WestBow Press Now a Division of Thomas Nelson and Zondervan An Expanded Role for Self-Publishing Alliance

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc. announced today plans to expand WestBow Press. The strategic self-publishing alliance between HarperCollins Christian Publishing and Author Solutions, LLC, will begin to service the Zondervan publishing group, as it currently does Thomas Nelson.

In 2009, Author Solutions and Thomas Nelson formed an alliance to offer a publishing alternative to new authors.  Under the WestBow imprint, the companies were able to provide a self-publishing services division, and use it to discover emerging Christian authors. Manuscripts published through WestBow Press are presented to publishing teams at Thomas Nelson for possible editorial acquisition. Authors such as Marcia Moston, William Sirls, and Tony Townsley and Mark St. Germain earned contracts with Thomas Nelson, and in 2012 Annie Downs was selected by Zondervan.

With the success experienced by these authors, HarperCollins Christian Publishing sought to capitalize on WestBow Press' talent discovery. "By expanding WestBow Press to support Zondervan in addition to Thomas Nelson, we are able to provide the WestBow authors with even more opportunities to be acquired by traditional publishers," said Pete Nikolai, director of publishing services and manager of WestBow Press for HarperCollins Christian Publishing. "We regularly suggest top WestBow Press titles to the acquisition teams at Thomas Nelson and will now do the same for the teams at Zondervan."

WestBow Press will begin working with both publishing houses immediately and will present manuscripts to all HarperCollins Christian Publishing teams. For more information on how to publish through WestBow Press, visit www.westbowpress.com.

About HarperCollins Christian Publishing: The world's leading Christian publisher, HarperCollins Christian Publishing Inc., is comprised of the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan publishing groups. The Company produces bestselling Bibles, inspirational books, academic resources, curriculum, audio and digital content for the Christian market space. Also home to BibleGateway.com, the world's largest Christian website, and FaithGateway.com, an online community dedicated to helping people grow in their faith. HarperCollins Christian Publishing is headquartered in Nashville, TN with additional offices in Grand Rapids, MI and Miami, FL. For more information visit www.HarperCollinsChristian.com.  

About Author Solutions, LLC: 
Author Solutions, LLC, is a Penguin Random House company and the world leader in supported self-publishing. Author Solutions' leading self-publishing imprints – AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Palibrio, Trafford Publishing and Xlibris – have helped more than 170,000 authors self-publish, promote and bring to market more than 200,000 new titles. Through strategic alliances with leading trade publishers, Author Solutions is making it possible to develop new literary talent efficiently and provide authors with a platform for bringing their books to market. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, Author Solutions' global reach includes imprints developed specifically for authors in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Singapore and India. For more information, please visit www.authorsolutions.com. For the latest news, follow @authorsolutions on Twitter and "Like" us at www.facebook.com/AuthorSolutions.

SOURCE HarperCollins Christian Publishing



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