If you or anyone you know has dealt with – or is thinking of dealing with – Author Solutions or any of its related companies (iUniverse, AuthorHouse, Trafford, and Xlibris), please, please, please – read this article and think again.
Author Solutions is essentially a telemarketing company looking for unsuspecting, uninformed authors to whom they can sell bogus promises related to publishing books.
80% of Author Solutions sales staff is based in the Philippines and, despite having titles of “Publishing Consultant” and “Marketing Consultant,” are not required to have any publishing or marketing experience. Being ‘money-driven’ is what’s important, according to their hiring ad.
There is zero concern on the part of Author Solution for the quality of any book they produce, the viability of any book in the marketplace or the value of any of their services. They sell worthless, exceptionally overpriced services and pressure authors to buy more copies of their own books.
Author Solutions is now facing two class action lawsuits which allege fraud and deceptive practices as well as exploitation of seniors. The lawyers for both lawsuits are still looking to hear from anyone who has published with Author Solutions. Here’s a link if that’s you.
Whatever your situation is regarding a book publishing project, please do your research carefully before signing on with a publishing partner.
Update: Although the two lawsuits filed against Author Solutions in recent years have been settled, they haven’t changed their business tactics. Whatever your situation is regarding a book publishing project, please do your research carefully before signing on with a publishing partner.