Lightning Source to expand into Australia and new advice service for self publishers launched

Print on demand service Lightning Source is to expand into Australia next summer. Once the manufacturing service is operational, it will become the fifth facility Lightning Source operates with two plants in the United States, one in Milton Keynes and a joint venture with Hachette in France. The facility will begin operation by June 2011.

Former Managing Director of The Friday Project, which went into administration in 2008,Clare Christian, has launched an advice service aimed at people planning to self-publish their book.

The Self-Publishing Advice Service plans to help authors choose the most appropriate route for them, with payment asked for on an honesty box basis; the customer will pay as much as they feel the advice is worth.

Christian said: "Whatever your view on self-publishing, the fact is it will not go away. If authors are going to take this route it is important that they have access to as much independent advice as possible."

Clare is running a self publishing workshop on 5 October  6pm to 7.30pm at the New Theatre Royal Portsmouth.  For details of this and her other workshops, seminars and services visit her website.