Because being indie doesn't have to mean going it alone.
*nods to Ava Jae and her great (Not) series*
In the spirit of Indie Life, a blog hop where we share experiences about writing as an indie author, I want to point my author friends to an excellent roundup by David Gaughran of Vanity Publishers and The Author Exploitation Business.
As a new author, or even an old-hand author but new to the indie game, there are a lot of sharks in the water just waiting to make a meal out of you and your works. In a business where authors traditionally have had to accept lousy contracts (Please Don't Sign Bad Contracts) and low royalty rates just to be in the game, getting taken advantage of may seem the price of doing business.
It's not. (At least, not anymore.)
I've written about Simon&Schuster's Vanity Press and Penguin's Vanity Press when they hit the news, but it's hard to keep track of all the sharks. Which is why David's article is such a service - it rounds up all the latest in the Author Exploitation Business, so authors can steer clear of the scammy businesses who want to make money off you, rather than help you realize your dream of being published, selling books, and connecting with readers.
ETA: Here's a list of the Author Solutions companies that you should avoid:
Author House, iUniverse, XLibris, Trafford, Palibrio, Publish in the USA, Abbott Press (Writers Digest), Balboa Press (Hay House), WestBow (Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins), Partridge (Penguin India), Archway (Simon & Schuster), Inspiring Voices (Guideposts Magazine), Legacy Keepers, FuseFrame (previously Author Solutions Films), Pitchfest (Authors pay to come pitch their stories for film adaptations), Author Learning Center (Online learning tool hoping you’ll forget to cancel your credit card after the free trial ends), WordClay (Abandoned ebook imprint), BookTango (New ebook imprint), AuthorHive
In a further plug for David (because he's a good guy, but more importantly, he's a WEALTH of information), here are two of his books:
I've read Let's Get Digital (fabulous) and he can't publish Let's Get Visible fast enough for me. I'm on the speed-dial list to be notified when it hits the virtual shelves.
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