The Better Business Bureau was founded in 1912 as an independent watchdog, and for many years, it served a vital role in exposing deceptive business practices and scams. Consider Author Solutions, widely regarded as one of the most notorious exploitative vanity presses in the industry. By 2010, the Better Business Bureau had amassed volumes of […]
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Meet Korede Abayomi, founder of IndieWriterSupport and ParaDon Books — and a fugitive from the law.
Nervous about moving your CreateSpace books to KDP? It’s easier than it looks! Here’s everything you need to know about the switchover.
Can hybrid publishing be advantageous to indie authors? Brooke Warner and John Doppler explore this sometimes controversial publishing model.
It’s true that authors have more information at their fingertips than ever before. Why, then, do authors keep falling for scams and schemes from the same exploitative companies?
If you’ve noticed a sharp decline in the effectiveness of your AMS ads recently, you’re not alone. An Amazon cash grab may be at the bottom of it. The New York Times reports Amazon’s revenue from on-site advertising has surged by 130 percent in the first quarter of 2018, up to a staggering $2.2 billion. […]
Even the best companies will have a dissatisfied customer from time to time, but when ALLi’s Watchdog Desk sees a disproportionate number of complaints about the same issues, that indicates a persistent problem.
UPDATE: August 17, 2018. Since the publication of this article, Mr. De Montfort has been in touch with us to clarify several points about the company’s approach and policies. This new information is annotated in the text below. We’ve seen quite a bit of media buzz recently about a new startup, De Montfort Literature (DML). […]
At ALLi’s Watchdog Desk, we frequently hear from authors whose publishers aren’t living up to expectations. While substandard vanity presses like Author Solutions and Austin Macauley are the most common source of this author discontent, complaints about independent publishers are plentiful. Some of these publishers are unqualified. Some are understaffed and overwhelmed with the extensive […]
Ask any author’s group when you should pay for reviews, and the answer will usually be a resounding “NEVER!” But is that true? That depends on what type of review is involved, and how those reviews are obtained.