WISDOM POWER HOUSE MANUSCRIPT
Wisdom Power House publishes
Christian literature that generally falls into the following
• Charismatic interest
• Christian living
• Church and ministry
• Gender-specific issues (for men or women)
• Spiritual growth
• Spiritual warfare
If you feel confident that your manuscript fits into one of
the accepted categories and is a well-crafted piece of
writing, continue reading to find out how to submit your
book to Wisdom Power House for consideration.
ITEMS TO REMEMBER WHILE PREPARING YOUR
While preparing your proposal and your submissions package,
please keep in mind the following critical items:
1. Content and Form: Please
be aware of the following details as they pertain to the
preparation of your proposal:
• Strive for consistency in writing style, spelling, grammar,
punctuation, and capitalization.
• Avoid trying to enhance the text’s appearance by using
boldface, italics, or different sized fonts.
• Place subheads throughout the text that will break chapters
into more readable segments.
• Use a standard dictionary and stylebook. The Wisdom Power
House editorial department refers to Merriam Webster’s
Collegiate Dictionary, 11th
edition; A Christian Writer’s Manual of Style; and
The Chicago Manual of Style for questions related to spelling,
style, and usage.
• Ensure the accuracy of your submitted work by using a computer
spell-check program and by double-checking all Scripture
references, names, dates, and statements of fact found in your
material. Also, be sure to reference all Bible versions used
throughout your work.
2. Source Citation: In
consideration of documentation and permissions, please be aware
that it is the author’s responsibility to ensure that all
quotations are accurate and that the necessary permissions have
been secured for usage, if applicable.
• When quoting a source, give the original source credit either
in a footnote or endnote that includes the person’s name; the
title of the article, book, or other document that the quotation
appeared in (if an article, also list name of periodical); the
publisher and its location and the copyright date (for a book)
or publication information (for a periodical); and the page
number(s). If using Internet sources, be sure to include the URL
address as well as the date that the material was accessed.
• Please note that, for longer quotations and extensive use of
another person’s material, you will likely need to secure
permission from the author and/or publisher. While we do not
require you to secure permissions before submitting your work,
please be aware that, if your book is accepted for publication,
securing such permissions is your responsibility. The
publication of your book by Wisdom Power House will be
contingent on your gaining all the necessary permissions. Also,
recognize that you may be required to pay a usage fee to the
publisher of the original material. Finally, remember that some
publishers do not grant permission to quote from his or her
publications until an author has secured a publisher for their
3. Questionable Content:
Because Wisdom Power House is a publisher of Christian
literature, we require that our books be free of morally
offensive and biblically questionable content. This includes the
• Sex, Violence, and Profanity:
Avoid any gratuitous and graphic references to sex and violence,
as well as language that could be considered offensive. We
understand that references to sex and violence may have to be
made in certain instances (for example, in a book dealing with
issues of abuse). However, these references should be made
matter-of-factly with tact and sensitivity. In the instance of
language, Wisdom Power House does not allow the use of any
profanity in its books, including taking the Lord’s name in
• Doctrine: Avoid focusing
on doctrinal (or denominational) issues that could bring strife
and division to the body of Christ. While we certainly encourage
open-minded thinking and are eager to hear from writers with a
wide variety of Christian backgrounds and experiences, the goal
should be to edify and encourage the body, not cause unnecessary
conflict that could lead to division. You may include historical
material that purveys a particular doctrinal stance (for
example, including material about Martin Luther and his struggle
against the Catholic Church of his day would be admissible).
However, even in these cases, care must be taken not to allow
your text to dwell on such issues to the degree that it becomes
inflammatory in the minds of our readers.
4. Front Matter: While
preparing your submission, keep in mind the dedication,
acknowledgments, and foreword. You need not include these with
your initial submission, but we will need them if we agree to
publish your book. In particular, think about a recognized
individual whom you know personally and who may be willing to
write a foreword to your book.
