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Publishers and Services to Beware

Self-Publishing Watchlist for December 2018

ALLi’s Self-Publishing Watchlist highlights companies whose complaints are on the rise. We monitor these companies carefully, and upgrade or downgrade their ratings as circumstances change. This month, we examine two substandard publishers who specifically target Christian lit and authors. Companies that cloak themselves in the mantle of religion are nothing new, but they’ve found a […]

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Better Business Bureau

Is the Better Business Bureau Promoting Bad Business?

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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cover image, decline and fall of the vanity press

The Decline and Fall of the Vanity Press

Vanity presses — predatory companies that sell authors worthless or overpriced services — profited mightily with the rise of indie publishing. The growth of that industry (or perhaps more accurately, the spread of that cancer) was aided by publishers who eagerly partnered with the worst vanity presses. Simon & Schuster (Archway), HarperCollins (WestBow), Harlequin (DellArte), […]

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Publication 2016 edition: November 2015

The Alliance of Independent Authors, Penguin & Author Solutions

Another year, another update to our guide to author services, How To Choose A Self-Publishing Service. And so another email to Author Solutions (ASI) Director, Andrew Philips. If you haven’t been following this story, you can catch up on last year’s post here. And the year before’s, here. When Penguin first took over ASI, I didn’t […]

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Author Solutions Not recommended for self publishers

ALLi Watchdog: Latest On Author Solutions

Recent news from ALLi Watchdog Victoria Strauss about a second class action being taken out against Author Solutions, the umbrella firm for many imprints that provide “self-publishing services” that fail to deliver for authors, has been followed up by two great pieces of analysis by David Gaughran and Mick Rooney.   DAVID GAUGHRAN: “You may not have heard […]

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Watchdog: Is Kirkus Selling Dreams – or Do They Deliver?

ALLi Watchdog Giacomo Giammatteo continues his examination of the Kirkus book reviews service. A lot of companies have jumped on the bandwagon and decided to ride the wave of independent publishing. And why not? It’s an easy way to make money. Indie authors, for the most part, are naive, and to make matters worse, they […]

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Cover of 2014 edition of Choosing A Self-Publishing Service

Review: Penguin’s Author Solutions Still Poor Self-Publishing Service Choice

It’s update time for  our Choosing A Self-Publishing Service Guidebook. Our latest edition will be released next week on Amazon and all major retailers and will launch at Book Expo America. Orna Ross, Director of The Alliance of Independent Authors, sounds a warning note from the guide — and invites you to tell your story about your self-publishing service below. You […]

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