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St. Paul Press

APRIL 2014

All St. Paul Press Authors Have Been Paid Royalties Through March 2014

St. Paul Press has paid out all royalties due to authors through March 2014. The majority of authors were paid via PayPal. For those who are unable to receive payments via PayPal, your checks are in the mail, and you should receive them within the next couple of days. This payment is for sales made through Amazon.com, STL Distribution, Amazon Kindle, and St. Paul Press.

This will be the last major royalty payment that you receive from St. Paul Press. You will receive one final smaller royalty payment for April 2014 sales.

New 100% Royalty Publishing Service Platform

As we announced in February, great changes for St. Paul Press authors will be made starting in July 2014. Unprecedented in the history of book publishing -- authors will receive 100% royalties directly from the biggest book seller in the history of publishing, Amazon.com.

As we informed you in our February 2014 newsletter, all St. Paul Press authors will begin receiving 100% of their royalties directly from Amazon.com and Amazon Kindle beginning in July 2014. St. Paul Press books and most other publishers receive the overwhelming majority of sales via Amazon.com. We would venture to say that over 90% of our book sales are made through Amazon.com and Amazon Kindle, with more and more books being sold through the Kindle store on an app for any device or on the Kindle device itself. Amazon.com is the undisputed champion of book sales; there is just no getting around that.

St. Paul Press is not going anywhere. We will still operate as a publishing service to help authors publish and distribute their books. The services we offer are as follows.

Complete Publishing Packages
(If you have completed your book and are ready to get it out to the world, we will take your manuscript from start to finish handling all of the details along the way.)
  • Simple: $697 (Format your manuscript, design a book cover, supply an ISBN number, and make your book available as an e-book and as a print book on Amazon) 
  • Bonus: $897 (Format your manuscript, design a book cover, supply an ISBN number, make your book available as an e-book and print book on Amazon, as well as to all bookstores through STL)
  • Prime: $1197 (Format your manuscript; design a book cover; supply an ISBN number; make your book available as an e-book and print book on Amazon; make your book available to all bookstores through STL; make your e-book available to all major e-book retailers including Apple, Nook, and Kobo; promote your book to a wide audience through Christian Media Promo) 
*Editing, proofreading, transcribing, and other services are available upon request and will be charged above the price of the publishing package.
Stand-Alone Publishing Services
(If you want to publish your book on your own, and only need help in one or two areas, you may purchase our publishing services independently without signing up for a complete publishing plan.)
  • Book cover design
  • Page design
  • Proofreading 
  • Copyediting
  • Transcribing
  • Typing up your written  manuscript
  • Providing an ISBN number (Your book must have an ISBN number in order to be taken seriously in the industry.)
  • Publishing your book exclusively as an e-book on Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple iBooks, Kobo Reader, Google eBooks, Sony eReader, Diesel eBooks, and others.
  • Printing any quantity of physical books and drop shipping them to any location for book signings, special events, etc.
  • Building apps for your book
  • RUSH publishing service (Get your book published in 40 days)
Promotional Services
(We will not leave you hanging after your book is published. We want to help you get your book out in front of potential readers through long-term promotional efforts that will help provide consistent sales. We offer the following promotional services for all authors.)
  • Promotional package through Christian Media Promo
  • Promotional package through Black Christian Book Promo
  • Press release distribution through Vision Christian Newswire
  • Placement on The Christian eReader sendout
  • Printing of flyers, postcards, bookmarks, and business cards
  • Website design through Kings Highway Web Design
  • Stay in the News long-term promotional package from Black Christian Book Promo
  • Advertising on our parent company's network of over 35 news and communication websites that receive over 1 million visits and 6 million pageviews per month
  • Developing a book trailer

You can sign up for any of the services above on our website at

Why Are We Making this Change Now?

We are not making this change because of any problem. All of our authors have been very understanding, kind, and gracious in light of the fire that we experienced last year. We are making this change because the publishing game has changed dramatically over the past ten years and is still changing. Authors have more freedom and liberty in the publishing game now more than at any other time in the history of publishing. The truth is, due to the innovations at Amazon.com and Amazon Kindle, small independent publishing companies such as St. Paul Press and independent authors are really on the same level as major publishing houses. Amazon.com and Amazon Kindle have leveled the playing field big time. It is a whole new world now.

Please do not buy into the lie that when you are publishing your book with a small independent press such as St. Paul Press where you have to invest in the success of your book up front financially, that that is less than a book published by the major publishers. Some years ago, that may have been true. But the game has changed so much today that all of the major publishers have seen the value of independent authors who want to get their books published and get their books published quickly instead of waiting for a year or two. There was a time major publishers used to call these independent companies “vanity presses,” but now these major publishing companies have bought the so-called “vanity presses” and are making money off of the authors who do not have a following like that of T.D. Jakes. No matter how good your book is today, to get published by a major publisher, you have to have a following similar to T.D. Jakes or Joel Osteen.

