Frequently Asked Questions
No. If your book is not well written and professionally produced, it won't sell very many copies beyond family and friends. If you are not willing to put sweat equity into readership building, it won't sell many copies. But...
If you send us a good story or a well-researched non-fiction book we can help you get it ready to indie publish. We will help you develop your manuscript into a beautiful book, and when you add your own sweat equity into readership building, you'll be surprised at how you can impact the sales of your book.
Indie publishing is producing your book using independent service providers such as an editor, illustrator, proofreader, book cover artist, formatter, etc. Once you have a professional product, you publish it using Kindle Direct Publishing (Amazon), Ingram, Smashwords, or other printer. The key is you keep ALL the royalties and do not share the royalties with any other person or company. You keep all rights to your book.
Hybrid publishing is using a company that may or may not pay you an advance. The hybrid company provides the formatting and book cover for you but the other services you pay for such as editing, illustrating, proofreading, etc. This type of publisher will take a portion of your royalties, but will not help you market/promote your book nor help you build readership. They keep your publishing rights for the length of your contract.
Traditional publishing is the hardest to acquire. All your upfront expenses are paid for by the publisher. You receive an advance on your sales, too. But the publisher expects you to vigorously participate in marketing/promotion. You are required to have a large following in social media. If your book does not sell, you may be required to pay back the advance. Traditional publishers keep the majority portion of your royalties and keep your publishing rights for the length of your contract.
Christian Authors Community & Services offers you all the services you need to produce a professional product for publishing. We do not publish. We do not keep any royalties. We do not keep printing or distribution rights. All book rights belong to you.
Major key to remember. You must have a well-written book to sell well.
The mention of marketing scares the sox off of authors. Even promotion makes them nervous. So, we will be referring to Readership Building in the community. Tom Blubaugh is a Readership Building Coach. This will be our ongoing emphasis. Our purpose is to help you build a community of readers.
Although readership building includes some marketing strategies it is different. It is totally relational. It is slower, deeper, and produces long term connections, which is what authors need desperately. It's quality over quantity but this quality will result in a higher quantity of readers.