Friday, August 29, 2008


MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 29 /Christian Newswire/ -- Christianity Today's Politics '08 blog launched only a few weeks ago, but it's already receiving recognition from journalistic peers. Michael Paulson's religion blog at The Boston Globe: "From a distance, the best coverage I've seen of the role of faith at the convention has been in the politics blog over at Christianity Today ..." GetReligion: "Now, if you are interested in the actual religious content of the speech, you need to head over to the weblog at Christianity Today, where Ted Olsen, Sarah Pulliam and Co. have quite a bit of interesting material for you to read." Christianity Today's online editor, Sarah Pulliam, has been reporting live in Denver from the Democratic National Convention and will now report live from The Republican National Convention in Minneapolis. She liveblogs events, interviews experts, and gives analysis. Pulliam is available for interviews at the convention in Minneapolis. For religion coverage you won't find anywhere else, visit the Christianity Today Politics Blog here:


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Tuesday, August 26, 2008


The address, e-mail, and Website for Chicken Soup for the Soul Magazine are no longer working, so I assume they are out of business. Page 350.

God Allows U-Turns Book Series is on hold for the foreseeable future. Page 374.

HonorBound is now an online publication called Submit to Darian Amsler; 417-862-2781; fax 417-832-0574,; Pays $30 for 350-1,000 words. Page 382.

New column needs at Nature Friend: “Month” Nature Trails (seasonal, nature activity for each month); 100-450 wds. Write up as something you do each year, such as mushroom hunting, wildflower walk, snowshoeing, Christmas bird count, viewing a specific meteor shower, etc. Page 432.


God’s Explorers, 1300 N. Meacham Rd., Schaumburg IL 60173-4888; 847-843-1600; fax 847-843-3757;; Joan E. Alexander, editor. For Primaries (grades 1-2). Developing guidelines. Check Website.

Truth Travelers, 1300 N. Meacham Rd., Schaumburg IL 60173-4888; 847-843-1600; fax 847-843-3757. E-mail:; Joan E. Alexander, editor. For Middlers (grades 3-4) Developing guidelines. Check Website.

Faith Detectives, 1300 N. Meacham Rd., Schaumburg IL 60173-4888; 847-843-1600; fax 847-843-3757;; Joan E. Alexander, editor. For Juniors (grades 5-6). Developing guidelines. Check Website.


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Monday, August 25, 2008


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MEDIA ADVISORY, Aug. 25 /Christian Newswire/ -- Sky Angel Productions, LLC has provided services exclusively to Sky Angel U.S., LLC, a national television provider of faith-based and family-friendly television and radio programming, for over a quarter of a century. Now the skills and knowledge of this experienced team are available to the general public.

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Sunday, August 24, 2008


ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa, Christian Newswire/ -- Alpha Omega Publications®, a leading provider of Christian curriculum and educational services to homeschool families, Christian schools, and distance-learning students, is pleased to announce the launch of their newly redesigned website.

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Saturday, August 16, 2008


Q - Why is the freelance pay scale for Christian periodicals so much lower than in the general market?

A - Basically it comes down to the numbers. First it is the number of potential subscribers. Because general publications, in most cases, can draw from a much larger potential subscriber base--and usually do--they have more dollars available to pay their writers. And secondly those dollars are greatly enhanced by the advertising they sell. Many Christian periodicals do not accept any advertising, and those that do pretty much limit it to Christian advertisers. For the most part those are small companies or ministries that cannot pay the fees huge advertisers in the general market are willing and able to pay. So, again, it is the difference in the advertising dollars they take in that keep those payments in the Christian market so much lower.


Haworth Pastoral Press is out of business. Page 175.

Honor Books is out of business. Page 178.

Living Books for All is out of business. Page 188.

Pray! Books is being folded into NavPress. Page 204.

Lightning Star Press has bad contact info--may be out of business. Page 233.

Winer Foundation has asked to be deleted from the market guide. Page 240.


Father’s Press, 2424 S.E. 6th St., Lee’s Summit MO 64063. Phone/fax (816)600-6288;; Mike Smitley, owner
( Publishes controversial and risky books that present the
biblical truth about issues facing Christians and non-believers today. No manuscripts
through agents. Reprints books. Prefers up to 500 pages. Royalty 10% on net; no
advance. Publication within 3 months.Accepted manuscripts by disk or e-mail. Responds in 7 days. Guidelines (also by e-mail/Website); no catalog. Nonfiction or fiction: query first; phone/fax/e-query OK. Fiction for all ages. Looking for books that deal with issues that contribute to the decline of our economy and culture. “We prefer books with strong social, economic, and religious relevance. We like writers with a clear marketing strategy with strong sales leads and endorsements.”