In fact, an expert in the field, Susan Kaye Quinn, author of The Indie Author Survival Guide says:

When self-publishing went mainstream---i.e. when people started making money at it---the sharks multiplied. Many became sharks in tuna clothing, with all kinds of "respected" writerly establishments starting "self-publishing" divisions that were really “Vanity Publishers.”
  • Writer's Digest owns vanity press, Abbott Press
  • Thomas Nelson has vanity West Bow Press
  • Harlequin owns vanity DellArte Press
Actually all these little sharks were part of one larger shark. They were white label versions of the King of Vanity Publishers, Author Solutions (i.e. Author Solutions is behind the scenes, providing the services). And then this happened: Penguin/Pearson buys Author Solutions. A Big Six publisher swallowing the King of Vanity Publishers whole? I agree with Jane Friedman's insightful analysis of what this meant: "I'm sad to say I've heard publishing executives talk about the opportunity to 'monetize unpublished manuscript' and it's why I left commercial publishing. Is this where the industry is headed? If so, I want no part of its future."

As David Gaughran details on his blog, this isn't Big Six Publishers making a "progressive" move into indie publishing; this is Big Six Publishers trying to monetize the slush pile and make money off writers (Penguin Random House Merger Helps Author Solutions Exploit Writers). (Also: Author Solutions is now in a class-action suit for deceptive practices among other things).

The Names of the Sharks
(From David Gaughran's tremendously helpful post The Author Exploitation Business.) (Note: the sharks are constantly changing their names! This is not an exhaustive list.):

  • Author House
  • iUniverse
  • XLibris
  • Trafford
  • Palibrio
  • Publish in the USA
  • Abbott Press (Writers Digest)
  • Balboa Press (Hay House)
  • Westbow (Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins)
  • Patridge (Penguin India)
  • Archway (Simon and Schuster)
  • Inspiring Voices (Guideposts Magazine)
  • Legacy Keepers
  • Fuse Fram (previously Author Solutions Films)
  • Pitchfest
  • Author Learning Center
  • WordClay
  • BookTango
  • AuthorHive

Again, thankfully, we have not heard any of these types of statements being applied to St. Paul Press and none of our authors have complained to us along these lines. However, we are a Christian company, and we strive to be up-front and honest with all of our authors. When we see things changing in the industry, we change with it.

The change regarding all of our authors getting 100% royalties is to serve as an incentive to encourage you to write more books because that is where the power is to impact more people's lives, and yes, also to increase your financial income so that you can have the time to write more books. (By the way, we are doing this by faith in God, because we have never heard of a publishing company anywhere giving 100% royalties to the authors.)

If the Lord would so lead you, St. Paul Press will still be your publisher. And, of course, if you write more books and you choose to use St. Paul Press and our sister companies such as Fresh Eyes Proofreading and Editing, Christian Media Promo, Black Christian Book Promo, and Kings Highway Web Design, then we can be the service publishing company to get your work out to the people who need it. The only reason why we have this business is to support the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ going out around the world. So your payment for these services helps us to get the Gospel out through Gospel Light Society International and other ministries.

We are not going anywhere, we will still be here for you. We are just going to provide the services at a flat fee up-front to launch you and your book out into the world as far as proofreading, publishing, promotions, and distribution. And we will stay with you with our ongoing services just like we do now. We would like to see all of you write multiple books that can be sold until Jesus comes and serve as a significant part of your retirement and as a legacy blessing to your children and grandchildren. Because once the money starts flowing directly from Amazon it is going to keep on coming every month, no matter who you allow to handle your bank account. Yes, if you apply yourself and write great books and write more books, say at least anywhere from three to seven books a year, you can eventually start generating an extra $20,000 or more a year coming directly into your account.

As we have given you ample notice of this change since February 2014, we are in the process of making an amendment to set things up so that you will receive your royalties straight from Amazon each month. This amendment will detail the new royalty payment policy as well as steps you need to take to ensure that you begin receiving payment directly from Amazon. We will also be sending you information on the steps you need to take to set up your bank account information directly with Amazon. Please be on the lookout for this information.

All printed books ordered in bulk for book-signings, church events, etc., will be handled the same way. You just pay for the number of books you want and St. Paul Press will ship them out to you.

We are also looking into the possibility of having all royalties earned from sales made through our national distributor, STL Distribution, to bookstores, to be directly deposited to your account. We will notify you in the near future if we are able to do this. But from now on, you will be receiving 100% of the royalties from Amazon, Amazon Kindle, and other ebook retailers, and St. Paul Press will not be receiving any. If you have any questions, please e-mail us at stpaul@stpaulpresspublishers.com.

How Does St. Paul Press Compare to Other Publishers?
Check Out the Comparison Table Below

St. Paul Press Author House Westbow
(Thomas Nelson)
Xulon Xlibris iUniverse Abbott Press
(Writer's Digest)
Smallest Publishing Package $697 $799 $999 $1,749 $499 $899 $999
Premium Publishing Package $1,197 $9,999 $6,499 $4,999 $15,249 $4,299 $2,999
E-book Publishing Package $99.99 Not Offered $499 Not Offered $499 Not Offered Not Offered
Royalties 100% 10-25% 50% 75% 10-25% 10-25% 50%

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Ranked according to sales in March 2014. These sales include Amazon.com, STL Distribution,
and St. Paul Press as well as books bought by the author for direct sales.

