I am also a BYU student who just turned a "self published" book in as a creative project for a class. The professor loved the book and suggested I should look into publishing it for real. Since I was more concerned about a good grade than publishing, this is a brand new concept for me, and I have no idea where to start.
My book has a definite LDS slant so I jumped on the internet to see who the LDS publishers are and found your site. You may be just the perfect person to get me started wading into this undertaking. I've looked at the submission guidelines for Shadow Mountain, Covenant, and Horizon. (I tried to look at Cedar Fort also, but the link to their submission page was broken.)
Are there other LDS publishers out there other than these? Is any one better than another to start with? Any other suggestions or helpful hints you want to throw my way would also be appreciated. Much thanks in advance.
Oh, there are so many more LDS publishers than that! For example, the biggest one: Deseret Book. (Shadow Mountain is one of their imprints.) How many are there? I don't know—there are always new ones popping up and others closing.
Without knowing what your book is about, it's hard to know what to advise. Do your research. Submit to the companies that publish the type of book you've written.
There are free lists of LDS publishers online HERE and HERE. Some of the info may be outdated.
Or THIS, which costs money but is pretty comprehensive.
[Cedar Fort's site is working fine right now. HERE is the link to their Submission Page. ]