Glassdoor.com is a site that lets employees (past and present) of companies post reviews about their experiences. After finding atrocious reviews about Tate Publishing on that site, which gave clear indications from even over a year ago that the company was in trouble, we decided to check out some other publishing service companies, like Author Solutions, which owns AuthorHouse, Xlibris, iUniverse, Trafford, WordClay, Balboa Press, and Palibrio. Their imprints also include Archway Publishing, LifeRich Publishing, WestBow Press, Patridge, Booktango. Turns out authors aren’t the only ones complaining about Author Solutions.
Here’s what we found:
4/6/16: “Publishing Consultant Partnerships“
“They actively recruit people to post on glass door in an attempt to hedge their horrendous ratings.”
IMPORTANT NOTE FROM WRITERSWEEKLY: The comment above may explain some pretty (in our opinion) over-the-top positive reviews about the firm posted to glassdoor.com, which appear to contradict the complaints posted about them there. So, it wouldn’t surprise us at all if the employee’s comment above is true. One positive comment alone appears it may have written by either management or even perhaps the owner of the firm because it waxes poetic about Author Solutions (it even appears to be an advertisement), frequently using the word “we.”
3/30/16: “Since sale the company has gone downhill“
“The Company has been sold multiple times now which leads to a very unstable environment and decrease in employee morale.”
“The company that purchased ASI has let many companies fail which is a huge concern.”
5/15/16: “Author Assistant“
“The company continues on a downward spiral. It’s like a morgue.”
7/29/16: “Still a Zero“
“Being away from the company now for an entire year has really made me feel exceptionally grateful I do not work at ASI anymore. I now work in an office that prides itself in its work, doesn’t rip off anyone for profit or other gains, and truly appreciates and fosters the growth of its staff.”
7/18/16: “Would have recommended 1+ years ago, not now“
“All of the best people in the company are leaving.”
“…they are moving production jobs to the Philippines to boost their profits even though the authors hate it! They have fired our co-workers, stripped nearly all of our benefits, do no communicate with at at all regarding the future of the company, and are letting the company go down the drain. They even quit taking care of the building or parking lot, the entrance way is embarrassing, the weeds are taller than me…”
“People are leaving daily. The atmosphere is toxic.”
9/15/16: “Run like hell! Glad I did!“
“Have you seen the place lately? Just drive by. You’ll find out everything you need to know just by the condition of the property.”
10/10/16: “Not for long term“
“Repeatedly ‘cleans house’ and moves large numbers of positions to the Philippines causing many good workers to lose jobs.”
10/30/16: “Don’t work here or do business with us.”
“It’s a disaster. Complete disaster. The new owner is stripping it down, shipping the work overseas.”
“You’ll generally earn less than a full-time employee of Wal-Mart, which averages $12.86. This pays less.”
In addition to these complaints, and many others appearing online, it also seems that firms owned by Author Solutions tend to charge WAY too much. You can see the POD Price Comparison HERE. In addition, some terms of their contract aren’t exactly author friendly.
About The Author
Angela Hoy is the publisher of WritersWeekly.com, and the co-owner of BookLocker.com (one of the original POD publishers that still gets books to market in less than a month), PubPreppers.com (print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish), and Abuzz Press (the publishing co-op that charges no setup fees).
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