Monday, June 30, 2008


Beginning July 1, 2008, the Copyright Office is offering online registration of claims to copyright. Online registration through the electronic Copyright Office (eCO) is the preferred way to register basic claims for literary works; visual arts works; performing arts works, including motion pictures; sound recordings; and single serials. Advantages of online filing include a lower filing fee; the fastest processing time; online status tracking of your claim; secure payment by credit or debit card, electronic check, or Copyright Office deposit account; and the ability to upload certain categories of deposits directly into eCO as electronic files. To register your claim electronically, go to the Copyright Office website at and click on the eCO logo.


For the fifth week in a row The Shack (Windblown Media/ Hachette Book Group USA) Trade paper July 2008) by William P. Young, is on The New York Times, Bestsellers Fiction Trade paper list. It will appear at #1 for the week of July 6th.

Sunday, June 29, 2008


Monday, June 30, 2008, Phoenix, AZ – The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) will present the 2008 Jordon Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. John M. Perkins—author, activist and humanitarian during the CBA & ECPA Awards Celebration to be held Sunday, July 13th, opening night of the International Christian Retail Show in Orlando, FL. Perkins, author of Let Justice Roll Down and The Preacher and the Klansman, has devoted his life to helping the poor through evangelism and community development. Let Justice Roll Down was selected by Christianity Today magazine in 2006 as #14 of “The Top 50 Books that Have Shaped Evangelicals.”


The featured book this month is of special help for the beginning article writer. This is a method I have used and taught for years, and is one of the best ways to learn and remember the acceptable and proven method for writing articles that sell well in the marketplace. This is a book almost guaranteed to make you a successful article writer. You can order the book off my Website through PayPal for only $18, including postage and handling. Or if you prefer to pay by check, just e-mail me at


Q - When doing comparative research for a book proposal, is there a point where a book would be considered "too old" to be listed? Obviously it is best to have the most current, but if the title closest in subject of my book is six or seven years old, should it be listed or should I find something not as similar but more recent?

A - I would list the older book, especially if that book did well in the marketplace. As long as you are sure there has not been a similar book published more recently. An older book with good sales could indicate that the topic is viable and the market is ready for a new book on the topic.


Angel Face (on hiatus for now/no submissions). Page 338

Brave Hearts (out of business).Page 343.

Miracles, Healings, & the Unexplained (bad address). Page 393.

St. Joseph Messenger and Advocate of the Blind (no freelance). Page 416.

Wireless Age (out of business). Page 425.

Indeed - devotional magazine. (Asked to be deleted). Page 446.

Acquire the Fire (no freelance). Page 471.

Merlyn’s Pen (Bad address and Website). Page 500.

Teachers & Writers (asked to be deleted). Page 503.

Saturday, June 28, 2008


Now that the market guide is tucked away and I'm back from my first summer conference, I am again available to do evaluations.

Book Contracts: I evaluate book contracts for $75-$150--depending on how long it takes me. I provide a clause-by-clause explanation of what it means and changes you might consider asking for. Since book contracts take precedence, turn around time is fast. Send a $50 deposit by check or PayPal.

Book Proposals: I do an overall evaluation of book proposals. What I like to see is the cover letter to the editor; a chapter-by-chapter synopsis for nonfiction or a 5-page synopsis for fiction; plus the first 3 chapters for fiction (the first and two others for nonfiction). Charge is $35/hr. It typically takes 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Send a check for $35 (or pay through PayPal)with the proposal and I'll bill for the rest.

Mailing address: 1647 SW Pheasant Dr., Aloha OR 97006.

Friday, June 27, 2008


1. Keep it short - 30 seconds is about perfect. Most people do not have the attention span to sit through anything longer. You want to make sure that the viewer lasts to the credits - the place where you should tell them how to buy your book!!

2. Flash is the program I recommend to stream your video - a short video should load immediately. Other videos or players will take much longer to load and will usually be pretty big files. Example, a Flash video we created for the book Accidentally Engaged is 225k - as a Windows Media video it would have been much bigger, and therefore taken much longer to load and view. Plus, the market penetration is much larger with Flash. You want to reach as many people as possible.

