Simon & Schuster to Launch Self-Publishing Service Powered by Author Solutions: Archway Publishing

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Simon & Schuster is joining Penguin and other full-service publishers in entering into the self-publishing business. In partnership with Author Solutions (now owned by Penguin), the company is launching Archway Publishing, “a new self-publishing service with a focus on fiction, nonfiction, business and children’s categories,” according to a statement (below).

The company is entering into the business because of its quick growth, said Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy in the statement. “Through Archway Publishing, Simon & Schuster is pleased to be part of the rapidly expanding self-publishing segment of our industry,” she said.

In addition to the editing, design and distribution services Author Solutions offers, Archway Publishing will also have a concierge service to help authors through the publishing process with a dedicated guide; access for its authors to the Edelweiss book catalog that retailers and libraries use to make purchasing decisions; a speakers bureau; and access to video production and distribution for book promotion.

Read more in the statement below.

[Press Release]

Simon & Schuster and Author Solutions Launch Archway Publishing

Leading trade publisher and leading self-publishing services provider to offer authors a self-publishing experience focused on specific categories, unique services and the opportunity for discovery

Simon & Schuster, Inc., and Author Solutions, Inc., (ASI) today announced the launch of Archway Publishing, a new self-publishing service with a focus on fiction, nonfiction, business and children’s categories.

“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 percent from 133,036 titles in 2010. Through ASI, a leading provider of professional self-publishing services, Archway is offering the premier publishing solution for authors interested in achieving their publishing goals and reaching their audiences through self-publishing.

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, industry-wide 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.

“The collaboration between Simon & Schuster and Author Solutions brings an entirely new level of expertise, experience and opportunity to the marketplace. It truly is the best time in history to be an author,” said Author Solutions CEO Kevin Weiss.

For more information about Archway Publishing or to begin publishing a book today, please visit: www.archwaypublishing.com.

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ABOUT ARCHWAY PUBLISHING
Archway Publishing is a strategic self-publishing alliance between leading global publisher Simon & Schuster and self-publishing world leader, Author Solutions, Inc., (ASI). For more information about Archway Publishing, please visit www.archwaypublishing.com. For the latest news, follow @ArchwayPub on Twitter and “Like” on Facebook.

ABOUT SIMON & SCHUSTER
Simon & Schuster, part of the CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children‘s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.simonandschuster.com.

ABOUT AUTHOR SOLUTIONS, INC.
Author Solutions, Inc., (ASI) is a world leader in indie book publishing. ASI’s leading self-publishing imprints — AuthorHouse, AuthorHouse UK, iUniverse, Palibrio, Trafford Publishing and Xlibris—have helped more than 150,000 authors self-publish, promote and bring to market more than 190,000 new titles. Through strategic alliances with leading trade publishers, ASI is making it possible to develop new literary talent efficiently and providing authors with a platform for bringing their books to market. Headquartered in Bloomington, Ind., ASI’s global reach includes imprints developed specifically for authors in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.authorsolutions.com and follow @authorsolutions on Twitter for the latest news.

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