1. Cheaters, Break-Ups, and a Love Worth Finding
by Marcus D. King

2. Born in the Church, but Not Born Again
by Lesley A. Francisco

3. Life: What's Up With Yours? by C. NaTasha Richburg

4. Dancing With the Scars
by Twanna Henderson

5. Jagged Edges by Doris Dancy

6. Dialogue With My Daughters
by Jeffrey A. Johnson

7. Dating & Relating by L.W. Francisco

8. Porch Stories by Larry Macon

9. Forgive As You Go by Mary Green

10. Finding Your Focus On... Relationships
by Marcus D. King

11. Psalm 23 by Larry Ellis

12. I'm Just Saying by Natalie A. Francisco

13. Will the Real King Stand Up
by Larry Macon

14. Look Up by Alfredia DeVita

15. Nuggets by Day and Gems by Night by Rudolph McKissick

16. Lord of the Flies by Joey Johnson

17. Healing Our Broken Village
by Frederick Haynes

18. Sermon Notes Volume 2 by Larry Ellis

19. How to Operate in the Gifts of the Holy Spirit by Edmund Sackey Brown

20. Berlusconi by Giglio Reduzzi

21. Blessed Every Day by Barbara Dudley

22. This Urban Teacher's Journal by C. Angela

23. The Pampered Prince
by C. Lynn Williams
24. Who's Renting Space in Your Head?
by C. NaTasha Richburg

25. Before You Leave the Locker Room by Lee Sheppard

26. Gospel Urgency! by J.L. Moore

27. Faith = Success by Earnest Claiborn

28. The Access Point by Fred Hodge

29. God's Got My Back
by Rudolph McKissick Jr.

30. Get Your Aim Right by Corey L. Brown

31. The Black Church At Its Best by Larry Macon

32. Colandra's World:
Her Journey Continued by Janet Smith

33. Drama to Driven by C. Natasha Richburg

34. Trying to Stay Sane While Raising Your Teen by C. Lynn Williams

35. God is Greater than Family Mess
by Joey Johnson

36. Life Illustrated by Jeffrey Johnson

37. The Day Night Light by C. NaTasha Richburg

38. Drama: Church Drama for Church Folk by Barbara Dudley

39. Jamaica Me by C. Angela

40. A Woman's Journal for Joyful Living
by Natalie A. Francisco

41. Breaking the Chains of Addiction
by George Williams

42. The Flying Missionary
by Azina Jackson

43. Mr. Basketball by Barbara Dudley

44. A University of Life
by Mieczyslaw Gasowski
45. Healing In the Body of Christ
by Azina Jackson

46. Dialogue with My Daughters: My Personal Reflections
by Jeffrey A. Johnson, Sr.

47. Broken Dolls by Jennifer Cox

48. Colandra's World by Janet Smith

49. A Hoodie Ain’t a Coat: The Bible Study
by C. NaTasha Richburg

50. Sermon Notes Volume 1 by Larry Ellis

51. A Sankofa Moment by Jeremiah Wright

52. A Hoodie Ain’t a Coat
by C. NaTasha Richburg

53. The Biblical World Through New Glasses by Joey Johnson

54. Whoops, I Swallowed a Bee
by Joslyn Neblett-Washington

55. Wisdom for Women of Worth and Worship by Natalie Francisco

56. Married and Wanna be Single, Single and Wanna be Married by Hazel Claiborn

57. Get the Hell Out! by L.W. Francisco

58. The Truth About the Lie I Live by C. NaTasha Richburg

59. The 21st Century Man
by L.W. Francisco

60. Is Your Ghost Holy? by Shay Bills

61. Parenting and Partnering with Purpose by Natalie A. Francisco

62. Zimri Among Us by C. Angela

63. When Faith Fights by Shay Bills

64. The Power of God's Negatives by Harold Carter

65. The Healthy Faith-Building Church by James Jones
66. Lessons from My Journey
by C. Angela

67. Trust by Larry Ellis

68. Every Story Has Two Sides
by C. NaTasha Richburg

69. Healthy Waters Don’t Cry Like This
by C. NaTasha Richburg

70. This is an Emergency by James Henry

71. Crossing Jordan by Matthew Smith

72. Royal P.R.I.N.C.E.S.S. Handbook
by Mechelle Rabot

73. Keep it Simple Believer
by Victor Johnson

74. Emerge by Corey Brown

75. Growing in the Character of Christ
by Edmund Sackey Brown

76. I Am Completely Led by C. Angela

77. When Thou Art Converted
by Bertha Roscoe

78. Not In This Church by Leon Newton

79. What is God's Melody for Me?
by Marcus Clarke

80. Rainbow Town by M.L. York

81. Sparks of Lyrical Truths Igniting
by Bettie Grady

82. The Overcomer’s Handbook
by Ian Taylor

83. How to Fast Successfully
by Edmund Sackey-Brown (German)

84. Italia by Giglio Reduzzi (Italian)

85. The Shroud of Turin and Much More
by Giglio Reduzzi

86. The Satiable Quest by Marva Gordon
Contacting St. Paul Press
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