Book Submissions

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PLEASE READ THESE GUIDELINES CAREFULLY…failure to do this could result in bloating, hangnails, thinning hair, a sudden compunction to howl at the moon…and rejection; instant, sudden death rejection.

Please send a query letter and attach your Book Proposal and full manuscript (two separate files). Send to lynn@behlerpublications.com

Our books tap into how people are influenced and changed by their experiences. The first thing I look for is what readers will come away thinking and feeling after finishing one of our books. How will reading our books make them a better, smarter, thoughtful person? That’s the kind of stuff we publish.

I must warn you that unless your subject is well known, the subject matter must hit on a very relevant issue that is unique to anything else on the market. This means that you’ve researched your particular subject and know the unique qualities and marketability of your work. For example, if I see another woman-gets-divorced-makes-a-new-life story, I promise to scream until my tonsils explode. Know your competition – this is done by being very well-read in your genre/category. You also need to point out the socially relevant qualities of your work. I’m about as immovable on the subject as my beagle after a margarita.

Anything over 100,000 words and under 50,000 words, is too high or too low and I will reject accordingly. And in the words of Forrest Gump, that’s all I have to say about that.

Include your book proposal. This includes information I need in order to know if your work is right for us. If you haven’t written a book proposal and makes you break out in hives. Please refer below:

  1. COVER SHEET (title and subtitle of book; genre, word count, author’s name, address, phone, fax, email)
  2. CONCEPT STATEMENT (optional—briefly state the target audience, why they need this book, why your book is unique or timely, why you are an authority on the topic, and what your book offers that other books don’t).
  3. OVERVIEW (how you came to write the book—weave in attention-getting facts; this must be the most compelling part of your proposal!)
  4. PURPOSE OF THE BOOK (what will your book do? what need will it fill? how will it benefit readers?)
  5. THE MARKET/AUDIENCE (who will buy your book? why do they want or need it? give statistics)
  6. COMPETITIVE BOOKS (what else exists? where is it shelved? how is your book new and better? how does your book differ from all other books on this topic? Please note that comps will not be accepted if they’re older than three years.)
  7. AUTHOR’S PROMOTIONAL CONTRIBUTION (list everything you’ll do to make the book successful; be sure to include all of your ideas for author appearances and events)
  8. ABOUT THE AUTHOR (your background and experience; why you are the best person to write the book)

We do not accept previously published books.