Manuscript Bundle Comparisons

Cost Comparisons for items in our bundle…

We know you are wondering, “Why aren’t you charging more if this is so valuable?”

We believe we are called by God to work this ministry to help authors reflect His Light in this dark world.

You, however, keep a clear mind in all things, withstand hardship,
do the work of proclaiming the Good News,
and fulfill your service. 2 Timothy 4:5

Manuscript Part

Manuscript Assessment –

Valued at $75. Christian Authors Community & Services Team has worked hard at branding this company as a devoted family-friendly literature company. We assess manuscripts to make sure they meet our guidelines, to assess the quality of the writing, quality of the subject matter, and to determine what type of editing is required to meet the Christian Authors Community & Services standards of excellence.


Editing –

Valued at $50-$60 per hour. After prayerful study of the Editorial Freelancers Association national rates and our editors’ (Sarah Tun, Margaret Welwood, Gina Burgess) expertise, we’ve set our editorial rates at or a smidgeon less than the EFA recommended rates. One reason is that no team member lives in a high cost of living area so we pass that savings along to you. Another is that we are trying to make this as affordable as possible for everyone. We pledge professional editing and proofreading while keeping author’s voice paramount. The value of this service depends upon the number of words in the manuscript and the quality of writing. It could be 2.2 cents per word or as much as 6 cents per word.



Our pricing for proofreading is the going rate at EFA. Survey after survey, sales of indie published books statistics have clinically proven that books without typos and grammatical errors sell much better than those that have not been proofread. Readers read for the imagination experience, and that experience is spoiled when one has to try to figure out what word the author means.

Formatting — Included in the bundle is a price lower than national average, which is $45-$49 for eBook and $99-$120 for printed book. A good reading experience happens when there are no distractions including a well-formatted book that is cleanly laid out making it easy to read.


Book Cover —

Valued at $500. In our research, this was the one with the most variables. Some artists have a per hour rate, others have flat rates. You could expect to pay any value between $300 and $1200 for an excellent quality book cover from an artist who knows book covers, the audience, and the appeal of book cover genres. Our bundle price falls at the lower end of this scale mostly because Gina Burgess lives in a low cost of living area and passes that savings on to you. She knows her stuff, and you can find examples of her work on her website  You can also find lower prices on other sites such as Kindle Create that have templates for you to create your own book cover. If you research your genre and compare generic covers with personalized-to-your-book covers, you’ll see a marked difference in quality as well as in sales. People do judge a book by its cover.


Illustrations for Children’s Books.

Valued at: $250 to $300 per illustration (national average depends upon artist experience, labor involved, size, number of revisions, etc.). Purchasing piecemeal, you would pay several hundred dollars/pounds for each one. Bundle pricing is much more economical, but it isn’t cheap.  You can expect to pay a national average between $100 and $1,000 per illustration even with a bundling price structure. Our illustrators are 100% USA. Put an American to work. Our illustrations in the basic package are reasonably priced at $175 per illustration. You can expect, depending on the number of illustrations ordered, for it to take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months for all your illustrations done.


Readership building/Promoting Part

Readership building Coaching —

Valued at $60 per hour. If you are a writing hobbyist, then you don’t need to learn how to promote your books. If you are a professional and want to make some money with your writing then readership building and promotions should be a part of your daily life. If you have time to search the internet, read hundreds of books, then discern what should work for you, you won’t need coaching. However, most authors would rather spend more time writing and have a readership building strategy that saves time, energy, and money. Tom Blubaugh does this, and Coach Tom gives you great encouragement that you really can do this. Don’t hire a publicist or social media promotions company. Learn how to do it yourself and save your money for a vacation. This coaching is included in the Career Level membership.

No Guts, No Storyboard. Hierarchies, Storyboards, Flowcharts, Mindmaps, and Wireframes for Authors

Complete WordPress Website —

Valued at $3,000. Most authors just have a blog and think this will do it for now. However, as in social media, a website implements a lot of tools that will help you sell your books that a plain blog doesn’t have.

You can do it yourself. You can buy a book to learn how; you can take courses to learn how; you can buy software. You can take weeks or months to build your custom website. Or you can have a professional do it for you.

Our professional designer, will produce a lovely, personalized site for you that matches your and your books’ personality. Check out the example site for a sci-fi, suspense novel. You choose colors and fonts, provide personal photos or choose images from copyright free websites. You then have a DIY maintenance website. Nationally, you should expect to pay for a basic, DIY 3-page website $0-$50. For one that is more personalized, $1,000 to $5,000. For an advanced website $10,000 to $25,000. We offer you a 7-page, customized, personalized website, a $3,000 value for less than $1,000.


Indie Publishing Coaching —

Valued at $100+. Self-publishing, or as we prefer Indie Publishing, coaching you may or may not need. Gina Burgess is available throughout your publishing process, or she’ll upload all the files for you and walk you through ordering a proof, and the keyword/category research. If you have already self-published a book or two then you’re probably good to go. But if not, Coach Gina is here for you. Step-by-step learn how to publish your book yourself. Save time and money later by learning the process now.


Permanent advertising on

Valued at $85. If you haven’t checked out this marvelous tool, do so right now. Click on the link and discover a great way to advertise to your target market. Your faith-based and/or family-friendly book won’t get lost amid the millions of other books listed at online retail stores. This is a $85 value right now that reaches more than 160,000 readers with each social media blast. The social media blast is rather temporal, but your book’s advertising page along with the author feature is there forever. The website price is subject to change as the site grows in popularity, but you are locked in permanently at no additional charge.


One year of Career Level Membership at Christian Authors Community & Services—

Valued at $144. This is the jewel of the bundle. This gives you access to all the training tools/videos, the coaching, the forum where you can meet like-minded Christian authors. You have direct access to our publishing and marketing team, all dedicated to helping you build and present the best book possible. For all the benefits Career Level members enjoy click here.


Cost Comparison for 80,000 words

a la carte
National Average
Assessment $0.00 $72.00 $75.00
Substantive/Copy Editing $1,968.00 $2,952.00 $4,800.00
Proofreading $984.00 $1,210.00 $1,600.00
Formatting $172.00 $179.00 $179.00
Illustrated Book Cover $430.00 $530.00 $1,200.00
Book Proposal Consultation $120.00 $130.00 $1,500.00
Website (sample site)* $720.00 $885.00 $3,000.00
1 full year of Marketing Coaching Includes 1 full year Author Level Membership $300.00 $300.00 $10,400.00
Publishing Coaching $75.00 $92.00 $100.00
Permanent advertising on $85.00 $85.00 $85.00
Total for 80,000 words $4,854 $6,o13.00 $22,929.00

Christian Authors Community & Services Mission Statement:

Bringing GOD back into society by supporting Christian writers to create and complete their GOD-given work, therefore helping readers to find wholesome, family-friendly literature.

Matthew 18:19-20 “Where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them.


*According to 2017 Smashwords Survey, authors with websites sell more books than those that do not have a website.