Wednesday, April 30, 2008


As book writers, we are always looking for ways to get the word out about our books, but I find that writers often overlook the possibility of having book excerpts published in magazines. Not all books will lend themselves to such use, but many do. If chapters of the book don’t stand on their own, you may have to do some editing. Excerpts must stay within the length requirements for the particular publication.

Always select a chapter that is on a topic the publication is interested in. Since most guidelines don’t mention excerpts specifically, it’s usually best to query. They will want it in manuscript form—not a copy of the finished book form. It’s not as important what you get paid for the excerpt as it is what kind of exposure your book will receive.

You will find a list of publications that accept book excerpts in the Topical Listing for periodicals in the market guide.


Christian SciFi Journal, 8908 Tumbleweed Dr., Crossroads TX 76227; 972-800-5001;; Willy Mannix is editor-in-chief. You will find their guidelines on the Website.


Empowering Everyday Women Online Magazine (877-419-6560, ext. 4;; is a new, web-based publication geared exclusively to the needs of African American Christian women. Features celebrity interviews, articles, news, blogs, and numerous opportunities for women to share their own personal stories, recipes, articles, and ideas. Dianna Hobbs, editor-in-chief.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008



Chasing Fireflies by Charles Martin (Thomas Nelson)

In High Places by Tom Morrisey (Bethany House, a division of Baker
Publishing Group)

Quaker Summer by Lisa Samson (Thomas Nelson)


Home to Holly Springs by Jan Karon (Viking Penquin)

A Time to Mend by Sally John and Gary Smalley (Thomas Nelson)

What Lies Within by Karen Ball (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)


Lady of Milkweed Manor by Julie Klassen (Bethany House, a division of
Baker Publishing Group)

A Proper Pursuit by Lynn Austin (Bethany House, a division of Baker
Publishing Group)

Tendering in the Storm by Jane Kirkpatrick (WaterBrook Multnomah
Publishing Group)

LITS (includes four titles due to a tie)

Doesn’t She Look Natural by Angela Elwell Hunt (Tyndale House Publishers)

Hallie’s Heart by Shelly Beach (Kregel Publications)

Let Them Eat Cake by Sandra Byrd (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)

Trophy Wives Club by Kristin Billerbeck (Avon Inspire, a division of
HarperCollins Publishers)


Lightning and Lace by Diann Mills (Barbour Publishing)

Remember to Forget by Deborah Rainey (Howard Books, a division of
Simon and Schuster)

Remembered by Tamera Alexander (Bethany House, a division of Baker
Publishing Group)


The Cure by Athol Dickson (Bethany House, a division of Baker
Publishing Group)

My Hands Came Away Red by Lisa McKay (Moody Publishers)

The Pawn by Steven James (Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group)


Auralia’s Colors by Jeffrey Overstreet (WaterBrook Multnomah
Publishing Group)

The Restorer by Sharon Hinck (NavPress Publishing Group)

Scarlet by Stephen R. Lawhead (Thomas Nelson)


Auralia’s Colors by Jeffrey Overstreet (WaterBrook Multnomah
Publishing Group)

Demon: A Memoir by Tosca Lee (NavPress Publishing Group)

The Stones Cry Out by Sibella Giorello (Revell, a division of Baker
Publishing Group)


Hollywood Nobody by Lisa Samson (NavPress Publishing Group)

In Between by Jenny Jones (NavPress Publishing Group)

Maggie Come Lately by Michelle Buckman (NavPress Publishing Group)


Greetings Authors!

We want you to be part of our conference this summer! At each of our annual
conferences, we host an Author's Autograph Party. We make every effort to
include as many authors as possible at our conferences, to give attendees
opportunities to meet you and express their appreciation! CBE conferences
are also wonderful opportunities to hear where your talents might be used in
future book projects!

This year, we want to enlarge the party! That is why I am writing you.

To inspire your participation, as an author, you will receive 25% off
registration for attending Christian for Biblical Equality's "Sent to Preach
the Gospel" conference in Toronto, Ontario on July 18-20. Enter this
discount code when registering online to receive the offer: TORAAP

Visit for more information
or to register.

If you have a new book, or one we do not currently sell through
EqualityDepot, please let us know! Send us a review copy, and we will do our
best to have it reviewed before the conference!

Also, if you know of books we do not currently sell, but should, please send
us your ideas!

Please feel free to email or call with any questions!

Rachel Finsaas
Events Coordinator
Phone: (612) 872-6898


Writers Workshop--Win a week with us!

Writers Workshop Submissions deadline: June 24, 2008

…in Rye, New York, at the famous GUIDEPOSTS WRITERS WORKSHOP. Ptolemy Tompkins, Rick Hamlin, Amy Wong, Edward Grinnan, Celeste McCauley and Colleen Hughes will teach you everything they know about writing and editing great GUIDEPOSTS stories. You could be the next Sue Monk Kidd (class of 1978). We’ll pick 15 of you to join us at picturesque Wainwright House October 13 to 17. Have a story you always wanted to write? Get started today!

HOW TO APPLY Submit an original, unpublished, true first-person story in 2,000 words or less, typewritten and double-spaced, about an experience that changed you. Show us how faith made a difference. Or you can ghostwrite for someone else. Tell us about yourself and your writing experience. Submit your entry postmarked by June 24, 2008, and mail to: Guideposts Writers Workshop, 16 East 34 Street, New York, NY 10016 or e-mail to Selected writers will be notified by mid-August 2008. We only acknowledge winners’ entries. Writers who have attended previous GUIDEPOSTS workshops are not eligible.

Monday, April 28, 2008


Q - I have written two separate queries to a particular Christian magazine for articles I want to submit. How long does it take for a reply? Do I only get a reply if the editor is interested? Should I write to the editor again to find out after waitng a few weeks? How do I handle this?

A - Typically it takes longer than you think to get a reply. This is something I ask publishers so I can include it in the listing for each publisher. It will tell you how long they typically take to reply--and it varies quite a lot. There are a few publishers that indicate they only respond if they are interested, but they are in the minority. Their listing will say that. As far as following up, note in the guide how long they say they take to respond, give them a couple more weeks grace period for mailing time, etc., and then definitely follow up. Just send an e-mail (if they indicate they take e-mail queries)or a brief letter telling them what you sent and when, who addressed to, etc.,and asking politely what the current status of your manuscript is. It is possible that they still will not respond. If you can get no response from these notes, you can try calling. If even that gets no satisfactory response, then you may have to send them a letter indicating that since they have not responded, you are withdrawing the manusript from their consideration and will be submitting it elsewhere.


Drop this book publisher from your market guide. Apparently they are scamming writers. I appologize for including them in the guide. Occasionally one of these makes it past the screening process--especially when they do not answer my questions truthfully.


Christian SciFi Journal, 8908 Tumbleweed Dr., Crossroads TX 76227; 972-800-5001;; Willy Mannix is editor-in-chief. You will find their guidelines on the Website.


