These are 17 publishers 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.

You should especially check out their new YA imprint Blink Young Adult. Blink is looking for “clean” YA, but that doesn’t mean they’re looking for innocence or avoiding tough topics.

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. Baker Books

So Baker has 6 imprints, and each one publishes slightly different things.

  1. Revell — this is mainstream fiction, aimed at the widest possible audience. Although there are religious themes, the storylines and characters are still accessible to a secular audience.
  2. Bethany House — they publish ABA fiction, which means it has stronger religious overtones, with a strong moral code. It’s more conservative and more religious than Revell. 
  3. Chosen — this is what Baker calls a “spirit empowered” imprint, which means they publish material which is charismatic or Pentecostal. 
  4. Baker Books — this is nonfiction. It focuses on thoughtful treatments of Christian living. They also publish big blogger names and pastor resources. It’s the biggest imprint of Baker.
  5. Baker Academic — It’s in the title. Academic work only. They are only looking for current professors or others in academia. And the work is only aimed at other academics, so if you are an academic seeking a wider audience, look below.
  6. Baker Bravos — This also publishes academic work, but it’s aimed at those both inside and outside academia. So overall, it has slightly more accessible themes, while remaining scholarly.

Baker only accepts submissions directly from agents, but they do accept slush pile submissions through this portal:

Their editors visit that portal when they are looking for certain types of manuscripts, and if your manuscript is chosen — well, lucky you.

3. Intervarsity Press

Intervarsity Press doesn’t focus on mass market Christian living. They are more focused on what they call thoughtful Christian books, books about church, culture, and mission. 

They do like anything to do with spiritual formation, as you’ll see from the examples below, and social issues and social justice.

These are some of the titles published by Intervarsity:

  • The Liturgy of the Ordinary (I can confirm this is a fantastic book)
  • Silence and Beauty (I went to church with Mako in New York, and he is both a painting genius and brilliant at pointing out themes in Shusako Endo’s work).
  • Slow Church (Love the slow movement)
  • Vintage Saints and Sinners

4. Westminster John Knox Press (WJK)

WJK leans toward the progressive, especially when it comes to social issues, so if you’re conservative, this probably isn’t the best publisher for you.

They are looking for social issues through a Christian worldview, spirituality, devotions, and they also have an academic branch.

They have a wonderful imprint called “Flyaway Books” that focuses on children’s books.

Not all of the children’s books are expressly religious, but all of them have positive messages and issues that children deal with.

One important note for submitters: they like creative retellings of Bible stories. 

Sample Titles of WJK:

  • The Witness of Religion in an Age of Fear
  • Holy Solitude
  • Resist and Persist: Faith and the Fight for Equality
  • Lent for Everyone

5. Kregel Publications

Kregel is looking for general nonfiction about Christian living. Sample titles:

  • A Woman After God’s Own Heart
  • Invitation to Church History
  • Mending Broken Branches: When God Reclaims Your Dysfunctional Family Tree

Their Gilead imprint focuses on Contemporary Christian fiction, and they are looking for traditional CBA fiction as well as literary fiction.

Also, they just started up a very cool new imprint which I hope has fantastic success — it’s called Enclave Press, and it’s focused on Christian Sci-Fi and Fantasy.

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6. Beaming Books

With a tagline like “Helping Kids Thrive,” you can probably guess that this is a Christian publisher of children’s books (They used to be called “Sparkhouse Family” and have recently changed their name).

  • Grit and Grace: Heroic Women of the Bible
  • Don’t Forget to Flush! A Pre-Teen Devotional
  • The World Jesus Knew: A Curious Kids Guide to Life in the First Century

As you can tell, they tend toward nonfiction titles with strong lessons and information for children.

7. Herald Press

Herald Press is a Mennonite publisher and they are looking for books that are from an Anabaptist perspective.

They focus on spirituality, reconciliation, justice and community. 

Note well: they are not looking for any academic titles.

Sample Titles:

8. Eerdman’s Publishing

This is a pretty broad Christian publishing house based in Grand Rapids Michigan. 

They are looking for children’s books, culture and religion, pastoral care and counseling, and contemporary spirituality.

They do not publish memoir or fiction.

Sample titles:

  • God, Improv and the Art of Living (with a forward by my friend Susan E. Isaacs)
  • The Holy No: Worship as a Subversive Act
  • Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump

9. The Upper Room

If you are looking to publish your devotional, I would humbly recommend this publisher.

They are looking for authentic, sensory-based devotionals that explore what it means to be a faithful Christian.

They also publish books about spiritual formation:

  • Lenten/Advent books
  • Small Group Study Guides

10. Wipf and Stock

They have an extremely robust poetry-publishing imprint called Poiema. If you have Christian poetry, I would strongly recommend buying a few of their books and seeing if your book of Christian poems would be a good fit.

The Cascade imprint publishes a variety of nonfiction.

Their Slant Imprint publishes fiction, but they only have a few titles right now. However, they told me that they are eager to expand their fiction offerings, so check out what they’ve published before and submit while they are in need.

Thankfully, they have only one submission portal, and the editors will decide which imprint your book might be right for.

11. 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 among the top. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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:

14. 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.

15. 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?

16. 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:

17. 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.

      • Jim Sullins / September 28, 2020 at 11:18 am

        My 94 years old mother “pubished” a book with them. I went to their website and tried to find my Moms book in the search box. Nothing. I called the number on their website. The girl was very pleasant at first. She thought I was calling to buy their help on a book. When she found out I was calling about why my Moms book wasn’t on Kindle or even on their own website, she got hysterical,
        saying she was the wrong person to talk too. I asked her who was the right person to talk too and their number, she hung up.
        I went to check them out on the Pennsylvania BBB site. The reviews were absolutely terrible. Showed dishonesty, deceitfulness, and a lack of ethics. With encouragement from the BBB, I asked the company about this right there on the BBB website.
        They responded in a not nice manner . Then I got a call from the BBB themselves ! They said I couldn’t ask questions about the way they were treating my Moms book because I was the son and not my Mom ! I pointed out the irony that the BBB was actually protecting this company with their rules. She got it and was a nice person. But I was right and this non Christian company doesn’t have to answer to me because of this technicality. But someday they will answer to Someone 🙂

    • Bennie Bullock / February 3, 2019 at 12:28 pm Reply

      I am using Christian Faith Publishing and everything has been upfront and above board. They are a wonderful company to work with. Once they agreed to publish my book they sent information fully explaining the charges and the process.

      • Marjorie Arnold / March 18, 2019 at 2:50 pm

        Bennie B your comments on CFP were most calming to me. I had a very unhappy experience with KDP and that most recently. (I mean like just a week ago. I have been a it downcast but your blurp make me smile. I know God wants our very best and to get that we MUST ask Him for counsel FIRST. I did not do due diligence on them and I paid the price. However, I will try not do be guilty of that again. FBP was on I was looking at with interest. My book is a very short one about 60-70 pages when formatted and will be considered a documentary, I think. I feel better from reading your remarks. Marjorie

  • 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…

      • Dr. Handy, Ph.d. / October 16, 2019 at 8:34 pm

        I chose C F P in July of this year , ( 2019) and have not experienced any problems whatsoever. Look for my book on the C F P website soon. The title is ; Comprehending The Pauline Epistles. It’s a great work!

    • Ronna Tecken / April 20, 2020 at 12:47 pm Reply

      Did you get your book published thru Lighthouse? I am looking at them right now. I would be interested to know if they worked well for you.

  • 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.