Halo Publishing International, 6415 Granger Rd., Independence OH 44131; 216-255-6756;; Lisa M. Umina, editor. Publishes books that change and influence a child at an early age. 100% of books from first-time authors. Prefers mss through agents. Prefers 32 pages. Royalty 60-70% of retail. Average first printing 2,000. Publication within 6 mos. Responds in 4-6 wks. Accepts manuscripts by e-mail. Guidelines on Website; free catalog. Nonfiction and fiction for children: Complete ms; phone query OK. Inspirational books and books dealing with life values.

Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 116 Pentonville Rd., London N1 9JB, United Kingdom. E-mail: Website: Jessica Kingsley, CEO; submit to: New Book Proposals at JKP. Publishes books that create social change. Publishes 45+ titles/yr.; hardcover, trade paperback. 60% of books from first-time authors. Accepts mss through agents. Reprints books. Any length. Royalty 5-10% on net; no advance. No simultaneous submissions. Responds in up to 6 mos. Requires accepted mss on disk or by e-mail. Prefers NIV. Guidelines (also by e-mail); free catalog. Nonfiction: Proposal/2 chapters; no phone/fax query; e-query OK. "Most open to books that combine theory with practice; books for practitioners."

Friday, August 15, 2008


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Welcome! Churchmouse Publications, LLC is a web-based publishing syndicate created to serve the Christian community. We have finished our initial market research and have entered the development phase. During this phase we will complete the construction of our website and actively seek features for syndication. Our goal is to launch in late 2008 or early 2009.

In consideration of this fact, Churchmouse Publications is now open to both new and established artists, authors, creators and photographers. We have three main Patron Groups for whom you may submit your work: 1) Periodicals & Newspapers; 2) Churches; and 3) Faith-based Organizations.

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Melody of the Heart is back up online and available to readers. It has received many positive comments and notes already.

Regular columnists: Randy Brown [Missouri], Elece Hollis [Oklahoma], Lavon Lewis [Oklahoma], Glenda Schoonmaker [Arizona], Nanette Snipes [Georgia], and Eileen Zygarlicke [North Dakota].

Melody of the Heart has two different contests going on right now. One is an essay contest on the topic of "Everyday Miracles." The second is to find the Heart Joy Bell hidden on one page with a drawing of all the correct entries for a gift card.

Fron editor/publisher: I am looking for freelance writers for the departments open to them for upcoming issues. And yes, I do pay writers -- I wish it could be more, but I do pay something. I strongly feel that it is important to give payment to writers and not expect them to donate their work. ". . . the laborer is worthy of his [her] hire" or as the NIV states: ". . . for the worker deserves his wages." (Luke 10:7) I believe God for the funds. He supplies writing, editing, or art jobs that pay and I use that money to pay writers for the magazine.

Departments open to freelancers include: Cook's Corner (recipes and stories that go with them), Heart-Stirring Reviews (books, movies, music, new products), How Do I? (how-to articles on wide variety of topics), Life Steps (Ordinary people doing quietly extraordinary things), Personality Profiles (not necessarily well-known people), Poetic Hearts (under 20 lines), Winning Hearts (Compelling stories of unique ways of reaching others with the Gospel), Fillers ( Tips (for home, family, marriage, etc.), Ideas, clean jokes, funny kid sayings, very short inspirational insights). I will also be using very short fiction 3 times per year [ 750 - 1000 words].

To clarify the process: Please No phone calls or submissions by postal mail or fax. ALL submissions must come via the Submission Form at the site. Remember that this is an Electronic Magazine -- online only (for now!). There are 3 pages of guidelines for writers at the magazine's web site. You must study all three pages of the guidelines thoroughly before you will find the link to the Submission Form. I did that on purpose hoping against hope that writers will read the guidelines. Also read the content currently in the magazine to help you best target your writing. It is your job to target your submission to the (1) Magazine's general focus; (2). The specific Theme (for an upcoming issue) that you chose on the Submission Form; and (3) the specific Department you are targeting. And Please - do not submit several articles/fillers and ask me to choose one for the theme/issue/department to which you are submitting. I feel that is not doing your job as a writer and it makes my work as the editor more difficult.

I'm asking that writers please use the FORMS to communicate with me on questions about the magazine. Use the Connections Page form to send comments, make suggestions, ask questions, submit links for review to be included on the Linking Hearts page, etc. There are forms for advertisers, forms for subscribing to the Melody Mailer (bi-weekly email newsletter), a form for submitting writing and queries, forms for prayer requests and praise reports and one for applying to be on the Prayer Team, forms for entering the contests, and more.

