Penguin’s Solution for Authors: One Racket To Rule Them All

The Muse Team at Literary Craft Works is appalled by these practices. For awhile, we considered Author Solutions our “competition”…but because Literary Craft Works is a company that offers inexpensive, at-cost, carefully crafted books for self-published authors, we realize now that we don’t WANT to be in competition with them.

David Gaughran

author_solutions-penguin Regular readers of this blog will know all about Penguin’s purchase last July of the universally reviled Author Solutions – a company infamous for overcharging writers, doing a terrible job of publishing their books, and forcing ineffective and expensive marketing services upon those authors when their books (inevitably) fail to sell.

My posts on the topic have been leaning heavily on the tireless work of Emily Suess – a writer and blogger who has been documenting this racket for some years now.

At the time of the purchase, many in the publishing community expressed a hope that Penguin would clean up Author Solutions, or at least tone down some of their scammier tactics.

I was more than a little skeptical, and invited Emily Suess to give us an update. Here’s Emily:

One Racket to Rule Them All

Did you notice that skeevy self-pub racket, Author Solutions, is accumulating brands as…

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Press Release: Self-Publishing Just Got Easier!


Traditional Publisher Now Assisting Self-Published Authors!


Literary Craft Works Announces Availability for Self-Publishing Authors

New Openings starting NOW


The Literary Craft Works team is now available to assist writers in realizing their dreams of getting published!

Palos Verdes, CA- 2014:  Literary Craft Works, a subsidiary of small press publishing house World Nouveau Inc, is currently offering services to self-publishing authors. Under the new Literary Craft Works division, the World Nouveau team will now do for unpublished writers what they have been doing for their contracted authors since 2008.

Submit your ready-for-publication manuscript and the professional team at Literary Craft Works will, for a modest flat fee, create your book from start to finish and upload it for distribution.

Services include:

  • Copy editing/ proofing by the professional editing team at World Nouveau
  • Book cover design front and back by the World Nouveau art department
  • Book formatting / font embedding / manuscript optimization
  • Paperback and eBook distribution
  • File conversion and flight checks/troubleshooting
  • File upload to Amazon Kindle (eBook) and Amazon’s CreateSpace (print book)                         including cover art
  • Account creation with distribution sites in client’s name


  • The World Nouveau Marketing Manual for Authors Who Want to Sell More Book
  •  Digital copy of finished book
  • High resolution digital jpg, png or PDF of final artwork for promotional purposes
  • Free listing in Literary Craft Works digital catalog
  • 14 day turnaround


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