Need a retreat from the world to get some writing done? You might want to check out Writers’ Haven, Bev Caruso, PO Box 1388, Lake Elsinore CA 92532; 909-245-4082;; Rancho de la Paz is located 60 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Provides lovely guestrooms where you can prepare your own meals or eat with others in the “International” dining room.


If you’re interested in starting an e-mail newsletter, you might want to check out to handle it for you. Cost is $30/month if your subscriber list is less than 2,500. They will also report on how much activity your newsletter is causing online. One of the important aspects of doing an online newsletter is giving those on your list the opportunity to opt in or out. Otherwise your newsletter could be considered spam.


Moody Publishers has hired a New Marketing Manager for their Lift Every Voice Imprint. Effective May 1st, Roslyn Jordan will transition to a new position as marketing manager for our Lift Every Voice (LEV) imprint. This is an opportunity for her to use her creative gifts and provide support to an important and growing line of Moody Publishers products. The LEV imprint began in 2000, and is a partnership with The Institute for Black Family Development (Detroit, MI). To date LEV has published 49 titles, and their publishing mission is to evangelize, educate, and edify African-American individuals, families, and ministry leaders.

Sunday, April 27, 2008


Ken Stephens, B & H Publishing Group president, has retired after 11 years in this position.

Mark Tauber has been appointed Publisher of HarperOne (formerly HarperSanFrancisco).


Good Catch Publishing ( is a small but growing company that publishes stories about the local church. Their motto is “Reaching Your City with Stories from Your Church.” They then produce books of these stories that are used as powerful and effective evangelistic tools. Looking for writers to write these stories. “We find the best stories in a local church and write them in a very dramatic, edgy style that clearly conveys the message of Christ without sounding religious. We’re currently understaffed and need some top-quality writers—even if they are unpublished. Writers are paid and the stories appear in attractive books.” Daren Lindley, CEO. For details, go to Website above.

Saturday, April 26, 2008


Bridge-Logos: Submit to Peggy Hildebrand (drop Sue Teubner); 17750 NW 115th Ave., Bldg. 200, Ste. 220, Alachua FL 32615; 386-462-2525;

H. Christoffersen is new editor at Cistercian Publications, P.O. Box 7500, Collegeville MN 56321-7500;

Editor at CSS Publishing is now Rebecca Allen (no longer Brandt). They have a new imprint called FaithWalk. They are looking for authors who will help with the marketing on their own books.

Lighthouse Publishing: Chris Wright, senior editor (drop Sylvia Charvet). Also drop, and use the other Website listed.

Wild Rose Press: Submissions should go to the Editor-in-chief;

Cappers: Editor’s last name is spelled Compton.

ChristianWeek: Submit to Kelly Rempel, managing editor.

Direction: Evangeline Carey, editor;

Journal of Church and State: Christopher Marsh, editor.

Our Sunday Visitor: John Norton, editor. Drop Gerald Korsen and Joyce Durika.

Quaker Life: Katie Terrell, editor.

Today’s Christian: Mark Moring, interim editor.

Celebrate: Abigail L. Takala, editor.

CLEAR Living: senior editor is now Jonathan Yandell;

Paula Hampton and Judy Woolsey are the new editorial team at Fruit of the Vine (devotional).

Light from the Word: Lawrence W. Wilson, editorial director.

Penned from the Heart: Jana Carman, editor; 304 Stow Neck Rd., Salem NJ 08079-3431; 856-339-9422;

Glad Tidings (Canada): Colleen Wood is new editor (

Catechumenate: Mary Fox, editor.

Brio/Brio & Beyond: Submissions now go to Ashley Mays, editorial assistant.

InsideOut: Daryle Williams, editor;

Friday, April 25, 2008


Screenwriting Weekend ~ September 19 & 20, 2008
Sponsored by Heritage Church & Pepperdine University

Act One, Inc. presents Act One Seminars - intensive, practical workshops for aspiring and professional writers who are serious about their Christian faith and who dream of creating culture that respects and enriches a global audience. These two-day seminars offer a fun, fast-paced overview of our renowned Writing Program, taught by Hollywood professionals.

Conference Details

September 19 ~ 1:00-10:00 pm
September 20 ~ 10:00 am-6:00 pm

Location: Heritage Church ~ 4801 44th St., Rock Island, IL 61201

Cost: $175 Early Bird Discount (ends August 1), $195 after August 1
Includes two days of instruction with Hollywood professionals, study materials, Saturday lunch, and admission to the Hollywood Insider Event.

Speakers: Dr. Thom Parham (JAG, Touched By An Angel)
Additional speakers to be confirmed

Registration open: NOW!


Conference Content

Our conferences were launched in response to requests from churches and individuals that we bring the content of our summer program to people who could not travel to Hollywood. Consequently, they are designed to provide an overview of our summer writing curriculum. You can visit our website for a more detailed account of course content; however, the basic conference schedule is as follows:

Weekend Workshop

*Finding Your Story - Choosing the right stories, understanding genre, the difference between a story and a character or premise, and what makes your story stand out from the others.

*The Big Structure Lecture - An overview of basic 3-act structure, illustrated through a breakdown of an epic motion picture.

*Formatting: The Basics - Industry standard script formatting, a discussion about scriptwriting software, submission do's and don’ts.

*Before Fade In: Loglines, Treatments, Beat Sheets, Outlines - An insider's look at the development process, and tips and tools for refining basic story ideas BEFORE starting to write.

*Pitching Workshop - Students learn pitching tips, work in small groups to complete a development assignment, and then participate in a pitching session with evaluation from Hollywood pros.

*Character and Dialogue - Instruction and inspiration for creating unforgettable characters and putting realistic, engaging words in their mouths.

*Haunting Moments: Truth In Film - The Act One hallmark! An intense look at storytelling from a biblical perspective, the parable approach, wrestling with good and evil on the page, the writer's responsibility to the audience, and time-tested principles for using the power of film to communicate "capital-T" Truth to the audience. Students learn by example from thought-provoking film clips, and the works of great Christian artists including Madeleine L'Engle, CS Lewis, Flannery O'Connor, JRR Tolkien - and history's greatest Storyteller, Jesus Christ. This is the cornerstone of our program.

*Breaking Into The Business - A frank dialogue between workshop participants and our faculty and staff members about the business of show business, what it takes to make it as a professional and as a Christian in Hollywood, and next steps for those who believe God is calling them to an entertainment industry career - plus, opportunities in other regions and markets, indie production, and media ministry.

Insider Event - Friday, September 19, 7:00-10:00 pm (Open to the public)

The Insider Event varies slightly in content based on current industry trends and the selection of our keynote speaker. However, audiences can anticipate the following -

*Greetings from the Church In Hollywood - A multi-media presentation about the Hollywood mission field, an introduction to various Hollywood ministries, and the surprising ways Christians can team with them to make a difference in their families, their communities, and the culture at large.

*A keynote address from a high profile Hollywood professional about the Truth in entertainment, redemptive storytelling, and the call to all Christians to positively influence popular culture.

