Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Author Solutions Buys Another Competitor

Indiana-based self-publishing company Author Solutions has recently purchased Xlibris, a high-end self-publisher based in Philadelphia (see the IBJ report here). Xlibris has 500 employees and Author Solutions has 400. VP Terry Dwyer, a Macmillan Computer Publishing exec from way back, says he doesn't expect any layoffs as a result.

The report says Dwyer expects this to be a strong year for the company. I can see his point--to a point. If traditional publishers are cutting back acquisitions and reducing advances, many more people who might have gotten a deal before will take a closer look at self-publishing. But how many other people might be putting their self-publishing dreams on hold a little longer because they can't raise the capital it takes to engage a self-publisher's services?

Just a few weeks ago, Author Solutions put out a general call for freelancers of all types. Here are the details on that:

Requirements: This is a flexible, freelance position that is perfect for those looking for regular work or for projects to work on when they have free time.

Author Solutions, including iUniverse and AuthorHouse seeks experienced book editors and manuscript readers. Experience with major traditional book publishers preferred. High-speed Internet and Microsoft Word required.

Applications welcome from candidates with hands-on book experience in manuscript critiquing, proofreading, indexing, copyediting, line editing, content editing, developmental editing, book doctoring, and ghostwriting. Applicants with backgrounds as acquisitions editors, book reviewers or agents also welcome.

About Our Company: Author Solutions is the leading supported self-publishing service provider using POD technology to provide authors with professional, affordable, and fast service. http://www.authorsolutions.com/

Contact: Editorial Freelance Coordinator,
Author Solutions Editorial Department
E-mail: http://us.mc556.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=freelancers@authorsolutions.com
Address: 1663 Liberty Drive
Bloomington, Indiana 47403

Special Instructions: Please send cover letter and resume to http://us.mc556.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=freelancers@authorsolutions.com

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