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Simon & Schuster and Author Solutions Launch Self-Publishing Service
Simon & Schuster, Inc., and Author Solutions, Inc., (ASI) announced the launch of Archway Publishing, a new self-publishing service with a focus on fiction, nonfiction, business, and children’s categories. Archway Publishing will offer a wide range of editorial, design, distribution, and marketing services, provided by Author Solutions to help authors create the highest quality self-published books.
In addition, the following services will be Archway Publishing exclusives:
- Concierge Service—Authors will have the option to work with a dedicated publishing guide who will coordinate each step of the book production process.
- Bookseller Catalog—Archway titles will be included in Edelweiss, the leading, industrywide online catalog available to major retailers, wholesalers, libraries, bloggers, and thousands of industry professionals.
- Archway Speakers Bureau—The Archway Speakers Bureau, powered by Speakerfile, helps authors connect to a world of potential speaking opportunities and establish themselves as credible voices in their fields.
- Premier Video Production and Distribution—Archway authors will have the opportunity to create high-quality videos and book trailers for distribution to major online video networks.
“Through Archway Publishing, Simon & Schuster is pleased to be part of the rapidly expanding self-publishing segment of our industry,” said Carolyn Reidy, president and CEO of Simon & Schuster. “Self publishing has become a viable and popular route to publication for many authors, and increasingly a source of content for traditional publishers, including Simon & Schuster. We’re excited that we’ll be able to help more authors find their own path to publication and at the same time create a more direct connection to those self-published authors ready to make the leap to traditional publishing.”
According to Bowker, self-publishing is one of the fastest growing sectors in the publishing industry, with 211,269 self-published titles (based on ISBNs) released last year, up more than 60% from 133,036 titles in 2010.
Source: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Paula J. Hane
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