Tuesday, August 31, 2010


The SEVEN Fund (SEVEN) is pleased to announce its 2010-11 Essay Competition in partnership with the Washington DC-based Center For Interfaith Action on Global Poverty (CIFA). We are seeking essays on enterprise solutions to poverty from around the globe that are faith-based, faith-inspired, or interfaith efforts. The competition will award two (2) prizes of US $5,000. The submission deadline is October 15, 2010 at midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST). Winners will be announced on December 15, 2010.

Writers are asked to submit a first-person narrative describing enterprise solutions to poverty that are faith-based, faith-inspired, or interfaith efforts. Illustrations may come from any domain, including healthcare, education, consumer products, human rights, and others; examples must represent innovative private solutions to public problems.

SEVEN (the Social Equity Venture Fund) is a virtual non-profit entity run by entrepreneurs whose strategy is to markedly increase the rate of innovation and diffusion of enterprise-based solutions to poverty. It does this through targeted investment that fosters thought leadership through books, films and websites; supporting role models - whether they are entrepreneurs or innovative firms - in developing nations; and shaping a new discourse in government, the press and the academy around private-sector innovation, prosperity, and progressive human values.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have. We sincerely hope that you will consider participating in the publication and mission of our 2010-11 essay competition.

The SEVEN Fund



Andreas Köstenberger Joins B&H Academic Editorial Team

B&H Publishing Group is pleased to announce the hiring of Andreas J. Köstenberger as director of acquisitions for its academic program. In a unique partnership, he will continue to serve as director of Ph.D. Studies and professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Dr. Köstenberger also serves as editor of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (JETS).


The Copyright Office opened a toll-free line on August 27. The new line is part of an ongoing effort to improve copyright public services. Callers can now dial 1-877-476-0778 to ask questions about copyright registration, including use of the electronic Copyright Office (eCO), the Office’s online registration system. When patrons call the toll-free line, they will be prompted to select the Copyright Public Information Office (PIO) or the Copyright Technology Office (CTO) help desk, depending on the nature of their inquiry. PIO information specialists address copyright and registration-related inquiries; CTO help desk staff assist eCO users. Recorded information is also available.


2011 Christian Book Award Program Launches Wednesday

The 2011Christian Book Award program officially opens September 1, 2010 with submissions accepted until October 1st for books published from October 2009 through October 2010. ECPA member publishers are invited to submit entries in six categories: Bibles, Bible Reference, Fiction, NonFiction, Children, and Inspiration. Review submission rules and category definitions at www.ecpa.org/christianbookawards.


Register Today for September CLASS in Saint Joseph, MO!

Writers Express
Saint Joseph, MO
Saturday, September 18

Basic CLASSeminar
Saint Joseph, MO
September 20 - 22

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Monday, August 23, 2010


“15 Famous Authors With Surprising College Majors”( http://www.onlinecolleges.org/15-famous-authors-with-surprising-college-majors/ ) .

Friday, August 20, 2010


The Writer is pleased to be partnering with Expo co-founders Karen Mender and Diane Mancher, Gotham Writers' Workshop, CreateSpace and UPublish.com to bring you the Self-Publishing Book Expo, designed specially for authors who are already self-published or considering self-publication.

The Expo is the place to be to gather current information on all aspects pertaining to self-publishing. For published authors, this is the perfect chance to exhibit and sell their books as well as participate in a community devoted to this segment of the industry. It's also the perfect chance for aspiring authors to educate themselves about independent publishing and the intricacies of the publishing process.

Please join us for the Expo on Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers in New York City.

According to Expo co-founders Karen Mender and Diane Mancher, the new event has been expanded from its inaugural show last November and will include 16 panel sessions and seminars covering important topics such as social media networking, publicity, e-books, marketing, business practices for the self-published author, the role of an agent and distribution.


Manuscript evaluation service

Pre-registration for the panels and seminars

Exhibit area free of charge to the general public

Outskirts, Smashwords, Greenleaf Book Group, CreateSpace, and Smith Publicity are among the many attendees who've already signed up for the Expo.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010


A ministry of Christianity Today Intl., TodaysChildrensMinistry.com announces its release of new downloadable curriculum for children's ministry. The curriculum is made up of contributions from children's ministry leaders and the editorial staff of TodaysChildrensMinistry.com. Creative, innovative, and biblically sound, each curriculum's format is adaptable to a variety of ministry settings.
CAROL STREAM, Ill., Aug. 18 /Christian Newswire/ -- TodaysChildrensMinistry.com, a web resource of Christianity Today International, has released its first downloadable, children's ministry curriculum. The curriculum is easily accessed from the website as creatively designed PDF files, which can be printed and used in any teaching situation.

