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General Submission Guidelines

We are first and foremost a Christian publisher. However, we do not necessarily limit our submissions to non-fiction theologically-centered works. We are looking for anything that is generally wholesome in nature, whether it is fiction or non-fiction. Our general guidelines are as follows. Please look at our genre-specific guidelines for additional information.


Our preference is that submission files be in Microsoft Word 2003 (or newer) format. For submission purposes, we will accept PDF files, with the understanding that if the manuscript is accepted, we will require a Microsoft Word document for editing, revision, and proofreading.


While we are not terribly picky about the paragraph style (font style and size, line spacing, paragraph spacing), it is much easier to read a manuscript that is in a common font (Courier, Times New Roman, Helvetica, Tahoma are preferred). In addition, if you wish to go above and beyond, please feel free to format paragraphs as follows. While this is not a requirement, an easy-to-read manuscript is likely to get more favorable attention from our  screeners, so we highly suggest taking a few moments to adhere to these suggestions to get the best possible consideration.

Line spacing: Single

Spacing between paragraphs: 6 pt

Indentation: Only if appropriate for the style (such as long excerpts)

First-line indent: 0.25\" or 0.5\"


We only accept full length manuscripts for consideration. Please do not send book proposals, or portions of your work.


We are not out to censor anyone, but we cater to a very specific audience and therefore we are going to be particular about what is and is not allowed in the manuscripts.

  • VIOLENCE: We have no desire to publish manuscripts with gratuitous and graphic scenes of violence. Violence that is a necessary part of the story should be dealt with in a sensitive manner, preferably \"off-screen\" or implied. We do, however, realize that sometimes graphic violence appears in the Bible, and if you absolutely feel that it is necessary, please note that in your submission email. We can be flexible if it is an integral part of the plot.
  • SEXUAL CONTENT: Graphic sexual scenes are strictly prohibited. Discussion of sex is acceptable, as long as it is not gratuitous. Discussion of sexual topics in non-fiction is perfectly acceptable, provided that it is educational and edifying to the reader, as well as being in line with Biblical Christian principles.
  • OBSCENITY & PROFANITY: Profanity (taking the Lord\'s name in vain) is not allowed in any form whatsoever. Obscene language is strongly discouraged, however, direct quotations that include offensive language may be considered if it is critical to the content of the passage in which it is used. If you have any questions regarding what may be considered obscene or profane, please send an email to submissions [at] electiopublishing [dot] com.
  • DRUG, ALCOHOL & ILLEGAL SUBSTANCE USE/ABUSE: Not necessarily discouraged in fiction, but it should be a pertinent part of the plot line or character development. In works of non-fiction, particularly memoirs, true and honest portrayals of drug use and substance abuse are perfectly fine, provided that they are necessary information for the reader.
  • INCENDIARY LANGUAGE & CONTROVERSIAL TOPICS: In today\'s world, there is too much fiery discourse that ultimately accomplishes nothing. We are not interested in publishing works that add to that chorus of angry voices. We seek to promote civil discourse. If you choose to write a manuscript that deals with a sensitive or controversial topic, it is critical that it must be presented in a manner that is not intended to incite anger. Obviously, this cannot be fully avoided in every instance, but we will be quite careful in approving these types of manuscripts.

If there are any questions, the best rule of thumb is this: if you would be embarrassed to let your pastor read it, there is a reasonable possiblity that we will reject it based on non-adherence to our content guidelines.


If you quote scriptures in the manuscript, please make sure that it is clear which translation you are using, either by stating it in the submission email, or noting it in the manuscript. A good way to do so is in the citation, such as \"(John 3:30, NIV).\" Please make sure that you research the requirements for any translation that you use, as some require prior permission or specific statements in the front matter of the book.


We do allow you to submit your manuscript elsewhere. However, if your manuscript is accepted at another publisher, please notify us immediately.


All work must be original, and not have appeared elsewhere.


Without exception, we do not re-publish works that have already been self-published.


Fiction Submission Guidelines

We are only interested in full-length works (20,000 words or more), and all full-length works will be made available in both eBook and paperback form. 

For fiction, we are looking for manuscripts that fit into the following genres:

  • General literary fiction (slice-of-life fiction, general non-genre fiction)
  • Action/adventure
  • Horror (notable examples of Christian horror would include Ted Dekker or Frank Peretti)
  • Historical Fiction (a notable example of Christian historical fiction would include Francine Rivers)
  • Romance (notable examples of Christian romance would include Janette Oke or Karen Kingsbury)
  • Mystery
  • Sci-Fi/Fantasy (notable examples of Christian sci-fi/fantasy would be C. S. Lewis or Madeleine L'Engle)

While we certainly welcome manuscripts with Christian-themed plot lines, we also welcome books that are just generally wholesome in nature, and do not necessarily have to mention Christ specifically.


Non-Fiction Guidelines


We accept only full-length works that are 25,000 words or more. We are looking for both academic works of theological importance (but please make them as accessible as possible) and general audience books about Christian living. For non-fiction works, we are especially interested in manuscripts that seek to advance discussion in pertinent topics for today's society. Some of these would include: living in economic turbulent times, improving the health of marriages, child rearing, fitness, philanthropy, mission work (both local and global), and compelling memoirs.  


AS OF JANUARY 1, 2015: We are not accepting poetry submissions at this time. If and when that does change, we will make note of that here. In the mean time, our apologies that poetry submissions cannot be considered. Please check back with us regularly for any updates.

Getting Paid for Your Work


eLectio Publishing does not offer advances, as we will be providing editing, proofreading, design, and logistical services to accepted authors free of charge.


Author royalties are paid on a quarterly basis. We use various distributors for both eBook and Paperback works, and we divide the net profits of all retail and wholesale sales equitably with our authors. "Net profit" for eBooks is defined as follows:  


For paperback book sales, "net profit" is defined as follows:


Submission Process


Once your manuscript meets the guidelines set forth for eLectio Publishing, you may submit it one of two ways:

1.  You can use the online submission form located HEREThis is our preferred method for manuscript submission.

2.  You can email it directly to us as an attachment. If you decide to submit via email, please follow all directions below.

Please attach your manuscript to an email and send it to submissions [at] electiopublishing [dot] com.  Please include the words “MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION” in the subject line.  In the body of the email, please include the following information:

  • Author Name (if you use a pseudonym, please provide that as well)
  • Short Author Bio
  • Manuscript Title
  • Type of work (Fiction/Non-Fiction) and genre if it applies
  • Short (one or two sentences) description of the manuscript


You will receive an automatic response from the email address, which will indicate a successful submission. If you have any trouble with the online submission form, please don‘t hesitate to use the alternative submission method described above. Generally, we will try to have a decision on whether to publish the manuscript within 90 days, although we will certainly try to reply sooner than that. Please do not inquire about your manuscript before 90 days has elapsed.

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