      • Cynthia / March 3, 2018 at 2:15 pm

        For CFP To get the national air time , you had to pay extra for it ( stated in contact) and they do not do book signings for you. I am thinking of going with them. They accepted my book. You have to ask all of these before hand. Most of this is mentioned in their contrac. I’m just curious about how their do their pricing for each book.

    • 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.

      • Tom Tursich / August 11, 2020 at 1:17 pm

        I have talked to Christian Faith Publishing about a book project. They accepted my book for publishing and sent me all of the contracts and agreements I need. I understand there is an upfront fee for publishing and I am willing to pay it as long as I receive all of the help advertising and marketing I need. As a fairly new author I am nervous about making the plunge, so I would like as much advice as I can get. The manuscript I sent to them, RESILIENCE-BEND DON’T BREAK was less than 10,000 words so I was surprised they accepted it so easily. I expected the process to be difficult with lots of rejection so I am concerned that it is moving so easily.

    • Katherine Cochensparger / July 24, 2018 at 4:10 pm Reply

      Did you ever get your book published? I would love to read it.

  • 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
    • 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.

    • Tawnya / September 24, 2018 at 2:08 pm Reply

      I had been speaking with Westbow and they were very patient until I said I was ready to move forward. They did not discuss a contract with me only pricing and they wanted me to pay without any signed agreement. When I told them I did not feel comfortable with that they kept telling me once I paid they would go over it all. I hung up and they called me 16 times in less than an hour. It was very shady. They were selling themselves as a division of Zondervan and Thomas Nelson which is what peaked my interest in the first place but they wouldn’t even discuss royalties and kept referring to everything as an order.

  • 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!

      • Joseph LaFauci / September 12, 2020 at 9:03 pm

        Yes, I had a book released and on the market through Tate in 2012. I was fortunate enough to have it completed before Ryan completely destroyed the company. I have been working with Ingram to re-release the book but I am less fond of completely self-publishing so I am carefully looking for the right publisher to work with to put my book back out. I mainly would like to have some adjustments made to the cover design, and perhaps some changes to the wording in some places. The book was doing reasonably well until Tate fell apart.

    • 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.

      • Denise Nicodemus / August 27, 2018 at 9:14 am

        Dear BookFox,, I just finished a manuscript (my first) that describes God healing me of depression and a number of other issues I have had my entire life. It is meant for encouragement because I lost literally everything and now am in a season of restoration. I am current looking for publishers (not self-paid). Any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated!

  • 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

  • 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.

    • Anne O'Donnell / January 25, 2019 at 8:49 am Reply

      The only place I have read any positive reviews about CFP is on their own website – all the others have been terrible. I was considering them too, but once I read what really goes on behind closed doors, I was not only turned off, but appalled they lie to their prospective customers.

  • 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!

      • A. Fleurima / May 17, 2018 at 11:45 am

        Mr. Fox, I am a first time writer of a Christian book. Please, can you give me your opinion on Xulon Press. Thanks.

  • 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!

      • Prince / June 25, 2018 at 5:57 pm

        Hi, thank you for the good work you do in the body of Christ. Would you recommend Xulon press and why? I am finishing on my two books but will need your advice on Xulon Press. God bless

      • Bookfox (Author) / June 25, 2018 at 7:16 pm

        I mean, Xulon is a self-publisher, so if that’s what you’re looking for, go for it. I would search this page to see if there have been any other comments about Xulon.

  • 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.

      • Marilyn / October 25, 2020 at 12:39 pm

        I am scheduled for my book to come to print very soon. I am very secure with CFP and the contract was very upfront – easy to understand and the company has been very nice to me and it has taken me 5 months to go to print. I am very satisfied. I could not have got all I deed done on my own – so far – feel CFP is excellent.

  • 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?

    • Adam Handy, Ph.D. / June 21, 2020 at 8:14 pm Reply

      That doesn’t sound right for CFP; they’re a Self Publishing co. Most of the time they will require a down payment of a certain amount, say $500.00, or so, and then monthly payments. Call ’em and make sure that the $495 is not just the down payment. Of course you will want to read the contract thoroughly. Keep your receipt, and stay in contact with them. $495 is exactly what I paid with Lighthouse Christian Publishing; it’s a “set-up” fee. However Lighthouse Christian Publishing is a “Royalty House” (that is to say, you’re not “out-of-pocket”, except for the Set-up fee. And don’t forget, “Always copyright your work” prior to sending it to “anyone.”

  • 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!

    • Joyce You / July 1, 2020 at 1:03 pm Reply

      As editor and proofreader of a publishing company’s tome on how to get published, I can tell you that self-publishing is generally the only way to go before you are connected with someone in the business, become established (recognized as an author), are already widely known in your field of expertise, or are an otherwise-famous or infamous person. Two things to remember at the start: Publishing— Christian or not— is a business: It needs to generate money to exist. And marketing your product is basically your responsibility, though many vanity presses will list it with several booksellers. Don’t expect it to fly off the shelves without extra buzz by you. There are many creative ways to accomplish this…too many mention here, but you can research book marketing (esp. Christian book marketing) blogs and websites for ideas. Maybe even Bookfox! For a more inexpensive way to publish your first work, investigate smaller press options, like those run by a university or church organization. Or an indie local graphic designer/publisher. Just don’t give up, if this is your dream!

  • 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 /

  • 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 . 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.

      • Patsy J Lewis / August 10, 2018 at 5:08 am

        I have two books previously published by a print on demand publisher, who required no money upfront, put my books on all the online book stores, did a beautiful job with the covers, and only lacked in the price ($24.95) for a soft cover book. I had to do all the editing before publishing and also had to purchase the books from them for book signings, which I had to set up myself. They did not put the books in the brick and mortar stores, nor do a return for any books not sold, as do traditional publishers. Then, they suddenly went out of business, leaving me without a digital file of my books that I could submit to other publishers. I have been checking into the many publishing venues to get my books back into print and also for publishing future work for me. As I cannot afford to invest thousands into publishing my books, as Jerry Jenkins advises authors, we have to make our books so appealing to publishers that we get paid instead of paying to publish. It is very difficult to get the attention of traditional publishers unless you are a well known public figure, etc, but it is possible, I know. If you read the background of the successful authors, they each had to start with their first book and go through the process of getting published. I have submitted my manuscript in PDF format to a publisher who does traditional and also will offer you other options. I am waiting to receive the contract for my consideration. Hopefully, it will be the answer to my publishing needs. Lorana, your solution is appealing and I would appreciate communicating with you in case I am not able to go with this publisher.

  • 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.

    • Dr. Dave Gallagher / July 22, 2018 at 7:11 pm Reply

      David, Since you signed a contract with CrossLink back in March of 2017, I’m wondering if you could give an update now in July 2018.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

      • Dr. Fraser Vaselakos / February 24, 2019 at 2:04 pm

        I have 3 children’s books in my drawer – I am a psychologist – would like to use quotes from NIV or Message. How does one get permission to do that and how does your editing services work?

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • Cheryl Southwood / April 21, 2018 at 11:14 am Reply

      Christain Faith are ripe offs they arent christians hen they promise everything and don,t do anything. They claim to give you a big press release, sounded wonderful! but they didnt hold up to there word. Warning these people are crooks.

  • 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

    • Tallie / March 26, 2018 at 12:44 pm Reply

      Hello Stephanie! What exactly do you mean when you say that CFP was the only publisher who “reviewed” your manuscript? Do you mean they gave you some feedback? My understanding is that Crosslink does not publish any and everything. I don’t know about Westbow. Please, explain.

