Author Solutions and Friends: The Inside Story

David Gaughran

ASandfriendsweboptAuthor Solutions has forged partnerships with a long list of famous names in publishing – from Simon & Schuster and Hay House to Barnes & Noble and Reader’s Digest.

Recent disclosures in various lawsuits, along with information sent to me by a Penguin Random House source, detail for the very first time exactly how these partnerships work and the damage they are causing.

Since a second suit was filed at the end of March, Author Solutions is now facing two class actions, with the new complaint alleging unjust enrichment and exploitation of seniors on top of the usual claims of fraud and deceptive practices. It also has a wonderfully precise summary of Author Solutions’ operations:

Author Solutions operates more like a telemarketing company whose customer base is the Authors themselves. In other words, unlike a traditional publisher, Author Solutions makes money from its Authors, not for them. It does so…

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Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Your Account

The Blog

Because we want to make accounts as secure as we can, we’ve made it easier for you to set up two-factor authentication for your account, so you can take advantage of the top-of-the-line security standard. has supported two-factor authentication (2FA) since 2013. Also known as two-step verification, two-factor authentication allows you to protect your account with both a password and a time-sensitive code you get from your mobile device.

To enable two-step authentication, tap your profile picture to jump into the “Me” section and hit the Security tab. Click on “Two-Step Authentication,” and initiate the setup wizard. You can opt to use an independent mobile app, like Google Authenticator or Authy, that will generate access codes for you, or you can get codes texted to your phone via SMS.

Once two-factor authentication is set up, when logging into your account, you’ll use both…

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TerraToys: Ceramic Art Toys by “Mudmonkey” Simon Boses

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The Rhyne Maiden and the Swans

Art by Nancy Farmer

I finished a painting of one of my Rhyne Maidens.  The initial sketches, and explanations of what a Rhyne is were in this post: but in the end I kept the concept and created a completely new image. Rhynes, I discovered, have appallingly unforgiving perspective, and I was quite pleased with how this turned out, but the composition was very much driven by how to handle the perspective. So at some point I shall go back and re-visit one of my original concepts as well. Those who are familiar with the far more common Rhinemaidens, will of course appreciate that I also feel a trio of Rhyne Maidens would fitting in a painting at some point, too.

So, onto the painting: I am still blue! I like the blue, and again I will not be adding any more colour to it.

Rhyne Maiden and Swans - painting in gouache Rhyne Maiden and Swans – painting in…

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

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Launch Day!

Beyond the Gate

It’s been 4-5 months in the making, but our launch date has finally arrived! Point your browser to your *favorite eBook vendor and get it today!!


Nook (Barnes & Noble)
Page Foundry

*at the time of this posting, Kobo and Scribd have still yet to post the book. We’ll update this page with valid links when the book is on those sites.

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The Octopuss, 28th July


The Octopuss….

There have been rather few cat-of-the-day postings lately, this is because there have been few cats around: it’s too hot and they are lurking outside somewhere rather than posing for me. I have been doing a lot of outdoor swimming though, so I thought I would introduce you to one of the more unusual sights you may see if you venture to swim outside. Small ones are not too much of a problem but woe betide the reckless diver who ventures to the depths (this is of course why I only swim and do not do diving…)

The Octopuss The Octopuss

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