National Public Radio recently had a great article about self-publishing, so I thought I’d share their link. It mentions that Simon & Schuster is starting a new entity called Archway Publishing, which will give authors another portal for self-publishing print on demand and ebooks. The article said that S & S will be watching sales there closely, kind of like a minor leagues for authors, and wants to “call up” authors who do well on Archway. And, of course, Archway charges a minimum of $1,999 to publish there (link to prices), and up to $14,999 for marketing and publicist services. Smashwords and Amazon’s CreateSpace are nearly free, but provide little or no marketing help. It remains to be seen if these vanity presses do much marketing for authors, either. I would be curious to hear from authors who have tried those services, and see what kind of sales success they’ve had.