These are 10 publishers (plus a bonus publisher!) who are actively seeking Christian manuscripts of all stripes and genres.

Most of these publishers are traditional publishers, but I do have a few on this page that are hybrid publishers (half self-publishing and half traditional publishing) and also some that are self-publishers. 

There are advantages and disadvantages to both routes to publication, so I’d advise you to do your homework on each publisher listed here, and also to decide beforehand what type of publisher you’re looking for.

1. Zondervan

Zondervan is the gold standard of Christian publishing. They’re the best known and have been around for a long time (80 years!). If you’re looking for the highest quality, I would start here. They are a branch of Harper Collins, which gives you the power of one of the biggest publishing houses behind you.

If you want me to namedrop a little bit, they’ve published Rick Warren, Rob Bell, and Hal Lindsey.

They publish a variety of genres, including Christian children’s books, Christian fiction, and Christian nonfiction, including memoir.

Recent Sample Books:

  • “Move” by Greg L Hawkins and Cally Parkinson, a nonfiction book which surveys 1,000 churches to determine whether church goers are actually growing closer to Christ.
  • “The Mountain Midwife” by Laurie Alice Eakes, a novel about a woman who wants to abandon her family roots of midwifery to go to medical school.


2. Moody Publishers

Moody has a great reputation in the Christian community, mainly because of their reputation for the Moody Study Bible and Moody Bible Institute (even I took a correspondence course in Biblical Hebrew from them eons ago). But does their publishing branch match up to their reputation in other ventures?

They do have a good pedigree, since they were founded in 1894, and they do have good name brand recognition among the people you want to buy your books. They also have a good stable of authors like John MacArthur, A.W. Tozer and Gary Chapman.

Overall, I would rate this as a pretty great publisher to go with. Not my first choice among the ones on this page, but in the top three. A bonus is that they accept a huge variety of nonfiction and fiction. For their fiction categories, they accept the following: Children, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, YA (Young Adult), and Mystery.

The worst thing about Moody is that they’re not very friendly to submitters. You just can’t send them your manuscript, because they accept no slush pile. Instead, these are the three ways to get a manuscript to them:

  • Through a literary agent
  • Through an author they publish (a personal connection)
  • From meeting them at a writers conference

Sample Titles:

  • How Should Christians Vote? by Tony Evans. Most Christians begin with the question of “who” they should vote for, rather than asking “how” they should vote — in other words, what principles should be used to determine who to vote for?
  • The Turning by Davis Bunn. Five people hear a voice from God that commands them to fight against the cultural direction of America. What happens next is unpredictable.

3. Dove Christian Publishers

Dove Christian Publishers is a hybrid publisher, meaning that some of their books are traditionally published and do not charge the author, and others are self-publications, meaning they charge you to publish with them. 

They publish fiction and nonfiction, and they do not provide advances.

They say that they’re looking for authors with some kind of social media platform, and also for books that will do well in the Christian market. They say that some books can take as long as 12 months to publish, but the majority require 4 – 6 months for publication (12 months would be a normal time frame, while 4 – 6 months is extremely quick in the industry). 

They provide 25% royalties on e-books, which is industry standard (although some indie publishers go up to 50%), and 10% – 15% royalties on physical books.

Sample Titles:

  • More Than a Great Partner: How to Find and Keep the Right Mate. A great self-help book helping unmarried people to find the right partner and married people to stay married. 
  • The Regency. In this high-octane thriller, an assailant kills a Washington D.C. pastor and then pursues a young woman.

4. Bethany House

About half of their titles are paperbacks, and the others are published only as ebooks — which is important if you absolutely need your book in print. Some Christian book publishers have the bad reputation of only publishing bonnet fiction, and that’s not Bethany House at all; most of their fiction doesn’t mention overt religious themes in the descriptions at all, although the Christian undertones are present in the book. But The Atonement by Beverly Lewis does have the traditional Amish garb on the cover:

Bonnet Fiction

Sample Titles:

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As an author, a former professor, and a book editor with a decade of experience, I’ll help you improve your book.

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5. Crosslink Publishing

Crosslink Publishing makes it very easy to submit a manuscript to them. There’s a button on the upper left hand corner of their website which lets you submit directly to them, which sure beats waiting for an agent to accept your manuscript. They also are very open about the type of contract you would get, publishing a sample author contract on their website.

They sell their books at a pretty low price point — Confessions of a Ninja Mom on Amazon was selling for $4.84, which means your royalties would be lower by a third than if you were selling at $15.00 for a paperback. Awaken Your Might, a Christ-centered devotional aimed to improve your leadership skills, is priced at $3.99 (!!). These are good price points if you are a reader, but not such good price points for an author trying to earn money. But obviously their business model is more about selling tons of copies at a lower price point, so if that’s what you want as an author, go for it.

This manifesto lets you know a little bit more about their philosophy of publishing, including a commitment to absolute transparency and that authors should get a decision on their book within 7 days (a record in the industry!). Make sure to read the comments at the bottom of this post to see about the experiences of other authors with this publisher.

Overall, I think this is a better choice for nonfiction than it is for fiction. I didn’t find very many fiction titles that they’ve published, and had a hard time figuring out the pitch for the novels they do have.

Sample Titles:

    • The Rise of the Prophet (fiction). A Young Adult novel that retells a familiar biblical story.
    • The Gift of Rest (nonfiction) looks at Rest from a biblical perspective, going from Genesis to Revelation.

6. Christian Faith Publishing

CFP-logo-dark copyChristian Faith Publishing is a self-publishing company that you pay to help you self-publish. If you want to self-publish on your own, you can, but CFP streamlines the process for a fee. They also promise to create a 30-second book trailer for each of their titles released, which is a nice thing to look forward to as an author.

These are the genres they publish: fiction, children’s, poetry, and non-fiction. They are looking for books with “positive content.”

Authors who submit manuscripts to CFP will get a response within 5 days, after a review board decides whether or not to accept or deny it.

Every author receives publishing services such as editing, custom cover and page design (illustrations if needed), digital formatting (eBook), book trailer, press releases, author web page, and book distribution. Their book distributor is Ingram and Spring Arbor.

If you want to learn more about their publishing process, they have a video series called “Publishing Basics,” which explains many of the steps in publishing your book.

7. Lighthouse Christian Publishing

The website is a little decrepit, but since they’ve just published their 400th title, they can’t be doing that badly. They are a self-publishing company like Christian Faith Publishing, so if you want to pay to have them publish your book, they might be right for you.

They publish a number of fiction titles, including the genres of:

  1. Christian Romance Fiction
  2. Christian Historical Fiction
  3. Christian Young Adult
  4. Christian Fantasy
  5. Christian Children’s Books

Sample Title:

  • “Oh, Those Chinaberries” by Hilda Sanderson (Young Adult – YA – Fiction). Antoine was in love with Marilee, and as they go into the eighth grade, they have a very eventful chinaberry fight that leads to a lot of turmoil in their relationship.

8. Thomas Nelson

37---ImageThomas Nelson is a really solid publisher, one of the best. It’s kind of a sibling with Zondervan, because both are subsidiaries of HarperCollins (don’t worried, you won’t be quizzed on this).

What’s the difference between Zondervan and Thomas Nelson? Not that much. Both are largely Protestant, and evangelical in the broad sense of that term. The biggest difference is that Zondervan is an upstart (1931) and Thomas Nelson has been around for centuries (1798). Also, Thomas Nelson has annual revenue which far surpasses Zondervan. What do age and gross earnings have to do with you, the author? Not that much, to be honest.

Thomas Nelson publishes big time authors, people like John Eldridge of “Wild at Heart” fame and Sarah Young of “Jesus Calling” fame, as well as Shauna Niequist, Max Lucado, and the Jesus Storybook Bible for kids, which recently just sold 2 million copies.

I wouldn’t call them theologically discerning, but more ecumenical in their approach. Which is fine, because this is a business and not a church. It’s difficult to get a manuscript accepted here, but if you get in it’s a great sign about the quality of your submission.

Sample Titles:

  • The Stone of Ebenezer, by Susan Van Volkenburgh. A novel retelling the Biblical story of the battle over the ark of the covenant.
  • Steve Farrar, Manna (nonfiction): When you’re in the wilderness, how will God provide for you?

9. Faithwords

Faithwords describes itself as catering to the “Christian inspirational market.” Which can pretty much be summed up by a single one of their most popular authors: Joel Osteen. As far as fiction, their most popular author is Paul Young who wrote “The Shack,” as well as Ted Dekker.

So they’re hitting a much broader market for Christian books than more conservative, evangelical publishing houses like Thomas Nelson and Zondervan. It’s more like self-help combined with a light Christian veneer.

Sample Titles:

10. Jericho Books

jericho_logoJericho Books is the edgy cousin of the Christian publishing companies. They are looking for “non-traditional voices.” So if the above publishers seemed too straight-laced for you, this might be a good fit for your book.

Some notable authors: Brian McLaren, famous for “A Generous Orthodoxy,” and also my friend Sarah Thebarge, famous for “The Invisible Girls.”

And I gotta say that I love that ram horn logo.

The downside of this publisher is that the website is a little scant, and I’ve had a hard time finding out basic info about them, such as submission policies. If someone does find out, please leave that info in the comments.

So far, from what authors they have on the website, they are focused on nonfiction alone, so submit your fiction elsewhere.

Sample Title:

  • Becca Stevens, “Snake Oil.” The book is about the natural body lotions company that Stevens started, and how she employs women who have suffered sexual abuse.

Bonus Publisher: Paraclete Press

Paraclete is a Christian publisher looking for fiction, a wide variety of nonfiction, and poetry. But they don’t take children’s books, sermons, or commentaries.  

Their submissions page is a little bit hard to find on the website, but here are their submissions guidelines for what they’re looking for.

Here are two sample titles:

  • Be Still and Listen,” which is a nonfiction title that probably fits under devotional/spiritual living
  • Unveiling,” which is a novel by Suzanne M. Wolfe, and here is the description: “Rachel Piers, a brilliant young conservatrice at a Manhattan art gallery, is given the dream assignment of restoring a mysterious medieval painting in a church in Rome.”



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  • Denis / June 7, 2016 at 2:02 pm Reply

    Thank you for putting this together. I have an inspirational urban story. I am considering self-publishing or using a Publisher.

