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The iUniverse Guide to Supported Self-Publishing
Build Your Book on Our Foundation of Excellence
You don't have to search long to find a self-publisher. But when you expect more from your supported self-publishing partner, one option becomes clear.
iUniverse was founded on traditional publishing roots with the belief that the best in book publishing should be available to all authors. So we hold ourselves to a higher standard and provide you with opportunities for editorial excellence and professional advancement.
Discover why iUniverse is peerless in the world of self-publishing.
Take Your Book Beyond
Publishing is just the beginning. iUniverse can help you take your book places.
A Penguin Random House Company
iUniverse is one of the most storied imprints in the Author Solutions family, the self-publishing group acquired by the world's first truly global tradebook publisher.
Open Book Editions
A Berrett-Koehler Partner
Connect with Berrett-Koehler's mission-minded publishing philosophy.
Indie Bookstore Signing and Stocking Packages
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Establish yourself with a book signing and stocking in a bookstore near you.
Indigo Chapters Packages
Canada's largest book retailer has a book signing and shelf space waiting for you and your book.
Recognition for a Book Well Done
Publishing a book may be applause-worthy, but iUniverse authors can experience an even greater response. Our recognition programs not only come with bragging rights, but also benefits that can help improve the marketability of your book.
The STAR award is reserved for those books that demonstrate success both in unit sales and editorial quality. Taken under the wing of the program's partner agency, Star titles are shopped to domestic and international publishers for potential rights acquisition.
iUniverse watches up-and-coming authors with proven editorial quality and a strong marketing platform for inclusion in the Rising Star program. Benefits include presentation of your book to Barnes & Noble for possible placement within bookstores.
Editor's Choice titles, hand-selected by iUniverse editors, automatically receive consideration for advancement to the Rising Star level.
Learn how you can qualify for iUniverse recognition programs at iuniverse.com/recognition.
Connecting the Dots
iUniverse brings it all together to create the most professional version of your book.
You want a book you can be proud to share. Whether your manuscript needs a little or a lot of polishing, the iUniverse editorial team offers its critical eye to help make your book as clean and ready for readers as possible. In fact, our editorial evaluation is what helps set iUniverse titles apart in the marketplace.
"The iUniverse editing actually was the most profound part for me. Your gift is that you write well. Their gift is that they make you look like an even better writer than you actually are."
- Terry Hawkins, Why Wait to Be Great? It's Either Now or Too Late
, iUniverse title acquired by Berrett-Koehler
You bring your idea; our designers bring the expertise, and from our combined efforts emerges a cover that's as personally satisfying as it is professional.
Margins, spacing, image placement – no worries. Our skilled book production team understands how to design the right interior layout to complement your book's genre.
Let's make it official. ISBN and U.S. Copyright registration are musts for any serious author. But you have better things to spend your time on, so iUniverse handles all the logistics for you.
You want people to be able to buy your book anytime, anywhere. Publishing with iUniverse means your book will be available through Amazon.com, BN.com, iBooks Store and thousands of other online book retailers worldwide.
You won't have to rent a storage unit to house books. iUniverse lets you order as many copies as you need (at author discount pricing for volume orders) delivered straight to your door.
You can have it all, and your readers can too. We deliver e-book formats that can be read on most major devices (iPad®, Kindle™ and more) as well as bookstore-quality printing of paperback and hardcover books.
Self-publishing your book means you can profit from its success. As an iUniverse author, you'll receive a royalty check based on the number of print and e-book sales made through the retail channel or iUniverse website each quarter.
Get started by finding the right publishing package for your goals at iuniverse.com/publishingpackages.
Target your audience with the right marketing mix.
"My iUniverse publicist spent three months publicizing my book. I couldn't be more impressed with what she did and how she did it. My publicist is creative,energetic, persistent, organized and accessible."
- Greg Dobbs, Life in the Wrong Lane
Today's most successful writers are promoters as well as published authors. Make your transition from publication to promotion with help from our wide-ranging expertise and opportunities. See the scope of iUniverse author-marketing services at iuniverse.com/marketing.
"Participating in the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books became a life-altering career experience. When it was time for me to sign my book, there was a long line of readers waiting at the table. That moment will be forever etched in my memory."
- J.K. Scott, Shades of Truth
Your book can make its public debut in some of the most widely seen publications and even be featured on television, radio and more.
Few things are more beneficial for a book than a positive review, feature article or online following. Enter the news cycle with help from the iUniverse publicity team, which can work to spread the word and find you coverage, not to mention show you the ropes.
Best-selling authors, big-name publishers, Hollywood executives and you – iUniverse gives you the chance to sell and celebrate. Leave your mark at top-publishing industry events, such as:
- Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
- Miami Book Fair International
- AARP Life@50+
- Book-to-Screen PitchFest
"I had hand-holding along the way if I didn't know how to do something."
- Carol Hoenig, Without Grace
Seeing is believing, especially when views, likes and shares indicate what resonates with audiences. Author and book videos help your book get in front of readers, so that they can get behind it.
We're on the Same Page
… and that's a great place to start.
Your book is in good hands with iUniverse. Before long, we can have a good book in your hands too.
Call 1-800-AUTHORS (1-800-288-4677)
to talk with one of our publishing professionals about your manuscript and publishing goals.