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Permissions and Submissions

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

What kinds of books and services does Loyola Press offer?
We focus our publishing efforts in two areas: we provide resources for readers interested in Ignatian spirituality, and we support parish ministry leaders in their roles of fostering and passing on a living faith.

What kinds of authors write for Loyola Press?
We publish approximately twenty new books per year and are highly selective. We are looking for fresh, inspiring voices that celebrate and value the traditions, practices, and treasures of our 2,000-year-old faith journey. We seek writers who can speak to the needs and aspirations of our catechists and faith formation ministers. We are always looking for new voices in Ignatian spirituality. Our work is informed by the founding vision of St. Ignatius, who taught us that “finding God in all things is possible,” and we look for partners who see “the world charged with the grandeur of God.”

What types of manuscripts are of interest to Loyola Press?
Here are the two main categories of books we’re looking for:

  1. Works that help people experience God in their lives more directly, that introduce the dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises and the Ignatian process of discernment and decision-making, and that open up Scripture as a way of encountering Jesus.
  2. Works that introduce and explain Catholic tradition and the richness of our faith, the significance of our rituals and practices, the ability to speak with others about what we believe, and the invitation to find a place within the Church in which a person’s gifts can thrive.

What are some recent titles published by Loyola Press?
The Church of Mercy by Pope Francis
Pope Francis: Life and Revolution by Elisabetta Piqué
Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads by Chris Lowney
Mercy in the City by Kerry Weber
The Catechist’s Backpack by Joe Paprocki and Julianne Stanz
A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer by Jim Manney
Reimagining the Ignatian Examen by Mark Thibodeaux, S.J.
Sacred Space: The Prayer Book by The Irish Jesuits

What types of books does Loyola Press not publish?
Poetry, fiction, children’s books, dissertations, apologetics, and works that are argumentative and/or ideologically driven.

How do I interest Loyola Press in my manuscript?
1) First, prepare a book proposal before you contact us (See Key Elements of a Good Non-Fiction Book Proposal).
2) Write a clear, compelling, and concise one-page query letter. This can be sent through e-mail      or regular mail. Make sure you have a one-sentence description of your book for the subject line if you e-mail your query.
3) In your first paragraph, show us why this particular subject is worthy of a book.
4) State your proposed title and subtitle and indicate word count in your second paragraph.
5) Other issues to address in your query letter:
a) Explain what makes your book different from other similar books in the category. How is your particular take on this subject unique?
b) What problem does your book address?
c) Why are you the right person to write this particular book? What are your qualifications and expertise in the subject? Do you have a platform—that is, a speaking schedule or other means already in place to market the book once it’s published?

When can I expect a reply from Loyola Press?
Don’t call us. We respond quickly if your project is not for us, usually within two weeks. If we take a closer look at your proposal, it will take us longer due to our acquisition approval process. We publish only a small number of books, so we work very hard to make sure the books we do publish are right for us.

Will Loyola Press return my materials?
Most queries come via e-mail today. But if you send us something unsolicited through courier service or the post office, and you want it back, include a SASE or pre-paid mailer for the return.

What is the most common reason for Loyola Press rejecting a manuscript?
By far, the most common reason we turn down queries, proposals, and manuscripts is that they simply are not what we’re looking for.

How can I query Loyola Press about my manuscript?
You can e-mail Joe Durepos at durepos@loyolapress.com.

Or send your query to:
Joe Durepos
Executive Editor/Trade Acquisitions
Loyola Press
3441 North Ashland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657


PERMISSION GUIDELINES

Requesting Permissions for Reprinting or Photocopying Loyola Press Material

Who can grant permission to reproduce copyrighted material?

Generally either the copyright holder or a party who has obtained an exclusive grant of rights from the copyright holder.

However, a copyright holder (typically, an author) who has granted exclusive rights to another (typically, a publisher) is no longer free to grant permission to third parties. That permission must come from the current holder of the exclusive rights. On the other hand, a publisher who has received only non-exclusive rights to publish material is not generally entitled to grant permission to others to reprint that material.

