Price

All prices posted are in Canadian dollars, plus applicable taxes.

Author Support & Record

One-on-One Author Care

One of the many benefits of publishing with Word Alive Press is that you’re not alone! Throughout the process, our team will walk alongside you. You’ll be paired up with a Project Manager who will coordinate all of the components of publishing, and a Publishing Consultant who will provide support and advice. This team will provide advice, guidance, insight, and feedback on all aspects of publishing and marketing. Our priority is to make sure you are completely satisfied with the final product and that you enjoy the process from start to finish!

Custom Project Timeline

The publishing process deserves the utmost time and attention, so we do not recommend rushing through it. However, for some authors a custom timeline is required to meet certain deadlines. When we begin your publishing journey, we provide all authors with an outline of the process and a general timeline. This document includes a few deadlines that you, the author, will need to meet. If you have an upcoming event for which you need your books, or any reason that requires your books be complete by a certain date, we will do everything in our power to accommodate you.

Non-Exclusive Contract

We consider it an honour to publish your work on your behalf and we believe that you should always retain the rights to your work. So, when you sign a publishing agreement with us, you are also free to use your material in other ways simultaneously. This includes posting your material online, publishing your material in another edition or language, and even publishing the same content with another publisher. Ready to review our complete Publishing Agreement? Call 866-967-3782 today to speak with your Publishing Consultant, or request a copy of the contract in the notes section of our publishing information request form.

Author Retains Copyright

We are excited about your work, see its value, and don’t want to take anything away from you. Word Alive Press will place the copyright of your book in your name. At all times, you retain the rights to your manuscript.

ISBN & Book Barcode

In order for your book to be sold in bookstores, an ISBN and barcode are essential. Word Alive Press will assign a unique ISBN number and barcode for the back of your book.

Cataloguing in Publication Record

Not only do you want to create a beautiful printed copy of your book, you want people to find it too! Library and Archives Canada’s Cataloguing in Publication Record provides the key information for librarians to correctly categorize your book. With this important categorization, your audience can find your book and purchase it!

Legal Deposit

Where will your book be in a hundred years? You still want your book to be preserved, and so do we! A cultural gem, Library and Archives Canada collects copies of all books published in Canada in order to preserve your work for future generations. We will supply the required copies to them on your behalf.

Professional Book Creation

Editing Services

We know that you have a unique voice, and you want it to be heard! We understand that editing requires a very delicate touch, which is why you will maintain full creative control throughout the editing process. Our editors will correct the basics, like spelling and grammar errors, and will also delve into the manuscript for word usage, organization, and important intangibles like clarity and flow.

There is an expectation in bookstores that all books be edited by a professional, and we know why. Editing can make your manuscript shine, giving it that extra bit of attention that can turn it from good to great! We think you’ll love this process, so don’t wait. Submit your manuscript today for a free sample of our work and a quote for editing.

Custom Cover Design

We understand the importance of a great and marketable cover, and we want to make sure you receive exactly that! Let our experienced and professional design and marketing team work with you to create a cover that will stand out. Our Publishing Consultant will work closely with you to hone your ideas, and our design team will make them a reality.

Interior Layout & Design

The interior layout and design of your book is essential in lending credibility to both you as the author and the professionalism of your book. Rather than leaving it all up to you, we work with talented and creative typesetters to present to you an interior that sets your book apart! Once your cover has been established, one of our typesetters will create the interior design and layout for you. The interior will be styled to reflect the thoughtfulness of the cover and provide a professional and cohesive look.

Formatting Enhancements

Specialized formatting enhancements can really improve the look of your book! Items such as photos (with or without captions), maps, graphs, tables, charts, images, illustrations, can provide a helpful visual to work together with your writing. Pull quotes (also referred to as call-out boxes) can make key phrases jump out at the reader and drive the message home!

We can include up to ten of these special features for you at no charge, and provide you with several options for their placement. If you would like to insert additional objects, a small fee of $10.00/each will be charged.

Do you need a customized chart or illustration to be created to help convey a concept in your book? We are here to help! Talk to your Publishing Consultant for a customized quote.

Author Copy

There is something about holding a book in your hands that makes it all so real! After we have finalized both your cover and interior, but before going to press with your book, we’ll mail you an author copy for one final review before the printing starts!

Hardcover Edition

Would you like a special hardcover copy of your book as a keepsake of your publishing journey? Or perhaps a few limited edition copies for the people who supported you along the way? While softcover books are often the right choice for distribution into the marketplace, we’re also able to produce hardcover copies, including cloth-covered books with a dust jacket. Ask your Publishing Consultant about the option to do a hardcover edition along with a main print run in softcover.