*The Hollywood Insider Panel - a provocative, no-holds-barred, unrehearsed, "ask us anything, and we mean ANYTHING" Q&A panel about life and work on the world's most influential mission field featuring the Act One faculty and staff.


If you are a book author, you may want to check out the Website: to find out how to distribute signed copies of your books.


Lee & Low Books New Voices Award, 95 Madison Ave., New York NY 10016. E-mail: Website: Annual award for a children’s fiction or nonfiction picture book story by a writer of color; to 1,500 wds. Deadline: between May 1 and October 31. Prizes: $1,000 plus publication; & $500 for Honor Award Winner. Guidelines on Website.

Alexander Patterson Capon Prize for Fiction, New Letters, UMKC, University House, 5101 Rockhill Rd., Kansas City MO 64110; 816-235-1168. E-mail: Website: Deadline: May 18. Entry fee: $15. Prize: $1,500.

The Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, University of Georgia Press, 330 Research Dr., Athens GA 30602. Website: For collections of short fiction, 200-275 pgs. Prize: $1,000, plus publication under royalty book contract. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: between April 1 and May 31 (postmark). Guidelines on Website.

Slamdance Screenplay Competition, Slamdance, Inc., 5634 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles CA 90038. E-mail: Website: John Stoddard, dir. Annual contest. Deadline: May 18 (may vary). Entry fee: $40. First prize: $7,000. Details on Website. Accepts screenplays in every genre, both feature and short length.

Annual Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Supports the work of African American poets with excellent manuscripts who have not found a publisher for their first book. Deadline: May 15. Prize: $500, publication by a national press, and 50 copies of the book. Details on Website: Mailing address: 2008 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, Cave Canem Foundation Inc., 584 Broadway, Ste. 508, New York NY 10012. E-mail:

Dream Horse Press National Poetry Chapbook Prize, PO Box 2080, Aptos CA 95001-2080. E-mail: Send 16-24 pages of poetry (paginated). Entry fee: $15. Deadline: May 31 (may vary). Prize: $500 and 25 copies of chapbook. See Website for details: Electronic submissions OK, with electronic fee payment.

Thursday, April 24, 2008


Q - In what ways does Christian writing differ from nonChristian writing? Stated differently, what one element are publishers of Christian material most concerned about.

A - I would have to start by saying that it does vary from publisher to publisher. Generally speaking, christian publishers want there to be some sort of a Christian emphasis or slant to the piece of writing. However, the degree is what varies. Some publishers want an explicit Christian message--meaning there is no doubt that the focus is Christian. Even with those, there are few that would expect you to go so far as to include the plan of salvation.

At the other end of the spectrum are those that will accept an implicit Christian message--meaning it might only be inspirational or character building (if for children or teens). The important thing for you to know is where a particular publication falls on that line, and be sure your emphasis matches. You can usually determine that by reading both their guidelines and one or more sample copies. Your chances of selling to a particular publication will increase greatly if you understand where they are coming from.


The Maryland Women of Worship are looking for short devotionals (300-400 words) and pays $12 per devotional that is accepted. These devotionals appear to be used in books with holiday or seasonal themes. For more information and guidelines, visit their Website at:


Baker Publishing Group has named Jack Kuhatschek Executive VP and Publisher. In his new position he will be responsible to oversee the editorial team for five of six of their publishing divisions, including Revell, Baker Books, Baker Academic, Brazos Press, and Chosen. Kuhatschek replaces Don Stephenson who retired earlier.

Rebecca Price is the new VP and chief operating officer at FamilyLife Publishing.

Maureen “Moe” Girkins has been named president and CEO of Zondervan. Girkins will oversee and direct Zondervan’s growth strategy, as well as managing the day-to-day operations of the company.

Fr. Dan Kroger, O.F.M., is the new publisher at St. Anthony Messenger Press and Franciscan Communications. He replaces Fr. Jeremy who retired last year.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) invites all
Christian authors and Hollywood professionals to attend a symposium
to discuss how Christian authors can get their novels or story ideas
made into movies. We'll cover how to introduce your work to the film
industry plus we'll discuss screen writing do's and don'ts. We'll
also talk about the television market as well as Broadway plays.

PLUS, Michael Trent of the Kairos Prizes, a screenwriting Competition
sponsored by Movie Guide and the Templeton Foundation, will give us
the scoop on how and what to enter this prize-ladened competition.

ALSO you will be able to make contacts as a reception and meet and
greet will follow.

Our panel will be made up of movie producers, directors, actors,
screenwriters, creators of popular cartoons, and novelists with
motion pictures and Broadway plays made from their works.

Our guest list (so far) includes Susan Wales, Ken Wales, Michael
Trent, Jeff Holder, Nancy Stafford, Carol Whang Schutter, Deb Raney,
Kathi Macias AND other big Hollywood names yet to be announced.
Go to: to see bios which will continue to
be updated.

When & Where: Rosen Conference Centre
Orlando, Florida
July 13, 2008; 4:00 - 7:00 pm
(With 5:30 pm break for people attending Gold Medallion Awards)

Cost: $25

Event includes reception with refreshments and mingle time.

Please register at:


Q - I sell many reprints. However, if a publisher buys them, that's seldom mentioned in the writers' guidelines. When I e-mail to ask, the response is usually that they do. Do you know why that info isn't offered up in the guidelines?

A - I'm not sure why they don't mention it in their guidelines, but it may be because it's not an important distinction as far as they are concerned. Knowing about those reprint markets is one of the advantages of using the market guide. The listings for each publication indicates whether they accept reprints, and whether you need to indicate where the piece has been published previously. (Some editors want to know--others don't care). Another help is in the topical listings where you look up which publishers are interestd in your topic. There is an "R" after those publications who accept reprints--making it very easy for you to pick out the reprint markets.


Lately I’ve been thinking about rejection—not that I’m feeling rejected—but I’ve been noticing how different people react to rejection. It seems the longer we are writers the better we tolerate it. Beginning writers often find it difficult if not impossible to deal with. I’ve often seen a single rejection or negative comment send a manuscript into a drawer never to be seen again.
I am reminded of an experience I had several years ago when I spoke at a large writers’ conference. A writing buddy of mine (more experienced at speaking than I was at the time) was also a speaker at that conference. After the conference, they sent each speaker a list of comments about their talk that came in on the evaluation forms. When mine arrived, I read through it and highlighted all the negative comments. A few days later my friend sent me a copy of his comments sheet. I had to laugh when I realized that on his sheet he had highlighted only the positive comments.
One thing we all eventually learn as writers and speakers is that not everyone is going to like what you write or say. One editor may reject a piece with negative feedback, and the next editor will accept it enthusiastically. My father had a plaque over his desk at work that said: “You can please some of the people some of the time and all of the people some of the time, but you can never please all of the people all of the time.” A good mantra for the writer or speaker.


CLASServices is a full-service training and equipping agency for Christian leaders, authors and speakers.

