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Do you have a passion for whole-food nutrition, food safety, and alternative health care? Are you worried about the effects of GMOs and the fate of honeybees? Do you seek out natural approaches to health problems? If you’re a new or seasoned writer who shares our interest in holistic nutrition, we invite you to submit your writing to us. Click here to fill out the submission form.

Thank you for your interest in publishing your book with Selene River Press. We’re proud to be the preferred holistic health resource for a wide range of health professionals and laypersons interested in maximizing their knowledge and physical well-being. Toward that end, we consider proposals for books in the following areas:

  • Common-sense nutrition, focusing on whole, nourishing, unprocessed food grown in healthy soil and prepared using methods that won’t deplete the food of its inherent nutrients.
  • “Self-health” literacy, designed to foster our innate instincts for natural, whole, unadulterated foods and healthy lifestyles.
  • Holistic health education, particularly the demystification of whole-food nutrition, food fads and diets, and supplements.
  • Herbal medicine, homeopathy, and drug-free methods of combating disease and achieving health.
  • Professional experiences of health practitioners with respect to their holistic practice or therapies—written for the patient or for other practitioners, especially with the aim of aiding doctor-patient communication.
  • Research that highlights the proven benefits of whole-nutrient complexes from whole foods and whole-food supplements.
  • Organic gardening, farming, and husbandry. These topics can include books directed at the backyard gardener or the full-fledged organic farmer; books that explore ways of connecting farmers and consumers (such as community supported agriculture programs, food co-ops, and farmers’ markets); and books that cover growing methods—including biodynamic methods or other techniques in harmony and balance with soil, plant, animal, and human life.
  • Cookbooks that emphasize the preparation of fresh, whole foods, including how to grow them. Ethnic cooking is welcome.

Books We Don’t Publish

SRP does not publish the following:

  • Diet books that are biased against any one food group with no distinction given between the whole, unadulterated form of that food and its refined counterpart. Example: low-carbohydrate diet books that don’t discern between whole, unprocessed organic grains and refined, bleached, chemically processed grains.
  • Any cookbook—vegetarian, diet, or other—that promotes soy as the main protein.

We encourage you to check the titles listed on our online product pages to get a better feel for the types of books we publish.

Our authors are typically accomplished experts in their fields. As parents, farmers, or chefs, they’ve been practicing whole-health nutrition successfully in their own lives for years. Many are whole-health practitioners, consultants, or educators who are also exceptional presenters, teachers, or writers. Their credentials, visibility, and life experience make them well-prepared to help us promote their books effectively.

Book Proposal

We determine your book’s suitability for publication based on the proposal you submit. We’ve assembled the following guidelines to help you prepare your proposal in a manner that will make the evaluation process faster and more effective.

Author Information. Include your bio, resume, or curriculum vitae. Share your professional credentials and your current job. Let us know of any previously published works (including papers and articles), speaking experiences, and radio or television appearances. Tell us why you’re the most qualified person to write this book.

Marketing Statement. Tell us how you plan to help promote your book.

Rationale Statement. What’s your book about, and who is your audience? What are the main themes and your objectives in writing it? Why is this book important? What does it accomplish that’s different or better than similar books on the market?

Manuscript Sample. You may submit either a hard copy or an electronic file or files. Include the following:

  • Table of contents.
  • Detailed outline, including chapter titles. For each chapter, include a paragraph that explains what that chapter covers.
  • At least two sample chapters and an estimated schedule of when the remaining chapters will be complete. Please be realistic.
  • Estimate of the final word count—we understand that this is a rough estimate only.
  • If any tables, diagrams, illustrations, or photos will be included, please indicate how many. Also tell us if your book will include references, footnotes, or appendixes. Images should be a minimum of 300 dpi with dimensions of 8.5″ x 11″.
  • Marketing Data. Please provide the following information:
  • Target audience. Who will buy your book?
  • Market size, description, and demographics.
  • List of competing books already on the market.
  • A discussion of how your book differs from others like it. For instance, tell us if it contains specific content not found elsewhere, or if it presents a new or different approach to the topic.

