Below is a brief overview of the services we offer to authors. We encourage you to be prayerful at every stage of the publication process.
Getting Started with Writing
Even when you know that God has led you to write a book, it can be challenging to know where to start. We have a few tools that can help you work with the Lord to pinpoint His message and how He wants you to deliver it. We’ve been through the process with the Lord so we can help guide you to finding your own voice in Him. We want God’s will to be done through you, whether or not we ultimately become your publisher.
You submit your manuscript electronically in Microsoft Word format for us to review. We recommend submitting your manuscript in a condition which is as final and publication-ready as you are able to make it. This review of your manuscript helps us get to know one another and determine if partnering for publication will be a fit for us. We review your manuscript to asses if your beliefs are being clearly expressed through your book and if these beliefs are in alignment with how God is leading us. We are open to theological perspectives as long as they do not cross the boundaries of Biblical accuracy. Moreover, we desire for our authors to have a fresh voice of revelation from the Lord, not an echo of existing teachings from other people. Additionally, we review your manuscript to see if it is in a condition suitable for our standard publishing/production process or needs further editing or development before it is production ready. This may include editing/grammar correction, content adjustments for the best possibly delivery of God's message, or language assistance (particularly if English is not your first language), etc. beyond what is covered in our standard agreement. After we have reviewed your manuscript, we may respond to you with questions, suggestions, and an assessment of your manuscripts readiness for the production process so that you can determine if you desire to move forward with us.
Agreement & Engagement Fee
Once we know that the Lord has prompted each of us to move forward, we commit to the project together, execute a publishing agreement, and proceed. We require a one-time, non-refundable, $1,000 USD engagement fee to cover the expenses of producing your book. Should your manuscript require additional service before it is production ready, we will quote you a price for these additional services. Our standard publishing agreement details the terms of our engagement and how you receive royalties. (See below for more information on your royalty payments.)
Message Expression Review
Our foremost focus is on the message that the Lord is communicating through your book. Our first review is NOT an editing review. We may make some minor edits or changes, suggest some rearranging of content for improved delivery of the message, or open dialog/talking points about certain aspects of your message from a theological perspective.
Our editors examine your document for typos, grammar issues, communication points, and formatting suggestions.
While editing is going on, you work with together with our graphic designers to create a book cover design which both expresses God's intent and will draw people to want to read your book. We recommend sizing for your book based on industry standard requirements for the widest possible distribution.
Interior Formatting & E-book Formatting
After you have your exterior fonts selected with our cover designers, we work together with you to select the appropriate fonts and design for the interior text of your book. We format the interior of your book based on your selected trim size, including formatting any charts, tables, or images in the body of your title. We format your title for E-book distribution.
ISBN & Pricing
We will assign an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) numbers to your print and e-book. We will recommend pricing for your title and purchase the corresponding bar code for your back cover incorporating your ISBN number and retail price.
Printing & Proofing & Production
We submit the documents to the printers for book production. We proof the files on your behalf for print-readiness.
When your book (and e-book version) is proofed, approved, and ready for release, we send an announcement out to let the world know about this new blessing of God! We also announce your book on our website to let our visitors know of our latest release. You are also welcome and encouraged to promote your title to your spheres of influence through email, social media, and whatever other venues the Lord approves for you.
Distribution, Printing, & E-Book
Your paperback book will be listed on Amazon.com and Amazon’s international partner sites including Amazon Kindle. Your book will be listed in Ingram's catalog which is used by major bookstores all over the world. Your book will be temporarily featured on our Manifest Publications website and online Manifest Bookstore. We will list your e-Book From this site, your e-Book can be downloaded anywhere in the world and we handle the back-end for you. We are in discussions with larger distributors who also offer sales and marketing services for select titles. If your title is approved for these channels, your book will reach an even wider audience.
Author Copies & Self-Distribution
You can order unlimited author copies of your titles to give away or sell however the Lord leads you. Depending on the size of your order, we use different printers to get you the best pricing. You can market your book however the Lord leads you.
We pay royalties quarterly on the 15th day of the month (Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct) for all Net Revenues received from the sale of your title in the prior quarter. You will receive a quarterly report detailing your royalty income from print and e-book editions according to our publishing agreement. Presently, your royalties are 80% of our Net Revenues for your title. The math looks like this: Retail Price – (printing cost + distributor portion) = Net Revenues x 80% = yours!
Starting the Process
We hope this has helped you to understand what we do and how we can help you through the phases of producing and publishing a book for the glory of God. If you are ready to begin the process, fill out this form. We’ll start praying for you right away and look forward to reading what God is writing through you!
Note: Copyright Service
You are the owner of the work and the copyright. We offer Copyright service for an additional fee of $100, which includes the cost of the Copyright. Should you use this service, you will receive the written documentation of the Copyright in your name from the United States Copyright Office. If you choose not to engage our Copyright services, you are responsible for copyrighting your own work through the US Copyright Office. Our publishing contract assigns the rights of this copyright to us as your publisher for the duration of our agreement.