David Gaughran on Author Solutions

David Gaughran on Author Solutions

So guys. Remember Author Solutions? Penguin’s “self-publishing” option, which is little more than a glorified vanity press with entirely too high a price? 

I do. So does David Gaughran, and he wrote the post linked above. 

This, ladies and gentlemen, is why you research the hell out of your options when you self-pub. My books have had a grand-total publishing cost of maybe $30. For all FOUR of them. Why? Because I researched and I went with what I knew worked for me. My books have the same market as anything that Author Solutions produces. The difference is, Author Solutions makes its money with P/R services – all of which I can easily get cheaper elsewhere. 

And their prices are downright insane.

I’m sorry, exactly why should someone pay four figures for something that, for all intents and purposes, is free? The $30 I paid was for proof copies only. Nothing else. 

Research, people. It’s important.