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Entrepreneur Spotlight:  FastPencil

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The Entrepreneur:  Steve Wilson MBA '02

The Venture:  FastPencil-FastPencil simplifies the entire book-writing process from concept to finished product. The FastPencil 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 as hardcover, paperback or e-books.

The FastPencil writing tools cost nothing...they're free.  Authors can also receive editing help from friends, colleagues and family for free.  FastPencil also provides the unique ability to print a single copy for under $10 for paperback and under $25 for a single hardcover.  If you've ever wanted to publish your own book, FastPencil offers you infinite possibilities.  Of course, publishing services are also available at various levels if you'd rather turn over the editing, design or illustration to someone else, FastPencil offers publishing services as well.

Book templates include the Great American Novel, cookbooks, children's books, blog to book, journaling, collages, scrapbooking, seasonal themes and custom templates.

“FastPencil makes the book-writing process easy, fun and accessible for all aspiring authors,” said Steve Wilson, FastPencil Co-Founder and CEO. “Our new book templates, themes and advanced image tools provide even more ways to help spark the imagination and the new collaboration features encourage anyone with a ‘book in them’ to achieve their dreams.”

See what the press is saying about FastPencil (includes media coverage from ABC7 News, KRON 4 News, WGN Chicago, the San Jose Mercury News and more).


Learn more about FastPencil including how to publish your own story.

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