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Servant Books is an imprint of Franciscan Media

Should Servant Books Publish Your Book?

Our Mission

Servant Books is dedicated to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ, helping Catholics live in accordance with that gospel, and promoting renewal in the Church.

Our Books

We publish books on Christian living, the sacraments, Scripture, prayer, spirituality, popular apologetics, Church teaching, Mary, the saints, charismatic renewal, marriage and family life, and popular psychology. Our goal is to help people “Live in Love. Grow in Faith” by offering content that is personally relevant and inspirational.

We do not accept proposals for: books of fiction; children's books; poetry; collections of homilies, essays, or columns; academic studies; art books; or encyclopedias.

We encourage our authors to write in a current, conversational style, using anecdotes and examples that offer practical advice and wisdom for today's Catholic. Our readers are interested in deepening their spiritual life, growing in their knowledge of the faith, sharing that faith with others, and serving the mission of the Church.

We publish a total of 15-20 titles per year in the following categories:

Church Teaching: Information about and explanations of Catholic teaching, including doctrine and practice, morality, ethics, and dogma.

EXAMPLES: The Essential Catholic Catechism, Alan Schreck; Understanding the Mass, Mike Aquilina; and Living the Sacraments, Bert Ghezzi.

Prayer and Growing Closer to God: Prayer books, explanations of various types of prayer and how to enter more deeply into prayer; aids to prayer, such as saints; Catholic customs and prayers, like the rosary.

EXAMPLES: Jesus, Present Before Me: Meditations for Eucharistic Adoration, Father Peter John Cameron; Prayers for Catholic Men, Mike Pacer; and Hungry for God: Practical Help in Personal Prayer, Ralph Martin.

Scripture and Its Application in Daily Life: Resources to help Catholics grow in a love for and understanding of Scripture.

EXAMPLES: 150 Bible Verses Every Catholic Should Know, Patrick Madrid; Jesus of Israel, Father Richard Veras; A Father Who Keeps His Promises, Scott Hahn; and Beatitudes: Eight Steps to Happiness, Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. CAP.

Family Life: Books to help married couples grow in mutual love, resources for parents raising children, family faith formation and Catholic identity.

EXAMPLES: Beloved and Blessed: Biblical Wisdom for Family Life, Kimberly Hahn; Men and Women Are from Eden, Dr. Mary Healy; Discipline That Lasts a Lifetime, Dr. Ray Guarendi; Homegrown Faith, Heidi Bratton; The Domestic Church, Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle.

General Spirituality: Resources to help readers grow in faith and strengthen their relationship with God; find comfort or support in times of need; apply a Catholic perspective to life; understand the elements of the Catholic faith.

EXAMPLES: The Authentic Catholic Woman, Genevieve Kineke; Burst, Kevin Wells; and Making Sense out of Suffering, Peter Kreeft.

Saints and Modern Heroes: Books about great figures in Catholic history, past and present.

EXAMPLES: 39 New Saints You Should Know, Brian O'Neel; The Four Teresas, Gina Loehr; Padre Pio's Spiritual Direction for Every Day, Gianluigi Pasquale.

Charismatic renewal and spirituality: Books that focus on the work of the Holy Spirit in the Church as manifest in the charismatic renewal movement.

EXAMPLES: Sober Intoxication of the Spirit: Filled With the Fullness of God, Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. CAP; When the Spirit Speaks, Peter and Debbie Herbeck.

Self-help and personal growth: Resources for living a Catholic Christian life in contemporary culture.

EXAMPLES: Weightless: Making Peace with Your Body, Kate Wicker; Becoming, Tammy Evevard.

Spirituality: resources for finding—and keeping—God in one's life and for integrating Catholic Christian teaching into daily life.

EXAMPLES: Dion: The Wanderer Talks Truth, Dion DiMucci with Mike Aquilina; Spirituality You Can Live With, Chris Padgett; Happy Catholic, Julie Davis; Sinner, Lino Rulli.

Our Market: Who Buys Our Books

The people who buy our books are adult Catholics—laypeople, priests, and members of religious orders—who value the breadth and intellectually stimulating message rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Church's teachings. They are parents, married couples, single adults, directors of religious education, catechists, teachers, people actively involved in parish life and ministry, small-group leaders, people who search for inspiration for their spiritual life or help with special issues or situations.

For the institutional market, we look for books that will sell in bulk quantities to parishes, teachers, pastoral ministers, etc., as well as to individuals. About 80% of our books are sold in bookstores. We expect to sell at least 5,000 copies of a book in its first year.

How to Submit Your Book Proposal

When you are ready to submit a book proposal, you can submit it in one of three formats:

►E-mail to servanteditor@franciscanmedia.org

Online form (click here)

►Hard copy to:

Claudia Volkman
Director of Product Development, Servant Books
Franciscan Media
28 W. Liberty St.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Please note: e-mail submissions allow us to respond in a more timely manner.

Your book proposal should include:
  • a cover letter that tells us what you are proposing—the subject of the book, its approximate word length, the intended audience, what makes your idea unique or what sets it apart from similar books on the market, and a summary of competitive books.
  • a table of contents.
  • an outline or synopsis of the book, chapter by chapter.
  • a sample chapter and the introduction, if written. If not, please include a sample of your published writing.
  • a résumé, curriculum vitae, or brief biographical information that is pertinent. a description of your platform (speaking engagements, social media presence, blog and other writing outlets).
  • any endorsements for your book or proposal.
  • your ideas for promotion and marketing of the book.
  • a self-addressed envelope for return of the proposal if hard copy and if return of the material is desired.
Upon receipt of your proposal, our product development team will review your proposal and send you a response within two months (60 days). If we decide that your proposal has potential for publication with Servant Books, the product development team will present it to our market team and seek approval from the management team to publish. This process can take up to six months to complete.

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. Please keep a copy of anything you send to us and include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you would like your manuscript returned; we do not otherwise return manuscripts.

Thank you for your interest in Servant Books.

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Gregory VII: The 10th century and the first half of the 11th were dark days for the Church, partly because the papacy was the pawn of various Roman families. In 1049, things began to change when Pope Leo IX, a reformer, was elected. He brought a young monk named Hildebrand to Rome as his counselor and special representative on important missions. He was to become Gregory VII. 
<p>Three evils plagued the Church then: simony (the buying and selling of sacred offices and things), the unlawful marriage of the clergy and lay investiture (kings and nobles controlling the appointment of Church officials). To all of these Hildebrand directed his reformer’s attention, first as counselor to the popes and later (1073-1085) as pope himself. </p><p>Gregory’s papal letters stress the role of bishop of Rome as the vicar of Christ and the visible center of unity in the Church. He is well known for his long dispute with Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV over who should control the selection of bishops and abbots. </p><p>Gregory fiercely resisted any attack on the liberty of the Church. For this he suffered and finally died in exile. He said, “I have loved justice and hated iniquity; therefore I die in exile.” Thirty years later the Church finally won its struggle against lay investiture.</p> American Catholic Blog In Christ, true God and true man, our humanity was taken to God. Christ opened the path to us. If we entrust our life to him, if we let ourselves be guided by him, we are certain to be in safe hands, in the hands of our Savior.

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