Manifest Publications is a hybrid publisher. We work with authors to produce and distribute their works while maintaining quality-control and content standards according to our mission, values, and purpose in God's Kingdom.
Pre-Contract Manuscript Review
We care about content and as such, we review manuscripts for content BEFORE entering into a publishing agreement with authors. This pre-contract review of your manuscript helps us get to know one another and prayerfully determine if partnering for publication will be a mutual fit for us. We review your manuscript to asses if your book clearly expresses your beliefs and if these beliefs are in alignment with how God is leading us. Though we do not feel the need to agree on every point, we do aim to publish materials which are aligned with our core values and which are written by authors who are motivated for God's Kingdom and glory. Moreover, we desire for our authors to have a fresh voice of revelation from the Lord, not an echo of existing teachings.
To enter into this phase, you will 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 because we will also be reviewing your manuscript to see if it is in a condition suitable for our standard publishing/production process or needs further editing or development. 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 manuscript's readiness for the production process. Then, we can prayerfully determine if we believe it is God's will for us to move forward together.
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 services 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.
*We recommend adding Copyright Service to your agreement to protect your book from plagiarism. Please see below about Copyright Service.
Message Expression Review
Our primary 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 and messaging perspective.
Next, 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. During this phase, we will 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 formatting, fonts, and design for the interior text of your book. Then, 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 also 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
Once you have approved final interior and cover files, 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 our affiliates around 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. We are a small publisher and our objective for your book is for God's glory through impacting people all over the world. Most of the books you sell will be to people who know you, or are impacted through your personal ministry. We encourage you to promote your title to any and all of 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. Your e-Book will be available on 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 listed on our Manifest Publications website and online Manifest Bookstore. If there is high and wide enough demand for your title, it may be selected for larger distribution channels. Even so, most of the books you sell will be to people who know you, or are impacted through your personal ministry.
Author Copies & Self-Distribution
You can order unlimited author copies of your titles at fraction of the listed retail price. Depending on the size of your order, we use different printers to get you the best pricing. You can sell, give away, or 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
Your book needs to be protected through copyrighting. You have three (3) months from publication to protect your book. 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. You are the owner of the work and the copyright. Our publishing contract assigns the rights of this copyright to us as your publisher for the duration of our agreement.