5. Biography/Photos: If we
agree to publish your book, we will also need a detailed
biography that includes your educational background, career
experience, past and current ministry experience (if
applicable), and names of immediate family members that you
would like to include in the About the Author section of the
book. We will also need several photos of you that we can use
along with your biography (please be aware that professionally
shot photographs are copyrighted in the photographer’s name and
that you will need to check into securing permission to use such
photos). The photos need not be included with your initial
submission package, but please include a detailed biography
with your submission.
6. Title/Cover: While we
certainly value your creative input and will consider your input
in regard to decisions concerning your book, please be aware
that, as with the majority of publishers, it is our prerogative
to determine the final title and cover design of all our books.
PUTTING TOGETHER YOUR SUBMISSION
Wisdom Power House prefers to receive basic proposals from
potential authors as opposed to full manuscripts. Only the first
three chapters are required for a proposal. The following are
the individual elements required for submitting a proposal, all
of which must be printed on plain white paper if you are
submitting your work via mail (see No. 7 below for specific
1. Cover Letter: In a
business letter addressed to your Wisdom Power House contact,
briefly introduce yourself and the work you would like us to
review. Also, if you are simultaneously submitting your work to
another publisher, please let us know.
2. Author’s Information: In a document
titled Author’s Information, please list the following
information using the headings found below:
Name: List your full name as
you would like it to be published.
Contact Information: List your contact information
(including mailing address, e-mail address, phone numbers where
we can reach you, fax number, and personal website, if
applicable). Also, indicate specifically which contact
information you would like included in the book. You can include
whatever information you would like, but keep in mind that the
information you choose will be your point of contact with
readers of your book.
Qualifications: List your
qualifications for writing this book, including previous
publications, educational degrees, past and current ministry
experience, and any other relevant experiences that you feel add
to your credentials for writing a book.
Reason for Writing: Identify
the one key reason why you desire to publish your book.
Book Summary: Present a
short, one-paragraph summary of your book, including the
category of books it would fall under. See page 4 of these
guidelines for categories list.
Completion Date: Give the
completion date for your manuscript if it is not already
Audience: Identify your
target audience. Tell us what you believe the reader will learn
or receive from your book, as well as practical actions the
reader can take after reading your book (if applicable to the
genre of work being submitted).
• Similar Titles: List
titles from Wisdom Power House and other publishers that are
similar to your book, and tell us how your book is unique and
why it will appeal to readers. Please limit your list to two
Networking Circles: Identify local, national, and
international networking possibilities, including personal
friends, ministry affiliations, churches, church leaders,
ministry organizations, bookstores, etc. (people and
organizations that you are currently associated with that could
help in the promotion of your book).
Media Contacts: Identify all local, national, and
international media contacts you can provide to assist us in the
publicity of your book (television, radio, magazines,
newspapers, newsletters, Internet, etc.).
Self-Promotion: In a paragraph or list, identify
the ways in which you will be able to assist Wisdom Power House
in the promotion of your book. Include any ideas you may have in
regard to building publicity for your book.
Public Appearances: If
applicable, list any public appearances you will be making in
the next twelve months (conferences, speaking engagements, guest
3. Endorsements: It is the
responsibility of the author to secure endorsements. While
preparing your submission, consider local, national, or
international church and lay leaders with whom you have contact
or personally know who would be willing to endorse your book.
Please send all secured endorsements with your submission, and
let us know of other pending endorsements. Because of the impact
endorsements have in marketing a book, we encourage you to send
out as many endorsement requests as possible. Please remember to
have the endorser comment on both you and your book (if the book
is available at the time of your request). Continue to seek out
endorsements after your book has been published. We will include
additional endorsements, especially those commenting on the
book, in later printings.
4. Synopsis: Present a
one-page synopsis of your book.
5. Outline: Present a full
outline of your book.
6. Table of Contents:
Include a full table of contents with page numbers corresponding
to your manuscript. Although you will only be submitting three
chapters of content, we request that you provide a full table of
contents outlining the whole manuscript. Please be sure that the
chapter titles found in the table of contents match those in the
actual three-chapter proposal.
7. Hard Copy of First Three Chapters:
If you are submitting your proposal via mail, include
hard copies of your first three chapters. Please note the
following mechanical requirements for submitting your written
Use a basic word-processing program, such as Microsoft Word, to
prepare your material.
