FAQ

These are our most frequently asked questions. If you have a question about Equip Press or our services, please feel free to send us an email at info@equippress.com.

HOW IS EQUIP PRESS DIFFERENT FROM ALL OTHER BOOK SELF PUBLISHERS?

We have the largest access to pastors and ministry leaders in the US through our magazine and websites (sermoncentral.com, churchleaders.com, ForEveryMom.com etc) which have millions of visitors a month. We also have unique features, such as mailings to over 200,000 opt-in readers designed to give you the broadest reach into the pastoral market. Additionally we have many add on features, such as purchasing advertising on our websites or magazine that no other publisher can offer you.

Who is Equip Press?

Equip Press is a part of Outreach, Inc. Founded in 1996, Outreach, Inc. has quickly grown to become the largest provider of church outreach products and services in the world. With a mission to share God’s love and empower the Church to share the message of Jesus Christ, Outreach provides cost-effective, proven methods and resources in a variety of forms, including books, media and film, postcard invitations, banners, bulletin covers, curriculum, church campaign materials, and more. Located in Colorado Springs, the company has established five divisions under the umbrella of Outreach, Inc.

WHAT IS ON-DEMAND PRINTING?

Books are printed as they are ordered. We use revolutionary digital technology to print books only as the market demands them. This has removed the need for warehousing and keeps the costs low for our authors.

WHAT IS THE QUALITY OF AN EQUIP PRESS BOOK?

Our covers are designed by professional graphic artists who are familiar with the contemporary book publishing industry. Our book covers are printed on a high-quality, laminated stock. Our books are virtually indistinguishable from books printed by traditional publishers.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PUBLISH MY BOOK?

It takes about 120 days to get your book ready to print. In some cases we can even do it in less. If you manuscript needs intensive editing, or if the author makes numerous revisions it may take longer.

DO I GET TO KEEP THE RIGHTS TO MY BOOK?

Yes! You retain 100% ownership in your book. You may even take your book to another publisher if you so desire. The book manuscript will always remain your work and the original work will always remain in your name and ownership.

HOW MANY BOOKS DO I HAVE TO PURCHASE?

Only 50. We don’t bankrupt authors by demanding they purchase lots of books.

WILL BOOKSTORES STOCK MY BOOK ON THEIR SHELVES?

Most bookstores in the country will be able to search for, find, and order your book on-demand through our distribution network.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH YOUR SERVICE?

If your manuscript follows our publishing guidelines, there are no other fees required. If you request changes to your text or cover while your book is in (or after) the production process, extra fees will be incurred. If you want us to include illustrations, graphics, charts, graphs, or other images inside your book, there is a $15 fee per image. From time to time we offer upgrades or expanded marketing opportunities, but you are under no obligation to participate.

HOW DO ROYALTIES WORK?

We pay you a royalty for each copy sold. We do NOT pay you royalties for COPIES YOU PURCHASE. You will receive a royalty of 70% of the “net receipts” we receive for sale of each copy of your book. Net receipts is defined as the wholesale price minus the cost to print your book. The average royalty paid for an Equip Press book is $2.50 per copy sold. Royalties are paid quarterly. Please see your Author Agreement for details.

HOW MUCH WILL MY PERSONAL BOOKS COST TO PRINT?

Your cost to print books is based on the number of pages and the quantity you order. The more you order the less you pay. You may purchase copies anytime and in any quantity. Prepayment is required.

HOW SHOULD I FORMAT AND SUBMIT MY BOOK TO EQUIP PRESS?

We only accept manuscripts formatted in Microsoft WORD.

CAN I PROVIDE IMAGES IN MY BOOK?

Yes! Talk with your publishing consultant and we’ll give you specifications.

CAN I INCLUDE COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS IN MY BOOK?

Yes, but it requires printing the entire book on a color press, which raises the price substantially.

CAN MY BOOK INCLUDE AN INDEX?

Yes! Your publishing consultant can help with the specifications.

DO YOU REJECT SOME MANUSCRIPTS AND HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY MANUSCRIPT IS ACCEPTED?

We strive to uphold our editorial integrity. Every manuscript is vetted for substance, marketability, editorial quality, and adherence to our Statement of Faith. If you are interested in publishing your book with us, please submit it to mtennesen@outreach.com for review.

ARE THERE SOME GENRES YOU DO NOT PUBLISH?

We do not publish cookbooks, poetry books, children’s books, romance novels, travel books, coloring books or photography books. Biographies will be approved on a case-by-case basis.