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About Pacific Press®

Do you want to publish a book, or print a book?

What does Pacific Press® publish?

Before you send anything to Pacific Press®

The submission process

How to submit a query

How to submit a proposal

About submitting manuscripts

How to submit a finished manuscript

About contracts, advances, and royalties

About rejections

What books will be rejected?

What not to expect with a rejection

What is Pacific Press® looking for?

What is the Pacific Press® "Style"?

Further questions


About Pacific Press®

Pacific Press® is a Christian denominational publisher owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The publishing and printing company was established in Oakland, California in 1874 and moved to its current location in Nampa, Idaho in 1984.

Each year, the Pacific Press® book division publishes 35 to 40 new English book titles and 5 to 10 Spanish titles. The books are distributed mostly to Adventist Book Center® stores and Seventh-day Adventist ministry organizations in North America.

We would be pleased to have you join our family of published authors. Please read on to find out how it’s done.

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Do you want to publish a book, or print a book?

 

Pacific Press® offers both publishing and printing as separate services. Most authors wish to have their manuscript published, which means the publishing house takes full responsibility for producing and selling the book and pays royalties to the author. Authors who wish to have their work published on this basis are invited to send submissions according to the information and guidelines given below.

A small number of authors wish to have their work printed so they can sell it themselves or request distribution through the publishing house. Authors who need printing services only should check the Pacific Press Graphic Services website or call for a FREE quote: 1-888-465-2509. Ask for Josh Hey or Donna Dewey.

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What does Pacific Press® publish?

 

The mission of the Pacific Press® book division is to provide readers with a wide variety of books that connect them with God and help them develop a relationship with Him; provide information about God, His character, and His ways; and encourage and uplift them in the struggles of life. Pacific Press® books serve to bring individuals to salvation and to prepare them for eternal life with God, in complete harmony with the Bible.

Pacific Press® publishes Christian books with a Seventh-day Adventist perspective in the following categories:

 

For adults:
  • Inspiration/Christian life
  • Prayer
  • Doctrine and Bible study
  • Church history
  • Ellen White
  • Topics and issues
  • Biographies and true stories
  • Story collections
  • Cookbooks
  • Health and nutrition
  • Marriage and parenting
  • Books for sharing and gospel outreach

 

Typical page lengths: 128–320
Typical word lengths: 40,000–90,000


Books of Poetry
Pacific Press® does not publish poetry.
 
Questions about publishing poetry?
Go to: Poetry FAQs

 

Recent examples:
  Inspiration: A God Named Desire (by Ty Gibson)
  Doctrine: The Case for the Investigative Judgment (by Marvin Moore)
  Topics: Pressing Into His Presence (by Shelley Quinn)
  Biographies: Called to Serve (by Kenneth Cox)
  Practical Christianity: Praying for Your Kids (by Tamyra Horst)
  Stories: Love, Kirsten (by Rainey Park)
  Books for sharing: Who Do You Think You Are? (by Doug Batchelor)

 

For children:
  • Picture books illustrating a distinctive Adventist belief for ages 1–3
  • True or based-on-truth, contemporary or historical stories with Christian themes in the following age categories (usually in a series): 6–8; 9–12
  • Sets of Bible stories for ages 8–108

 

Typical page lengths: 128–192
Typical word lengths: 20,000–35,000

 

Recent examples:
  Picture book: Tiny Tots for Jesus (by Linda Johnson/Cinda Sanner)
  Contemporary story: The Lamb Scroll (by David Edgren)
  Historical story: Secret of the Old Red Barn/ (by Sandy Zaugg)
  Bible stories: Champions of Faith (by Merlin Neff)

 

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Before you send anything to Pacific Press®

 

  • Check the competition so you know if you’re duplicating books in print.
  • Examine the current products available from Pacific Press® at AdventistBookCenter.com.
  • Do online searches on bookstore sites such as ChristianBook.com, Amazon.com, and Barnes and Noble.
  • Browse your local ABC or Christian bookstore.
  • Check subject listings at the library to find books on your topic published in the last five to ten years.
  • Read similar books that you find through research, especially Pacific Press® titles if any exist in your subject area.

 

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The submission process

 

First time: If you’re sending material to Pacific Press® for the first time, please start with a query letter. It should contain these elements:
  • A one-sentence thesis of the book’s main idea.
  • A summary of the book.
  • The intended audience.
  • Your qualifications for writing on the topic.
  • A sentence making it clear whether you have written the book or are in the planning stage.
  • A chapter outline if you’ve gotten that far in writing the book.

Don’t send a
complete
manuscript!

 

Second time or more: If you’ve had a book published by Pacific Press® before, skip the query stage and submit a proposal. Be sure to include all the information that goes into a typical query letter in your proposal cover letter.

 

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How to submit a query

 

Email, mail, and fax queries are acceptable. Telephone queries are discouraged.

  • Email queries:
     
  • Mail queries (be sure to include SASE if you would like a response by mail):
    Book Acquisitions Editor
    Pacific Press
    PO Box 5353
    Nampa, ID 83653-5353
  • Fax queries: 208-465-2531

 

Typical response time for queries: 1 to 3 weeks

 

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How to submit a proposal

 

If a book editor responds to your query with a request for a proposal, or if you have been published by Pacific Press® before and wish to submit a new proposal:

  • Send three chapters and a chapter outline or annotated contents page
  • Write a cover letter and include the main thesis, the purpose of the book, the potential audience, and proposed length
  • Indicate whether you have submitted simultaneously to other publishers

 

Email submissions sent to are preferred. For a postal mailing address, see How to submit a query above. If you wish to have a mail submission returned, please include an adequately sized SASE. Submissions without a SASE that are rejected will be stored for a short time and then destroyed.

