BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Nov. 27, 2012 –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, non- fiction, 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 Chief Executive Officer 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 alone, 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’s 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 Speaker’s Bureau, powered by Speakerfile, helps authors connect to a world of potential speaking opportunities and establish themselves as a credible voice in their field.
- 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.