Publishers Weekly, the definitive magazine to the industry as a whole that dates back to early roots in the late 1800s, is reaching out to self-published authors with an opportunity to showcase their indie books in quarterly issues of PW. This program, referred to as PW Select, is a fee-based option to give indie authors a much needed source of recognition and marketing for their works, although the cost is included in paid subscriptions to the magazine.
While PW is showcasing these works and will be selecting 25 per quarter for full reviews from their staffers, the magazine has partnered with recent ebook creation and publication startup Vook to offer authors an all-inclusive location from which to build their masterpieces.
“It’s thrilling to partner with industry leader Publishers Weekly to offer this valuable proposition to authors,” said Matt Cavnar, v-p of business development at Vook, in a press release. “Vook makes it easy for authors to create great-looking e-books, distribute them to the major marketplaces, track their sales, and have control over the entire process. With PW’s exceptional editorial acumen and Vook’s technology solution, authors now have the opportunity to realize their vision effectively in digital books.”
This partnership means PW will also be considering digital editions in its quarterly review option. The availability for authors comes at a price–$149 for listing in the PW Select bound issues, $199 to utilize PW’s services as well as Vook’s—but will include such features as ebook conversion to ePub for Barnes&Noble distribution, as well as compatible formats for Apple iBooks and Kindle. The service will also include automatic upload to those distribution channels.
Authors who opt to enroll their manuscripts in the non-exclusive PW Select will have to wait a little longer, as the launch of this indie author-centric platform won’t take place until April 25th.