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Simon & Schuster launches self-publishing program

Simon & Schuster is the newest member of the big six publishers to enter the self-publishing market.

S&S has created a separate house called Archway Publishing, in partnership with Author Solutions, one of the U.S.’s largest self-publishing companies. Author Solutions will staff the operation, which will have a broad focus on fiction, non-fiction, business, and children’s books.

In a statement, S&S president and CEO Carolyn Reidy says, “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.”

In addition to editorial, design, and distribution services, Archway aims to differentiate itself by offering customized packages, which include access to a video department for book trailers, inclusion in wholesale catalogues, and a speaker’s bureau. According to The New York Times, the service won’t come cheap: prices range from $1,599 to $24,999.

The partnership puts S&S in close relation with rival Penguin. In July, Penguin’s parent company, Pearson, purchased Author Solutions for $116 million.