Penguin Random House South Africa and Author Solutions, LLC, Launch Partridge Africa

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Partridge to provide supported self-publishing opportunities for authors in South Africa and surrounding countries.

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Penguin Random House South Africa announced Wednesday the launch of Partridge Africa—the latest expansion for the fast-growing brand powered by Author Solutions, LLC, the industry’s leading provider of supported self-publishing services. Partridge Africa will serve South African authors, as well as the authorship of surrounding nations, by providing a comprehensive selection of professional publishing, design, distribution and promotional services.

“Since Author Solutions joined the Penguin Random House family, continued global growth remains at the forefront of our development as an organization,” said Andrew Phillips, Author Solutions’ president and CEO. “We have seen a high interest in our services from Africa for a long time now, and we are delighted to be working with Penguin Random House South Africa on this very exciting new publishing venture. The vision we have for Partridge is to provide the highest-quality service with products priced appropriately for the market. I have no doubt that Partridge Africa will be a huge success.”

Designed to meet the varying needs and goals of authors in Africa, this new publishing brand will offer authors direct access to a comprehensive range of professional publishing services that include the following:

  •     Consultation with a publishing professional
  •     Cover and layout design
  •     Copyediting
  •     Book availability in print and digital formats
  •     Online book distribution
  •     Publicity and marketing

"Our strategy is to nurture and grow our already fine reputation as the home of choice for some of the finest African writers. With the launch of Partridge Africa, we will be able to provide publishing services to more writers," said Steve Connolly, managing director of Penguin Random House South Africa. "This also heralds Penguin Random House South Africa’s latest expansion into a market rich with literary history, opening up fresh self-publishing opportunities to writers representing all of Africa’s vibrant storytelling cultures. Partridge Africa’s goal is to give authors with an avenue to showcase and share their stories by equipping them with the tools and services necessary to publish both across the continent and globally."

Partridge Africa’s opening follows the March 2014 introduction of Partridge Singapore—a partnership between Author Solutions and Penguin Books Singapore, created to serve the needs of authors throughout Singapore, Malaysia and the region. Penguin Books India and Author Solutions introduced the Partridge brand with the February 2013 unveiling of Partridge India.

To learn about Partridge Africa’s supported self-publishing services, please visit and follow @PartridgeAfrica on Twitter.

For more information about Author Solutions’ supported self-publishing services, log on to; and follow @authorsolutions on Twitter and “Like” us at for our latest news.

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 Follow @authorsolutions on Twitter and “Like” us at for the latest self-publishing news.

About Partridge Africa
Partridge Africa, a Penguin Random House company, is a supported self-publishing brand powered by Author Solutions LLC. Through Partridge, authors in Africa are given direct access to a comprehensive range of expert publishing services—consultation with and author support from a team of professionals, online book distribution, book availability in print and digital formats, cover and layout design, editing, and many others—that meet industry standards but are more accessible to the market. For more information, visit and follow @partridgeAfrica on Twitter for the latest news.

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