Compare CrossLink with other publishers to see the difference!
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The unfortunate truth is that it is difficult to compare publishing companies since most keep their business practices and publishing processes very close to their vest. CrossLink is different … transparent, honest, and open. We want you to know everything about publishing with us. Begin your comparison by using our simple 10 Step Test below.
We recommend setting up a spreadsheet and contacting each company you are interested in to compare answers to the following questions for starters:
Consider carefully before selecting your publisher!
Yes, we use sophisticated automation to optimize workflow within our company. We will review your document, make a recommendation to the publishing committee and email you a yes/no publishing decision within 7 days.
Yes, our contract is on the our website for all to see. We have nothing to hide from prospective authors.
All of our books are edited by professional editors with decades of experience, using a very rigorous implementation of the Chicago Manual of Style. This ensures quality across 18 different categories, from tense consistency to simple punctuation. We do not rewrite or reorganize manuscripts but will point out obvious inconsistencies or citation issues. In addition to providing authors with the edited manuscript with versioning turned on, we also provide a style sheet to document the rule or style that precipitated the edit.
CrossLink books are sold to retailers at an industry standard 55% discount from retail. This ensures that your book will be available to all online retailers as well as brick and mortar stores. CrossLink’s books are returnable by retailers—a non-negotiable item for almost all brick and mortar stores.
No. Print on Demand (POD) printing, although less risky for publishers, virtually guarantees that your book will not be stocked in any stores. Our books are produced by scheduling print runs and stocked in 3 warehouses ready for shipment.
Authors can purchase any number of their books (no restrictions on use or resale), at a 50% discount from retail. Books can be purchased before the print run at up to 70% off of retail, depending on the quantity (see contract).
CrossLink has adopted an escalating royalty schedule that rewards authors based upon the number of books that have sold. The base royalty rate is 16% of Net Revenues for the first 5,000 books sold, then 20% for all books sold over 5,000. Royalties on eBooks is 75% of Net Revenues. Net Revenues means the actual price CrossLink receives when selling your book and is calculated by subtracting distribution charges from the wholesale price.
Baker & Taylor Publishing Services (BTPS) is the exclusive distributor for CrossLink books, and is one of the largest provider of distribution and marketing services for Christian publishers.
BTPS also distributes through the Ingram and Spring Arbor network (world’s largest distribution channel, (including over 30,000 wholesalers, retailers, and booksellers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Baker & Taylor, Alibris, Bertrams, Gardners, and others).
You can expect to find your books sold by virtually every book retailer, (Amazon, Barnes&Noble, etc.) including CBA Retailers.
CrossLink’s books are marketed by Noble Marketing, widely considered to be the top representative group in the faith-based market. They have established relationships with virtually every Christian Bookstore chain (Family Christian Stores, Lifeway Christian Stores, Mardel Christian Stores, Christian Book Distributors, etc.), as well as the national bookstore chains (Barnes & Noble, Booksamillion, etc.).
Books will be promoted through the BTPS Catalog sent to thousands of Christian book stores and will be marketed by the Noble Marketing sales staff for promotion and placement in stores.
Finally, authors receive our free proprietary 24-week marketing course and monthly author newsletters which contain proven marketing tips and strategies to increase market exposure and sales.