  • Linda / July 13, 2016 at 7:51 am Reply

    I am trying to decide on which way to go with publishing my book and this article was helpful. I wish you had given more information on Christian Faith Publishing since it is one that I have been checking out.

    • Lorana / August 4, 2016 at 9:56 pm Reply

      I did my first book with Christian Faith. I was promised a lot on the phone that didn’t show up in the contract. When I called them out on something they said they did on their FAQ questions, they quickly removed it and said it wasn’t in my contract. For what they offer, they charge a lot.

      • Inspiring Author / September 9, 2016 at 1:40 pm

        I have worked with Christian Faith and they have always gone above and beyond. The price I paid was extremely reasonable, especially considering the hours and man power really go into publishing a book. So thankful for them! They should be number 1 on this list.

      • Evangelist Prince Uc Okorie / March 18, 2017 at 2:47 am

        I need the contact information of Christian Faith Publishing, their email address. I want them to publish my books.
        Am from Abuja Nigeria.

      • Rebecca / May 12, 2017 at 12:04 pm

        Use want to let you know that I also went with Christian Faith last June. What they did is actually stole my book. Many of the things they told me over the phone was one thing, but when it came time to pay me my royalties, they said something intirely different. My book has been on the market since last September, and they have failed to pay me one cent of my royalties. They are first time author scame artists. I am currently looking into finding a lawyer.

      • Susan Rheil / June 7, 2017 at 12:51 pm

        I have published 2 books with Christian Faith Pub. 1st one was April of 2016 and the 2nd one is almost done. I think they are now doing the book trailers. The pub consultant Nicole has been very responsive and patient. I am very happy and I have been getting my royalties too. I know I’m not selling a lot of books yet but everything that was promised to me has been delivered and exceeded my expectation. Can you be more specific as to what that particular item that they “deleted” I would like to know because I want my book to be published by a company with no integrity issues and I woukd like to rhink that my publisher is as good as they can be and probably better.

      • Chris / June 8, 2017 at 7:19 am

        Take a look at all of the positive reviews CFP has from their authors on the PA, BBB website. Some of the largest publishing companies in the market don’t have a fourth of the positive reviews. Looks like a lot of authors are really happy they chose CFP!

      • David Ford / February 2, 2018 at 3:49 pm

        I had a book published with CFP and was told some things that didn’t happen like they told me they would. I am fixing to have another book published. I need to know if I can have it published with another publisher or am I required to publish the second book with them?

      • Bookfox (Author) / February 3, 2018 at 6:40 am

        You can publish it with anyone. Some publishers do two-book deals, but it’s very unlikely you signed up for two books.

    • Michael Zoran / January 6, 2017 at 9:15 pm Reply

      Christian Faith Publishing is a BIG disappointment! … This author only mentioned the $0.50 royalty that Christian Faith “claims” is all that they charge. The author didn’t mention the $3,500 I found out about AFTER the review board approved my book.

      I am disappointed with Christian Faith Publishing, because all of their videos, brochures, and their entire website make it seem as if the only form of “royalty” they will be paid is 50 cents per copy of each book sold. Unfortunately, that is not true. I was told I would need to pay $3,500 to get my book published.

      I received a phone call telling me the Board of Review read my book called “Hearing God’s Voice” and that they wanted to publish it. I was then told there would be a $500 payment that was needed! … This $500 is something that was never mentioned before. I was also told there would be an additional $295 that would be needed several months later! I asked how much the “total” cost would be. I was told it would all add up to $3,500 that I would need to pay over the course of time.

      I was told that the $0.50 royalty fee comes out of the $3,500. This is very different than what Christian Faith Publishing describes online on their website and in their videos. As a result of that deception and leaving out those important facts, I do not trust Christian Faith Publishing enough to work with them.

      • Sally StJohn / January 13, 2017 at 11:15 pm

        That answered that. Thanks.

      • David Hamil / February 7, 2017 at 6:04 pm

        I’m still looking at Christian Faith Publishing myself. I knew there would be a fee since they are not a traditional publisher. Like you, I was told $495 down and $295/month for 10 months. They’ve been upfront and honest throughout my dealings with them. Nothing hidden.

        I’ve not made up my mind with them as I have my manuscript with CrossLink Publishing (under review) at present time.

      • Andrea / May 2, 2017 at 6:23 am

        I talked with Christian Faith and was told about the fee up front even before my book was accepted.

      • Rebecca / May 12, 2017 at 12:12 pm

        Use want to let you know that I also went with Christian Faith last June. What they did is actually stole my book. Many of the things they told me over the phone was one thing, but when it came time to pay me my royalties, they said something intirely different. My book has been on the market since last September, and they have failed to pay me one cent of my royalties. They are first time author scame artists. I am currently looking into finding a lawyer. You would be smart not to go with this so called Christian Publisher.

      • Chris / June 7, 2017 at 12:54 pm

        Mr. Zoran,

        I am sorry for your disappointment, but we do everything we can to let authors know that there is an author investment to publish with CFP. We do not know the exact investment until we have reviewed a manuscript and accepted it, tallied a word count and discussed illustration or image counts with the author. We clearly disclose that fact that there will be an author investment on the home page of our website and verbalize it to our authors before any decisions are made, agreements signed or money spent. We do not hide this text in small print, but in fact list it in the first block of text under “What We Do”. Christian Faith’s royalty split is one of the best in the industry in that once the author investment has been recouped by the author in full, CFP is entitled to only $0.50 per book/ebook sold from that point on.

        This is the text verbatim on our home page regarding an author investment:

        We are selective in our approach because we deliver personal care and national marketing exposure to each title we publish through a short-term, affordable monthly installment plan which is to be recovered by you the author from book sale proceeds before we are entitled to any royalty compensation whatsoever!

        Again, I apologize for your disappointment and if there is anything we can ever do to help you publish your work, please feel free to contact us again.

      • Emma Berstein / June 7, 2017 at 12:56 pm

        I chose Christian Faith Publishing to publish my manuscript and I am beyond pleased with their services and publishing package. The costs were explained in detail to me upfront and I called back three or four times with questions which were all answered before I even signed the contract. I am the happiest about my cover design. I had an idea of what I wanted in my head and when I saw the cover CFP designed for me it beat all expectations. CFP has been very honest and responsive. I would recommend them to any author looking to publish

      • TONJA JACKSON / June 14, 2017 at 9:57 am

        I would like to add that at first I was reluctant to work with CFP. Due to the cost. So I continued to look elsewhere. The Lord himself told me “Anyone can publish your book but I want you to go with CFP.” The Lord blessed me with the finances and payment plan they offer. And I am very satisfied with them.

  • adam / July 17, 2016 at 5:31 pm Reply

    Since I am currently being published by Lighthouse Christian Publishing, I was excited to see it made the list.

    • Courtney / August 4, 2016 at 4:46 am Reply

      Hi Adam! Congrats on your book venture with Lighthouse Christian Publishing. Would you be able to explain to me a little more about the publishing process you’ve experience with Lighthouse?

      • Adam Gambill / August 4, 2016 at 6:41 pm

        Hi Courtney. So far, Lighthouse Christian Publishing has been great to work with. The president of the company answers all of my emails quickly and has proven to be great to work with. I submitted my manuscript a few weeks ago and I’m already working on cover design, which is really cool.

      • Layla / February 7, 2017 at 9:47 am

        How much do they charge? I was going to work with Christian faith publishing but they are insanely expensive…

  • C. J. Simmons / August 1, 2016 at 2:13 am Reply

    The information has enlightened me on companies that publish different genres. As a author, I’m in need of one company that publishes poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

  • Lorana / August 4, 2016 at 10:01 pm Reply

    Christian Faith Publishing says they do editing, but it’s only grammatical. They promised me book signings but then said they never do them, even though their website said they did those as well as National TV air time. After I pointed that out to them, they removed the wording but refused to honor what they said they did, saying my contract did not include it. Your “wonderful” marketing consists of press releases and a video trailer that they say the do a voice over for, but they try to slip it by without one. Get everything they promise you in writing. On the good side, once I spoke with the president, he was very helpful with everything except the book signings and national tv air time issue. Overall, I think you can get the same work done elsewhere for less money.

    • Inspiring Author / September 9, 2016 at 1:46 pm Reply

      I think it depends on the type of book you are publishing. What type of book did you publish? They were wonderful and help so much with editing- all the way down to the way sentences are structured.

    • Lisa Fry / January 5, 2017 at 5:59 pm Reply

      Who would you recommend? Obviously you have done a tremendous amount of reseach. Thanks to advise. I am writing my first book now and would love your insight.

      • Lorana Hoopes / November 14, 2017 at 2:32 pm

        I would recommend Lighthouse Christian publishing. While I currently self publish and have been very happy, I have spoken many times with Andy. Not only does he always respond but he is always up front and there’s no up front cost. My only reason for not going with them was because I couldn’t design my own covers and I think theirs are a little plain, but if I had not found a good cover artist, I would publish with them.

  • Dana D. Otey / August 23, 2016 at 2:19 pm Reply

    I really appreciate this website. It has been very informative and encouraging to my heart. A few years ago, the Lord began giving many Christian hymns and praise songs to write along with numerous Christ-centered poems. The songs I’ve been able to share with people in a variety of settings: nursing homes, prisons, churches, yard sales, grocery stores, people’s homes, on buses, at pickleball tournaments, etc… Not only does God give me the words to write but the tunes as well. A number of people have asked me if I’ve gotten any published yet, and I always have to say, “Not yet, but I’m ‘thinking’ about it, and I ‘want’ to.” I also tell them I don’t know ‘how’ to go about getting published. Well, now, I have a better understanding on how to get started! (thanks to this website) Please pray for me that God will ‘burn’ in my heart to take on this mission so that I will ‘get off the fence’ and do something! To Him be the glory! For Jesus’ sake, Amen

    • Mary / January 26, 2017 at 12:55 pm Reply

      Hi Dana. I was excited to read your entry because we are so similar. Since 2000 God has given me many poems and songs and tunes as well and I have illustrated 13 of them into a double page spread book which I have been working on getting published. They inspired me so much that I wanted to share them with others. I self edited them, with a lot of advice and feedback, making copies at Staples. I am encouraged by this site also! I was working with Amazons create space until I finally realized that they do not bind it on the shortest side. Back to the drawing board.

