General Information FAQ

What is WestBow Press?
Why should I choose WestBow Press over other book publishers?
Do I still own the rights to my book if I publish with WestBow Press?
Can I publish my book with WestBow Press and another publisher, too?
How much does it cost to publish with WestBow Press?
Can I publish a non-English book with WestBow Press?
Can WestBow Press publish my book if I live outside of the United States?
Does WestBow Press edit my book?
Will WestBow Press promote my book?
Who will be able to purchase my book?
Is there a minimum or maximum number of books that I can or must order?
Is it safe to order online?  
Who is my assigned publishing or marketing consultant? How can I find their contact information?
What types of books are ineligible for a Library of Congress Control Number?
How can I get in touch with WestBow Press if I have questions that are not in the FAQ database? 

What is WestBow Press?

WestBow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson & Zondervan, is a self-publishing company designed to empower you to fulfill your dreams and reach your goals. Perhaps it has been your lifelong dream to write a book. Or, maybe recently you had an experience you would like to share with the world. No matter what your experience WestBow is the stepping stone to fulfilling your dream. We supply everything you need to create and publish the book you envision easily, professionally and affordably. From custom design, topnotch editorial services and powerful marketing, you have the flexibility to choose a publishing package that fits your needs. We are committed to deliver exactly what authors desire – control over the final product.

Additionally, WestBow Press is a company that you can trust. Our titles are held to a high standard based around the fact that we are a Christian self-publisher. Please review the editorial standards on our Web site to determine whether or not you share our values. 

Because of these standards, readers will identify your WestBow Press title as one they can trust. Your book with a WestBow Press identity gives readers the confidence that your book was written from a Christian worldview, regardless of the subject matter of your book.

We understand the need for security and vow to protect your personal information, copyright-protected materials and privacy. Please review our Privacy Policy for details.

If you have ever dreamed of publishing your own book, we can help! Welcome to WestBow Press.

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Why should I choose WestBow Press over other book publishers?

Self-publishing can be a rewarding, but daunting undertaking. At WestBow you have the freedom to direct your path, but you are not left to figure everything out for yourself. By choosing to publish with WestBow Press, you have an entire staff of experienced industry-professionals on your side providing continual support and assistance throughout the entire publishing process.

WestBow Press is by far the easiest, fastest and most dynamic publishing experience. Our team of experts will guide you step-by-step through the process until your manuscript is a complete, published book. The steps to publishing through WestBow Press are quick and easy. From selecting a package, submitting your materials, approving the formatted interior and cover design, you'll be surprised at how easy self-publishing can be. The flexibility of the design elements, choices and optional additional services offer a dynamic experience that is a perfect fit for many different types of authors. Since we understand the importance of customer support, we also have a support team standing by to lend a hand if you need help during the process.

WestBow Press offers a wonderful opportunity to writers and authors who prefer to make their own choices and remain in control of their books. Since you retain ownership of the rights to your published book, you remain in control of the content in your manuscript. Plus, you will reap any financial earnings if you decide to publish with another publisher in the future, sell your manuscript to a movie production company, or if any other opportunities arise.

Once published, your book will be available for purchase through our online Bookstore on our Web site. Plus, you get an ISBN and Channel Distribution which means your book is available to anyone in the Ingram Book Network. Using Print-on-Demand technology, our printer can supply an infinite number of copies of your book. No matter the size of the order, small or large, books are conveniently printed whenever an order is placed, so you never have to deal with up front printing costs or storing books that you don't need.

We have helped serious writers, recreational writers, poets, cooks, parents, artists, business professionals, students and more turn their manuscripts and works into published books. We are confident we can help you, too. We are also confident that you cannot find a better company to publish your book with.

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Do I still own the rights to my book if I publish with WestBow Press?

Yes. You retain ownership of the rights to your book. Unlike traditional publishers, you keep the rights after the book is published.

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Can I publish my book with WestBow Press and another publisher, too?

Yes. Since you retain the rights to your book, you can publish your materials with another publisher, sell the rights to a movie company, or anything else you wish to do with the material.

We do not have restrictions if your book is currently available through another publisher, or if you wish to publish your book elsewhere in the future. The only limitation is that you cannot use book files we create for you in their finished form and print the book exactly as it is with another publisher.

