Now, in the second decade of 21st century, book production is what I do—unless I am writing a new book. My focus is on helping authors by producing the print and ebooks versions they need to self-publish.

The publishing itself is free, once you have the artwork ready to upload: Createspace, Lulu, Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Scribd, and iBooks. I’ll even strip out all the formatting and produce a Smashwords version if that is what you want (and your book is small enough and simple enough with few graphics, no tables, and so on). I’ll prepare the book for you to publish, upload it for you, or teach you how to do it by mentoring with the use of my books.

I just received this testimony from an evangelist I have worked with for many years:

Thank you for all the great publishing work you have done for our ministry. You have helped us to produce professional-looking books and products that have been a blessing and benefit to many people. I have recommended your publishing service to a number of people and each one comes back with the same report—they are very happy with your work and have enjoyed working with you. You are doing a great job helping many of us to bring forth the vision that is within our hearts and out onto the printed page where it can be read and received into the hearts of men and women. It reminds me of the skilled workmen who God anointed in the Old Testament to craft the tabernacle and its instruments so that God could have a place to dwell among men. Likewise, God has anointed you as a skilled workman to craft books and materials that can bring forth the presence of God in this New Testament dispensation. You are truly an asset to the Body of Christ.

Tom Shanklin • World Evangelism Fellowship • PO Box 4144 • Mankato, MN 56002 • Website:

Recent posts on book production

Marketing tips for fiction and non-fiction: it takes time

Joel rarely writes for his blog any more, but it is a treat when he does. Today’s article is an excellent example of why his blog is so good: clean, concise, and useful. We can boil down the advice to the … Continue reading →

Make more with five book sets than 5 single books

I was talking to my author friend, Guy Stanton III, today and he shared this with me. Many of you already know this, but it’s worth a mention anyway. You know what’s really ironic, David, about combining all the books … Continue reading →

Printing quality: Lightning Source, Lulu, or Createspace

This has been an interesting question for the past decade. There are several things which enter into the equation. The two most important are defects and general quality. Aaron Shephard falls on the side of Createspace in a radical change this … Continue reading →

Christian non-fiction reduced to $.99 per book

The prices have been reduced on The Narrow Gate and Knowing Jesus As His Bride from the Advanced Discipleship series. Plus, the three verse by verse epistle studies are also at $.99 The Easily Understanding Scripture series $.99 each There are three … Continue reading →

Newly digitized Doves Type font designer finds old lead type in the Thames

Here’s a fun article from CreativePro about the process. Many people do not realize that a lot of the “free type” and a good deal of the professionally designed type is made from or started with digitized characters from printed works … Continue reading →

Ebooks have made a major leap in quality

For example, I got this official word today: “Yes, Kobo now accepts FXL EPUBs exported from InDesign and they can be put on sale, they have confirmed the same. The FXL EPUB output from ID also renders correctly on a … Continue reading →

Variable type for ebooks?

There have been rumors around for several years now that multiple master fonts might not be gone completely, or that a new solution might be in the works. Nick Sherman wrote a long, but exciting article about the new possibilities … Continue reading →

Printing has changed, but it’s certainly not dead…

I read a good article this morning from My Print Resource talking about the slow slide of offset lithography to a minority process. However, it will still be the largest segment of printing. Many of the new self-publishers are not … Continue reading →

When marketing your books, keep it real

There’s an excellent article today on Site Pro News called How to Create Shareable, Likable, and Organic Content. Of course, as a writer it bothers me a little that there are two typos in the headline. But the points made by Julia … Continue reading →


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