The CLASSeminar, featuring Florence Littauer, Marita Littauer and a complete staff of professional speakers and writers, provides practical methods and proven plans paired with professionalism and polish so that you can become a skilled communicator.

This is one of the best--if not the best--opportunities to learn the skills you need to be a polished professional speaker. To register for the May 5-7 seminar in Austin TX, go to:, or call 1-800-433-6633.

Monday, April 21, 2008


Learn How To Publish Your Own Book!

Do you have a book ready for publication but do not know where to begin?

Has God given you a gift to write?

Have you been searching for something or someone to simply lead you into right direction about how to publish your writing?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions then The 3rd Annual Writer's Breakthrough™ Workshop is for you!

It will be held at:

Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center
3700 Blue Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64131

May 24, 2008
9:00am - 1:00pm

*Steps to Copyright/Publish Your own Book
*The Write World of Business
*How To Produce Your Songs

Registration $25, $30 at the door:


Dr. Grace LaJoy Henderson is the author of Writer's Breakthrough: Steps To Copyright and Publish Your Own Book and has published a total of 7 books. She will present the steps necessary to copyright and publish your own book.

Archuleta Chisolm is the Author of Heaven Knows Your Existence and the Artfully Speaking E-Newsletter. She also conducts workshops for audiences, particulary women. She will present the steps necessary to turn your books, plays, songs, and other writings into a successful business career.

Leon Jenkins is a music producer and is the CEO of The Production House. He will present the steps necessary to produce your music.

Registration includes: Three educational presentations, registration in prize drawing, opportunity to network, trade show, refreshments

For questions, comments and concerns about the 3rd Annual Writer's Breakthrough™ Workshop e-mail us at


Registration is now open for the
2008 BookExpo America/Writer's Digest Books Writers Conference

Wednesday, May 28, 2008,
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

The conference starts at 8:00 a.m. with a keynote address by New York Times best-selling author Jacquelyn Mitchard (The Deep End of the Ocean, The Breakdown Lane, The Most Wanted, Cage of Stars, Still Summer)

An all-day event, with workshops and panels throughout the morning and afternoon featuring writing's top authors, editors and agents!

Confirmed are fiction, mystery, screenwriting and television panels with superstar agent Don Maass, Hallie Ephron, Victoria Schmidt, James Scott Bell, Bill O'Hanlon, John Truby and many more!

And the original PITCH SLAM session is always a part of our conference!
You get a one-on-one with the largest gathering of agents and editors of any conference who will hear your story idea and give you instant feedback! You could be one step closer to GETTING PUBLISHED!

Up to the minute programming details at

Admission is $199, which includes lunch and the 2008 edition of Writer's Market!

Register at:

Saturday, April 19, 2008


Q - Do you believe every writer should have an agent?

A - The short answer is No. But I'll give you a longer one. First, you must be writing books for an agent to be interested in you at all. Agents don't typically handle articles, short, stories, or poetry--except occasionally for their current book clients. Although the market guide indicates which agents are open to submissions from new clients or unpublished authors, they will expect you to have a completed book manuscript before you approach them.

Generally speaking, you will have a better chance of finding an interested agent if you have a book with a fairly broad possible reading audience. If yours is a niche book--with a very specific audience--you may do just as well finding a publisher on your own. Keep in mind that, from a financial standpoint, an agent will be looking for projects that will make enough money that their 15% is enough to make representing you worthwhile. That's just the reality of the business.

At this point, it is only the major houseS that require an agent, so with 450 Christian book publishers listed in the guide, you certainly have a lot of publishers you can approach on your own.


Go to: and type in the title of your book or a book you are trying to find. Then you can type in a state or a country, or any location to find out which libraries are carrying your book or the book you are trying to locate.


Please note that all Howard e-mail addresses are now:

First name, dot, last name

Friday, April 18, 2008


Thomas Nelson continues to expand on their “One Company” initiative, which eliminated all their imprints and now focuses on consumer categories instead. They now plan to create a more comprehensive focus on nonfiction trade publishing and an increased focus on leadership. They have combined their two nonfiction trade publishing groups into one, called the Nonfiction Trade Book Group, under the leadership of David Moberg.


Harvest House has launched a new line of books called Books. The overall purpose of the line is to reach out to a technology-driven culture, as well as non-traditional believers or those searching for faith. As an example of the type of books they are doing, one of the four books that were released in January is titled, I’m Fine With God…It’s Christians I Can’t Stand, by Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz.


Gollehon Press is looking for professionally written manuscripts on two subjects: “The early Christian Church” (would expect the writer to be a graduate professor of a seminary), and “Inspirational,” but not heavy (feel-good works that have a strong Christian message). No fiction. Website: When you go to the Website, you will see that they have published a number of books on gambling, but they assure me that they are now looking for these specifically Christian books.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Thomas Nelson announced today that it will not be participating in Book Expo America (BEA) 2008 and the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) 2008. "We have been discussing this move for some time," said President & CEO, Michael S. Hyatt. "But the current economic downturn is forcing us to re-evaluate the expenditure of every marketing dollar. We are committed to doing our best to support our products and distributors with marketing expenditures that result in greater sales. And we have determined that, for Thomas Nelson, these trade shows provide very little return on a very significant investment."


The Copyright Office is modernizing its operations by moving from a paper-based to a Web-based processing environment. This change will allow the Office to better meet the needs of its customers through more online services and faster processing times. However, the transition has caused a temporary backlog of paper applications. The time lag for receiving a registration certificate is currently up to 8 months. The Office is working diligently to improve the processing time and apologizes for this inconvenience.

Regardless of when you receive your certificate, the effective date of registration of a work is still the day all the required elements in acceptable form are received by the Copyright Office.

You are strongly encouraged to register claims using the new Web-based registration system named electronic Copyright Office (eCO) e-Service. Currently in production under a beta test, eCO e-Service is easy to use and offers a reduced fee for electronic registrations ($35). You will receive your registration certificate in a much shorter time than you will if you send a paper application.


Press Release

Contact: Sarah Bolme, Christian Small Publishers Association 704-277-7194

Announcing the 2008 Winning Titles of the Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award.

Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA) is pleased to announce the winning titles for the 2008 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award. Retailers selling Christian products voted on the nominated titles in each of four categories: Nonfiction: General, Nonfiction: Biography, Fiction, and Children’s. The winners in each of the four categories are:

Nonfiction: General

Blended Families, an Anthology, Valerie L. Coleman (Editor), Pen of the Writer, LLC, 978-0-9786066-0-2

Nonfiction: Biography

Addiction: A Personal Story, Lacy Enderson, Bennett Deane Publishing, 978-0-9777417-0-0


Cry Of Justice, Jason Pratt, Bittersea Publications, 978-0-9778884-0-5


There’s a Party in Heaven!, Author: Gary Bower, Illustrator: Jan Bower, Storybook Meadow Publishing, 978-0-9704621-8-3

The Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award is sponsored by Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA). A total of 42 titles were nominated by publishers for the four award categories.

