Services and Pricing

While being published by a traditional publisher may seem optimal, the difficulty of getting an agent or publisher proves too frustrating and disheartening to many writers. Some give up and others turn to self-publishing, only to discover there are many drawbacks to taking that route—time, expense, marketing, distribution, lack of experience and ultimately the quality and perceived integrity of the book.

CMP offers a professional and inexpensive alternative to both of those options. We provide the quality, services and expertise of the major publishers. We carefully edit, design and help you develop your book to the best that it can be, then publish it under our well-known and respected imprint. We work closely and personally with you, unlike the giant publishing houses or the crank-em-out  self publishing companies who care little about the quality of the books they churn out.

Assuming a 65,000 word manuscript, the following table compares the prices charged by freelancers or self-publishing companies like Publish America and Create Space to the one-time package fee from Christopher Matthews Publishing.

For a reasonable one-time setup fee  we provide an author with a full-service professional package 

    • proofreading and line edit of final manuscript
    • format the manuscript for the printer
    • a professionally designed book cover
    • purchase of and assignment of ISBN
    • metadata management
    • inclusion in catalogs to libraries and the book trade internationally
    • both a paperback and ebook version of your book
    • 5 free copies of the book
    • sliding royalty scale for POD books beginning at 15% of net sales
    • Ebook royalties are 50% of net sales
    • worldwide sales and distribution to brick and mortar bookstores and libraries
    • we are connected to the ordering systems of 38,000 independent and chain bookstores, libraries, and online retailers worldwide, plus every major e-book retailer (including iBookstore, Kobo, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, etc…)
    • promotion of your book through our own website and shopping cart, social media marketing on Facebook,  Goodreads, etc. 
    • up to 40% discount to authors for orders of their own books
    • 25% discount to authors for orders of other Christopher Matthews or Soul Fire Press books

We also provide our authors with on-going articles and advice on writing and marketing.

Our set-up fee for the above package is $1495. Compare this with your costs, time and learning curve with our Pricing Comparison Chart.

The following table compares the CMP Service Package to average costs charged by freelancers and self-publishing companies.

Services Self-pub. cos. or freelancers CMP Package
$1495.00 
Proofread manuscript $800-$5000 Included
Editing  (analysis of major elements like plot, dialogue, characterization, structure, coherency, consistency and organization) $900-$10,000 Included
Purchase ISBN $150 Included
Format manuscript for printer $400-$2500 Included
Cover design $250-$2000 Included
Conversion to ebook $400-$1000 Included
Social media marketing $500-$3000 Included
Ebook royalties Varies, usually 20% 50%
Paperback royalties 8% (avg. traditional publishing rate) Sliding scale starting at $15%
Author discount on books 20% Sliding scale from 25%-40%
Brick & mortar bookstore distribution Generally unavailable Included
Free author copies Generally 0 5 free copies
Review copies Each copy must be purchased and sent by author —Ebooks to reviewers FREE

—$10.00/book for paperbacks
sent to reviewers

Author/book website development $800—$5000 Free advice and assistance included

Why do we charge a fee if we are not a self-publishing operation?

The publishing world has changed dramatically in just the past couple of years. It has always been difficult for new authors to get a foot in the door with agents or publishers to get their work published. With the development of new publishing technology and social marketing a new breed of hybrid  publishers is emerging. We are a hybrid of traditional and independent publishing that focuses on the new, undiscovered writer. Unlike a self-publishing operation, we offer the expertise and quality of over 40 years in the publishing business, professional design, higher royalties, both paperback and ebook production of your work, distribution to brick and mortar stores as well as online booksellers around the world, and personalized service unavailable at most traditional or self-publishing operations. Your book will also have the imprint of a traditional publishing company rather than a self-published book, giving it more legitimacy in the marketplace. We are a moderate-sized independent publisher and share some of the up-front costs with our authors. There are no additional fees beyond the set-up charges.

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