How to Select a Christian Book Publishing Company

Jesus told Peter, “if you love me, feed my sheep” (John 21:17). As believers, it is a message that all of us should take to heart. One way to feed our Master’s sheep is through the written word. Whether that word comes in the form of devotionals or the sharing of how becoming a Christian has changed our lives, the written word has the power to share God’s message with all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people.

Finding the right book publishing company can help you as you share Christ’s message of love.

What Do You Need?

What are your goals? Is your book a collection of devotionals you want to give as gifts to family and friends? Is it a collection of sermons to share with your congregation? Is it a book of your personal journey of faith that you wish to sell at conferences where you have been called to speak? Understanding what you need from a book publisher will give you a clearer picture of what things to ask for and how to decide if that publisher can meet your needs.

Self-published book from a Christian Publisher.

How Many Copies?

How many copies do you need? Having an idea of how many books you want to print is important when you approach a publisher. Look for publishers who can cater to your individual needs whether you are printing twenty devotionals to give as Christmas gifts or one thousand books to take to conferences.

The book publisher you choose should be able to provide as many or as few copies as you need, all at a reasonable rate.

Do You Need Help Writing Your Book?

When God called Moses to speak to Pharaoh on behalf of the enslaved Hebrews, Moses was worried he wouldn’t have the skills to relay the Lord’s message. God appointed Aaron to help Moses share his message with the Egyptians.

If you, like Moses, have a message God has put in your heart to share but are worried about your skills as a wordsmith, some publishers offer ghostwriting services. These services allow you to work with a qualified professional who can help you put your message on paper in a clear and readable way.

Do You Need a Custom Book Cover?

In Romans, chapter 12, we are reminded that God gives different gifts to different people. If art isn’t your gift, you may need help designing your book cover. As you look for a Christian book publisher make sure they offer services such as custom book cover design and book manuscript formatting if those are not talents you have been blessed with.

E-book Distribution

If your goal is to feed Jesus’ sheep outside of your local area, then you should consider choosing a book publisher who can convert your manuscript into an e-book and set it up for distribution. The internet has made it easier than ever to spread the message of God’s Grace globally. By turning your book into an e-book and distributing it through online sellers you are able to share the words of God more widely than ever before.

For all your Christian Book Publishing Needs InstantPublisher is here to help. Connect with our knowledgeable and experienced staff by calling 1-800-259-2592 or complete our simple online contact form today.

Tip Sheet on Reasons to Write and Print Your Own Book Now

There has never been a better time for self-publishing authors to get their books out in the marketplace. Widely available high-speed internet access has made the rise of the independent or “indy” author, as well as the emergence of online passive income businesses, a mainstay of the 21st century economy. Both of these create value through the writing and self-publishing of books.

New books from book printing service

So, what are some of the other motivations to write and print your own book today? Consider these:

1. Learn a New Skill

According to a recent report from CollegeBoard, a panel established by the National Commission on Writing, businesses are spending $3.1 billion each year on remedial writing training. Good writing takes practice and what better way to practice writing than writing a book? Developing advanced writing skills through this process can open doors to many career opportunities.

2. There Are More Available Tools Than Ever Before

Anyone with access to an internet capable device can use powerful word processing tools that can create a professional quality manuscript with little time and effort. And tools such as Canva, Jing and (if you are particularly skilled) Photoshop can help create custom book covers that are as good as–or better than–those produced by commercial publishers.

3. Writing Skills Resources Are Readily Available

There are numerous online courses and YouTube videos devoted to teaching writing craft. Online forums connect authors together in communities that offer feedback and help in ways that weren’t possible before the rise of the internet.

Also, if you are struggling to bring your stories to life, hire a writing coach or ghostwriter to help organize the thoughts on the page and edit the manuscript for publication and distribution.

4.  Selling Books is Easier than Ever

Where great authors of the past got their start from selling books out of the trunks of their cars, the internet allows “indy” authors to sell books globally with a click of the mouse.

5.  Make Money

Whether using a book to promote a product–or the book is the product–there is money to be made in books. Earn money from book and product sales, as well as through increased business opportunities that arise from the publication of a book. Books are also great sources of passive income because they do not require a brick-and-mortar store and can be sold 24/7/365.

