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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.

rev. 12/11



Anthony Claret: The "spiritual father of Cuba" was a missionary, religious founder, social reformer, queen’s chaplain, writer and publisher, archbishop and refugee. He was a Spaniard whose work took him to the Canary Islands, Cuba, Madrid, Paris and to the First Vatican Council. 
<p>In his spare time as weaver and designer in the textile mills of Barcelona, he learned Latin and printing: The future priest and publisher was preparing. Ordained at 28, he was prevented by ill health from entering religious life as a Carthusian or as a Jesuit, but went on to become one of Spain’s most popular preachers. </p><p>He spent 10 years giving popular missions and retreats, always placing great emphasis on the Eucharist and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Her rosary, it was said, was never out of his hand. At 42, beginning with five young priests, he founded a religious institute of missionaries, known today as the Claretians. </p><p>He was appointed to head the much-neglected archdiocese of Santiago in Cuba. He began its reform by almost ceaseless preaching and hearing of confessions, and suffered bitter opposition mainly for opposing concubinage and giving instruction to black slaves. A hired assassin (whose release from prison Anthony had obtained) slashed open his face and wrist. Anthony succeeded in getting the would-be assassin’s death sentence commuted to a prison term. His solution for the misery of Cubans was family-owned farms producing a variety of foods for the family’s own needs and for the market. This invited the enmity of the vested interests who wanted everyone to work on a single cash crop—sugar. Besides all his religious writings are two books he wrote in Cuba: <i>Reflections on Agriculture</i> and <i>Country Delights</i>. </p><p>He was recalled to Spain for a job he did not relish—being chaplain for the queen. He went on three conditions: He would reside away from the palace, he would come only to hear the queen’s confession and instruct the children and he would be exempt from court functions. In the revolution of 1868, he fled with the queen’s party to Paris, where he preached to the Spanish colony. </p><p>All his life Anthony was interested in the Catholic press. He founded the Religious Publishing House, a major Catholic publishing venture in Spain, and wrote or published 200 books and pamphlets. </p><p>At Vatican I, where he was a staunch defender of the doctrine of infallibility, he won the admiration of his fellow bishops. Cardinal Gibbons of Baltimore remarked of him, "There goes a true saint." At the age of 63, he died in exile near the border of Spain.</p> American Catholic Blog The greatest tragedy of our world is that men do not know, really know, that God loves them. Some believe it in a shadowy sort of way. If they were to really think about it they would soon realize that their belief in God’s love for them is very remote and abstract. Because of this lack of realization of God’s love for them, men do not know how to love God back. —Catherine de Hueck Doherty

 
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