  • Bonnie Veblen / August 25, 2016 at 9:09 am Reply

    Can you tell me which of these publishers would be most likely to be interested in publishing my new Bible-based Holistic Arts Education Platform? Thank you for your help. Bonnie Veblen

    • Bookfox (Author) / August 26, 2016 at 7:51 am Reply

      Hi Bonnie,

      So these publishers by and large are ones that I handpicked because they publish creative work. For educational books, I would look at a much bigger list of Christian publishers and try to find ones that are explicitly seeking educational resources.

  • Dave Ellis / September 15, 2016 at 3:52 pm Reply

    Westbow will up-sell you to the moon and back. But at least they will give you a terrible product. They sold my books back at a very generous 50% off retail—the only problem is that they priced the book at $27.99 (should have been a $14.99 book at most). I suspect a lot of other publishers on this list are similar on this “paid” blog post.

    • Bookfox (Author) / September 16, 2016 at 8:14 am Reply

      Not a paid blog post. 800+ blog posts, and Bookfox has never done a paid blog post.

      Sorry to hear about your experience with Westbow.

      If you have other Christian publishers that you think are better (either traditional or self-publishing), please leave them in the comments as a resource for other writers. I often revise lists like this too, so anyone you bring up might be included in a future edition.

    • John Thorngren / October 1, 2016 at 8:12 am Reply

      Dave –
      Please contact me about WestBow. I am in the process of possibly signing with them but have run into some problems.

    • Lee / October 5, 2016 at 5:07 pm Reply

      Dave –
      How are you? Westbow is an alliance with Author Solutions who run operations out of the Philippines. Just like Xlibris, Tate Publishing and some others, their main concern is selling authors their own product. They will increase the retail rate in order to drive their revenue through their author buy back programs. If you decide to write another manuscript take a look at Christian Faith Publishing.

      • DEBRA / July 9, 2017 at 2:01 am

        Westbow is owned by Thomas Nelson Publishers, and their offices are at the same facility. I have had contact with them about a book I wrote, and their prices are to the moon and back, for certain, and they want too much up front also.

      • Judith H. Simon / October 12, 2017 at 9:53 am

        I published my first book, Before the Door Closes: A Daughter’s Journey with Her Alcoholic Father, in 2013 using Westbow. My experience was so positive that I recently signed up with them to publish my second book. Less than two weeks later I terminated the contract. During the four-year period between books, Westbow has partnered with Zondervan. Apparently, almost everything for self-publishing has been outsourced to the Philippines. While English is fluently spoken, there is indeed a cultural communication gap. Without going into detail, I’ll just say that gone is the personal interest in the author and the author’s work. Also, does anyone know anything about Covenant Books, which, it appears, has only been in business for a year?

    • ed cyzewski / November 18, 2016 at 2:08 pm Reply

      Westbow is just a front for Author Solutions, and Author Solutions has many, many complaints and problems. I would not list them #2 or #50 on a list of Christian publishers. Check out David Gaugrahn’s posts about Author Solutions for more info. While I would agree about putting Zondervan up top, the top 10 should have established publishers like Bethany House, Eerdmans, Tyndale, etc., not a vanity press.

  • Hilda R. Lachney Sanderson / September 25, 2016 at 12:06 am Reply

    I think you should add Tate Publishing and Enterprises LLC to your list. I am almost 78 and had a lot of manuscripts I had delayed submitting because I was and still am somewhat computer illiterate. My first YA novel, Riddles of Nifiter, was submitted and published by Royal Fireworks Press in 1996, long before publishers began to require submissions online. When I finally got on the internet about eighteen months ago, I first sought out Lighthouse Christian Publishing. They did a wonderful job, but I was impatient and thought they took too long with OH, THOSE CHINABERRIES. Since connecting with Tate Publishing in early 2016, they have astounded me with the efficiency of their organization. After releasing HABAKKUK’S TRIUMPH, June 28th, 2016, they are almost ready to produce GINNY’S GUARDIAN ANGELS,(The cover mock-up they have already sent me is absolutely astounding.) and they are already working on two more acceptances. They certainly do not drag their feet about reading submissions and getting the job done in an organized way. They let the author know at each stage how the book is progressing. I am getting ready to submit a fifth book to Tate, my seventh overall. I can’t sit around and wait to die before getting timely responses from other publishers. If you want it done in a timely manner, submit to Tate.

    • Ramona / December 15, 2016 at 1:54 pm Reply

      I have also published with Tate although once the book was in the marketing phase it has not been pleasant. Terrible customer service, not answering emails, phone calls or filling orders in timely manners. I have been waiting for a reply to have my website completed since April of 2016 it is not December. I definitely would not recommend Tate Publishing. I recommend doing research and checking BBB to see ratings. This site listing the top ten is the best information I have seen in a long time.

    • kim kennedy / April 18, 2017 at 2:33 pm Reply

      so sorry for yor loss, i was a Tate author also when they closed thier doors an took our money!

    • Judith H. Simon / October 12, 2017 at 9:56 am Reply

      Hilda, I hope your age is holding up. Congratulations on accomplishing so much! I can identify somewhat with you, because I am seventy-five. I’m glad you’re not going to “sit around and wait to die.”

  • Jerilyn Hutton / September 25, 2016 at 9:52 am Reply

    Very helpful! Thank you! I’ve written a children’s book that I’d like to publish and need guidance all the way through!

  • CEZAIRE PARKER / September 28, 2016 at 7:51 pm Reply

    Hello, as a novice writer of a Christian-based self-help book of testimonies, would someone please direct me to the “in’s and out’s” of publishing (e.g. what to ask for in a contract, what to expect out of a publisher and the industry, whether I should copyright my literature before taking it to a publisher, what aspects should I develope on my own outside of the narrative, etc.)?

  • Martha Cerezo / October 12, 2016 at 2:04 pm Reply

    Hello, am interested into the translation of Christian books from English to Spanish, as my way of serving the Lord; I just obtained a Bachelor´s Degree in Spanish. Would someone please give me advise in who to contact. Thank you in advance GBY..

  • Nathan B. Grant / October 14, 2016 at 8:27 am Reply

    Hello, I’ve Published a children’s Book a couple of years ago and is having a hard time getting questions answered. Who would be a person to talk in such a case. Thanks!!

    • Bookfox (Author) / October 14, 2016 at 11:42 am Reply

      I offer writing coaching if you’d like to talk to someone knowledgable about the industry, and also children’s book editing, if you want me to take a look at your next manuscript.

      • L'Tanya Leone / September 8, 2017 at 8:47 am

        I am looking for editing only for my second book. If you give this service, what is the cost? I am only looking for grammatical errors to be fixed.

      • Bookfox (Author) / September 8, 2017 at 8:56 am

        Thanks for contacting me! I’m emailing you.

  • Tiffany Whiting / October 25, 2016 at 1:23 pm Reply

    I am just curious what is a great non-fiction and fiction publishing Company geared children,teens

  • KEYANA NELSON / November 5, 2016 at 7:37 am Reply

    I’m in the process of writing a book about my son’s testimony and I’m trying to figure out what would be the best thing to start off doing. What type of Publishing Company would I go through or would I do self publishing? Also I want to do children books. If someone is reading this comment could you please respond back to me via email at moc.l1519607735iamg@151960773587nos1519607735len.a1519607735nayeK1519607735

  • James Friend / November 15, 2016 at 11:29 am Reply

    I am a born again christian that has been moved by he Holy Spirit to write short Children Christian stories about the adventure of a small Jack Russell Terrier that Was my only son. He was adopted and was my constant companion. The stories are geared to children and each has a Biblical message. My wife who is terminally would like to see at least one of Teddy’s stories in print before she passes. I have one prepared manuscript (Teddy’s Adoption, a Forever Home). I would like to submit this work for inspection and advice.

    In Christ Jesus,
    James Friend

  • Jeff Gannaway / November 17, 2016 at 3:43 pm Reply

    What are some of the books published by Christian Faith Publishing and have they been successful? I did some time in the Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild and he kind of dislikes self publishing if you want to be a seriously taken, potential New York Times Bestseller kind of novelist or writer. But I’m thinking of using CFP for my novel that may end up a trilogy.

    • Bookfox (Author) / November 17, 2016 at 4:49 pm Reply

      I would email and ask them this. I didn’t see any titles listed on their website.

      • Tyree Fowlkes / November 25, 2016 at 10:21 pm

        Does Christian faith publishing books sell well?

      • Bookfox (Author) / November 26, 2016 at 1:06 pm

        There’s no specific answer to that. Every book is different.

  • Naomi / November 29, 2016 at 7:48 pm Reply

    On the Jericho site, if you hit contact down in the tiny bottom print, it directs you to the Hatchette Book Group.

  • IFEANYI AARON ANTHONY / December 1, 2016 at 6:14 am Reply

    Calvary greetings,
    I’m writing a book titled “The Risen Lord” would like to have it edited and prove read. Kindly assist me in having it published.

    • Bookfox (Author) / December 2, 2016 at 8:22 am Reply

      I’m emailing you!

  • RD / December 11, 2016 at 7:06 pm Reply

    DO NOT add Tate Publishing to this list. They really should be out of the business. It would take a whole book for me to describe the horror they’ve put me through on my latest book. I am currently working with Westbow on another book and have already run into a snag with them. I really don’t know who I should trust in the publishing business

    • Krystal / January 21, 2017 at 6:33 am Reply

      Tate Publishing is closing. I’m an author and just received an email and article stating such. I’m so confused. No warning or anything. They do offer the opportunity to request my ready to print files. Ugh, so digusted. So, now I’m left out in the cold. I’m not even sure if I can order more copies while I transition to a different publisher.

    • Ghostley Books / November 11, 2017 at 4:29 am Reply

      If your work is dark at all–Horror, Thriller, Dark Fantasy, Slipstream, Dystopia, etc.–let us have a look at it. We are GHOSTLEY BOOKS and can be found here:

  • Brenda / December 21, 2016 at 12:22 pm Reply

    Copy and paste the link below to view The Publishing Jungle Webinars! “Every Christian author should have this information!” C. Brown, Webinar Attendee

  • Lavette / December 24, 2016 at 12:41 pm Reply

    Hello, firstly thank you very much for this information. It has been insightful and educational. I do have a novel(maybe novella by industry standards) I have been working on (completed) and would like to know if you would consider reviewing, proof reading and critiquing my work. I’ve had some feed back from family and friends but would like outside biases and professional feedback. Even though, I have reached out to and been contacted by some of the publishers listed here, I don’t want to prematurely start looking into publishers.

