Question: Do you have a great idea for a book? Will it be written from a perspective which is conservative and evangelical? If so, we would like to hear from you. Email us your ideas, and if they are congenial with our publishing ministry’s guidelines, we'll invite a proposal from you.
Please do not send a full proposal or manuscript without first sending an initial email query regarding your idea.
What kinds of books is Crown & Cross most interested in?
Nonfiction books that engage believers’ minds, stir their affections, and motivate their wills:
• On key issues.
These books typically address the critical issues facing Christians today in our personal lives, families, communities, and various spheres of society.
• On the Christian life.
These books seek to provide a deeper understanding of Christian truth and its application to daily life, whether expositionally, topically, or systematically. Books in this category could include biblical teaching, the application of the Bible to Christian growth, evangelism, devotions, etc.
• Children's books.
We desire to provide a wide variety of children's books that are in keeping with the reformed tradition. Additionally we seek to offer out of print works which convey an accurate account of United States history which are free from the influence of historical revisionists.
• On a Christian worldview.
These books address how the Christian, biblical worldview applies to the whole spectrum of human life, including art and culture, science and technology, literature and the human sciences. These books specifically answer the question of how the biblical, Christian faith makes a difference in the way in which one lives and works and impacts the wider culture.
• Academic and professional volumes.
Reflecting the same general approach mentioned above, these books are directed more toward college and seminary students, pastors, and others in full-time Christian work. These books focus on theology, biblical studies, church history, preaching, pastoral theology, etc.
What kinds of books is Crown Cross is not interested in?
• End-times or prophecy books
• Contemporary/popular biographies
• Exposés of well-known Christians
• Personal-experience stories
• Art books
Where should I email my book idea?
Will Crown & Cross respond to my email query?
We will respond if we decide to request a proposal. If you have not heard from us within six weeks, we have decided not to request a proposal. Please do not make any inquiries, whether by email or phone, as to the status of your query.
If Crown & Cross requests that I submit a proposal, what should I include in this document?
A good proposal includes at least the following:
• A brief, one-paragraph summary of your book
• An explanation of why you wish to write this book, why it’s needed, and for whom you are writing
• The table of contents
• A brief summary or outline of each chapter
• One or two sample chapters
• An estimate of the total number of words in the completed manuscript
• An estimate of how long, after a contract has been fully executed, you will need to complete the manuscript
• A list of competing books, with a brief explanation of how your book will differ from and improve on each
• Your résumé
As you write the proposal and your sample chapters, keep in mind that we will use these materials to evaluate your ability to write for publication. Think of the proposal as your primary opportunity to catch our attention and imagination.
If I have already written the manuscript, may I send it, either with the proposal or instead of a proposal?
Only send manuscripts if you are invited to do so. If we invite your manuscript, please send it to the following address:
Doug Barger / General Editorial
Crown & Cross Books
7346 S. Grant City Road
Knightstown, IN 46148