to scam unsuspecting writers – Author Solutions, the largest vanity press in the world.

One of my blog readers, who will remain nameless, has forwarded me emails from an AuthorHouse sales rep touting that company as the “self-publishing wing” of Penguin Random House (AuthorHouse is one of the many brands of Author Solutions, a tangled web which is deconstructed here).

When Penguin purchased Author Solutions in July 2012 for $116m, I warned that the Penguin brand would lend legitimacy to Author Solutions – who were already the market leader in author exploitation.

Defenders of the deal claimed that Penguin would clean up Author Solutions – a universally reviled vanity press which has been slammed by every watchdog in the business…

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4 Responses to Penguin Random House Merger Helps Author Solutions Exploit Writers

  1. Katie Cross says:

    Urg. They need to go away. At least authors look out for each other and sound the alarm!

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    • 1WriteWay says:

      I’m still amazed that AS hasn’t been shut down for fraud or some similar crime. I guess they know just how to present themselves to avoid that. They also seem to have a number of imprints, so you really have to do your homework to avoid them.

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  2. Jade Reyner says:

    Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention. I’ve heard nothing but bad things about vanity publishers, I just hate the fact that they are now seemingly disguising themselves. Not good. 😦

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    • 1WriteWay says:

      I am so grateful for our community of self-published authors, like yourself :). From you, us unpublished (self- and otherwise) writers can know that we need not fall into the clutches of these ruthless vanities. It may seem “easier” to go with a vanity press, with someone who promises to take care of all the details. But the writer loses so much control and $$ and then gains so little.

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