I hope you visit and take a look. I believe you'll find something to inspire and help you through your day. I also believe that many of you have work that can work for Melody of the Heart and I encourage you to study the guidelines, the content, and submit.

Check it out!

To view the Flash Welcome Page, then click into the magazine: Melody of the Heart Welcome Page

To skip the welcome page and go directly to the Front Page of the magazine: Melody of the Heart Online Magazine

In His Everlasting Arms,

JoAnn Reno Wray
Melody of the Heart Online Magazine


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Wednesday, August 13, 2008


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** Http:// (for fantasy writers)

** Http:// (Chip is a Christian literary agent)

** Http:// (Rachelle Gardner is also an agent)

** Http:// (helps you find contests and other writing

** Http:// (another agent)

**, and (grammar sites)




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TruthMedia Internet Group is a ministry of Power for Change (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ, Canada). Their goal is to introduce people to Christ and help Christians pursue a life of discipleship. They need submissions for their 24 Websites (see for a complete list of their sites). Submissions for all the sites are handled through their online submission system at: No payment ofered. If you have questions, e-mail them at They also have an author blog at

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


MEDIA ADVISORY, August 12 /Christian Newswire/ -- After ten years publishing The Wichita Chronicle and later The Chronicle Christian Newspaper, the newspaper will change its name. Effective September 1, 2008 the paper will operate as the Christian Press.

Nearly a year ago the law firm of Vaughn, Winton & Clark of Edmond, Oklahoma, who represent the Church of Christ denominational newspaper The Christian Chronicle, requested The Chronicle Christian Newspaper to cease and desist under its current name. Attorneys claim The Chronicle Christian Newspaper name violates federal trademark law protecting the Oklahoma based denominational newspaper's identity.

"Though the owners of the trademark have no objection to your use of the name The Chronicle, the owners do object to the use of the words Chronicle and Christian together for the designation of a religious news publication because of the confusion created and infringement on the registered trademark," said Matthew Winton of Vaughn, Winton and Clark.

Chronicle attorney's pointed out differences between a denominational publication and the efforts of The Chronicle to reach a broader Christian market.

"Your client's newspaper publication is intended to reach its specific membership, those who are members of the Church of Christ," attorney Lora Jennings of Martin, Pringle, Oliver, Wallace and Bauer wrote in a letter. "My client's monthly publication reaches a wholly separate audience."

The Jones' say after spending much time, energy and money defending the name it was time to move on. The case never went to court.

"As Christians we are cautious about situations which require legal activity," said co-publisher Russ Jones. "We paid a sizeable amount of money for the paper, however, and it was worth defending."

Dr. Aderemi Dozeman, a Christian psychiatrist who lives in Hines, Georgia, was given, but never developed the site. Dozeman gave the domain to the Joneses to use for the newspaper.

"After seeing the Oprah story in The Chronicle I believe the Joneses are the people to build for God's glory," said Dozeman.

"Although traumatic, sometimes there is a need for new beginnings," said Jackie Jones. "With this name I believe we are opening new doors while nurture existing relationships."

"A domain like is far easier to brand and market than our current name," said Jones. "I'm excited for the potential to grow an already increasing readership. Besides that -- at this time there are no other papers named, Christian Press. It clearly says who we are and what we do."


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FLANDERS, New Jersey, August 12 /Christian Newswire/ -- JMG Comics, a division of JMG Studios, is pleased to announce the release of its first comic book series, MECHA MANGA BIBLE HEROES.

MECHA MANGA BIBLE HEROES brings classic bible heroes to life in a whole new way. This action-packed series is drawn in the popular manga (Japanese comics) style and features "mecha" (robots). The characters, themes and stories remain the same, only the setting has changed -- to a futuristic world of aliens, robots and advanced technology.

"Just like modernized versions of Shakespeare's plays, by taking a solid, meaningful story and translating its elements as faithfully as possible into a new setting, we hope to bring out some of the more amazing details that might get missed by today's readers," said co-creator and co-writer Tom Hall.

The first issue re-imagines the legendary tale of David, the shepherd boy who took down the giant, Goliath. The 32-page, full-color comic book retails for $2.25 US.
"David is a young kid who has to go toe-to-toe with a giant super robot," said Hall. "Other than that, everything is what the Bible describes, down to the small details that most Sunday School versions gloss over."

"The stories of the Old Testament are universal and can be found among several religions and cultures," said Managing Editor Paul Castiglia, veteran comic book writer/editor for Archie Comics. "Our creative team consists of Christians who love both comics and the bible, and we've made this the coolest Christian comic book ever!"