6.  Increases Credibility & Visibility

Writing a book is an excellent way to build credibility for yourself or your company. It establishes thought leadership and is a fantastic means of self-promotion. A book about your business or an emerging trend can actually attract business to your company. Using a high-quality self-published book as a “leave behind” at a business presentation or job interview is almost guaranteed to create buzz about you and your company.

7.  Personalized Book Printing is Cost-Effective and Simple

Printing a book has never been easier, or less expensive. With current digital publishing tools and techniques, self-publishing book companies can deliver short-run book printing at a fraction of the cost of printing in previous years.

In short, if you are capable of writing words you are capable of creating a book. And why not take advantage of the tools, knowledge and technology to print your own book today?

Ready to Publish? InstantPublisher Can Help.

Whether you need help with the book manuscript format, the specific details of book printing and binding process or custom printing services for promotional collateral such as bookmarks, brochures or flyers, InstantPublisher can help. Let us help you print your own book today. Connect with our knowledgeable and experienced staff by calling 1-800-259-2592 or complete our simple online contact form now.

6 Reasons Why You Should Write and Print Your Own Book Right Now

If you are capable of writing words you are capable of creating a book. In the modern world, with education rates the highest they have ever been, this means a large population of the world can write their stories. Yet, most people don’t. Some feel they don’t have the time or the talent. Others feel they don’t have anything new to say.

Man reading a hard-cover book from vanity publisher

However, if you have ever thought of writing a book, you should do it. Today. Here are 6 reasons why you should write and print your own book it today.

1. Every Story Should be Heard

You never know whose lives will be touched by reading the words you created. Those words that flow from your brain to your fingers have the power to change lives.

If you are worried about the technical aspects of writing your book, there are ghostwriting services available to help you take your story idea and flesh it out into a masterpiece you will be proud to share with others.

2. You Are Unique

No one sees the world as you do, and so no one can write the same book you want to write. If you don’t write it, your book will never get written. There may be similar books thrust into the world, but there will never be YOUR book.

3. Learn a New Skill

Writing a book takes practice. The more you write, the better you will get. Having advanced writing skills can open doors to opportunities in work and life.

4.  Boost Your Confidence

Writing a book will make you feel better about yourself. You started with nothing but an idea, and suddenly there, before your eyes, is a beautiful book that you can display with pride. There are few joys greater than holding your newly printed book in your hands.

5. Explore your passion

You may find that you love writing even more than you expected. Many people find that once they write one book, they never want to stop.

6. Share Your Message

You see the world in a special way, and there are things you are passionate about. You may want to advocate conscientious living or share the struggles of rising from poverty. Perhaps you want to encourage people to become foster parents or to adopt cats and dogs from shelters. Whatever message you have, your book is a great way to share that message with the world.

InstantPublisher can help you write and print your own book today. Connect with our knowledgeable and experienced staff by calling 1-800-259-2592 or complete our simple online contact form today.

Sewn perfect bound book binding.

InstantPublisher prides itself in offering the most customizable self publishing and book printing service around. I am going to start randomly posting about some of the different book printing options we offer, as many of our customers do not know that we offer so many different configurations in our book printing line and that  many do not know what the terms even mean.  This week I am going to talk about sewn perfect binding.

Sewn perfect binding looks similar to a regular perfect bound (paperback)  book but the book block is actually sewn together before gluing the cover to the book block.   The reason we offer this binding style is that perfect binding by itself is not suitable for long term usage because the glue hardens by alternating cold and hot weather and will eventually break and the pages will fall out. When some people read a book they will tend to try to make the book lay flat by folding the book back onto the spine.  This also tends to break the glue where the book is folded and will cause the pages to fall out.

Sewn Perfect binding is recommended for books that need to last for a very long time or books with a coated stock like our gloss coated papers.  Gloss coated papers do not let the glue penetrate as well as regular text stock so, with gloss coated books with more than 80 pages, we recommend that you take the sewn option.  Sewn books are first glued together, sewn with thread, then they are perfect bound to hide the threads.  The threads can still be seen when the book is opened wide but they are barely noticeable.  The outside of the book will have a slight bulge as well where the thread is but it is not very noticeable.   This is the same binding style that we use in our hardcover book binding to be sure the books last a very long time. See more on this binding style here.

Notice the threads inside the spine of the sewn perfect bound book
The sewn perfect bound book appears just like a regular glued perfect bound book