Submission Guidelines for Adult Resources Thank you for your interest in writing for Standard Publishing. Standard Publishing's true-to-the-Bible reputation rests on the core principles given at the end of this document. It is our intention to partner with editors and writers whose foundational beliefs align with these principles and who, therefore, do not promote teachings or practices in conflict with them. Consider all guidelines carefully before submitting your material. We serve the church by providing resources for: pastoral leaders, ministry leaders, lay leaders, small group leaders, worship leaders, volunteers, and members of the body of Christ at all levels of spiritual growth. It is helpful (though not required) for authors to have ministry experience at any of the levels listed above, an established platform for author marketing, and experience using the proposed materials in serving the church. We are interested in relevant and unique church resources in various mediums. These include books, group member discussion guides, workbooks, journals, DVDs, etc. We publish in these areas: • • • • • •
small group resources (both Bible book studies and topical current issues) worship resources pastor and leader resources women's, men's, seniors, outreach, missions, and urban ministries specific programming helps for smaller churches nonfiction books
We are not interested in: • • •
books that are specifically denominational fiction poetry
How to Submit Your Manuscript or Proposal 1. First, we prefer that you send an email query. If your concept fits within the parameters outlined above, please provide a succinct description of your proposal and how your concept is unique compared to other resources in the market. Please include a brief explanation of your ministry experience and publishing history, if any. Send query to: email@example.com. 2. Second, If an editor contacts you and requests a manuscript, you may then send a submission by REGULAR mail. Do not submit your work by fax or email. We cannot review your proposal over the phone.
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A one-page cover letter with your name, address, daytime phone, email address, and a brief summary of your manuscript, including the theme, purpose, age category, and genre. Some information regarding your ministry experience; your connections to the people, groups, and organizations this concept appeals to; publishing history; and author platform.
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If your manuscript is under 1500 words, a typed, double-spaced copy of your manuscript. If your manuscript is over 1500 words, a typed, double-spaced sample of your manuscript (an introduction and one or two well-written chapters), not to exceed 3500 words, along with a summary of remaining chapters or material. A self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) sufficient for the editor's response and the return of your manuscript. (If you do not wish for your manuscript to be returned, please indicate this in your cover letter, and we will recycle your manuscript pages.) If you are submitting simultaneously to other publishers, please indicate. Unless you are a professional illustrator, it is not necessary—or even advisable—to include any illustration with your proposal. Do not send original artwork.
Send submission to: Adult Acquisition Editor, Standard Publishing, 8805 Governor's Hill Drive, Suite 400, Cincinnati, OH 45249.
Core Principles That Define Our Message At Standard Publishing we believe the Old and New Testaments comprise the infallible, divinely inspired Word of God. Therefore, we consider the entire Bible to be our statement of faith, and we seek to understand and apply its message. We believe the Bible's accounts of the creation, the deity of Jesus, the virgin birth, miracles, the bodily resurrection of Jesus, the reality of Heaven and Hell, and the return of Jesus. We believe in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus is the Christ, the only Son of the living God. We believe the Holy Spirit works in conversion and indwells all believers, empowering them to please God with their lives. We believe in the substitutionary atonement of Jesus Christ for all sin, and salvation through Jesus Christ alone. We believe this salvation is a free gift from God that no one deserves or can earn. We believe in the one church described in the New Testament, under the lordship of Jesus Christ, and we seek to be one in him with all others he calls his own. We believe the mission of the church was given by Jesus; that is, to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything he commanded.
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