Publish for just $4.99 per copy

As I’ve spoken at hundreds of writers’ conferences, I’ve met so many people who are writing a book for family and friends and spending $5,000 and up for publication. Family&Friends Book Publishing can provide you with a book for just one-tenth of that cost!


If you’re wanting your book to succeed in the commercial market, you do need professional editing, cover and interior design and your own ISBN. And to do it right, it’s going to cost $5,000 and up to have a book that competes with traditional publishers.


If you don’t have a large social media following, well-trafficked website, large email list and busy speaking schedule (“platform”), you’ll sell very few books. (Publishers Weekly notes 79% of all books sell less than 100 copies.) If you paid $5,000 or more, one hundred sales comes out to $50 per book to break even. Ouch!

Good news

If you want a book for only family and friends such as your memoir or words of wisdom for your children and grandchildren, a book for your church or organization for a special anniversary, sermons from a series, fundraiser or any other limited market, Family&Friends Book Publishing may be right for you. A 100-page book will cost $5. Sell it for $14.99 and make $10 each sale! And books are only produced as needed with no minimum, so no books filling up your guest room.


As I wrote, I’ve been in publishing for 40 years (I started at five) and have earned industry awards: four from Evangelical Press Association for editing and one for design. I also taught design at Taylor University. Plus, I have no outstanding warrants for scamming clients during 20 years of freelance work!

We’ll create a custom cover, run an electronic spell and grammar check, create a simple interior design, and provide an ISBN through KDP, Amazon’s book publishing program.

And here’s the best part—we’ll do that for just $499.

We’ll do all the pre-print work and set up your own KDP (Amazon) account. Amazon will set up your book page and take care of all sales and shipping. You can buy books at cost and set your prices up to two and a half times your cost. (I’d suggest not more than $15.99 which will recoup costs with just 34 books.) And then, you just cash the checks from sales!

And if you find any errors in the text, we can quickly correct those for you.

As we launch, we’re hoping to have your book on Amazon in less than two weeks. (Depending on response, it may become a first come first served arrangement.)

Meanwhile, here are covers from previous projects:

Book covers from Family and Friends Publishers

Here’s how to get published

    Email your manuscript in Word format to following our submissions requirements

    We publish books for the Christian and general market, although we don’t accept manuscripts contrary to Christian orthodoxy, with unnecessary profanity or pornography.

    Describe your ideas for your cover, send links of book covers you like or send a high-definition photo for cover at least 4,000 pixels tall in .jpg or .png format

    Pay on PayPal with your credit card (you don’t need an account) or send a check or money order for $499 USD to James Watkins, 318 North Lenfesty Avenue, Marion, IN 46952. Work will not begin until payment is made, but PayPal payment will not be deposited or check cashed until work is satisfactorily completed.

    Feel free to email me with any questions. Sorry, no phone calls.

And of course your satisfaction is guaranteed. So, let’s get started!


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