    Thank you for your time

  • Susan Doherty Hannaford / January 11, 2017 at 6:38 am Reply

    Dear Bookfox!! I have published a novel in Canada, A Secret Music, that won the Grace Irwin Prize for best Christian book of 2016. I have the foreign rights and would like to publish in the U.S. I did get a contract from Lighthouse but upon looking into their business practices, there are so many unhappy writers. I contacted two of their writers, and their experience was not good. Of your list, can you guide me to a publisher? I do not have an agent. Crosslink??

    • Bookfox (Author) / January 11, 2017 at 9:48 am Reply

      I emailed you!

  • Aharon Kroosh / January 12, 2017 at 9:30 pm Reply

    Hi All,
    Iam an Indian born-again Christian. I want to publish my book named “Korah’s Atonement”. I have released the same on Amazon. Its my story about my walk with God in the busy city life of Bangalore India. I target young Christian readers to inspire them to press on with their convictions of being a servant of Christ amidst struggling situations with friends and colleagues.
    I really unable to find a Christian agent and most reply back that they have workloads and that they donot accept unsolicited submissions. Also, Iam someone who doesn’t have the capacity to pay any upfront amount. Can someone suggest to me the best available option ?

    • Bookfox (Author) / January 14, 2017 at 3:15 pm Reply

      I emailed you!

      • Brad / June 14, 2017 at 6:39 pm

        I have a similar issue regarding finding a literary agent. Many of them wil not accept unsolicited manuscripts. It’s like you have to know someone to have a chance as a first time author. I am a teacher. Could you email me suggestions

      • Bookfox (Author) / June 15, 2017 at 10:00 am

        Yes, you do have to know somebody. I would recommend going to a conference and meeting literary agents face to face. In my experience, they always give you manuscript a fair read if you say in your cover letter/email that you’ve met them as such and such literary conference.

  • Rhoda G. Penny / January 16, 2017 at 1:03 pm Reply

    Hi. I self-published “An EXTRA Ordinary Life” and am seeking a new publisher to take over the book. It has received two excellent reviews – one on and on a Christian Disabilities Network. The book is inspirational and has a strong message. I have 270 twitter followers, but I need an ethical, reputable company who believes in the book and helps with marketing. Please advise me where I should go. Check out my twitter @RhodaPenny and my FB page “An EXTRA Ordinary Life.” I believe there is a good fit out there somewhere. Much work has already been done, but I also need a tougher editor to make it even better. Thanks.

  • Krystal / January 21, 2017 at 6:37 am Reply

    Thanks for write-up. It will be very helpful as I search for a new publishing home. My. Book Seventy and Seven has been released for over a year and I’m getting great feedback so I need to find a new publisher and FAST!

  • Mike / January 23, 2017 at 8:36 am Reply

    First I really appreciate all the comments on the different publishers. Can anyone give me a good true picture of the best to work with. I really though CFP might be the best to go with. My book is on Protocol and Etiquette and I would like for each young person to know how to do things correctly. Appreciate a good honest who is the best. Also any range on what all the cost are. Have a great week

  • Janet Mailer / January 23, 2017 at 9:26 am Reply

    I have a compilation of devotionals spanning over 5 years. I would like to submit them for publishing. These include prayer requests which would have to be redacted. I add an appropriate scripture to each one. Who would be best to contact?

    • Bookfox (Author) / January 23, 2017 at 9:34 am Reply

      Hi Janet,

      First, get the manuscript ready. You need to redact all the prayer requests before you send it to a publisher. Since most of the publishers on this page focus on fiction, they might not be right for a devotional. I’m not sure of an alternative list.

  • Nancy FEMENELLA' / January 24, 2017 at 12:15 pm Reply

    I would like a suggestion as to an alternative to Westbow Press.
    I have written a second Christian children’s book, I have my own illustrator.
    I found Westbow to be VERY expensive. Especially since I prepared
    Almost every aspect of the book myself. Please help me if you can.
    Thank you.

  • Dion Johnson / January 24, 2017 at 2:30 pm Reply

    Looking and in need of a publisher to write my book “The Wicked Triangle”. Please reply for me to start my new venture. God bless.

  • Heidi / January 25, 2017 at 5:08 am Reply

    I had written a testimony based on before and after accepting God. I m now looking for a publishing company that would be interested in my story without breaking us. I am having a hard time trying to distinguish who is good and who is not. I have been searching for the last six months. Any other suggestions would be geratly appreciated.

  • B. E. Adi / January 29, 2017 at 9:29 am Reply

    I am also writing a Christian book titled “The model of revelation knowledge.”
    It’s about 100K words and illustrated. Can anyone advice me on the perfect publisher for an illustrated book?
    I’ll also like to translate it to other languages.

  • Marlene Martin / January 30, 2017 at 4:32 am Reply

    Hi, thank you for this information. I am a Doctor of Theology and I writing a Christian academic book. Can you suggest a publisher.

  • Adam / February 1, 2017 at 4:41 pm Reply

    I just wanted to say that I am very pleased with Lighthouse Christian Publishing. My book, The Christian Dilemma, is now available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble as a nook, and the Lighthouse website. One thing I really like about Lighthouse is that they help market your book, which is a big thing.

  • Joslyn / February 2, 2017 at 6:40 pm Reply

    I want to publish my fantasy (I’ll call it a novella) this year. I am looking into CFP but want to be sure it’s right for my preferred genre. So far, I have published a children’s eBook on Amazon. I just really need more visibility.

  • Monique S Welsh / February 5, 2017 at 2:51 am Reply

    Concerning Christian Faith Publishing, I am having a great experience so far. I looked through their website after seeing them here and decided to call them. The very first conversation was very informative. The literary agent told me up front all about the money (about $3,500-$3,700) that could be made into a payment plan. There were no surprises there. They were very, very informative and timely. When my story was accepted I had an agreement right away. Of course you HAVE to read contracts carefully so I will be taking my time to do that. All in all, so far it’s been wonderful!

    • David Hamil / February 7, 2017 at 6:13 pm Reply

      Agree! My experience with CFP has also been great. Open and upfront on everthing, including pricing, and services offered, from the start.

  • Monique S Welsh / February 5, 2017 at 4:10 pm Reply

    I just wanted to know from anyone who used Christian faith publishing, how long did it take for you to make your money back??

  • Joslyn / February 5, 2017 at 4:36 pm Reply

    Thank you for that Monique. I have been really doing my homework and for the most part have been hearing good things about CFP. It also helps to be able to read about your positive experience. Nothing like a testimonial.

  • Jakes86 / February 13, 2017 at 6:35 am Reply

    I had my draft reviewed and approved for prublishing by CFP. I’m yet to sign the Contract with them yet, though i was told i will pay a sum of $495 nothing more was stated. Please can anyone with previous encounter with CFP shed more light on this

    • David / March 1, 2017 at 5:26 pm Reply

      $495 down and $ for 10 months was the price I received. I decided to go with CrossLink Publishing.

      • Chris Martin / January 28, 2018 at 2:27 pm

        Hi, David. Can you tell me how your experience with Crosslink went?

  • Pam Hlady / February 14, 2017 at 3:55 pm Reply

    I warn anybody considering self-publishing: DON’T DO IT. It will end up costing you more and really, when you get done, aside from selling e-books, you get NO representation at all from the publishing company in the stores. You, the author, the writer, are expected to also be the salesman. I paid both Xlisbris ($10,000 by the time I got done with them) and Green Ivy Publishing $3,000 who promised to sell it for me – or maybe that’s just what I wanted to hear) and in both cases they sold it online only. Personally I am looking for a traditional book publishing company that is Christian based, only because I am a Christian writer and don’t swear throughout my book. My book, Traveling 101 is just a good fast funny read – the kind of book you’d pick up in an airport to read on the plane!

  • Joslyn / February 15, 2017 at 8:01 pm Reply

    I spoke to a representative at CFP who told me that the sum -from the details about my book page length et. alt. that it would be about $300 tho get started if the manuscript is accepted. Overall it would be 3500-3700 over 6 months which I would pay in installments. I was also informed that they would not collect royalties from me until I had earned all of the money I had paid for their services back.

  • Toni / February 18, 2017 at 8:03 pm Reply

    Hi Jerilyn, I just saw your post about writing a Children’s book. I have the manuscript completed. Needs editing. I have the cover page finished. Still need a few illustrations done. So can you advise me on christan editing, and illustrator’s you may know. Who did you publish with? I need all the help I can get. Novice ,Toni

  • Shareen / February 25, 2017 at 11:40 am Reply

    My husband is working on a confession book/work book to help see themselves the way God created them. It’s kind of like a Charles Capp booklet. I wonder if there are certain publishers that might be more fitting for this? He also has an idea for a book that goes along with music… not sure where to turn. He’s a great Christian artist and has traveled all over performing his music. I appreciated any advice. You can check him out at / moc.l1519607735iamg@1519607735ksret1519607735hguad1519607735sgnik1519607735ehT1519607735

  • Mike Lynn / February 26, 2017 at 8:02 pm Reply

    I understand with a little homework and research you can format your own ebook and post it for sale. Has anyone gone this route and if so pros and cons. Any updates on using CFP or Outskirt Press. Who is the best for publishing a self-help or education type book

    • Linda Truss / July 10, 2017 at 3:47 am Reply

      So far I’ve published three ebooks through Smashwords – There is no charge to publish your ebook and you get to keep 60% of any profits. The 40% they keep is for the services they supply. Their services include programming which turns your word document into an epub, distributing your ebook to various online outlets and libraries; they supply a free guide how to format your ebook, provide guidelines about how to design a cover, provide you with an ISBN etc. You do largely everything else. You set the price of your ebook – generally people make their first ebook free and subsequent ebooks under $2.99, but you can charge $10.99 for your first ebook if you choose to. I see my writing as a ministry so I’ve only ever made my ebooks free. However one author told me the income from the sales of her clean romance ebooks on Smashwords was paying the bills when her husband was retrenched. Keep in mind Smashwords don’t edit your book. You should probably seek an editor like if you feel you need help polishing your manuscript. Also Smashwords don’t promote your ebook unless it gets their attention for some reason, but they provide heaps of handy hints for you to self-market your book. Writing a few ebooks can add to your writer’s resume. Also you can revise the ebooks you put up on Smashwords (1st edition, 2nd edition etc) – this teaches you to polish your manuscripts. Here’s a link to one of the ebooks I’ve published on Smashwords so you can get an idea of how the Smashwords platform converts a Word document into an ebook.

