How We Help Christian Authors
Called Writers Christian Publishing employs a hybrid publishing model that is editorial-based. As Christian book publishers, we come alongside authors to partner with them in the marketing and promotion of their books. For us, this is a spiritual partnership as much as it is professional.
Our authors never feel alone as we advise them, mentor them, and coach them throughout their book launch and afterward. We also provide prayer and emotional support when needed. That may sound odd if you’ve never been through the process before. But when you publish a God-given message, you will sometimes face a few spiritual battles along the way.
God has blessed us with the capability to design and execute online marketing strategies that get proven results. Additionally, He has blessed us with opportunities to connect Christian authors with the right media contacts to help them spread their message. We work with Christian authors to help them build their platform and reach. Our marketing efforts are designed to help Christian authors reach people who are outside of their existing circle of influence.
Marketing is by far the biggest challenge that most authors face. So this is a significant advantage to our approach.
A Little Bit About Us
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Called Writers Christian Publishing was co-founded by a husband and wife team, Chris and Shannon McKinney.
Chris McKinney is the managing editor of Called Writers Christian Publishing. He has been writing professionally for many years, and began writing Christian ministry material in 2013. Chris has been published by CBN, Crosswalk, Engage Magazine, and many other publications and websites. He was formerly the executive editor of GODSPEED Magazine, where he had the privilege of serving under David Aikman, a legendary Christian journalist and bestselling author. Chris has also been a featured guest on various Christian radio, internet, and television shows.
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Shannon McKinney is the relationship builder for Called Writers Christian Publishing. After a long and successful career in retail management and staffing company management, she heard the call of God to join Chris full-time in the publishing house. Shannon also beautifully crafts Christian book interior designs for Christian authors.
Freelance Services We Provide for Christian Authors
We are not a self-publishing company, but we provide many freelance services to Christian authors who are looking to self-publish. Here are some quick overviews of the services we provide.
Christian Book Editing
We provide content and developmental editing, copy editing, and proofreading to Christian authors. Our pricing is based on word count. Please click here for more information about our Christian book editing services.
Christian Book Formatting
Called Writers can provide beautiful and professionally-crafted interior formatting and designs for your Christian book for as low as $500. Our service includes print book and eBook files that are tailored to various publishing platforms (KDP, Nook, Apple Books, Google Play, and Kobo), all for one low cost. Please click here for more information about our Christian book formatting services.
Christian Book Cover Design
If you need an eye-catching book cover design, we’re here to help! Our flawlessly executed cover designs come with print and eBook files that are ready for major publishing platforms. Please click here for more information about our Christian book cover designs.
How We Select Christian Books for Publication
When it becomes clear to us that one of our freelance clients has a unique and compelling message from the Lord, we get very interested as publishers.
Our selection of who to publish is on a case-by-case basis. There is no exact formula we follow. We are prayerful and careful, as our time and efforts are limited. One thing to keep in mind is that we cannot consider books for publication until they have been professionally edited. So if you are interested in having your Christian book published by us, one good way to start is by looking into our editing services.
We put a lot of work and spiritual labor into each project, so we cannot publish every Christian author we work with. But we can, on a freelance basis, still help self-publishing Christian authors with various aspects of their marketing and promotion. These are often a natural fit for Christian authors who have hired us for other services because we are already familiar with them and their book.
Helping Christian authors is a divine calling for us. If you are considering various Christian book publishers, please contact us today. Just tell us a little about yourself and your book, and let us know how we might be able to help you achieve your publishing dreams!
Different Types of Christian Book Publishers:
When considering various Christian book publishers, there are a few things to keep in mind. The first thing to consider is the business model. Christian authors who have little or no existing platform have historically been limited to self-publishing.
Self-publishing companies allow you to pay upfront for various services (editing, design, etc.) that will improve the quality and presentation of your book. You typically keep all of your royalties, but the downside is that there is often little or no real marketing help. A paid self-publishing business model is not designed to profit from sales of your book, so they have no incentive to provide ongoing support in that area. There’s nothing inherently wrong with a paid self-publishing business model, and there are good Christian companies who currently fill the niche.
Then there are the traditional publishers. Traditional publishers do not charge for services like editing, design, and marketing. Their business model is set up primarily to earn profits from book sales. But they typically only work with authors who have large platforms and followings. It can be a very long and difficult process to get a deal with a traditional publisher if you do not already have a large following.
Hybrid publishers fall somewhere between the self-publishing and traditional publishing business models. Hybrid publishers charge upfront for services like editing and design. But since they also split royalties with the author, they have an incentive to help market each book they publish. Hybrid publishers are incentivized to help ensure each author’s success in getting their message out. This is the area that God has called us to fill.
NOTE: Called Writers Christian Publishing, LLC is a Christian organization with a Christ-centered, Gospel-driven mission. For that reason, we are only able to work with Christian authors whose fundamental beliefs, teachings, and messages are in line with what we consider to be biblical teaching on the essentials of the Christian faith.