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Submit a Paranormal Book Proposal (includes regional paranormal tales, folklore, cryptozoology, UFO, crime, etc.)

Over the years we have had the privilege and pleasure of meeting hundreds of people with wonderful ideas for new books. For many of them, writing a book was only a far-off dream, something they hoped to do someday. With our encouragement they went on to produce a beautiful, useful addition to the literature in their field.

New ideas and authors are the lifeblood of what we do here. We have gathered together a team of people who will do everything they can to make the concept of a book become a reality. Please keep in mind that we do not currently accept submissions for Fiction books, autobiographies, memoirs, or poetry books.

If you are one of those people who always dreamed of writing a book, we would love to hear from you. Below are guidelines for submission:

Email us at proposals@schifferbooks.com OR send a package to: Book Proposals, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310. (Include a SASE if you’d like your materials back):

    • Name
    • Street Address (please include the street address for use by UPS or FedEx)
    • City
    • State
    • Zip Code
    • Home Phone
    • Cell Phone
    • Work Phone
    • Website
    • Proposed title
    • The basic idea of the book you are proposing. What we need is a brief description, enough to let us know what you are thinking, but not more than you wish to reveal at this early stage of conversation.
    • Your background in the field
    • The number of pictures you would like to include.  Send 8-10 samples of the photos or illustrations.
    • Your book's approximate word count
    • A proposed Table of Contents or full chapter outline
    • A focus paragraph/book blurb of about 200 words
    • 3-5 Sample chapters highlighting your writing focus of your book
    • A bio describing yourself and credentials
    • An analysis of how you plan to incorporate your book or project in to your business plan – what will you do to promote the book/project?
    • A completed Schiffer marketing spreadsheet
    • A description of your target audience, i.e., size, age, level of organization, etc.
    • Tell us how your book is different from any comparable books?
    • Where do you see your book being reviewed, marketed, and sold?

    We are not accepting fiction proposals.

    We do not accept Wikipedia material as this is not a credible reference. Dig into the copyright from sources there to find the original photographer/author and be able to show that the person has permissions before you submit your manuscript proposal.

    If you are emailing your proposal, place your name and the name of your book/project in the subject line.

    Do not send piecemeal proposals.

    Please have a “clean” manuscript submission (make it error free and well-constructed). Not doing this will reflect negatively on your submission.

    Single-place, single-person, or single-family haunts in our paranormal and mind/body/spirit lines have not done well for us. (This would include books that tell a psychic or medium's journey.) Rather, we prefer our paranormal regional books to cover many locations and tales.

    Please note that if you work with publicists or PR people, those relationships are between the author and those individuals they hire and not between Schiffer and the author.

    If there is interest in your proposal, we will contact you to set up a phone appointment to speak with you further. Please note that due to the volume of submissions received, it may take up to 12 weeks for us to contact you.  Thank you in advance for your understanding.

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