TodaysChildrensMinistry.com has released two new curriculum downloads to date, with more on the way, says site editor Drew Dyck, "There's a lot more coming. We're surveying the landscape of children's ministry, working with a number of churches, selecting the top curricula, and offering it at an extremely affordable price." The versatile content of the curriculum isn't the only attractive feature.

"The PDF format is ideal for use in a variety of settings. Ministry leaders can simply download the file, print and pass out copies, or use right off any computer screen and projector." The curriculum is also conveniently broken up into different sessions. Leaders can teach either by the suggested sessions, or change the amount of material covered each meeting, depending on the group. Some curricula will even have adjoining teaching videos.

Unlike curricula on other websites, this draws upon many different sources, and can be used in multiple settings and with different age groups. "We are constantly keeping our eyes open for unique, relevant, and field-tested content that will help children and middle school students better understand what the Bible is about and how to apply it to their lives" says special projects editor Chris Lutes.

The first two curricula, which have been released on TodaysChildrensMinistry.com, are entitled How to Read the Bible and The Great Joy Rush. Their themes are hermeneutics for kids, and lessons from the Book of Philippians, respectively.

To download curriculum now:

How to Read the Bible:

The Great Joy Rush:

Christianity Today International (CTI) publishes 9 print magazines and newsletters and operates an award-winning website reaching more than 2.5-million unique visitors monthly. A leading journalistic voice of Evangelicals, CTI equips Christians to renew their minds, serve the church, and transform their cultures.

Monday, August 16, 2010


The more producers who see you and your scripts, the better the odds of selling your screenplays, or getting hired or obtaining representation.

It is a numbers game, period. There is no escaping this fact.

You now have the opportunity to personally pitch an average of 35 companies - all in a single day.

This is possible ONLY through the Pitch Summit - at other pitching events, you can only pitch 10 to 15. If you miss out on this one, you’ll have to wait another year before the next one.

Go here to apply: http://www.inktippitchsummit.com/?page_id=5

Some of the nearly 200 companies attending include:

Warner Bros.
Lionsgate (InkTip’s own Circle of Pain)
Nu Image (Rambo, The Expendables)
Pacifica International (The Ring, Eight Below)
Gersh Agency
Popart Film Factory (3 InkTip films – Aces, Fast Girl, Cross Bones)
Daniel L Paulson Productions (Safe Harbor)
Preferred Artists
Producer, Lisa Bruce (A Lot Like Love)
Solaris Entertainment
Dream Factory (One Missed Call)
Atlas Entertainment (Get Smart, Twelve Monkeys, The International)
Tule River Films (Downloading Nancy)
Anonymous Content (Winter’s Bone, rep: Guy Ritchie)
New studios, production companies, agent, managers and professionals are signing on every day!

Jerrol LeBaron
President, InkTip


The Mentor Leader by Tony Dungy (Tyndale House) is #2 on the hardcover advice list.

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman (Northfield/Moody) is #2 on the paperback advice list.

The Love Dare by Stephen and Alex Kendrick with Lawrence Kimbrough (B&H Publishing) is #4 on the paperback advice list.

Radical by David Platt (Multnomah) is #5 on the paperback advice list.

The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren (Zondervan) is #6 on the paperback advice list.

Can America Survive? by John Hagee (Howard Books) is #10 on the hardcover advice list.

The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey (Thomas Nelson) is #11 on the hardcover advice list and #6 on the hardcover business list.

The Shack by William P. Young (Windblown Media) is #12 on the paperback trade fiction list.

Coming Back Stronger by Drew Brees with Chris Fabry (Tyndale House) is #15 on the hardcover nonfiction list.

Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore (Thomas Nelson) is #17 on the paperback nonfiction list.

90 Minutes In Heaven by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey (Revell/Baker) is #26 on the paperback nonfiction list.

The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven by Kevin & Alex Malarkey (Tyndale House) is #31 on the hardcover nonfiction list.