3. Avoid using poorly produced video and bad acting. Still shots can be just as engaging and paint a vivid picture - leave something to the imagination of your viewer! For me, there is nothing worse than having the characters on the cover of the book, because frankly the characters in my head never look like the ones on the cover; you could be deterring interest in your book if you're not careful.

4. Make sure that your music is Rights Free, or that you own the rights. You can always try to buy the rights too, the choice is yours.

5. Make sure to include the cover of your book and a website where your viewers can buy it.

Tip offered by Jeniffer Thompson, author of Web Site WOW, Turn Your Web Site Into Your Most Powerful Marketing Tool, Jeniffer is the president of Monkey C Media, a full-service design house specializing in author web sites and book cover designs. Visit her at


First Annual Forum of
Christian Writers Conference Directors
Tue-Wed-Thurs- January 13-14-15, 2009 in Nashville, TN

Registration only $50
Your travel, meals and hotel not included

(May be tax deductable since it will be an educational, business-related event)

GuestHouse Opryland Hotel, 2420 Music Valley Dr, Nashville, TN 37214
$89 per room (1 or 2 people) includes breakfast. (615) 885-4030
Free airport shuttle

Open to Conference & Seminar Directors, Assistants, helpers, and anyone interested in learning how to organize such an event
Sponsored by the Christian Communicator magazine

Questions: Reg Forder, Publisher at:

(It is important that we get an early indication as to how many would be interested in attending)


Name________________________________ Phone______________________




Director of which conference__________________________________________

Mail this along with $50 (payable to ACW) to:
Director’s Forum Registration, PO Box 110390, Nashville, TN 37222

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Prairie Messenger: Page 402. Drop mailing address. Page 409.

Keys for Kids: 616-647-4971. Page 431.

Teachers of Vision: Submit to Page 443.

Worship Leader: 32234 Paseo Adelanto, Ste. A, San Juan Capo CA 92675-3622. Page 470.

Bubblemag: 32552 Safflower St., Winchester CA 92596-8848. Page 472.

Risen Magazine: P.O. Box 429, Escondido CA 92033-0429. Page 472.

Northwest Christian Author: Dennis Brooke, P.O. Box 428, Enumclaw WA 98022. Page 501.


Wendy Reid Crisp, editor-in-chief.

Only accepts on-line submissions (to and prefers queries. Pays $25-300; 60 days after acceptance. Kill fee at editor’s discretion (and only after two fruitless revision attempts). Features about 1,500 words; departments, 650 words. Focus: entirely on grandparenting and the grandparent/grandchildren relationship and family issues. Boomer grandparents are core audience, ages 40-65. Departments include: Long Distance Love, Full House/Full Time, All in the Family, Tips On Teens. Familiarity with magazine strongly advised. First rights purchased include website and e-zine permission. Very open to new writers. Religious point of view must be love-based and non-faith-specific.


Dear Writer,

Would you like to be part of an exciting writing venture with Dr. Gary Chapman, best-selling author of The Five Love Languages? Dr. Chapman and I are pulling together a new book and we’d like to invite you to be a part of it.

You may be familiar with me as the editor of the Christian segment of A Cup of Comfort series of inspirational stories published by Adams Media. Or you may connect me with the Life Savors series published by Tyndale House. Whether you’re one of the wonderful writers who has inspired and encouraged others through these compilations, or whether you’re new to my projects, I’d like to hear your story.

A number of Dr. Chapman’s books have dealt with the theme of love in relationships – not only how to effectively communicate love but also learning to become a loving person. Now Dr. Chapman would like to give others an opportunity to share the lessons they’ve learned on their love journeys. We are compiling a collection of these stories in a volume entitled, Love Lessons: Everyday Acts of Love That Change Lives, which Bethany House will publish in Spring, 2009. We will accept 40-50 stories at 1,200 to 2,000 words each.

