LifeBridge Books, founded in 2003, is a unique publishing venture which is meeting a need in the market place. If you look at our catalog, you will find that every author is either the pastor of a large church or has a high-profile ministry. We partner with our authors to produce a product that brings their message to an even larger audience.
Books selected to be published by LifeBridge need to have a strong central theme, content that leads to spiritual growth, and mass market appeal. Our goal is to develop a loyal and growing audience for our authors.
We do not publish fiction, poetry, or life stories.
You can submit either a finished manuscript, a rough draft, or we will create the book from transcripts of your sermons or seminars.
If we mutually decide to move forward it will receive a complete professional edit and design. Of course, you have final sign-off on all revisions.
Our finished products are between 144 and 176 pages—and we like to work with copy of between 20,000and 60,000 words.
Distribution and Marketing
All LifeBridge books are exclusively distributed by STL Distribution, the world’s largest Christian book distributors with a large staff of full time sales reps servicing Christian and mainstream wholesalers, bookstores, catalogs and the Internet, plus specialty sales. In addition, our titles are available on Amazon.com and many Internet sites.
The marketing strategy includes review copies to the major Christian magazines, targeted press releases, catalogs to retail outlets and promotion through publications that reach bookstore buyers. LifeBridge is also a major exhibitor at the national Christian trade shows.
The economic model we have used since our inception includes a commitment from the author to take a specific portion of the of the initial print run at a substantial discount. LifeBridge pays all costs of writing, editing, typesetting, interior and full color cover design, printing, advertising and promotion. Other than the initial book order, there are no additional charges to the author.
As our Author-Publisher agreement details, our authors receive royalties for each book sold by LifeBridge and its distributors.
The Time Line
Once the book is under contract, we immediately produce the cover design, assign the ISPN number and announce the forthcoming book to the major distribution channels. The agreement calls for the first typeset draft to be delivered within 120 days. Our target is to have the book edited, designed, printed and in the book distribution warehouses within five months.
What to do Next
Call Neil Eskelin at 704-408-8892 and tell him about your project. He will be delighted to answer any questions you may have—whether or not it is right for LifeBridge. You may also email him at: email@example.com.
Following the phone conversation, at your request, you will receive samples of our recent books and a copy of our Author-Publisher agreement.
We look forward to talking with you about the potential of expanding your ministry through LifeBridge books.