Begin with a title page that includes the book’s working title,
working subtitle, your name, the date of submission, and a word
count for your proposal. If you have completed your manuscript,
you may also include the word count for your entire manuscript.
Follow this page with a listing of additional ideas for the
book’s title and subtitle.
Use 8 ½" x 11" paper with 1" margins on all sides.
Double-space all text.
Indent all paragraphs with one tab.
Use 12-point font, and choose a readable serif font such as
Times New Roman or Courier.
Include the book’s title and your last name in the upper
right-hand corner of each page.
Number each page in the lower right-hand corner.
Begin each chapter on a new page.
Under no circumstances should you try to “design” your book
(this includes using fancy fonts, changing the margins, and
special page layout). Use only a basic word-processing program,
not a design program such as PageMaker, InDesign, or
QuarkXPress. Keep your document simple.
8. Electronic Copy of First Three
Chapters: If you are submitting your proposal via
mail, along with the hard copy of your first three chapters,
include a diskette that contains your document (as a text or RTF
file). Please do not send Word Perfect files. You may also
submit an electronic copy of your document on a CD-RW (please
note that the CD must be a rewritable disc). Also, if you make
last-minute changes to your proposal, please be sure that both
the hard copy and electronic copy of the document are updated so
that the two versions match one another.
9. SASE: If you are
submitting your proposal via mail and would like us to return
your material in the event that we choose not to pursue
publication of your book, please include a self-addressed manila
envelope with appropriate postage. If you do not want your
material returned, please include a self-addressed stamped
business envelope so that we may send you a letter of reply.
Your proposal will be discarded within thirty days if we decline
to publish it.
WORK TO WISDOM POWER HOUSE
When you have completed all the required
elements for your submission, send all information accompanied
by an unsolicited manuscript submission fee of $25.00 made
payable to Wisdom Power House:
please mail your material to:
Wisdom Power House Publishers
P.O. BOX 16417
SUGAR LAND, TEXAS 77496
Send an unsolicited manuscript submission
fee of $25.00 made payable to Wisdom Power House, and then
e-mail your submission (as one document) to:
RECEIVING A REPLY
FROM WISDOM POWER HOUSE
Because of the large number of proposals we
receive and review each year, it can take up to six months for
you to receive a reply regarding your submission. After we have
reviewed your three-chapter submission, Wisdom Power House will
If we have chosen not to pursue publication
of your book, we will send you a personal letter of decline in
the SASE that you provided.
If we accept your submission, you will
receive a phone call from a Wisdom Power House representative,
and details of the ensuing publishing agreement will be
discussed. After the signing of a contract, Wisdom Power House
generally publishes the book within one year. Be prepared to
work with our editorial department in refining your manuscript
in preparation for final book form.
As a Wisdom Power House author, you can be
assured that, as you do your part to produce and promote a
quality book, we will be working hard to ensure that your book
meets the highest publishing standards. Some of the benefits of
working with us include:
• Competitive royalty rates. We strive for successful long-term
relationships with our authors. The Publishing Agreements we
offer are Christ-centered and very author-friendly. When we
publish a book, the author receives the production quality,
label, and exposure of an internationally respected publisher
and receives a higher discount when purchasing his/her own books
than is given to any domestic distributor or store!