      Another option is producing your ebook through Amazon – they don’t distribute your ebook anywhere else online like Smashwords do, but Amazon customers can decide whether they want the book they are ordering in ebook or traditional paper book formats. Traditional paper books are published on demand and Amazon take the cost of that print on demand out of your monthly earnings – so there’s no upfront $ outlay on your part. You can also order small print runs e.g. ten printed copies of your book as gifts for family or friends.
      On both Smashwords and Amazon you can write using a pen name – I use the pen name Beau Cornerstone (because Jesus is our Beautiful Cornerstone). I hope this feedback encourages cash strapped potential authors to blow the dust off their manuscripts and have a go through either Smashwords or Amazon – especially if your manuscript has already been rejected by a traditional publisher.

    • Lorana Hoopes / November 14, 2017 at 2:39 pm Reply

      I have now self published 3 kids books and 6 adult books. I love it. I make 50-70% of my sales, I have grown my newsletter list to over 3000 members and yesterday I sold 54 copies of my book priced at 99 cents. If you would like more information, you can reach out to me at moc.l1519607735iamg@1519607735sepoo1519607735hanar1519607735ol1519607735. I will say you should hire a good cover designer and a good editor, but I am enjoying having control of my books and you have to do your own promotion whoever you go with, so I’d rather keep all my commission.

  • Joslyn / February 28, 2017 at 5:42 am Reply

    You can find more information about eBook formatting on sites such as bookbook biz. It gives some pros and cons about specific eBook file types.

    • Teresa / November 23, 2017 at 2:59 pm Reply

      It’s and I have used them twice to format my ebooks, and have no complaints. They answered all my illiterate questions quickly. They charge by the number of words in your manuscript. My costs was $200 for each YA ebook, and they sent one file ready to upload to Amazon’s kindle and one ready for Barnes and Noble’s nook. They do offer other services for a fee.

  • David / March 1, 2017 at 5:29 pm Reply

    I recently signed a contract with CrossLink Publishing and looking to get started, working with them soon. They are a small traditional publisher w/ no price-tag to author. I was blessed that they accepted my manuscript for book publishing this year.

  • mildred angango / March 16, 2017 at 12:28 am Reply

    l ama first time writer and would like to submit my manuscript for your perusal and publishing

    • Bookfox (Author) / March 17, 2017 at 10:52 am Reply

      Sorry, but I’m an editor, not a publisher. If you need help with editing, contact me.

  • Adam / March 17, 2017 at 4:16 pm Reply

    I’m currently considering Westbow Press, but know very little about what they want. For instance, do they want a manuscript and proposal, just a manuscript, or sample chapters etc. I have The Christian Writer’s Market Guide by Jerry Jenkins and saw where it was published by Westbow. I’ve looked on the Westbow website, but can’t find anything about submissions. I would appreciate any insight into this. Thanks.

    • Bookfox (Author) / March 17, 2017 at 11:02 pm Reply
      • adam / March 19, 2017 at 4:44 pm

        That was very helpful. Thanks.

      • Hadassah / February 16, 2018 at 8:29 am

        do you have any idea about Xulon press publisher? i’m actually looking forward to publish a book.

      • Bookfox (Author) / February 19, 2018 at 6:05 am

        I don’t know much about Xulon, sorry.

    • Ronnie / March 20, 2017 at 9:00 am Reply

      I’ve published two books with Westbow. I am currently looking for a new publisher and here’s why;
      1. Westbow overpriced the soft and hard copies. Few people will pay $19.95 for a softcopy book.
      2. The marketing tools Westbow sold me have not been worthwhile. Specifically, I purchased their Internet Press Release. While I have no doubt that the press release I wrote for them was sent out to a long list of internet sites, it had no impact whatsoever. Of course, the reply to my questions was along the lines of, “we just send it out, it is up to the sites to publish it further.”
      3. Annoying follow-up calls asking me when I will buy more of my own books. But, at least they will sell them to me at a discount.

  • Stephen murray / March 23, 2017 at 9:07 am Reply

    Hi I am an author out of Trinidad and Tobago. I would like to know if there are publishing company’s​ that are foreign author friendly.

    • Bookfox (Author) / March 23, 2017 at 11:44 am Reply

      Yes, I think most would be.

  • TJ Williams / April 5, 2017 at 7:57 am Reply

    I have completed the manuscript for my first children’s book and it has been accepted by Page Publishing (unsure if I will proceed with them), but my question is in regard to illustrations. How am I to know how many illustrations the book will require?

    • Bookfox (Author) / April 5, 2017 at 8:20 am Reply

      If it’s a typical children’s book, it will have 32 pages, and an illustration on each page. If you need editing for your children’s book, let me know!

  • Eunice Gordon / April 5, 2017 at 6:22 pm Reply

    I am interested in you helping me publish my books. Have written about 12-13 Christian books.

    • Bookfox (Author) / April 5, 2017 at 7:15 pm Reply

      I’m not a publisher, I’m an editor. If you’re interested in editing help with any of your books, please contact me!

      • Karolyn Anderson / May 23, 2017 at 5:03 pm

        Are 14-15 pages acceptable for a children’s book?

      • Bookfox (Author) / May 23, 2017 at 10:37 pm

        Usually they’re 32 pages, but in some cases a book could be that short.

      • Karolyn / May 24, 2017 at 2:57 pm

        Thank you.

  • John / April 6, 2017 at 4:07 am Reply

    I want to publish my Christian books, I saw many good work you have done through internet

  • B. E. ADI / April 8, 2017 at 9:39 pm Reply

    Does anyone know how long it will take to get the publishing kit from Christian Faith Publishing?
    How long does it also take for them to publish a book?
    I sent a message through their website and got a response that I would receive a kit in a couple of days.

    • David / April 10, 2017 at 7:09 pm Reply

      B.E Adi,

      When I made a similar request of CFP last fall it took nearly a week to receive it in the mail. However, when I called them they were able to e-mail me the information.

      Although I’m publishing my book through CrossLink Publishing, I believe I saved all of the CFP information too. E-mail me at: moc.l1519607735iamg@1519607735limah1519607735.l.di1519607735vad1519607735 if interested.

  • Doug / April 18, 2017 at 10:20 am Reply

    Dear Bookfox,

    Thanks for compiling this list of publishers. I’m hoping you can answer a couple of questions for me. I’m a psych professor and a friend and I would like to write a book about psychology and Christianity. The basic idea is that, although some might think that Christianity and psychology are incompatible, actually this perception comes from the personal negative views of some psychologists. Psychology research and the Bible are actually quite compatible. So, what we have in mind would be somewhat apologetic, but Bible teachings/psych findings could also help people in their everyday lives. Any advice about where to go? Also, do we need to finish the entire manuscript before seeking a publisher? Thanks very much.

    • Bookfox (Author) / April 18, 2017 at 11:02 am Reply

      For nonfiction, you can pitch a book before you write it and some publishers will accept. For fiction, you need have written the thing before approaching publishers. I’m not quite sure of the right publisher for this manuscript, but I would recommend querying a lot to see who could be the right fit.

      • Dave King / December 26, 2017 at 3:31 pm

        Does anybody have experience with Dorrance? I’m shopping for a publisher for my first book, professionally edited with Karen Burkett’s group – and released through create space. I’ve sold over 300 copies and had excellent reviews so am moving toward a second edition with a named publisher.

  • Doug / April 18, 2017 at 2:15 pm Reply


  • Doug / April 18, 2017 at 2:24 pm Reply

    Dear Bookfox,

    Given that our book might not fit easily into a particular genre, do you think it would be wise to seek an agent, who might know better who might be interested? If so, any tips about how one finds an agent? Thanks again.

    • Bookfox (Author) / April 20, 2017 at 9:50 am Reply

      This is a good resource here on Bookfox.

      Yes, a good agent should know how to place things that blur genre lines.

  • kim kennedy / April 18, 2017 at 2:43 pm Reply

    smart choice by not adding Tate Publishing a so called Christian based publisher! Knowingly took a lot of honest and trusting peoples money knowing they were closing their doors! Coming from one of the very hurt and confused Tate authors!!!!

  • Christiana / April 18, 2017 at 8:03 pm Reply

    How does one submit a manuscript to faithwords? It wasn’t stated and I didn’t see it at their website either when I visited. Thanks

  • Amy / April 18, 2017 at 8:05 pm Reply

    I wrote a Christian fiction book. I was shocked by cfp, price. There is no way I can pay that kind of money. I really just want to share this story that God gave me through a series of dreams with the world. Can you suggest a good publisher, that won’t charge so much? Very Limited income, with a story to tell.

    • David / April 20, 2017 at 11:28 am Reply

      I know you’re asking Bookfox but thought I would chime in. You can submit you manuscript to CrossLink Publishing and they will let you know “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” with 7 days. If a positive response form them and you want them to publish your work, then there is not change (zippo) for publish your work with them. I believe the only real concern that some have is they require exclusive rights to publish your work. Meaning, once the agreement is in place, you can’t just decide to go elsewhere. I can understand that because they have invested a lot of their time and $s into the work.

      My 0.02,

      • David / April 20, 2017 at 11:29 am

        Excuses the typos … need an editor I guess 🙂

      • Amy / June 1, 2017 at 9:03 pm

        Thanks I will give them a try!

    • David / April 20, 2017 at 11:52 am Reply

      CrossLink Publishing, if they are willing to produce a Christian fiction book. No charge.

  • Carone / April 26, 2017 at 4:37 pm Reply

    Great article. Love the information here. I do find though that most publishers are accepting manuscripts only through an agent. I’m not sure if these places listed here are the same.

    I recently chose to self publish a series of three Christian books. I find self publishing to be easier than I thought and many friends were kind to me to help with book cover, editing etc.

    I made sure it was looked over by three pairs of eyes. If you do not have the funds to afford traditional publishers I believe self publishing is a great way to go and most of your money could be focused on promotion.

    Amazon has several programs to help those just starting out. I had to do a lot of reading etc to figure out which would be best for me. Just want to encourage those here who might not be in a position to afford traditional publishers to consider self publishing as an option and use a print on demand service for paperback and hard cover like create space. I do hope the writer here explores the self publishing avenue for the readers so they can get their material out.