  • 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:

  • 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

  • Tom / February 28, 2018 at 6:40 am Reply

    Folks, No paperback should be priced for more than many hardcovers sell for. Think about that. You will be presented a contract between you and the publisher. If you don’t read it and add your own common sense you will get what you deserve. Write in the contract the paperback shall be priced not to exceed $9.99 … the hardcover shall be priced not to exceed $17.99, etc. Don’t let them set you up for a fall. Also, for those publishers who promise marketing through Amazon, etc…. make sure you specify Amazon in the US, not FR. For those who have rec’d contracts from these publishers … how about putting up a pdf or link of the contract for all to see and read. Keep the playing field as level as possible. Due your due diligence, are the publishers actual Christians? Just because they include a spiritual word in their name doesn’t mean they have spiritual words in their heart. Do not be unequally yoked!

  • Lynn / March 6, 2018 at 11:41 am Reply

    Does anyone have experience with Ebooks2go? I have a fully illustrated, completed children’s book ready to go. I originally paid for softcover copies and sold myself on-line, but I updated the story to include new characters. It’s actually quite good and the illustrator did an amazing job but I thought I would start with an e-book version due to costs. Finding an agent to look at a book is every bit as grueling as finding a publisher. Ebooks to go will make my book available on many platforms for $799 and I’m hoping it will be seen by an agent or someone who knows someone. I’m wondering if there are success stories out there. Thank you, Bookfox, your info is quite helpful!!

  • Bea / March 20, 2018 at 2:11 am Reply

    Hi ,Thanks for the informationsIt’s quite interesting and useful to new author like me looking forward to second book publishing. At the moment just published with Author house. So far they have fulfil thier role ,Just waiting for the press release prior to distribution. Excellent experience so far. Looking forward to publishing more books,manuscripts ready . I would like bookfox to email me. Bless you for printing the gospel to the world.

  • Catherine H Jacobs / March 21, 2018 at 9:06 am Reply

    I am a grandmother with a passion for sharing God’s vision for Godly grandparenting. Today most grandparents buy into the cultural view that grandparenting is not very important. But God has a different perspective. For over five yeats, I have been speaking and teaching on how to grandparent with a purpose. Last December, I completed a book on this topic. Currently, my manuscript is in review at Lighthouse Publishing of Carolinas (different company from Lighthouse Christian Publishing). I have considered self-publishing with Westbow and Elm Hill. Do you have any advice for me? It is overwhelming to me to figure the best route for a first-time author as I am. My book is to support my speaking ministry. So, would self-publishing be okay? Or should I hold out for traditional publishing.

    • Bookfox (Author) / March 21, 2018 at 11:06 am Reply

      Sounds like self-publishing would be a great choice for you. Let me know if I can help you with editing.

      • Catherine H Jacobs / March 21, 2018 at 12:20 pm

        Thanks. Do you know anything about Elm Hill, a self-publishing arm of Harper Collins Christian Publishing?

      • Bookfox (Author) / March 22, 2018 at 6:20 am

        Well, they’re like every other self publisher out there. They charge hefty fees to make self-publishing very easy. You could do all the work on your own, but they help you with everything, which makes a lot of writers interested in their product. So there’s no special knowledge about them — you could pick any self-publisher from any major book publisher and it’ll be a very similar product.

  • Rev Dr. Scott Rosenthal / March 25, 2018 at 12:58 pm Reply

    I may need your services on a book publisher. But before I retain an editing or related service provider I would like to find a self publisher that can produce my book to the following specs

    1. imitation leather cover
    2. bible type pages
    3. interior b/w about 250 pages
    4. standard size about 4 x 6
    5. qty of either 100 or 1000

    Cover type needs to be sturdy enough for us to imprint or stamp our members name. Dont need any markeing or distribution services. I’m found christian faith publishers an lighthouse christian publishers from your list of 10 publishers. I’m in contact with them but wanted other options. Can you offer any suggestions?

    • Bookfox (Author) / March 27, 2018 at 12:30 pm Reply

      That is highly specific and I’m sorry but no other publishers spring to mind.

  • Teresa Prins Wood / March 27, 2018 at 1:43 pm Reply

    Rev. Dr.Scott Rosenthal’s need of a leather-looking cover is something that I can address. My book of poetry has that type of cover in both soft bound & hard bound. I used a vanity press. I’m replying just to let the Rev.Dr. know that it is doable. To see what the cover looks like, he just needs to go to my facebook page & do some scrolling. Page is called In Her Own Native Tongue. Thank you Bookfox for the helpful info. I’m getting ready to seek out an agent for book #3.

    • Bookfox (Author) / March 27, 2018 at 6:16 pm Reply

      Thank you so much, Teresa! Excellent information.

      And you’re welcome for all the info.

  • Teresa Prins Wood / March 28, 2018 at 4:11 pm Reply

    I have just now learned of Trilogy Christian Publishing, a ‘division’ of Trinity Broadcasting Network. Does anyone know anything about them? I read all that I could find online but remain unclear as to whether or not it is ‘self publishing’ or what services they offer Please let me know! Thanks!

    • Joslyn / December 17, 2019 at 5:13 pm Reply

      I know that your comment is over a year old, but I have heard of TBN’s Trilogy Christian Publishing company and tried to contact them and never got a response. Have you discovered anymore about them?

  • Jenny Mertes / April 19, 2018 at 8:24 am Reply

    Please also add Mountain Brook Ink, a royalty publishing house specializing in an array of Christian fiction categories.

  • Rebekah Love Dorris / April 27, 2018 at 7:50 pm Reply

    BookFox, your commitment to your readers impresses me!

    This is one loooooong and difficult comments thread. You’ve shown tact, grace, and concern. As a graphic designer and writer, it’s evident to me how these private publishers have bit off a big chunk, both in printing people’s darlings and in keeping everyone happy. It takes serious time to edit, design, illustrate, and format a book. It’s a business. Many established writers say they weren’t ready for publication until they’d written at least 350,000 words.

    I’m not there yet, but here’s a few more toward the goal.

    God bless, and thanks for your example of serving your readers well! 🙂

  • Teresa Hughes / April 28, 2018 at 11:21 am Reply

    Thank you for all the information. I do not want to self-publish and have been looking for a better route. Your information answered a lot of my questions.

    Fingers crossed I can find a traditional publisher for my children’s book.

  • Jabez / May 6, 2018 at 8:56 pm Reply

    Dear Mr. Fox
    This info has been extremely helpful. What do you think about using a publishing company outside of the United States? Came across one called CreativeJuicesBooks out of Singapore. Have you heard of them? Not sure what the legal ramifications are? They claim to market their books worldwide.

    • Bookfox (Author) / May 7, 2018 at 9:17 am Reply

      Hi Jabez, No, I haven’t heard of them. It’s best to find a publisher in the place where you hope to sell the most books, wherever that is, because they’ll have the best connections there, but if you feel confident about them, go for it.

    • Marjorie Arnold / March 18, 2019 at 4:33 pm Reply

      Jabez, Sir, do not even contact a publisher outside the borders of our good ‘ol US.
      I am just finished with one that was based in Spain or England, can’t remember which and I am not interested in looking for them at this point. They were, in some way, connected with Amazon ebooks but I can’t say how as I did business with only one person named Nick Caya. His mail address is in the US but after doing my homework , I discovered he is located in a foreign land. My bad, because I did not do background check before paying initial fee of $199. I know that is is not much but I shutter to think how the fees would increase as my book progressed. Shame on him!. O, well, lesson learned , I pass on to you.

