Is 'Self-publish' No Longer a Dirty Word? Author Solutions Inc. CEO Kevin Weiss explains why some major publishers now are embracing this model.
While the term "self-publishing" still may carry a stigma for many in the book industry, the ranks of major publishers embracing the concept are on the rise, and Bloomington, Ind.-based Author Solutions Inc. (ASI) is a part of that turning tide.
In October, ASI—which provides self-publishing services to authors and publishers, and is the parent company of self-publishing imprints AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Trafford Publishing and Xlibris—partnered with religious publisher Thomas Nelson to create a self-publishing arm, WestBow Press. The following month, ASI announced a similar partnership with romance publisher Harlequin to create Dellarte Press.