Hazelden Publishing creates products for the prevention, treatment, criminal justice, behavioral healthcare, and consumer markets. If you have a proposal or manuscript that you would like Hazelden to consider for publication, these author guidelines will help you get started.
About the Proposal Process
Due to the quantity of manuscripts and proposals we receive each year, Hazelden Publishing is unfortunately unable to reply to every submission, query, and request for feedback we receive. While we are unable to confirm each proposal, we do review every manuscript our team receives as a hard-copy submission (we are UNABLE to review proposals submitted digitally or via email).
Guidelines for Submitting a Proposal
Before submitting, we encourage you to first familiarize yourself with our products, and to do some research on how to write a non-fiction book proposal. There are a number of resources available online and in print on book proposals that can help prospective authors with the task of writing a non-fiction proposal. For a complete listing of what we publish, visit our online bookstore or browse our online catalogs.
For consideration, a complete proposal should include two main items: a cover letter with a product summary; and a detailed chapter outline along with three sample chapters.
Your cover letter should contain the following information:
All submissions must be submitted as hard-copy proposals, typed and double-spaced. Photocopies are acceptable. Mail a printed copy of your proposal to the address below. We do not accept emailed submissions or manuscripts stored on digital devices. We cannot guarantee the return of any materials sent in for consideration, so please do not send in originals that you need returned.
About Hazelden Publishing
Hazelden publishes engaging content that helps build recovery in the lives of individuals, families, and communities affected by alcoholism, drug dependency and related disorders. In addition, its publications and services are intended to meet a full range of needs for professionals -- counselors, educators, doctors, clinicians, researchers, clergy, and others -- who work with individuals with substance use and mental health disorders. Hazelden publications support Twelve Step philosophy and other evidence-based therapies that offer a biopsychosocial approach to address the needs of the mind, body, and spirit.
What We Publish
Hazelden publishes content in multiple formats: print (books, pamphlets, workbooks, and curricula), multi-media (video, audio, CD-ROM, Web), e-publishing, in person or online training, and webinars. Our publications are sold to bookstores, treatment and mental health programs, hospitals, schools, churches, correctional facilities, government and military agencies, counseling agencies, and online.
Hazelden editors look for innovative material for professionals that addresses issues relevant to substance abuse prevention, treatment, continuing care, and recovery, as well as mental health and related clinical and educational issues. We publish in multi-media formats for both professionals and their clients that reflect state-of-the-art instructional design, appropriate reading levels, engaging graphics and formatting, and gender and cultural inclusivity. Our books for consumers address topics related to recovery from substance dependence and other addictions, family and relationship issues, spirituality, mental health, and Twelve Step programs.
What We Don't Publish
Hazelden discourages submissions of poetry, fiction, personal stories, memoirs, dissertations, children's books, and art. We also discourage proposals for music and video.
Hazelden Publishing seeks submissions for special projects at times and is currently accepting submission for crowd-sourced meditation anthologies for our popular Hazelden Meditations Series. Instead of relying on the expertise of a single author, Hazelden Publishing is asking the public, including service members and veterans in recovery from addiction and sexual trauma survivors, to help write upcoming volumes in its bestselling series of self-help meditation books. For more information, or to contribute, visit hazelden.org/writeyourown.
Once received, your proposal will be screened and forwarded to an editor for review. The review process may take several months, during which time an editor will evaluate your proposal based on editorial, marketing, and philosophical criteria. The purpose of such evaluation is to determine whether your proposal fits with our editorial mission, market niche, and product plans.
We are dedicated to ensuring that every proposal is reviewed; to maintain that commitment, due to the number of submissions we receive each year, we cannot confirm receipt of each proposal, offer individual feedback, or put prospective authors in touch with agents. Our editorial staff can only follow up on proposals we are interested in publishing.
Send your proposal to:
Editorial Department RW 15
P.O. Box 176
Center City, MN 55012-0176
Thank you for your attention to these author guidelines.