The stories should demonstrate a progression in your learning to love authentically and how you learned to become a more loving person. Most of the stories should focus on growth in relationships, including: married couples, family members, parenting, friendships, and work relationships. But they may also relate to a neighbor, or even a homeless person.

The story should include descriptive character development, especially related to the soul; how emotions, perspective, and quality of life changed based on the interactions between people. We prefer stories to be in first person, based on your personal experience of growth. But “as-told-to” stories will be considered. These stories do not have to include God in them and, if they do, God should not be the focus. We will be appealing to both the Christian and secular markets with the message of how to love others from a human perspective, so please eliminate Christian jargon. At this time, we are not accepting previously published submissions.

If your story is selected you will receive a one-time fee of $100 upon publication. We would like to receive all submissions by August 31, but would hope that most will be in by the beginning of that month. We will also judge what we consider to be the three best stories – with awards of $500, $300, and $200, respectively. The selection and editorial process will take a considerable amount of time and we will not be able to let you know if your story is chosen until mid November, so we ask for your patience. We will let you know as soon as we know.

Also, include all relevant contact information on the actual manuscript, which may be attached in an email: names, full address, email address, social security number and phone number, and brief bio. Your social security number can be received by regular mail if you prefer, but it will only be used for payment purposes. Please address all queries and manuscripts to my associate, Jeanette Littleton, at Please feel free to pass this letter along to others you think might be interested in submitting to this book. Thank you so much for considering participating in this exciting and groundbreaking project.

Blessings to you and yours,

James Stuart Bell
Editor for Dr. Gary Chapman

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Q - What are the differences in marketing a series rather than a stand-alone book?

A - Basically, you pitch the first book in the series (if you can't sell them on that one, the fact that you have a series really douesn't matter). However, as part of the original proposal you can include information on the fact that it is the first of a series, and include a paragraph synopsis of each of the additional books. also include an estimate on the time frame for writng the additional books--one per pear or whatever is appropriate for the project.


If you have reached the point where you need to start calling your writing a small business, the IRS wants to help. Their objective is to help new sole proprietors better understand the process for filing Schedule C, Profit or Loss from Business. The help will come from their Website (, from small business workshops, and other outreach events. Self-employed individuals with less complex situations--including business expenses of less than $5,000, no net losses and no employees--may be able to file Schedule C-EZ, Net Profit for Business.


Becasue of the high gas prices, the business mileage deduction rate for 2008 will be .585--up from .505.

Monday, June 23, 2008


Compass Direct News is a paying market ($125-175). Page 360.

Evangel (OR) no longer accepts poetry, cartoons, or filler ideas. Page 369.

Glad Tiding (AR) has changed their name to Koinonia; 479-756-5074. The rest of their info remains the same. Page 374.

Home Times Family Newspaper no longer accepts book reviews. Page 379.

Teach Kids! has been replaced by Teach Kids essentials.; The new publication is an 8-page newsletter. Pays a subscription for 250-300 word articles related to children’s ministry. Page 443.

Sabbath School Leadership has changed their name to LEAD Magazine;; No longer accepts cartoons. Page 467.

Women Alive! has changed its name to Come to the Fire Magazine; Page 495.

Poetic Voices has changed their name to Esdra's Scroll. Page 502.


HOORAY! The next market guide is off to the publisher and I'm back from the St. David's Christian Writers' Conference. Now I will have time to consistently share with you all the changes happening in the industry. Stay tuned!


Press Release
For Release: Immediate
Contact: Sarah Bolme, Christian Small Publishers Association


Christian Small Publisher Association (CSPA) is hosting a seminar for publishers or anyone interested in becoming a publisher at the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) in Orlando this summer.

Publishers’ Institute: Foundations for Success will be held on Sunday, July 13, 2008, from 1:00pm to 4:30pm at the Orange County Convention Center in room W311D.

