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The Bindery serves content creators.
We work closely with authors to set ambitious goals, shape their book ideas, polish content, and build a strategy, long before anything goes to a book editor or publisher for review. Put simply, we guide authors through every step of the publishing process, from inspiration to bookshelf.
Currently, we represent authors in the categories of General Nonfiction, Commercial Fiction, Religion, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Biography & Memoir, Pop Culture, Business & Leadership, Spiritual Growth, Christian Spirituality, and more.
We are especially relentless when it comes to finding the right publishing home for our authors. As the journey is long, choosing the right people to go with each of our clients is of critical importance. Publishing is a commitment and our goal is to make the experience rewarding.
In addition to representing writers and authors, The Bindery also consults with businesses and organizations on publishing strategy, and develops highly specialized book projects, offering a variety of boutique publishing options.
ALEXANDER FIELD, Principal & Founder
Alex Field launched The Bindery in 2017 after 18 years working in book publishing and journalism. Prior to starting The Bindery, he served as vice president and publisher for two imprints of Penguin Random House, the largest publisher of trade books in the English-speaking world.
After college, he began his career at the Los Angeles Times, assisting in the Calendar section, and writing dozens of freelance pieces and news reports. Since then, he's worked in journalism and book publishing for more than two decades—writing, editing, acquiring books, and managing editorial, marketing, publicity, design, production, subsidiary rights, and contracts departments. He has written for many outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, Relevant magazine, and Writer’s Digest.
He has published a number of New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly best sellers and many award-winning books, with beloved authors, celebrities, leaders, and media luminaries.
Field grew up on the beaches of Southern California. Today he and his family live along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.
INGRID BECK, Managing Director
After earning her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Kansas State University, Ingrid Beck got her start in publishing at River Oak Books in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and went on to work for David C Cook, Moody Publishers, and WaterBrook & Multnomah, a division of Penguin Random House.
Ingrid joined The Bindery in 2019, after more than 17 years working in book publishing, serving in diverse roles such as acquisitions editor, managing editor, and editorial director. In her current role as managing director at The Bindery, she oversees day-to-day operations, proposal development, client relations, scheduling, and a variety of other special projects. She loves collaborating with authors to help refine their message to reach their intended audiences.
A passionate and voracious reader, Ingrid strives to keep up with the latest buzzworthy reads in both fiction and nonfiction. When she’s not reading, Ingrid enjoys hiking and camping in the mountains of Colorado and spending time with her extended family, especially her ten nieces and nephews.
The Bindery serves content creators seeking publication of their stories and ideas. We work closely with our authors to chart an overall career path, dive deep into the heart of their content, provide guidance and feedback at every level, and ultimately, find a publishing home.
The Bindery consults with businesses and organizations that are looking to build a robust publishing strategy for their content or intellectual property, or that need help aligning their publishing business with their overall organizational goals.
The Bindery works with those who wish to create unique, customizable book projects—inside or outside of the traditional publishing model—that require high-end editorial work, customized design, format and packaging consultation, platform development, and printing support.
The Bindery's home for book publishing content and advice from the world of publishing.
To query The Bindery about literary representation, e-mail your book proposal, along with a cover letter, to email@example.com. Please include the following: a clear summary of your book concept, the table of contents (for nonfiction), an author biography, at least two sample chapters, relevant contact information, and your publishing history. You are welcome to attach a full book proposal and include sample chapters in the body of the e-mail itself, following your query letter. We will review every submission. However, if you have not heard back from us after 10-12 weeks have passed, please consider our response to be a "pass."
For more information on creating a book proposal, check out the article "The Anatomy of a Compelling Book Proposal," which also details the most critical elements to include.