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Ground Truth Press is committed to publishing works of both fiction and nonfiction that are grounded in the truth of the necessary saving grace of Jesus Christ and His redemptive work on the Cross on our behalf for the forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life.

Bonnie Lyn Smith is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief at Ground Truth Press. For several years, she was a weekly columnist at Your Tewksbury Today and Your Dracut Today and the managing editor and chief blogger at Espressos of Faith. After years on the editorial team at market research companies, she decided to work the other end of the business from start to finish, authoring and publishing her own book in 2014: Not Just on Sundays: Seeking God’s Purpose in Each New Day. With years of editing and writing experience, she brings to the table the small-business approach to helping new authors through the self-publishing process without the high costs of a traditional publisher.

All books published through Ground Truth Press will be distinguished among self-published works by having a press name and associated ISBN. All royalties belong to the author upon publication. All author services, including publishing, are paid up front via PayPal. Ground Truth Press does not make a profit after the initial agreed-upon financial arrangement for services, either a la carte or packages.

Editing services, proofreading, copywriting, and eBook conversion are some of the author services offered through Ground Truth Press.


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Manuscript Evaluation (time and cost estimates) $40 flat fee
Content and Copy Editing Services $50/hour
Developmental Editing (working with the author to develop content) $45/hour
Proofreading Services $35/hour
Copywriting (Jacket Copy: Author Bio and Book Synopsis) $40 flat fee
Editing (Jacket Copy: Author Bio and Book Synopsis) $30 flat fee
Fact Checking $30/hour
Book Design: Layout/Typesetting $50/hour
eBook Conversion (per eBook format–mobi, epub, etc.) $50 for 150 pages; $100 for 150-300 pages
Publishing Services — Online Setup (print + eBook) $30 per book format per online store
Galley Copy (cost plus shipping), ARC for Author Proofing $6 per book, or rush-order $20
*Filing Permissions (Permissions Acquisition)
Permission Fees (fixed cost by permission agencies)
Copyright (Library of Congress fee for online application) $65 fee (+ $20 filing fee*)
ISBN Number Code (cost of ISBN Numbers) $45 per book format (no additional filing fee)
Library of Congress Data Block $95 for print book; $161 to bundle print and ebook (+ $20 filing fee*)
Cost of Printed Book + Shipping Cost per Agency $6-$10 per book mailed (can vary depending on size of book)
**Ground Truth Press will not publish books it did not edit. Editing services can be ordered a la carte, but publishing must be bundled with editing.
Print Book-Only Editing and Publishing 10 percent discount of cost of services*
eBook-Only Editing and Publishing 10 percent discount of cost of services*
Print Book AND eBook Editing and Publishing Bundle 15 percent discount of cost of services*
*Discounts do not include permissions fees, shipping, printing cost, or galley copy cost.

Editing estimates vary due to book length, type of genre, time frame requested, research/expertise involved, and level of editing (basic or heavy). On average, a 150-page book requires 15 hours of editing. During the assessment process, Ground Truth Press will itemize services required and anticipated time and cost. Services will begin on an agreed-upon date after 50 percent payment is made on the original estimate. The publisher will keep you informed of any anticipated extra costs throughout the process.

Cover art and marketing are the responsibilities of the author, although Ground Truth Press will promote the book on social media, blog, and web sites for free.

We appreciate you trusting us with seeing your book through such important phases of development. 

We look forward to working with you.

For a price quote and time estimate, kindly contact Ground Truth Press via


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