Major publishers and ASI, Inc., (Author Solutions) sadly seem to go hand in hand. When I write about the pitfalls in this industry, and publishing seems to have as many wolves in sheep’s clothing as Carter’s has pills, my remarks generally aren’t wild ravings but tales based on my own mistakes. However, it’s understandable when a writer might eschew my advice and pay an ASI imprint a ridiculous sum. And especially when the imprint offering editing, marketing, and publicity is presented under the umbrella of Random House or Penguin. [Please note that since my original post in January of 2015, Random House has severed its relationship with its foreign affiliate that sponsored ASI.]
Still, today, four of the Big 5 publishers have a direct relationship with Author Solutions, Inc. In my little mind, this is despicable from the perspective of the “instant” credibility this provides ASI. (Didn’t I just discuss this sort of “implied relationship” at length involving Kirkus Media?) In my opinion, here’s an excellent article that ties all of the ASI mess together. Written by David Gaughran, it contains a lot of side notes by Emily Suess. Mr. Gaughran does as good a job as anyone I’m aware of at ferreting out the facts and not whitewashing anything. And Ms. Suess has substantial experience with many of the alligators in the publishing industry.