CSPA was established in 2004 to represent and promote small publishers in the Christian marketplace. In the past four years, the organization has grown from its initial three publisher members to a current membership of over 50 small publishers producing materials for the Christian marketplace. CSPA is a supplier member of CBA.

Monday, April 14, 2008


Q - I noticed in your 2008 market guide you have a section on blogging. How do you choose which blogs are listed, and if we come across an awesome site can we submit it to you for consideration?

A - We are looking for blogs that are helpful to writers. We'd love to hear from anyone who has such a blog or has found one they really like. Just e-mail me that information ( and we'll check it out. Now's the time to do it, since we're currently working on the 2009 edition of the guide.


Family Fun, 224 Main St., Northampton MA 01060. No e-mail queries. Guidelines online: Looking for family travel pieces from feature articles to short column pieces for their “Postcards From the Road” column. For the column, share a few lines about a unique travel experience you had with your family, and include a photograph. Features run 800-1,000 words. Travel articles need to have family-friendly destinations, accommodations suitable for families, and educational/affordable activities of interest to the average family. Pays $1.25/word. Also buys simultaneous rights.

Sunday, April 13, 2008


These days we are all becoming more dependent on the internet to connect with others for various reasons. I’m hearing a lot of buzz recently about It is a social networking site for business people, but is a great help when you’re looking for people to interview or contacts that have specific skills or knowledge that you need. When you join you start building your own network or circle of contacts. When you need help, you just ask if anyone in your circle knows someone who fits your specific need.


The Evangelical Christian Publishers Assn. (ECPA) has launched the official Website for the Christian Book Expo Dallas 2009. Site is located at: This first event will be held in Dallas, Texas, March 20-22, 2009, and should be of interest to authors.


If you want to keep up with the changes at the Copyright Office, they now offer updates in three different topic areas (used to be just one newsletter, but is now three): (1) What’s New at the Copyright Office (general updates); (2) Licensing (updates on regulations and procedures for compulsory and statutory licenses); and (3) Legislative Developments (alerts about new laws or bill introduced in congress). To sign up for any or all of these, go to their Website at

Saturday, April 12, 2008


Q - How would I benefit from buying the Christian Writers' Market Guide?

A - No there's a question I love to answer! Apparently this comes from someone who has never seen the guide. Here's just a quick rundown of what the guide has to offer:

* A listing of about 450 Christian book publishers, with all the info you need to contact them.

* A listing of almost 700 Christian periodicals with contact information.

* Topical listings in both categories where you can look up the topic of type of material you want to write and it will give you a list of which publishers have said they are interested.

* Similar listings for greeting card, gift items, games, software, video/CD/DVD markets.

* A huge listing of resources for writers, including Websites, books, organizations, etc.

* A listing of Christian literary agents and how to contact them.

* A listing of writers groups and conferences arranged by state.

* A listing of those who provide editorial services--such as editing, evaluations, co-authoring, ghostwriting, writer coaching, etc.

* A listing of contests for writers arranged by genre.

* A listing of publishers and periodicals by denomination, or by corporate group (such as which ones are put out by Christianity Today, etc.)

* Market analysis sections for both book publishers and periodicals.

* A glossary of terms.

Those who are familiar with the guide will tell you that it's a book they keep next to their Bible--one they can't get along without as a Christian writer--and, of course, I wholeheartedly agree. If you're convinced, you can go to to order.


*, an internet business that equips people to take their blogging/writing/marketing from “potential” to “influential,” seeks freelance bloggers and Website designers/developers who are available to take on contract jobs. Freelancers will be matched with business clients who need people to design and develop a blog and/or ghostwrite blog content. Request an application from HeBlogsSheBlogs co-founder Laura Christianson,

* Village Note Cards, 742 Elmhurst Cir., Claremont CA 91711; 909-437-0808;; Diane Cooley, owner. A fine-art note card publisher looking for how-to articles for their Website; 500-1,500 words. Pays $5-25. Guidelines on Website.

* The Wildwood Reader, PO Box 55-0898, Jacksonville FL 32255; 904-705-6806. Website under construction. Submit to The Editor. Pays $10-75 for fiction: contemporary, literary, or romance; 800-2,400 words.

* Revival Nation Publishing, 1049 Finch Dr., Sarnia ON N7S 6A8, Canada. (519)330-6346. E-mail: Website: Revival Nation Evangelistic Ministries. Greg Holmes, pres. Publishes 10-12 titles/yr. Gives preference to Canadian authors, but open to all. Accepts e-mail submissions (attached file in Word). Looking for revival, Holy Spirit, miracles, healing, prophecy, prayer, and the Kingdom of God.

Friday, April 11, 2008


Just in case you are planning to attend the Writing for the Soul Conference next year in Colorado Springs, they have moved the dates back a week to February 19-22, 2009.


Highlights for Children (803 Church St., Honesdale PA 18431-1824; buys all rights and does not consider reprints. Prefers complete manuscript; no e-mail submissions. Pays $100-150 on acceptance. Fiction for 3-7 year olds, to 500 words; fiction for 8-12 year olds, to 800 words. Rebus stories to 125 words. Nonfiction to 800 words. Also accepts crafts, finger plays/action rhymes, party plans, and little poetry to 16 lines.


* Black Noir Magazine (Dottie Media GroupLLC, 100 Park Ave., Ste. 1600, New York NY 10017; is a cross-over market for successful black women who possess a serious passion for life and all that offers. Black Noir illustrates how we can command greater control over our lives making better informed business decisions in addition to smart, social, and fun fashion moves. Florence Anthony is publisher and editor-in-chief.

*The Black Scroll E-zine, Your Christian Resource Magazine, 1301 E. Debbie Ln., Mansfield TX 76063; toll-free 877-867-3234;; Shyra Smith, publisher. Designed to help spread the word about artists, churches, businesses, events, and products.

* El Heraldo Cristiano (The Christian Herald) PO Box 15040, Tampa FL 33687; 813-333-6999;; Published in Spanish. Pays for general Christian/family articles. Joseph Diaz, editor.


I recently did a phone consultation with a young man who self-published a book last year. He contacted me because he had only sold 1,500 copies of his book and wanted to know how to get his sales moving again. The book was well written , and the topic a popular one, but it was obvious this was a consultation that should have taken place before the book was ever published. He learned some things during our meeting that might help you as well.

The book was hardcover with about 400 pages. However, it was printed double-spaced, so could have been done as a 200-page trade paperback. Because it was well suited as a group study book, it would have been a perfect fit for that target market if it wasn’t priced at $20.

Of course, the biggest problem he faced is that the book is already more than a year old—too old for most book reviews, contests, radio & TV shows, etc. Promotion on a new book needs to start eight months before the book comes out. There was little I could suggest at this point. The biggest window of opportunity for promotion had already closed.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008


Q - While I think writing itself should take the bulk of my time, it seems marketing tasks can engulf my schedule. what percentage of my time should I actually spend in marketing and seeking markets?

