Harper Collins promoting self-publishing services?

Cross-posted from my personal writing blog. I cannot believe this Email I got from HC’s Authonomy site. There are so many things wrong with it, I don’t even know where to begin. I think in promoting this deal, HC violates one of the most basic principles of the publishing industry: that a writer should not pay a publisher to have their work ‘published’.

The original text of the email:


Dear authonomist,

Are you thinking about self-publishing but need a helping hand? It’s never been easier to create and distribute your book. Whether you are an authonomy newbie, just starting out, or you have a polished manuscript ready to go, our partner CreateSpace can help make the entire publishing process easy and hassle-free for you. And for a limited time CreateSpace is offering a 20% discount on all its professional publishing services.

With a broad range of publishing services and the flexibility to mix and match, it’s easy find the perfect solution to meet your needs. Here are just a few of the publishing services on offer from CreateSpace:

– Professional cover design
– Interior layout and formatting
– Manuscript editing
– Press release creation and distribution

This exclusive offer ends April 16, 2010, so contact a CreateSpace publishing consultant today. To learn more just click on the link below or paste it into your browser:


Can’t make your mind up by April 16th? You’ll still be able to save 10% on all CreateSpace services from April 17 – 30, 2010. Contact CreateSpace today to learn more about the services that are right for you.

Best wishes,
The authonomy team

CreateSpace reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate or modify this promotion at any time.

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