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SkyLight Paths recognizes that believers and seekers of different faith traditions, or no specific tradition, want to listen to and learn from each other as never before. Our books help people to deepen their relationship to the sacred and learn from their own and other faith traditions, in new ways.
Our authors are at the forefront of spiritual thought. They draw on the wisdom of religion to help believers deepen their faith and help seekers in their search for meaningful spirituality. Our books are non-fiction almost exclusively, covering topics including prayer, meditation, spiritual retreats, spiritual direction, social justice, parenting and spirituality. We are not currently seeking submissions in the realms of biography or poetry. We publish both picture books and board books for children.
Because of the tremendous number of manuscript submissions we receive, we usually cannot correspond individually with authors until we receive a proposal of what they would like to submit for publication. A proposal includes:
  • A cover letter
  • A table of contents
  • The introduction to the book
  • Two sample chapters (do not send the entire book)
  • A marketing plan detailing how you will promote the book
  • A self-addressed stamped envelope if the material is to be returned. (Please note that without a self-addressed stamped envelope, your material will not be returned.)
If your project is a short (under 40 pages) children’s book, you should send the entire text.
Send the material (on paper; no computer disks and e-mail is discouraged) to:

Submissions Editor
SkyLight Paths Publishing
Sunset Farm Offices
Route 4, P.O. Box 237
Woodstock, Vermont 05091

After sending your material, please allow approximately up to three months for a reply. We are sorry that this process is slow, but it is the only way we can ensure that all material receives proper consideration.

Thank you for considering SkyLight Paths.


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