The creative team also includes Joey Endres, Thom Pratt, Daniel Bradford and Jeff Slemons. Editor-in- Chief and JMG Studio owner John-Marc Grob has introduced several successful products into the Christian bookstore market.

In addition to all the action and adventure, Castiglia is quick to point out that the main goal is to encourage kids to read the actual bible.

"Right on the first page of our debut issue we proclaim, 'If you think this comic book is exciting, check out the real story in the Holy Bible! You'll find it in the book of 1 Samuel, Chapter 17, verses 1-58.' If our comic inspires even one reader to pick up the real bible we'll consider the project a success. We're doing this to help spread the Word, ultimately."

Christian bookstores can order through ANCHOR DISTRIBUTORS (, and individuals can buy direct from

Wholesale copies are also available for church groups.

Monday, August 11, 2008


WEST CHICAGO, Illinois, August 12 /Christian Newswire/ -- Douglas Shaw, chairman and chief executive officer of Douglas Shaw & Associates (DSA), has been appointed to the board of directors of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), Bill Skelton, chairman of the NRB's Executive Committee, announced today. Shaw will serve until February 2010.

Shaw is the founder of Douglas Shaw & Associates, a full-service fundraising and communications agency serving national and international nonprofit organizations and ministries. Prior to launching DSA, Shaw spent more than 15 years working on staff and as a consultant to regional, national and international nonprofit organizations and ministries. He is a graduate of Simpson College and Fuller Theological Seminary, both in California.
"Broadcast ministries are a significant segment of American media and play a vastly important role in promoting the Gospel and impacting the lives of Christians throughout the world," said Shaw. "I'm deeply honored to be appointed to the board of an organization that works to advance its mission through the proclamation of the Gospel, advocacy, government relations, education and fellowship," said Shaw.

The National Religious Broadcasters is a non- partisan, international association of Christian communicators with more than 1,400 member organizations that represent millions of listeners, viewers and readers. NRB's three-fold vision is to "proclaim the Good News of eternal life through Jesus Christ, transform the culture through the application of sound biblical teaching and preserve religious freedom by keeping the doors of electronic media open for the spread of the Gospel."

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Registration is underway for the fifth annual National Christian Writers’ Conference and Book Expo to be held on Saturday, September 20, 2008 at the Crowne Plaza, Virginia Beach 4453 Bonney Road .. Aspiring writers and individuals from Virginia and across the nation who want to learn more about the writing, publishing and book marketing industry are invited to attend.

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Registration is now underway for the Nov. 6-15 press tour of Jordan,
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the World, and Wadi Rum, the desert referenced by T.E. Lawrence as "vast,
echoing and God-like."

* Relaxation at the Red Sea port of Aqaba and the Dead Sea, the world's
largest open-air spa.


JTBNA will provide round-trip travel to Jordan from John F. Kennedy Airport
in New York, and cover all accommodation at 4- and 5-star hotels; ground
transportation; guides; meals and park entrance fees throughout the press

Journalists are responsible for domestic travel to/from John F. Kennedy
Airport and for tips and incidentals throughout the tour, usually amounting
to $175-$200.

To Register:

E-mail Christine Moore of JTBNA at to obtain a
Media Registration Form and additional information, including:

* Complete itinerary

* Pre-Departure Information

* Passport Form

Registration is on a first-come basis. Nineteen (19) seats are available
for this press tour. A media registration and passport form must be
completed and returned to JTBNA to reserve your seat.

All participants must have a passport that cannot expire within six months
of date of travel.


Join us for Act One’s first ALL-INCLUSIVE Weekend Seminar at the spectacular Glen Eyrie Castle. Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, just minutes from downtown Colorado Springs, CO, sits a Christian conference and retreat center unlike any other. With over 800 acres of stately pines and whispering aspen, lush lawns, sparkling waterfalls and majestic sandstone rock faces combined with the tutelage of true Hollywood professionals, you don’t want to miss this one!

Conference Details

January 30, 2009 ~ 1:00-10:00 pm; January 31, 2009 ~ 10:00 am-6:00 pm

Location: Glen Eyrie Castle and Conference Center, 3820 N. 30th St., Colorado Springs, CO 80904

$265 - includes study materials, meals (Fri. dinner, Sat. breakfast, lunch & dinner) and Hollywood Insider Event
$415 - includes study materials, meals (Fri. dinner, Sat. breakfast, lunch & dinner, Sun. breakfast), 2 nights stay (Fri. & Sat.) and Hollywood Insider Event
$10 for Hollywood Insider Event only. To register, go to, or call (323) 464-0815.