Attendees will learn tips for success in publishing from experienced professionals in Christian publishing. Topics presented include:

* The 10 Most Important Things I Have Learned About Publishing
Presenter: Brian Banashak, Publisher, Evergreen Press

* Does Your Marketing Plan Spell SUCCESS?
Presenter: Sarah Bolme, Director, CSPA

* My 5 Best and Worst Decisions as a Publisher
Presenter: Warren R. Angel, Publisher, Magnus Press

Individuals interested in attending the seminar can read more about each presenter and register for the Publishers’ Institute at The cost to attend the seminar is $25.00. Registration will also be taken at the event.

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 60 small publishers producing materials for the Christian marketplace. CSPA is the sponsor of Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award and is a supplier member of CBA.

Sunday, June 15, 2008


THE NATIONAL WRITERS ASSOCIATION GUIDE TO WRITING FOR BEGINNERS, by Sandy Whelchel. A how-to reference for plot, dialogue, nonfiction, Internet publishing, and more. Cost for this 132 page book is regularly $24.95, but you can get it for $20 is you use this code: 6W8NWA. You can order it online at; call 1-800-462-6420 (717-794-3800 in PA); or mail to Rowman & Littlefield Education, 15200 NBN Way, PO Box 191, Blue Ridge Summit PA 17214-0191.


Q - At what point in a writer's career does he/she need an agent? What is the best way to obtain an agent? Can I submit to more than one simultaneously?

A - Because there are so many publishers listed in the market guide that do not require an agent, there is never a point at which you must have an agent. However, if you want one, then you need to wait until you have a finished manuscript before approaching them. If you decide to look for one, be sure you do that before you do any submitting. An agent does not want to take on a book that has already made the rounds.

There are a number of ways to find an agent. Attend conferences where agents are in attendance and taking appointments. Ask writing friends to recommend their agent, or better yet, recommend you to their agent. Some agents are only open to new clients through these two options. If these are not possible for you, you can write to any agents listed in the market guide that indicate they are open to new clients. And, Yes, you can send out simultaneous queries (unless their listing indicates they don't accept them). The listing will usually indicate what types of material they handle, so look for those that handle what you have to offer. Also be sure to query them in the manner they suggest. Many will accept an e-mail query, where others want only a written query or proposal by mail.


I first "met" Robert Walker in print some years before finally meeting
him face to face.

As a Communications Specialist for InterVarsity USA in the 1990s, I had
the privilege to "meet" Robert through his work as founding editor of
HIS magazine, InterVarsity's magazine launched in the early post WWII
era. Whether in a story trumpeting critical missions news, Bible
exposition or a personality profile, Robert's passion for the Church,
believers, missions and, first and foremost, Jesus Christ constituted a
clarion call to true discipleship and service to the Lord, His kingdom
and creation.

Not imagining that this stranger who was of the great generation that
included such great saints as Bill Bright, Henrietta Mears, Christy
Wilson, David Howard, Jim and Elisabeth Elliot, Billy Graham, David
Adeney and so many more, and whose voice I had only "heard" ring forth
from the printed page was still alive, I was quite shocked to have my
boss walk into my office one day shortly after InterVarsity's URBANA 93
Student Missions Convention and hand me a sheet of paper. Much to my
utter shock and pleasant surprise , I was humbled to receive and read --
and I have cherished ever since -- a completely hand written note in
very distinct, bold and flowing script from Robert extending great
praise for a personality profile I'd done on an InterVarsity student
who'd become a rookie standout for an NFL team. When I got to Robert's
distinct signature, I actually gasped. Having held him in such high
regard for so long, I was humbled to red such kind thoughts, and to
think that he had taken the time to write them long hand.