For help with writing a proposal, consult reference books such as Michael Larson’s How to Write a Book Proposal (Writer’s Digest Books) or find tips on the Internet, such as books Writing a Winning Book Proposal or searches How to Write a Book Proposal.

Typical response time for a proposal: 2 to 3 months

 

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About submitting manuscripts

 

Please do not send a complete manuscript unless an editor asks for it. To ensure a prompt response, please use a query letter or proposal, even if your manuscript is already completed.

 

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How to submit a finished manuscript

 

If a Pacific Press® editor asks to see a completed manuscript, please follow these requirements.

Format requirements:

  • Include complete contents page, plus any dedication, acknowledgments, foreword, or preface you wish to include.
  • Perform a spelling and grammar check with your word processor before sending a manuscript.
  • VERY IMPORTANT: Consult the Pacific Press® Manuscript Format Guidelines for the manuscript format.

Delivery of manuscript:

  • Sent email attachments to .
  • All word processing formats are acceptable, but Microsoft Word is preferred.
  • Send a CD and hard copy. A hard copy alone is not acceptable. For a postal mailing address, see How to submit a query above.

 

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About contracts, advances, and royalties

 

After Pacific Press® accepts a manuscript, the author receives a letter of acceptance and two copies of a book contract. Upon signing and returning both copies of the contract to Pacific Press®, the author receives an advance of $1,500 and an original copy of the contract signed by a Pacific Press® representative. The $1,500 payment is an advance on future royalties. The advance is deducted from earned royalties before royalty payments are made to the author. Royalty payments are made once a year, usually just after the close of the calendar year.

Pacific Press® is responsible for all editing, proofreading, formatting, cover design, and title and back cover copy. After editing and formatting work is completed, the formatted manuscript is sent to the author for review.

If your book is accepted for publication and you foresee an issue with international rights or rights to republish outside the Adventist market, please mention this issue to the book editor so that rights clauses can be included in the book contract.

Royalty rates are set by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. The current rates are:

  • Paperback books: 12% of wholesale price up to 15,000 copies sold, 16% thereafter.
  • Hardcover books: 14% of wholesale price up to 15,000 copies sold, 16% thereafter.

 

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About rejections

 

Your manuscript may not fit the needs of Pacific Press® at the time you submit it for a number of reasons. The book editors use several rejection form letters, each of which gives a clear indication of the reason for rejection.

 

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What books will be rejected?

 

Here are the top reasons books or proposals are rejected:

  1. Submitted to the wrong publisher (i.e., not the type of book we publish).
  2. Not a topic of interest to our readers.
  3. Boring—didn’t grab attention.
  4. Not a large enough audience to make a viable book.
  5. Nothing new or original in the manuscript.
  6. Focus of the topic is too narrow.
  7. Pacific Press® already has enough material on the topic
  8. Unacceptable theology.
  9. Poor writing (frequently, good topic and poor writing).
  10. More appropriate to general Christian market (not distinctive to Adventists).

Note the following reasons for rejection in particular categories:

  1.   Fiction
  Pacific Press® has published a small number of fiction titles, mostly end-time stories and a few historical fiction titles. We don’t publish science fiction or fantasy or secular fiction.
  2.   Secular topics
  Pacific Press® publishes material related to Adventist Christianity. Practical books such as cookbooks must have an Adventist connection. Secular treatments of any topic are not considered.
  3.   Children’s picture books
  Pacific Press® does not publish picture books that deal with general Christian topics, since other Christian publishers have taken care of most generally acceptable topics.
  4.   Daily devotional books
  Pacific Press® does not publish devotional books.
  5.   Unacceptable theology
  All Pacific Press® books fit somewhere within the spectrum of Adventist theology.
  6.   Poetry
  Pacific Press® does not publish poetry.
Questions about publishing poetry? Go to: Poetry FAQs

 

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What not to expect with a rejection:

 

With a small staff and high volume of submissions, editors cannot provide feedback beyond a rejection letter. What not to expect from Pacific Press® editors:

  • Detailed critique of a manuscript.
  • A judgment on the quality of writing.
  • Revision suggestions, except in cases where an editor suggests or requests a rewrite.
  • Help with submitting to other publishers.
  • Help in finding a co-author, unless the editor suggests that this would be appropriate.

 

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What is Pacific Press® looking for?

 

  • Fresh, original treatments of Seventh-day Adventist beliefs and doctrines.
  • Fresh material on inspirational and general biblical/spiritual topics.
  • Practical, original books on Christian living, including cookbooks and lifestyle guides.
  • Dramatic or moving life stories of Adventist individuals.
  • Bible-based, imaginative, and edifying children’s books on specifically Adventist topics, including animal stories, mysteries, adventures, and Bible stories.

 

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What is the Pacific Press® "Style"?

 

Pacific Press®Publishing Association's house style manual is the set of rules used to treat particular words or phrases in a consistent manner. The style manual can refer to the capitalization, spelling, punctuation, hyphenation, and so on of a particular word or phrase. The style manual also includes Adventist terms and our treatment of them. In addition to the house style manual, Pacific Press® Publishing Association uses The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. However, the house style manual supersedes The Chicago Manual of Style when a conflict of styles occurs. You can download a copy of the Pacific Press Manual of Style (pdf file, 47 pgs, 157 KB, last update: 2009).

 

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Further questions

 

To contact the Pacific Press® book editors by email, click

Pacific Press Publishing Association
PO Box 5353
Nampa, ID 83653-5353

Fax: 208-465-2531



 

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Last updated February 2011

 
 

 

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