Claudia Volkman has over twenty-five years of experience in the publishing industry. She worked at Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., in Wheaton, Illinois, as a creative editor and project manager, followed by two years with a custom publisher in West Chicago. She joined Circle Media as the general manager of Circle Press in July 2007, where she directed all aspects of the publishing process. When Circle Press closed its doors in October 2010, Claudia focused on her freelance business, Creative Editorial Solutions, providing editorial services as well as book cover and interior layout and design solutions to a growing number of clients. In January 2011, she accepted the position of product development director for Servant Books, an imprint of St. Anthony Messenger Press. Claudia and her husband, Scott, live in Killingworth, Connecticut. They have two adult sons and three grandchildren.
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Should Servant Books Publish Your Book?
Servant Books is an imprint of St. Anthony Messenger Press
Our Mission: Servant Books is dedicated to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ, helping Catholics live in accordance with that gospel and promoting renewal in the Church.
Our Books: We publish books on a wide variety of topics, including Christian living, the sacraments, Scripture, prayer, spirituality, popular apologetics, church teaching, Mary, the saints, charismatic renewal, marriage and family life, and popular psychology.
We do not accept proposals for books of poetry, short stories, drama, cartoons, children’s books, or fiction.
Our books are written in a popular, conversational style. We encourage our authors to use anecdotes and examples that offer practical advice and wisdom for today’s Christian adult. The people who buy our books are interested in deepening their spiritual life, growing in their knowledge of the faith, sharing that faith with others and serving the mission of the church.
We publish 12-15 books a year. The following are some of our titles.
On Church teaching: information about and explanations of elements of Catholic belief, including doctrine and practice, morality, ethics and dogma.
• The Untapped Power of the Sacrament of Penance: A Priest's View, by Fr. Christopher Walsh, ISBN 978-0-86716-658-3
• Surprised by Canon Law: 150 Questions Catholics Ask About Canon Law, by Pete Vere and Michael Truman, ISBN 978-0-86716-608-8
• The Essential Catholic Catechism, by Alan Schreck, ISBN 978-1-56955-128-8
On prayer and drawing closer to God: books of prayer, explanations about various types of prayer and how to enter more deeply into prayer; aids to prayer, such as information about saints and prayer; or Catholic customs and prayer.
• Jesus, Present Before Me: Meditations for Eucharistic Adoration, by Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P., ISBN 978-0-86716-857-0
• The King, Crucified and Risen: Meditations on the Passion and Glory of Christ, by Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R., ISBN 978-1-56955-289-6
• Prayers for Catholic Men, by Mike Pacer, ISBN 978-08716-881-5
On Scripture and applying Scripture to daily life: resources to help Catholics grow in a love for and understanding of Scripture.
• 150 Bible Verses Every Catholic Should Know, by Patrick Madrid, ISBN 978-0-86716-902-7
• A Father Who Keeps His Promises: God's Covenant Love in Scripture, by Scott Hahn, ISBN 0-89283-829-9
• Dawn of the Messiah: The Coming of Christ in Scripture, by Edward Sri, ISBN 978-0-86716-720-7
On family life: books to help married couples grow in mutual love, help parents raise their children and resolve challenging situations, help families appreciate their Catholic identity and understand the Catholic perspective on family life.
• Good News About Sex and Marriage: Answers to Your Honest Questions about Catholic Teaching, by Christopher West, ISBN 978-0-86716-619-4
• Good Discipline, Great Teens, by Dr. Ray Guarendi, ISBN 978-0-86716-835-8
• Graced and Gifted: Biblical Wisdom for the Homemaker’s Heart, by Kimberly Hahn, ISBN 978-0-86716891-4
On general spirituality: books to help readers grow in faith, in a relationship with God; to find comfort or support in times of need; to apply a Catholic perspective to life.
• Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Well-Known Catholics, by Al Kresta and Nick Thomm, ISBN 978-0-86716-862-4
• Spiritual Freedom: God’s Life-Changing Gift, by Fr. Dave Pivonka, T.O.R., ISBN 978-0-86716-860-0
• Living the Catholic Faith: Rediscovering the Basics, by Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., ISBN 978-1-56955-191-2
• Men, Women and the Mystery of Love: Practical Insights from John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility, by Edward Sri, ISBN 978-0-86716-840-2
On saints and modern heroes: books about great figures in Catholic history.
• Real Women, Real Saints: Friends for Your Spiritual Journey, by Gina Loehr, ISBN 978-0-86716-858-7
• Meet John XXIII: Joyful Pope and Father to All by Patricia Treece, ISBN 978-0-
On charismatic spirituality: books that focus on the work of the Holy Spirit in the church as manifest in the movement known as the charismatic renewal.
• God Loves You and There’s Nothing You Can Do About It: Saying Yes to the Holy Spirit, by David Mangan, ISBN 978-0-86716-839-6
• Sober Intoxication of the Spirit: Filled with the Fullness of God, by Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap., ISBN 978-0-86716-713-9
On youth: for Catholics ages 20 to 35 (we do not publish books for the young teen market) who want to better understand church teaching and practice today and who want to fill in information about Catholicism that may have been missed in their religious formation.
• Blessed Are the Bored in Spirit: A Young Catholic’s Search for Meaning, by Mark Hart, ISBN 978-0-86716-677-4
• I Choose God: Stories from Young Catholics by Chris Cuddy and Peter Ericksen, ISBN 978-0-86716-773-3
Our Market: Who Buys Servant Books
Those who buy our books are adult and young adult Catholics: laypeople and priests and members of religious orders. They are parents, directors of religious education, catechists, teachers, parishioners actively involved in parish life and ministry, small-group leaders, those searching for inspiration for their spiritual life or help with special problems. We look for books that will sell in trade and religious bookstores. We expect to sell at least 5,000 to 7,000 copies of a book.
How to Submit Your Book Proposal
Your book proposal should include:
• A cover page stating the topic; working title for your proposed book; your contact information; brief biographical information that includes your qualifications for writing this book.
• The proposal itself should include a one to three paragraph description of the book. Please note the approximate word count for the final manuscript, the number of chapters and any charts or design elements that you anticipate including in your book.
• A table of contents.
• A brief synopsis of the book, chapter by chapter.
• One or two sample chapters.
• We also need to know your intended audience—be specific. Don’t just tell us that the book is for Catholic women interested in prayer; tell us that it is for Catholic women ages 30 to 65 interested in growing in their faith through studying spiritual classics and meditation. Tell us what makes your book unique or sets it apart from similar books on the market.
• Any outlets you have for promoting your book. For example, do you speak at conferences? Are you on radio or television? Are you a columnist for a newspaper or magazine? Do you have a Web site or blog that you update frequently and that receives a substantial number of visitors?
• A self-addressed envelope with the appropriate postage if you want your material returned.
Please double-space your chapters, using only one side of the paper. Also, number pages consecutively throughout the book rather than within chapters. Always keep a copy of the proposal for yourself. We do not accept responsibility for lost manuscripts or unsolicited material.
Our editorial team will review your proposal, and if it has potential we will discuss it with the publisher and the marketing team. This process can take 8 to 12 weeks.
Where to Send Your Proposal
P.O. Box 7015
Ann Arbor, MI 48107