A few years later, while I was working as Regional media Director for a
Promise Keepers event in Minneapolis (as I recall), I was standing on
"Media Row" answering a question from a reporter when an elderly man
entered the booth with a man about my age and a teenage boy beside him.
The elderly man, who was as unassuming and pleasant in presence as he
was commanding, with a sort of Mosaic or Graham-esque bearing, smiled
widely and greeted me. When he spoke his name all I could do is ask
whether he was the Robert Walker who was once the editor of HIS
magazine. When he said that he was, I could hardly keep my breath. I
have never been one for idol worship of any sort -- and didn't even have
this feeling years before when I met and eventually worked for Billy
Graham (though I hold him in equally high regard, to be sure) -- but I
found myself beginning to weep, knowing that I was in the presence not
only of one of the modern giants of the Christian faith but, from what I
knew, a truly honorable man and journalist of the highest character and
integrity; as well as a man who had taken time out of his busy schedule
years before to encourage a comparatively young Christian journalist
with such a thoughtful hand written letter.

Though a professional journalist and photographer myself, as with so
many meetings like this, I relied on someone else at that Promise
Keepers conference to take a picture of me with Robert, his son (I think
it was Rob, but the son will certainly know better than I do) and his
grandson. While, sadly, it is one of those far too many out of focus
shots taken of me with one person or another from the missionary road, I
cherish it highly as a wonderful memory of the man I met so long ago via
the printed page alone -- first of HIS magazine and then an unexpected
personal note -- and finally in person.

Most of all, I cherish the memories as I look forward to meeting Robert
again in the air and, perhaps, finally with him, being among the crowds
that stand in awe and gasp at the sight of Paul and Peter, Matthew and
Mark, Luke and John, Daniel and Ezekiel, Ruth and James and all the
others, far more noteworthy and memorable, who went before us to
faithfully and effectively document the Words of God Himself and the
history of the Church, to proclaim the gospel in word and deed, and to
encourage, instruct and inspire the saints -- as Paul did to the
churches and Robert did to me (and, I bet, hundreds of others) -- then
turn and gasp in unending awe and worship at the one we all have tried
to proclaim and lift up through the printed word as we have written and
reported on and about Him and His eternal Word!

Anyone who benefits from a scholarship named after Robert Walker should
take the time to read many of his great works, which set a high bar for
excellence, integrity and inspiration, not just because they are about
matters and people of faith, but because they are unbiased journalistic
manifestations of truth about the world in which we live and the people
who live in it!

Thank you, Robert Alander Walker, "the hearts of the saints have been
refreshed through you"!*

Pastor Kris Potts
Founder, Director & Chief Chaplain
R.O.C.K. & S.H.I.E.L.D. & S.W.O.R.D.
Post Office Box 361
McFarland, WI 53558-0361 U.S.A.

* From Paul's Letter to Philemon

Saturday, June 14, 2008


The Lutheran Digest is looking for articles of no more than 7,000 characters--less than 3,000 characters are encouraged. Stories frequently reflect a Lutheran-Christian perspective, but no sermonizing or lecturing. Popular stories should show how God has intervened in a person's life to help solve a problem. Also needed are seasonal and special interest stories and stories reflecting God's presence in nature. Submit seasonal stories at least 6 months ahead. Submit Thanksgiving or Christmas stories by April 15 for the fall issue. Submit Easter stories by July 15 for winter issue. Pays $35 on acceptance. Accepts reprints (same payment). Complete guidelines on Website: This publication was voted one of the 50 best magazines by Writer's Digest. Page 388.

New address for Perspectives is PO Box 1196, Holland MI 49422-1196. The rest of the contact information remains the same. Website: Page 400.

Suzanne Hadley has been promoted to editor of Clubhouse Jr Magazine. For the last 7 years she's been associate editor at Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. Joanna Lutz has been promoted to assistant editor for both publications. She was an editorial assistant prior to the promotion. They have also hired Jamie Dangers as the new editorial assistant for both magazines. Jamie is the one to send your submissions to for consideration for both of these magazines. Send to the same address: 8605 Explorer Dr., Colorado Springs CO 80920. Pages 429 & 430.

New contact information for Penned from the Heart: 304 Stow Neck Rd., Salem NJ 08079-3431; 856-339-9422; Jana Carman, editor. Accepts reprints. Page 446.

Worship Leader’s new address is 26311 Junipero Serra #130, San Juan Capistrano CA 92675. Website: Page 470.