***Limited rooms are available - sign up today.***

Prices after December 22 - $285 & $435

Speakers: Dr. Thom Parham (writer JAG, screenwriting professor, Azusa Pacific University); other speakers TBD

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 programs to people who could not travel to Hollywood. Consequently, they are designed to provide an overview of our summer writing and executive curriculum. You can visit our website for a more detailed account of course content; however, the basic conference schedule is as follows:

Main Sessions

*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.

*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.

*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.

Skill-based Breakouts
**Choose from one of the two breakout tracks**

Writing Track:

*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.

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

Executive Track:

*The Producer’s Business Class. An introduction to the process and principals common within the small core of the film industry’s most consistently successful production companies.

*Introduction to the Marketplace & Commercial Creativity - An overview of the current Hollywood marketplace, what ideas are selling and how to make your material more commercially attractive.

*Optioning a Winning Script or Other Source Material - An introduction to option and purchase agreements, non-exclusive attachment memos and other intellectual property contracts.

Insider Event - Friday, January 30, 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 have completed a novel for submission to a publisher, we know you’re serious about your writing. We also know that writing a children’s novel can seem overwhelming. You have to create sassy characters, compelling plots, and lush settings. You must develop an authentic voice that snags a reader on page one and pulls him all the way through the book. And then . . . there’s the day job, or the kids, or the dishes, or the laundry. What’s a writer to do?

We’d like you to know about the Highlights Foundation. The Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase the quality of writing and illustrating for children. As a part of that mission, we offer workshops for writers staffed by highly experienced publishing professionals.

Our 2008–2009 line-up includes a wealth of workshops for novelists. In the upcoming year you can find practical strategies for plotting a middle-grade or young-adult novel, learn to tap your memories to find ideas for young-adult stories, explore the “hero’s journey” at the core of all successful plots, discover what sets the historical novel apart from the contemporary novel, or move your novel to the next level in preparation for submission to agents or publishers at an upcoming Founders Workshop (see list below).

Visit our Web site,, and read the bios of our outstanding faculty members. Take a look at each workshop descriptor, and then decide which one of these stellar workshops best meets your needs. Please feel free to pass along this e-mail to others who might have an interest in knowing more about our novel workshop offerings.

Happy Writing!
Kim T. Griswell
Senior Editor
Highlights, Inc.

Upcoming Novel Workshops

Plotting the Novel
September 18–21, 2008
Workshop Leader: Helen Hemphill

Whole-Novel Workshop
October 11–18, 2008
Workshop Leaders: Carolyn Coman, Martine Leavitt

Writing Novels for Young Adults
October 23–26, 2008
Workshop Leader: Rich Wallace

The Hero’s Journey
November 20–23, 2008
Workshop Leaders: Kim T. Griswell,
K. L. Going

Whole-Novel Workshop
for Historical Writers
May 2–9, 2009
Workshop Leaders: Liza Ketchum,
Ellen Levine

Heart of the Novel: A Two-Part Workshop
May 14–17, 2009 and October 22-25, 2009
Workshop Leader: Patricia Lee Gauch

Whole-Novel Workshop
June 13–20, 2009
Workshop Leaders: Carolyn Coman, Donna Jo Napoli

Whole-Novel Workshop
October 10–17, 2009
Workshop Leader: Carolyn Coman

Wednesday, August 6, 2008


In case you've missed it, CBA now has a blog where participants share info on what's happening the industry. You can check out the latest posts at:


Kristina Seleshanko is managing editor of Christian Children's Book Review. She operates a blog that exclusively reviews children's picture books with Christian themes. Go to:


There has been a lot of buzz about the Kindle lately and some of you have been asking what it is exactly. Basically it is an electronic book about the size of a hardback book. It's an Amazon product and a similar one is the Sony E-Reader. The text of a book you want can be sent to you through the air. It appears on the screen and you read it just like you would read a print book. The Kindle has a memory that holds up to 200 full books, and should you ever lose one, Amazon will re-send it to you for free. Books cost $9.99 and up. The Kindle itself costs $349 and relys on cell phone technology. The Sony E-Reader costs a little less and actually has more features. Unfortunately neither of them is able to do graphics. The consensus is that this type of reader is the wave of the future and in a few years most everyone will have one (or something similar)--especially kids who seem to be the first to embrace new technologies.


Baker’s Plays: 212-206-8990; Page 145.

Crossway Books & Bibles: Page 160.

Emmaus Road Publishing: 740-283-2880;; Blog Page 165.