Preparing the Manuscript Sample

The manuscript sample can either be emailed in PDF form or typed (preferably in Word or saved in a rich-text format), double-spaced, and printed on plain white 8½ x 11 inch paper. Please use at least 12-point type and allow at least one-inch margins on both sides, top, and bottom. Submissions should be one-sided and include page numbers. Please use letter-quality type so your manuscript is as clean and legible as possible.

If your manuscript will contain art of any kind (photos, charts, graphs, line drawings, etc.), please do not embed it into the text of your manuscript. Rather, save the art in the same application(s) you used to create or store it (Microsoft Excel, Adobe Photoshop, Corel Freehand, etc.). You will then simply insert a reference to each piece of artwork in the relevant text portion of your manuscript (e.g., “Insert Photo 1 here”). As with your text manuscript, please submit both electronic and hard-copy versions of each piece of art. Be sure to note the electronic file name on the bottom right-hand corner of the hard copy. Images should be a minimum of 300 dpi with dimensions of 8.5″ x 11″.

Spelling: Use the first spelling listed in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition.

Style and Punctuation: Please use the serial comma. Refer to The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition, regarding numbers and other issues of style.

All materials submitted should be copies only; Selene River Press will not be responsible for submissions that are lost or damaged. Please include a cover letter with your name, address, email address, and a daytime phone number where you can be reached. Send your proposal to:

Stephanie Anderson, Publisher
Selene River Press
P.O. Box 270091
Fort Collins, CO 80527

Selene River Press invites you to submit a guest post on our blog. You’ll not only increase your ability to reach a larger audience, but your insights may also help guide others in their quest for superior nutrition. Visit the SRP Self-Health Nutrition Blog to get a feel for the kinds of posts we publish.

Why Write for SRP?

We’re looking for content that brings our readers to a greater awareness of the importance of good soil, good food, and the specific benefits of whole-food nutrition in our daily lives. Writing for our blog, you’ll reach a wider—and ever growing—audience. You can refer friends, family, and colleagues to your professionally edited work at SRP, grow your readership, and showcase your writing.

Yes! But how?!

Those of you who’ve never written a blog post before might be hesitant to start. Just read through the particulars below to get started. You’ll want to refer to these until you’ve written so many posts for us you know them by heart! Meanwhile, give them a quick read, then file them away as you start your first post.

Use the following topic list to help you focus on the type of approach and material we are looking for. And remember to read our published posts on the SRP Self-Health Nutrition Blog to see how other writers incorporated these themes and topics:

  • Your personal experience applying common-sense nutrition, focusing on whole, nourishing, unprocessed food grown in healthy soil and prepared using methods that won’t deplete the food of its inherent nutrients, and how you and/or others benefited from it.
  • Herbal medicine, homeopathy, and drug-free methods of combating disease and achieving health.
  • Clinical practitioner’s experience in their holistic practice or therapies—written for the patient, other practitioners, or both, especially with the aim of aiding doctor-patient communication and relationship.
  • Research that highlights the proven benefits of whole-nutrient complexes from whole foods and whole-food supplements.
  • Organic gardening, farming, and husbandry. These topics can include blogs directed at the backyard gardener or the full-fledged organic farmer; blogs that explore ways of connecting farmers and consumers (such as community supported agriculture programs, food co-ops, and farmers’ markets); and blogs that cover growing methods—including biodynamic methods or other techniques in harmony and balance with soil, plant, animal, and human life.
  • Cookbooks that emphasize the preparation of fresh, whole, nutrient-dense foods, including how to grow them. Ethnic cooking is welcome.

