Contact: Miriam Zakon
Tel: 02-651-3355, Fax: 02-651-0342,
Publishes a wide range of books, of interest to the Orthodox
Jewish market. From "kosher" fiction to non-fiction
such as Jewish philosophy, Torah works, self-help, Jewish law
and all other aspects of contemporary Jewish life (excluding politics).
"Some of our books have made inroads in the secular Jewish
world, but these are almost entirely kiruv books."
Needs: "While we live in and love Eretz Yisrael, our primary
market is America so we cannot publish works of interest only
to those living here. Over 50% of sales are in the New York area,
so books appealing to that market are especially welcome. At this
point we are only publishing material for adults, not for younger
readers, though that policy is often under review."
Receives 80-100 queries annually, and publishes 25 (30-40% new
authors); accepts simultaneous submissions if noted. Mss must
be delivered on diskette, in hard copy but available on computer,
or preferably via email.
Takes a minimum of six months to publish, depending on quality
and complexity of work.
Pay: "depending on arrangement with author."
Advice: "Don't submit unfinished work. Spell check. Don't
expect an answer days after submission; you shouldn't ask for
more than a confirmation of receipt until at least 6 weeks have
passed, or you may be perceived as a nudge. Try to write something
of interest to the most people possible; publishers have to sell
books, and no matter how high the quality, if it has no market
potential they will be unable to accept it."
Mesorah Publications (Artscroll)
4401 Second Ave,
Brooklyn, NY 11232.
Contact: Avrohom Biderman
Tel: 718-921-9000, Fax: 718-680-1875,
Publishes high quality books for the Orthodox Jewish market,
educational value. Receives "hundreds" of queries annually,
and publishes 60 (5% new authors); accepts simultaneous submissions.
Takes 6 months and up to publish manuscript, pays standard royalties.
Advice: "Write well."
156 Chester Avenue,
Brooklyn NY 11218.
Contact: Dina Rosenfeld
Tel: 718-633-0100 / 0103
Publishes full color children's Judaica picture books that encourage
a love of Judaism and have a moral message.
Receives 300 queries annually, publishes 4 - 6 (2 from new authors).
Accepts. simultaneous. submissions.
Takes 1 - 2 years to publish (takes time to find appropriate
artist). Pays flat fee.
Advice: Visit your local bookstore see which publisher your manuscripts
would fit best with. Ask at your local Judaica store which publisher
is putting out books and where your manuscript would fit best.
Visit the web site of the publisher and look at their writers'
Kar-Ben Copies, Inc.
6800 Tildenwood Lane,
Rockville, MD 20852.
Contact: Madeline Wikler
1-800-452-7236 / 301-984-8733
fax: 301 881-9195
Publish children's books for preschool and early elementary -
fiction and non-fiction for Jewish and general bookstores, schools
and libraries in English-speaking countries worldwide.
Publishing philosophy is "trans-denominational. Most of
our books have boys with heads covered (kippah, baseball cap),
but many have girls wearing pants. Some of our books are not suitable
for Orthodox market. Receives 300 mss/queries annually. Publishes
8-10 books (33% from new authors). Accepts simultaneous submissions.
Publish within 12-18 months, pays advance of $500-$1000 against
royalty of 8% net sales payable once yearly.
Needs: Shabbat, Israel and lifecycle books.
Jonathan David Publishers,
68-22 Eliot Ave.
Contact: David Kolatch
Tel: 718-456-8611, Fax: 718-894-2818,
Our area of specialization is popular Judaica - non-fiction only.
We also publish reference, sports, and biography. "We are
attracted to anything good and original that is an outgrowth of
a writer's firsthand knowledge or experience. We seek manuscripts
with original content and commercial potential.
Receive "hundreds" of manuscripts annually; publish
25 (50% from new authors). NO simultaneous submissions.
Publishes in approx. 18 months, pays standard publishing contract
with royalty based on number of copies sold.
Advice: Send query letter with table of contents and sample chapter.
Do not send manuscript unless requested. Do not submit material
via e-mail unless requested.
Jerusalem, Israel 91044.
Contact: Yaacov Peterseil
Tel: 972-2-563-7155, Fax: 972- 2-563-7156
"I would say we publish more Jewish children's books than
any other publisher. Our audience is a mix of Orthodox, Conservative
and Reform. We try not to be didactic and always consider the
storyline and artwork primary for the success of the book. They
must look good, read well, and have Jewish content. The message
alone is not enough to have us publish a book."
Emphasizing children's stories and non-fiction material for kids
and families. Successful titles are done in series format, such
as "Kids Love..." and "Jewish Stories for Kids"
(humor, mystery etc.).
While we are always looking for good writers (particularly non-fiction),
our primary needs are for top notch illustrators."
Receives 50 mss/queries annually. Publishes 12-15 books, plans
to publish 20 next year (50% from new authors). Accepts simultaneous
submissions. Submissions must include a table of contents, outline
and at least one sample chapter/story. "We rarely print a
manuscript that has been submitted, but if we think the author
can write for our audience, we will assign a project"
Publishes in 6 - 12 months (3-6 month assignment deadline), pays
new authors either payout or royalties, no advances.
Advice: "Get an agent."
Tamar Wisemon is a journalist
whose articles have appeared in The Jerusalem Report, MOMENT,
Hamodia and other international Jewish publications. She is author
of a young Jewish detective series, "Y.A.D.Investigators"