  • Jabez / May 7, 2018 at 9:29 pm Reply

    Thanks Mr. Fox.
    I’m not confident at all; hence, my seeking your advice. I really appreciate you taking the time to respond. I’m in the process of completing my manuscript and realize that not only is the competition stiff, but most publishers don’t accept unsolicited scripts. As much as I’d like to think I write well…most writers do…I think it best to get professional help, so I looked at your pricing options for editing a manuscript. You will be hearing from me when I’m done with my manuscript. Also, sampled your book,”I Will Shout Your Name” on Amazon. Really captivating read. Made me want to read more.

    • Bookfox (Author) / May 7, 2018 at 11:01 pm Reply

      Well, good luck with the writing. Let me know when you complete your manuscript and I can help you with editing, and thanks for checking out my book.

  • Elias Johnny / May 11, 2018 at 1:02 pm Reply

    Mr. Fox,
    Stay blessed brother, for the useful information you so generously offer to writers. My first book was published by Lighthouse Christian Publishing in July, 2017., Recovery: Uncovering God’s Strength from Within. I must confess, the president was very helpful and ready to assist in any way possible. I can recommend that publisher to fellow writers. And, yes Mr. Fox, it was through your information you so tirelessly offer that i happened to submit to the publisher! Thank you again.
    But with my little experience, i believe it will benefit every writer to retain the services of a reputable editor before they submit, and importantly read and understand the contract before signing on the dotted lines! Of course I also did not edit my work when I submitted, but remember publishers are not equal, so do not blame! I have just finished my manuscript, revised it, gave to my trusted friends to read and give feedback…….but this time around, i am raising some money to edit before i submit! I will be happy if you can email me your rates Mr. Fox

  • Donna Morris / May 17, 2018 at 6:56 pm Reply

    I have three self published books I have written. This fourth book has mainly singular subject – alcoholism from a 28 year recovering alcoholic-ME

  • jules / May 22, 2018 at 1:19 am Reply

    I thank and bless everyone who still passion about God’s words it very difficult today to people like you still carrying and holding your crown that you got from God,do not be discourage about what the publishers say ,we all learn from mistake don’t lose your gift,your vision because of a someone’s say keep on asking other publishers until you reach the final station,God doesn’t minimize your work,but he maximize.I am proud of you all ,writers and publishers because our work demonstrate the love that we have for the kingdom of God,I am also writing a Christian book not by feeling ,by power,by might, but by the spirit of God ,I need you all to pray for me as you do for others. Jules

  • Israel / May 28, 2018 at 3:57 pm Reply

    Please what about Destiny Image, how effective are they and has anyone here has an experience with them before? I just wrote a book on the coming global crisis and need a publisher.

  • Maryanne Peluso / June 6, 2018 at 7:12 pm Reply

    Hi all, thanks for your advice, insight and “food for thought” – so much to consider and pray about. I am a BRAND new independent author. Well, not really – I mean I would like to be. I’m writing a Memoir which will be faith-based. Basically, I am a chronic pain sufferer who has a very rare, basically unknown neurological condition. I’ve had it for 20 years. My Memoir’s theme will be this – life as a chronic pain sufferer. However, I am also a former Catholic Religious Sister. Through 8 years of dealing with my undiagnosed condition at the time, I was in the Convent. Trying to live my life as a Sisters while suffering from debilitating pain. It was nearly impossible. Anyway, I couldn’t remain in the Convent because of my health and left 11 years ago. However, I am still a devout Catholic and love the Lord very much. I think I have a powerful Story to tell – this is why I am writing this Memoir. I have no “delusions of grandeur” – that I will sell millions of copies, etc. I just want to publish it – so that someone else can read it and be helped by it. My dilemma is this – I’m working with Xlibris Press and received a call last night from WestBow Press. But I think they are all scams. Will end up spending thousands of dollars I don’t have (because of my health, I am considered disabled and only work part-time – so money is very “tight”) and then end up with a Book that looks great (potentially) but then doesn’t go anywhere. And ends up helping no one because no one is able to read it. What can you suggest? If I self-publish – who is truly legit? Thanks in advance and God Bless!

    • Bookfox (Author) / June 6, 2018 at 8:53 pm Reply

      You don’t need to self publish through any company. You can do it all yourself for a low fee. You need to pay an editor and you need to pay a cover designer, but other than that, just use Createspace. They won’t charge you anything to get it up on Amazon and have it be print-on-demand, other than a slice of the cost of the book when you sell one.

      • Debbie Fletcher / August 17, 2018 at 10:26 am

        Hi John, I am a new author and wondering about self publishing verses going with someone like Covenant Books. I am mostly concerned about the promoting so that the book actually gets sold to readers (which if I am understanding all correctly is the value of having a professional pub company do it?) I have had the first 8 chapters (2 chapters at a time) edited through PaperTrue and not real happy with them because they did not do anything with the formatting (they did give writing suggestions that were helpful, corrected spelling, etc. but not the formatting – for example something as simple as indenting the paragraphs and how to correctly do quotes, etc.). I am near finished and just starting to really research all various ways to publish, etc. so really appreciate this site and the input!

  • Jacqueline Stem / June 8, 2018 at 4:33 am Reply

    I’m working on a children’s Bible story book where two little boys, Jacob and Joshua, see Jesus take Jacob’s lunch and feed the five thousand with it. They see Jesus healing and doing miracles, then being angry and cleaning the temple of money changers. They can’t help but wonder, “Who is this Jesus, anyway?” When they see him feeding the disciples on the beach after he was crucified, they know for sure, “Jesus really is the messiah. The son of God” What would you recommend for publishing “Jesus Who?”

  • Kristen Harper / June 8, 2018 at 11:18 am Reply

    Dear John –
    Thank you for compiling this list of traditional publishers. My Christian fiction novel, “Elephant in the Room,” has been published by Dove Christian Publishers and I am delighted to recommend them to writers who have completed their manuscript, had it professionally edited, have many wise counselors who agree the manuscript should be published, and are prepared to promote themselves.

  • Valencia / June 9, 2018 at 9:04 am Reply

    Hello Book Fox
    I have a proposal for a 29,050 word count(13 chapter) incomplete memoir type book, of my life as a single mother, and God’s guidance. It’s my testimony written with God the Father as the main character who guides me through a real life story. His word is sprinkled throughout the memoir. It encourages and hopefully makes the reader want to know our loving Heavenly Father. It is my first attempt to write. I’ve selected several publishers to research and will look for agents too, after reading all the info here, but would you suggest?


  • Cynthia Dodds / June 12, 2018 at 11:11 am Reply

    My book, about 1/2 written now deals with addiction, the opiate crisis and a family’s loss, a Christian family. There are 7 contributing writers an addictions counselor (my son’s first), a very successful Christian track rehab; a pharmacists, a young heroin addict, now 5 years clean and now married, myself and my husband. On 8/31/18, International Overdose Awareness Day, we take over the Miami Marlins Stadium We have helped to change laws holding drug dealers accountable, with mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines for felony murder, death penalty or life in prison without parole. And, Miami is one of the only cities in America that is moving forward – google Kyle Dodds and then NBC6 miami Cindy Dodds

  • Belinda R Stokes / June 13, 2018 at 6:10 pm Reply

    Anybody have any experience or knowledge of Trilogy Publishers (part of TBN)?

  • Irene B. / June 15, 2018 at 12:50 pm Reply

    I am half way through my book addressing the motif based on the need for/or lack of the African American community response to End of Life Issues. Thus far, much of my content deals with examining the differences in cultural beliefs on for “End of Life Issues.” I offer whether African Americans conclude whether “End of Life” decisions such as mercy killing, or euthanasia represent Biblical views on God and His dominion over death. I know that my content is non-fiction. However, I am not quiet sure if any of the publishing companies listed would be overly interested in my subject matter. Can you give me at two that might would consider publishing my work once I have completed the manuscript. Thank you BookFox for your informative overview of book publication and editing.

