Campbell, California (PRESS RELEASE – August 20, 2009) – FastPencil today announced a robust feature update to their free social self-publishing platform that allows authors to easily write, share, publish and sell their books. FastPencil (www.fastpencil.com) now offers additional book templates, Facebook Connect, Twitter updates and distribution of e-books through Barnes & Nobile and Amazon, including iPhone reader and Kindle support.
FastPencil is now integrated with both Facebook Connect and Twitter to provide a new level of communication and collaboration. Facebook Connect enables users to connect directly to their Facebook network through FastPencil. A “scribble, tweet or share” feature in FastPencil now automatically updates Twitter, making it easier to share your thoughts and activities with your community.
“Our number one goal is to make the book-writing process simple and fun no matter who you are, what the topic is or what your experience level may be,” said Steve Wilson, FastPencil Co-Founder and CEO. “FastPencil strips out the complexity of the publishing process allowing anyone to write a book, have it published and delivered to their doorstep for under $10. By integrating with Facebook and Twitter we are making it easier for you to work with your established network of friends, colleagues and followers.”
New features also include new book templates, such as Personal Memoir, Great American Novel and Blog to Book. After deciding on a template, writers have the option to start a book from scratch or upload a completed piece of work to publish. The new distribution functionality then allows writers to sell their books and e-books on Barnes & Noble and Amazon.
With FastPencil aspiring writers have access to an end-to-end solution that enables them to write a book, share their work and publish traditionally bound books or paperless e-books instantly. Once the book is complete, the FastPencil self-publishing wizard steps authors through the process of
formatting for books or e-books.
– Connect with trusted friends through Facebook, Gmail, AOL, Yahoo and MSN
– Integration with Twitter makes sharing easy
– New site navigation
– Select from a variety of book templates: Personal Memoir, Great American
Novel, Blog to Book
– Publish to e-book formats with iPhone reader and Kindle support
– E-book distribution at online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble
– New writing tools, such as spell check and indent
– Portfolio page and personal profile
– Enhance chapters and front and back covers with images
– Author services including consulting, design services and formatting
– Integrated self-publishing wizard for step-by-step assistance
– FastPencil Classics: access to many royalty free titles including Tarzan
of the Apes and Cinderella
Pricing and Availability
The FastPencil self-publishing platform beta is now available at http://www.FastPencil.com.
The FastPencil Basic service is free and includes book templates, writing platform and ability to connect with the community. Additional publishing packages are available at Silver and Gold levels and include consulting, author and editorial services, custom formatting and distribution. For more
information on publishing services visit http://www.fastpencil.com/company/packages.
Silicon Valley-based FastPencil takes the pain out of the entire book-writing process from concept to finished product. The FastPencil self-publishing platform enables writers to create their books online, share their work with a trusted network of friends and professionals, and publish their books on demand either as bound books or e-books.
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