On-time Release: The Messiah and His Kingdom to Come

May 28, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Gonzalez, Florida

The Messiah and His Kingdom to Come: A Biblical Roadmap

EnerPower Press (an imprint of Energion Publications) announces the on-time June 1, 2009 release of a new handbook for Bible students, The Messiah and His Coming Kingdom: A Biblical Roadmap by Robert A. Makar. It will be available through major online retailers, and to bookstores either directly from EnerPower Press or from Ingram’s.

The Messiah and His Coming Kingdom is a graphic illustration of Biblical chronology, genealogy and history from Genesis to Revelation, the beginning to the end of time. Author Robert Makar has spent years studying the details of Biblical events and how they relate one to another.

Unlike many other works that have been written on Biblical chronology Mr. Makar was not just interested in settling the details. His was not just a journey of research and learning, but also of spiritual enlightenment. He believes that these events point to the true Messiah and to the salvation he offers.

Thus this Biblical road map not only provides help in answering your questions about when certain kings reigned; it is also a road map to Jesus, the anointed one, the Messiah. The events described, cataloged, and put in order are not merely points of data on a chart of history; they are signposts on the road to Jesus himself.

In reading The Messiah and His Coming Kingdom you will not only learn more about the Bible and how one event relates to another, but you will be inspired by the divine plan of salvation, and by the spiritual possibilities that open up as one diligently studies.

This book is 178 pages, 8 ½ x 11 inches (color), 8 ¼ x 11 inches (black and white), perfect bound. It contains nine pages of chronological charts and 18 pages of illustrative maps, an extensive topical index and a scripture index. The foreword was written by Rev. Riley Richardson, author of Disciples: Jesus With Us. The suggested retail price for the full color edition is $49.99 and the black and white edition is $19.99.

Come, follow Robert Makar on a journey of faith and growth.

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For more information on EnerPower Press, authors, reviewers, book stores, authors, and the general public may contact us at (850) 525-3916, by e-mail at epp@energion.com, or by mail at P. O. Box 841, Gonzalez, FL, 32560.

We have a generous program of review and advance reader copies of any of our books for interested individuals with established publications or blogs.

Also released via PRLog.

New Team Publishing Imprint Offers Unprecedented Flexibility to Authors

Energion Publications will begin publishing selected books under a new imprint, EnerPower Press. EnerPower Press will provide a quality, author-controlled, but highly customized team publishing process for specific high quality books.

Team publishing is a process by which an author can arrange to share responsibility for the publishing process with Energion Publications. Author royalties, payment, marketing responsibilities, and control over format are all negotiable. An author may pay for all or a negotiated part of the publishing process with variable royalties based on the shared risk.

Unlike standard paid publishing, our publishing team will not accept all manuscripts, but will instead select manuscripts that we can recommend each title to the appropriate audience honestly. Legitimate uses for this publishing process include publication of books with a small or niche market, that are outside our normal range of topics, or on which the author would simply prefer to pay up front and receive a much higher royalty.

EnerPower Press will also provide detailed customization for authors including specialized design and layout, cover design, specialized graphics, advance reader copies if desired, and a variety of levels of marketing support.

Concerning the team publishing concept, Energion Publications owner Henry Neufeld said:

I will not publish something I can’t recommend to customers. I’m not going to simply process the words, the pages, and a cover, and then shrug my shoulders and say, “Well, the author paid me.”  I don’t mean that I have to agree.  I might even disagree vigorously.  But the content must be of a quality that makes it worthwhile for people read and study.

Our first title under this new program has already been contracted and is in production. It will be The Messiah and His Coming Kingdom: A Biblical Roadmap by Robert A. Makar, scheduled for release June 1, 2009. Please watch the Energion Publications blog or follow us on Twitter for more announcements on this book and EnerPower Press.

For more information on EnerPower Press, authors, reviewers, book stores, and the general public may contact us at (850) 525-3916, by e-mail at pubs@energion.com, or at P. O. Box 841, Gonzalez, FL, 32560.

We have a generous program of review and advance reader copies of any of our books for interested individuals with established publications or blogs.

*We reserve final judgment on who is eligible to receive free books.

History of the EnerPower Press Imprint

This is the sort of thing you will often not hear about the internal workins of a company, or in this case of the owner of a company.  I’m going to try to answer the question of why I added this imprint to my company’s line.

