Manuscript Submissions

How can I submit my manuscript to Zondervan to be published?

We currently accept unsolicited book proposals for the following imprints only:

  • Zondervan Reflective books aim to be good, engaging reads that encourage deep reflection, inspire action. and call for a response. The goal for books in this imprint is to be part of the conversation, to engage readers, and to explore from historically orthodox Christian commitments the really tough questions Christians face today. Topics for such books include leadership, ministry, the intersection of faith and culture, and biblical and theological perspectives on contemporary issues. The authors of such books are expected to have demonstrable expertise on the subject being addressed.
  • Zondervan Academic books seek to show the breadth and diversity—both theologically and globally—of Christianity in its broadly evangelical expression. College and seminary textbooks, Bible commentaries, reference books, and scholarly monographs in the biblical, theological, and related disciplines are included in this imprint.

Please include the appropriate imprint—Zondervan Reflective or Zondervan Academic—in the subject line when submitting your proposal to [email protected].

Your proposal must include:

  • A brief description of the proposed book
  • The unique contribution of the book and why you feel it must be published
  • The table of contents, including a two or three sentence description of each chapter
  • Your intended reader
  • Your curriculum vita including your qualifications to write the book

The proposal should be no more than five pages. If we are interested, we will respond within six weeks. Otherwise, you should assume that the proposal does not work for us.

All other unsolicited submissions including fiction, poetry, devotionals, or illustrations are not accepted by Zondervan. Please click this link for information on how to have your book otherwise published.

Thank you for your interest in publishing with Zondervan.

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

There are two common paths to publishing a book: traditional publishing through a commercial book publisher or self-publishing.

Authors who feel the traditional path to publishing best meets their needs should consider developing a book proposal and finding a literary agent they believe can best represent their work and leverage their platform. Literary agents act as a mediator between an author and a publisher.

HarperCollins Christian Publishing operates two self-publishing imprints, in alliance with third-party providers, WestBow Press with Author Solutions Inc. and Elm Hill with Accurance. See below for more information on how to self-publish your book.

Does HarperCollins Christian Publishing offer any resources to help authors?

Author Gateway, our online resource center for aspiring authors, offers helpful information, online courses, and other products to help you write, publish, and market your books. Click here for information on what Author Gateway offers and for answers to your publishing questions.

In addition, The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style by former Zondervan editor, Robert Hudson, can be a helpful resource as you write and edit your manuscript.

What is self-publishing?

Self-publishing is a strong option for authors with more flexible goals.   Self-publishing can foster commercial success or help one to create a book for family and friends.

Through an established alliance between HarperCollins Christian Publishing and Authors Solutions, LLC., WestBow Press offers publishing packages that have enabled thousands of authors to self-publish all genres of books that focus on Christian morals, inspirational themes, and family values. WestBow also offers a broad range of services including illustrations, editorial and marketing options.

HarperCollins Christian Publishing also partners with Accurance to publish books under the Elm Hill self-publishing imprint.  Elm Hill offers publishing packages that include assistance with sales and distribution as well as a course on “Marketing Your Book” featuring best practices from the HarperCollins Christian Publishing team.

Visit WestBow Press and Elm Hill for more information.

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

No, there is not.