Traditional Book Publishers
Dawn Anderson, Kregel Publications. Our imprint introduces about twenty-four new titles per year in a variety of genres and categories, both fiction and nonfiction, for men and women ages 18 and up. We are not seeking anything at this time for younger audiences. Among our top interests in nonfiction are Christian living titles for specific audiences, women’s and family issues, and spiritual growth or discipleship with a distinct author voice, typically 45,000 to 60,000 words. We are interested in nonfiction authors who are well qualified to speak to the topic at hand. In fiction, Kregel is looking for romance and its various subgenres, and historical and its various subgenres, approximately 70,000 to 90,000 words. We are not looking for literary, speculative, fantasy, sci-fi, horror, or allegory. Stories should be well crafted—not overtly preachy or issue-driven though having undeniably biblical Christian spiritual content, with relatable characters, believable action, and natural dialogue. Dawn is happy to review manuscript pages through the conference’s submission process, but otherwise prefers no paper, just whatever she requests via email after a conference consultation. Dawn is willing to look at books that have been self-published, as Kregel does accept them on occasion. However, publication, marketing, and sales are important factors, regardless of the quality of the content.
Sandra Barela, Celebrate Lit Publishing, is looking for manuscripts that are free of questionable language and sexual content. All manuscripts must reflect a Christian worldview. Full-length novels or novellas will be considered in the following genres: Amish, contemporary, mystery, suspense, historical, or fantasy, for adults, young adults, or children. (Romance may or may not be included.) No dystopian or sci-fi. For nonfiction: memoirs, devotionals, cookbooks, biographies, or autobiographies. Please provide the first two chapters of the manuscript plus a bio, short synopsis, long synopsis, and marketing plan.
Jessica Barnes, Bethany House Publishers, is looking for fiction only, especially historical, historical romance, contemporary romance, or romantic suspense. Open to fantasy and other genres. Not looking for nonfiction, poetry, young adult or children’s books, Amish fiction, or science fiction. Prefers to see a full proposal with detailed synopsis and up to three sample chapters. NOTE: Jessica will only be at the conference center on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning.
Tamara Clymer, Cross River Media, is most interested in Bible study, devotionals, and Christian living. She prefers one-sheets, but if she is interested in your pitch, she would be happy to look at your proposal (including the first three chapters). You will need to have a clear marketing plan and audience description in addition to the other traditional elements. More information can be found at CrossRiverMedia.com.
Andrea Doering, Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, is looking for:
- Fiction genres except sci fi/fantasy, YA, children’s, cozy mystery, or historical.
- Nonfiction except teaching curriculum, children’s books, books aimed at pastors or church leadership.
Andrea would like to see proposals with a Table of Contents and the first three chapters, plus author bio and a sense of the books you would compare this to (comparable titles). She will consider self-published titles. Andrea will be available only on Saturday afternoon, Sunday, and Monday until 4 pm.
Renae Brumbaugh Green, Armonia Publishing, is looking for (previously unpublished) positive, hope-filled nonfiction that reaches the special needs community and their families, and uplifting fiction that includes a positive view of a special needs character. Please bring full proposal including evidence of writer’s platform. We are not accepting picture books at this time.
Susan K. Stewart, Elk Lake Publishing, is interested in all genres of fiction for all ages. Nonfiction with a twist. No devotionals, memoirs (unless of a memorable personality), poetry, or Bible studies. Wants to see a one-sheet. Willing to consider self-published books.