Author Solutions’ Publishing Practices Investigated

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Author solutions investigated

Writers, authors, ghostwriters, take notice!

In our industry today it’s easy for authors and writers, whether experienced or not, to be taken extreme advantage of as they try to publish their hard-wrought work. One firm that keeps coming up in complaints and warnings across the board is known as AUTHOR SOLUTIONS and they may finally be sorted out and taken to task for allegedly questionable practices.

AUTHOR SOLUTIONS has operate under a slew of brands, so read this request for information posted by law firm,  Giskan, Solotaroff, Anderson and Stewart of New York:

Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart LLP is currently investigating the practices of Author Solutions and all of its brands (AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Trafford, Xlibris, Inkubook, and Wordclay). Authors using Author Solutions have complained of deceptive practices, including enticing authors to purchase promotional services that are not provided or are worthless, failing to pay royalties, and spamming authors and publishing blogs/sites with promotional material.

I first became aware of this investigation when I read the Mar. 5 blog entry from Writer Beware Blog, an outstanding resource for writers, authors, ghostwriters, or publishers of any ilk. Victoria Strauss, owner of said blog had this to say,

Authors using Author Solutions have complained of deceptive practices, including enticing authors to purchase promotional services that are not provided or are worthless, failing to pay royalties, and spamming authors and publishing blogs/sites with promotional material.

She has long cautioned our book-creating community about Author Solutions, for some background follow the links in her post.

If you have had dealings with any of the entities listed under the Author Solutions umbrella, I encourage you to fill out the form on the attorney site by following the link above. Let’s hope this helps find relief for independent authors who may have been harmed.

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