Anyone who wants to get published MUST read this and please people! Be careful out there! Wonderful informative post!

Originally posted on David Gaughran:

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.

We’ll get to that distasteful link-up in a second, but first let’s have a look at what Simon & Schuster are offering prospective customers (i.e. writers).

Fiction packages start at $1,999 and go up to $14,999. If you have written a business book, prices are saucier again: $2,999 to $24,999.

While the upper end of the pricing spectrum is obviously shocking, some of you might think that $1,999 isn’t too bad if you are getting a proper edit and a decent cover.

Not so fast.

That price tag doesn’t include any real editing, just an assessment which – according to their own website – is “not a replacement” for editorial services but “a preliminary diagnostic tool.”

But what if you need proper editing?…

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3 responses

  1. Good article, It never ceases to amaze me how easy it is to find these crooks, but now for a supposedly reputable company to partner up with one is ridiculous. You want editing, start looking close to home, maybe even an English Teacher who needs a little extra money to help the family would be a way to go.


    1. Mostly the big companies like S and S don’t even care who they partner up with as long as they make money. I have a friend who will probably edit for me. If not then I live close by a University and maybe I can hire a college kid to do it for extra money. There are lots of options out there. But all writers if they want to publish need to do their homework! It’s a shame, but it is what it is.


      1. Isn’t that the way life is, everyone out to make a buck so the rest of us need to be careful. good luck finding someone to do your editing.


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