Simon & Schuster Grabs the Vanity Publishing Cash

There’s money in self-publishing, according to Simon & Schuster.

Check out this NYT article, Simon & Schuster Introduces Self-Publishing Service – NYTimes.com. S&S is teaming up with Author Solutions, to form a new self-publishing house, Archway Publishing. Here are the self-publishing fees:

“Authors can buy packages ranging from $1,599, for the least expensive children’s package, to $24,999, for the most expensive business book package.”

Surprised? Shocked? Rolling on the floor laughing?

Archway Publishing offers lots of “services” too.

* THE TRIFECTA REVIEW SERVICE: $3,249

* AUTHOR WEBSITE SETUP – PREMIERE: $950

* PRESS RELEASE – WEB-OPTIMIZED EDITION: $1,299.00

Sigh… What’s sad about this “self-publishing” deal is that some new authors will pay it. They’ll expect a lot, because Archway Publishing’s logo says: “from Simon & Schuster.”

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Angela Booth is a top copywriter, multi-published author, and writing teacher. She offers many guides, courses and classes to help writers to enhance their skills on her Writing Genii website. She also provides inspiration and motivation for writers on her writing blogs. Angela has been writing successfully since the late 1970s, and was online in the 1980s, long before the birth of the Web. Her business books have been widely published.

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