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Over 30 Years and Our Vision is Still Clear

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My father started Ambassador International 30 years ago in Belfast, Northern Ireland and we have never been just about producing books. Our focus is to create content that changes readers’ lives. That’s why I see this new website as more than a business tool– it’s a ministry tool.

 

Easier to Find Great Christian Books

When creating the new and improved Ambassador-International.com we set out with you in mind. We wanted to make it easier than ever for you to find what you are looking for. Whether that’s a resource to help your marriage such as Marriage Triage by Pastor Stephen Goode or a book to help you through the hurt of loss such as A Time to Heal by grief professional Beth Marshall. Inspiring mission bios like Reckless Abandon by David Sitton and even our fun children’s books like Chocolate Socks all play a role in helping individuals and families thrive. Now you can find those books easier than ever before.

 

Great Deals From Our Retail Partners

We no longer have a store directly on our website. We decided to allow our visitors the opportunity to buy all Ambassador titles through our retail partners like Amazon and  Barnes and Noble. We now provide easy links so shoppers can know right away where they can find our books at the best price, buying them from retail outlets they already know and trust.

 

More Interaction

We’ve added more ways to interact with Ambassador International. You can now comment, like, tweet or pin the resources that have helped you most. We hope this in turn helps others that are in your social circle.  Our comments section is placed under each product for more than just us hearing from you but allowing an opportunity for our visitors to create a discussion, start a thread after you’ve read a title or post a question for the author. You can not only interact with our authors here, but I encourage you to reach out to me. Feel free to tweet me at @TimLowryAI as well, or simply leave a comment below.

We hope you enjoy your time on our new site and come back often to see our newest titles and read our blog.

Please connect with us. And I’d love to know– how can we make your experience memorable?

 

Manuscript Submission Guidelines

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Manuscript Submission Guidelines for Prospective Authors

Thank you for your interest in publishing with Ambassador International. The following details will help you organize your work for submission. Scroll down to submit your manuscript through our online form.

Ambassador International needs two items from you:

  • Contact Information
  • Query Letter

Contact Information

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email
  • Phone Number(s)
  • Website/Social Media

Query Letter
The query letter is an introduction to your work and should discuss several specific features. Please be as detailed as possible.

A. Book Overview

  • Summarize the content of your book, its theme, its purpose, and its development.
  • Include an approximate word count or length of the book.
  • Indicate whether the book will include drawings, photographs, summaries, bibliographies, appendices, etc.

B. Audience

  • Who is your target audience for the book?
  • What other books of a similar nature have been written for this audience?

C. Table of Contents

  • The Table of Contents should be as detailed as possible.

D. Reviewers

  • Indicate whether you have any reviewers of your work who are willing to provide an endorsement. (You do not have to have endorsements to submit a manuscript.)

E. Manuscript

  • All final manuscript submissions must be formatted in Times New Roman or Arial, 12 pt. font, 0.5 inch side margins, with a first line indent of 0.5 inches. Files should be .doc or .docx and have a header with title and name.

Publication History
Provide a comprehensive list of previous works you have published, either articles or books. (If you are a first time author, that should not intimidate you from submitting your manuscript.)

Platform
In the world of publishing it is vital that you have a platform. Please provide social media links, website, and blog links. If you have yet to develop out your platform, now is a great time to start and should your work be accepted for publication we will seek to help you develop this.

Publishing Standards for General Trade Books:
Ambassador International is a publisher that has a Christian worldview. We publish a range of titles and genres including children’s books, cookbooks, fashion, history, regional, and memoir. Recent published titles include The Shamrock and Peach by owner of the gourmet food company The Ulster Kitchen Judith McLoughlin; a fashion book, What is Beautiful by Tica Tallent; a regional-history book The Scots-Irish of the Carolinas by Billy Kennedy; He Knows Her Name by Kelly McCorkle Parkison, former Miss South Carolina {2002} and a contestant on the Amazing Race; and a memoir Love Him Anyway by Abby Banks. Ambassador International reserves the right to accept manuscripts based on their literary and marketable merits. The publisher looks for quality of writing that instructs, inspires, and/or entertains the reader. If your proposal appeals to and is suitable for Ambassador International, you will be invited to submit a complete manuscript.

Publishing Standards for Christian Trade Books:
Ambassador International Christian publishing is dedicated to producing theological, devotional, biographical, inspirational, fictional and children’s literature. Ambassador International will not accept works for publication that deny biblical inerrancy, the creation and fall of man, the Trinity, the deity and virgin birth of Christ, Christ’s substitutionary atonement, Christ‘s bodily resurrection, justification of the sinner by faith alone, the personal return of Christ, and biblical miracles.

Ambassador International will assess your work in terms of its adherence to the Bible, its marketability, and its literary merit.

Upon acceptance of your proposal, Ambassador International will discuss a royalty structure with you along with a completed manuscript delivery date. A signed contract between Ambassador International and the author constitutes a binding agreement for publishing the work according to the contractual specifications.

Submissions can be made here.

Ambassador Announcement of Partnership with Revelation Marketing Group

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Ambassador today announces a strategic sales alliance for the US with Revelation Marketing to expand its growing book lists in the CBA, ABA and independent stores.
Revelations large field team and tele-sales staff widen our ability and effectiveness in the marketplace and increase our connectivity with the bookstores.

