David Gaughran outlines the on-going influence and growing reach of the Penguin-owned vanity publisher Author Solutions.
Follow the links he has provided. You’ll find an extensive background on Author Solutions, as well as the current lawsuit against them.
Write down the names of publishers that have chosen to support Author Solutions by funneling their own imprints to them.
Write down the names of those publishers’ imprints.
Consider those lists when deciding which publishers you’ll submit your work to. Expect to read your contract very, very closely, and have an IP attorney review it as well. As Gaughran stated, “And it’s much harder to tell the scammers from the legitimate organizations when they are owned by the same people.”
After seeing the number of major publishers and writing-related businesses that have chosen to bind themselves to Author Solutions, this writer is far far far more concerned about steering new writers away from such exploitation than I am that Amazon will somehow subjugate over a 150,000 writers. Alas, most of the business seems to be otherwise occupied.