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Frequently Asked Questions

What is your review process?
The Charisma House editors will review your manuscript for one of our imprints listed on the previous page. After you send us your proposal, we will consider it and decide whether it fits into our publishing plan.

How do I submit my manuscript?
You can send your proposal by mail or through our Web site application, more information on can be found by on the Book Proposal Instruction page.

The format we accept through mail is a printout or a Microsoft Word document on disk or CD. The document can be single-spaced. We do not accept manuscripts on cassette, video, by faxes, or e-mail. Language format is English.

If you have questions regarding the submission guidelines, e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

What do I send?
We ask that you send a proposal letter that answers our questions from the application and a digital copy of the complete manuscript on a disk or USB flash drive. Please address your letter to the acquisitions editor.

Do not send originals of the work. Send only copies.

May I call you to discuss my manuscript?
Due to the increase in submissions, our editorial staff no longer accepts submission query phone calls or submission update calls. For updates on your submission, send us a self-addressed stamped postcard, a letter, or e-mail.

How can I find out if my submission has been received?
Include a self-addressed stamped postcard with your submission, and we will return it, stating the date the manuscript was received, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We do not accept phone calls regarding the receipt of a manuscript.

How long is the review process?
Allow approximately three to four months for your submission to be reviewed and a letter to be sent out in regards of the decision. This process can take up to six months depending on previous schedules and projects. Every submission is attended to on a first-come, first-served basis. We do not accept submission update calls.

How will I be notified once my proposal has been reviewed?
You will be sent a letter by mail or e-mail.

What happens if my manuscript is not accepted?
You will receive a decline letter by mail, and your proposal will be returned only if you enclosed a SASE at the time of sending the submission. If there is not an SASE, the proposal will be discarded at the time the decline letter is sent.

May I speak to an editor regarding the reason my manuscript was declined?
Due to schedules and project demands, our editors are not available for consultation.

How do I have my submission returned to me?
When you send in your proposal, please enclose a SASE that is big enough to send back the materials. If we do not receive an SASE, the materials will be discarded.

How long do you hold on to the submissions?
If an author does not respond to an acceptance letter within four to six months after it is sent from our office, we then discard the file due to space constraints. If you sent a SASE with your proposal, then we return it to you. However, the acceptance offer and proposal remain valid. With decline letters, your material is discarded if no SASE is provided or returned to you with the decline letter if a SASE is enclosed with the original submission.

Do you publish Spanish books or translate English books into Spanish?
Yes, please contact our Spanish imprints for guidelines and information. Visit or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Does it cost to send my manuscript to be reviewed?

Do I have to pay for my books to be published?
Creation House, our co-publishing imprint, does require the author to buy a certain amount of books to be sold. For more information on co-publishing, visit or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

If I have written more than one book or a series of books, can I send all at one time?
Yes, we do accept simultaneous proposals from an author.

Can I send in a book that has been published before?
Yes, as long as you own the publishing rights or the original publisher returned the rights to you.

Does my book have to have an ISBN number or copyright before I submit it?
No. The publisher applies for this information after a book has been accepted and contracted. For more information on copyrights, contact the Library of Congress or visit

Do you take my submission or information and use it for other publishing mediums?
Your manuscript and information are confidential. The material is reviewed and published only if it has been accepted and the author has been contracted.

What are your royalty rates? What rights does an author receive? What is the cost of my book?
These questions are discussed during the contract stage after a book has been accepted.

How do I submit my book or an article for review to one of Charisma Media’s magazines?
Please contact our magazine editorial department at 407-333-0600 ext. 2622, or go to or Each magazine has separate writer’s guidelines, so you will need to contact each magazine.

Do I need to get permission to quote another book or source?
YES! Please make sure to source all excerpts of printed materials (our book imprints use the guidelines put forth by the Chicago Manual of Style) and verify that permission has been given for their use.

Do I need permission from my friend to use her name in the book?
If you are using a name or story of a friend, pastor, spouse, etc., in your book, you must have a signed permission to release the use of the story or name.

Do I need an illustrator for my book or a cover design?
No. When a book is contracted, the publisher provides this service or works with the authors to help find an illustrator.

Do you know of someone who will write or put my book together?
We do not have listings of freelance writers, editors, or designers to give out to the public. Please check newspapers or magazine classified sections, the Internet, or your local library.

Do you publish poetry?
Each of our book imprints publishes different types of books.

  • Charisma House does not publish poetry, testimonies, short stories, pamphlets, brochures, songbooks, or posters.
  • Creation House only publishes poetry in a gift book format and does publish testimonials.

My book is already published. Will you distribute and market the book?
We do not distribute or market other publishers’ books.

Charisma House Contact Information:

Mailing Address:
Charisma Media
600 Rinehart Rd.
Lake Mary, FL 32746

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