How Custom Publishing Works


There’s 4 phases in custom publishing. Larry Carpenter takes you through each of the phases giving you an idea of what to expect and why. Plus, he shares what each of the contractors (designers, editors, distributor, and sales team) will do for your book, and how much the process will cost.



Larry Carpenter serves as the President and CEO of Christian Book Services.  Through their two publishing imprints, Carpenter’s Son Publishing and Clovercroft Publishing, Carpenter’s company helps authors independently publish their books.  Carpenter has an MBA from the University of North Carolina.  He began his career in package goods marketing at Procter & Gamble and Campbell Soup Company.  He entered the book business, joining Ingram Book Company as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing in 1987.  He was promoted to President and CEO of Ingram’s Spring Arbor division in 1997.  In 2000, he started his own distribution company, FaithWorks.  After FaithWorks was purchased by STL Distribution, Carpenter joined Thomas Nelson as Vice President of Marketing.  In 2008, he became President and Publisher of Standard Publishing.  He started Christian Book Services in 2010.



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