Random House


Four of the Five Major Publishers Have a Relationship with ASI, Inc. 2

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 […]


Bennett Cerf/Famous Artists Resurrected

The Bennett Cerf error on my part deserves proper chastisement.  I’m particularly pleased when a reader of my hoodoo corrects my miscues.  It matters not if this rebuke comes a Newsletter subscriber or from outside.  Anyone who picks up something I wrote that linked to a meta tag on the […]


Random House Severs Ties With AuthorSolutions

AuthorSolutions, Inc., affiliation with Random House ended as fast as it began.  On January 5, 2016, Random House announced that it sold its stake in AuthorSolutions, Inc.  An Indian outfit, Najafi, became the new shareholder.  This firm has been buying up political hot potatoes for some time.  It will remain […]


Alliant International University/AuthorSolutions, Inc. 2

Author Solutions, Inc., has teamed up with Alliant International University. According to Andrew Phillips, ASI president and CEO, “. . . the efficiencies of supported self-publishing to the university-press model could dramatically reduce barriers of entry, ultimately resulting in learning institutions disseminating scholarship for the greater good.” First, I didn’t […]


Gatekeeper Remains Publishers’ Domain

Gatekeeper responsibility remains the domain of mainstream publishers, and for good reason according to many observers. Here’s an article from longtime Random House editor Daniel Menaker that was almost a carbon copy of the theme from last month’s Newsletter regarding the need for mainstream publishers to serve as gatekeepers.  I’m […]


Big-Name Authors Publish Own Books

More big-name authors are joining the ranks of “personal” publishers.  Hence, I’m going to make a prediction.  In part it’s due to the success John Locke and a few others like him have had at becoming their own publishers.  My belief is that we’ll soon see more big-name authors going […]


A Successful Traditionally Published Author Happily Self-Publishes

Not long ago i read that Allison Winn Scotch, author of  the bestselling TIME OF MY LIFE, is self-publishing her latest novel THE THEORY OF OPPOSITES.  She said, “After a terribly discouraging experience with my fourth book, based not on the book (which I loved) or the reviews (which were […]