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  (8-7-15, reports of no contact with company, advise you avoid)

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

Inclusion here does not constitute endorsement. Examine any company you consider doing business with and carefully read any contract.

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5 Publishers Accepting Submissions

Here is today’s marketing news: 5 publishers who are currently accepting submissions. Review their website, their catalog, and their submissions guidelines thoroughly before submitting.

Facts on File, an imprint of Infobase Publishing, is an award-winning publisher of print, eBooks, and online reference materials for the school and library market. Infobase Publishing has several imprints, so be sure to read this About Us page. Guidelines: http://www.infobasepublishing.com/ContactUS.aspx?Page=AuthorSubmission

Fathers Press, has a very specific focus on the materials that it publishes, read guidelines closely. http://fatherspress.com/?page_id=2380
Contact Mike Smitley at www.fatherspress.com before submitting any manuscripts, queries, or E-Book materials, or call (816) 987-0045. E-mail: mike@fatherspress.com

Fortress Press, is actively seeking proposals for scholarly works in biblical studies, theology, and Christian history. http://store.fortresspress.com/store/acquisitions

innovativeKids, submissions should be suitable for children from birth to 12.

JourneyForth, an imprint of BJU Press, books for children, accepts fiction and nonfiction with a conservative Christian worldview. They do not publish short stories, personal narratives, fiction for adults, devotional books, gift books, or poetry http://www.bjupress.com/books/freelance.php

Coming soon to an e-reader near you

It’s done.

I hit the send key last Friday.

After two years of fighting with myself and the manuscript — and spiritual forces of darkness — the revised second edition of my book, titled Carried by Grace, is now with the publisher ready for her to work her layout magic.

Help! My Husband Has Sexually Abused our Daughter: A Devotional Guide for Mothers of Victims was my first book. I knew nothing about the publishing world and did a lot of things wrong in my efforts to find a publisher. No one really wanted to touch the topic, especially from an ignorant newbie author who didn’t have anything else in the works.

So I went the POD publishing route. And marketed the book to Focus on the Family. The book made their approved list, was carried in their online bookstore, and placed on the list for their counselors to send out to those who needed help.

When my publishing contract came up for renewal five years later, I decided not to renew. I had learned a lot about writing in those intervening years and decided to revise the book, make it better. Several times since taking it off the shelves, the counselors at Focus on the Family have asked me when it will be available again. They sent it out regularly to hurting moms facing that situation.

That’s what writing is all about for me — ministering the hope of God to others and offering them encouragement for wherever they are in life.

Many writers have a similar purpose that drives them to write. They’re passionate about helping others, whether it’s through writing nonfiction or fiction.

I want to encourage you.

Keep plugging away at that manuscript.

Learn all you can about the craft and write, write, write.

Be diligent at finding a publisher or to research self-publishing options.

Persevere to reach your dreams as a writer.

I’d like to share a quote from Carried by Grace and reveal the new cover.

Carried by Grace book cover“I sat that August morning in the living room staring out the front window. A few days earlier my daughter had threatened suicide and been admitted to a local psychiatric hospital. My husband sat in jail, arrested for sexually abusing her. My eyes burned from a night of tears and fitful sleep. The rosy hues of sunrise promised a warm Colorado summer day, but as I pulled my knees tightly to my chest I felt swallowed by darkness — like Jonah in the belly of the whale. Grief consumed me and fear of what was ahead nearly paralyzed me.”

How do you hope to minister to the wounds and hurts of others? Share your desires in the comments below.

10 Publishers Accepting Submissions

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