Kalos Press
a literary imprint of Doulos Resources

Submission of Queries, Proposals, & Manuscripts

We welcome writers and authors in their inquiry regarding potential projects. If you are interested in our editorial staff considering your project, please note the guidelines below.

Queries


Please start with a query letter or e-mail. (We won't accept anything further without this step.)

Include in your query a short paragraph about yourself and your qualifications to write the book. Also provide us with a summary of your project. Make sure it tells us:
  • Genre and subject of your manuscript
  • Who your target audience is
  • What makes your project unique
  • A few sentences describing the content of the book
Keep your query brief (1 page when printed).

Send queries to:
submissions -AT- kalospress.org

OR

submissions -AT- doulosresources.org

Manuscripts


Should your proposal be accepted, you will be provided instructions for submitting manuscripts.

Manuscripts should be in conformity with the in-house Kalos Press Style Guide, as well as the other guides that we use: matters of Style not addressed by our in-house guide should conform to the SBL Handbook of Style (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1999), which is available online here; and The Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition) (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010).

Spelling should be consistent with the New Oxford American Dictionary (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010) and the Oxford English Dictionary (Compact Edition) (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991).

Manuscripts should be submitted in an editable file format, as described in our in-house style guide. They should be sent in as attachments to e-mail, and addressed to the editor assigned to the author.

(Manuscript submission by means other than e-mail must be by arrangement made with the editors in advance.)

No proposals or manuscripts should be sent to the submissions@ e-mail address; all e-mails to that address with attachments are automatically flagged as spam and deleted.

Proposals


If we like your idea, and agree that it is a likely fit for Kalos Press, we will request a more detailed proposal for your book.

Nonfiction proposals should always include the following:
  • A concise biography or C.V. of the author(s), including comments about background, education, current occupation, family life, and what other writing the author has published
  • A one-page summary of the book, offering a working title, details about the intended audience, a sense of the overall theme, purpose, and flow of the book, and an approximation of what percentage of the book is completed..
  • A table of contents and chapter outline, with a one-paragraph summary of each chapter
  • 2-3 sample chapters (approx. the first 50 pages)

Fiction proposals should always include the following:
  • A concise biography of the author, including publishing history
  • A detailed synopsis of the book, with introduction to main characters and establish a clear understanding of plot, as well as an approximation of what percentage of the rest of the book is completed
  • 2-3 sample chapters (approx. the first 50 pages)

The following details may be included in the proposal as helpful, but not necessary, information:
  • A list of current competing titles
  • A description of the author's already-established platform
  • Ideas or plans for how the author will promote and market the book

Proposals should be sent as attachments and formatted as PDF or Rich Text Format (.rtf). A proposal should be attached to a response to the e-mail which invited it.

(Proposals submitted by means other than e-mail must be by arrangement made with the editors in advance.)

No proposals or manuscripts should be sent to the submissions@ e-mail address; all e-mails to that address with attachments are automatically flagged as spam and deleted.
For help putting queries and proposals together, we recommend reading through the great advice from literary agents Rachel Gardner and Chip MacGregor. Also, be sure to check out Michael Hyatt's great eBook, Writing a Winning Book Proposal.