FastPencil and National Book Network Partner to Give FastPencil Authors Key Access to Top Retailers

FastPencil Authors Benefit from Prominent Placement at Major Book Retailers and National Book Network Authors Access Ground-Breaking Publishing Services

Oct 06, 2010, 10:13 ET from FastPencil

CAMPBELL, Calif., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- FastPencil, the next-generation publisher, and National Book Network, an independent, full-service sales, marketing and distribution company that works with independent publishers of fiction, non-fiction and children's books, today announced a partnership that enables National Book Network to distribute FastPencil Premiere imprint titles to leading booksellers, including Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Borders, Costco and Wal-Mart, for prominent placement.

FastPencil Premiere, a landmark next-generation publishing imprint for established best-selling authors as well as highly selective top first-time authors that come through, will leverage National Book Network's longstanding relationships with major retailers in North America, Europe and Asia to provide prominent visibility for the authors. The partnership also allows authors and independent publishers affiliated with National Book Network to integrate easily with FastPencil's publishing tools to streamline the publishing process.

"As one of the largest trade book distributors in North America, we have never partnered with a digital publisher, but FastPencil's next-generation processes, proprietary technology and the new FastPencil Premiere imprint really set them apart," said Rich Freese, President of National Book Network. "Traditionally a lot of time, energy and money is poured into book production, when we believe that effort should instead be spent on marketing a book. The opportunity to use FastPencil's engine to produce books and ebooks will allow us to offer our publishers the chance to get books out efficiently, effectively and for a fraction of the cost."

Some FastPencil Premiere authors include proven best-sellers Guy Gilchrist, author of "The Best of Today's Dogg" among many other globally-acclaimed comic strips, Jim Dratfield, author of a dozen popular pet books and owner of the New York City pet photography studio and Angela Sage Larsen, author of the children's book series, "Good Things Come on Tiny Wings: The Adventures of Petalwink the Fairy."

"This partnership gives both companies unprecedented opportunity to play off each other's strengths," said Steve Wilson, co-founder and CEO of FastPencil. "In working with the National Book Network, we can continue to offer authors around the globe the chance to publish their books in weeks rather than months or years, providing them with transparency throughout the process, higher margins on sales, increased royalties and now premium placement online and in the brick-and-mortar stores we all love."

About National Book Network

Founded in 1986, National Book Network is a dynamic, service-oriented sales, marketing, and distribution company servicing North American and overseas publishers of commercial fiction and nonfiction books and audio titles. Customers include every venue for book sales, including traditional, nontraditional and online accounts in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Europe. The growth in almost 25 years of serving publishers is based on the successful partnerships developed and cultivated with each client. National Book Network provides them extensive, in-depth sales and marketing services to make them better, more successful publishers. For more information please visit

About FastPencil

FastPencil is leveraging innovative digital-publishing, social media, print-on-demand and e-book distribution technologies to deliver next-generation publishing, offering authors simplicity, more control, speed to market and higher margins. enables authors to create books online, collaborate, publish and distribute from one engaging, simple, cost-effective solution. Beyond publishing tools and services, FastPencil also maintains a world-class, publishing imprint, FastPencil Premiere, an exclusive line of general interest titles that provides top-tier and best-selling authors all the benefits of FastPencil's services to produce and publish the best of the best in book content. For more information please visit

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