A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
World Leader in Publishing Services Steps Up With New Custom Interior Art Services
Bloomington, Ind., 02/16/2005 -- It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. With that statement in mind, AuthorHouse - the world’s largest provider of self-publishing services - recently announced the addition of Custom Illustrative Services to its menu of offerings.
According to Taylor Hess, creative services manager for the publishing company, after being bombarded with inquiries from its authors, AuthorHouse created a system which enables authors to have their works illustrated by in-house, professional artists without breaking the bank.
“If you price what a graphic artist or an illustrator charges on a freelance basis, I think you’ll find that AuthorHouse is more than competitive,” Hess said. “Plus, you have the added bonus of the fact that we keep everything in-house ... our artists are all located in Bloomington.”
He said the types of books needing illustration services are varied. “We see everything from children’s books to technical manuals and business books to cookbooks.”
Hess added that interior illustrations often help a book’s marketing and increase sales - especially in the areas of business and technical books and works for children.
Hess noted that while other self-publishing companies have cut back their service level - especially on the design and art side - AuthorHouse has continued to grow those areas. “You can come to us with a simple concept for illustrations for your book,” he said. “You will be able to discuss your design ideas with a real, live artist who will craft your ideas and dreams into tangible art.”
He added that AuthorHouse offers various levels of art services for its authors - everything from simple line drawings to precise portraits. “Basically, if you can dream it, we can draw it,” Hess said, noting that members of the creative services department are all experienced artists who work in most, if not all mediums. “If you want charcoal, we can give you charcoal. If you want watercolor, we can give you watercolor. If you want computer-generated art - including charts, graphs and maps - we can do that, too. ”
Since AuthorHouse provides such a volume of art services for its customers, it is also able to offer those services at a lower cost than authors could normally purchase elsewhere.
“Most artists I know charge between $150 and $200 per hour with some pretty hefty minimums,” Hess said. “With AuthorHouse’s Custom Illustration program, you can have an illustration in your book for as little as $79.”
Hess again explained the importance of having an in-house art department in today’s publishing world. “When other companies are outsourcing their work to India or the Philippines, or are just dropping services altogether, we made a conscious decision to increase our offerings and keep it all in America,” he said.
With over 27,000 books in print, AuthorHouse is the largest self-publishing house in the world, providing premier publishing and marketing services to authors. The company was founded in Bloomington, Ind., in 1997 to fulfill the dreams of authors who wanted to have their books published while retaining all rights and control of content. AuthorHouse provides high-touch customer service, an easy-to-use process and a broad range of services to help authors write, publish, distribute and promote their works. AuthorHouse titles are available for order at more that 25,000 retail stores worldwide, through major Internet booksellers and at the AuthorHouse online store, www.authorhouse.com
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