Author Solutions to Expand Its Global HQ

Publishing Operations in South Central IndianaPublisher to Relocate Jobs from China as Part of Indiana Expansion

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Governor Mitch Daniels joined executives from global book publisher and marketer Author Solutions Inc. today to announce the company's plans to expand its world headquarters and publishing operation, creating more than 140 new jobs.

Author Solutions, a global provider of self-publishing and marketing services under the brands of AuthorHouse, iUniverse and Wordclay, will invest more than $4.5 million to consolidate its Shanghai, China publishing operation into its 36,837 square-foot south central Indiana corporate publishing campus.

Author Solutions' continued investment in Indiana brings further diversity to our economy and creates the types of 21st Century jobs needed to keep our best and brightest in the state after college graduation," Daniels said.

The company, which employs 230 associates in Bloomington and 50 in Indianapolis, is currently identifying candidates for creative, customer service and technology positions.

"Bloomington and Central Indiana provide the ideal environment for our company to continue to expand," said Kevin Weiss, president and chief executive officer of Author Solutions. "There is a strong creative community from which to draw and the talent from Indiana colleges provides us with a work force prepared to be successful in a fast-paced industry like self publishing."

More than 75 percent the Author Solutions' employees are graduates of Indiana universities, many of whom who hold degrees from Indiana University in Bloomington, Weiss said.

Created in 2006 when California-based Bertram Capital acquired Bloomington-based AuthorHouse, Author Solutions has grown to become the world's largest self-publishing company. Author Solutions is expected to publish nearly 17,000 titles for distribution in the US in 2008.

In September, Author Solutions announced the acquisition of Nebraska-based self-publisher iUniverse, and in April relocated the operations of iUniverse to Bloomington. That move added 30,000 of its former rival's books to its library of more than 50,000 titles giving ASI a total of 80,000 titles.

"I have been part of a small local firm for the last seven years, and every day I see the benefits of locally-centered businesses that provide good jobs and reinvest in our community," said Vic Kelson, president of the Monroe County Council. "When we invest in local business, we help our neighbors succeed, and that helps us all. Author Solutions is an example of the kind of creativity found in Monroe County, and I am pleased that they intend to expand their local operations. I am especially pleased that they plan to bring jobs from overseas back into Monroe County."

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Author Solutions up to $575,000 in performance-based tax credits and up to $100,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. The Monroe County Commissioners and the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation have supported property tax abatement to assist the company with new job creation in Monroe County.

The announcement of Author Solutions growth in Indiana comes less than six months after the company launched its web-based self-publishing brand Wordclay. The free online publishing tool simplifies the online self-publishing process by guiding users step-by-step through the publishing process from manuscript to a completed, self-published book.