The Case Against Author Solutions, Part 1: The Numbers

David Gaughran on AuthorSolutions again. I can’t believe even the low percentage of 5% of people propositioned by this evil fucktards take them up on their outrageous and usurious practices. FOR FUCK’S SAKE, PEOPLE: USE GOOGLE BEFORE YOU PAY OUT $5,000 TO SOMEONE TO PUBLISH A BOOK THAT SHOULD COST YOU $0!

David Gaughran

authorsolutionsPRHThe more you study an operation like Author Solutions, the more it resembles a two-bit internet scam, except on a colossal scale.

Internet scammers work on percentages. They know that only a tiny fraction of people will get hoodwinked so they flood the world’s inboxes with spammy junk.

While reputable self-publishing services can rely on author referrals and word-of-mouth, Author Solutions is forced to take a different approach. According to figures released by Author Solutions itself when it was looking for a buyer in 2012, it spent a whopping $11.9m on customer acquisition in 2011 alone.

This money is spent on:

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