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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 [email protected].

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.

How long does book self publishing take?

It generally takes about 90 days to get your book published and ready to order. If your manuscript needs editing, 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 is Equip Press different from all other book self publishers?

We have the largest access to pastors and ministry leaders in the U.S. through our magazine and websites. We also have unique features designed to give you the broadest reach to that market, such as 500,000 impressions of your book on our websites and the mailing of your book to the pastors of the 100 largest churches in America.

How many books do I have to purchase?

None. 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 your book’s suggested retail price. We offer our authors wholesale discounts of 35% to 70% OFF the retail price of your book, depending on the quantity purchased. You may purchase copies anytime and in any quantity. They are printed and shipped within 72 hours. 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 reviewed 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 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.

Interested in publishing with us?

We'd love to help you along your publishing journey by offering you a free self-publishing consultation.

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