FastPencil Gains Momentum with Best-Selling Authors on FastPencil Premiere

Authors Who Have Sold More Than 170 Million Books Combined Make the Switch to Utilize FastPencil's Premium Service

Oct 14, 2010, 10:13 ET from FastPencil

CAMPBELL, Calif., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- FastPencil today announced the addition of world-class authors who are signing to FastPencil Premiere, a new and exclusive publishing imprint where top-tier and best-selling authors can create and publish books with all the advantages of FastPencil's next-generation digital and social media publishing services. FastPencil gives them the opportunity to publish their books in print and digital formats in a timely manner while collecting higher margins and maintaining complete control every step of the way.

The exclusive publishing imprint has added:

  • Jim Dratfield – Author of almost a dozen popular animal oriented fine art photographic coffee table books and creative director behind Petography® traveling the country offering photo commissions of people's pets
  • Steve Greenberg – The Innovation Insider and author of "GADGET NATION: A Journey Through The Eccentric World of Invention"
  • Mark Victor Hansen – Co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises, Inc. and co-author of the upcoming book "U R The Solution"
  • Angela Sage Larsen – Author of the seven-book series for children, "Good Things Come on Tiny Wings: The Adventures of Petalwink the Fairy"
  • Steven Pressfield – Author of the international bestsellers, "The Legend of Bagger Vance," "Gates of Fire," "Tides of War," "Last of the Amazons," "The Virtues of War," "The Afghan Campaign" and "Killing Rommel." "The War of Art," an autobiographical treatise on the life of the artist, is his only work of nonfiction

"Whether you're a first-time author or have hundreds of titles, you rely on your publisher to move you through the process of getting your book to market as swiftly and effectively as possible, but up until this point that process has taken years," said Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of "U R the Solution." "FastPencil has become the author's advocate, partner and best friend – providing the technology, tools, social media resources, promotion, marketing, sales tools and expertise we need in order to get our work out to the broadest audience possible and in a time-sensitive manner."

Steven Pressfield, author of many best-selling books including "Tides of War," "Virtues of War," "Gates of Fire," "The Last of the Amazons," and perhaps most notably, "The Legend of Bagger Vance" and "War of Art," has turned to FastPencil Premiere in order to publish "War of Art" in digital formats, leveraging the write-once, publish anywhere approach for his word of mouth sensation.

"I believe 'War of Art' has been a success in part because of the formatting - with short chapters, it is easy and enjoyable to read," said Steven Pressfield. "At first it seemed that creating a similar experience in ebook format was going to prove difficult, but the team at FastPencil worked hand in hand with us to be sure that the digital version stayed true to the vision. FastPencil's creativity and attention to detail and customer service is top-notch."

Jim Dratfield's Petography® has a client list that includes Jennifer Aniston, Oscar de la Renta, Henry Kissinger and Len Riggio, and he's published ten books including "A Dog For All Seasons," "Dogography," "Pug Shots," "The Quotable Equine," "Underdogs" and "Day of the Dachshund." His next two books "DOGPHORIA presented by PETCO" and "Animals that Serve & Heal," represented by Focus Media, Inc., are available through FastPencil Premiere in digital and print formats at http://premiere.fastpencil.com.

Steve Greenberg, The Innovation Insider, is the author of "GADGET NATION: A Journey Through The Eccentric World of Invention" and as a man known for hunting down innovation, he could not help but embrace the innovation of FastPencil Premiere to publish his book in digital formats. Steve is on the board of the United Inventors Association (UIA) and he routinely appears on NBC's Today Show demonstrating innovative products. Steve is also seen showcasing the latest new gadgets on television programs seen in America's largest television markets including New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Miami, Washington, DC and Houston. He also writes for several magazines, newspapers and websites. His "Innovation Insider" features appear in the Miami Herald, Air Currents magazine, ROOMS magazine, www.WhatsWowNow.com, www.GadgetNation.net, and others.

Mark Victor Hansen is co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises, Inc., the popular brand that has almost 200 titles in print and has sold more than 150 million "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books worldwide. His other best-selling books include "The One Minute Millionaire," "Cracking the Millionaire Code," "How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life," "The Aladdin Factor," "Dare to Win" and "The Power of Focus." Hansen's newest book, "U R the Solution," co-authored with writer-director-producer Bill Froehlich ("MacGyver," "Hart to Hart," "Outer Limits") will be available through FastPencil Premiere in October.

Angela Sage Larsen's seven-book series for children, "Good Things Come on Tiny Wings: The Adventures of Petalwink the Fairy," is available in ebook formats through FastPencil Premiere. Larsen's "Fifties Chix," a young adult series that will be based on her blog telling the stories of five girls in 1955 who wake up to find they are fifty-five years into the future, will soon be available on FastPencil Premiere as well, in print and ebook formats.

"FastPencil wanted to create a space where experienced and successful writers could write and publish books by leveraging high-quality services and unparalleled technology," said Steve Wilson, FastPencil co-founder and CEO. "With the success of FastPencil Premiere, celebrated authors realize the benefits of going direct to their audience as it's proven to be simple, quick, lucrative and transparent from start to finish."

This terrific group of authors is joining Guy Gilchrist, whose "The Best of Today's Dogg" is already available through FastPencil Premiere, Premiere.Fastpencil.com, in hardcover, paperback and ebook formats. Together they all represent the first group of landmark best selling, established and highly popular authors and illustrators joining the Premiere imprint, making FastPencil Premiere a formidable publishing presence.

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