Writer’s Digest has ended its direct association with Author Solutions Inc. (ASI). Abbott Press was a division of Writer’s Digest (owned by Cincinnati based F+W Media) and was one of several self-publishing services run and powered by ASI. It was launched in January 2011, but the imprint will continue to be run by ASI and both companies are in the process of removing logos and affiliations.
The launch of Abbott Press was greeted with a mixed reception, much in the way WestBow Press and DellArte Press were greeted in 2009, when large publishers began launching self-publishing imprints.
Writer’s Digest owners F+W Media were always aware of the precarious links with ASI from day one of the announced partnership. Back then F+W Media’s Phil Sexton was certainly well-briefed and aware with the launch of Abbott Press that the reputation of Writer’s Digest was also on the line commenting:
It’s a scary line to be walking, particularly if we don’t handle it properly.~ Phil Sexton, F+W Media
Since then, ASI has been the focus of a class action lawsuit by three of its authors.
TIPM is also aware that at least one other ASI publisher client has ended its association this year.
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