Q. Are you a subsidy publisher?
A. No. Dove Christian
Publishers does not charge authors for publishing services. All editing,
designing, printing, marketing and distribution are done free of charge.
There are no hidden fees.Q. What are the chances of my book
being accepted by your company for publication?
we do not accept every book that comes to us, and because we are fronting
the cost for publication with no investment on the author's part, we tend to
be very selective of the books we publish. An author who has an
established social media or marketing platform, and has produced a book that
is well-written, well-edited, and adheres to basic Biblical principles, has
the greatest chance of having their books accepted by us. Q.
How can I guarantee my book will sell if I publish it with your company?
A. First of all, there are no guarantees as far as book sales. The book
buying market is extremely competitive. Many authors have delusions that
once they get published, they will sell hundreds of thousands of copies,
make lots of money, quit their jobs, and get interviewed on the Today Show.
But the reality is that most authors, no matter what publishing company they
sign with, sell no more than 1000 copies of their books. Writing, for them,
becomes a secondary career or an alternative source of income. Our role in
your sucess is to produce a high-quality, well-edited product that can
compete with any book on the market, and to give that book the widest
distribution available in the United States and internationally. But unless
your name is Stephen King or Joel Osteen and you already have a substantial
fan base, you will have to work to develop a fan base through promoting your
own product. Your efforts at promoting your book will determine your success
when it comes to book sales.Q. Can your books be found in
A. You will rarely find one of our books
stocked in bookstores, simply because most of our authors do not have the
national profile or heavy social media platform that will drive customers to
bookstores. Bookstores tend to stock only famous authors, or those that have
tens of thousands of followers on Twitter or Facebook. Many bookstores,
however, have the capability to order our products for you to pick up later.
The majority of our products are sold online.Q. How
long does it take for a book, once accepted by your company, to be available
A. Depends on the book. If a book requires substantial
editing and vetting, it could take as much as 12 months to be available. But
our goal is to have books available within 4-6 months within presentation of
the final manuscript.Q. My book has already been edited.
Why do you need to edit it again?
A. We find that many authors
do not foot the expense of a professional copy-editor to review their
manuscripts, so they rely upon software-based grammar checkers to edit their
manuscripts. These checkers will find some errors, but they tend to miss a
few, too. We feel that the best way to reduce and/or eliminate errors in a
manuscript is to go over them three times with the keen eye of a
professional copy-editor. We also check for legal issues such as plagiarism,
libel, and copyright infringement.
Q. Do you give advances?
A. No, we do
not provide advances.Q. What is the typical duration
of your contracts, and can I cancel at any time?
A. The duration
of contracts is negotiable, but a typical minimum duration is 3 years,
during which time the contract cannot be cancelled. Since we are making a
significant upfront investment in the book, we need to ensure that we have
publishing rights long enough to recoup our investment. Q.
What are the top three reasons you reject books?
1) Significant grammar or stylistic errors.
2) Content not suitable for our needs, or content not compatible with our
3) Book not theologically sound, according to our interpretation.
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