Although I announced that Hope for Women Magazine went out of business last year, they are relaunching the magazine. Their Website is still under construction, but they appear to once again be open to submissions. E-mail: Website:

On page 515, delete the listing for Lawson Falle Publishing. It has been replaced by Dickson’s Life Publishing on page 514.

New agent: Carol Susan Roth Literary & Creative, 1824 Oak Creek Dr., #416, Palo alto CA 94304; 650-323-3795;; Established 1996.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


I have always been blessed by the encouraging words I hear from writers about how helpful the market guide has been in their writing career. I thank God daily that He has given me a ministry that helps so many others fulfill the ministry He has given them. However, as I'm sure most of you know, there is always bound to be some criticism that works its way in along with the praise.

Last week I friend forwarded me a scathing post about the guide he had read on a writer's bulletin board somewhere on the net. I don't know where or who wrote it. I certainly hope they were ethical enough to sign it. I don't react to criticism any better than the next person, but as I thought about what the woman said, I realized her words carried an important message--and I hope she has figured that out by now. I won't repeat her post here, but will share the lessons I hope she will come to understand.

The basis of the complaint was that she had submitted to a publisher listed in the market guide that turned out to be a scam. (Of course I didn't realize that when I added them at the last minute last year--and had already dropped them from the 2009 edition.) As a result she says she lost thousands of dollars in her dealings with them. She was blaming me for not checking out this publisher more closely--and, of course, she was right. She went on to tell the readers that the market guide could not be trusted, that people shouldn't buy it, and if they used it they would have to check out every book publisher themselves before submitting to them.

How right she was about checking out the publishers. I do my best to list only reputable publishers, but with 1,200 listings in the guide it's not always possible to do an indepth search on each one. But the bottom line is that a writer always needs to check out a book publisher thoroughly before they sign a contract--and especially before they pay anyone to print their book.Picking a publisher is no different than choosing someone to put a new roof on your house or remoddel your kitchen--you always do a background check first. I hope you wouldn't just pick a company at random from the Yellow Pages. The writer was faulting me for not doing her homework before she sent this company the thousands of dollars. I couldn't be more sorry for her loss, but I suspect it was obvious to those who read her post that she failed to do what she should have done as well.

I suggest a writer start by checking with the Better Business Bureau in the city where the publisher is located, and then with the Predators & Editors site on the Internet ( However, you need to realize that P & E is not always that correct in their assesments. They tend to designate any subsidy publisher as "Not recommended" because they charge a fee. Of course I list those publishers in the subsidy section of the guide, or indicate in their listing if there are any fees involved. I was also a little shocked to see that they listed Zondervan--the most successful Christian publisher (50 books on the best-seller list in the last year)--as being "Not Recommended." However, I appreciate their attempt to be helpful to writers. So anyway that's my lesson for today. Unfortunately, even publishers who claim to be Christian cannot always be trusted.

Monday, June 9, 2008


THE TOPNOTCH WRITER is a new e-zine launched a few months ago by writer, Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. Its purpose is to encourage and empower Christian writers in these difficult times to persevere in building the Kingdom of God with boldness and
excellence. The ezine is free. Go to:


NEW YORK (AP) — HarperCollins President Brian Murray is taking over the duties of chief executive after Jane Friedman became the second publishing CEO to step down in recent weeks amid increasing pressure on the industry. The publishing company owned by Rupert Mudoch's News Corp. said Friedman's resignation Wednesday was effective immediately. "We are enormously grateful for her contributions over the past 10 years and understand her desire to seek new challenges at this point in her career," Murdoch said in a statement issued late Wednesday.

Sunday, June 8, 2008


FaithWords entered the YA market in May 2008 with All About Us – a three-book fiction series, by Shelley Adina. To accompany the series FaithWords launched an interactive website, Featured book characters post regular blogs on the website, interacting personally with readers and infusing the website with chatter about current movies, music, pop culture, style, news items and teen issues. Page 167.

The Canadian subsidy publisher, Trafford Publishing, has a new mailing address: 2657 Wilfert Rd., Victoria BC V9B 5Z3 Canada. All the other contact information remains the same. Page 239.