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How much does it cost to publish with WestBow Press?

Our book publishing packages offer various combinations of our publishing and marketing services for a truly customized indie publishing experience. With WestBow Press, you can choose the publishing package that best suits your publishing goals. View all of our publishing packages here.

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Can I publish a non-English book with WestBow Press?

Yes. Manuscripts in English, Spanish and Portuguese can be published through WestBow Press as long as there is a font that supports it. Check on our allowable font list to ensure the font used in your manuscript supports the characters of the language. We offer an English to Spanish Translation service if you are interested. WestBow Press cannot publish manuscripts in languages other than those listed above.

Please be aware that Apple doesn’t support the following foreign languages in e-books (e-books written in these languages won’t be available via the iBooks Store): Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Central Khmer, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-Persian, Lao, Mon-Khmer languages, Official Aramaic (700-300 BCE), Imperial, Aramaic (700-300 BCE), Persian, Old Persian and Samaritan Aramaic.

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Can WestBow Press publish my book if I live outside of the United States?

Yes. Authors all over the globe can publish with WestBow Press. We currently have world-wide distribution and printers in the United States and the United Kingdom.

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Does WestBow Press edit my book?

Our publishing packages do not include editing services; however, we do offer our professional editing services. We urge you to check out the details, because editing is an important step in publishing a quality book. Let one of our professional copy editors add a finishing touch of expertise to your manuscript and catch any grammar, spelling and punctuation errors that you may have overlooked.

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Will WestBow Press promote my book?

All WestBow Press packages include a listing your book in our Bookstore. Each package also includes additional levels of marketing materials and promotion options. We also offer free newsletters filled with tips on how to self-promote and market your book. Depending on your goals for your book, you may want to include other marketing services to promote your book to a concentrated or wide market. Additional promotional services can be purchased separately.

Books from select packages will also be included in the WestBow Press catalog, a quarterly electronic publication, which is available here. When all the books are compiled, an electronic file of the catalog will also be posted on the WestBow Press online bookstore.

Each ad will feature a full-color image of your cover, a short synopsis of your book and ordering information. The size of your ad will depend on how many books are included in each quarterly catalog. Your book must be live by within these dates to be included in that quarter.

  • 1st Quarter - Jan. 1 to March 31
  • 2nd Quarter - April 1 to June 30
  • 3rd Quarter - July 1 to Sept. 30
  • 4th Quarter - Oct. 1 to Dec. 31

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Who will be able to purchase my book?

People all over the world will have access to your book through our online Bookstore. Thousands of retailers, such as amazon.com and Barnes & Noble, will have access to ordering your book.

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Is there a minimum or maximum number of books that I can or must order?

No, there is neither a minimum nor maximum order requirement. Our service allows you the freedom to order as many or as few books as you wish. Quality books are printed and shipped in the same amount of time it takes to place any online order. With WestBow Press, you're free from the hassles and costs of buying and storing books that you might not need.

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Is it safe to order online?

We understand ordering things online can be scary. However, we assure you that our ordering system is completely safe. We do not store your credit card information and we always protect your privacy. Read our Privacy Policy for more information.

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Who is my assigned publishing or marketing consultant? How can I find their contact information?

We can assign a publishing or marketing consultant if you call us at 1.866.928.1240. If you already have an assigned consultant but are unsure of the correct contact information (i.e. name, phone number, e-mail address), we can access your account and provide you with the correct information. Please call us at 1.866.928.1240 and we will assist you. 

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What types of books are ineligible for a Library of Congress Control Number?

The Library of Congress sets strict guidelines about which books may receive a Library of Congress Control Number.
The following types of books are ineligible for Library of Congress Control Numbers:

  • Books which do not list a U.S. city as place of publication on the title page or copyright page
  • E-Books (i.e. books published in electronic format)
  • Serials
  • Custom editions
  • Items under 50 pages with the exception of genealogies and children's literature and catalog exhibitions submitted by museums and art galleries
  • Textbooks below the college level
  • Items not intended for wide distribution to libraries
  • Religious instructional materials
  • Expendable educational materials
  • Translations except Spanish
  • Music scores
  • Crossword puzzle books

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How can I get in touch with WestBow Press if I have questions that are not in the FAQ database?

You can contact our customer support team through our Contact Us page or by phone at 866-928-1240.

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