A - This is a question I know a lot of writers struggle with. As creative souls we want to--and think we should--spend most of our time writing. However, writing for publication tends to throw that creative time into the back seat. Unless you spend considerable time on seeking and studying markets--and then handling all the submission work--your writing projects are not likely to sell. I would estimate that many successful writers spend 50% of their available time on marketing. Those who have taken my writing workshops have heard me say that the biggest reason writers fail to sell is becasue they don't give marketing the time it deserves and demands.


This Saturday, April 12, is the date for the Orange County Spring Writers Day 2008. Conference will be held at the Mariner's Church, 5001 Newport Coast Dr., Irvine CA 92603. Three keynote speakers are Beverly Lewis, Dan Benson, and Diana Gyler, Ph.D. Offers 3-part Intensive Workshops for both fiction and nonfiction writers. Registration at the door is $160. Website:


This annual conference will be held June 6-7 in Little Rock (Hilton Little Rock). Featured speaker will be Shirley Abbott, a native of Hot springs, Arkansas, and best known for her books of memoirs. Offers a number of all-group sessions with various speakers.Cost is $25 if you pre-register or $30 at the door--for both days. You may also attend just one of the days for $15. This confeence is sponsored by the Arkansas Pioneer Branch, National League of American Pen Women. Website:


Largest 25 Churches (ranked by membership)

1. The Catholic Church – 67,515,016
2. Southern Baptist Convention – 16,306,246
3. The United Methodist Church – 7,995,456
4. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – 5,779,316
5. The Church of God in Christ – 5,499,875
6. National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc. – 5,000,000
7. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – 4,774,203
8. National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. – 3,500,000
9. Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) – 3,025,740
10. Assemblies of God – 2,836,174
11. African Methodist Episcopal Church – 2,500,000
12. National Missionary Baptist Convention of America – 2,500,000
13. Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. – 2,500,000
14. The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS) – 2,417,997
15. Episcopal Church – 2,154,572
16. Churches of Christ – 1,639,495
17. Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America – 1,500,000
18. Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. – 1,500,000
19. The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church – 1,443,405
20. American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. – 1,371,278
21. United Church of Christ – 1,218,541
22. Baptist Bible Fellowship International – 1,200,000
23. Christian Churches and Churches of Christ – 1,071,616
24. The Orthodox Church in America – 1,064,000
25. Jehovah’s Witnesses – 1,069,530

Tuesday, April 8, 2008



Writers' Guidelines

Brainstorming card ideas:

-What have you said to a friend lately, that made them laugh?

-Think of your best friend. What do you want to say to them on their
birthday? What specifically is great about them?

-What do you not understand about teenagers?

-What is the best thing you like about your spouse? How would you say it
to them?

-If your Aunt lost her husband, and you wrote a sympathy note to her,
what would you say?

-What is the best piece of advice your pet would give you?

-Think of a child you know. What would you say to them if they felt

-Think of someone who did something nice for you lately. What would you
say to them?

-If your pet had a voice, what is his opinion about birthdays, specific
holidays or what confuses him about the world?

-Think of someone you love. How can you tell them you love them without
using the word ?love.?

-What have you wanted to scream out loud lately, that seems obvious, but
nobody notices it?

-Who is last person you know that graduated? What advice do you wish you
could give them?

Quotes should be:
Appropriate for a greeting card, bookmark or coffee mug. They must be
less than 20 words, the shorter the better. All work must be original
(by you). Keep a copy of your work. Quotes can be sent year around.

Looking for:
Everyday humor, women?s humor, Pet voices, Birthday, Thank You, Thinking
of you, Miss you, Valentine?s Day, Love, Sympathy, Wedding, Christmas,
Mother?s and Father?s Day.


-Email to: Subject line: QUOTE SUBMISSION.

-Send submission in "body of email" (Please do not send attachments) .

-Separate each quote by lines of blank spaces, so they are easier to read.

-Send as many quotes as you want.

-Include permanent, long-term contact information (a second email
address, mailing address, phone number).

Writers sometimes send email addresses that expire, and later there is
no way to reach them.

- Payment per quote is $50.


Guideposts has hired Linda Raglan Cunningham as the Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Guideposts Books and Inspirational Media. She replaces Marilyn Moore who has retired from the company.

Susan Simon is the new acquisitions editor for fiction and general nonfiction at Quintessential Books. Query only. Website:

At denominational publication Encompass, new editor is Robert Lundy.

Jessica Colund is now editor at the online publication, E-Quality. Website:

At Focus on the Family Magazine, editor is now Linda Arnold. Website:

Good News (KY) has a new editor: Robert Rempfer. Website:

James McDonald is the new editor at Homeschooling Today. Website:

Editor at HonorBound: A Christian Man’s Magazine is Darian Amsler. Website:

At Seek (BIC), new editor is Rebekah Basinger. Prefers queries. Website:

The Canadian, denominational magazine, Testimony, has a new editor: Linda Gibson. Prefers queries. Website:

John Hicks is new editor at the children’s publication, High Adventure. Website:

Rick Wood is new editor at Mission Frontiers. Website:

At Christian Century, the executive editor is David Heim. Website:

The editor at Pulpit Helps is Bob Dasal. Prefers queries. Website:

New editor at teen publications CLEAR Direction and CLEAR Horizon is Jonathan Yandell. Website:, the teen website for the Billy Graham Assn., has a new editor: Blaine Howard.


I don’t recall if I’ve talked about writers’ guidelines on this blog or not. Sometimes I think we take them too much for granted and don’t give them the time or attention they demand. Writers’ guidelines come in all lengths and formats. They certainly come with variable degrees of helpfulness.
Some I’ve seen tell you no more than what size paper and font to use and little else of help. Others provide what amounts to a writing workshop on paper. (For an example of a very helpful one, go to and click on “Writers Guidelines.”) When you find those that do offer helpful information, and they are publishers you want to write for, I encourage you to read and reread them carefully with a highlighter in hand. You might want to even use highlighters in two different colors. With one color highlight any comments that indicate this is an appropriate publisher for what you have to offer. In the other color highlight anything that indicates the opposite—that you’re not likely to fit in there.
When you are finished and reread the highlighted portions, you should have a pretty good idea whether this is a publisher you should pursue—or if you need to move on to another one. Don’t waste your time or theirs by trying to pursue a publisher that doesn’t fit with your talents.
One other thing I want to say about guidelines is how important it is that you follow them. I’ve had more than one editor tell me that if a writer does not follow their guidelines they will not even consider their submission. Many of the publishers have their guidelines available right on their Website, so they are easy to access. Don’t skip this vital step in preparing to submit your material to any publisher.

Monday, April 7, 2008


Q - I have just finished a book proposal along with a few smaple chapters. As a newbie to the "world of publishing," I am not sure what the next best course of action should be. Some say find an agent, yet I've had interest from a subsidy publisher, but can't afford to do that right now. What should my next step be? Help!

