Bloomsbury Seeks Deal With Author Solutions

Another example of how Those In Charge are trying to remain at the top, no matter what it takes. 😦

David Gaughran

bloomsASIThe publishing world has been turned upside down by ebooks and self-publishing.

All the old middlemen – agents, publishers, distributors, retailers – are scrambling to reinvent themselves, trying to remain relevant in a digital world. 

Self-publishing is big business. By my estimates, self-publishers have captured 30% of the US e-book market. And everyone wants a slice. Unfortunately, many organizations are prepared to do pretty much anything to make sure they get theirs.

Author Solutions is the market leader in the author exploitation game. That, however, was no impediment to Penguin splashing out $116m to purchase the company in July 2012. And it has been absolutely no barrier to a huge range of companies doing deals with them of one kind or another.

The latest edition to this gallery of rogues is Bloomsbury Publishing, who are famous for the Harry Potter series, but who are also known to…

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4 Responses to Bloomsbury Seeks Deal With Author Solutions

  1. Lisa says:

    Theo, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for the quality product that exists with every story you publish. There are a lot of self-published books out there and while the stories may be good, the editing for some seems nonexistent! Your plots are always interesting & “hole-less” (is that a word?), your characters are well developed, the flow of your stories always seem effortless, and the dialogue is dynamic and real.

    I know from reading your blog that you painstakingly edit your work and as a reader I just wanted to say “thank you, thank you, thank you!” I’m reading a series right now that if I hadn’t been so engrossed in the story line I would have thrown my hands up in disgust because the editing is so bad. In one book, the author mentions it is July and goes on about the July heat. In the next book, the author states at the beginning that several months have passed but later on, the author refers to the current July heat. Then in the next book, it’s still July at the beginning but somewhere in the middle it becomes August and by the end of the book, it is back to July. UGH! I so want to contact this person to offer to line edit for free!

    I know self-publishing isn’t easy but it doesn’t have to be sloppy. I really appreciate the work you and your beta readers put into each piece of work. The pride you take in your work is evident on each and every page.

    • This may well be the nicest thing I’ve ever heard. Thanks for taking the time to post your comment.

      It’s nice hearing all my hard work is appreciated, because yeah, I obsess over getting it right. I don’t ever want any book I publish to disappoint a reader when it comes to something as basic as editing. I’m human, I miss things, my betas miss things, but we do the best job we can to get it right.

      Thanks again! This really made me feel great. 🙂 Hope you don’t mind, but I shared your comment over on Facebook, sans your name, of course. I’m still beaming over your comment.

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