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.
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.
For fiction, we are looking for manuscripts that fit into the following genres:
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.
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.
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:
NET PROFIT = (TOTAL SALES) - (VENDOR FEES) - (DISTRIBUTION FEES)
For paperback book sales, "net profit" is defined as follows:
NET PROFIT = (TOTAL SALES) - (VENDOR FEES) - (PRINTING COST) - (DISTRIBUTION FEES)
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 HERE. This 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:
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.