New e-mail address for Skylar Burris at Ancient Paths is Page 338.

Changes at Christian Research Journal: 30162 Tomas, Ste. 101, Santa Margarita CA 92688-2124; 949-858-6100; fax 949-858-6111; Page 356.

Family Journal Magazine has asked to be dropped from the next market guide. Either their situation has changed or although they were open to freelance material (but did not say they were a paying market), writers have been expecting payment for their submissions. They are a non-profit organization. Page 371.

Friday, June 6, 2008


Just wanted to apologize for not posting regularly the last few days. I am about a week away from my deadline for the 2009 Christian Writers' Market Guide and am swamped with last minute details. To compound the time crunch, I'm also scheduled to leave for Pennsylvania on the 16th for a week's conference at St. Davids. Yikes! When all that is behind me I promise to catch up on lots of news for you. In the meantime I'll post as often as I can.


July 31- August 2: Karitos Christian Arts Conference; Bolingbrook, Illinois. Contact: Bob Hay, 24-B N. Belmont Ave., Arlington Heights IL 60004-6174; 847-749-1284;; Features workshops in all areas of the arts, including writing.

August 1-3: Willamette Writers Conference; Sheraton Airport Hotel, Portland OR. Register online at Register by July 1 and save. General conference.

August 2: American Christian Writers Dayton Conference; Dayton, Ohio.Contact: Reg Forder, PO Box 110390, Nashville TN 37222; 1-800-WRITE;; Speaker: Holly Miller.

August 2: Texas Christian Writers Conference; Houston, Texas. Contact:Martha Rogers, 6038 Greenmont, Houston TX 77092; 713-686-7209; Editors and agents in attendance.

August 7-9: Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference; Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Contact: Marlene Bagnull, 316 Blanchard Rd., Drexel Hill PA 19026-3507;phone/fax: 610-626-6833;; Editors and agents in attendance.

August 7-11: The Writing Academy Seminar; Minneapolis, Minnesota.Contact: Mar Korman, 1128 Mule Lake Dr. N.E., Outing MN 56662; 218-792-5144;;

August 8-9:American Christian Writers Minneapolis Conference; Minneapolis, Minnesota. Contact: Reg Forder, PO Box 110390, Nashville TN 37222; 1-800-21-WRITE;; Speakers: Doug Trouten, Dave Horton, and Sally Stuart.

August 8-9: Writing Conference; Livonia, Michigan (Detroit Metro area). Contact: Scott Lindsay, 15630 Williams, Livonia MI 48154,,

August 16: American Christian Writers Springfield Conference; Springfield, Missouri.Contact: Reg Forder, PO Box 110390, Nashville TN 37222; 1-800-21-WRITE;; Speakers: John Maempa and Paul Smith.

August 17-22: Cape Cod Annual Summer Writers’ Conference and Young Writers’ Workshop (ages 12-16); Craigville Conference Center, Massachusetts. Contact: Jacqueline M. Loring, director, Box 408, Osterville MA 02566; 508-420-0200;; Editors and agents in attendance.

August 18-20: CLASSeminar (Christian Leaders and Speakers Seminar)with Florence and Marita Littauer. This is one of the best rraining seminars for writers wanting to learn how to speak. Website:, or contact Tama Westman at:

August 22-28: 2008 Maui Writers Retreat; Honolulu HI.Sign up online at: or call 808-879-0061; or e-mail:

August 27-29: 2008 Creative Freelancer Conference; Hyatt Regency, Chicago IL.For details and to register, go to:, or contact Lyn Menke at Register by July 15 to save $60. General conferemce.

August 29-September 1: 2008 Maui Writers Conference; Honolulu HI.Sign up online at: or call 808-879-0061; or e-mail:

Thursday, June 5, 2008



6/3/08-- Internet broadcasting pioneer and leader has announced the launch of its new 24 hour internet Christian radio station this Monday, June 2nd. The new station will launch with the airing of the flagship program, "Liveprayer," hosted by founder Bill Keller every Monday thru Friday from 11pm EDT-1am EDT. made history back in August 1999 when they signed on to the Internet, offering a free live video prayer feed with one of their prayer hosts 24/7. It was at the time and for many years, the only "live," 24/7, non-pornographic video feed anywhere in the world.