First Fruits of Zion: PO Box 649, Marshfield MO 65706-0649. Page 168.

Heart of Wisdom Publishers: 200 Coble Rd., Shelbyville TN 37160-6353. Page 176.

Heartsong Presents/Mysteries: Editor’s blog - Page 176.

Howard Publishing: All company e-mail addresses are now the person’s first name, dot, last Page 179.

The Lutterworth Press:; Page 189.

Millennium III Publishers: Page 192.

Morehouse Publishing: 212-592-1800. Drop fax number. Page 194.

Thomas Nelson Publishers: 615-889-9000. Page 196.

Parson Place Press: P.O. Box 8277, Mobile AL 36689-0277. Page 200.

Players Press: Page 203.

Presbyterian Publishing Corp.: Now accepts through agents. Page 204.


Catholic University of America Press, 620 Michigan Ave. N.E., Washington DC 20064.202-319-5052. Fax 202-319-4985;; David J. McGonagle, editor; submit to James Kruggel. Works of original scholarship and works intended for the college/university classroom in various fields, including theology and religious studies. No mss through agents. No reprints. Prefers 200-300 pages. Royalty 10% on net; no advance. Guidelines (also by e-mail/Website); free catalog. Query first; no phone/fax/e-query.

Company B Publishing, E-mail: Website: Submit to Editor. POD publisher that does not
charge for production of book. Agent not necessary. Royalty 8% of retail; no advance. Responds in 4-6 weeks. Guidelines on Website. Open to most topics. Fiction and nonfiction: Use online submission form. All books also available as e-books. Author retains all subsidiary rights. Marketing is up to the author.

Evangelical Press, PO Box 825, Webster NY 14580. Toll free phone/fax 866-588-6778;; Submit to Book Editor. Committed to the dissemination of biblical Christianity throughout the world in numerous languages; and to support local Christians in local churches to live lives that glorify God. No manuscripts through agents. Does print on demand. No reprints. Royalty on net; no advance.Guidelines by e-mail or Website; free catalog. Nonfiction: Query,proposal/2 chapter/complete manuscript; phone/e-query OK.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


Pockets, a print magazine for children does operate with a theme list. Below are their needs for the rest of the year:

September 4 deadline: Honesty - Wants to help children understand that honesty is the basis for healthy, trusting relationships in every area of their lives and an essential part of the Christian life.

October 3 deadline: Peer Pressure - Help children identify ways that they can resist temptation while being pressured by their peers.

November 3 deadline: Blessings - What does it mean to receive blessings with gratitude? And what does it mean to offer blessings to those around us?

December 3 deadline: Joy to the World! - Help children begin to understand how Jesus' burth, God's incarnation, is made new to them each advent and Christmas.

Send (by mail only)to: Lynn W. Gilliam, editor; PO Box 340004, Nashville TN 37203-0004. No fax or e-mail submissions. Details in market guide.


This time of year the Christian publishing industry is all a buzz about the annual convention--which was held in July. Although a number of people I spoke with indicated it was the best ever--the numbers show a different side. Ten years ago the attendance at the convention was just under 15,000. This year it was down to 7,000--half of that. I announced earlier at Thomas Nelson pulled out of the convention some time ago. Since they are the largest Christian publisher, that can't help but have an affect on the smaller publishers. By next year it is expected that more publishers will either withdraw from the show or significantly reduce the size of their booth. Some insiders are even predicting that the show will close entirely in the next year or two. Buteven in the light of this news, Christian book publishing continue to be a strong presence. The downturn is likely a reflection of both the economy and the internal changes in the industry.


A - Everyone seems to have the impression that there is no market for poetry. Fortunately that is not true. The reality is that it is almost impossible to get a book of poetry published by a royalty publisher (unless you are famous), but the market guide lists about 200 periodical markets for poetry. The trick to selling poetry is to offer poems that reflect the focus of the magazine, i.e., family, marriage, pastors, children, humor, etc. Also abide by their guidelines as to the length of the poems, how many you can send at once, etc. All the info you need on these publishers is listed in the market guide.

