Amazon Publishing has signed up best-selling self-publishing author Cherie Hill for the launch line-up of its new Christian imprint.
Waterfall Press will specialise in faith-based non-fiction and fiction. The non-fiction will aim to provide spiritual refreshment and inspiration while fiction will cover romance, mystery, and suspense genres.
Waterfall titles will be published by Brilliance Publishing, which is an Amazon company publishing self-help and personal growth books under the Grand Harbor Press imprint. Brilliance has also been producing Christian audiobooks for over 12 years
The first list from Waterfall features Cherie Hill’s When You Need a Miracle (April 2014), which discusses the critical steps of faith you need when you find yourself at life’s most challenging crossroads.
Hill has self-published exclusively through Amazon which she says gave her the opportunity to change her pricing whenever she wanted and to master the Amazon marketing system, taking one of her books to top spot in the Christian Living category. She sold over 40,000 copies in a year and all her books have stayed in the top 100 of the CL sector.
She is the founder of website Scripture.com and has also set up Write Source Publishing Services to offer publishing services to other writers. Cherie provides cover design services, editing, book synopsis writing and formatting for a paperback and Kindle ebook.
Waterfall’s first releases also include Mark Buchanan’s The Four Best Places to Live (February 2014), which reveals that the best places to live are not based on climate, employment opportunities, or cost of living but on places to experience joy, peace, and belonging according to scripture.
The Christian book market is reckoned to be worth at least $1 billion a year in the US and set for expansion after a few years in the doldrums. Harper Collins is the runaway leader in US religious publishing.
In the UK, the Christian book sector is estimated at up to £200 million a year, representing over 10% of the total book publishing market.
Amazon’s book publishing imprints include 47North, AmazonCrossing, AmazonEncore, Amazon Publishing, Grand Harbor Press, Jet City Comics, Kindle Worlds, Lake Union, Little A, Montlake Romance, Skyscape, StoryFront, Thomas & Mercer, and Two Lions.