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Authors Served:
Just wanted to say thank you for your efforts on my manuscript...You did an awesome job and your attention to detail helped so much! (Tim McKitrick, Timothy Publishing Services, author of "The Hope of Glory")
"Thank you again for all of the time and effort you put into making sure this book is all that God has created it to be. I'm filled with so much joy and excitement." (Asia Carter, author of "Woman in Motion")
"I would especially like to thank Jim Kochenburger, my editor. He was helpful in his comments and corrections, as well as extremely encouraging." (Dawn Morris, "One Will Be Taken")
"Thanks Jim. You did a great job. I am not surprised. Now I know why your services came so highly recommended. " (Lawrence Maeba)
"I am grateful for what you have done and am well pleased" (Lisa Jackson)
"I've got to tell you, the video trailer has gotten rave reviews. Thank you again!" Lonnie R. Walker II
"I took your advice and changed the title of my book. Thanks for the advice because you were right....You made some great changes and I felt confident publishing the completed project. Thank you again!" (Trudy Kay Rowley)
"I truly believe the effort you put into this is going to make it a much better book."--Joel Hunt
Nick Brown--"You are blessed with a true talent."
Joel Rissinger--"Your edits are fantastic--thank you so much!"
Alvin Wilkerson--"Thank you for the great job you did with Bishop's book. It has been a pleasure working with you."
Pamela Valerio--"You did an excellent job, thank you so very much."
Minister Ronny Mills--"Thank you for your services. Be blessed!"
"Thank you so very much! Next year I go on to the next book; hope to do business with you then"--Jennifer Leotaud
"Thanks for your wonderful review."--Pastor Tekena Ikoko
Yoruba M. Chillus--"Thanks a whole heap!"
Wajidally Kahn--"Thanks for completing the manuscript. It was wonderfully done."
"I like the editing you have done...I am finding myself feeling as if I am reading a new book. I have recommended you to 2 friends who have written a book."--Benay Behnke
John Stewart--"Thanks for your work."
"I thank you again for all you've done. I had no idea the magic and life a good editor could bring to an ordinary piece of writing. I am truly amazed and blessed for all your help."--Sylvie Hache
Catherine Sheets--"It's been great doing business with you. Wish you all of God's blessings and thanks again!
"Hi Jim! People are in love with the books. Both books are impacting lives for God. Thank you!"--Lawrence Maeba.
"I don't know how to thank you for using your great talent to edit my work. I couldn't have done this without your help."--Jerry Roberg
"Thank you once again for your help, time and guidance.. Thanks a million ." Claudette Allen
You have put together a project that was nearly shattered due to a broken vessel of clay, in need of healing, yet unyielding to failure. God will use this work in a mighty way for His glory. Thanks, for your help and God's richest blessings. In Him, Ruth Stafford
D.B. Lantz
David Hollier
Celestia Tracy
Funsho Aduloju
Michael Bott
Raul Lopez
Jim Tunstall
Scott Delashaw
Sarswattee Khan
Cheryl Sellinder
Bernice Edwards
Rosie Wilson
Dennis Dwyer
Rich Trayler
Mary Mathes
Sabrina Ramos
Thanks for everything you did! John Anderegg

Indie Christian Authors Grade Self-Publishers

Woman with laptop 5984141_XS Indie Christian authors have “spoken,” and graded their chosen self-publishing services providers, including: Xulon Press, Tate Publishing, Westbow, Crossbooks, Createspace, and Lulu. Everything in this post and in our Publisher Comparison Chart is based on our 20-Second Survey, completed by indie Christian authors who graciously took a little time to help us help you. (If you are an indie author, I hope you will take time to complete a  survey as well. A link is provided at the end of this post.)

In reviewing the survey results, I found that all the self-publishing services providers have the opportunity to improve. I note this because  most of the comments tended to be negative

(though not all). I’ve included some representative comments below. Hopefully, these comments and the grades in our Publisher Comparison Chart will help you to make a more informed choice of your self-publishing services provider.

Here are some of the comments authors added to their surveys (not copyedited, but some shortened): 

Westbow (A)

“…all the information is very clear and no hidden ‘exceptions.'”

“Excellent customer services and very professional as well as personable.”

Createspace (B+)

“CreateSpace is great if you plan to market yourself, or you just want your book in print for less than $100. You have complete control over how your book looks (inside and out) so be prepared to do some work. In the end, you get to purchase copies for half of the retail price, and your book appears on Amazon and Books-A-Million’s websites.”

Lulu (B+)

No comments.

Xulon Press (B-)

“I am newly published and so far they have been amazing.”

“They were easy to work with at first, however, lately their author service has become very poor. The reps are hard to get a hold of and emails they send come from a generic address so replying is impossible.”

Tate Publishing  (C)

“The ‘editor’ admitted not reading my entire book.”

“The design was insisted upon and there was a remarkedly evident error on the cover.”

“They do no marketing other than ‘teach’ authors to ‘have signings.'”

Crossbooks (C)

“They are extremely slow on producing the e-book version of the book. Their social media marketing package was way overpriced.”

“The web site could not take anyone to the checkout in order to purchase my book. I ran an ad campaign and it showed 3.5 million times, and I got around 30,000 clicks onto my page, only to find out that the web site could not take them to the check out. They have corrected only part of this. I still cannot get through to the check out from my own computer.”

“I had a friend tell me that they tried to order at a Barnes and Noble and they told her it was out of print.”

“I have had 5 different Sales Consultants in the past years(?) and they usually call one time and then never return my emails. Most of the people that I worked with that were really good at their job are now gone.”

“The process was great until the book was done. Then it seems they are done with the Author. I have been very disappointed in CrossBooks. They need some major improvement on the end of the process.”

“Lifeway owns them and some of their stores won’t even order the book for their customers. It does not seem to support their own publishing group.”

We will keep an eye on this to see which companies take steps to better serve their authors.

Blessings, Jim

ChristianWriterHelp.com is now a full provider of publishing services for indie authors. Authors who self-publish using our services get the highest royalties and the greatest profits on books they sell! Click here for details!

 

To see the grades indie authors gave to their chosen self-publishing services providers, click this linkPublisher Comparison Chart

Have you published using a self-publishing services provider? Give them a grade in this 20-second survey: 20-Second Survey

Thank you! Your responses will help indie, self-publishing authors to make a more informed publishing decision.

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