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Submitting Manuscripts

Moody Publishers Review Policy

 Moody Publishers does not accept unsolicited manuscripts in any category unless submitted via:

— a professional literary agent

— an author who has published with us

— an associate from a Moody Bible Institute ministry

— personal contact at a writers conference

Guidelines

Moody Publishers titles are designed to glorify God in content and style. Titles are selected for publication based upon fit with this goal, quality of writing, and potential for market success. 

Please do not call our offices with manuscript ideas. Rather, for submissions meeting the criteria detailed above, please have your query sent to:

          Acquisitions Coordinator

          Moody Publishers

          820 North LaSalle Blvd.

          Chicago, IL 60610

All queries should include:

1. A brief author biography, including an explanation of your spiritual walk and background, your qualifications to write on the subject (non-fiction), and any previous published writings.

2. A one-page summary or synopsis.

3. A detailed table of contents including paragraph summaries for each chapter (non-fiction).

4. The introduction and at least two sample chapters.

5. The manuscript word count (actual or projected).

6. A description of your intended audience, how you envision those readers responding to your message, and how you would see us reaching your audience.

7. A one-page overview of competitive titles on the market (books that are similar to or might be compared to yours).

8. A listing of potential endorsers for the book.

Manuscripts should be neatly typed and double-spaced on white, letter-sized paper. Grammar, style, and punctuation should follow normal English usage. We use The Chicago Manual of Style (University of Chicago Press) for matters needing clarification.

It is not our policy to return submissions, so be sure to keep the original copy of your work. You or your agent should receive a response to your proposal or manuscript within one month of its arrival at Moody Publishers.

How to Get Started

If you are just getting started as an author, here are several ideas to help you move forward:

-- Develop a name by writing for periodicals or websites. A portfolio of articles can call attention to your book proposal.

-- Consider partnering with a professional literary agent.

-- Hone your skills by taking Christian Writers Guild courses (http://www.christianwritersguild.com/).

-- Use a manuscript review service such as The Writer’s Edge (P.O. Box 1266, Wheaton, IL 60189), or the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s online manuscript service (www.ChristianManuscriptSubmissions.com).

-- If you know a published author, ask him or her to recommend you.

-- Join a writers’ group in your area. This should bring you closer to other published writers and may find you a sponsoring author.

 

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