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Christian Self-Publishing Companies and Comparisons of their Most Popular Packages

Updated on March 13, 2018
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Cari Jean is a freelance writer and author. Her inspiring memoir "Having Faith" is available on Amazon. She resides in North Dakota.

There are many advantages for Christian authors to work with a Christian self-publishing company. One of the main advantages is that they know the distributors, bookstores, literary agents and publishers in the Christian market which enables them to get the Christian author's book to their target audience - other Christians.

Like other self-publishers, Christian self-publishing companies offer print-on-demand services, a nonexclusive contract, a 100% royalty rate, e-books and many other services provided by mainstream publishers. The only real difference is that they do not publish anything that contradicts or defames the Word of God.

With the increased numbers of Christian (and mainstream) self-publishers, authors no longer have to depend on the big publishing houses anymore. There is no longer the hassle of submitting manuscript after manuscript in the hopes of getting published. Authors can now be more independent, hence the phrase, "Indie authors." They can also have more control over the design, editing and marketing of their books. It is truly an exciting time for writers.

Following is a bit of information about some Christian self-publishing companies and comparisons of their most popular packages.

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Most Christian self-publishers will not publish anything that contradicts the Word of God.
Most Christian self-publishers will not publish anything that contradicts the Word of God.

Christian Self-Publishing Companies

Xulon Press

Xulon Press is a subsidiary of Salem Communications and according to their website, they are the largest Christian self-publishing company of print-on-demand Christian books. They are also the first print-on-demand self-publisher for Christian authors. They "make Christian publishing fast, easy and affordable."

As a Christian self-publishing company, Xulon press does not publish books that degrade the gospel of Jesus Christ. They refuse to publish books having to do with the occult, pornography, homosexuality, New Age and other subjects they feel are condemned by Scripture.

Xulon press claims they can get your book into 71,000 bookstores in the world and on the Internet. They can produce your book in 90 days.

Innovo Publishing

Innovo Publishing is a conservative Christian-based, family-owned publishing company. Innovo says that when you join with them to publish your book, you are joining their family.

Innovo Publishing's primary purpose is to get the Gospel of Jesus out through publishing. They do not publish anything that defames or undermines the Bible.

With a rush order, they can get your book together in 45 days and market your book to their global network of 30,000 wholesalers and retailers.

Westbow Press

Westbow Press became a self-publishing imprint of Thomas Nelson Inc, a leading Christian publishing company in 2009. Their slogan is "Begin Your Legacy."

Westbow's standards include working with authors who have a Christian worldview, profess to have a relationship with Jesus, embrace the central truths of Christianity and who have biblical morals. Authors and their books who do not meet their editorial standards will not be published.

Newbook Publishing

Newbook Publishing, a division of Reliance Media, has been a Christian book publisher for over 40 years. Their slogan is "Making book publishing simple and profitable."

Newbook Publishing will not publish a book that contradicts the Bible or contains profanity and/or explicit content. Their core values include integrity, hard work, deadline adherence, marketing savvy, creativity, clear vision and traditional Christian values.

They claim they will get you the lowest book publishing price and the highest royalties with no hidden fees.

Please note this company is no longer in business and their website will redirect you to Certa Publishing.

Winepress Publishing

Winepress Publishing has been a Christian publisher since 1991. Their slogan is "Your Book, Defined."

Something unique about Winepress Publishing is their "no gossip" policy. Employees of the publishing company sign an agreement saying they will not talk negatively - in or out of the office - about an author with whom they are working. This policy is based on the scripture from Ephesians 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Please note this company is no longer in business. Please visit their website for further details.

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Which Christian Self-Publisher Works Best for You?

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Westbow Press
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nonexclusive contract
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For the above Christian self-publishing companies, if you want the whole package with everything included the price can range from $4,000-$9,000. Options included in some of these bigger packages include book signing kits, rush printing that only takes 45 days, video book trailers, social media packages, advertising campaigns and hard cover editions. All of these publishing packages allow you to either do a little or do a lot with your book.

If are looking to get your Christian book self-published, I hope this information has helped you along in your journey. If you have had any experience with the above self-publishers, I would love to see your comments.

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      ShirleyJCJohnson 

      3 years ago

      thank you, cari jean

    • Cari Jean profile imageAUTHOR

      Cari Jean 

      3 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      ShirleyJCJohnson - I understand where you're coming from. One thing that is a little scary is investing all that time and money into a project only to end up not selling any books! It's something that requires a lot of prayer and if you really feel you are to do a devotional God will make a way!

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      ShirleyJCJohnson 

      3 years ago

      I would love nothing more than to have the thoughts and ideas in my head for a devotional book come to life through the pages of an actual book, or even E-reader format; but, the pricing is astronomical, and those who want to write and publish can't. I know it takes money to make money; but, how can a person on a fixed income get published with no money down.

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      Cari Jean 

      6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      aguasilver - Thanks for you comment. It is my understand that as long as what you write follows under these Christian self-publishers guidelines they would work with you to get your book in print.

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      John Harper 

      6 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Good info, but I doubt they would print me! and in any case I believe we publish for nothing when we spread the word, and let God provide the provision.

