For over twenty-five years, The Christian Writer’s Market Guide has provided valuable information to aspiring writers. Every year, the book delivers updated tips and information on hundreds of companies in the Christian publishing industry. If the traditional route is your destination, The Christian Writer’s Market Guide is your roadmap!
Originally the brainchild of Sally E. Stuart, in recent years Jerry B. Jenkins has authored the compilation. The guide includes book and periodical publishers as well as conferences, agents, and other services available. Available in both paperback and digital format…
The Christian Writer’s Guide is an essential tool for anyone wanting to break into the publishing industry!
The guide is a comprehensive collection of material. Even if you self-publish your manuscripts, this guide has valuable information on editing services, distribution, writing groups, and conferences. Listed alphabetically, the categories consist of specific criteria for each area. Here are a few highlights:
- A topical listing of book publishers and their areas of interest.
- A list of royalty book publishers and their standards.
- A list of subsidy publishers.
- A list of book distributors.
- A listing of periodicals by topic.
- An alphabetical listing of periodicals according to topics with their specific requirements.
- Specialty markets like cards and gifts.
- Christian writer’s conferences and workshops.
- Writer’s groups and critique groups listed by state and country.
- Editorial services.
- Christian literary agents.
- Publishers listed by denomination.
- Publishing glossary for all of those terms that are unfamiliar.
How does The Christian Writer’s Market Guide work?
Let me share an example of how the book puts publishing information at your fingertips. If I wanted to write a book on parenting, I could look in the topical listing of publishers. Under “Parenting” I discover eleven publishers that only accept manuscripts through agents. No agent? Cross those off the list. But then I find fifty-nine houses that do accept books from writers without agents! Now, which ones would be best suited for my idea?
As I look at each company’s description to gain more specific information, I discover each listing will have…
- An address, phone, email, and fax #.
- The denomination or affiliation.
- The name of editor (check to see if this is still the current editor before sending any correspondence)
- The statement of purpose.
- Imprint names for the publishing house.
- The number of titles published each year and formats.
- Submissions received annually.
- % of books published from first time authors…important for first time authors to note!!!
- Whether the publisher accepts, prefers, requires, or doesn’t accept manuscripts through agents.
- Preferred length of book.
- Average royalty and advance.
- Correspondence preferences, response time.
- Bible version preference and guidelines.
- Categories for submissions…pay attention to these!
I can save hours of time investigating possible publishing houses for my book. The guide helps me to target those publishers that would be open to my ideas and my experience. And the same information is available for periodicals! The book really contains a wealth of information and worth every penny invested.
Every craft has its tools and writing is no different. The Christian Writer’s Market Guide is a tool that simplifies, clarifies, and expedites the publishing process. It is an essential book for every aspiring writer.
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