|Jerry Jenkins’ publishing partnership assists independent authors|
|Written by Jeremy Burns|
|Monday, 07 October 2013 09:41 AM EDT|
Four established Christian publishing brands have come together to form 1Source and offer authors the ability to work with seasoned editors, production, marketing and distribution through a major wholesaler.
“This is a collaborative effort of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild, BelieversPress, Bethany Press and Anchor Distributors to provide authors with a comprehensive suite of services to take an initial book concept through finished product with the best technology and trusted services in our industry,” said Dave Sheets, president of BelieversPress.
For more than 40 years, the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild has offered mentoring programs, writer’s conferences and editing services. Jenkins, who has published more than 180 books with 70 million copies sold, has helped authors take their manuscripts from ideas to completion, but never offered a publishing component to launch authors independently.
The Christian Writers Guild sought to build an independent publishing division, but had the opportunity to merge with BelieversPress, an established independent publisher.
“I’m most excited about the boutique nature of 1Source,” said Jenkins. “The author in need of only a proofreader all the way to an author in need of an editor through production, warehousing, distribution, order fulfillment and billing can find these things with us.”
“1Source as the central organization and website (http://Publishers1Source.com), which points authors in the direction they want to go,” said Peter Larson, president of Bethany Press. “Each company’s website gives expanded detail about what they offer so authors can identify the services they need.”
“We’ve helped a lot of small publishers and ministries through the years and see this new opportunity as an extension of that,” said John Whitaker, vice president of Anchor Distributors.
“Authors typically don’t have the staff and resources for all that we are able to do,” Sheets said. “We provide a full list of services from which they can choose their publishing model.”
1Source is already signing established authors. Bill Myers (McGee & Me) with more than 8 million books sold, and best-selling novelist Brandilyn Collins, known for her trademark “Seatbelt Suspense” and now writing her 28th book, have recently signed to each release a new novel through 1Source’s Jerry B. Jenkins Select Line in spring 2014.
Sheets estimates 120 titles will be published through Christian Writers Guild and BelieversPress by spring 2015. Books usually will be published within 90 days and available in eBook, audiobook, trade paperback and hardcover.