Testimonials from Christian Authors:
“You are the third publisher I have worked with. As far as services to the writer, in my opinion, you are head and shoulders above the rest. I think you have a unique offering—a better mousetrap.”
—John Covington, author of Don’t Do Anything Stupid
“Chris and Shannon are not just ‘Christian Publishers.’ They are Christians first, who also happen to be great publishers. Their business is centered around God’s Kingdom and that’s something I appreciate greatly. They are very capable and experienced, making the process of publishing a breeze. This was my first ‘baby,’ but I think there will be more, and I know that Chris and his staff will be able to deliver when that time comes around!”
—Pastor Tom Loud, author of Unlocking Kingdom Power
“We are now almost six months post-publication and our book has been ranked at or near the top in the category the entire time. We have got a great title, cover, and layout. And the marketing effort has been impressive. If you are a first-time Christian author, you should pitch your writing project to Called Writers.”
—Matthew Schwab, co-author of Speaking in Tongues
“My experience with Called Writers surpassed all my expectations. From the professional editing, formatting, and cover design, to the stellar author support and follow-up, I truly feel that I could not have selected a better publisher. Most important to me were the many prayer times throughout the process. I highly recommend Called Writers Christian Publishing.”
—Jim Jenkins, author of From Rubble to Redemption
“I am very pleased with the work you did with me, and I think you guys are a great team.”
—Ralph Stokes, author of One of the First
“Chris McKinney and his team are incredible. They took every aspect of my book to the next level, including the design and front cover. I’m so thankful for them and all they have done for me. I highly recommend this company.”
—Rhoda Faye Diehl, author of The Jericho Fast
“This publishing company really helps authors to succeed. The owners are friendly and they work with the author to provide the best product. I have enjoyed my work with Called Christian Writers Publishing. They truly reflect the love and grace of the Lord Jesus.”
—Bishop Eric Lambert Jr., author of Cancel the Culture
Meet Our Founders
Called Writers Christian Publishing was co-founded by a husband and wife team, Chris and Shannon McKinney.
Chris McKinney is the executive editor of Called Writers Christian Publishing. He has been writing professionally for many years, and began writing Christian ministry material in 2013. Chris is the author and co-author of several notable Christian books. His ministry articles have been published by CBN, Crosswalk, Engage Magazine, and many other publications and websites.
Chris was formerly the executive editor of GODSPEED Magazine, where he had the privilege of serving under David Aikman, a legendary Christian journalist, author, and former new bureau chief for TIME magazine. Chris also worked alongside Troy Anderson, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and bestselling author, and many other notable Christian ministers and writers. Chris has also been a featured guest on various Christian radio shows, podcasts, and television shows. He is available to ghostwrite or co-author Christian books.
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 beautifully crafts interior designs for Christian authors, and handles many other responsibilities. If an author has a question or a certain need, she’s always available and eager to help!
How We Help Christian Authors
As Christian book publishers, we come alongside authors to partner with them in the production, 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 ongoing prayer support for our authors.
Our authors have been featured by The Christian Post, The New York Times, In the Market with Janet Parshall, Charisma Magazine, AL.com, CBN, The Cornerstone Network, The Power Hour with Pat Williams radio show, JubileeCast, Christian Television Network, TCT Network, Cornerstone Television Network, World Christian News, and many other media outlets! Please see this page for specific examples of Called Writers Christian Publishing authors in the media.
God has blessed us with opportunities to connect Christian authors with media contacts who can help them spread their message. We also work closely with several Christian PR firms that represent well-known, bestselling authors. We have a very good relationship with them. These firms trust our work and are generally happy to take on our authors, whether they are well-known, completely unknown, or anything in between.
We reach significant audiences and have sold quite a few books through social media. Click here for some examples and more information.
Online Ad Campaigns and Website Traffic
God has blessed us with the capability to execute online marketing strategies that get proven results. We run profitable advertising campaigns for our books, and our website averaged approximately 11,000 page views per month in 2021. It is coming up on the first page or even number one for relevant Google searches. We thank and praise God for this.
Is Your Story Powerful Enough to be Made into a Movie?
Recently, a very well-known Christian movie director told us that he is open to working with us, and that he is always looking for “great stories and writers that we can make into a movie or TV show.” We maintain contact with him and are happy to send him anything we think is compelling enough for his consideration. He reads the books we send to him, and he has gotten interested in several of them. We hope to update soon on developments happening there!
We also recently had a very positive meeting with executives at a major, well-known, and well-established movie production and entertainment company. Their team outlined exactly what kind of stories they are looking for and expressed a desire for us to bring them any faith-based and inspirational books which fit their criteria for being made into movies or TV shows. So we have a good connection there as well. Again, it’s all God’s favor. He continues to open doors for us, and we are very grateful!
Extending Your Influence
In whatever ways God gives us, 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 and promotion are by far the biggest challenges that most authors face. So this is a significant advantage to our approach.
Our Business Model
Called Writers Christian Publishing uses a hybrid publishing business model. This allows us to form true partnerships with our authors and to have our incentives perfectly aligned with theirs. It also allows our authors to keep a much higher percentage of royalties than with a traditional publishing model. Click here for more information about different types of publishers and how God has called us to partner with Christian authors.
We are not a vanity press or a self-publishing factory. We put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into each project—and it shows in the quality and the results of our work. Click here to see a list of our recent releases. Also, be sure to visit the Amazon product pages to see what readers are saying about our books!
It’s All About Good Ministry Fruit
God continues to make connections, open doors, and give us new ways and channels for promoting Christian authors. This enables our authors to get their message out and fulfill the calling God has for them.
God is using Called Writers to help build people’s ministries, and there is good ministry fruit for our labor. People are receiving spiritual gifts. People are getting breakthroughs, healing, encouragement, deliverance, and biblical teaching.
New ministries and even new churches have been created as a result of the work God has done through Called Writers. For example, one of our authors started a new ministry and even got offered her own Christian TV show shortly after her book came out. She began doing promotional interviews, her book began reaching people daily through our marketing campaigns, and everything started opening up for her. God gets all the credit.
Another of our authors used his book to start a racial unity movement in his city that is crossing political, business, academic, secular, denominational, and other lines. God is working through his book and his company to take territory for His kingdom!
One of our authors got a new role and a huge promotion after his book came out and his company saw that he was gifted and passionate about his topic.
We get tons of testimonies from people who were inspired or encouraged by our books, or who just plain enjoyed reading them. But most importantly, God has saved people’s souls through this ministry! We give God all the glory for these things. Only He can produce good fruit.
Are you ready to see more good ministry fruit from your labor?
Get Your Christian Book Published!
When it becomes clear to us that an author 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 prayerfully evaluate each manuscript and author.
Helping Christian authors is a divine calling for us. If you are looking to publish a Christian book, please feel free to contact us. 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!
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.