Printed Copies

Flexible Print Quantities

Now that you are publishing your book, you’ll want to make sure you always have a supply on hand, especially after putting so much time into this work of art! For the copies you purchase, you’ll simply pay the printing costs. Concerned about copies of your book filling your basement? We’re able to provide small print run options with some publishing programs. Talk to your Publishing Consultant for further details.

For authors who are part of our Gold and Platinum programs, your minimum requirement is a hundred copies. If you’re part of our Inclusive or Diamond Program, your minimum print run is four hundred books. Word Alive Press will also print a hundred books for our Great Canadian Author Program.

Print on Demand Technology

All authors who publish with Word Alive Press benefit from the use of two different kinds of printers. We make sure to give you the best possible price, and having multiple options allows us to do this! Print on demand technology allows for shorter print runs and provides a lot of flexibility. After your initial print run requirement, you can print in any quantity you need and these books can be shipped anywhere in the world for you. Books printed on demand are very economical for authors who want to do smaller print runs, and the resulting books are of high quality!

Offset Printing

We also use an offset press for authors who need more copies and for those who require unique books sizes, special finishes, custom paper options, etc. The sky’s the limit with what you can do through our traditional printer! The quality of books is excellent and the printing costs will be less (per book) for larger print runs.

Personalized Printing Options

Presentation goes a long way! When you publish your book with Word Alive Press, we can offer you an endless number of customizable options. You’ll get to choose your paper, bindery, lamination, and cover type. Anything from cream paper to perfect binding, hardcover or soft, and matte or gloss, the choice is yours. You’ll work closely with your Publishing Consultant to determine the best presentation for your book. Please ask your Publishing Consultant today for pricing on any of these options!

Book Sales & Distribution

Canadian Distribution Services via Word Alive Inc.

Since 1987, our sister company, Word Alive Distributors, has brought books into the Canadian Christian marketplace!

Word Alive Press authors receive a service no self-publishing company in Canada can provide: distribution services into the Canadian market! This includes Chapters/Indigo and many other general market stores, plus Christian bookstores, churches, and ministries across the country. Word Alive’s resources, relationships, and reputation will be put to use for you, as a leading force in the professional distribution of quality resources in Canada!

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Word Alive Sales Reps

The ultimate goal for any author is to sell copies of their book. We know that your reach can only go so far, so we have a professional sales team that will represent your book! These sales reps cover territories spanning the country. They’ll present your book to Christian bookstores, Chapters/Indigo, Superstores, and many others, as well as thousands of churches, ministries, schools, camps, and various events. Let our professional sales reps highlight your title to bookstores!

Word Alive Press Online Bookstore

We know that online shopping is extremely popular, so we feature Word Alive Press authors and their books in our online bookstore. It’s a great place to direct people to buy your book, since you’ll receive a significantly higher royalty—thirty percent of the retail price!

Watch for our new online bookstore which is coming soon!

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Anchor Distribution

Word Alive Press titles have always been distributed in Canada by Word Alive distributors. As of June 1, 2016, Word Alive will merge with US-based Anchor Distributors. This new North American strategy will directly benefit our Canadian authors as their books will now be stocked and available to the U.S. market, as well as Canada.

International Distribution

Word Alive Press partners with Ingram, the largest distributor of books on the globe! With Ingram distribution, your book becomes available to bookstores everywhere, plus it will be listed online through many retailers including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Amazon's Search Inside the Book

Most people like to get a taste for what they’re buying before they actually commit, and Amazon makes this possible! Potential buyers will be able to see an electronic version of a few pages of your book to help them make their decision. This is a great feature and one that will help you sell more books!

Espresso Book Machine

The Espresso Book Machine is quickly becoming an important part of the publishing world! This remarkable device prints, collates, and binds a book in just a few short minutes. These exciting machines are popping up in stores all around the world and allow retailers to carry many books (including all of our titles) without having to save room on their shelves. That means your book will be available in the database of Espresso Book Machines all over the world.

Print Royalties

When you publish with Word Alive Press, you retain all the rights to your book, and you earn a royalty too! As books sell, Word Alive Press takes care of all the shipping and billing, then quarterly we’ll send you a royalty cheque for your earnings.

eBook Creation & Distribution

There will always be something special about holding a book in your hands and reading. Despite this, electronic books (eBooks) are an integral part of the market. eBooks are also an important part of making sure your book can reach the widest audience possible. Word Alive Press will convert your manuscript into numerous eBook formats so that readers can discover your book in whichever format they prefer. eBooks are only going to get more popular, so let’s make sure you aren’t missing out on this important opportunity!

Adobe eBook

One of many eBook formats out there, Adobe eBooks are PDF files complete with a live table of contents. This versatile eBook format is not specific to any device, so anyone can download it! Adobe eBooks may also be read on a tablet, computer or smartphone.

Kindle eBook

Amazon’s version of an eBook reader is the Kindle, one of the most popular reading devices available.

