Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI), the world leader in indie book publishing, announced today that “The Procrastinator’s Digest,” by Timothy A. Pychal, Ph.D., which he self-published with Xlibris, has been acquired by Tarcher, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA).  “Tarcher/Penguin is excited to sign up one of Author Solutions’ success stories and bring it  to an even wider audience,” said Joel Fotinos, vice president and publisher, Tarcher/Penguin.

Today, Indiana University Press launched a new digital imprint, INshort, which will publish short e-content on contemporary and historical issues and provide discerning readers with short, engaging views of important and compelling topics in multiple formats. Titles in the series will feature original content from award-winning authors and will also showcase carefully selected excerpts from previously published IU Press books and journals.

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.”

Beginning July 1, Indiana University will establish a new Office of Scholarly Publishing, newly appointed IU executive vice president and provost of the Bloomington campus Lauren Robel announced.

Author Solutions, Inc., the world leader in indie book publishing, announced it is offering a resource for entertainment industry leaders to quickly and effectively find, source and vet new content for film and TV development consideration. The ASI Hollywood Database is a first-of-its-kind online service that organizes the themes and ideas from books self-published through ASI imprints into a searchable database easily navigated by qualified entertainment professionals.

A blown knee, an injured ankle and a couch. What started as a chance encounter between a movie producer and a children's book author—both nursing injuries while at a brunch hosted by a mutual friend—has turned into a cross-media franchise to promote the recently published children's book "The Black Belt Club." The happenstance meeting led the people behind the book down a path with other savvy publishing companies engaging in a new wave of audience-building, sales-enhancing efforts that utilize multiple media. Michel Shane, co-president of Hand Picked Films Inc. in Los Angeles, had injured his knee while skiing. Dawn Barnes, karate-guru-turned-author, had injured her ankle.

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