Get Your Book Published: Submission Sites

This week, we’ll be discussing traditional publishing. If you want to try to get your book traditionally published, you have a few options. You can get an agent, attend a writing conference where representatives from publishing houses will be, and/or include your information on a submission site like the three I’m profiling today.

 

I included the cost, requirements, how each site works, and which publishing houses use each one, based on information from  The Christian Writer’s Market Guide 2012 and the sites themselves. Before making a decision about what’s best for you, I encourage you to do more research (and pray!).

The Writer’s Edge $95-$100. You mail them a form from their site, three sample chapters, and a contents page for your book. They review your book submission, and if they believe one of their publishing houses would be interested, they present them with information about your book.

Publishing houses that use The Writer’s Edge:

  • Baker Books
  • B&H Publishing Group
  • Bethany House
  • David C. Cook
  • Crossway
  • Harvest House
  • Intervarsity Press
  • Kregel
  • Moody
  • Navpress
  • New Leaf
  • Regal
  • Revell
  • Tyndale House

ChristianManuscriptSubmissions.com $98 for six months. Upload a proposal which can be viewed by publishing houses. If interested, publishers would contact you directly using the bio information you provide.

Publishing houses that use ChristianManuscriptSubmissions.com:

  • Abingdon Press
  • Baker Books
  • B&H Publishing Group
  • Bethany House
  • David C. Cook
  • Crossway
  • Harvest House
  • Intervarsity Press
  • Kregel
  • Moody
  • Navpress
  • Randall House
  • Revell
  • Tyndale House
  • Zondervan

Authonomy.com Free, a division of HarperCollins Publishers. The author posts a manuscript for the public to read and review. They track how many readers recommend particular books, and publishers can read the reviews and manuscripts if interested.

Publishing houses that use Authonomy:

  • Baker Books
  • Bethany House
  • Revell

For more information, see The Christian Writer’s Market Guide 2012.

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Comments

  1. Sandra, this is great information. I knew about Christian Manuscript Submissions but I was unaware of the other two. Do any of these give a percentage of books that are actually published from those submitted? Just curious.

    • Sandra says:

      Here’s the information I could find Teri Lynne-

      Writer’s Edge says they have 30-60 books listed in a typical month, and “several” book contracts happen through their site each year. One year it was 18, another year it was 12.

      The ChristianManuscriptSubmissions website answers that question with, “The publishing world can be a difficult world to enter. However, ChristianManuscriptSubmissions.com was designed at the request of our member publishers – to meet their need for an efficient review process for unsolicited manuscripts. Most of our publishers no longer review unsolicited manuscripts mailed to them due to their inability to devote staff time to adequately review the enormous amount of unsolicited manuscripts in print they receive each week. This service offers a win-win situation for new authors and publishers.”

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