BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (PRWEB) April 21, 2014
Author Solutions, LLC, a Penguin Random House company and the world leader in supported self-publishing services, announced at last weekend’s WonderCon Anaheim an alliance with the famous Golden Apple Comics to provide graphic novelists supported self-publishing and marketing services.
Available through Author Solutions’ flagship AuthorHouse imprint, the new graphic novel publishing package leverages AuthorHouse’s industry-leading supported self-publishing expertise with promotional opportunities made possible by Golden Apple’s prominence in the marketplace.
“The rise in the popularity of graphic novels in recent years has coincided somewhat with the rapid expansion of self-publishing,” said Andrew Phillips, Author Solutions CEO. “Working with Golden Apple to expand opportunities for graphic novelists and increase available content for this genre’s growing group of fans makes a lot of sense.”
Graphic novels are broadly defined as novel-length comic books, with the origins of the genre tracing back to the 1978 release of “Contract with God.” Graphic novel sales in the U.S. and Canada grew to $335 million in 2012—the most recent year from which sales data is available—with 2013 sales expected to be even higher based on data from the industry ICv2 whitepaper delivered last October at New York ComicCon. This expansion was bolstered by rising sales through online outlets like Amazon and increased popularity of books in digital form.
“These days, most homes have a tablet or eReader, if not both, and graphic novels are perfect media for these devices,” Phillips added. “Increased digital delivery options, the genre’s growing popularity, and new publishing avenues for graphic novelists creates an ideal environment for continued rapid growth in this category.”
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About Author Solutions, LLC:
Author Solutions, LLC, is a Penguin Random House company and the world leader in providing supported self-publishing services. Author Solutions’ leading self-publishing imprints—AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Palibrio, Trafford Publishing and Xlibris—have helped nearly 180,000 authors self-publish, promote and bring to market more than 225,000 new titles. Through strategic alliances with leading trade publishers, Author Solutions is making it possible to develop new literary talent efficiently and provide authors with a platform for bringing their books to market. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, Author Solutions’ global reach includes imprints developed specifically for authors in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Singapore and India. For more information, please visit authorsolutions.com. Follow @authorsolutions on Twitter and “Like” us at facebook.com/AuthorSolutions for the latest self-publishing news.