Bowker, the global leader in bibliographic information, has launched an automated manuscript submission process for the general trade.

BowkerManuscriptSubmissions.com (BMS) is an Internet-based service that enables authors to be seen by publishers and ensures publishers don’t miss the next bestseller. BMS brings authors, publishers and agents together in an efficient online system, where authors present their book proposals to the leading publishers in the industry from one central location and acquisition editors apply e-tools that allow them to sort through them and zero in on the ideas they find most interesting.

BowkerManuscriptSubmissions.com is patterned after the highly successful ChristianManuscriptSubmissions.com (CMS) managed by and in cooperation with the Christian publishers association, ECPA. The CMS service which has been in operation for nearly 10 years has proven to be a successful process for both authors and publishers. It provides authors a significantly more cost-efficient manner for submitting a manuscript to multiple publishers, while editors gain electronic tools to quickly, effectively sift many submissions based on the specific search criteria. In fact, the CMS service just recently received accolades in the Christian industry having provided the means for Harvest House Publishers to discover and publish this year’s top Christian fiction book award winner from a manuscript submitted by Susan Meissner.

“With all of the automation underway in our industry, the traditional process of getting the right author together with the right publisher is still incredibly time-consuming and frustrating for both sides of the relationship,” said Kelly Gallagher, VP of Publishing Services. “Authors spend time and money sending out many proposals, hoping to be noticed. While on the flipside, acquisition editors are overwhelmed with unsolicited manuscripts that don’t match their interests.

BowkerManuscriptSubmission.com applies a proven model for addressing both issues, allowing authors and publishers to find each other very efficiently.”

Using a simple, intuitive Web site, authors, for a nominal fee, have the potential to present their book proposal to a vast number of publishers and agents through one connecting point. The Web site guides them through a process that allows them to add a sample chapter so editors can get a taste for their style, and descriptors that will help the right acquisition editors find the proposal. The site even includes resources to polish and refine their work. Additionally, authors have the option to decide whether to expose their manuscript to ‘pay to publish’ companies versus traditional royalty based publishers. Publishers can then use the automated system to explore submitted manuscript proposals, sorting them by genre, audience, author, and date of entry – all at no charge to traditional publishers.

“This is a particularly exciting venture for us because it ends a traditional, industry-wide frustration,” said Mr. Gallagher. “This has the potential to be life-changing for both authors and publishers.”

Interested authors should send an email to BMS@bowker.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Publishers are encouraged to register now at www.BowkerManuscriptSubmissions.com.

Friday, August 13, 2010


It's time to enter this Writer's Digest writing competition. Accepting entries in these 6 genres: romance, mystery/crime fiction, science fiction/fantasy, thriller/suspense, and horror. November 1 deadline. For details, go to: www.writersdigest.com/popularfictionawards.

Thursday, August 12, 2010


Avon Inspire: Drop e-mail; Website is www.harpercollins.com. Page 86.

BMH Books: New blog is www.fgbcworld-blog.com. Page 89.

Chosen Books: JCampbell@chosenbooks.com. Will respond to e-mail queries. Page 95.

Cladach Publishing: 970-371-9530. Page 97.

Comfort Publishing: 8410 Pit Stop Ct., Ste. 132, Concord NC 28027; 704-979-9994; fax 704-979-9993. Submit to Kristy Huddle, khuddle@comfortpublishing.com. Page 98.

Forward Movement Publications: 412 Sycamore St., Cincinnati OH 45202. Page 111.

Guardian Angel Publishing Inc., address correction: Should be Tesson Ferry Rd., not Teeson Ferry Road. Page 115.

P & R Publishing: fax 908-859-2390. Page 140.

Parson Place Press: 251-645-9803. Page 141.

Reformation Trust Publishing: www.reformationtrust.com. Page 148.

Standard Publishing: Guidelines at www.standardpub.com/writers. Page 151.

Ampelos Press: 951 Anders Rd, Lansdale PA 19446; 484-991-8581. Page 165.

Milestones International Publishers: P.O. Box 104, Newburg PA 17240. Page 173.

Zoe Life Publishing: 734-254-1043; fax 734-254-1063. Page 181.


Ambassador-Emerald International is now Ambassador International; www.ambassador-international.com. Now accepts fiction for adults. Page 85.