Kobo eBook

Kobo is the eReader affiliated with Rakuten Kobo Inc. This device reads titles in EPUB format and is available for purchase in Chapters and Indigo bookstores across the country. Kobo has also recently purchased Sony, and will provide files compatible with the Sony eReader as well.

Apple eBook for iPad & iPhone

The Apple iPad is a huge player in the market today! Customers can purchase your book through the iBookstore, which automatically connects to any iPhone or iPad for easy download.

Google Play

Google Play is a versatile eBook vendor that offers access to the increasingly popular Android phones, as well as other devices. One benefit is added control over sales events for your readership.

eBook Royalties

Word Alive Press authors also receive a royalty each time someone buys the eBook for your title. As with printed books, royalty cheques are sent out quarterly. Happy earning!

Marketing Services

Event Poster

We understand the importance of an author’s involvement in marketing their book; our experienced staff will create a personalized event poster to help you do it. This can be used to advertise book signings, speaking engagements, and any other event you organize to promote your book. This poster will have an author photo, front cover image, and promotional copy advertising your book. This unique advertising piece will be provided to you electronically so that you can customize it for each individual event.

Email Announcement

Word Alive has been engaged with the Canadian bookstore market for over twenty-five years. Let those relationships work for you! Word Alive will email all the bookstores, churches, ministries, and schools across Canada who have an account and let them know about your title and give them an opportunity to order it.

Printed Ad

Word Alive Press will send out an 8.5” x 11” ad and order form to the Word Alive customer base. This includes bookstores, churches, schools, and ministries across Canada. Four hundred copies of this colour ad will be printed and distributed.

Media Kits

Our expert publishing staff will create customized media kits with full-colour pages advertising and showcasing you and your book. Use this helpful marketing piece to create excitement for your book and generate media attention! Both printed copies and digital media kits will be provided to help you spread the word.

Twenty-five media kits will be printed and mailed to you for your use, and three additional kits will be sent by Word Alive Press to relevant media. Along with the three kits Word Alive Press sends out, a review copy of your book will be provided as well.

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Promotional Package

Printed postcards, bookmarks and business cards are a great way to spread the news about your book! These pieces are great to hand out to people that you meet, mail out to a list of contacts, or stuff into your church bulletin or attendee bags at a conference. Our marketing bundle contains a perfect collection of must-have advertising pieces:

  • Postcards: Let us create a special advertising piece to promote your book. We will design a 4″ × 6″ piece that lets people know a little bit about the book, where they can purchase a copy.
  • Bookmarks: Another way of letting people know where to find your book is a bookmark. Not only is this a great marketing tool, but it continues the theme of literature and reading.
  • Business Cards: Use these custom cards to improve your credibility and professionalism as an author. This will also be helpful as you network with other authors and individuals. It’s important to promote yourself and your book, so let us work with you to create an effective design.

    You will receive 500 copies of each of the above items. All pieces will be printed with full colour on one side and greyscale (black & white) ink on the other side.

    Shipping costs for printed materials is extra and will be calculated separately.

Book Trailer

A picture is worth a thousand words… and so is a book trailer! Just like a movie trailer, this video advertisement will share key points about your plot or subject matter and work to generate interest in your book. Use this as an ad on social media and see the impact of video presentation!

Watch a sample book trailer on the Word Alive Press YouTube Channel.

Great Canadian Author Program

Our Great Canadian Author Program provides a unique opportunity within the industry: guaranteed shelf space in participating Canadian Christian bookstores. A corresponding promotional flyer will feature these titles and be sent to bookstores, churches & ministries.

This program is reserved for select manuscripts by Canadian citizens or landed immigrants. Please contact your Publishing Consultant for details.

Great Canadian Author Auto-Ship Program

Word Alive Press has partnered with bookstores across Canada for a very unique shelf space opportunity that we call our Great Canadian Author Program. Copies of your book will automatically be shipped to participating stores for a one year period. These stores will also be supplied with special signage and colour flyers to advertise your book and the other titles in the program.

This program is reserved for select manuscripts by Canadian citizens or landed immigrants. Please contact your Publishing Consultant for details.

Great Canadian Author Flyer

Along with exposure in bookstores, Word Alive Press will also include your title in our full-colour, glossy, semi-annual flyer. Almost ten thousand copies of this flyer are produced, to advertise your book to two very important audiences! First, 5,000 copies will be mailed to bookstores within Canada for distribution to customers. Plus, an additional 4,500 copies will be sent out in a direct-to-church mailing to reach pastors and ministry leaders!

Plus, for authors that purchase a book trailer, we can include a QR code in the flyer to link people directly to your trailer.

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Graf-Martin Communications PR Services

Now that you’re published, you want people to read your book—we can help make that happen!

