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Franciscan Media Books
an imprint of Franciscan Media


Should Franciscan Media Publish Your Book?

Our Mission

Franciscan Media seeks to spread the Word that is Jesus Christ in the style of Sts. Francis, Clare, and Anthony. Through print and electronic media marketed in North America and worldwide, we endeavor to evangelize, inspire, and inform those who search for God and seek a richer Catholic, Christian, human life. Our efforts help support the life, ministry, and charities of the Franciscan Friars of St. John the Baptist Province, who sponsor our work.

What We Seek to Publish

Franciscan Media Books seeks manuscripts that inform and inspire adult Catholics, other Christians and all who are seeking to better understand and live their faith . We publish for those who want to connect to the world around them in the context of their faith and their spiritual journey. Our goal is to help people "Live in love. Grow in faith."

We look for writing that speaks to a popular audience and is not academic or scholarly in tone. Writing should be easy to read, practical, concrete, and may include relatable examples and stories. Our books strive to support the spread of the Gospel in the spirit of St. Francis, without being moralistic or overly reliant on jargon, but by reaching out and touching the heart.

We publish a total of 20 to 30 trade non-fiction and fiction books per year.

What We Do Not Publish

We do not publish poetry; collections of homilies or essays or columns; academic studies; art books; or encyclopedias.

Our Market: Who Buys Our Books

The people who buy our trade books are Catholics, other Christians and seekers/searchers who value the breadth and intellectually stimulating message rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and, in a general sense, reflect the spirit of St. Francis, a spirit of inclusion, of respect for all faiths and traditions, of respect for the created order.

How to Submit Your Book Proposal

When you are ready to submit a complete book proposal, you can submit it by e-mail (preferred) or by postal delivery:

E-mail to MLombard@FranciscanMedia.org

Postal delivery to:

Mark Lombard
Director, Book Publishing Division and Foreign Rights
Franciscan Media
28 W. Liberty St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Your book proposal should include:
  • A cover letter that tells us what you are proposing—the subject of the book, its approximate word count, the intended audience, what makes your idea distinct from similar books on the market, a summary of competitive books.
  • A table of contents.
  • A detailed outline or synopsis of the book, chapter by chapter.
  • A sample chapter and the introduction.
  • A résumé, curriculum vitae, or brief biographical information pertinent to your writing, publishing, or speaking endeavors.
  • A description of your platform (other books published and information about their sales, speaking engagements, social media presene, blog, and other writing outlets).
  • Any endorsements for your book or proposal you have secured or expect to be able to secure.
  • Your ideas for promotion and marketing of the book and how you will be an active publishing partner in marketing your book.
  • Your Address, e-mail, and telephone number.
Upon receipt of your proposal, we will send you a response within 60 days for proposals sent by e-mail, 90 days for those sent by postal delivery.

We do not accept proposals submitted to another publisher at the same time.

We prefer proposals that have not been submitted to another publisher at the same time.

We do not accept responsibility for lost manuscripts or unsolicited material, and do not return unsolicited manuscripts or books.

Thank you for your interest in Franciscan Media Books and Franciscan Media.

Rev. 6/15





Peter Chrysologus: A man who vigorously pursues a goal may produce results far beyond his expectations and his intentions. Thus it was with Peter of the Golden Words, as he was called, who as a young man became bishop of Ravenna, the capital of the empire in the West. 
<p>At the time there were abuses and vestiges of paganism evident in his diocese, and these he was determined to battle and overcome. His principal weapon was the short sermon, and many of them have come down to us. They do not contain great originality of thought. They are, however, full of moral applications, sound in doctrine and historically significant in that they reveal Christian life in fifth-century Ravenna. So authentic were the contents of his sermons that, some 13 centuries later, he was declared a doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XIII. He who had earnestly sought to teach and motivate his own flock was recognized as a teacher of the universal Church. </p><p>In addition to his zeal in the exercise of his office, Peter Chrysologus was distinguished by a fierce loyalty to the Church, not only in its teaching, but in its authority as well. He looked upon learning not as a mere opportunity but as an obligation for all, both as a development of God-given faculties and as a solid support for the worship of God. </p><p>Some time before his death, St. Peter returned to Imola, his birthplace, where he died around A.D. 450.</p> American Catholic Blog What gives manners their social weight? More than simple etiquette, it’s their message: I am treating you with courtesy because I believe you deserve it. Manners talk respect. It’s not a stretch to hear manners as a small piece of kindness.

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