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Simon & Schuster Joins Forces With Author Solutions To Rip Off Writers

Simon & Schuster has launched a self-publishing operation, Archway Publishing, contracting one of the most disreputable players in the business to run the show: Author Solutions.

Penguin’s New Business Model: Exploiting Writers

The performance of Author Solutions is so poor that the press release announcing the purchase by Penguin can’t even tout their own customers’ success, and instead lists self-publishing stars such as “Lisa Genova, John Locke,...

Kindle Singles & The Little Goat That Could

George couldn’t quite believe what was happening. Midnight’s Tale raced up the charts. He was appearing on bestseller lists for short fiction, he was topping the Hot New Releases chart for shorter work. But what...

Writers, James Bond, and the Perils of Product Placement

In 2001, Fay Weldon was commissioned by Bulgari to write a novel, in which she was contractually obliged to mention the brand at least twelve times. A 2006 novel by Sean Stewart and Jordan Weisman...

Inside the E-book Price-Fixing Case

The respective CEOs were alleged to have met in secret in the private dining rooms of upscale Manhattan restaurants, talking about how to deal with Amazon.

Franzen, E-books & Bathtubs

It seems it has become fashionable in certain circles to have a pop at e-books and e-readers. I've been noting the trend with some amusement, but had decided it wasn’t worth responding. That is, until...

Stories Don’t Need “Enhancements”

Readers want to lose themselves in a novel, not be dragged out of the story by superfluous bells-and-whistles which can only detract from that immersive experience they crave.

The Sharks Are Circling

All the indications are that this is going to be another bumper year for self-publishing. However, the ever-increasing viability of this path, and its popularity with writers, is also attracting those seeking to make money...

The Future is Indie

If you really want to see where the large publishers are headed, don’t look at the performance of the titles they are putting out, look at the stuff they aren't.

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