The Bay Area Book Festival + Author Solutions is a bad combo as Author Solutions is well-known as a scam in the writing community. But the festival representatives say it’s okay to associate themselves with this group because it’s a “buyer beware” situation. News flash: If you have to say “Buyer beware,” you probably shouldn’t encourage the service in the first place!
I discovered yesterday that Author Solutions was sponsoring the inaugural Bay Area Book Festival – something at odds with the breathless verbiage on the event’s site:
A new kind of book fair… the largest, most innovative, and most inclusive… [we will] create the nation’s leading book festival.
The event doesn’t take place until June, so I thought it was a good time to try and stage an intervention.
After I sent that tweet I felt a little bad.
Maybe the organizers didn’t know the full history of Author Solutions. Maybe they weren’t aware of the specific scam that Author Solutions runs at events like this. Deciding to give them the benefit of the doubt, I emailed the Executive Director of the festival, Cherilyn Parsons.
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