Submissions and Permissions

  • Submit your posts using the form at the bottom of this page.
  • By submitting your post(s), you acknowledge that your post(s) belong to Selene River Press and may not be submitted elsewhere without permission. All work will be credited to the author. Also, by submission you allow Selene River Press to share your comments with the public.
  • Selene River Press reserves the right to insert links in your text to other posts in the Selene River Press network (including company websites and blogs).
  • Publication of your blog post is done at the discretion of Selene River Press and may take several days once it’s approved.
  • Selene River Press reserves the right to decline publishing any post and to remove a post after its publication.

SRP Copyright Policy

All copyrighted material, whether image or text, must be clearly identified in the submission. The author must have permission for its use and give proper attribution, with a link to the source. This includes all quoted and excerpted material and references. For guidelines on what is considered Fair Use when quoting or excerpting material, please see the rules under the heading When Is a Use a “Fair Use”? here.

Review

Selene River Press reserves the right to review and edit for grammar. We will not rewrite your article but may make minor edits, title and/or photo changes, and other revisions. If a post needs improvement, we’ll return it to you with suggestions. Please don’t be offended if we suggest changes. If you’re new to writing and/or writing blog posts, we’ll assist you as much as possible.

Housekeeping

  • Posts must not be entirely self-promotional. This is why we include an author bio at the end of your posts.
  • Posts must be original and not previously published elsewhere online.
  • Posts should be written in short paragraphs or bullet points to make them easier to read. For longer posts, consider adding subheadings. Even better, use subheadings that include words or phrases that might be Googled frequently.

The Particulars

1. Bio: This will be placed at the end of all your posts. Your bio should include your full name, your expertise or experience, a link to your website, and any other contact information you desire. A photo of yourself is not required, but you may include one if you like.

2. Photos for post: It helps us if you include an image that enhances your post. This can be a photo you took yourself, one that someone else took and gave you permission to use, or one legally obtained from an online source as long as the photo is available for use by the public and proper attribution is given. If you submit an image, you must provide SRP with the source. If you don’t submit a photo for your blog article, SRP will provide one.

  • The photo needs to be a minimum of 72 dpi with dimensions of 4″ x 6″. Larger is always better as it can be sized down. However, a photo that’s too small cannot be made larger without losing quality. If you’re not sure, just send the original photo from your camera in the largest size, without resizing it down.
  • Make the credit to the photographer clear: Photo by John Smith ©2014.

3. File Names: Create the file name of your article in this order: Your Name_Title of Article. (John Doe_What I Ate for Breakfast)

4. Document Formatting:

  • Please type your post in Word and save as a .doc file (then copy/paste into our form for the initial submission process only).
  • Your post should be single spaced.
  • Use one space between sentences. (Only hit the space bar once after periods.)
  • Please avoid ALL CAPS for emphasis. Use italics instead.

5. Length: Posts can be almost any length. A good minimum word count is 200. Longer posts may be broken up by subheadings. They can also be referred to as articles, and article-length submissions are acceptable. Just keep in mind that brevity is the soul of wit, and also well-suited for today’s time limits and short attention spans.

6. Links: Include at least one working link to resources that support your topic. You can use an unlimited number of links so long as they enhance the readers’ understanding. Please consider linking to products or other articles from SRP as well as professional sources that you might be involved with or respect. Links provide references for your claims and help people see how you came to your opinions and conclusions.

7. Duplicate Content and Blog Writing: Duplicate content is defined as content that appears on multiple sites. Such content affects Google searches. If you post an article on your blog, and then post the same content on SRP’s blog, any search engine benefits are neutralized. Neither party benefits.

That means if you write a post for us, it must be original content. You can always write a short post or provide an excerpt on your own site to entice your readers, and follow it up with a READ MORE link to SRP. If you need help learning how to do this, contact Danielle LeBaron, Managing Editor: [email protected]

If you want SRP to repost content that’s already on your site, you’ll have to take it down. As described above, you can write a short post or provide an excerpt of the content, along with a READ MORE button to SRP. This way we’re linking to you and you’re linking to us. That’s the way social media works best for both parties.

Happy writing!

Write For Us: Guest Blog Post Submission Form