Bridge Logos Foundation is looking for teen, preteen and kids books. Page 90.

Morehouse Publishing Co. is now called Church Publishing Inc. Editor is Frank Tedeschi (445 Fifth Ave., New York NY 10016); fax 717-541-8136; churchpublishing@cpg.org. Page 134,

Randall House no longer accepts fiction. Page 147.

VMI Publishers has changed its name to Deep River Books; www.deepriverbooks.com. All submissions must be sent by e-mail. Page 180.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


I'm working on a new writing project and need your help. I'm looking for scripture verses that can be applied to the writer or the writing process. If you have such a verse, please e-mail it to me: stuartcwmg@aol.com.



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Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Ancient Paths Publications, P.O. Box 7505, Fairfax Station VA 22039. E-mail: ssburris@cox.net. Skylar H. Burris, editor. Will publish one poetry chapbook every two years. Prefers 60-100 pages. Pays $50, plus one free chapbook. No more than 25% of the content can be previously published. Guidelines by mail or e-mail. Poetry: Query first by mail or e-mail. Have a 60-100 pg. chapbook ready to submit (maximum of 1poem/page.). Each poem a minimum of 8 lines. Publication schedule: March 1, 2011: Query period for poetry opens; February 1, 2012: Query period closes. July 1, 2012: One book will be chosen for first chapbook; September 1, 2012: Publication of first chapbook. Tips: “All poems in your collection should have either Christian themes or universal religious themes.”


* At CSS Publishing Co., drop the listed editor and her e-mail (no new editor named). New address: 5450 N. Dixie Rd., Lima OH 45807-9559; fax 513-297-1179. Page 101.

* Robyn Grage is new editor at Millennium III Publishers. Toll-free number: 800-967-7345. Page 133.

* At Pauline Kids, drop Diana Lynch as associate children’s editor; no replacement named. Page 142.

* St. Anthony Messenger has a revised list of editors/titles: Lisa Biedenbach, director of product development, SAMP; Cynthia Cavnar, director of product development, Servant; delete Mary Hackett; Louise Pore, director of product development, Servant; Jeanne Hunt, director of product development, institutional. Page 151.

* At Steeple Hill, Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense, and Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical, senior editor is now Tina James; Rachel Burkot is editorial assistant; and Elizabeth Mazer is assistant editor. Page 153.

* At White Rose Publishing, Nicola Martinez is editor-in-chief; P.O. Box 1738, Aztec NM 87410; titleadmin@whiterosepublishing.com. Page 160.

* At American Tract Society, drop the listed editor. No replacement named. New e-mail: chrism@atsmail.org. Page 298.

* Cherise Ryan Curby is now editor/designer at The Breakthrough Intercessor. Page 304.

* Editor at Columbia is Alton Pelowski. Page 320.

* Mike Wonch is new editor at Barefoot. Page 408.

* At Enrichment, George P. Wood is new executive editor (replacing Gary R. Allen). Page 411.

* Martha Krienke is new editor at Insite. Page 412.


This Saturday, August 14th - Bartlett Christian Writers host a New Members Brunch 9-11:30 a.m. New Hope Christian Church 3300 Kirby Whitten Rd. Bartlett, TN For more information or visit the website at http://bartlettchristianwriters.webs.com.


LAST CHANCE: FAST Screenplay Enrollments are Now Open
...and will close when we're full, or when we launch on August 16th. It may be your last chance to join the Charter Group for unlimited lifetime access with free upgrades to all future versions.

NOTE: Both free videos and all 4 free reports below will be removed when enrollments close. Please visit the site TODAY to watch and download:

VIDEO: The 3 Fundamental Problems of Screenplay Development
The script development process has 3 fundamental problems that put writers and producers at odd. If your approach to screenwriting doesn't directly address them, you're spinning your wheels. (12 mins.)

REPORT: The Missing Ingredient: Why 99% of All Screenplays Fail and How to Put Yours in the Top 1%
This mind-blowing 24-page report shows you precisely what the missing ingredient is, and how exactly to include it. Absolutely essential reading for all screenwriters. (24 pages.)

REPORT: The Secret Skill of the (Truly) Professional Screenwriter
This eye-opening 24-page report reveals the one skill shared by the master screenwriters, and shows you precisely how to acquire it. (24 pages.)

