How to Publish a Book with Smyth & Helwys
Smyth & Helwys Publishing is interested in manuscripts that contribute to the life and ministry of the church. We are pleased that you have chosen to share your proposal with us. Because of the volume of proposals we receive, we require that all proposals be received in a similar manner. This page provides the information you need to submit a proposal.
Your book proposal should contain the following information:
a. Full name, address, telephone number and e-mail address of the author. We will confirm receipt of the proposal by e-mail.
b. A complete biographical sketch or vita of the author. Be sure to indicate any occasional or publication experience which relates to the proposal.
c. An outline of the book indicating the titles and focus (briefly) of each chapter.
d. The audience for the book:
1. Why you think this book should be published?
2. Describe the audience for this book.
3. What contribution will this book make?
4. What existing books would compete with this book, and what makes this project unique?
e. The present state of the book:
1. Is the manuscript completed?
2. How long will you take to complete it?
3. Is it on computer disk?
f. Please keep a copy of your proposal as WE DO NOT RETURN MANUSCRIPTS.
Note: All sections outlined above must be completed in order for your proposal to be evaluated.
We require that you submit both a hard and digital copy of the complete proposal and 2-4 sample chapters.
Please mail AND email proposals to:
Smyth & Helwys Publishing
6316 Peake Road
Macon, GA 31210-3960
After submitting the proposal, please allow us adequate time to evaluate it. Our process may take several months to complete. Periodically, we will send a letter informing you of the proposal’s status. Sometimes we will request additional chapters or information.
Because Smyth & Helwys Publishing is concerned about the quality of its publications, our evaluation process considers many aspects of a book. Often, our acceptance of a proposal is contingent upon the manuscript being shaped or reworked in order to make the book better meet the needs of our audience. If this is the case with your proposal, someone from our editorial division will be in touch with you.
Thank you for sending your proposal to Smyth & Helwys Publishing. If you have further questions, please email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.