      But an excellent hub and well researched.

      John

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      Cari Jean 

      6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      htodd - Thanks so much for your comment!

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      htodd 

      6 years ago from United States

      That is really a great post Cari..Thanks for the nice post

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      Cari Jean 

      6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      highvoltagewriter - You're welcome!

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      William Benner 

      6 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Wow, what a great guide, it gives me several options! Thanks!

    • Cari Jean profile imageAUTHOR

      Cari Jean 

      6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      DeBorrah - thanks so much for your comment. Hope you are having a blessed Christmas season and will have a wonderful New Year!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      6 years ago

      Cari, Nice helpful presentation! Very informative and resourceful! Thank You for sharing, Peace & Blessings! God Bless You!

    • Cari Jean profile imageAUTHOR

      Cari Jean 

      6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      Blossom SB - thanks so much for your comment. I'm tempted to try one of these suggestions too for a Christian novel I have written but have yet to do more with.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Thank you for your helpful advice - and that it is set out so clearly. I'm tempted to try one of your suggestions with my next book.

    • Cari Jean profile imageAUTHOR

      Cari Jean 

      6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      Linda - thanks so much for your comment! It was a fun article to put together and very educational for me as well.

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      Linda 

      6 years ago

      Thanks so much for this carefully researched and enormously helpful article!

    • Cari Jean profile imageAUTHOR

      Cari Jean 

      6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      htodd - thanks so much for stopping by!

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      htodd 

      6 years ago from United States

      Great post...Thanks

    • Cari Jean profile imageAUTHOR

      Cari Jean 

      7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      NewBookPublishing - thanks so much for your comment. What a wonderful word from the Lord that Mr. McGuffin received. I love that your company, along with the others listed, truly honor God by not publishing anything that contradicts His Word.

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      NewBookPublishing 

      7 years ago

      Thank you Cari for including NewBookPublishing on your list. I think you did a great job evaluating each company and I know this will be very helpful to many authors. The Lord gave NewBook's owner, Patrick McGuffin, a word many years ago to "take what is seen by the eyes of a few and let it be seen by many." With this in our hearts, it is our great honor to help publish the words God has given authors and help market it to thousands!

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      Cari Jean 

      7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      James - glad you could find this useful. I am looking forward to your book - any book you write will definitely be worth reading!

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for this very useful article. I am going to keep this handy for when my book "The History of the Christian Faith" is finally finished.

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      Cari Jean 

      7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      Pam Marie - thank you so much for your comment! I am so glad to hear that this helped you!

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      Pam Marie 

      7 years ago

      Wow, to see the publishers side-by-side with what they offered helped me tremendously.

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      Cari Jean 

      7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      Winsome - thanks so much for your comment. I have downloaded a couple of e-books on my computer but it just doesn't feel right to read them that way. I suppose I will have to get with the times though!

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      Winsome 

      7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Hi Cari Jean, as a publisher myself, it's nice to know people are still making actual paper books still. The Kindles are looming on the horizon. Thanks for the great review. =:)

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      Cari Jean 

      7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      EMWynnwritessews2 - thanks for your comment - I know I have thought about self-publishing too so I learned along with writing this hub.

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      EMWynnwritessews2 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Great hub! I have often thought about this topic, but never did any research. Thanks for doing the work for me and others.

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      Cari Jean 

      7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      Duchess - great to hear from you! Thanks so much for your comment. Thanks for passing it on!

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      7 years ago

      Great information Cari Jean - well done. I have passed on your hub to my sister. I think she might find it very useful.

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      Cari Jean 

      7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      Hyphenbird - thanks so much for your comment. You're right, I think before getting into any publishing situation you have to be careful and make sure everything is legit. I thought that was cool too about Winepress's NO Gossip policy!

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      Cari Jean 

      7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      Pamela - I know I have thought about it too which is why writing about Christian self-publishers was a good way to learn more. I will take a look at your hub and be sure to vote - congrats on being in the tug-of-war!

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Thanks for all the information Cari Jean. I would just add that some publishers use the word Christian to draw hopefuls authors and one must be careful.

      I love that Winepress has that great Ephesians 4:29 policy. That alone makes me want to publish with them!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This is a very helpful hub for writing Christian books. I have thought about trying to do that in the future and your hub is very informative.

      I am in the Tug of War hub contest for just this weekend. I don't know if you read my hub but it was about caring for an elderly parent in your home with a lot of need to know facts. If you are so inclined and have time I would appreciate your vote. As I think these voting sites are sometimes hard to find this is the link:

      http://apps.facebook.com/offerpop/Participate.psp?...

      If you have already voted or don't want to that's fine as I surely don't want to pressure anyone. Thanks.

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      Cari Jean 

      7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      Maurice Young - thanks so much for your comment.

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      Cari Jean 

      7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      ladyt11 - thanks so much for your comment. Glad it is helpful.

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      Maurice Young 

      7 years ago from Atlanta, Ga.

      A great help in deciding which one to consider.

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      ladyt11 

      7 years ago

      Very helpful information, thank you!

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