We’re teaming up with Graf-Martin, a company that has had the opportunity to work with NY Times and Globe & Mail bestselling authors. We believe all authors should have access to that level of PR services!

The Graf-Martin Communications team of publishing industry marketing experts will use their proven experience to help build the integrated marketing and publicity plan you need for your book to succeed.

Additional VIP Services available ‘a la carte’ to authors who purchase any of Graf-Martin Communications services.

Online Platform Boost

Online Platform Builder:

  • Option A: Have a website but aren’t on social media yet? No problem!
    We will connect you with Graf-Martin’s experienced team, to take a close look at your book, your message, and where your time & energy is best spent online. They will provide you with a fully personalized social media plan outlining best practices, where you need to be, and give you tips to get started right away!

OR

  • Option B: Need a sharper image?
    If you are already on social media and feel like your online image could use a boost, this option is for you! Graf-Martin’s social media expert will examine your online platforms (blog, website, social media etc.) to make sure that your readers can easily find you and your book. They will provide a written audit report with measureable changes for immediate action, and help you make a clear plan with achievable steps to grow your platform, online.

You choice of either A or B above, plus:

  • Online brand coaching (Ask the Expert):
    * A 1-hour one-on-one, personalized coaching session with Graf-Martin’s in-house social media leader who has developed and implemented social media plans for internationally best-selling authors, brands and organizations. *Session will take place via Skype or phone.
    * An opportunity to review your brand audit. Graf-Martin will answer your pressing questions, give you tips and tricks, and walk you through next steps to make your book stand out online!

  • Blog Booster Kit (eBook) and social media content calendar templates:
    We get you into Graf-Martin’s vault & provide you with the tools they have curated for their top-level clients! These tools will kick-start or fine-tune your blog, ensure your content resonates, and help create a loyal online following of readers.

Traditional Media Outreach

  • Custom press release creation (up to 400 words)
    Graf-Martin will take all they’ve learned over a decade of reaching Canadian media outlets, and apply it to creating a highly effective media release! They will review your book, ask you a series of questions to truly understand your book and your story, and craft a release that connects with the media! Our publicists have launched national campaigns for hundreds of authors such as Max Lucado, Dr. Gary Chapman, Dr. Kevin Leman and Karen Kingsbury – and now they’re lending that experience to you!

  • Distribution
    We’ll connect you with Graf-Martin’s market recognition and reputation, distributing your release a carefully cultivated list of over 200 Christian media outlets & journalists across Canada.

VIP Accelerated Growth

This package is specially designed for authors who want it all! For $1099, you receive all of the services in both the Online Platform Boost and Traditional Media Outreach, plus:

  • One-on-one PR coaching: Wondering how to handle an interview? You’ll get an exclusive, personalized, one-on-one, “get interview- ready” coaching session with Graf-Martin’s 
publicity expert on how to secure and ace your interviews. *This will be via Skype or phone call.

  • Bonus! You’ll be given Graf-Martin’s exclusive Interview Tips and Tricks eBook, which will allow you to draw on our years of expertise and apply it to your upcoming interviews.

    Additional VIP Services available ‘a la carte’ to authors who purchase any of the Graf-Martin Communications services.
Author_service Gold Platinum Inclusive Diamond
Price $1999 $2499 $3499 $4499
Author Support & Record
One-on-One Author Care
Custom Project Timeline
Non-Exclusive Contract
Author Retains Copyright
ISBN & Book Barcode
Cataloguing in Publication Record
Legal Deposit
Professional Book Creation
Editing Services Quote Quote Quote Quote
Custom Cover Design
Interior Layout & Design
Formatting Enhancements
Author Copy
Hardcover Edition Quote Quote Quote Quote
Printed Copies
Flexible Print Quantities
Print on Demand Technology
Offset Printing
Personalized Printing Options
Book Sales & Distribution
Canadian Distribution Services via Word Alive Inc.
Word Alive Sales Reps
Word Alive Press Online Bookstore
Anchor Distribution
International Distribution
Amazon's Search Inside the Book
Espresso Book Machine
Print Royalties 10% 20% 20% 20%
eBook Creation & Distribution
Adobe eBook
Kindle eBook
Kobo eBook
Apple eBook for iPad & iPhone
Google Play
eBook Royalties 25% 50% 50% 50%
Marketing Services
Event Poster
Email Announcement
Printed Ad
Media Kits
Promotional Package $375 $375 $375
Book Trailer $699 $699 $699
Great Canadian Author Program
Great Canadian Author Auto-Ship Program
Great Canadian Author Flyer
Graf-Martin Communications PR Services
Online Platform Boost $499 $499 $499 $499
Traditional Media Outreach $599 $599 $599 $599
VIP Accelerated Growth $1099 $1099 $1099 $1099