Launch of Rainbow’s End

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A new book from Ambassador, Rainbow’s End, tells how the widow of a murdered MP finds peace and comfort in God. Belfast Newsletter covered the launch of the book. You can read the article here.

Ambassador International New Published Title Mummy’s Not Sick Anymore

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Mummy’s Not Sick Anymore
It is almost 20 years since Noel Davidson, a retired headmaster from Larne, had his first book published. Called ‘My Father’s Hand,’ it told the story of Heather, a young mother, whose strong Christian faith helped sustain her in her struggle with leukaemia. In the intervening years he has written another 26 books, mainly Christian biographies. These have seen him travel to destinations as far apart as America and Australia, Poland and Nigeria, as well as all the countries of Britain and Ireland to research and write stories.
His latest book, ‘Mummy’s Not Sick Anymore,’ has taken him back to his original theme, a Christian mother’s unshakeable faith in the face of one of the most dreaded of all trials, terminal illness.
The book begins when a young couple meet, fall in love and marry. They start a family, having two lovely little sons, Mark and Euan.  Paul and Alison (Ali) Watson were very happy with life at home at work and in church. All seemed to be set for a long life of shared love and joy.
That’s not how it was to turn out, though.
They were less than five years into married life when Ali’s mum was diagnosed with cancer and passed away.
Six months later Ali was to learn that she had it too. She had treatment, thought she was cured and the family went on holiday. It was a blissful time. The load had been lifted. The sky was clear. The future looked bright…
Then the cancer came back, more aggressively than before.
Everything medically possible was done for Ali. Her family and friends supported her practically and prayed for her passionately. Yet still her condition continued to deteriorate.
Struggling to cope with the complexities of her situation she began keeping a personal journal. This allowed her to pour out her heart on to paper.
The physical permanence of awful pain…
The emotional turmoil of not having the chance to be the wife and mother she had once imagined she would love to be…
The spiritual battle of just trying to make sense of it all…
The mental wrestling with God and the ultimate submission to His will for her life.
And her Christian faith is evident throughout. Even in desperately difficult ‘down’ days when all she was able to do was write the Bible verse that had been her comfort and consolation.
When facing the ultimate challenge of ‘Who knows how long I have got?’ Ali turned to her divine guide for the answer, concluding, ‘Only God. And He isn’t letting me know!’
This is a gripping story from start to finish. It includes interesting details of world travel, amusing incidents from family life and a gradual, painful ‘coming to terms’ with a devastating realisation for a young couple. Yet from Paul and Ali – just two- through to Paul Ali, Mark and Euan – all four – and back again to Team Watson – only three – this is a tremendous record of an underlying faith in God.
Noel Davidson confesses to having had his reservations when first approached, just over two years ago, about the possibility of turning Ali’s diary into a book. He felt inadequate for the task. “What experience have I of spiritual struggle or cancer care?” was his initial reaction.
That situation was soon set to be remedied, however, when in March 2009, he was diagnosed with cancer himself. Not having had any discernable symptoms this came as a total shock and caused him to think that perhaps his writing career was at an end.
He had major surgery three months later and after a difficult period of depressing complications he began to recover and is now thankful to be in ‘long term remission.’ It was only after having experienced, albeit at a merely peripheral level, the trauma of some of the treatment Ali was called upon to endure, in the Hospital where she was treated, that he felt qualified to untie the maroon ribbons on her journal, easily identify with the contrasting mind-sets of anguish and acceptance and translate it all into a book which ‘is hard to leave down.’
Noel found it an uplifting experience to work with Paul Watson on this project. The author was carried along on the wave of the young widower’s enthusiasm and the book they have produced has something for everybody but should prove particularly inspiring and indeed challenging to those, and the families of those, who are seriously ill.
On the back cover of ‘Mummy’s Not Sick Anymore’ it is claimed that this book will ‘strengthen the faint-hearted, melt the soft-hearted and move even the hard-hearted.’
As far as we can understand from those who have already read it this is exactly what has been happening. It has been doing at least one of these things to everyone and as a sideline has proved beneficial to the sales of paper hankies.  
 
‘Mummy’s Not Sick Anymore’ is published by Ambassador International. (£7.99 paperback)


Ambassador International News

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In 30 years of publishing Ambassador International has worked with many authors. But, this month marks a first for us as we signed two sisters, each with their own historical novel. But that’s just the beginning– stay tuned for more information about these upcoming releases.

Don’t miss out on the latest Ambassador International news!

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In today’s world, it’s hard not to be involved in at least one social media website. At Ambassador International, we want to make sure we reach out to everyone! We are located on some of the top social media websites. Make sure you check out our pages to get the latest book information, helpful writing tips, giveaways, and much more!

facebook Facebook

Our number one source for finding information on our book giveaways! An astounding 1 in 5 people in the entire world on Facebook! Write on our wall and give us your latest thoughts!

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In 140 characters or less, we tweet the latest details on book giveaways, author information, and ideas for Christian living. Providing inspiration in a couple sentences or less!

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A new addition to our media outlets, we love to have Google Hangouts with our authors! This is a great way to connect one-on-one with your favorite authors and ask them questions!

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Are you addicted to pinning? We have boards to provide inspiration with Christian living, links to book reviews, what our authors are up to, decorating with books and more! We love to share writing tips!

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Check out our YouTube channel for book trailers, author interviews, and tips for publishing your own books. More videos to come!