28 Nov

Originally posted on David Gaughran:

Simon & Schuster has launched a self-publishing operation, Archway Publishing, contracting one of the most disreputable players in the business to run the show: Author Solutions.

We’ll get to that distasteful link-up in a second, but first let’s have a look at what Simon & Schuster are offering prospective customers (i.e. writers).

Fiction packages start at $1,999 and go up to $14,999. If you have written a business book, prices are saucier again: $2,999 to $24,999.

While the upper end of the pricing spectrum is obviously shocking, some of you might think that $1,999 isn’t too bad if you are getting a proper edit and a decent cover.

Not so fast.

That price tag doesn’t include any real editing, just an assessment which – according to their own website – is “not a replacement” for editorial services but “a preliminary diagnostic tool.”

But what if you need proper editing?…

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Posted by on November 28, 2012 in Kitchen Sink


2 responses to “

  1. R.L. Kiser

    December 5, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    R U kiddink me! $1.9k to $15k? For one of my books I went with SBPRA (Strategic Books) @ $995 before I learned how to do it all myself on CreateSpace. At least they were up front and did a great job. S&S – what a ripoff!

    • Melissa Smith

      December 5, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      I agree, it’s an outrageous amount to charge for what they’re doing! There are many qualified people out there (myself included) who can format an ebook just as well as they can for a lot less! But hey, if you’re willing to pay me a thousand dollars to do it . . . ;)


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