Author Solutions’ iUniverse Imprint Celebrates 15th Anniversary of Providing Supported Self-Publishing Services to Authors

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“iUniverse’s 15th anniversary gives us the opportunity to look back and celebrate its role as a trailblazer in opening up publishing opportunities to all authors.”

Author Solutions, LLC, a Penguin Random House company and the world’s leading supported self-publishing services provider, is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its iUniverse imprint throughout the month of October.

iUniverse.com, as it was known in its early days, focused on a far different set of services than what is offered today. An early version of the iUniverse.com website stated that “the initial start-up was founded by a handful of people in late 1996, and focused on the educational market and computer-based training.”

Powered by the emergence of print-on-demand technology and the expanding availability of the Internet, iUniverse began offering supported self-publishing services to authors in 1999. As a pioneer of the fledgling self-publishing industry, iUniverse.com’s mission was to “redefine success through technology” by reversing “the former definition that success in publishing meant that a publisher only supported authors with runaway best sellers.”

iUniverse remains a leader in supported self-publishing, highlighted by its unique recognition programs-—Editor’s Choice, Star and Rising Star—which celebrate and support titles that demonstrate high levels of editorial quality and marketability. Additionally, iUniverse maintains strategic partnerships with independent publisher Berrett-Koehler, Penguin Random House’s Tarcher imprint, Indigo Chapters booksellers and Ingram Content Group.

“iUniverse’s 15th anniversary gives us the opportunity to look back and celebrate its role as a trailblazer in opening up publishing opportunities to all authors,” reflected Keith Ogorek, Author Solutions senior vice president of marketing. “The central mission of iUniverse, to essentially ‘break down publishing’s walls’ for all authors, still holds true today.”

Ogorek said that iUniverse will celebrate this landmark moment in the imprint’s history by looking back at important iUniverse titles throughout the years.

“iUniverse has provided a launching pad for thousands of previously unpublished writers, some of whom have had their titles acquired by traditional publishers, seen their books become movies, even gone on to become prominent best-selling authors,” Ogorek added.

Like iUniverse on Facebook at facebook.com/iUniverseSelfPublishing and follow @iUniverseBooks on Twitter to join in on the celebration. To start self-publishing your book today, call 1-800-AUTHORS or visit http://www.iuniverse.com.

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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.

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