Monday, August 4, 2008


Following is the National Bestsellers List:

Top 10 Black Christian Bestsellers List (Non- fiction)

1. Quiet Strength, by Tony Dungy (Tyndale)
2. Left to Tell, by Immaculee Ilibagiza (Hay House)
3. Standing Tall, by C. Vivian Stringer (Random House)
4. Gifted Hands, by Ben Carson (Zondervan)
5. Reposition Yourself, T. D. Jakes (Atria)
6. Come On People, by Bill Cosby & Alvin F. Poussaint (Thomas Nelson)
7. Take the Risk, by Ben Carson (Zondervan)
8. Commanding Your Morning by Cindy Trimm (Charisma)
9. The Faith of Barack Obama, by Stephen Mansfield (Thomas Nelson)
10. Letters to Young Black Men, by Daniel Whyte III (Torch Legacy)

Top 10 Black Christian Bestsellers List (Fiction)

1. You Can Do It! by Tony Dungy (Little Simon Inspirations)
2. A Sin and a Shame, by Victoria Christopher Murray (Touchstone)
3. The Ex Files, by Victoria Christopher Murray (Touchstone)
4. Temptation, by Victoria Christopher Murray (Walk Worthy)
5. The Other Side, by Jacqueline Woodson (Putnam)
6. I Love My Hair!, by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley (Little, Brown Books)
7. Miracle's Boys, by Jacqueline Woodson (Putnam)
8. Truth Be Told, by Victoria Christopher Murray (Pocket)
9. Joy, by Victoria Murray (Walk Worthy)
10. Grown Folks Business, by Victoria Murray (Touchstone) National Independent Publishers Bestsellers List

Top 10 Black Christian Independent Publishers Bestsellers List (Non-fiction)

1. Letters to Young Black Men, by Daniel Whyte III (Torch Legacy)
2. From Private to General, by Jerry Curry (Believe Books)
3. The General's Lady, by Charlene Curry (Believe Books)
4. 7 Levels of Promise for the Overcomer, by Arthur L. Mackey
5. 7 Things Young Black Women Do To Mess Up Their Lives, by Daniel Whyte III (Torch Legacy)
6. Raised from the Dead, by Frank Turner (Zoe Life)
7. Letters to Young Black Women, by Daniel Whyte III (Torch Legacy)
8.Sinless Sex, by Shirelle (Xulon)
9. Successfully Raising Young Black Men, by Kevin D. Barnes, Sr (Torch Legacy)
10. African-American Pastoral Care, by Edward Wimberly (Pilgrim Press)

Top 10 Black Christian Independent Publishers Bestsellers List (Fiction)

1. Divorcing the Devil, by Dwan Abrams (Urban Christian)
2. Guilty of Love, by Pat Simmons
3. Something on the Inside, by T.N. Williams
4. Soon and Very Soon, by Sherryle Kiser Jackson
5. Me, Myself and Him, by E.N. Joy
6. From the Extreme, by Renea Collins
7. Troubles Won't Last Always, by Michelle Taylor
8. He's Fine...But Is He Saved?, by Kimberley Brooks (Driven Enterprises)
9. Happily Ever Now, by Nicole Rouse
10. Secret Sisterhood, by Monique Miller


Group Publishing Forms New Units, Names New President

Group Publishing created several new business units this week, and named a new president. The Loveland, Colorado-based creator of Christian resources announced new units based on growing market segments, according to Group founder and chairman, Thom Schultz. The new units will serve children’s ministry, youth ministry, women’s ministry and church leadership. The changes will align various products and services under distinct ministry areas. For example, the new youth ministry unit will incorporate youth ministry magazines, newsletters, books, electronic resources, conferences and training events. Many current Group staff received new job responsibilities in the move. No employees were released. In fact, the company has over a dozen job openings. Schultz also announced that Rocky Gilmore has been appointed president of Group Publishing.

Friday, August 1, 2008


September 26-27: Catch the Wave Writers Conference; Woodstock, Georgia. Contact: Cindy Simmons, 6409 Bells Ferry Rd., Woodstock GA 30189-2324; 770-928-2795; fax 770-924-6935;; Sponsors a contest. Editors in attendance.

October: My thoughts Exactly Writers’ Retreat ; Schuyler, Nebraska. Contact: Cheryl Paden, P.O. Box 1073, Fremont NE 68025; 402-727-6508. No agents or editors in attendance.

October: International Writers Fellowship Conference; Brookville, Pennsylvania. Contact: Jan Sady, 2026 Langville Rd., Mayport PA 16240-5610; 814 –856-2560;

October 2-3: Fiction Writers Intensive: Redding, California. Contact: Cindy Coloma, 530-722-5566; or Instructor: Cindy Martinusen Coloma.

October 3-4: Pen to Paper Literary Symposium; Dayton , Ohio. Contact: Valerie Coleman, PMB 175 – 5523 Salem Ave., Dayton OH 45426; 937-307-0760;; Editors and agents in attendance.

