Patheos Press: A Press Release

Patheos Press Submission Guidelines
December 12, 2011

Patheos Press is seeking original, thoughtful, and engaging writing about religion. Our books, which at present are published electronically, cover a wide range of religion and spirituality subjects and feature a wide range of approaches, from academic and journalistic to devotional and personal. Broadly, we are looking for:
•       Irresistibly interesting reported pieces
•       Engaging essays, whether focused on the timely or the timeless
•       Theological and philosophical studies
•       Spiritual guides and devotionals
•       And much more. If you are a good religion writer with clear idea, we’d like to hear from you.

Book Length and Format
Patheos Press publishes both short-form and long-form writing. Our shorter books are 10,000 − 20,000 words, and with manuscripts of that length, we aim to be quick to market. Our longer books can be any length. The beauty of digital publishing is that book length will be determined by the idea. If your idea or story needs to be 10,000 words, let’s chat. If you have a 75,000-word idea, we’d like to hear about that, too.

Selection and Production Process
Patheos Press handles editing, production and marketing of all manuscripts. Because digital publishing involves high “soft costs” in the form of our time, we are highly selective. Your concept must be crisp, your writing must be clear, and you must have identified a potential audience for your book in order for your manuscript to be considered.

Rights and Royalties
Patheos Press and its authors share copyright and royalties for the terms of the contract. We negotiate separately with each author to determine royalty structure and/or other payments.

To submit a query to Patheos Press, send us a 1-page (single-spaced) overview of your idea. Be sure to include:
•       A sharp, clear working title and subtitle.
•       A brief overview of your concept. Explain your idea, then tell us why it needs to be written now and why an audience will care.
•       A description of the intended audience, with any specific marketing platforms you are connected to (e.g., existing email lists, media contacts, social media channels, etc.)
•       An explanation of how you plan to deliver your concept. How would you describe your approach? Journalistic? Personal? Scholarly? Devotional?
•       A description of yourself. Why are you the best person to write on this topic?

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  • DDF

    Scott, this could be a good avenue for some thoughtful writers. Where did you see this on their website?

  • “Patheos Press and its authors share copyright”

    As a literary agent I would caution anyone in sharing their copyright with their publisher.

    That is not something any author should relinquish.

    Steve Laube
    The Steve Laube Agency

  • Scot McKnight

    DDF, I was sent this by Patheos.

    My agent, Steve, thought otherwise with this arrangement.

  • steve Laube,

    all the publishing deals I’ve signed (7) have involved relinquishing copyright. that’s why an author gets paid

    steve taylor

  • Spent some time on their site. They publish from a wide spectrum of beliefs, including (their categories not mine) Atheist, Pagan, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist.

    I’m not sure I would want a company that doesn’t share my basic worldview owning the copyright to my work. Thoughts anyone?

  • An author should not relinquish copyright. Ever. The copyright should be in the author’s name. You “grant the right to publish” to the publisher, not ownership of the content.

    Here is the copyright section from a contract we recently negotiated:

    (a) The Publisher shall print a copyright notice in conformity with the United States Copyright Act and the Universal Copyright Convention in the name of xxxxxxxxxxxxx (Author’s Name) in each copy of the Work printed by the Publisher and require its licensees to do the same. The Publisher shall register the copyright on the Work with the United States Copyright Office promptly after first publication and may record this Agreement with the United States Copyright Office.
    (b) All references to copyright in this Agreement shall reflect any amendment made subsequent to the date of this Agreement in the copyright laws of the United States, in any international copyright convention or in the copyright laws of any other country within the Territory. Both parties shall execute such documents as may be necessary to effectuate copyright to the Work in accordance with this Agreement.
    (c) In the event of any infringement of the copyright to the Work, the Publisher may employ such remedies as it deems advisable and may name the Author a co-plaintiff in any litigation the Publisher may commence. The Publisher shall bear the entire expense of any such litigation. Any recovery shall be applied first to reimburse the Publisher for its expenses; the balance shall be divided between the Author and the Publisher as follows: that portion which is based on actual damages shall be divided in proportion to the losses from such infringement suffered by each, and that portion which is based upon the infringers’ profits, statutory damages or punitive damages shall be divided equally.