• Assistance in promotion of your book by our in-house
Marketing department is aggressive and inventive in promoting
our titles; their thrust being to make every book that we
publish available to every bookseller in the U.S., as
well as to our extensive foreign markets. We work with the
largest US distributors such as Spring
Arbor/Ingrams and distribute our titles to all of the large
bookstore chains as well as
thousands of independent retailers across the country
• An editorial department that strives to make your book the
best it can be while offering you the direction, support, and
encouragement you need throughout the publishing process
• A graphics department that designs cutting-edge, eye-catching
covers and ads that are sure to attract potential buyers
• Partnership with an established Christian publishing company
that considers you to be not just an author or business
affiliate, but a brother or sister in the Lord and a co-laborer
with us in our mission to reach the world with biblically based
books that proclaim the eternal message of God
WISDOM POWER HOUSE SUBMISSION CHECKLIST
Feel free to use this checklist as you prepare your submission
package for publication consideration with Whitaker House:
Author’s Contact Information and Biography
Endorsements (received and pending)
Table of Contents
Hard Copy First Three Chapters (if using standard mail)
All mechanical requirements followed
content and form
All sources cited (with footnotes or endnotes)
All permissions (including permissions that have been
secured, permissions that have already been applied for and
are currently pending approval, and permissions that you
will need to apply for)
Material free of questionable content
Electronic Copy of First Three Chapters (if using standard
SASE (manila envelope or standard envelope with appropriate
postage, if using standard mail)
Compilation of all material into one document (if submitting
WISDOM POWER HOUSE REVIEW POLICY
Wisdom Power House does not review unsolicited manuscripts or
proposals. Material of this nature that has not been requested
by a specific Wisdom Power House representative or that has not
been sent by a recognized source will be marked “Return to
Sender,” if a return address is present, and returned.
If you have already established contact with a Wisdom Power
House representative and have been asked to submit a proposal,
you can do so by standard mail or e-mail (see following pages
for specific guidelines on preparing proposals). Wisdom Power
House does not accept proposals via fax.
If you have not had contact with a representative from Wisdom
Power House and would like to have a Wisdom Power House editor
review your proposal, we encourage you to submit your work
electronically to an online manuscript review service. Wisdom
Power House currently subscribes to two of these services: The
Writer’s Edge, which is
available to us online and in print form, and 1st
Edition, an online service made available through
the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Wisdom Power
House has assigned an editor to review, on a monthly basis, all
new proposals posted by both of these services.
For more information on these online manuscript review services,
visit their websites or write to them at:
The Writer’s Edge
P.O. Box 1266
Wheaton, IL 60189
On the Internet:
On the Internet:
In addition, you may find the following resources and tips
helpful in your quest to be published:
1. Literary Agents: A
literary agent may be valuable if you are a first-time author
trying to break into publishing. If you submit your work to
several agents and they choose not to represent you, it may be a
good indication that your work is not yet strong enough to be
considered for publication. When choosing an agent, find someone
who is familiar with the Christian book publishing industry. A
good place to start is The Christian Writers’ Market Guide, an
annual resource by Sally Stuart that lists agents as well as
markets available to writers.
2. Writers’ Conferences:
Writers’ conferences provide writers with high-quality teaching
on the craft of writing. For more information on writers’
conferences, consult The Christian Writers’ Market Guide.
3. Writers’ Groups: Joining
a writers’ group in your area will not only help you in the
actual craft of writing, but it may also allow you to meet
published authors and learn the basics of breaking into
publishing. You can learn more about writers’ groups that meet
in your area at a local writers’ conference or through an
Internet search engine.
4. Master the Craft of Writing:
Just as we progressively learn and grow in our Christian
walks, so also must we learn and grow in our respective
vocations. If you are an aspiring writer, this means doing two
things regularly and without fail: writing and reading. While
you should, of course, read as much as you can on the subject of
writing, no substitute exists for simply sitting down and
writing. Consider, too, that it is often said that nearly ninety
percent of writing is rewriting. Ideas can certainly be divinely
inspired, but even the best ideas will need refinement in the
writing process. In addition to reading books on writing, you
should make a habit of regularly reading other books, especially
books of the genre that you wish to publish. The old axiom “Good
writers are good readers” holds true, and those writers who make
the effort to read even a small portion of text each day will
find their own skills being refined in the process.
5. Study the Market: Read as
many best-selling books as you can. While poring over the
written word, you will learn what types of books publishers are
looking for. To gain a better understanding about the types of
books Wisdom Power House publishes, you can visit our website or
request a free front list catalog by writing, e-mailing, or
calling us. We encourage you to read several of our titles so
that you are acquainted with the kind of material that we
6. Develop Your Publishing Credentials:
By writing for smaller publishers or for periodicals, you not
only can gain experience in writing but also can build a
portfolio that will help garner more attention for your