  • F. Lewis / July 3, 2018 at 2:42 pm Reply

    Hello John. Thank you for this very helpful list. The comments and your responses have also been very helpful.

  • Anonymous / July 7, 2018 at 4:02 pm Reply

    Does anyone know if Covenant books is a good one?

  • Kent / August 6, 2018 at 3:07 pm Reply

    I have written a book and now looking for a publisher. I have looked at Christian Faith Publishing and one other. It is not cheap to publish a book but knowing the right questions would be extremely helpful.

    Many of you here have had books published and sounds like you have learned a lot in the process.
    Would those with experience good or bad be willing to write out a list of questions that an individual needs to ask
    before deciding on a publisher? Would be very helpful and much appreciated. Thank you in advance.

  • Amy Provencal / August 9, 2018 at 3:08 pm Reply

    Does anyone know anything about Covenant Publishing?

  • Debbie / August 17, 2018 at 10:11 am Reply

    Does anyone know anything about Covenant Books Publishing? I have checked them on BBB and they have pretty good reviews but I can not find anything about them elsewhere. When I do a search for “Covenant Book” reviews nothing comes up other than links to their own site. They want $3300 to publish a book and say they do edits but have been vague on what they mean by edits. Is it simply spelling and errors corrected, is it suggestions on how to improve areas, etc. Would love some feedback on this company from anyone who has had experience with them!

    • Wendel Lucas Washington / August 20, 2018 at 10:04 am Reply

      Hi, Debbie. I recently had my first novel, “GRACE AND DANDELIONS”, published by Covenant Books. As a first time published author I didn’t know much about the procedures involved, but after doing my homework I based my decision on the following: I could have submitted to one of the ‘big houses’ and faced a highly likely rejection letter OR pay to to get my feet wet as well as in the door. I now have the confidence to submit my work to any company because I’m already a published author. Like anything worthwhile, it’s a growing and a learning process. By the way, I am very pleased with the process as well as the finished product. Wendel Lucas Washington

      • Stephen / May 21, 2019 at 9:16 am

        Hi Wendel, can you share your experience with Covenant Books? Cost, easy to work with, how you did it? Did you have to buy your books? Did they market it for you? Very interested for your feedback. They have given me a contract but with reading all the horror stories people experience, I wanted to talk to someone that actually worked with them. Thank you!

  • S.J. Knight / September 8, 2018 at 3:44 am Reply

    Does anyone know much about Kingdom Publishers, UK? They have a UK phone number but all their ‘branches’ seem to be in the states. I have 4 books published in a Christian historical fiction series based on events in the N.T. (A Time to Hear, A Time to See, A Time to Speak, A Time to Act) The last was with XLibris but not being happy with them I took a package with Westbow. Belatedly I realised they are virtually the same company (Author Solutions) and am looking for an alternative for book 5, A Time to Strive, which is ready to go and I want it out by Christmas. Any suggestions for UK based companies would be welcome. Thank you.

  • Forrest M Baker / October 9, 2018 at 9:26 am Reply

    Nice site. Do you have any info on

  • William Carter, Jr. / October 19, 2018 at 8:58 am Reply

    I am publishing my non-fiction Christian book, Eat Your Ps with Crosslink Publishing and so far it has been an absolutely wonderful experience. Granted, this is my first book so I’ve nothing I can compare it to. But, I took my time and did an extensive amount of research. They definitely do not publish everything they receive. They publish a small percentage and even fewer are first time authors. I had a legit lawyer review the contract before I signed and the lawyer brought a few things to my attention. They were not red flags but the lawyer wanted to make sure that I understood. The lawyer told me that the contract was good/solid for a first time author and very fair. They have not charged me a penny. They allowed me to have feedback during the editing process which was quite exhaustive but sensible. They are readily available to answer all of my questions. The marketing assistance and guidance has been quite helpful. It is a 24 week program and I am at week 10. Occasionally there is minimal cost to some of the suggestions but compliance is never required; only suggested. Pre-sales of my book are now available and I’ve no complaints with the distribution. Both eBooks and hard copies are out there on Amazon, iTunes, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Angus & Robertson and will be marketed to bookstores. They say the likelihood of me getting shelf space will depend on how well the pre-sales go but I’ve already received a few offers. My official release date is January 23rd, 2019 and I’m extremely excited. I am happy to answer any question.

    • acdad / January 5, 2019 at 8:30 pm Reply

      Thanks for offering your help. Was there any cost for you to publish? What was involved in the 24 week program you mentioned? Thanks again!

  • robert emmanuel nyanje / October 31, 2018 at 9:27 am Reply

    Hello i am Robert Nyanje from Mombasa Kenya I am interested in gospel book writing. I have completed write my first book by title GODLY PURPOSE OF A YOUTH IN CHURCH. i have no light on how to submit the book to the editor for edition and the publication kindly help my dream is to be a word wide gospel book writer

  • DIEGO ARIEL LÓPEZ / November 8, 2018 at 6:36 am Reply

    Hi BOOKFOX (John)! First of all thank you for your time and generosity in giving us all this information. I’ m Diego from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I’ve written my first book a couple of years ago and published it in spanish in paper and also as an e-book in Amazon. My question for you is: Is there any publisher interest in christian latin authors? I’m willing to translate my book to english and publish it for readers all around the world. And I also have other books in production at the time. Thank you again and God bless you so much…

    • Bookfox (Author) / November 8, 2018 at 8:21 am Reply

      I think there’s certainly a market for that. But it’d be better to write a new book and pitch that to publishers — they don’t usual publish books that have already been self-published.

  • Stephen / November 13, 2018 at 2:51 am Reply

    I say this out of love to you all. If you have to pay a publisher to publish your book (read that sentence three times) you have been hoodwinked. You’re better off saving your money and using it to self-publish. Westbow & co are absolute charlatans don’t fall for the ruse that Thomas Nelson is suddenly going to snap you up. Chances are they won’t. In fact, you can bet your money on it. It would be better money spent.

  • ANNA GUEVARA / November 14, 2018 at 10:15 am Reply

    Good Day to you,
    I have read this article several times, because I have a Christian Illustrative book to publish. I was wondering if you can tell me your insights about Covenant Books.
    They are not here in your list.

    Looking forward to your insights, recommendations.


    • Bookfox (Author) / November 14, 2018 at 5:31 pm Reply

      Covenant Books is a self publisher, but other than that I don’t know much about them.

  • Paul / November 19, 2018 at 4:39 am Reply

    Hello John;
    I am completing a manuscript regarding the scientific principals that substantiate Creation and the Flood. Looking for a publisher. New Leaf Publishing Group in Green Forest, Arkansas appears to be the closest fit. Do you have any experience with them and their degree of marketing success? Many thanks for your help.

    • Bookfox (Author) / November 19, 2018 at 9:34 am Reply

      Hi Paul,

      Sorry, can’t give any specific feedback on New Leaf Publishing. But perhaps others who come to this forum might have experience with them.

  • Daniel Kaz / November 19, 2018 at 6:52 pm Reply

    Hi everybody, I want to know about New Harbor Press, did you get any review or have you gotten any bad or good review about this Publishing??? Their Website is telling they have two separate Packages: 1. Package price for publishing, 2. Marketing package with different items!
    I really don’t know what to do to make a right choose to submit my manuscript … Thx for helping. Blessings,

  • Pat Pez / November 22, 2018 at 9:21 pm Reply

    Hi BOOKFOX (John)
    I’m in South Africa, can I submit my manuscript to publishers abroad?

