John Schmidt, Editor
4302 SW 51st #121, Amarillo, Texas 79109-6159
877-PATH-877 (877-7284-877) or (806) 322-7007
8:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m. Central Time
We have published books by more than 20 authors since 1993. The most recent titles are on the homepage and previous titles are described under John Schmidt or Other Authors at this site.
Many titles are available at Amazon.com and all are available by e-mailing us at Path@PathPublishing.com and then sending payment through PayPal.com or by regular mail.
Path Publishing ebooks are listed under Other Authors at this site.
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We are currently open to submissions.
Path Publishing has published more than 30 books. We specialize in general nonfiction, poetry, self-help, Christian, and biographies. Not to say that we will never go outside these parameters, but your safest queries are within these. We never thought we would publish a book on weight loss, but it has become one of our best books; so the self-help category is rather broad. Yet everything we publish must be uplifting, and hopefully entertaining.
We generally publish smaller books, 80 to 160 pages.
We prefer fast, efficient queries by e-mail. But regular mail is okay; just send along an SASE in any correspondence. The basic structure is this:
♦ "Submission” in the subject line.
♦ A cover letter of about one page, with this basic structure: introductory paragraph about the book or project (where you may want to put the title of the work), a paragraph about your marketing research for the work and how it compares to the competition (not important in poetry or plays, but very important in nonfiction) or additional pertinent information, a paragraph about you and any publications garnered, a paragraph concerning anything else you want to say (Path accepts simultaneous submissions if under ten publishers, so you don’t have to mention that.), and the closing where you give your contact data (or in a letterhead).
♦ A synopsis of the work. If poetry, are the poems organized by an overall theme? Not all books can be summarized, while others can be generalized in one or two sentences.
♦ A sample from the work, like three poems or the first few pages of a nonfiction book in a snail mail submission.
♦ A table of contents can also be included if it is only one or two pages long.
♦ Do not send an attachment. Put everything in your letter transmission. Using simple copy and paste should work for you.
Path’s response time is usually within days, not weeks or months. Snail mail is three to four weeks. However, do not be hurt by a rejection. Your marketing results are more dependent upon the number of queries you send out than almost any other factor.
As an author with more than 50 years of experience, I often mailed simultaneous submissions to five to seven publishers at one time, if each one was open to simultaneous submissions. The main thing is to never give up.
Study the marketplace, especially concerning trends. Call your local bookstore to ask what is currently selling well; sometimes you can ask them for an opinion about what may become a new trend. You might have a special talent in that area or can start researching a topic you already have an interest in.
Also, carefully read the publishers’ entries in marketing books and Internet sources for authors. Learn to match your project with their needs and special instructions.
Whenever you can, be on the lookout for a market for a fellow author, and let them know what you find. Too often, writers forget to help others along the road and live isolated lives. It’s in the giving that love and true satisfaction are found―loving your work, God, your readers, and others. By writing and publishing works that guide humanity into higher realms that we today can only imagine, we lead ourselves gradually, though sometimes miraculously, into a greater peace and satisfaction than we currently experience or have ever experienced.
Nonfiction and Self-Help
Besides the comments above, create a title page where you give your contact data and the manuscript’s word count. We at Path would like to know the work’s history, if partially or previously published.
We have published several poetry books. We publish in a few months, not half a year or years.
Fiction and Plays
Path has never published adult fiction or a play. That is not to say we never will. And that is not to say you should not submit long fiction. Short fiction has a chance to be published at our website, including works for children.
We hope we have answered all of your questions about submissions and maybe given you a little more than you expected. Any question not answered, please tell us. We wish you great success. As we have said so often, we desire to create a haven for creative people and the spiritually rich.
And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give
to each one according to his work. Revelation 22:12