Author Solutions Signs First 13 Partners to Use DIY Publishing Platform

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Dozens of Printers, Publishers, Organizations, and Online Communities Lining Up to "Monetize Their Communities" with Flexible DIY Publishing Tool from Author Solutions.

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Our DIY publishing platform is a turnkey revenue producer for online communities, printers, retailers, and publishers

Author Solutions (ASI), the world leader in the fastest-growing segment of book publishing, has announced that 13 partners have signed agreements to implement ASI's easy-to-use DIY publishing platform to "monetize their communities." The first organizations to provide this intuitive, economical publishing solution to their customers and members include:

  •     American Heroes
  •     BookCrossing.com/AuthorCrossing.com
  •     Harlem Book Fair
  •     Writing Room/Publishing Room
  •     Booksie
  •     Design2Share
  •     Gather Community Press
  •     Helium.com
  •     LegWork Team Publishing
  •     MoonTown Café
  •     Pneuma Books
  •     The Next Big Writer
  •     The Remembering Site

"Our DIY publishing platform is a turnkey revenue producer for online communities, printers, retailers, and publishers," said Kevin Weiss, Author Solutions president and chief executive officer. "The platform has all of our publishing expertise 'baked in.' It can be skinned with our partners' branding and we provide all necessary IT and back-end support."

ASI, whose Author Services group has published more than 80,000 titles, also utilizes its publishing experience and core competencies to help its DIY publishing partners provide additional services. Marketing, publicity, and distribution are just a few of the additional support services available.

Partners have expressed excitement about the opportunity this platform presents. Scott Sorochak, CEO of BookCrossing.com said, "Our community thrives on sharing literature of all genres, either in person with other members or by releasing books 'into the wild' for other readers to find and enjoy. With this partnership, we're giving our community's authors the ability to release to the world a book they've written."

Lindsay Preston of thewritingroom.com added, "We have chosen to work with Author Solutions because they offer the most effective and proven publishing and marketing solutions in the self-publishing industry. We are fortunate to have been able to partner with such a wonderful organization in our efforts to bring the top-of-the-line publishing services and opportunities to our members."

Another partner, Raymond Foster, is using the DIY publishing platform to establish American Heroes Press. Foster explained why, "ASI provides the highest-quality production and flexibility. Their production, distribution, and marketing expertise, combined with American Heroes Press talent, has enabled us to create a strong contender for the American reader's attention."

Both Preston and Foster will be attending Book Expo America and available for interviews at the ASI booth. Max Rodriguez, president and founder of the Harlem Book Fair (HBF) and HBF books, will also be at BEA and is using the DIY platform to give new voices a chance to be heard. Rodriguez elaborated, "DIY publishing represents the perfect marriage of the delivery of printed information and technology, accurately synced to an ever-quickening reader demand. DIY leapfrogs traditional publishing, giving authors control of content and delivery, and particular to the African-American author, an immediate access to an always voracious and profitable reader market. The HBF imprints, together with Author Solutions' leading print and delivery technologies, will provide an almost sudden appearance of formerly unheard voices. We are excited by the possibilities."

"The demand for the DIY publishing platform has been brisk," according to Scott Walters, director of business development for ASI. "We've got the experience and capabilities to tailor our DIY platform and publishing services to fit the needs of any kind of organization."

To speak with an Author Solutions representative about monetizing your community with the ASI DIY publishing technology, visit booth 4437 at Book Expo America, May 30 - June 1, or contact Scott Walters at 877.655.1722 or bizdev@authorsolutions.com.

About Author Solutions, Inc.
Author Solutions, Inc., (ASI) (http://www.authorsolutions.com) which is owned by Bertram Capital, is the world leader in the fastest-growing segment of publishing. ASI's Author Services brands, iUniverse, AuthorHouse, and Wordclay, have enabled authors to publish and bring to market more than 80,000 titles. ASI's Publishing Services group offers the most flexible DIY publishing tool in the industry. Supported by ASI's extensive publishing expertise, the DIY publishing tool can be white-labeled for communities, printers, retailers, and publishers, to monetize their communities.

ASI provides services around the globe through the AuthorHouse, AuthorHouse UK, Wordclay, and iUniverse brands, from offices located in Bloomington, Ind.; Indianapolis; Milton Keynes, England; New York City; and Shanghai, China.

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