7 Publishers Accepting Manuscripts

You’ve written a book and now you need to find a publisher.

This can be an arduous task, but like any big project, it can be made easier by breaking it down into smaller tasks.

Where to Start

My best advice for any author looking for a publisher is to first start with the market guide books available. These books are updated yearly.

Many of these guides are available at your local library in the reference department for the most recent issue. Older issues are often available for check out. If your library doesn’t have the book, request they buy it.

What’s Next?

Once you’ve picked several publishers that publish the kind of book you’ve written…

  • Visit their website and educate yourself about the company
  • Study their catalog. If you’re writing non-fiction, look to see if they’ve recently published books on your topic. If they have, they may not be interested in another one.
  • Thoroughly read and follow their guidelines
  • Submit your manuscript according to their guidelines

7 Publishers Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Here are 7 to get your started on your journey.

White Rose Publishing, a division of Pelican Ventures, LLC, strictly Christian romance, accepts short stories, novelettes, novellas, and novels http://pelicanbookgroup.com/ec/index.php?main_page=page&id=58

Wesleyan Publishing House, https://www.wesleyan.org/wg

Sunpenny Publishing, based in England and Spain, http://www.sunpenny.com/#!submissions

Parsons Publishing House, http://parsonspublishinghouse.com/

Paragon House, http://www.paragonhouse.com/Submission-Guidelines.html

Oak Tara, http://oaktara.com/writersguidelines

Rainbow Publishers & Legacy Press, http://www.rainbowpublishers.com/submissions.aspx

Those Pesky Dialogue Tags

dialog 2Oh those pesky dialogue tags.

Said.

Asked.

Replied.

Responded.

There’s a lot of conflicting information out there on what to use.

What’s a writer to do?

In the multitude of manuscripts I read, I see writers employ such things as “Sally smiled” or “Gerald laughed.” In and of itself, there is nothing wrong with that. The problem arises when the writer uses it as a substitute for “she said” and suddenly the character is constantly smiling or laughing.

Generally, a reader needs to have an identifier every 4-5 lines of dialogue in order to stay on track with who is speaking. So a tag isn’t required every time someone speaks (but I’ve seen writers do just that).

Let’s look at an alternative to the dialogue tag. [Read more…]

10 Trade Journals Accepting Submissions

As I’ve said many times before, writing for periodicals is a terrific way to hone your writing skills and earn money as you do it. If you’ve never considered this, stop and read “Why Write for Periodicals?” by the prolific writer Ava Pennington.

Today I’m featuring trade journals, publications that focus on a specific occupation or industry. Many of us who are now writers didn’t start our work lives as writers. I’m sure you have work experience you can put to good use by writing for trade journals in your field. [Read more…]

Why Write for Periodicals?

Last week I posted the submission guidelines to 6 magazines. I do this on a regular basis. Why? Because writing for periodicals is one of the best ways to hone your writing skills.

Today’s guest, multi-published author Ava Pennington, has a great deal of expertise in this area and is here today to discuss 6 reasons why you should write for periodicals.

Why Write for Periodicals?

By Ava Pennington [Read more…]

When Effect Comes Before Cause

two men fightingWhile reading a book, have you ever found yourself saying There’s something wrong with that sentence, but I can’t quite figure out what?

Do you stop to figure out what’s wrong or just keep reading? I’m guilty of doing both, depending on the circumstances of the moment. Of course, if I’m editing a manuscript, I stop to figure it out.

Today, let’s take a look at what might be the problem. [Read more…]

6 Teen and Young Adult Magazines Accepting Submissions

It’s Monday marketing, so here are 6 magazines whose audiences are either teen or young adults. Review several back issues of the magazine and get to know its content and style before you submit.

Consider reading my article “How to Analyze a Magazine” before you spend time getting to know any of these publications. This info will help you know what to look for as you review magazines for possible submission.

Read and follow the guidelines, and please also note that some of these magazines do not accept email submissions, but have their own online submission forms. [Read more…]

A Call to Righteous Living

picture of sun shining on a lakeIn light of the recent Supreme Court decision, I am compelled to shout a different message than the ones clogging the airwaves and those of cyberspace.

Let’s look at the story of the adulterous woman told in John 8. When asked about whether this adulterous woman should be stoned, Jesus said in verse 7 that the one who had never sinned should be the one to cast the first stone. Rather than stand in judgment against the sin of others, Jesus told the people to look at themselves and their own guilt before God.

The same message applies to us today. Those of us who call ourselves Christian must stop crying out at the sins of others and turn our gaze upon ourselves.

We must be the example of pure and holy living, not standing in judgment, but sharing the gospel and love of God so that others may be set free from sin.

No one is without sin, not one, (Romans 3:23) and in the eyes of God sin is sin, whether it is murder or sexual immorality or lying.

Most Christians know the story of the adulterous woman, and that no one, including Jesus, condemned her for her sin. But we Christians often fail to apply the rest of the message Jesus gave this woman: “Go and sin no more.”

If Jesus told her not to sin anymore, that means it was possible for her to do just that. My mind reels at that thought. I’m human, after all. But that is an excuse we use to escape our responsibility, as well as a weapon of Satan. If we’re convinced we can’t lead a sinless life, we’ll make little or no effort to do so.

The adulterous woman chose to live in sin. She knew full well what she was doing was wrong. And I believe that’s what Jesus is talking about when he said sin no more. He wants us to choose righteous living, to resist sin and live a pure and holy life.

Leviticus 11:44 NKJV tells us “For I am the LORD who brings you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.”

The believer is called to live a holy life. We can do that only with the power of the Holy Spirit active in our lives. We do not live under the law (the Ten Commandments), but under grace (made pure by accepting the free gift of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross). This grace doesn’t mean we can accept God’s gift of salvation and then willingly continue to live a life of sin (see Romans 6).

In the coming days, as we draw nearer to Christ’s return, let us examine our own lives. Does sin abide in us? We may think our heart is pure because we love our spouse and don’t lust after others. Or we don’t lie or cheat or murder. But there is sin that is not so obvious such as worry and doubt, or trusting in money instead of in God.

Yes, I’m human and I sin. When faced with temptation I make the conscious decision to cry out to God for help in resisting, or I choose to give in. When I sin, I repent and ask forgiveness.

Daily I must choose to live a holy life. Within my human nature, I do not possess the power to do so, but through the power of the Holy Spirit residing within me, I can.

When Jesus returns, He is returning for a pure church, a glorious church without spot or wrinkle (Ephesians 5:27). Yes, we are saved by grace, not by works. Allow that grace to have its way within you, conforming you to the image Christ.

“Jesus replied, ‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40 NLT)

Allow God to do a work in your heart. Seek Him today, for today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2 NLT). Pray and ask Him to reveal any sin in your life. Then repent, and as David cried out in Psalm 51:10, ask God to create in you a clean heart and to renew a steadfast spirit within you.

(For a more in-depth look at sin and grace, read Romans 6.)

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