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Our Submissions Process

At CRP, we welcome each and every submission prepared according to our guidelines and give serious consideration to every book proposal we receive. In return, please be patient. CRP will review your manuscript to see if it meets with our standards and current requirements. Our goal is to respond within ninety days upon receipt of yousubmissions@centralrecovery.comr proposal, but if the Press is experiencing a period of significant volume, there may be a delay. In the unlikely event that you do not hear from us after ninety days, do send a follow-up email requesting information. While under review, your manuscript will be held in the strictest confidence, and it will not be used, shown, or discussed with any party not associated with CRP.

If you have any questions prior to submitting a proposal, feel free to contact us.

What We Are Looking For

We currently welcome submissions in any of the following categories:

  • Chemical Addiction and Recovery
  • Behavioral Addiction and Recovery
  • Trauma and Addiction
  • Self-Help/Personal Growth and development
  • Spirituality/Mindfulness
  • Parenting
  • Grief and Loss
  • Behavioral Health
  • Caregiving
  • Relationships

Please note: CRP does not publish fiction, cookbooks, coloring books, screenplays, or poetry in any form. We currently do not accept memoirs, although personal growth or self-help with a memoir component will be considered. Also, please be advised that CRP supports and believes in the twelve-step model of recovery. Materials that diminish, distort, or discount the role of twelve-step programs are not a good fit for our philosophy and will likely not fit our publishing program.

How to Submit a Proposal

You may submit your manuscript proposal via email to submissions@centralrecovery.com. Please take careful note of the following guidelines, and be sure to include all six points in your proposal. Submissions that are incomplete or fail to adhere to these guidelines will not be considered:

  1. Synopsis: Provide a concise summary of your book and its objective (no more than 500 words). If the manuscript is complete, include the word count; if it is not, please state how many chapters are completed (a minimum of two are required for consideration), and give your realistic estimate by when you would have the final manuscript ready.
  2. Audience: Describe your intended target audience for this book, such as people in addiction/twelve-step recovery; family members of those in addiction/twelve-step recovery; addiction, behavioral healthcare, and healthcare professionals; treatment settings/programs; educators and those interested in learning about addiction; children, adolescents, or young adults; any others. Please be as specific as possible.
  3. Market: Explain what need your book addresses and how your readers will benefit from reading it. This is the place to list any unique selling points and marketing pitches you feel best capture the value of your book.
  4. Competition: Provide a comprehensive list of existing books that are comparable to yours and written within the last three years. Include clear and compelling explanations in each case as to why your book will be better or different enough to warrant publication.
  5. About the Author: Briefly describe what makes you uniquely suited to write this book, including any relevant information on your professional credentials, current occupation, and previously published works. We welcome resumes and curriculum vitae, but they do not replace a brief author bio written specifically to highlight your qualifications relevant to the book. If the manuscript is produced with the assistance of a co-writer, ghost writer, or book coach, please include their qualifications.
  6. Manuscript Sample: Attach a detailed outline (chapter-by-chapter summary) of the book; the Table of Contents; the Introduction; and a substantial sample with a minimum of 15,000 to 20,000 words, or as much of the manuscript as is completed. Please note that CRP will not consider a submission that is less than 50,000 words. Previously unpublished authors are strongly encouraged to submit complete manuscripts to increase their chances of publication. Published authors are encouraged to send excerpts of previously published work.

Manuscript Format Style Guide

In preparing your manuscript for submission, please observe the following style guide:

  • Submit manuscript as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment.
  • Use Times New Roman font and twelve-point type throughout.
  • Double space all parts of the manuscript, with one-inch margins on all sides.
  • Number pages consecutively, not chapter by chapter.
  • Paragraphs should be indented, not tabbed.
  • Use only one space after periods.
  • Citations should be formatted according to the current edition of The Chicago Manual of Style.
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