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Manuscript Submissions

How can I submit my manuscript to Thomas Nelson or Zondervan to be published?

Currently, only unsolicited manuscripts fitting the following criteria are being accepted:

Zondervan- Academic (college and seminary textbooks only; in the areas of theology, Biblical studies, church history, etc.) Reference (commentaries, handbooks, encyclopedias, etc.) Ministry Resources (books and resources for pastors and ministry professionals).  To submit an Academic, Reference or Ministry Resource manuscript or proposal, please visit here.

Thomas Nelson- none

In all other categories, please contact your literary agent in order to properly submit your manuscript.

How do I begin the path to becoming a published author?

There are two paths to publish a book that we encourage: traditional publishing through either Thomas Nelson or Zondervan publishing groups or self-publishing with WestBow Press.

Authors who feel the traditional path to publishing best meets their needs should strongly consider finding a literary agent. Literary agents act as a mediator between an author and a publisher.  These professionals represent authors and their literary work, keeping the client’s best interest in mind as they find the best way to publishing.

The traditional path is typically for more established authors or potential authors with a unique message or platform to leverage. The best way to pursue the traditional path is to develop a book proposal and hire a literary agent who can help refine the book concept and quantify your platform.  For a general book proposal template, please click here.  For a list of Christian literary agents, please click here.  If you are a literary agent and you would like to be added to this list please contact us, and we will add your information.

Another tool that authors find helpful is The Christian Writer’s Market Guide by Jerry Jenkins, which is a comprehensive resource for finding an agent, editor, publisher, publicist,  writing teacher, or a potential buyer. You will also find The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style by current Zondervan editor, Robert Hudson, helpful as you write and edit your manuscript.

The second option is to self-publish. Through an established alliance between HarperCollins Christian Publishing and Authors Solutions, LLC., WestBow Press helps authors self-publish all genres of books while specializing in books with Christian morals, inspirational themes, and family values.

Self-publishing is a strong option whether you have goals of commercial success or simply the desire to create a book for family and friends. Self-publishing can also be your entry point to the traditional publishing path. Both Thomas Nelson and Zondervan publishers actively monitor WestBow Press books looking for those that show promise and strength in the marketplace. Visit WestBow Press for more information.

Is there is a web location that I could monitor for updates regarding manuscript submissions?

No, there is not.