Monday, June 29, 2009


Concordia Publishing House (CPH) announces the release of Concordia on Demand, a new print-on-demand service available at the company Web site, “With the advancements in digital printing, CPH can economically print the titles our customers request, in as little as two weeks’ time,” says Ken Liszewski, manager of books for Concordia Publishing House.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Sarah Bolme, author of Your Guide to Marketing Books in the Christian Marketplace—filled with ideas for marketing a published book—has started a new marketing blog at If you’d like a copy of her book, just go to the bookstore on my Website:

If you'd like to keep up with what is happening with some of your favorite authors, you can receive a monthly newsletter from the Christian Authors Network with all the news about your favorite authors, new books coming out, etc. You can also sign up for their fiction and nonfiction book clubs, allowing you to receive the first chapter of their new books via email so you can read that much before deciding if you want to buy. If you think you might be interested, be sure to sign up online at

Of interest to humor writers: Digital Publishing Corp. has announced the launch of, a new and unique online destination for Christian humor, inspiration, and opinion. The non-denominational Christian humor and lifestyle Website offers insightful and amusing commentary on a variety of topics from some of today's most well-know Christian comedians, as well as some of publishing's best up-and-coming writers.

Novel Teen Book Reviews is a blog that reviews books for teens of all ages. Their site works as a database allowing the viewer to search for books by age range and genre. They are constantly adding new books to their ranks. Contact Jill Williamson at for more information or check out the site at


Candy Cane Press and Ideals Children’s Books will not be accepting manuscript submissions until further notice. Page 109.

Margie Newton, Manuscript Manager from Light & Life Magazine recently sent this information. They no longer send free samples, but you can get samples by sending $4 for each sample to World Ministry Center, c/o Light & Life Magazine, P.O. Box 535002, Indianapolis IN 46253. She also suggests writers visit their Website at to see the magazine information and many published articles which will give you and idea of what they are currently publishing. They also have vast archives available on the site. Page 314.

At Marian Helper Magazine, drop Steve LaChance as review editor. Dave Came is still editor of the print magazine, but Felix Carroll is editor of their Websites: and He is open to pared-down articles, on the same topics as the magazine, to appear on their Websites. Page 318.

Ministry Today is now being offered as a free digital magazine. They have taken their 112-page print magazine and made it available online. To sign up to get a subscription to the free version, just go to: Page 389.

Women Alive Magazine changed to Come to the Fire Magazine which was both print and online. It now appears that that publication is now only online. However, they are still open to submissions. Pam Enderby is managing editor of On Line Come to the Fire Magazine Community; 816-777-2003; Mailing address is the same. Page 409.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Good Housekeeping is sponsoring a short story contest with a September 15, 2009 deadline. Length: up to 3,500 words. Theme must focus on the lives of women today. Must be original; not previously published or a finalist in another contest. Include your name, address, daytime phone number and e-mail address.

Open to anyone 21 or older and a citizen of US or District of Columbia.

One entry per person. Will not be acknowledged or returned. Winners notified in December 2009.

Grand winner: $3,000 and possible publication in their May 2010 issue. Two runners-up get $750 and possible publication on their Website. Jodi Picoult is guest judge.

For complete details go to:


Non-fiction books by Toronto poverty activists Tim Huff and Greg Paul won multiple awards June 17 in a national contest, along with a suspense novel set during the Roman Empire.

The Canadian Christian Writing Awards are given annually in 30 independently judged categories, including non-fiction books, novels, articles, columns and poems. The awards are sponsored by The Word Guild, a national association with the mandate of connecting, developing and promoting Canadian writers and editors who are Christian ( 519-886-4196).

Huff, a social activist who has worked for 20 years with homeless and marginalized youth and adults, won for Bent Hope: A Street Journal (Castle Quay Books) in the general readership category and tied for first in the culture book category with Greg Paul. Paul, who founded the inner-city ministry Sanctuary, also won the Christian living book category for The Twenty Piece Shuffle: Why the Poor and Rich Need Each Other (David C. Cook).

The suspense novel Christianus Sum (Latin for "I am a Christian") won awards in three categories -- best suspense, romance and historical novel -- for first- time author Shawn J. Pollett of Golden Valley, Ont. (near Parry Sound).

Author and singer/songwriter Carolyn Arends of Surrey, B.C., was shortlisted in five categories -- the most of any writer this year -- and won for best book of "life stories" for Wrestling with Angels: Adventures in Faith and Doubt (Harvest House Publishers).

Donna Dawson of St. Marys, Ont., author of the suspense thriller Vengeance (Word Alive Press) and a writing instructor at Fanshawe College in London, Ont., won for best contemporary novel and best independently published fiction.

The cash awards were announced at a public black- tie gala event June 17 in Mississauga, Ont., hosted by Herbie Kuhn, in-house announcer for the Toronto Raptors basketball team.

"This is the premier event honouring the work of Canadians who write from a Christian worldview," explained Denise Rumble, the managing director of The Word Guild. "We want to showcase examples of excellence and increase public awareness of the quality and variety of our homegrown writers."

The complete list of winners is at

The Word Guild also sponsors Canada's largest Christian writers' conference (

Monday, June 22, 2009


Following years of preparation, evangelical, charismatic and catholic Anglicans from across North America, many of them recently departed from the Episcopal Church, convened in Texas today to formally launch the new Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). ACNA unites 28 Anglican dioceses under a single Archbishop and positions itself as an alternative to the U.S. Episcopal Church within the global Anglican Communion.

