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5 Steps to the Perfect Christian Book Publisher

By Andrew Collier

Laboring a manuscript to its last word consumes much of a writer’s time, that is, time for himself, and even for his family sometimes. That is why it is never easy for many of them to receive sweeping rejection notices from publishers. However, authors must also understand that a Christian book publisher takes risks when investing in an author’s work. For a manuscript to be palatable to publishers, writers only need to keep in mind the following five steps.

As the first course of action, writers may visit some bookstores within the area and ask around for schedules of book fairs, as these events are one-stop shop of publishing houses. If possible, requesting for a listing of participating book companies is highly recommended. Bookstores will often have another list that may be of interest-the bestsellers list. It gives a practical insight into the kind of content and genre that sell to most number of people, and provides information on the companies that publish them.

Next is to show up at book fair, signing, and launching events. Interacting with publishers in person is most effective in finding out what they are looking for in a manuscript. If budget allows, writers should print their own business cards, as these will help them gain better leverage and exposure among the publishers. Preparing a set of questions to ask companies is also advised, since book fairs are busy affairs for publishers.

The third step is to do some research on the publishers present during the event, starting with the ones that are likely to consider one’s book project. Visiting the Internet is one cost-effective way to do this. Information about a publisher’s profile and requirements for manuscript submission are often exhaustive in its website. Notwithstanding, the Internet also provides resources for writers to be familiar with the ins and outs of the publishing industry.

Then, writers should begin packaging their manuscript or book project according to the criteria of their desired Christian book publisher. It includes a cover letter that gives a background of the author and overall purpose for writing the book. The second part of the package is the synopsis of the book with chapter summaries. Lastly, it should also include a sample chapter or a brief excerpt of the book. Such a package is designed to wet the publisher’s appetite.

The last step is submitting the manuscript. There is little value in handing over one’s book to a publisher in person, because chief editors need some days to pour over it before coming to a decision. Increasing one’s chances of getting published is possible with the help of a literary agent, who has connections and influence in the industry, but it will entail sharing a portion of the royalty pie.

But if the budget cannot accommodate the services of a literary agent, the writer can still get up close and personal to these companies by attending conferences and training opportunities that gather the major and minor players in publishing. When coming to these affairs, it is good to prepare the manuscript package in two or three sets for possible submission right then and there.

The five steps above are in no way exhaustive and there are plenty of other, more creative methods of selling a book project. For one, there is the “Book Publishing Mini-Course”, which is a free training opportunity that Trinity Living Today gives to writers who want to be more persuasive in convincing publishers.

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