    • Bookfox (Author) / November 23, 2018 at 12:01 pm Reply

      Yes, most publishers accept authors internationally.

  • Torrese Arquee / December 19, 2018 at 10:09 am Reply

    Peace and Greetings, Thank you for this helpful article. i am editing a memoir for a dear friend of mine, and i’d like to help her get published. Her memoir, with a working title of “Struggles, Strength and Faith” tells the story of an African-American woman from North Carolina who’s an Iraq War veteran, a survivor of chronic illness, a mother and grandmother whose relationship with God gives her the resilience to overcome a number of life challenges. The memoir also happens to be a love story about two partners who reunite after 30 years of separation. Do you have any suggestions for who might be open to this kind of manuscript? Based on your description, i’m thinking that Dove Christian Publishing, Faithwords and Baker Books might be worth a try. Also, neither the author nor myself have a lot of money to invest upfront. And are you aware of any resources or strategies for editors/writers of modest financial means trying to get a piece published? Any advice you can provide will be most appreciated.

    Torrese Arquee

    • Bookfox (Author) / December 19, 2018 at 12:17 pm Reply

      If you don’t have money, I would suggest self-publishing it yourself or trying to go for a traditional publisher. Write a fantastic query letter and send it to the top 5 publishers you think might be a good fit, and make sure to reference books they’ve published so they know you researched them.

  • Famro Abdulfatai / December 20, 2018 at 10:15 am Reply

    Great work John. Its been very helpful. Please I need direction towards publishing my book. Its all about great testimonies that surrounds my conversion to Christian faith I had forsook for years. Its indeed a powerful testimony the world needs to hear of God’s kindness to me.

  • Betty Wortham / December 23, 2018 at 2:28 pm Reply

    Can I get my manuscript back that I sent to a publishing company? I haven’t signed a contract because I can’t afford the up-front fees totalling 3500 dollars.

  • Candace / December 26, 2018 at 9:00 am Reply
  • Stephen Wuest / January 3, 2019 at 7:17 am Reply

    Thanks for the list. … I just finished a paper (370 pages) on applying formal reasoning to Bible study. It addresses the current biblical illiteracy, and the trend of abandoning the intellectual disciplines, when studying the Bible. It’s accessible to any aggressive reader, but doesn’t fit into a standard genre. Any suggestions?

  • RODRICK BANDA / January 4, 2019 at 3:31 am Reply

    My deepest concern is that most Malawians do not have access to sound Christian books, either because they are scarce or expensive, or because they cannot understand English books. I was wondering if we were to be licensed to be translating your books in my native language, Chichewa, spoken by over 18 million people in Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and parts of the Republic of South Africa. This way, we can make available sound theological teaching in our local churches, and help the church to come back to the Biblical truth in their worship. I will be grateful to hear from you.

  • Taylor / January 4, 2019 at 5:21 pm Reply
    The above link will take some of the pain out of guessing which are legit and which aren’t. I commend all of you for doing your homework. but there is always more to learn. I fell into the trap of Vanity Presses too. But by going to the above website or to sites like Sci-Fi writer’s guild. They will help you find the right publisher for your writing. Good luck and Best Wishes to you all.

  • Dana Stout / January 9, 2019 at 7:18 pm Reply

    Who is taking submissions for Bible Studies?

  • Nenita Shannon / January 31, 2019 at 4:52 am Reply

    I appreciated all the pros and cons positive comments and woes in these threshold. I am at this point on finding the best ways on how to avoid the worst flaws in christian book publishing before I will have my manuscript in a platform. I need more of your inspiring thoughts to continue my plan to have christian faith publishing to help me find success a this time in publishing my first part one manuscript “GOD SPEAKS”, is now on board for the caveat. and had been accepted by the review team the previous week. I need your encouragement for me at CFP. Thank you.

  • Josiah Newmaster / February 3, 2019 at 11:50 am Reply

    Please provide guidance on who (persons, entity, publishing companies) to contact for my 32-page booklet: Setup to Fall ( It is 1/3 poetry, 1/3 prose, and 1/3 word art. It depicts three main ideas: the reasons for how and why Satan/Lucifer was thrown out of heaven and onto earth (to reveal God’s other attributes, i.e., wrath, justice, mercy, forgiveness, sacrifice, redemption, etc.); the spiritual battle through the viewpoint of Satan (not to be condoned but to be understood); and the sovereign and holy will of the Trinity (and our accountability to our Creator). The booklet is self-published. I am seeking a publishing company. Thanks, Josiah Newmaster

  • Josiah Newmaster / February 3, 2019 at 12:17 pm Reply

    Hi, John. I have a self-published, 32-page booklet (title: Setup to Fall). It is 1/3 poetry, 1/3 prose, and 1/3 word art. It covers a controversial topic: how the fall of Lucifer was God’s sovereign doing to bring about a greater revelation of His many other holy attributes: wrath, justice, mercy, grace, forgiveness, redemption, sacrifice, etc. I would like to know which publishing company would best represent this writing. Thanks, Josiah Newmaster

  • Irene Helgath / February 17, 2019 at 5:39 pm Reply

    Thank you for your website. I appreciated your evaluation of Publishing firms. Has anyone worked with Harvest House out of Oregon? I am unsure of my next step after writing about 100 pages of short essays on living in God’s grace not our performance. Last January a devout Christian gave up on life and jumped off a bridge. In my heart I know that many are struggling to live day by day and I hope that my honest reflection of my own struggle, as well as my years of leading many groups of women through a Spiritual 12 step have paved the way for this book. The writing was the easy part, I know realize. Book design, editing and publishing are overwhelmingly daunting. Any help would be appreciated.

  • Washington / February 28, 2019 at 8:44 pm Reply

    Hey BookFox,

    I didn’t see them on your list, but do you know much about Dorrance Publishing?

    • Bookfox (Author) / March 1, 2019 at 7:25 am Reply

      I do not know about them, but thanks for mentioning them — when I revise the list I’ll consider adding them.

      • Steve / September 6, 2019 at 7:08 am

        I’m new to this but Dorrance wanted me to pay $7000 in payments to publish me. I was shot 7 times while at work. The first bullet thru the heart. The docs are always shocked I’m alive lol. I have not completed writing this has def inspired me! Thank you

      • Bookfox (Author) / September 10, 2019 at 7:17 am

        You can self publish for free through Amazon. You don’t need to pay any publishing company.

  • Pam / March 2, 2019 at 8:22 am Reply

    Don’t publish with Halo Publishing International…they are in the 2019 Christian Market Writers Guide by Steve Laube. On their website I happen to see that they publish and endorse a book about a boy transitioning to a girl, written by a woman “married” to a woman. They offered me a contract, when I saw this published book and questioned them, the literary agent immediately said she had to get off the phone. Then they sent me a contract a few hours later by email with no mention of the book I questioned them publishing, if they call themselves Christian. I sent them an email back and told them I would never want to publish with them. This is not of Jesus, men are made men and women, women. The publisher Lisa Umina then sent me an email the next day saying they don’t discriminate, and they are open, etc. The whole experience made me realize you really have to check a publisher out, especially when they call themselves Christian. Yet they publish a book (and their may be more, I didn’t look at their entire website) that goes completely against the teachings of the Bible and hurts children. Had I published with them, I would have seriously regretted it.

