Why do you charge an author investment?

Zimbell House Publishing and Temptation Press do require an author investment. We are your publishing partner, and our staff doesn’t work for free.  As you can see from our publishing deliverables, we provide professional services for each of our authors. We don’t up-charge, we don’t offer levels of service or tiered pricing.  Our goal is to sell books.  Not only do we split the cost of publication, we split the royalties, on the very first book  sold – 50/50.  If we were to  absorb the entire cost of publication, two things would happen:

  1. We would have to recoup our investment before any royalties would ever be paid out (sometimes this can take years as momentum for your book grows).
  2. We would have to offer a smaller royalty.