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Testimony 2.0 Campaign

This affordable author track is designed to empower believers to release the power of their testimony by coaching them as writers and publishing their book so we can flood the world with stories of what Jesus has done in our lives.

Tell your story.

If you've ever wondered about publishing your story, NOW is the time to do it. Bill Johnson announced in March 2024 that we would begin to see greater testimonies coming out of our testimonies shared as more people accessed the Father's love through our personal experience of Him. At Geus Publishing, we believe in what Jesus doing, and it's why we've created a unique campaign to empower believers to write and publish their testimony. 

This campaign is available for authors writing in English, Spanish, French, German and Portuguese. Authors living outside of Redding, CA can still participate by connecting with us for coaching sessions via ZOOM.

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Get started

Are you ready to have your story published? Whether you've written the manuscript already or just have an amazing story, your first step will be filling out our intake form. It takes about 1-2 weeks to be contacted by our team about starting you on your Testimony Author Track.

How it works

Phase One: Creating your manuscript

1-2 months

After submitting your intake form and being chosen as an eligible author to participate in this course, you will make your first down payment and embark on your author journey. A 3-part e-course will be sent to you with resources and action steps that will prepare you for your first 1:1 author coaching session of 60 minutes with us. After this meeting, you will work on writing and perfecting the first draft of your testimony 'manuscript.' Once your manuscript is in a great place, you'll submit it to us for review and editing, which is your first milestone along the journey.

Phase Two: Editing & proofreading

1-2 months

At the start of this phase, you will enroll in your 4-month payment plan as we begin to polish your manuscript. After we have reviewed and edited your manuscript, we will schedule a second 1:1 coaching session of 60 minutes, after which you will make the changes needed on your manuscript before heading into the publishing phase. We will do as much back and forth as it takes with emails and comments on your Google Doc to get your manuscript to be the best version it can be. Our goal is to create a product that will represent you and speak to your readers in a way they can engage with and understand, and we are committed to finding agreement with you on every last detail of how your story is written.

Phase Three: Publishing your book

1-2 months

With a final manuscript in hand, we will create a standard publishing contract for you, walk you through copyrighting your work on your own so that you retain complete ownership of your work (costs about $65-80 on the US Copyright website), and then we'll dive into designing and formatting your book in our final 1:1 coaching session of 60 minutes. You will complete a design options form where you will be able to make decisions on the cover of your book.

 

When all design, formatting, and legal/licensing decisions have been made, we will prepare your book for publishing. You will get a 'proof copy' of your book to approve or improve before we end the creative process and hit 'publish' on your project. Your book will then be available for purchase online all over the world as a paperback and e-book. You will also receive 10 free author copies to give away to friends and family. (You will have the option to order more author copies if you wish at cost from us for your book launch event.)

Services available in English, Spanish, French, German and Portuguese.

Pricing, Fundraising & Pay Schedule

$2,000 / $1500
($500 student discount)

• 3 author coaching sessions 1:1

• two published versions of your book (paperback, e-book) 

• global online distribution

• editing & proofreading services 

• design, formatting, and publishing services

• help with contracts for artwork

• opportunity to be featured in our 'collections' series

• opportunity to be shopped to bigger distribution channels

Fundraising

We understand that not everyone has an extra $2k to front for a project like this, which is why we've partnered with a non-profit organization to make all donations made toward your testimony book 100% tax deductible for family and friends.

If you'd like to make a donation toward a specific author or toward our general author fundraising fund, 

 

Donate Here 

Pay Schedule

$1,500

Down payment: $500

+ 4 payments $250

 

$2,000

Down payment: $800

+ 4 payments $300

Billed over 5 months

 

* Those fundraising through our platform will pay the full fee up front.

