Publish with MDP

August 4, 2010

Master Design Publishing (MDP) is a self-publishing company. This means that we walk you through all the steps of publishing your manuscript, but you pay for the publishing. Unlike some self-publishing companies, you own all the books printed and all rights to your book.

We consider the following types of Christian books: apologetics, Bible studies, Church renewal, devotional books, discipleship, doctrinal, exegesis, homiletics, leadership, missionary, pastor’s helps, prayer, reference, scholarly, sermons, spiritual warfare, and theology. Please be advised that the following genres will not be considered: children’s books (usually), fiction and poetry. We are not against these genres of books, but they do not fit within our publishing parameters.

To submit electronically, please include the list below, but in digital format to our email address.

To submit your manuscript by mail, please send the following:

  • A typewritten copy or computer printout of three sample chapters from your manuscript.
  • A self-addressed stamped envelope with the proper amount of postage to return your manuscript to you if you would like it returned. (Note: if you do not include a SASE with the correct postage, we will not return your manuscript).
  • You may also want to include a prepaid postcard asking for acknowledgment of the receipt of your manuscript. If you enclose this, we will return it to you.
  • Please include your mailing address, phone number and email address.
  • Please allow our staff one month to process and review your manuscript. If you do not receive a response from us in that time, you may follow up with us by phone (270.838.7060), mail, or email.

After your book has been accepted, please adhere to the following procedures:Checking Your Manuscript

Before submitting your book, please carefully proofread for spelling errors. Headings must consistently be capitalized, references must be formatted consistently from chapter to chapter, and treatment of like elements must be consistent throughout your book.

Any lengthy additions should be incorporated into the book prior to submission. Please also submit an electronic copy through the internet or on an Windows or Macintosh-compatible disk. An exact hard copy must accompany online versions.

Illustrations & Photographs

All illustrations, photographs, and so on, should be submitted in Macintosh editable electronic form if possible. Please don’t imbed your graphics in the word-processing program. If electronic submission is impossible, please provide all illustrations in duplicate in a form suitable for reproduction, preferably of such a size that the same degree of reduction (for example, seventy-five percent of the original size) can be applied to all of them. Illustrations should not exceed 8- 1/2 x 11 inches.

Illustrations reprinted from other publications must be credited. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain permission to reprint such illustrations.

Identification, Names, & Addresses

Include your (and your coauthor’s) full name(s) (for publication) and the complete address of the author to whom proofs and correspondence are to be sent. Provide both business and home addresses and telephone numbers (and internet addresses as well if applicable).

Organizing Your Book


Include a concise one-paragraph abstract of no more than 500 words describing the general thesis and conclusion of the book.

Title Page

The title page should include the suggested title of the book and the names of the authors or editors. (In the case of collected works, only the names of the editors usually appear.)


If the book is to include a dedication, it should appear after the copyright page. You might want to include a quotation at the beginning of the book. It should appear here. If the epigraph is lengthy or if the possibility of copyright violation exists, you must obtain permission to use the quotation.

Foreword (be sure you spell this word correctly)

A foreword, usually written by a person other than the author, is a short (usually no more than four book pages in length) statement about the book or the field.


The preface, written by the author or editor, contains the research methods, the reasons for undertaking the work, and permissions granted for the use of copyrighted materials. Also included should be thanks to colleagues, associates, and others who assisted in creating the book as well as persons and institutions who provided financial support.


A substantive introduction that includes information about the field and, in the case of collective works, about the papers included can also be included. An introduction should portray the broad significance of the book.

The Publication Process

In the desire to reach a broad readership and ensure high standards of accuracy, quality, and consistency, books that have been accepted for publication by MDP are carefully read for vague or ambiguous statements, inner contradictions, faulty sentences, style, capitalization, organization, correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, textual clarity, appropriate use of figures and tables, correct use of abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols and other lapses that sometimes creep into the best of manuscripts. Depending on how carefully the manuscript has been prepared, the editor can spend from three to five weeks or even longer on one manuscript. It is here that the author’s care in the preparation of the manuscript will contribute materially to speeding this work and keeping costs down.

Once submitted, most manuscripts will be copyedited or proofread and sent to the author and the editor (where applicable) for review. Most manuscripts include a number of queries from the copyeditor regarding items that are unclear or incomplete or need further attention. These queries must be answered and the original copyedited manuscript returned before the book can be turned over to production. It is important that the author answer all queries and that unapproved changes be challenged now. By doing so, later alteration expenses (that might be charged to the author) can be avoided.

After all copyediting questions have been resolved, the manuscript is turned over to the typesetter for preparation of galley or page proofs. It might be some time before such proofs are sent out.

Rewriting and making extensive changes other than correcting typesetting errors will incur significant cost. These costs are passed on to the author. In addition, such corrections cause a delay in publication.