Monday, June 2, 2008


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 27, 2008 – Zondervan today announced a realignment of its organizational structure intended to streamline the company’s operations by reducing management layers and forming eight strategic business units. These autonomous business units will have combined publishing and marketing resources to create clear accountabilities and focus for each of Zondervan’s core markets: Youth Specialties, Vida (Spanish), Bibles, Trade Books, Church/Academic Reference and Resources, Zonderkidz, Digital, and Church Engagement.

“This realignment is intended to increase our velocity and ensure that Zondervan can remain competitive, healthy, relevant and true to our mission for years to come,” said Moe Girkins, president and CEO of Zondervan. “We are living in a rapidly changing world, and we must adapt as a company, while building on our 75 year heritage as a trusted communications leader, to meet the needs of today’s Christians and the spiritually intrigued wherever they may be.”

As a result of the realignment, Zondervan is reducing five executive positions and about a dozen others. One of the results of this new structure is the elimination of the Executive Vice President of Publishing position, which has long been held by Scott Bolinder.

Sunday, June 1, 2008


Max Elliot Anderson, author of action-adventures and mysteries for kids, has begun a real life adventure to encourage summer reading. On Saturday, May 31, he released a special bottle into the Rock River, near his home of Rockford, Illinois.

“Since most of my books contain adventures, and are written especially for boys 8 - 12, I wanted to do something different this summer, to point out the importance of reading in America. That’s because I grew up hating to read.” His blog, Books for Boys, ranks in the top 10 searches on Google.

He placed the bottle into the river, downstream from a spillway. “I know there are lots of hazards and obstacles in the rivers,” Anderson said. “But I’m hoping my bottle makes its way to the end of the Rock River, and into the Mississippi. If it gets that far, then who knows?”

The large, clear, plastic bottle is decorated with blue tape. Inside is a special card. When the card is returned to the author, he will send a set of his books to the person who found it. Also included is a forever stamp. “That way,” he said, “it won’t cost the finder anything to claim the prize, no matter when they pull it out of the water.”

The prize card includes instructions for proper disposal of the bottle, or recycling. “I don’t consider my message-bottle to be litter since I’m confident someone will find it one of these days.”

This summer adventure is in keeping with what young readers have reported, after reading Max Elliot Anderson’s books. “Reading one of your books is like being in an exciting or scary movie,” several have said.

“It’s vital,” Anderson said, “that we teach our children to turn off the TV, put away the video games, move away from the computer, and pick up a book. Reading helps to exercise the imagination in ways that nothing else can.” His books include North Woods Poachers, Mountain Cabin Mystery, Big Rig Rustlers, Secret of Abbott’s Cave, and Legend of the White Wolf. “Each book has completely different characters, and takes place in a different part of the country,” he said.

Anderson’s books have been compared by readers and reviewers to Tom Sawyer, The Hardy Boys, Huck Finn, Nancy Drew, Tom Swift, Scooby-Doo, Lemony Snicket, and adventure author Jack London. His books are equally enjoyed by boys and girls.

Anderson’s prize bottle could possibly make its way past Moline, and Davenport, to St. Louis, past Memphis, and all the way to New Orleans. “Hopefully someone will fish it out of the river before it gets to the Gulf,” he said with a smile.

“What better way to get kids excited about the adventure of reading, than to give them a real adventure this summer?” Anderson asked. He encourages young readers, who live along the Rock and Mississippi rivers, to be on the lookout for the bottle.

"Even if you aren’t the lucky one to find it,” Anderson said, “why not read a good adventure this summer anyway?” (Photos available on request to

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Max Elliot Anderson
P O Box 4126
Rockford, IL 61110
(815) 877-1514