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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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Mark: Most of what we know about Mark comes directly from the New Testament. He is usually identified with the Mark of Acts 12:12. (When Peter escaped from prison, he went to the home of Mark's mother.) 
<p>Paul and Barnabas took him along on the first missionary journey, but for some reason Mark returned alone to Jerusalem. It is evident, from Paul's refusal to let Mark accompany him on the second journey despite Barnabas's insistence, that Mark had displeased Paul. Because Paul later asks Mark to visit him in prison, we may assume the trouble did not last long. </p><p>The oldest and the shortest of the four Gospels, the Gospel of Mark emphasizes Jesus' rejection by humanity while being God's triumphant envoy. Probably written for Gentile converts in Rome—after the death of Peter and Paul sometime between A.D. 60 and 70—Mark's Gospel is the gradual manifestation of a "scandal": a crucified Messiah. </p><p>Evidently a friend of Mark (Peter called him "my son"), Peter is only one of the Gospel sources, others being the Church in Jerusalem (Jewish roots) and the Church at Antioch (largely Gentile). </p><p>Like one other Gospel writer, Luke, Mark was not one of the 12 apostles. We cannot be certain whether he knew Jesus personally. Some scholars feel that the evangelist is speaking of himself when describing the arrest of Jesus in Gethsemane: "Now a young man followed him wearing nothing but a linen cloth about his body. They seized him, but he left the cloth behind and ran off naked" (Mark 14:51-52). </p><p>Others hold Mark to be the first bishop of Alexandria, Egypt. Venice, famous for the Piazza San Marco, claims Mark as its patron saint; the large basilica there is believed to contain his remains. </p><p>A winged lion is Mark's symbol. The lion derives from Mark's description of John the Baptist as a "voice of one crying out in the desert" (Mark 1:3), which artists compared to a roaring lion. The wings come from the application of Ezekiel's vision of four winged creatures (Ezekiel, chapter one) to the evangelists.</p> American Catholic Blog Our Father’s love can be summed up in one word: Jesus! Throughout history, God has reached out to His people with unconditional love. This love reached its climax when He sent His Son to become our redeemer.


 
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