A - These days, most of the major publishers require that you have an agent, so if you think your book is best suited to one of those, then you will want to look for an agent first. If you plan to find an agent, the important thing is to do so before you start submitting to publishers. Agents will not want to take on a book that has already made the rounds of publishers (those are the same publishers they would be submitting to). Just keep in mind that finding an agent is often as hard as finding a publisher.

If you decide against an agent, or are unable to find one willing to take you on, then there are certainly a lot of publishers who will consider manuscripts directly from the author. Just use the market guide to determine which ones require agents and which ones will accept a query letter or a proposal from the author. The guide will also tell you exactly what the publisher wants you to send initially. For some, that means just a query letter describing your project and asking if they would like to see a proposal. For others, you may submit the proposal initially. Almost every publisher will provide you with writers' guidelines, so send for those for any publishers you are interested in submitting to. The most important thing is that you send each publisher exactly what they ask for. Some will reject the project outright if you have not followed their guidelines.


The Little Style Guide to Great Christian Writing and Publishing is one of those books every Christian writer should keep on his/her desk. You may have other style guides, but the great feature of this one is that it deals specifically with words and terms that are unique to christian writing. It provides a fresh understanding and distrinctively Christian examination of style and language. It is also cross-referenced with the Chicago Manual of Style. To order, visit the bookstore on my Website at


In support of its goal to reach all kids with fun, faith-based stories, Warner Press announces that it is expanding its line of books into the teen fantasy fiction market. Its first title for teens, “Hunter Brown and the Secret of the Shadow,” releases Aug. 8, 2008.

Saturday, April 5, 2008


MacGregor Literary is excited to announce that Sandra Bishop will be joining us as a literary agent, starting Monday, April 7. As someone with a lifelong gift for words, she is a perfect fit for our agency.

Sandra began her career in the industry in the eighties, when a friend noticed her abilities with words and encouraged her to attend a writers' conference. That’s where she first realized writing could be more than a dream, but a real – and respectable – profession worth pursuing. After a few years learning the craft, pitching article ideas to magazine editors, and meeting deadlines, Sandra began to map out a career in publishing.

It wasn’t long before a door opened at Multnomah Press, and Sandra landed a job in the marketing department, where she participated in publishing meetings and assisted with contracts, budgets, and marketing plans for a respectable list of non-fiction authors including Brennan Manning, Max Lucado, Gigi Graham, and Chuck Swindoll. At the time, Christian fiction titles were just beginning to emerge; in fact Sandra remembers when the Christian fiction section fit on one shelf of the local Christian bookstore. Obviously, much has changed in the industry since then, but over the years, Sandra has continued to make her living as a writer, navigate the ever-changing tides of publishing, and keep her eye open for opportunities.

One such opportunity arose in 2004, when Sandra approached a local business expert about collaborating on a book idea. With Sandra's expertise on the proposal, pitch, and content, the project resulted in a two-book deal for the author, and became Sandra's first book deal -- even though she was not an official agent … yet.

She has been working with Chip MacGregor since 2007, helping with contracts and office details, and getting to know the business. Her background in writing, her extensive experience in marketing, and her familiarity with publishing has prepared her to work with authors who desire to create books that make a difference. When Chip invited Sandra to join him as an agent, it was a natural next step. Sandra will be focusing on a small group of authors as she begins, and expects to be face-to-face with editors and publishers at this year's ICRS in Orlando.

Sandra's longevity in the industry, commitment to professionalism in her freelance career, and creative resourcefulness make her a welcome addition to MacGregor Literary. You can reach her at

Chip MacGregor
MacGregor Literary
2373 NW 185th Ave, Suite 165
Hillsboro, OR 97124
(502) 277-8308
Books that make a difference.


ePress-online, Inc. ( is now accepting submissions for Category Romance. Category Romance must have strong elements of crime, suspense, and/or fantasy woven within the romance thread. Story should have no more than three viewpoint characters, and be written either in first person or tightly written third person. Sensuality level should be light and meaningful to the storyline. Submission guidelines at: They don’t take anything specifically Christian, but they also do nonfiction how-to books on writing.

Friday, April 4, 2008


Q - I have heard some say that self-publishing is the best way to go, especially for first timers? Should a new author self-publish and is it more costly?

A - First of all, this questions suggests that the writer does not have a clear undrstanding of the differences between a royalty publisher and and a subsidy publisher. So just to clarify that point, with a royalty publisher, you do not pay anything--the publisher pays all the expense of publishing the book and distributing it. (Except for any expenses you choose to incur in promoting the book youself.)

With a straight subsidy publisher, you pay all the cost of printing and distributing the book--which answers the question of whether it is more costly. You will also find some publishers that fall into other categories--which I call co-op publishers. They offer deals where you pay part of the cost and they pay part. The amount you pay will vary a great deal with this type of publisher--so shop around.

As far as whether self-publishing is the best way to go for a new author, it really depends on a lot of factors. If it is a book with a broad appeal (fiction or nonfiction), then look for a royalty publisher first. If the book is well-written and has a broad, definable audience, a royalty publisher is your best choice. If the book has a very specific or narrow audience, then you may have to self-publish.

If you have a good "platform"--meaning you have a well-established speaking ministry and good contacts (such as an organization)where you can sell a lot of books yourself, then you can often make more money by self-publishing. If you don't know how you are going to sell the book--or to whom--then self-publishing is not the way to go. You don't want to end up with a garage full of expensive books you can't sell.


This information comes from Selah Publishing, one of the subsidy publishers listed in the market guide: “Selah, taken from the psalms, means to ‘pause and listen’ and serves as a foundation for our company, encouraging our authors and employees alike to do so. Pause and listen to God’s direction, His Voice. Selah provides all the standard self-publishing services and was one of the first Christian self-publishers to begin printing short runs with the technology of POD so we are completely capable of servicing the needs of any type of author. Though we offer a wide range of publishing options, we frequently encourage our authors to explore the benefits and value of POD. We have not formed a separate brand for our authors who are printing their book with this technology. Our authors, no matter their publishing choices experience the same level of service and care and we feel by creating such a separation, we’d actually be assigning a potentially negative label. At Selah we believe in operating in a way that provides excellent service, high-quality products and a personal publishing relationship with our authors at a cost that goes beyond being ‘competitive’. Our goal is not only to consistently achieve this but also to be upfront and honest in everything we do—being specific about our services, outlining total anticipated publishing costs, and speaking frankly about the industry and author concerns. ‘Publishing with a spirit of excellence’ is our motto and at the heart of what we do day in, day out.”

CHRISTIANNEWS.US SEEK WRITERS is looking for writers for their new Website. They are not able to pay writers at this point, but are setting up an advertising structure so they will be able to pay in the future. They do promise to provide a lot of exposure, as they will be networking with a number of large organizations. Check the volunteer section of their Website for postings that relate to this project. They may have filled their need for a news editor, but likely still need news reporters. This volunteer position is open to born again Christians who have proficient news-writing experience, research, and organizational skills. Submit a written testimony, resume, and three news article samples to: Repent America, P.O. Box 30000, Philadelphia PA 19103.

