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WestBow Press

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WestBow Press helps authors self-publish in all genres, but specializes in books with “Christian morals, inspirational themes and family values.” WestBow is a division of Thomas Nelson, which is the largest Christian publishing company in the world and the seventh-largest trade publisher in the United States, with a history dating back to the 18th century. Thomas Nelson partnered with Author Solutions to create WestBow in 2009 to foster indie Christian publishing and cultivate new authors who may ultimately land a deal with Thomas Nelson. Their website is

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  • 145 / 148 found this review helpful.
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    Oh, boy, the months I spent researching self-publishing companies!
    Learned to read between the lines at what was “promised” and what really would be delivered. Didn’t want a “five-hour” turn-around on a book that took some twenty years to write.
    Chose WestBow Press and stayed with it for several reasons:
    __Its “Papa” Thomas Nelson good name that has to be kept on the up-and-up.
    __Its selective publishing. Not every submission is accepted but each manuscript is carefully studied to make sure it maintains the high quality material for which the main company is known.
    __Immediately was sent a handy check-off sheet listing departments and time schedule my book would take as it moved along. So it was easy to enter the name of each representative and know status of my work in that department. Calls to me in between to see if I needed anything.
    __Explained WestBow’s responsibility and mine in easy-to-understand wording.
    __Each assigned representative was friendly and sincerely interested.
    __Any question I had was answered within two hours at most and if in late afternoon, first thing the next morning. Never had to call twice.
    __I didn’t take advantage of their cover art work as my “second” mom, who was legally blind but had the idea for the story line for me to research, develop and write, had years back selected her foster granddaughter to do the cover. WestBow was gracious in working with us to make this request come to pass. Professional work on our part and theirs.
    __The quality was exactly what I was promised and the book is receiving 100% positive comments on the cover, paper, and print.
    __Found no hidden charges as all was explained well up front.
    __Excellent range of prices and what was offered in each. Left no guessing.
    __Was surprised at how quickly WestBow made the work available and touched at the precious comments I’m receiving from readers, known and unknown alike.
    As you can see, I am happily satisfied with WestBow Press and they continue to stay in touch after the fact.

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