    In the meantime if u need info I’d be happy to share my experience so far. moc.l1519607735iamg@1519607735gleno1519607735raC1519607735

  • Jennifer / May 3, 2017 at 2:05 am Reply

    Has anyone come across Covenant Books Publishing? Also, has anyone have a thought about why we should pay upfront instead of the publishers shouldering the costs?

    • Bookfox (Author) / May 3, 2017 at 9:47 am Reply

      In traditional publishing the publisher pays you upfront, but there is much more competition. In self-publishing, you pay a company to publish you, but they accept anyone with money. Those are the two options, and there are upsides and downsides to each.

    • Emare Randle / July 19, 2017 at 8:03 pm Reply

      My manuscript has been accepted by Covenant Books Publishing but I have a problem with upfront payments. I published one book in 2015 with Sarah Book Publishing but they have gone out of business which is ashamed because they were wonderful to work with and they charged absolutely nothing. In March of this year they were no longer able to keep their doors opened, but all rights to my book were returned to me. This is why I have not accepted the offer I received from New Covenant Books. They want 595 down and 295 a month for ten months. Too much for me.

      • Lester Bauman / November 10, 2017 at 8:22 pm

        That’s the bind we’re in as small time authors. The big publishers won’t even look at a submission you send them. Neither will the literary agents unless you have your foot in the door somehow. So then you have the choice with small time publishers who won’t have the resources to really move your book into the market place. And they will probably go broke. And finally, you have people like CFP who charge you up front. CFP is actually pretty good, in that they allow you to pay in installments. But finally, publishing costs money which has to come from somewhere. My first ten books were published by a parochial publisher who controlled the content. I’d like to step out of that but I’m facing all the usual things that everyone else has said already. But I know what editing can cost, because I’ve done lots of it. I’m not so sure that CFP is filling their pockets. If you had to be your own general contractor, it would cost you a lot more than you think, and you’d have a lot of headaches. CFP did accept a book of mine and we are in the finishing stages. I have another book about ready to publish, but my CFP contact advised me to wait until the one they are working on is done and decide then what I want to do. I thought that was interesting. I know all about the dreams. But I also worked in publishing for 13 years, and I know a bit about how easy it is for dreams to crumble. I figure you need to sell about 2,500 books to break even. Best wishes to all of us!

  • Nikki Hill / May 4, 2017 at 3:24 pm Reply

    Great source of info here. I am a first time publishing author having written my first illustrated christian children’s book. I’d like to partner with ministries to see it translated and sent to orphanages and slums in 3rd world countries around the world. It is a ministry to children about who the Father is. With these high aspirations would self publishing even make since over choosing a traditional publisher?

    • Bookfox (Author) / May 5, 2017 at 9:21 am Reply

      Since self-publishing would probably be less expensive per copy, it would likely make more sense to self-publish, because it would be cheaper for the ministries to purchase.

      If you’d like help editing it, let me know!

  • Elvis J. Rose / May 8, 2017 at 10:14 am Reply

    I am writing my first Christian book which is about my life. I need everything from Editing to Publishing. Who is the best Christian Book Publishing Company? To help me once I finish writing to completion, and not cost an arm and a leg, and stick by their promises?

  • Anne / May 10, 2017 at 8:25 am Reply

    Very great information even from the comment section. Does Faithwords accept manuscript? I don’t see it anywhere on their site. Or they are only publishing books from known personalities? Thank you

  • Tony B. / May 12, 2017 at 4:08 am Reply

    For all the people checking into Christian Faith Publishing, this review here seems to take the cake. I was astonished and quite moved by this authors experience. Please, before going to CFP read this review. I’m sorry bookfox if you don’t like links but this review is insane! Mad respect for your resource here and what you provide.

  • Katrina / May 12, 2017 at 5:36 am Reply

    Hello BookFox!
    I’m so glad that I came across this page and even more excited that you are involved with helping others and answering questions. I run a nonprofit organization for college women and I have recently written a nonfiction book to encourage the women of my generation. I guess, because I’m young, I have no idea what the next steps would be. I graduated with a degree in English Lit but I’m not sure if my work is strong enough for publishing. I believe in my book, but it’s just sitting around. Do I need an editor in order to submit for publication? Do I need to find a literary agent? Where do I locate one? How do I write a submission letter to a publisher? Do I need to copy write my manuscript before I submit? I have so many questions and I feel so lost. All I know is that I think I’ve written something special that many young girls would be encouraged by. Any help or suggestion would be so appreciated! Thank you!

    • Bookfox (Author) / May 12, 2017 at 7:19 am Reply

      Most publishers require an agent to submit to them, but a few don’t. You can find those few and get a smaller deal, or you can send to a lot of agents in the hope that they can get you a bigger deal.
      It helps to get your book copyedited beforehand — email me at johnmattfox at gmail with the word count and first 10 pages if you’d like to get a quote on copyediting.
      Yes, you have to write a “Cover Letter.” Look up examples for how to do this. I also edit these.
      No, you never have to copyright your manuscript. Because you wrote it, it’s already receives protection under the law.

  • Bob / May 16, 2017 at 5:15 pm Reply

    The New Broom, a whimsical portrait of Pope Francis, is complete. It tells of his efforts to reform the Church and the Curia, and more importantly, it offers answers to many questions that Catholics and non-Catholics alike, ask. What is your most appropriate recommendation? I am a retired rhetorics professor and am 84 years old.

  • Bobby Lamar Boone / May 17, 2017 at 12:40 pm Reply

    I have a book that will be ready in a few weeks..I’ve been working on it for about 6 month’s. Please let me know what I need to do for consideraation?

  • Beth Watts / May 27, 2017 at 2:43 am Reply

    All of this and maybe 2-5 success stories. Man. Why was Christian Xulon Press not on the list? They seem to be on their game with their name and website?

  • Cecelia Jones / May 28, 2017 at 7:17 pm Reply

    As a new author utilizing the channels of traditional publishing, once the author engages via contract for one book title with one publisher, is the author obligated to publish additional series and books that follow with that same publisher?

    • Bookfox (Author) / May 31, 2017 at 2:38 pm Reply

      Not automatically, no. Some contracts have those type of clauses inside them (a two-book deal, or the right of refusal on the next book), but most contracts don’t have those clauses.

  • Joslyn / June 2, 2017 at 12:48 pm Reply

    I just visited the Xulon Press website. I had heard the name and even received a call from a rep but I don’t know that I would go with them. I saw that they have different publishing packages for different “income levels”. I think the thing that didn’t appeal to me is that if you’re short on funds you get less support for your project and I find that rather discouraging. I keep going back to CFP. I think it’s because they are saying up front that they are a Christian publishing company and there is a specific price $3500-$3700 dollars. That’s less expensive than many of the others. It does not sound as if you’ll get less “bang for your book” with them and they have a payment plan. I would like to work with them if I had the funds. I just keep looking into them.

  • Stephanie Linko / June 8, 2017 at 7:26 am Reply

    It was important to me to choose a publisher that shared my same beliefs and believed in my manuscript. I submitted to Westbow and Crosslink Publishing as well but Christian Faith Publishing was the only publisher to actually review my manuscript. I didn’t want to publish with a publisher who will accept anything and everything which is why I ended up publishing with CFP. They explained the cost to publish and went over the process and the marketing efforts they guaranteed. Everything was very detailed and easy to understand in the contract as well. Joe was my specialist and he really worked with me through the process which took about 7 months. I am very pleased with CFP and I have already recommended them to two people at my church who are writing books

  • jennifer / June 10, 2017 at 2:10 am Reply

    Anyone here had an experience with Redemption Press?

  • Barbara Jean Seaberg-Bailey / June 10, 2017 at 5:12 am Reply

    Through prayer, our blessed Lord Jesus led me to Christian Faith Publishing. The publishing company was very thorough in explaining everything to me. A trusted friend with a legal mind reviewed everything for me and was also pleased with the clear outline of the contract. Alisha was my publication specialist. She was a joy and a blessing, as well as being very patient, kind, and thorough to work with. My book came out beautifully. I would definitely recommend Christian Faith Publishing to current authors, as well as for people who are planning to write a story, book or novel.

  • Robert N. Ruesch / June 14, 2017 at 10:45 am Reply

    Here is the deal. Christian Faith Publishing delivers what they promise. This company sets the standard for indie publishing as far as I am concerned. They work with you as if you were the only author they have. Personal service, professional contacts, excellent artwork that is what is needed to gather attention about your book along with concise editing and direction. Another professional typesetter looked at my book and stated the typesetting, layout, and design what the best they have ever seen from an indie publishing company. I recommend them without reservation to the point another author friend I told about CFP has signed with them.
    The contract presented to you is easy to read and understand. Chelsea is my publication specialist and would respond quickly to any request or question.
    Bottom line you can not go wrong with Christian Faith Publishing, I was led to them through prayer, and you never go wrong starting with Lord on your side.

    • Bertrand Daniel SIGALLA / November 14, 2017 at 7:09 pm Reply

      It is quite inviting; I will give it a try

      • Bertrand Daniel SIGALLA / November 14, 2017 at 7:12 pm

        I forgot to say Thank you Robert N. Ruesch.

  • Brad / June 14, 2017 at 7:11 pm Reply

    I am looking at Christian Faith right now. They accepted my manuscript on the first attempt. I was told that 70% are usually turned down on the first try and they offer ffedback for how to improve it. Has anyone here had there manuscript submission turned down by Christian Faith and been offered feedback by them in the process?

    • David / June 21, 2017 at 10:25 am Reply

      Brad, I seriously doubt that they turn down “anyone” much less 70% considering they will get $3,500 per author they accept. Please do your diligence before contracting with this company. Not only do they have tons of complains on this site, but other sites as well. Have you tried the traditional route? Just Google “Christian Traditional Publishers” and there are many to look at. Also remember, just because a company says they are Christian doesn’t mean they are. Just look at Tate Publishing. They said they were and now they are out of business due to multiple lawsuits. Also, there are other subsidy publisher out there that don’t charge as much. I have gone both routes myself; traditional and self-publishing. And although I personally like to self-publish myself (as I do everything myself), there is nothing more rewarding than getting accepted by a traditional publisher. It validates you as a writer, and you know your work is quality considering that this publisher was willing to pay for all of the publishing costs themselves. I would give that a try first before going with a subsidy publisher. Either way, good luck.