    • E / July 4, 2019 at 9:17 pm Reply

      Pam, I am really glad you stood up for God, in regards to Halo Publishing. At first it looked best to you but upon closer inspection you could see it was not the best!! That is what the devil does. Tries to give you something substandard or okay instead of best. It must of been the Holy Spirit prompting you to look closely and you were listening. God will honor you for that. Another publisher is coming along for you. Don’t give up!!

  • Everest Ezeh / March 10, 2019 at 11:03 pm Reply

    I have self-published three books with Xulon Press but have made nothing from the books. I paid a lot to publish the books. They come out with quality finished books, though, but do not deliver, as far as their promises on book promotion is concerned. They are interested on making money for themselves but not for the author. I have just completed my fourth book, which is on the Mystery and Power of Blood Sacrifice. I do not want Xulon to publish my books again. I would also like to republish my last two books as second editions. The two books are faith-inspiring books and are said to be very good by people who have read them. Could you advice me on the company to approach for these kind of book projects. I do not have money to spend now, so I am thinking of using a traditional publisher. Thanks in advance for your advice.

    • Bookfox (Author) / March 11, 2019 at 9:05 am Reply

      Most publishers wouldn’t be interested in reprints, but I would approach them with your as-yet-unpublished book and a fantastic query letter.

  • Yvonne Morgan / March 15, 2019 at 10:57 am Reply

    I have a short devotional (think gift book) that I would like to get published. Any recommendations for who works with these types of books?

  • Bonnie Estes / March 30, 2019 at 8:18 am Reply

    I am a new author and would like to publish my journals based on a Christian working mother. What is the first step?

  • Dr. Jim Benson / April 4, 2019 at 8:36 am Reply

    How does a self-published book get into Barnes and Noble, Military Exchanges, and airport book stores without a distributor? How does a self-published author get a distributor like Ingram? My publisher, Next Century Publishing, closes their doors 3 months after releasing my book! I understand I need a new barcode and ISBN, how do it get those?

    • Bookfox (Author) / April 4, 2019 at 11:26 am Reply

      No bookstores will carry a self-published book.

      Even if you have a distributor.

      I would check your contract for what happens if the publisher closes. Maybe you’ll be able to sell it to a different publisher.

    • Diane K. Bell / April 20, 2019 at 9:50 am Reply

      I’ve followed this thread with interest, because I am the Publisher-in-Chief of an upstart custom publishing house. We are not on this list, however, we designed our services to address most of the concerns expressed by authors here…because we are authors too! We take no royalties, ever. Our specialty is helping you position yourself and your book for success, we help our authors attain Best-Selling Status, and establish your author platform. You retain all rights. We are members of the Christian Indie Publishing Association, and love working with heart-centered, Christian Principled Authors. Because we give each client one-on-one attention, meeting with you weekly, we have limited openings at any given time. Please check us out.

  • Valencia / May 12, 2019 at 9:47 am Reply

    Is submission by literary agent only? That is the only information I can find as they are an imprint of Hachett Books.

  • Adam Handy / June 28, 2019 at 11:27 am Reply

    I’m trying to publish a study guide of the bible; does anyone have any suggestions about publishers ?

  • Jessica / July 17, 2019 at 7:21 pm Reply

    Has anyone had any experience with CrossLink Publishing? I am currently considering publishing with them, but am being told I must purchase a marketing plan of $895 to boost my marketing plan. Is this typical? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  • Helen Parker / July 24, 2019 at 6:31 am Reply

    This is a very helpful site. Thank you Bookfox. There seems to be a lack of Christian fiction for children – i.e. ordinary children involved in an adventure and trying to behave in a way that honours God. Scripture Union used to publish such stories, but no more, it seems.

  • iandthoureflections / July 25, 2019 at 10:18 am Reply

    Any experience with Lighthouse Christian Publishing or the collaborative publisher Ambassador International – the good, the bad, the ugly? Is Lighthouse a traditional publisher? Thank you!

    • Bookfox (Author) / July 31, 2019 at 8:16 am Reply

      Lighthouse is not a traditional publisher, they are a self-publisher. I have received some negative feedback about them.

  • James Prest / August 3, 2019 at 3:53 pm Reply

    I used this page to find publishing houses to submit my last manuscript to. Lighthouse accepted it, and so far I have had no problems with them. If they are a self-publisher, they charged me virtually nothing as far as self-publishing goes. It was a small startup fee is what they said. Everything with them has been short and sweet and simple. I am using this same page to submit my latest manuscript and noticed that Lighthouse, along with another publisher whose name I cannot remember, has been removed from the list. Why has Lighthouse and this other publisher been removed?

    • Bookfox (Author) / August 3, 2019 at 10:41 pm Reply

      Hi James, I have heard of some happy writers like yourself, but I got complaints about them, so they were removed.

  • James Prest / August 7, 2019 at 5:27 am Reply

    Fair enough. If I may then, I would like to add that if you don’t want your book rewritten, Lighthouse won’t do that. They made very minor grammatical changes to my manuscript. I have to love them for this because I’ve had bad experiences with other publishers changing my writing style and even meanings. It takes them a little while to do their stuff, but from what I read that’s how about all publishers are. I’m going to try to publish with them again if they’ll accept this next manuscript, but going to see what all the other publishers say first though.

  • Rev. Tim Foley / August 15, 2019 at 12:45 pm Reply

    Thanks for running this website. First time book writer, so I learned a lot and have sent three book proposals so far with no out-of-pocket costs.

  • Sudhanshu Kanda / August 26, 2019 at 5:19 am Reply

    You can check with ChristianWorldImprints.Com , leading christian and theological books publisher from South Asia. They do not charge anything for publishing a book. They have published lots of books of Indian and foreign authors.

  • Arpana Deep / September 12, 2019 at 12:50 pm Reply

    Hi! I am Arpana from India. I’m presently a graduate taking a break year to get into a reputed college. I like to write. And there is something triggering me to write about all the phases I’m going through this year so that it may be helpful to the young readers if they happen to read it. If someone is interested contact me through my mail or messenger. Thankyou
    Facebook: Arpana Deep

  • Alexis Kaye Wright / September 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm Reply

    That is great… but how about giving us information on whether any of these 17 publishing companies demand a fee before they will do any work, or if they are 100% traditional and pay the author, no “hidden” fees they keep from you until after reading your manuscript (just had that done to me). Thank you in advance for a response to my question, and sorry if I sounded abrupt, it was unintentional.

    • Bookfox (Author) / September 23, 2019 at 8:39 am Reply

      I think all of them are traditional, but some might have self-publishing imprints.

  • Sally Barnett / November 4, 2019 at 4:39 am Reply

    Hello. I am an illustrator and book cover designer. If you are looking for an illustrator for your book, please check out my website and contact me via the contact page. I would love to hear from you.

  • Chris Mabey / December 6, 2019 at 1:08 pm Reply

    As a first time creative non fiction author, I find this website really helpful. Bookfox, Any thoughts on where I might submit my memoir : ‘Chris, a new Christian, meets a beautiful Burmese girl on the school bus. He is intrigued by her and the stories told by her family, but the enchantment comes under strain as he is confronted by the realities surrounding Myanmar’s secretive state.’

  • Donald Brown / December 21, 2019 at 2:34 pm Reply

    a helpful list of publishers — your comments were even more helpful.