Thursday, April 3, 2008


Baker Publishing Group has relaunched their family of Websites with new features designed to make it easier for visitors to find the information they need and connect to news about their favorite books and authors. This includes their flagship site at:, as well as sites for Baker Books, Baker Academic, Bethany House, Brazos Press, Chosen, Revell, Cambridge Bibles, and a number of sites for specific authors. This is good news for the authors who have books with this publisher, and helps the rest of get a better handle on the types of books each of these imprints are publishing.


Every writer who spends some time working at home can now claim a home-office deduction on their tax return. Under the new rules, a home office qualifies as a principle place of business if (1) the space is used to create substantial work, and (2) the space is used exclusively and regularly for business. The IRS lets you decide how much is “substantial.” With so many people telecommuting and working at home these days, the old fear that claiming a home office with automatically trigger an audit is no longer an issue.


* June: Southern Christian Writers Conference; Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Contact: Joanne Sloan, PO Box 1106, Northport AL 35473; 205-333-8603; fax 205-339-4528;
* June 2-8: Fiction Intensive; Tehachapi, California. Contact/Leader: Lauraine Snelling,PO Box 1530, Tehachapi CA 93581-1530; 661-823-0669; fax 661-823-9427;;
* June 4-7: Write-to-Publish Conference; Wheaton, Illinois (Chicago area). Contact: Lin Johnson, 9118 W. Elmwood Dr. #1G, Niles IL 60714-5820; 847-296-3964; fax 847-296-0754;; Editors and agents in attendance.
* June 6-7: American Christian Writers Columbus Conference; Columbus, Ohio.Contact: Reg Forder, PO Box 110390, Nashville TN 37222; 1-800-21-WRITE;; Speakers: Holly Miller, Gail Martin, Faye Landrum, and Connie Cameron.
* June 6-7: East Texas Christian Writers Conference; East Texas Baptist University/Marshall, Texas. Contact: Dr. Jerry Hopkins, East Texas Baptist University,1209 N. Grove St., Marshall TX 75670; 903-923-2269;;
* June 6-7: Annual Arkansas Writers Conference; Little Rock, Arkansas.Contact: Helen Austin, 7713 Harmon Dr., Little Rock AR 72227; 501-223-8633;;
* June 11-14: Cedar Falls Christian Writers’ Workshop; Riverview Conference Center/ Cedar Falls, Iowa. Contact: Jean Vaux; 319-231-7761;; or Shelly Beach; Speakers include: Lynn Austin, Tim Beals, and Shelly Beach. Attendance limited to 35.
* June 15-20: Wesleyan Writers Conference; Middletown, Connecticut. Contact: Anne Greene, 294 High St., Rm. 207, Middletown CT 06459; 860-685-3604; fax 860-685-2441;; an advanced track. Editors and agents in attendance.
* June 16-21: St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference; Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania. Contact: Audrey Stallsmith, 87 Pines Rd. E., Hadley PA 16130-1019;724-253-2738;; Sally Stuart speaking/teaching at this one.
* June 20-21: Kentucky Christian Writers Conference, Northside Baptist Church, Elizabethtown, KY. Website:, contact
* June 20-21: American Christian Writers Grand Rapids Conference; Grand Rapids, Michigan. Contact: Reg Forder, PO Box 110390, Nashville TN 37222; 1-800-21-WRITE;; Speakers: Lin Johnson, Dave Branon, and Gail Martin.
* June 20-22: She Speaks Conference; Charlotte, North Carolina. Contact: LeAnn Rice, Proverbs 31 Ministry, 616-G Matthews-Mint Hill Rd., Matthews NC 28105;704-849-2270; fax 704-849-7267;; Offers a track for teens. Editors and agents in attendance. Sometimes offers scholarships.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008


For over 27 years Florence Littauer has invested in the lives of others. She has shared the passion God has given her to train and equip men and women to take their message and share it with the world.
Little did she know when she held that first CLASSeminar with 33 women in February of 1981 what an impact she would make for the kingdom of God, an impact that would eventually reach out and touch your life as well.

Now we invite you to invest in Florence's legacy.

On April 27th Florence will celebrate a milestone birthday. In honor of this momentous occasion we have established a scholarship fund in her name to be used to supply financial assistance to men and women who desire to attend the CLASSeminar and develop the skills they need to share their message with the world.
What better birthday gift for a woman who has invested of herself in so many of us than our investment to continue the legacy she began?
Please prayerfully consider how you can be a part of this wonderful celebration honoring Florence.
You may send your birthday cards or letters of appreciation to Florence at our office. Most importantly your generous contribution to the scholarship fund will make a huge difference in many lives.

Make checks payable to:
Redlands Community Foundation

Memo line: Littauer Scholarship Fund

Mail your cards and letters and donation to:

CLASServices, Inc.
2201 San Pedro Dr., NE
Building 1, Suite 225
Albuquerque, NM 87110

Thank you for participating in this momentous event.
(Contributions are tax deductible.)

Tuesday, April 1, 2008


It's that time of year again when I have to start the work of updating the Christian Writers' Market Guide for 2009. Each year I try to add as many new listings as possible, but that's where I could use your help. If you are aware of any possible entries in the following categories, please let me know. I need a mailing address, if possible, or at least a Website where I might find the info I need. There is no charge for a listing in the guide. Here are the categories:
Book publishers
Periodical publishers
Greeting Card publishers
Specialty/gift item producers
Editorial services


Q - I have been attending great writing conferences for ten years. Why do we not hear more about hiring a freelance editor and publicist?

A - I suppose it is primarily because these two entities are fairly new on the publishing scene. It has only been in the last very few years that we have heard anything about their importance. A freelance editor has become more important as the competition to find a publisher has become more intense. Publishers are offered many more books than they can possibly publish, so they look first for a great book that does not need a lot of editing. Writers who know they don't have exceptional editing skills see the value of hiring that freelance editor to make their manuscript sparkle.

As far as a publicist is concerned, authors are recognizing how important it is to get their book before the public in any way possible. Although most publishers have their own publicist, realize that you are sharing that publicist with all that publisher's authors--so you will not get as much personal attention as you might like. Gone are the days when we could just write a book, get it into the hands of a publisher, and move on to the next project--confident that the publisher would sell lots of books. Today it is definitely a join effort and whatever you can bring to the process will help your book become more successful.

At this point you might be wondering where to find these people. The Christian Writers' Market Guide includes a section in the back of people who provide various types of Editorial Services. In the front, you will find publicists listed in the Resources for Writers section under "Promotion:Publicists."


June 4-7 are the dates for the 35th Annual Write-to-Publish Conference held in the Chicago area. Featured speakers and worship leaders include Dr. Dennis Hensley (keynote speaker), Lawrence W. Wilson, Jane A. Rubietta, Michelle Rayburn, and Cynthia Ruchti. The large faculty and staff include 28 editors and 4 agents. The conference is held at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Register online at (you will have the option to pay by check if you don't want to pay online with a credit card).