      • Lynn / January 8, 2018 at 7:44 pm

        Thank you for your important comments regarding CHRISTIAN FAITH PUBLISHING. Your feedback certainly validates my own experience with CFP and mutual concerns regarding their highly deceptive and disingenuous business practices. WRITERS BEWARE!!!

  • Rita Lane / June 15, 2017 at 5:38 pm Reply

    Hi, I know you are an editor and I appreciate this site very much!,my question is where may I find up to date info on literary agents? when I search all the info is from last year, which is frustrating when it lists who is accepting new submits right now! I have written 17 picture books but I don’t have a dime to self publish. Unless you know of a traditional publisher that will accept new authors without an agent? Thanks for any info!

    • Bookfox (Author) / June 17, 2017 at 7:01 am Reply

      Search for “New Literary Agents.” Although information from last year is probably still current.

      Also, for your children’s books, please check out this list of publishers who accept manuscripts without an agent.

  • douglas hoff / July 1, 2017 at 1:53 pm Reply

    I have been visiting with CFP about publishing my book “Honoring Anna”. They seem to be very upfront about everything, including the cost. The only thing I’m concerned with is marketing, which is hard to compare from one publisher to another. I have checked into self publishing and if you would hire an editing service, pay for your own isbn and barcode and copyright, and book printing plus any cover design help I’m pretty sure it would add up to about the same amount of money as they charge. By the way, I did buy my own isbn and barcode but CFP won’t let me use them. I had been advised to get my own isbn and barcode but it seems that if you hire a publisher they won’t let you use your own isbn and barcode anyway.
    Some are saying that they aren’t getting paid their royalties. CFP seems to keep less of the royalty payments than any other company, at least among the ones I’ve compared. I doubt there is any way that a legitimate publishing company company could hide book sales.
    Thanks to everyone for contributing to this, it is very helpful to discuss with other authors!

  • Scath Beorh / July 12, 2017 at 4:59 pm Reply

    I am the Acquisitions Editor for GHOSTLEY BOOKS. I would welcome strong Christian material with a dark or even horror slant. There are no fees for the author–we are a traditional publisher of paperbacks and e-books. Send your work along for consideration to: moc.o1519607735ohay@1519607735modgn1519607735ik.sb1519607735mal1519607735

  • Joslyn / July 17, 2017 at 1:11 am Reply

    I am strongly interested in CFP for the marketing they could assist with for my book projects. I am also attracted to the fact they actually review manuscripts. That’s a plus. As for the bar code issue, they may not allow an author to use their own because that would make the author the publisher of record. If you publish with them though, they would become the publisher of record. That’s the only reason I think that they would tell you you can’t use your own bar code. It identifies the publisher.

  • Pam / July 19, 2017 at 7:46 pm Reply

    Does anyone know anything about the reputation of Aneko Press for publishing, marketing?

  • Joslyn / July 30, 2017 at 7:32 pm Reply

    I looked at the Aneko Press website and it looks like they are a good publisher for pastors and other ministers, particularly if they travel and do speaking engagements.

  • Joslyn / July 30, 2017 at 7:33 pm Reply

    I am still interested in CFP.

  • Lyle / August 27, 2017 at 1:28 pm Reply

    About CFP ,I had a book published by them .I’d paid a grand total of $3,200 in total publication costs. Their contract is that they don’t make a dime until you’ve make back your investment . I’m still waiting for royalties payments and it’s been two years . Call them to find out why my book is not selling when I post a flyer on Facebook about it and got over 400 likes .Also went to the stores they said carried my book .Well they have to have someone request it before they order copies of it . How can you sell a book without any copies of it? You advice to you is keep trying to find a for real traditional publisher via literary agent ,it costs much less.

  • Joslyn / August 28, 2017 at 9:45 pm Reply

    I am illustrator as well as an author and my work was accepted by CFP, but I am still reviewing the contracts. I am weighing my options. What I really need is exposure and a publisher who can get my vision out there. It takes money.

  • Lyle / August 29, 2017 at 8:04 am Reply

    Joslyn ,my best advice is to try Manuscript submission service at lease. You’ll get a for real Traditional Christian Publishing company not a print on demand scammer.

  • Joslyn / August 30, 2017 at 3:05 pm Reply

    Thank you Lyle. I don’t necessarily need an illustrator and I am researching my options for the type of fantasy project I want to present. And my children’s project is self published through Amazon. I’m taking many options under consideration.

  • Irene / September 18, 2017 at 2:14 pm Reply

    Did you forget that Zondervan and Thomas Nelson have been bought out by HarperCollins?

    • Bookfox (Author) / September 18, 2017 at 2:30 pm Reply

      I wrote this a few years back, and the general trend of all publishers has been consolidation. Soon, there will probably be only one or two publishers with lots of subsidiaries. But even if they are subsidiaries, they have their own editors and particular flavors of books, so it’s worthy to check out each one individually.

  • K. Williams / September 18, 2017 at 7:43 pm Reply

    Hello. I am interested in publishing a children’s book. The book is written (for young readers/up to 7 ysmrs old). I also want to do a book of daily inspirations for women (written, simply need to submit). Where does a person start? Kay

  • Abdulfatai ibn Jamiu ibn Famro / September 19, 2017 at 4:28 pm Reply

    I am just a new writer. I am done with my book but needs a professional counsel on the choice publiser. I had earlier submited my proposal to Zondervan because i have read lot of their books including that of my mentor who just passed on-Nabeel Qureshi unfortunate for me i was not considered. When i shared it with one of my brother in faith, he simply told me they will never consider a new writer especially from africa. Please bookfox, is that true and if it is,how can you help attain my dream and goal in making my testimonies known to the the entire world. It’s about indebted experience i had with God during the period of my deliverance from the world of islam to the marvelous light of Jesus christ. Please help me. I never knew there are rigours with publishers as i read from people’s comments. I am not buoyant for any front payment. I want a publisher who does it all and will be faithful to any of their commitment to me. Thanks bookfox.

    • Bookfox (Author) / September 19, 2017 at 7:16 pm Reply

      Hi Abdulfatai, it’s very difficult to get the attention of any publisher, no matter where you’re from. It would be best for you to submit to agents rather than publishers. It might help to have friends read it and give you advice on how to improve the book. If you want a professional opinion, I do help with that if you’re interested.

  • Abdulfatai ibn Jamiu ibn Famro / September 19, 2017 at 11:26 pm Reply

    Please bookfox can you mail me on how to get a good agent that will be of good help.what is their terms and conditions in doing that. Thanks you bookfox.

    • Bookfox (Author) / September 20, 2017 at 7:41 am Reply

      Google “Bookfox” and “agent” and you’ll get dozens of lists of agents and also multiple articles on how to get one.

  • Lauren / September 22, 2017 at 6:50 pm Reply

    CKN Christian Publishing is accepting manuscripts in the Christian Genre:

  • Sue Hamby, PhD / September 27, 2017 at 9:28 am Reply

    After writing my book, “Turning Your Scars into Stars: A Journey from Mourning to Joy”, I researched publishers for about 6 months. I examined them all closely and then prioritized them and prayed about it. After much prayer and research, I decided on Christian Faith Publishing and I have been extremely pleased with my decision. I love my cover, my video trailer, and Leslie Schafer who was assigned to work with me. It has been a wonderful experience and I am now writing another book “Globetrotting 101: How to Travel More for Less” (my third one) and I definitely intend to go with Christian Faith Publishing again. They have done everything they said they would do and have done it in a very professional manner.

    • Bob / September 28, 2017 at 5:34 pm Reply

      Have been looking into CFP also. Most people mention the great job they do, and how pleased they have been with the service. No one seems to mention number of books sold and/or profit. When we talked to them, they had said they can’t even price our book until we had signed contract and they started work on our book. That’s a little scary. Has anyone had real success with CFP?

      • Lynn / January 8, 2018 at 7:38 pm

        Writer Beware! Please refer to posted comments dated 1-18 below regarding CFP’s highly questionable and disconcerting business practices!

  • Lyle / September 30, 2017 at 9:43 am Reply

    If you have to pay to be published it is a print on demand publishers. Don’t waste your time with them you’ll only be disappointed an out of a lot of money with hardly if not any royalty payments to show. Examples Christian Faith publishing, Crossbow, Faith Words, Jericho, Xlibris, Doorren are all print on demands. If you want a for real traditional Christian Publishing company get it from Christian submission, they’ll help you find an get one .

    • Lester Bauman / November 10, 2017 at 8:35 pm Reply

      You realize that 90% of the people writing these comments have absolutely no hope of getting published by a traditional publisher? You are actually telling them to give up their dreams. Your advice is totally outdated. About the only way for a new and unknown writer to get published is to bite the bullet and self publish. If their book is as good as they think it is, it will become successful enough that they can get their foot in the door with a traditional publisher. You can’t have your cake and eat it too.

  • Dr Freeman O'Freeman / October 14, 2017 at 1:52 am Reply

    I’m highly impressed with info provided on the publishers. Can u specifically recommend one that will be ready to handle my eschatological project that is a bit controversial because it doesn’t handle it lightly with institutions s behind Ecumenism & d New Age Order. I

    • Bookfox (Author) / October 14, 2017 at 11:25 am Reply

      That is too specific of a question for me to able to answer. I’d recommend looking at eschatological books that you own and see who has published them, and research publishers that way.

  • Mark Atkins / October 14, 2017 at 12:03 pm Reply

    I have a book ready to be published i have been calling, “Tougher Than Nails: the God of the 12-step Program.” The book is derived from a bible study series I taught and presents the gospel in a recovery program format. It deals with besetting sins, mindsets, and other “addictions” that keep us from living a victorious life. I have heard from one publisher willing to publish my book, but they don’t have much of a track record. which publishers might be a good fit? Thanks

  • Gail McGaffigan / October 24, 2017 at 10:05 pm Reply

    Hi, John,
    Would you please reply with a list of traditional Christian publishers, as opposed to those that will help one self-publish for a fee? Thank you.

    • Bookfox (Author) / October 25, 2017 at 7:37 am Reply

      Hi Gail, this is the list that I have available on Bookfox — I haven’t separated them into traditional and self-publishing.

  • Y. Daniel / November 4, 2017 at 1:54 pm Reply

    To Judith Simon –
    Covenant Books seems similar to Christian Faith Publishing (CFP), which I just learned of through this site. CFP, however per information here, appears to pay more to the author in royalties. Covenant has accepted my book for publishing. I am exploring and learning as much as I can at present, and was surprised to learn (as you know), they have only been in business for one year. This market place is fascinating, not what I expected, and indeed requires vigilence.

