Frequently Asked Questions
Editing Questions for Rebekah
Do you only edit Christian books?
No, but Christian books are my niche. I could technically edit any book that isn't anti-Christian. However, there are editors out there that might be a better fit for your non-Christian book.
How do you deliver your editing services?
For structural editing, I'll send you a PDF file with an overview and notes for each chapter. There will be minimal comments on your original document. I will wait until you make structural changes, then you can send me your new document so that I can complete line-editing/proofreading. Make sure you give me editing permissions if you share it. Line editing/proofreading is done using the comments feature on Word. I will share the edited version with you using OneDrive or Google Docs. I will not directly change anything you have written.
What is your turnaround time?
Structural editing takes 2-4 weeks, and line editing/proofreading takes and additional 2-4 weeks. There will likely be time in between while you make structural changes based on my editing notes, and that amount of time is up to you.
This isn't cheap. Can you guarantee you'll get the job done?
I will send you a legal contract that we will both sign. Also, I answer to God. I'll get it done if I promised to.
Do you take any money upfront?
Yes. For structural editing, I take 50%, for line editing and/or proofreading I take 25%. The rest is due when I deliver the final edits.
Your name says Settings CHRISTIAN Publishing, LLC. Do you only publish Christians?
Generally, yes. Our Mission is to inject more truth into the world of Christian literature. If that isn't your mission, Settings probably isn't the best fit for your project. Take a look at our Submissions page and our Statement of Faith for more info.
Do you really expect me to have read the whole Bible for you to publish me?
Generally, yes. Here's one argument: We once had an author receive a three star review on Amazon in which the reviewer stated they had not read the entire book. They commented without having full knowledge of the material. That isn't really fair, is it? Being a Christian Author is the same. We are commentators on the greatest piece of literature ever written and the character of its Author. We need to give Him the honor of having read and studied the work so that we can be sure our writings are in line with it. Another argument is that if you have written a book that is tens or hundreds of thousands of words in length, you have been given a gift for language that will also afford you the ability to read the Bible. Most importantly, the word of God is our greatest treasure. Through the help of the Holy Spirit, we can gain priceless wisdom from its pages/screen/audio version. It is worth the read!
Will you publish everyone?
No. We are an Independent publisher, not a self-publishing company. We only accept books we think will fit well with the Settings logo and vision.
How much will you take in royalties?
Previously, we were working from a hybrid model, where you'd pay for production costs and keep 90% of royalties. We are now transitioning to a more traditional model. You will pay nothing up front and you will keep 75% of royalties. Keep in mind that if you were to publish directly through Amazon, you'd only keep 70%. Most traditional publishers will give you 8-30%. We think your words are worth more than that. Royalties become available after 60-90 days (We use Ingram and that's how they do things).
What will you do for my book?
After your book has been selected, we begin with paperwork. We sign contracts and fill out tax forms. Then we will do a structural edit, then send it back to you for revision (don't worry, your book will retain its integrity). Then we will line edit and proofread your revised work. After the second revision, we will send you a proof before publication. Our distribution is through Ingram and their partners, and is extensive. Bookstores will order at their discretion. We'll send two mandatory copies of your book to the Library of congress, and send a few copies to you. Beyond that, we will help you with your title as long as it is listed with us.
Who is working on my project?
Settings Christian Publishing, LLC is owned by a Youth Pastor and his wife. You’ll deal directly with the latter: Rebekah. Read more about her here. Occasionally, we will contract out some of your project.
Will I retain my rights and royalties?
Yes. 100% rights (This is your book. You should never ask permission to do with it what God wills) and 75% of royalties. Besides any books you order, there will not be other charges.
Do you have any marketing services?
We will implement a few strategies during and after production, but it is largely up to the author to market a book, even in fully traditional publishing. We offer no guarantees for book sales.
In what countries do you operate?
We are located in Calhan, Colorado, USA. At this time, we can only publish authors eligible to work in the United States, and we can only ship books in the United States, though our distribution channels have a further reach.