Before I go into the rest of the reasons, let me admit that there is always an element of “it’s going to make money” in such a decision for any for-profit company, and that’s true here as well.  But in this case, I needed more than that, because there are lots of companies that are making money by charging authors to publish their works.

I would need to be convinced of two things:

  1. That I could make enough money in this area to make it worthwhile.  Energion Publications is small, and I need projects to work, and work well.
  2. That this imprint would be consistent with my mission for Energion Publications.

In answer to the first question I discovered a need for more flexible publishing arrangements.  Certainly companies that will take your money and publish your book are quite common, but generally you need to be prepared to get the book ready to go.  A number of friends told me horror stories of the quality of editorial and marketing work provided.

This suggested to me that there was a possible place in the market for a new player.  With several friends, including some with books–and checkbooks–in hand, all encouraging me to take this step, I did.

They wanted a number of things:

  1. Very flexible program, with options for marketing, graphics, flexible cover design, and so forth.  Well, to be accurate, they didn’t mention “options.”  They just said they wanted all those things.  I realized that not everyone would want them, and thus called them options.
  2. No pressure.  That’s it.  These friends wanted me to give it to them straight so they could make intelligent decisions.  I did give it to them straight, and some of them will make other choices in publishing, and will remain my friends.  Really!
  3. Regular personal contact and explanation.  Everyone wanted to have someone who could go over options all along the way.

To these I added one requirement of my own:  I will not publish something I can’t recommend to customers. I’m not going to simply process the words, the pages, and a cover, and then shrug my shoulders and say, “Well, the author paid me” as an excuse for the content.  I don’t mean that I have to agree.  I might even disagree vigorously.  But the content must be of a quality that makes it worthwhile for people read and study.

It was this last point that led to the term “team publishing.”  It sounds lots better than “paid publishing” or “vanity press,” doesn’t it?  I maintain that it not only sounds better; it is better.

What “team publishing” means to me is that I get on board with the author on a work that I might not publish otherwise, but that I do think offers value to an appropriate market.  It might be  niche market book.  It might be a fund raising project.  It might be a scholar’s work.  It might be a book by someone who simply doesn’t want to wait until I can dedicate capital to the project, and can’t find another publisher.

For any one of those reasons, an author might choose team publishing.  What that means is that if you are an author, your book will be in a catalog of books that are quality products.  For dealers or customers it means you can buy with confidence.

I chose to start this imprint with the book The Messiah and His Kingdom to Come:  A Biblical Road Map.   So why did this book qualify for team publishing?

  1. It’s complex, limiting the audience.  As I’ve worked on it, I’ve come to believe the audience is larger than I first imagined, but it still will be tough to market.  We’re going to work with the author to make it a success.
  2. It’s complex–making it more difficult and more expensive to produce than any book in our catalog.
  3. It isn’t precisely in the center of our mission statement, but it is consistent with it.

On the other hand, it represents some very hard work.  While the author’s viewpoint isn’t common in mainline churches, he is consistent in following the methods and assumptions he lays out.  He is also thorough enough that you can derive enormous value from his charts and references even if you disagree with some of his conclusions.

Thus I have felt that I can really be on a team with Bob Makar in producing and publishing his new book.  He has pioneered the method that others can now use.  In addition, we will soon have copies of his book in color and black and white so that people can see what can be accomplished.

I think EnerPower Press is off to a good start as an imprint.  Look around and see what you think.

Submission Procedure and Standards

Submissions to EnerPower Press must meet the same submission standards as manuscripts submitted to the Energion Publications main imprint, with certain specific differences.  You can find the standards here.

The differences are that a manuscript submitted for the EnerPower Press imprint:

  1. Need not fit completely inside the mission of Energion Publications, though it must not run contrary to that mission.
  2. Need not meet the same marketability requirements.
  3. May be on any topic, again provided it is not contrary to the Energion Publications mission.

The bottom line is that the team publishing concept may provide us with an opportunity to publish your limited market book, one which is on a topic we usually would not publish, or something we would not publish within the time frame you’d prefer, but it must be something we can market–or help you market–with enthusiasm.

This is a commitment we make both to our authors and to our dealers.