  • Chris Henderson / November 9, 2017 at 6:20 pm Reply

    Before you sign any contract, get ALL the cost details in writing so you know where the money is going.

    The top 10 listings of publishers include the ones you can’t touch unless you are represented by an agent and the rest are those who will tickle your ego by saying how wonderful they think your writing is and that they want to invest in your book as long as you are willing to pay the initial marketing fees (upwards to $3500) and they’ll pay the rest. In essence, you are the employer and they are the employees – you are paying them!

    When they say you’ll get high royalties, they neglect to mention that you are still the employer since you don’t get those royalties until all the other costs of printing, shipping and their marketing fees are paid.

    So let’s look at the numbers…let’s say you sell your paperback book for $10 and they pay you 30% royalty fees. By the time you pay for the fees for their marketing and the fees for the bookseller (Yes Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc get their cut of your book price), you’re at 30% of $4 or $1.20 per book. To cover your initial investment of $3500 you would have to sell 2,916 books.

    Stats for new authors show expected book sales are 100 -1000. This book is a labor of love – because you are not making money. Before you plunk down money to a publisher, go to a conference, talk in person to other indie-authors and find the ways they are cutting the costs.

  • becky smith / November 16, 2017 at 5:03 pm Reply

    Newbie here!

    How would I go about finding a Christian Book Editor who is passionate about the supernatural (dreams, visions, encounters, etc) and what is the average going rate?

    I also saw may people who submit their writings to publishers- if a publisher picks up your book does this mean the fee of editing is included? I know NOTHING about this so ANY help would be so helpful!!

    Thank you!

    • Bookfox (Author) / November 16, 2017 at 6:28 pm Reply

      Hi Becky,

      I’m a Christian book editor and would be happy to help you. You can see my rates if you click on the Editor rectangle in the left hand margin. I do both developmental editing and copyediting.

      If someone publishes you, then yes, they will copyedit you before publication (if they’re not vanity publishers). But I help authors improve their manuscripts so that a publisher will say yes in the first place.

    • Craig Harms / November 20, 2017 at 7:02 pm Reply

      You MUST buy a copy of Sally Stuart’s book “Christian Writer’s Marketing Guide”. It has every Christian publishing company, contact information, genres accepted, submission guidelines. It is a Bible second only to the holy one.

  • Catherine L Weeks / November 17, 2017 at 8:01 am Reply

    Out of all the google listings on Christian Publishers I am so thankful that I was led to choose yours. Having read all these reviews, I am feeling most disheartened. But I am greatly appreciative of your helpful and honest responses to everyone’s concern. I will be going to your website for further assistance. As I try not to be discouraged, I see this as a test of faith and I am no longer as naive as I was before I set down to begin my research. If the process was easy there would be no need for “faith in the vision given”. So again, thank you for your excellent and bless service.

  • Craig Harms / November 20, 2017 at 6:51 pm Reply

    Careful with Lighthouse Books. I signed with them under the assurance that they were affiliated with the national chain of Lighthouse Bookstores. They weren’t. They gave absolutely no publicity or promotional push — only a blurb on their “decrepit” web site.
    They never sold one copy of my book, apparently, as I never received one quarterly royalty payment. Tore up the contract when the time expired. Good luck to all aspiring writers getting your baby to print.

  • Joslyn / November 29, 2017 at 7:01 pm Reply

    I have picked up numerous positive writing tips from this website and am glad that I found it. You’d had most definitely better learn what you’re getting before you sign a publishing contract and know what your options are. I’m with Chris. Your book is a labor of love.

    You’ll be locked in for the duration of the contract. Make sure you’re getting everything you want. Particularly if you’re a self-published author. You’re entering into a partnership.

  • Bob Richardson / December 21, 2017 at 12:54 pm Reply

    Wow! This is a lot to consider!! Thanks so much for your every effort in putting this list together and the information that is included. Very helpful for me at this point. What are everyone’s thoughts on EQUIP/press? is their site. Looks to be quite helpful and there are several options as well as some pretty famous books!!

  • Emmanuel / December 29, 2017 at 5:59 am Reply

    I am blessed to have come across you website. Can you please tell me if any of these publishers accept manuscripts from Africa. For I am from Cameroon, and I am in search of a christian publisher. Thanks in advance

    • Bookfox (Author) / January 5, 2018 at 7:57 am Reply

      Yes, they should all accept manuscripts from Africa. The trick is having the right book and query.

  • Shaun Samson / January 3, 2018 at 3:38 am Reply

    Hi, thank you for this list! been informative as well as the comments.
    I am currently working on a booklet / about 80-100 pages. The book is about difficult christian questions and answering them in 1 (one) page – having the issue discussed as well a scripture reference.
    I am not sure if a publisher would be interested in this? and who can i approach?
    Thanks for your response and help!

    • Bookfox (Author) / January 5, 2018 at 7:48 am Reply

      Hi Shaun,

      I think this type of nonfiction book would be up the alley of many of the Christian publishers on this page. The best idea is to look at whether they have similar books and then to write a dynamic query letter (and have a great sample excerpt to get their attention!). Let me know if you’d like some editing before you send it out.

  • Joni H / January 8, 2018 at 10:00 am Reply

    Which publisher would you recommend for a children’s book with a traditional, biblical and conservative message? Seems this must be asked in today’s culture where no one wants their brand associated with such a message.
    Can you explain how the illustration process works if part of the author’s message is conveyed through the images presented? I have read where an author’s ideas on illustration should never be included in a cover letter.. Is there ever a place for this to be stated?

    • Bookfox (Author) / January 8, 2018 at 12:43 pm Reply

      Hi, I would look at the children’s books each publisher has and see where you think yours would be the best fit.

      If you have illustration which is necessary for the reader to understand the text, I would not put that in the cover letter but in the manuscript itself in brackets [ a cat is talking to a boy ] .

      Hope that’s helpful!

  • Lynn / January 8, 2018 at 7:32 pm Reply

    Authors Beware!! Christian Faith Publishing business practices appear to be highly questionable and deceptive. My manuscript was accepted immediately following receipt of submission. There appeared to be no professional screening or literary assessment of my manuscript prior to acceptance. However, there was certainly an over zealous attempt to solicit $3,800 in advance for “publishing” my 32 page children’s picture book. Kimberly (CFP alleged “literary agent”) contacted me multiple times to initiate a contract. She appeared to be disingenuous and more interested in obtaining payment than in the quality and potential marketability of my book. I strongly advise writers to thoroughly investigate this company via reputable and professional literary review websites prior to engaging in a business relationship with CFP. Fortunately, I avoided being a victim of their disconcerting business practices and lack of honesty and integrity.

  • Jerry B. / January 10, 2018 at 10:40 pm Reply

    I am looking for a publisher of workbook materials for Bible study. These would use the format of providing a series of questions to which the reader/student responds in the text itself. Are there publishers that seek this type of submission?

  • Thomas W. Dawson / January 11, 2018 at 2:54 pm Reply

    I published my first book with WestBow Press. They did a wonderful job with the printing, layout, and book cover. What bothers me most is the price they want for each retail book. $37.95 for a hardcover, and $23.95 for the softcover. I feel the softcovers should be more around $13.00- $15.00. My total royalties to date do not equal more than $10.00 Canadian. WestBows prices are very expensive. They do not live up to the promises they say on the website. It cost me $3400 to get published.
    My second book was published by Friesen Press that claims to be Canadian, but any publishing is done in the U.S. I would not recommend Friesen Press to anybody. They do not live up to the claims on their web page, plus what was agreed to in private is lost in any agreement on paper from them.
    This self-publishing business is becoming a racket.

  • Joni H / January 19, 2018 at 8:51 am Reply

    I’m beginning to research the different self-publishing sites, many of those reviewed in this comment section. Can you explain the illustration process through self-publishing? I have my own illustrator so my manuscript (short children’s book) will have the illustrations. How is this done through self-publishing? Is there an outlet you recommend where I would get actual hard copies and not just the ebooks? It is a Christian themed book. Any of the publishers on your list accept manuscripts with illustrations?

    • Bookfox (Author) / January 19, 2018 at 9:50 am Reply

      For any self-publishing, you will be responsible for the illustrations. For any traditional publisher, they will pay for it. For physical books, use Amazon’s Createspace.

  • Diane Winters / January 28, 2018 at 2:10 pm Reply

    My seventh book is beginning the process for publishing with CFP. My contracts have always been self explanatory and I can email or call anytime with questions. The finished product is always professionally done. Keep in mind that your book only sells if you work on making yourself known. That’s what happens to those of us that choose to be self published. There are a million books for sale everyday and a publisher can only do so much. Unless you hit the big time with a fantastic book, NYT bestseller list is unavailable to most of us.

  • Mary Freeman / January 29, 2018 at 10:39 am Reply

    I have a friend in another country that would like to have his book published. It is a true story of his life in Pakistan. He is a missionary and Human Rights activist for the Christians in Pakistan and currently trying to help the Christian in Bangkok, Thailand. The manuscript is ready to be picked, and I want to help him find a publisher for his book. Would anybody be able to recommend a publisher/ publishers ?

  • Felicia / February 18, 2018 at 10:23 pm Reply

    Does anyone know anything about Brown Books publishing in Dallas?

  • Billy McCallum / February 23, 2018 at 8:02 am Reply

    My Name is Billy McCallum and I have a manuscript of my life beginning when I was about three years old until today at the age of 62yrs My story in a broad sense is I was abused as a child and then my personality changed I was involved with the troubles in N Ireland and went to prison I then after coming out of prison ended up in England and got into communism and then into the drug scene, got married and divorced then married again then divorced. God touched me and I was saved 29years ago I have married again for 25 years and have lots of testimonies of the lord in my life. I go into prisons I have got alongside drug addicts I have worked with the police and have been a High court enforcement officer working for the justice system, God has opened many doors for me and I have been serving the Lord as an Evangelist for my years. The Lord put it on my mind to write a book back in July 2016 and now have finished. the manuscript will need putting into a book. I know the press in Ireland will be ready to interview me and of the back of the book, I will be able to share the Gospel far and wide. I hope I can get you interested in helping me with my walk.

    Yours Faithfully Billy McCallum

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