  • Word Count Ceiling
    To participate in this discounted coaching and publishing track, we have set a word-count ceiling of 20,000 words per manuscript. This helps keep your price point within the $10.99-12.99 range, which secures your profit margin on printing costs, and it structures our publishing services' time of completion and cost to produce your book.
  • Standard Publisher/Author Agreement
    While our publishing and author coaching services are priced at roughly $0.10 per word, our publishing agreement with you will determine our financial agreement for sales made after your book launch. We offer a standard 30/70 split, with the author keeping 70% of all sales made online in our regular distribution channels. In our agreement, we establish a fixed $ price per book purchased by a major distributor in the case that your book options for a bigger distribution channel. We take care of working with the distributor, printing your book for this major sale, and agree to pay you within 30-60 days after monies are received from this deal. We do not collect money made from sales that you as an author make from your author copies since you are purchasing those copies from us at cost.
  • Copyright Ownership
    We will walk you through how to copyright your book so that you will be the owner of your copyright for life. Copyrighting is done through the USA Copyright webpage for a cost of $65-80, which you will pay directly to their agency. ​ Our publishing agreement establishes that you, the owner of your copyright, are giving us the license to publish your book. There is never a copyright ownership transfer between publisher & author.
  • Translations, Audiobooks, Additional Coaching
    While we offer services in several languages as part of our set fee, you will have an option to pay for additional translations of your book to be produced (Typically priced at $.05 per word as an add-on). Additional add-on services include producing an audiobook, and booking additional 1:1 coaching hours to develop your manuscript. While every writer is different, we are confident that the resources and e-course we've provided you along with your 3 built-in 1:1 sessions are sufficient to get you to the publishing finish line with a book you love.
  • Timeline Managment
    This author track is set to run 6 months with milestones & deadlines along the way. We expect any willing writer to succeed within these parameter, but should you get stuck, stop moving forward, or decide to postpone your finish line, be advised that your automatic payments will continue to be billed and authors putting forth work will be given priority. After 6 months, if you have not reached your milestones or deadlines and wish to continue working, you will be given the option to continue but will be asked to jump on the 'drop-in' author track priced at $150/ month and includes one author coaching session with check-ins to help you move forward. We believe in the structure and quality of our Testimony Author Track and don't foresee any writer falling behind who is persistent, passionate, and responsibly prioritizing tasks. This fine print section is here to address those writers who decide to start/stop along the way.
  • Drop-outs & Refunds
    We've set up our billing in such a way as to give you an 'out' should you want one after the first milestone. In the first month, you will receive access to our 3-part e-course, resources and two author coaching sessions 1:1. Should you decide in this first month that moving forward with writing your book is just not for you, you will have the option to stop where you are. The down payment you made will not be refunded to you, but you also will not be billed monthly afterward. Once you make the decision to move forward with your book after the first month and a payment plan has been initiated for you, there will be no refunds for drop-outs, missed sessions, delays or other such events. Paying writers have priority in our coaching schedule and inbox, so if you decide not to take advantage of the 5 months of intensive attention we've allotted to give you, you will drop to the 'back of the line', so-to-speak, and authors hitting their milestones and tasks will take priority. We encourage you to take this 6 month writing & publishing process seriously! It's possible to complete the entire program in 3 months, but we've added in a big cushion for new writers because we know that making decisions on your manuscript can take much time.
  • Payment Schedule
    Upon being chosen for this author track (after we've reviewed you intake form) you will be contacted to set up your first 1:1 coaching meeting and make your first down payment of $500 (students) or $800 (all others.) You will also receive access to our 3-part e-course on how to get started shaping your testimony. You will receive resources and be asked to complete three homework tasks in preparation for your first meeting with your coach. After your first meeting with the coach, you will be tasked to draft your first version of your manuscript. Upon finishing this, you will submit it to us online and schedule your first editing/review session with your coach. At this milestone, you will be enrolled in the 4-month payment plan to fulfill the total amount due for the Testimony Author Track. Students will be billed $250/month and all others will be billed $300/month. Milestones come quickly and momentum picks up after that first draft is submitted. Publishing will feel like it's just around the corner at that point. We've designed this process to take a total of 6 months, but we believe it's possible to enter the publishing phase as early as 2 or 3 months in.
  • Author Coaching
    Your author coach for 2024 is Delfina Geus. You have the option to meet in person 1:1 in Redding, CA or via ZOOM if you are living abroad.

The fine print.

FAQ

Your questions answered

01

How long does this process take?

It doesn't take 20 years to write a book, though it's about how long a good story takes to live out. The writing & process we've outlined for this author track takes 3-6 months depending on how seriously you attack the writing process, and we're here to help get you to the finish line.

02

Do I have to be a good writer?

You don't have to be a prolific or professional writer to be chosen for this project. You just have to have a story worth sharing of what Jesus did for you. In our coaching sessions, through our e-course, and author resource worksheets, you will become the author you were made to be.

03

Can I get my book translated into other languages? 

We offer this publishing track in several different languages: English, Spanish, French, German and Portuguese. That means that we will publish you in your chosen language determined from the beginning. If you would like to have your book translated into an additional language, you will need to pay for this service separately.

05

Can I get copies for myself as the author?

As part of completing this project, you will get 10 free author copies to give out as you please. If you would like additional copies, authors can order their books at cost ($3-4 each), though we suggest encouraging your friends and family to purchase your book online & leave a review to support you!

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Do I have to live in Redding to participate?

We offer online coaching sessions for writers living outside of Redding, CA. Anyone with internet access can participate in this coaching track. 

04

Will you be promoting my book?

We are always promoting our authors through our marketing channels. Also, select authors are also chosen for optioning to bigger distribution channels and features in our collections series publications. Beyond that, it's your job as the author to promote your book (or better yet, to use it like the weapon of warfare that it is as you step into your calling ministering to people.)

06

How much money can I expect to make on my book?

The amount you will make on one book will depend on a few factors -- how it's being purchased and what price point we've set. Typically, authors make $5-6 per book priced around $10.99-12.99. We do not take money from your sales of author copies, though you will need to purchase those copies from us at cost.

 

We offer 30/70 deals for our authors and set a fixed $ amount price per book for major distribution deals. We handle all your sales, accounting and distribution longterm.

08

How can my friends and family get my book?

We will distribute your paperback and e-book to Amazon and Barnes & Noble online stores. It will be available worldwide and eligible for Amazon Prime 2-day shipping. Select authors will also be distributed to mom & pop bookstores in our network, and those who are chosen for major distribution will have an expanded reach to major stores.

Head to the intake form

Don't wait. Take that first step toward sharing your story with the world.

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