Process for Submitting Manuscripts
What to expect when you submit a manuscript to Anglican House Publishers:
- Check the website for the categories we publish under “Anglican House Books.”
- Submit your proposal according to the “Requirements and Suggestions” criteria below.
- Upon submission of the requested materials, you will receive an acknowledgement of receipt.
- The submitted materials will be read for general acceptability, and you will receive written notification as to whether the manuscript may be submitted for further review. If the proposal is accepted, you will be asked to submit the entire text of the manuscript.
- Manuscripts will normally be sent out to one or more Editorial Advisors for review. This review process may take up to three months.
- When the editorial reviews are received, the CEO (Editor) will consult with relevant staff, and you will notified that the manuscript has been accepted for publication (with or without further revision); put on hold for further revision and/or consideration; or rejected.
- You may withdraw your manuscript at any stage of the process up to this point by notifying Anglican House to that effect.
- Anglican House will offer an author contract for the publication of accepted manuscripts.
- Anglican House staff will proceed with editorial revisions, lay-out and proof-reading.
Anglican House Book Proposals: Requirements and Suggestions
I. General Criteria for Submissions
- Send materials in electronic format. Do not send hard copy.
- All requirements of the proposal should be prepared using Times New Roman 12-point or 14-point type or a similar serif font.
- Double-space your material, retaining ample margins.
- Combine chapters unto one document and consecutively number your pages throughout.
- Do not send original manuscripts, photos, artwork, etc. Send photocopies instead. We cannot be responsible for lost originals.
II. The Content
Title of Work
Author’s Contact Information
A two or three sentence statement of your book’s basic concept or thesis. Usually it identifies the need for the book and then proposes a solution.
C. UNIQUE SELLING PROPOSITION
How will the reader benefit from reading your book? What can the reader expect to “take away” after reading the book?
Communicate the book’s overall flow with a general outline. What you want to convey here is broad outline for the sections of the book (e.g., Part I, describe the problem/need; Part II, present the solution; Part III, how to apply the solution). Your chapter-by-chapter synopsis (see V. below) is a separate attachment.
Status of manuscript: is it started, how many chapters are written? Are there any charts, graphs, tables, illustrations, photographs, etc.? Anticipated length in manuscript pages or word count. Anticipated completion date.
While there may be matters of design and illustration in your manuscript, do not include any illustrations with your proposal.
III. The Market
Who is the intended reader of the book? Is it a women’s book? A men’s book? Will it appeal to readers of a certain age? Is there a particular theological orientation? What are your reader’s frustrations, motivations, felt needs? Why would the reader want to buy your book?
Does the writer have any affinity groups that will help in the marketing such as a regular broadcast platform? What newspapers and magazines do you subscribe to? What magazines do you read? What TV or radio programs? What organizations do you belong too? How many people do you speak or write to in a 12 month period?
C. RELATED AND COMPETING WORKS
List the author, title, and publisher of the main related or competing works. Describe why they are not adequate to meet the need you have identified. How will your work differ or be superior?
IV. THE AUTHOR
Your background as it relates to the work. This includes professional, academic, or personal qualifications that support the work. Include a description of previous writings, if any, and how well they did. Indicate if previous writings are available upon request. Describe those things you can do to help promote the book, including important contacts, speaking engagements, articles based on the book, media opportunities and anything else that could help. What are your current outreaches? How many people do you reach through each one? How many people hear or see your “message” in a twelve-month period?
V. CHAPTER-BY-CHAPTER SYNOPSIS
This needs to include section titles and chapter titles with a two or three sentence description under each chapter title of what will be covered in that particular chapter.
VI. TWO SAMPLE CHAPTERS
This is the only way you can demonstrate your writing ability. These chapters don’t have to be the first two in the book; they don’t even have to be consecutive. They must, however, be very good.