October 4: Santa Barbara Christian Writers Conference. Contact: Opal Mae Dailey, P.O. Box 40860, Santa Barbara CA 93140; 805-682-0316;

October 22-26: Glorieta Christian Writers’ Conference; Glorieta, New Mexico. Contact:CLASServices, 2201 San Pedro Dr NE, Bldg. 1, Ste. 225, Albuquerque NM 87110; 505-899-4283; fax 505-899-9282;; Editors & agents in attendance. No scholarships.

October 24-25: American Christian Writers Conference; Anaheim, California. Contact: Reg Forder, P.O. Box 110390, Nashville TN 37222; 1-800-21-WRITE;;

October 24-25: Earlham School of Religion/Ministry of Writing Colloquium; Richmond, Indiana.Contact: Susan Yands, 228 College Ave., Richmond IN 47374-4095; 800-432-1377; fax (765-983-1688; Speaker: Robert Wicks. Editors in attendance.

October 25: American Christian Writers, Upstate SC One-Day Writing Workshop; Anderson, South Carolina. Contact: Elva Martin, 864-226-7024 (home); 864-314-0804 (cell; Speakers include: Rene Holt, Yvonne Lehman, Ann Tatlock, Les Stobbe, and Rosie Dow.

October 25: West Branch Christian Writer’s One-Day Conference; Montoursville, Pennsylvania.Contact: Cindy Emmett Smith, 131 Center St., Milton PA 17847-1717;

Oct 31-Nov 1: American Christian Writers Conference; Phoenix, Arizona. Contact: Reg Forder, P.O. Box 110390, Nashville TN 37222; 1-800-21-WRITE;;


The Writer's Digest Book Club just announced that they will be closing out their traditional book club as of October 31, 2008--after 30 years in business. Although they are a general market book club, they do carry and even publish some Christian writing books. They have carried my market guide as a featured alternate for the last several years. They probably publish more writing titles than any other publisher--and will continue to do so. The good news is that their books will still be available at the Writer's Digest Book Shop online. You can set up an account and opt to recieve their newsletter and special offers by going to:


Standard Publishing announced that long-time industry veteran Larry Carpenter will be joining the company as president and publisher on Aug. 4. Carpenter, who currently serves as VP of marketing for non-fiction trade books at Thomas Nelson, has been involved in Christian book publishing and distribution since 1987.

In his new role, Carpenter will focus on reestablishing Standard Publishing’s identity and expanding and elevating Standard Publishing’s sales and marketing operations.


Orlando - The 250 members of the Advanced Writers and Speakers
Association (AWSA) awarded the 2008 Golden Scroll Awards for
Publisher, Editor, Fiction Editor and Member of the Year as well as
their Lifetime Achievement Award, Sunday afternoon at the Rosen
Centre in Orlando, Florida.

The Golden Scroll Awards go to editors and publishing houses best
demonstrating outstanding ministry partnerships with their authors.
This year's AWSA Golden Scroll Publisher of the Year Award went to
Crossway Books. Author Patricia A. Ennis said, "They have an
incredibly supportive staff and each person I interface with
possesses a servant's heart. They are quick to respond to my
requests, gracious, and generous in the support of my writing
endeavors. "

The AWSA Golden Scroll Editor of the Year Award went to Philis
Boultinghouse of Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster.
Author Jill Rigby say, "Philis offers profound suggestions and her
patience is endless. She allows me the privilege of sharing the
exciting happenings of our ministry and rejoices with us."

The AWSA Golden Scroll Fiction Editor of the Year Award was presented
to Nick Harrison. Author Gail Roper says, "Nick Harrison, is personal
and professional. He sticks-to-task when there's work to do, yet
isn't afraid to be a "friend" as well as an editor."

The AWSA Golden Scroll AWSA Member of the Year Award was presented to
Kathi Macias. AWSA founder Linda Evans Shepherd says, "Though Kathi
is a busy and successful author, she always has time to encourage
other authors."

The Golden Scroll Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to
Florence Littauer by Linda Evans Shepherd and President George W.
Bush impersonator and author, John Morgan. Linda says, "Florence has
spent her life training those called by God to communicate from the
platform and through published books. No sother person within ICRS
has contributed more of their life to helping develop the ministries
of authors than Florence Littauer."

Florence keynoted the banquet with author Jennifer Kennedy Dean
serving as the emcee. Authors Rhonda Rhea and Linda Evans Shepherd
presented the awards with recording artist Tamara Nashman performing
the special music, including a parody dedicated to the editors and
publishers and written by humorist Martha Bolton.

AWSA, an outreach of Right to the Heart Ministries, consists of over
250 top ICRS women authors who publish and speak nationally.