REPORT: FAST Screenplay: The Screenwriting Roadmap
A whole new systematic approach to screenwriting completely revealed in this 31-page report. Nothing is held back. You'll see step-by-step how to turn your idea into a production-ready screenplay. (31 pages)

If you don't want to miss out, and want to quickly get "up to speed" on what FAST Screenplay is all about, check out this video:

VIDEO: A Look On the Inside...
FAST Screenplay is a complete, sytematic, step by step process for creating production-ready screenplays producers can use. This video shows you exactly what it is, where it's going, and why you have an extraordinary opportunity if you act quickly. (17 mins.)

How to Guarantee Completion of Your Production-Ready Screenplay
Most writers will never complete a screenplay producers can actually use. This 32-page report gives you a simple step by step process to guarantee you'll complete yours. (32 pages)

On August 16th, we launch FAST Screenplay Charter Group B
and all the free content will be gone.

See why even screenwriters who have been writing for 20 years call it
"absolutely stunning"... "a game changer"... and "a masterpiece."

FAST Screenplay is a step by step system for developing
production-ready screenplays, and the Charter Group
has limited seats available.

Please hurry... this content goes offline
as soon as we're full, or by
August 16th at the latest!

Full details are online at: http://FASTscreenplay.com

Sunday, August 8, 2010


In honor of my move, I am offering a special deal on the Market guide. If you order a guide off my Website (or from me directly by e-mail or phone), I will send you your choice of one of the following books for free. Just name the book you want in the memo of your PayPal (or other) order--or e-mail me your choice. You can find descriptions of the books also on my Website.

Sally Stuart's Guide to Getting Published (how-to)
Words to write By (author devotionals)
The Little Handbook to Perfecting the Art of Christian Writing (how-to)

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Just a quick update on the house situation. Our house has sold and the new one has been purchased. It was not without difficulties--have to replace roof and siding on our old home--but God supplied the funds for that. That work will start tomorrow and the deals will close on august 24 and 25--and we move the 26th & 27th. Packing is moving along and should be completed on time. Tomorrow is inspection on the new house. Thansk so much for your prayers.


We have 5 story's submitted and a prominent politician is considering writing the preface, I'm excited at the direction and progress of this project!

Seeking submissions for a “Sunday Supper” anthology. 10 to 20 writers are needed for an anthology of “Sunday supper” stories.
The story will be about you and your family at one of the last Sunday suppers together at around 4 to 13 years old. It should combine comedy and limited drama. We also seek two notable authors with “name recognition” to write the prefaceand conclusion (suggestions welcome!).
Proceeds from the book will be divided as follows: 50% up front will go to missions and feeding programs. Suggestions regarding deserving programs are welcome, OR, you may join in a non profit organization to oversee the distribution of funds.
The remaining 50% will be divided equally between all the authors, plus the writers handling the preface and conclusion of the book. There will be no prepayments prior to publication. All expenditures will be available
for study upon request.
Submission requirements: 5 to 8 pages approximately, 5.5 x 8.5 inch size, in black, with half-inch
margins on all sides, in single-spaced 14-point type. Please submit a PDF file for review,
If you do not have a program to submit story's in this form, a simple paste into an email will do.
All submissions will be responded to; submitshortstory@yahoo.com
Please include e-mail address, and whatever personal information regarding your name and state in which you reside. More information will be required if your story is accepted.
Submissions Quickly Please!
I Sincerely Appreciate your consideration of this project. Please pass this info along to any writers groups who might be interested.

Don W. Hardin Cape Coral Fl.

Friday, August 6, 2010


The Wall Street Journal reported this week that New York-based company Barnes & Noble is up for sale, according to the article, “succumbing to pressure from shareholder activists as digital books erode the traditional business of the nation’s largest bookstore chain.”

Apparently, the company told WSJ that its founder and chairman, Leonard Riggio, is considering forming an investor group to buy Barnes & Noble. The company currently has 720 stores and sells approximately 300 million books annually.

The article reports that “Barnes & Noble has a market capitalization of just under $950 million—even after a 25% run-up in after-hours trading Tuesday [August 3, 2010] in the wake of the announcement. In comparison, chief competitor Amazon.com Inc. has a market cap of around $55 billion. In 2001, Barnes & Noble was worth $2.2 billion and Amazon $3.6 billion.”