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Updated: Jun 11, 2018

Here are the top companies for Christian publishing


1. Zondervan

Zondervan is the gold standard of Christian publishing. They’re the best known and have been around for a long time (80 years!). If you’re looking for the highest quality, I would start here. They are a branch of Harper Collins, which gives you the power of one of the biggest publishing houses behind you.

If you want me to namedrop a little bit, they’ve published Rick Warren, Rob Bell, and Hal Lindsey.


They publish a variety of genres, including Christian children’s books, Christian fiction, and Christian nonfiction, including memoir


2. Moody Publishers

Moody has a great reputation in the Christian community, mainly because of their reputation for the Moody Study Bible and Moody Bible Institute (even I took a correspondence course in Biblical Hebrew from them eons ago). But does their publishing branch match up to their reputation in other ventures?


They do have a good pedigree, since they were founded in 1894, and they do have good name brand recognition among the people you want to buy your books. They also have a good stable of authors like John MacArthur, A.W. Tozer and Gary Chapman.

Overall, I would rate this as a pretty great publisher to go with. Not my first choice among the ones on this page, but in the top three. A bonus is that they accept a huge variety of nonfiction and fiction. For their fiction categories, they accept the following: Children, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, YA (Young Adult), and Mystery.


The worst thing about Moody is that they’re not very friendly to submitters. You just can’t send them your manuscript, because they accept no slush pile. Instead, these are the three ways to get a manuscript to them:

  • Through a literary agent

  • Through an author they publish (a personal connection)

  • From meeting them at a writers conference



3. Bethany House

About half of their titles are paperbacks, and the others are published only as ebooks — which is important if you absolutely need your book in print. Some Christian book publishers have the bad reputation of only publishing bonnet fiction, and that’s not Bethany House at all; most of their fiction doesn’t mention overt religious themes in the descriptions at all, although the Christian undertones are present in the book. But The Atonement by Beverly Lewis does have the traditional Amish garb on the cover:


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