Author Solutions – Why Work For Us?

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The leading supported self-publishing company in the world

At Author Solutions, we have helped more than 160,000 authors self-publish, promote, and bring to market more than 200,000 new titles and reach their publishing goals. Through our leading self-publishing imprints—AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Trafford and Xlibris, and through strategic alliances with leading trade publishers, such as Thomas Nelson and Hay House, we have helped lead an indie revolution in publishing. In addition to helping the dreams of aspiring authors come true in the US and Canada, we also offer self-publishing imprints in the UK, Spain, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

All the services an author would need

Our comprehensive suite services include everything from prepublication services, such as editing and illustrations, to publishing design and formatting, to marketing and publicity, to distribution in all print and digital formats. In fact, we currently have more than 130,000 titles available for all e-book readers.

Hollywood has noticed

Along with helping authors get their books into the hands of readers, we have also helped them get their work into the hands of Hollywood entertainment executives who are looking for new ideas for film and television. Our unique Book-to-Screen services and Book-to-Screen Pitchfest give authors unprecedented access to entertainment executives who want to find new material to adapt for the screen and stage. We have also created a one-of-a-kind database called the Author Solutions Hollywood Database, which can only be accessed by qualified entertainment executives who want to peruse our tagged content to find the next big idea for the big screen or television series.

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Book publishers, retailers and printers agree: we have all the services and support you need to launch an imprint

At Author Solutions, we have launched a number of groundbreaking self-publishing imprints with leading traditional publishers. With these strategic partnerships, we develop everything including the initial website design, products and services and the lead generation plan. In addition, we provide all sales, production, fulfillment and customer support. These imprints provide a unique opportunity for authors who want to make sure their book is being watched by a traditional publisher, but they also present an unmatched opportunity for the partner to discover new talent cost-efficiently.

By utilizing our proprietary ERP and CRM publishing platform, we are able to move into the market very quickly and offer the full range of prepublication, publishing, marketing and distribution services authors need.

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    One of the best employers in Central/Southern Indiana

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    Current Employee - Publishing Consultant in Bloomington, IN
    Current Employee - Publishing Consultant in Bloomington, IN

    I have been working at Author Solutions full-time (more than 10 years)

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    Pros

    Owned by Penguin Random House, this employer takes care of it's employees. The starting pay is aggressive plus the added bonuses and commissions can triple or quad triple your annual earnings here. There is no ceiling on what you earn. Health benefits are stellar and most likely the best in the country. Just after a year with the company, an employee can earn over a month of vacation/personal time/sick time. After 10 years, the company grants a one month paid sabbatical on top of a full four weeks vacation. I've been with this company for over 10 years and have advanced in annual earnings each year. The position of Publishing Consultant is inspiring and rewarding. The secret of a successful career at Author Solutions is dedication, hard work, honesty and integrity.

    Cons

    The cons are minimum. The Sales and Marketing positions at Author Solutions are not for everyone. The growth of this company is massive which can sometimes lead to hiring the wrong individuals for a position. This is a fast paced, high growth and earnings company. I've worked with some of the former employees that have reviewed this company in a negative light and can honestly say that they simply were not cut out for this environment. Although this is a sales position, it requires a level of intelligence and an understanding of the publishing business, all which is taught on the job. The products and services offered by Author Solutions are targeted to each individual client. The former employees that left Author Solutions on a bad note were simply unable to grasp this concept or lost patience in the process of learning.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to challenge and reward employees. We have some of the best career minded, hard working people in Indiana as part of our family in Bloomington and Indianapolis.

Author Solutions Interviews

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    I applied online using a resume and online form/application. The waiting period was about a week to hear back via email. Was called for an in-person interview with the person who would become my future boss. Interview was very casual and laid back, questions were very standard: What do you know about the company? Why do you want to work here? Where do you see yourself in 5 years and why? What were your favorite things about past positions before applying here?

    After the interview, there was a short "writing test" administered, to test knowledge of grammar, style and overall writing ability. It took less than a half-hour to complete and was very basic.

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    • I was asked if the nature of the job would bother me (a very routine, monotonous work environment). Of course I said no, because I wanted the job and was wearing rose-colored glasses at the time.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiation on pay, but it was my first job out of college so I didn't have much power. I was sent an employee agreement with my offer of salary and had to accept or reject the offer within 24 hours.

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Additional Info

Website www.authorsolutions.com
Headquarters Bloomington, IN
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 2004
Type Company - Public
Industry Media
Revenue $25 to $50 million (USD) per year

Author Solutions, LLC, is a Penguin Random House company and the world leader in supported self-publishing. 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... More

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