Guidelines

Nehemiah Press primarily focuses on publishing resources produced by leaders, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of The Bible Seminary (TBS). Submissions are generally by invitation only, but proposals in keeping with TBS foundational commitments are welcome following the general guidelines and procedures outlined below. Note, Nehemiah Press does NOT accept unsolicited completed projects.

 

Step One: Contact us with a short, informative e-mail or letter with a project overview that includes the following:

 

  • Name, contact information, and relationship to The Bible Seminary.

  • A clear and concise project summary

  • Unique features, purpose, themes, and contribution to the larger body of works

  • Your anticipated or intended audience

  • Assessment of how your work compares to or fits with existing literature

  • For theses or dissertations, or revisions for a non-academic audience, summarize the development, scope, and intent of your work

  • If an edited collection, include information about each contributor and information about any previously published chapters

  • Word count and number and descriptions of illustrations, tables, or other elements

  • Your resume or curriculum vitae

  • Current status of your project, including your completed or expected completion date

  • Annotated table of contents showing content development and structural flow

  • If available, a representative sample

 

Step Two: If your proposal is accepted, you will be asked to submit a complete project. After initial evaluation, projects that Nehemiah Press decides to pursue are sent for peer review to two external readers – experts in appropriate fields – who submit detailed assessments. Projects that receive a favorable report are presented to an editorial review committee for acceptance or rejection. Note, peer review is an essential part of publishing through Nehemiah Press. Formal evaluations from respected experts help evaluate the contribution to scholarship, teaching, and public debate of works under consideration. Constructive feedback enables content creators to strengthen works in progress, add value and meaning to the work that is ultimately published. The names of peer reviewers are confidential within the editorial team. In turn, Nehemiah Press expects peer reviewers to respect the confidentiality of the evaluation process by not discussing projects under review. Peer review, considerations of fit and budget, and other factors ultimately work together to lead to a publishing decision.

 

Step Three: Upon acceptance, Nehemiah Press draws up a contract with the content creator. After Nehemiah Press receives the original digital files, they enter the process of copy-editing for substance and style, then design, and typesetting. Authors must review copyedited manuscripts, draft proofs, and final proofs. Following final approvals, files for printed resources are uploaded and made available for print-on-demand.

 

Step Four: As applicable, Nehemiah Press works with content providers to develop and implement a marketing plan.