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About Quest

Vision & History

Quest Books is the imprint of the Theosophical Publishing House, the publishing arm of the Theosophical Society in America. This organization, with 150 branches nationwide, is part of the International Theosophical Society founded in New York in 1875 with present headquarters in Adyar, Madras, India.

Located at the national Society's headquarters in Wheaton, IL, Quest Books is dedicated to publishing works compatible with the aims of the parent organization:

To promote fellowship among all peoples of the world and to encourage the study of religion, philosophy, and science, so that we may better understand ourselves and our place in the Universe. The Society stands for complete freedom of individual search and belief.

Since 1965, Quest has sold over 4 million books by leading cultural thinkers on such increasingly popular subjects as transpersonal psychology, comparative religion, deep ecology, spiritual growth, the development of creativity, and alternative health practices. Through our distributor, Publishers Group West, we offer a backlist of approximately 300 titles, including audio and video tapes, and we release approximately 12 new books each year. In addition, Quest is the sole agent for the Theosophical Publishing Houses in India and the Philippines.

The Theosophical Society's elegant forty-acre estate in Wheaton also maintains a fine library and sponsors a variety of educational seminars open to the public. The Quest Bookstore, which specializes in religious, psychological, and spiritual titles, is open seven days a week. Membership offers reduced fees for events and bookstore purchases and a complimentary subscription to the Society's distinguished bi-monthly journal, The Quest. The Quest is also available through paid subscription.

For a catalog of publications and general information about the Theosophical Society, call 1-800-669-1571 or visit our website at


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Job Opportunities

None at this time.


Quest Books cordially welcomes manuscripts and book proposals from both authors and literary agents. Please allow up to four months before we reply. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers are acceptable.

Statement of Purpose

Quest Books is an imprint of The Theosophical Publishing House, division of The Theosophical Society in America.

Quest Books is committed to publishing books of intelligence, readability, and insight for the contemporary spiritual seeker. Our books explore ancient wisdom, modern science, world religions, philosophy, the arts, and the inner meaning of life to provide dynamic tools for spiritual healing and self-transformation.

Relevant areas include Theosophy, yoga, meditation, new science and cosmology, holistic health and healing, spirituality as applied to social and ecological issues, and the spiritual traditions of both West and East. For further information on the types of books we publish, please browse our Web site.

Exclusions and Limitations

Please be advised that proposals or manuscripts WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED if they fall into any of the following categories:
  • Works intended for or about children, teenagers, or adolescents.
  • Fiction or literary works (novels, short stories, essays, or poetry).
  • Autobiographical material (personal experiences, or family stories).
  • Works received through mediumship, trance, or channeling.
  • Works related to UFOs or extraterrestrials.
  • Works related to self-aggrandizement (e.g., "how to make a fortune") or "how to" books.
  • Works written in nonidiomatic or nonstandard English.
  • Any genre unrelated to our Statement of Purpose (see above) or incompatible with the views of The Theosophical Society.

Academic works (e.g., Ph.D. dissertations) will be considered, provided that the work is appealing to the general reader. We will not accept manuscripts with an excessively academic style or terminology that is difficult for the general reader to understand. Most theses and dissertations require substantial reworking in style and content before they are suitable for a general audience.

Submission Requirements

  • We prefer original manuscripts that have not previously been published, but we will also consider self-published books or previously published works that are now out of print, provided the author currently holds the rights for publication. Books that we publish normally range from 40,000 to 80,000 words in length.
  • Book proposals are welcome. Proposals should include a brief overview of the work, a table of contents, a biography of the author, and a sample chapter, as well as the word count of the completed manuscript (actual or estimated).
  • Authors may also include the authors’ questionnaire. It is not necessary to submit the questionnaire if all its questions are addressed in the proposal.
  • Electronic submissions are acceptable sent as e-mail attachments in Microsoft Word, RichText, or PDF formats. Please send questionnaire, proposal, and sample material all together as a single file. Send electronic submissions to
  • If you are sending a submission or proposal in digital form, please send it in an unzipped format. We are unable to open zipped files.
  • Hard copies of manuscripts or previously published editions of books cannot be returned. Therefore we ask you NOT to include a stamped, self-addressed envelope, as we will not be able to send it back in any case.
  • If the work has been registered with the Office of Copyrights, (, indicate the name of the copyright owner.
  • The title page must include the name and address (including e-address) of the author.
  • Manuscripts should include a table of contents.
  • Please note that we will consider written proposals only. We are not able to view videos, YouTube clips, or similar materials as part of the submission process.

Send the manuscript and the required information to:

Attn: Submissions Department
P. O. Box 270
Wheaton, IL 60187-0270

For questions, write to the address provided above, or e-mail:

Permission to Reprint

To request permission to reprint or quote text from any of our copyrighted works, please contact for fees and payment. We do not grant permission to copy artwork, photographs, or illustrations. Proper acknowledgment must be given to the Theosophical Publishing House and Quest Books for material requested from any of its publications. For credit line information and additional permission guidelines, you may use the Permission to Reprint Form. For copyright information contact:

Permissions Department
Quest Books
P.O. Box 270
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Quest Books
Quest Books publishes nonfiction works to facilitate spiritual growth and healing; to encourage the study of religion, philosophy, and science; and to promote fellowship among all peoples of the world. In addition to a comprehensive selection of Theosophy titles by noteworthy authors like H.P. Blavatsky, Annie Besant, C.W. Leadbeater, and others, Quest offers books on a variety of topics including alternative healing, development of creativity, transpersonal psychology, deep ecology, mythology, comparative religion, consciousness, spiritual evolution, ancient wisdom, mysticism, esoteric studies, and perennial philosophy.

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