Clearly locating the correct permissions grantor is the first step in obtaining reprint permissions, and while many conditions affect who actually holds the right to grant reprint permission, here are some general tips on where to begin:

  • If the material is in print, start with the original publisher.
  • If the material is out of print, start with the copyright holder as stated in the copyright notice.
  • If the material is itself reprinted (as, say, an article from an anthology or quoted material in a body of text),start with the original source as credited in the copyright page, the acknowledgements, or footnotes and endnotes.


Note also, if the material is a translation, permission must be obtained for both the translation and the original text.

Should you determine that Loyola Press is the most likely permission grantor for the material you wish to use, please contact customerservice@loyolapress.com, providing the following information:

Reprints in commercial publications:

  • Your contact information—name, company, mailing address, and e-mail or phone number
  • Title, author, and copyright date of the source publication
  • Identification of the exact text to be reprinted (include page numbers)
  • Context in which the reprint will appear (such as manuscript pages)
  • Title of the publication in which the reprinted material will appear
  • Description of the publication
  • Name and address of the publisher
  • Date of publication
  • Initial print run of the publication
  • Length of the publication
  • Cover price of the publication
  • Media rights requested (print, electronic, etc.)
  • Language and territory rights requested

Reprints in non-commercial publications, such as church newsletters:

  • Your contact information—name, institution, mailing address, and e-mail or phone number
  • Title, author, and copyright date of the source publication
  • Identification of the exact text to be reprinted (include page numbers)
  • Description of the publication in which the reprinted material will appear
  • Name and address of the institution publishing and distributing the material
  • Date of distribution
  • Number of copies to be distributed
  • Media means of distribution (print, electronic, or both)
  • Language and territory rights requested (that is, in what language will the material appear and where will it be distributed)

Photocopying for classroom use:

  • Your contact information—name, institution, mailing address, and e-mail or phone number
  • Title, author, and copyright date of the source publication
  • Identification of the exact text to be reprinted (include page numbers)
  • Name and address of the institution using the material
  • Course name
  • Term
  • Number of copies to be distributed
  • Media means of distribution (print, electronic, or both)
  • Charge to students for material
  • Language and territory rights requested (that is, in what language will the material appear and where will it be distributed)

Reprints on a Web site:

  • Your contact information—name, institution, mailing address, and e-mail or phone number
  • Title, author, and copyright date of the source publication
  • Identification of the exact text to be reprinted (include page numbers)
  • Name of the Web site where the reprinted material will appear
  • Description of Web site
  • Date of posting
  • Duration of posting
  • Language rights requested

Foreign or Translation rights:
Please contact customerservice@loyolapress.com.

Other rights:
Please contact customerservice@loyolapress.com.

Your requests will be answered as quickly as possible. Please allow 5-10 business days for an initial response.

Guidelines for Reprinting and Photocopying Material from the Loyola Press WebSite
If you wish to print the articles in full directly off of the Loyola Press Web site, you may do that without asking for permission provided that:

  • The only copyright claimant on the page you print is Loyola Press. (Occasionally we use content that is owned by others. We receive permission from the rights holder to reproduce that content, but we do not receive permission to allow others to reproduce it. Therefore, if there is an excerpt of, say, a story or poem that is copyrighted by someone other than Loyola Press, we cannot grant permission to you to print out that material and distribute it.)
  • The URL is clearly visible on whatever Loyola Press Web material you distribute so that recipients can navigate back to the source of the material.
  • You are distributing the materials for educational purposes in a non-for-profit venue.


However, if you want to reprint the content of our articles in, say, a church newsletter or some other publication of your own, then you need to request and receive permission from us. Please contact customerservice@loyolapress.com, providing the following information:

  • Your contact information—name, institution, mailing address, and e-mail or phone number
  • The title of the source article and its URL
  • Identification of the exact text you would like to reprint
  • A description of the type of publication in which it will appear (say, a church bulletin, school newsletter, etc.)
  • The date you will be distributing the publication
  • The number of copies you will be distributing
  • The media means of distribution (print, electronic, or both)


Your requests will be answered as quickly as possible. Please allow 5-10 business days for an initial response.