  • Brian Kazungu / December 26, 2019 at 12:08 am Reply

    Quite an enlightening post for all Christian writers indeed. Thank you sharing

  • Arturo Schwarz / February 25, 2020 at 10:47 am Reply

    I’m just retiring from being 25 years principal of a bilingual Christian school in Mexico. A few years ago Evergreen Press contacted me to traslade into spanish their book “Why Israel matters to you” by Aryeh Spero. I greatly enjoyed the experience and because I’ll now have plenty of time to do translating work, I would like to hear your opinion on how to address this subject to the various Christian publishers in offering my services, which should be much cheaper than any other provider.

  • Holly / February 28, 2020 at 5:21 pm Reply

    Has anyone heard of Rustic House Publishing in Florida. My mom has been trying to get a book published with them since November 2019 and I believe has spent over $7000 and not one book published. I cannot even find a web site for them. My mom says they are legit I don’t think so.

    • Bookfox (Author) / February 29, 2020 at 6:54 am Reply

      If they don’t have a website and they’ve taken $7,000 dollars without publishing her book, that smells very fishy.

  • Alan Maag / March 3, 2020 at 1:19 pm Reply

    I am seeking any advice or direction in writing, publishing, or telling my story. A testimony of what has God done through out my many many trials and challenges….I was encouraged to write it as a series of books, another recommended to release the “harsh” reality of my life….dont even know where to begin…..any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, and God bless you all on your paths.

  • Chris Padovano / March 4, 2020 at 10:59 am Reply

    I am an illustrator of Children’s Books, with over 130 Children’s books published, written by authors all over the world. I am always looking for new writers to work with. My rates are very fair. Here is some samples of my published books

  • Kristen Gault / April 13, 2020 at 11:13 am Reply

    I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 37 and began writing a blog about being a mommy, a wife, and a teacher during my journey. And only through God’s goodness, did I come out on the other side, healthy and thriving. I’d love to make this blog into book to put into the hands of other cancer patients that need to read about hope through Jesus during their journey. Anyone know of someone that may be able to guide me in the right direction?

  • Peter O Kuti / April 16, 2020 at 11:16 pm Reply

    Good day, please I’m a facilitator and writer from Nigeria, I have some books I want to publish but I don’t have the funds required for the project. Please can you recommend a publishing house for me? Thanks.

  • Billy Martin / April 20, 2020 at 12:23 pm Reply

    I am looking for subsidy book publishers for a daily devotional. I have been rejected enough by traditional publishers to know I will have to self publish. I have a nice quote from Dove’s subsidy New Harbor but I’d like to see what the competition says. The book is ready to go with type set pages cover and back cover.

  • Rob de Jongh / April 23, 2020 at 6:06 am Reply

    A small book publisher authors may wish to consider for book proposal submissions is Woodland Press at

  • Bruce Atchison / May 27, 2020 at 10:44 am Reply

    Has anybody used Xulon publishing? If so comments..

  • Osiander Rose / June 28, 2020 at 6:18 am Reply

    My name is Rose. I am working to get my books in the Christian arena. Can anyone tell me if Westwood is a safe route. Thank you and be blessed.

  • Graham Arnold / August 7, 2020 at 5:35 am Reply

    This thread has been very disheartening to read. I have written 3 books so far, bible study books which I have put through Amazon for ease and speed during lock down. Found this blog as I am considering trying to go with a Christian publisher, the least I would expect from a Christian publisher is for them to act Christian, is that too much to ask? Sad to hear of so much under handedness in this Christian sector – may well just stick with Amazon and keep control of my own books.

  • Folorunsho Obalugemo / September 2, 2020 at 12:56 am Reply

    Thoroughly and simply put together for others’ benefits. Need looking for a needle in haystack no more. Here it’s found.

  • Christie / September 8, 2020 at 10:30 pm Reply

    Any particular reason you left out Harvest House Publishers? They’re a traditional publisher and have been around for at least 50 years. They recently published my children’s picture books and did a wonderful job.

  • Fray White / September 9, 2020 at 12:51 pm Reply

    I have self-published my first book and hope to republish through a traditional publishing company.

  • Anthony Xavier / October 6, 2020 at 12:15 pm Reply

    My name is anthony from India, i have started a christian publishing house for publishing good christian books. I also help publishing companies/author to create ebooks, typeset, illustration, distribution and marketing. my email id is

    • Charlotte Tsoku / February 17, 2021 at 12:43 pm Reply

      I have poems, prayers and conversations with God. I would like to inspire other Christians by publishing these short messages

  • Robert J. Nash / November 16, 2020 at 4:25 am Reply

    Another great newer publisher is New Growth Publishing, with well-known and lesser named authors. They have about 400 books. New Growth Press (NGP) publishes gospel-centered, Bible-based materials that provide churches, families, and individuals with resources for personal and spiritual growth and change. They are currently taking submissions.

  • Andy Sanders / December 11, 2020 at 10:40 am Reply

    Attention Authors!
    I’m a former publisher and was also an international writer for some of the popular Christian venues/outlets. I don’t own a publishing house anymore and I’m currently not working for one.

    If you are going to pay for a publisher (vanity publishing) then consider going directly to
    Ingram Book Distribution
    Ingram Content Group is the largest book distributor on earth. I’ve dealt with books within their system for over 20 years.

    Lighting Source
    Lighting Source is the largest book POD/Offset Printing system in the USA.

    Lighting Source (printer) and Ingram Content Group (book distributor) both combined make up Ingram Spark. Ingram Spark is the LARGEST book trade printer and international book distributor on earth. You DON’T need a publisher to go to them.

    Ingram Spark.
    Ingram Spark is where you, the author, can go to in order to print and distribute your books worldwide.

    How do you get your book “out there”?
    The distributors (Ingram Content Group) will handle communications with bookstores and “getting your book out there”. Making your book available online, purchasable within bookstores is what the distributor will do for you. This is NOT what publishers do. I am a former publishing owner and to be upfront here, most “vanity” publishers (what they now call “self publishers”) do a horrible job with actual book marketing. With over 20 years of experience in the publishing and writing industry I can tell you that you, the author, will always be the best marketer.

    Don’t be afraid to by-pass publishers in order to go directly to Ingram/Lightning Source (Ingram Spark). They are easy to set up and will give you the same discounts and benefits of most of the other publishers that work with them.


  • Stephanie Barrington / January 5, 2021 at 12:10 pm Reply

    I have written a Christian memoir which includes poetry, a Christian poetry book, and a book about salvation. I published it on Amazon but it’s not doing well. I currently took my last book off Kindle and am trying to format it better. Let me know about a Christian publisher that will publish my book with no cost to me.

  • Roberts Anujo / February 9, 2021 at 3:07 am Reply

    I have completed writing a Christian text book on THE DANGERS OF BACKSLIDDING; SIGNS AND THE WAY OUT. I graciously need a publishing firm to publish this book. Any heavenly minded believer can as well be of help to connect me with the right people as this book was divinely instructed by God for end time believers.

  • Clyde Wilcox / February 12, 2021 at 11:00 am Reply

    I am happy with Christian Faith Publishing. My book was just released a few weeks ago, so I am still in the process. The Acceptable Year of Our Lord. At some point In the future If I choose to leave CFP, How would I sell the book to an alternate distributor?

  • Mollie Kindall / March 5, 2021 at 1:31 pm Reply

    Does ANYONE publish Christian poetry? I’ve looked extensively and can’t come up with one.

    • Susan Gabriel / July 11, 2021 at 12:39 pm Reply

      Hi Mollie! Have you found anyone to publish Christian poetry? I own a small publishing company that has only been around for a year or so and I am actively seeking Christian poetry to publish. If you’re interested, please contact me.

  • Elizabeth Dixon / May 28, 2021 at 7:46 pm Reply

    Thanks for this useful website!

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