Is this really what we think it is? Cuz no matter how you spin it, this looks to us like a big-time Old Media company working like mad to take the “self” out of self-publishing:
by Jason Boog (GalleyCat)
Simon & Schuster has created Archway Publishing to help writers self-publish fiction, nonfiction, business and children’s books.
Archway Publishing will include “editorial, design, distribution and marketing services” for its authors, all these tools coming from Author Solutions. Fiction options range from $1,999 Author package to the $14,999 Publicist package. The business book options start at $2,199 and go as high as $24,999.
You can read about pricing options and royalties in the company FAQ at this link. Here’s more from the release:
…the following services will be Archway Publishing exclusives: Concierge Service – Authors will have the option to work with a dedicated publishing guide who will coordinate each step of the book production process. Bookseller Catalog – Archway titles will be included in Edelweiss, the leading, industry-wide online catalog available to major retailers, wholesalers, libraries, bloggers and thousands of industry professionals. The Archway Speakers Bureau, powered by Speakerfile, helps authors connect to a world of potential speaking opportunities and establish themselves as credible voices in their fields. Premier Video Production and Distribution– Archway authors will have the opportunity to create high-quality videos and book trailers for distribution to major online video networks.
Hmm. Sounds like a lotta $$$ that could be better spent elsewhere to us. Another way for rich hobbyists to make themselves look cool, while those w/o the dough limp along on our own. But what do we know?