It's rare that I do a midweek post, but this couldn't wait 'til Sunday.
Simon & Schuster has announced a deal with Author Solutions to set up a "self-publishing" company they're calling Archway Publishing. You may remember that Author Solutions is a vanity press with a lousy reputation. I've written about it before, here and here.
I could go into all the myriad ways why it would be a supremely bad idea to do business with Archway Publishing. But I don't have to, because David Gaughran has done it for us. Here's his blog post on the announcement. It's a wonder and a marvel. I recommend it highly.
Please, please, please, for the love of the gods -- if you've ever thought about publishing your own work, stay away from these guys. I'd hate to see any of my readers lose thousands of dollars to these shysters masquerading as legitimate publishers.
This quick moment of serious advice (really, I mean it -- don't deal with these guys!) is brought to you, as a public service, by Lynne