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Another iUniverse Author Signs with Random House.

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LINCOLN, Neb.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 1, 2003

Publisher iUniverse announced today that iUniverse author Ben Sherman has signed a publishing contract with Random House's Ballantine Books. Originally published by iUniverse, the book, titled "Medic! -- The story of a Conscientious Objector in the Vietnam War," will be published under Ballantine's "Presidio Press" publishing imprint.

Sherman says that publishing the title through iUniverse gave him a clear advantage in landing a traditional publishing contract, as opposed to authors stuck in the endless cycle of submitting manuscripts to publishing houses.

"Having a finished, published product is truly an edge," says Sherman. "A bookseller actually read my book and sent it to Random House for review. My editor at Random House told me that she might not have seen, much less read, the book if it hadn't been published by iUniverse first."

Ben Sherman is the second iUniverse author to be picked up by Random House in a matter days. (For more information on this and other recent iUniverse announcements, visit www.iuniverse.com.) In addition to the Random House acquisitions, four other iUniverse titles were picked up by smaller traditional publishers during the month of June.

iUniverse President and CEO Kimra Hawley says that the recent slate of iUniverse authors signing contracts with traditional publishers demonstrates the viability of the "iUniverse Roadmap to Publishing Success(TM)": a step-by-step process to help authors succeed by progressing through a series of clearly defined achievements, or "milestones."

"All serious authors want to reach a larger audience, and the iUniverse Roadmap gives them the tools and programs to help them achieve this goal," says Hawley.

The iUniverse Roadmap includes: an Editorial Review process to enhance the book's quality and salability; a Readers Choice program for authors whose books meet quality and preliminary sales goals; and the Star Program for authors whose books meet higher sales goals and demonstrate exceptional market potential. The most successful Star authors qualify for assistance in moving on to even greater levels of success, such as submission to the Barnes & Noble in-store book placement program and introductions to traditional publishers.

For more information on iUniverse and the iUniverse Roadmap to Publishing Success, visit www.iuniverse.com.

About iUniverse, Inc.

iUniverse helps individuals publish, market, and sell their books. The company is one of the largest publishers in the United States, with more than 12,000 titles in its backlist, and publishes 400 new fiction and non-fiction titles each month. iUniverse partners with industry leading author organizations, including the Authors Guild, ASJA, and the Mystery Writers of America, to bring innovative publishing programs to their members. In May 2003, PC Magazine awarded iUniverse its coveted "Editors' Choice" designation, along with five of five stars, setting it far above all other publishers that utilize print on demand (POD) technology.
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