PREDICATED ON IGNORANCE
Before you say that any writer who gets suckered only has themselves to blame, you must consider that Author Solutions is extremely disingenuous about how they target customers.
They prey on people who don’t understand the industry. Their whole business model is predicated on customer ignorance – and they are relentless at exploiting that, hounding people with incessant calls, pushing every emotional button they can think of, until they crack.
David Gaughran has written an excellent article about the marriage made in hell: Simon and Schuster and Author Solutions.
The mind boggles.
Author Solutions? I couldn't believe it when Penguin bought them for over 100 million, and now they're aligned with S&S?
If you suspect that big publishing has no interest in, or respect for authors, you've just received confirmation.
Fear not, there are still reputable publishers.