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Thread: Deseret Book Co. / Shadow Mountain Publishing

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    Deseret Book Co. / Shadow Mountain Publishing

    Does anyone know anything about Shadow Mountain Publishing? www.shadowmountain.com

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    Well, one of their books made the NYT bestseller's list, so they must be doing something right.

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    Yep, they've had a few books on the NYT Bestsellers list. And they have a popular list of MG books: the LEVEN THUMPS series and the FABLEHAVEN series.

    Just FYI: Shadow Mountain is a general-trade imprint of Deseret Book, which is owned by the Mormon Church. I've noticed most Shadow Mountain authors are Mormons too. This isn't to say that you have to be Mormon to get published by Shadow Mountain. On their website, it says they are looking for books that generally reflect "traditional Christian values."
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    Thanks for your responses. I didn't know the LEVEN THUMPS series and the FABLEHAVEN series are Christian books. They sure don't look like they are. lol

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    Adding link to parent company: http://deseretbook.com/
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    Shadow Mountain is the general trade imprint of Deseret Book, so they aren't particularly religious-themed books; just something that someone might read for fun and not be generally offended by it. (For example, a novel promoting premarital sex probably won't show up on their list.) They seem to have really exploded in the midgrade fantasy department; seriously, every time I'm at Barnes and Noble they have another book/series on the "just released" shelf.

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    Just popping this thread up again, wondering if anyone has had any experiences publishing with them. Thanks!

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    I've submitted manuscripts to both Deseret Book and Shadow Mountain - one to each, if I remember right - and been rejected both times. At least we can say they're not taking just everyone who wanders in off the street

    I've also spoken to one of their editors on the phone. My mother accosted her on the bus one day (my mom doesn't know a lot about the publishing industry, but she knows enough to be able to tell this woman was reading a manuscript), and she expressed interest in speaking with me when she found out I was a writer with a manuscript requested by multiple agents. We spoke for about half an hour, and I found her to be kind and knowledgeable. The last thing she said to me was, "Well, now you know at editor at Deseret Book, so feel free to get in touch!"

    As several others have mentioned, Shadow Mountain published Brandon Mull's Fablehaven series, and Ally Condie, author of MATCHED and CROSSED, published multiple novels with both Deseret Book and Shadow Mountain before seeking an agent. Shadow Mountain in particular seems to specialize in MG fantasy and sci-fi, so if you have a manuscript that fits either of those genres, I wouldn't hesitate to submit it to them.
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    Thanks, Krista! MG sci-fi, hm...

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    Shadow Mountain Publishing

    Another YA Publisher that's not listed here:

    http://www.shadowmountain.com/

    Anyone have dealings with them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Undercover View Post
    Another YA Publisher that's not listed here:

    http://www.shadowmountain.com/

    Anyone have dealings with them?
    Pretty sure they have a thread. They're an imprint of Deseret. One of their best sellers is Fablehaven, which is a mega best seller on all the charts.
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    Thanks Profen, I'll check it out.
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    I'm confused. They have an email address for submissions, but in their guide, it says send a hardcopy of the manuscript with your query via snail mail. Did anyone email their complete manuscript?
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    Quote Originally Posted by K. Victoria Chase View Post
    I'm confused. They have an email address for submissions, but in their guide, it says send a hardcopy of the manuscript with your query via snail mail. Did anyone email their complete manuscript?
    I think the allowing email submissions is new. I sent them (via email) a query + synopsis and heard back with a request for a partial. I sent that, and the request became a full. All done via email. So it seems email is fine, if it's done that way.
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    I sent them a query via the email too and got a confirmation that they received it and will review it, so I think using that email is perfectly fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by profen4 View Post
    I think the allowing email submissions is new. I sent them (via email) a query + synopsis and heard back with a request for a partial. I sent that, and the request became a full. All done via email. So it seems email is fine, if it's done that way.
    Awesome. Thank you, Profen! :-) Good luck on your sub!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Undercover View Post
    I sent them a query via the email too and got a confirmation that they received it and will review it, so I think using that email is perfectly fine.
    Heaven help us. That email response said they check their submission box ONCE a week and it will take 12-16 weeks before they respond. I just sent a query...
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    Deseret Book is a Mormon (LDS) book publisher. It'll have to be pass their censors.

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    Partial request after six days.
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    Congrats!

    Glad to hear the 12-16 week response time is more of an estimate than a reality.

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    I'm a little late to updating, I sent a query, it was about two weeks ago, and then I got a request for a partial about six days later. It's now been about a week so I get to just sit back and wait.

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    Awesome Alisha! I'm still waiting to hear back on my partial so getting close to a month here...
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    Quote Originally Posted by K. Victoria Chase View Post
    Awesome Alisha! I'm still waiting to hear back on my partial so getting close to a month here...
    Oh wow. So I guess I shouldn't be complaining about my week without a word

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    I sent three chapters, back in May. In June, I got a confirmation that it was received, and the wait could be 3-4 months. Haven't heard anything yet...


    ETA - congrats to Profen and Victoria! Best of luck on your submissions!

    Profen - what sort of wait time did you have, in between requests? Just curious...
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    Quote Originally Posted by K. Victoria Chase View Post
    I'm confused. They have an email address for submissions, but in their guide, it says send a hardcopy of the manuscript with your query via snail mail. Did anyone email their complete manuscript?

    I was confused, too. I took a chance and sent three chapters via that email address. I got a confirmation about a month later, saying it's in their queue now.

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