"It's a new day," Bishop Robert Duncan of the Diocese of Pittsburgh told a standing-room only crowd packed into St. Vincent's Cathedral, gathering for the organizing assembly of the 100,000-member church. The new denomination is working to be recognized as part of the 80-million member global Anglican Communion. Many of the overseas Anglican churches have sent observers to the assembly, including, but not limited to, African churches that have supported the denominational enterprise. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has sent an observer, known as a pastoral visitor, Retired Seychelles Bishop Santosh Marray of the Province of the Indian Ocean.

Ecumenical speakers including Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California and Metropolitan Jonah of the Orthodox Church in America will offer keynote addresses later this week.

The Anglican Communion is divided over hot button issues like homosexuality and scriptural authority, with U.S. Episcopal church leaders being more theologically and politically liberal than their overseas counterparts.

IRD Director of Anglican Action Jeff Walton commented,

"This new Anglican movement in North America is easily the largest North American denomination to come into existence since the 1970s.

"The ACNA is remarkable not because it is splitting off from an existing church, but because it is uniting multiple churches. After over 30 years of splintering, traditionalist Anglicans are setting aside many of their differences in order to pursue common mission.

"This is clearly not a schismatic quest for purity by a small group of discontents. Rather, it is a theologically diverse group that sees how much is held in common."


Contact: Sarah Bolme, Christian Small Publishers Association


CSPA Hosts Second Annual Publishers’ Institute at ICRS

Christian Small Publisher Association (CSPA) will host their second annual seminar for publishers, or anyone interested in becoming a publisher, at the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) in Denver this summer.

Publishers’ Institute: Essential Skills for Entrepreneurs will be held on Monday, July 13, 2009, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in Mineral Hall B&C, 3rd Floor of the Hyatt Regency at the Colorado Convention Center.

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

·Juggleing the Publishing Plates: Time Management for Entrpreneurial Publishers
Presenter: Anne Fenske, Grace Acres Press

·Digital Printing, eBooks, and the Changing Landscape of Publishing
Presenter: Don Leeper, BookMobile

.Internet Publicity for the New Millennium
Presenter: Sarah Bolme, Christian Small Publishers Association

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 $20.00. 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 five years, the organization has grown from its initial three publisher members to a current membership of over 70 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.


Oct. 23-24 Carolina Christian Writers Workshop, Anderson, S.C. Editors, agents, authors on faculty. Saturday lunch provided. All for $95. Scholarships available based upon need.

Contact: Elva Martin; 864/226-7024; or


The Shack by William P. Young (Windblown Media) is #2 on the paperback trade fiction list posted for June 21 for the 56th week in a row and will be #2 for the June 29 listing.

The Love Dare by Stephen & Alex Kendrick with Lawrence Kimbrough (B&H) is #4 on the paperback advice list for June 21.

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman (Northfield) is #6 on the paperback advice list for June 21.

The Noticer by Andy Andrews is #8 on the hardcover advice, how-to, misc. list for June 21 and will be #9 on the June 29 list.

The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey is #11 on the hardcover advice, how-to, misc. list for June 21 and will be #13 on the June 29 list.

90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey (Revell) is #11 on the paperback nonfiction list for June 21.

Uncommon by Tony Dungy with Nathan Whitaker (Tyndale) is #12 on the hardcover advice list for June 21.

Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore (Thomas Nelson) is #16 on the paperback nonfiction list posted for June 21 and will appear as #18 on the June 29 list.

Multiple Blessings by Jon Gosselin, Kate Gosselin and Beth Carson (Zondervan) is #35 on the hardcover nonfiction list for June 21.

Saturday, June 20, 2009


Just a reminder that you can still sign up to get the Christian Writers' Market Guide automatically every year for just $19.99, plus postage & handling. (That's still a $15 savings each year.) If interested, e-mail me at:


Young Christian Writers Magazine, 9229 Guyot Dr., Knoxville TN 37922; 865-249-6871; Pete Zanoni, director; Alicia Zanoni, editor (age 15). Looking for stories, essays, poems, comics, and book reviews written from a Christian world-view by students, ages 12-18. Pays $10-20, based on the type and length of the work accepted. Accepts submissions by mail or e-mail. Prefers to buy all rights so they can use the piece in their magazine, on their Website, etc., but will negotiate for other terms, if asked.

Providence Publishing Corporation, 238 Seaboard Ln., Franklin TN 37067;; Submit to Acquisitions Editor. Reviews submissions bimonthly. No poetry at this time.

Love, Pearls and Swine Magazine, Abi Olukeye, Editor-in-chief;; Online lifestyle and relationship magazine for the modern Christian woman. Reflects and affirms the voices and the experiences of Christian women who desire to live authentic, engaging lives without feeling like they are betraying their love for and faith in God.

Timothy Burns, of Building Disciples to Influence the World, is looking for contributions to a new devotional and worship blog. Anyone can post articles, devotionals, meditative work, poems, even recorded songs in this open source worship project. The Website is Check it out and read the Contribution Guidelines. No payment for submissions.


Jennifer Lyell, acquisitions editor for the women’s line at Moody has moved to B & H Publishing—I am assuming in the same position. Pages 74 & 123.

at Pauline Books & Media, submissions should now go to “Acquisitions Editor” since this position changes rather frequently. Page 131.

A new editor at Catholic Digest is Kathryn Oates, Page 274.

Dan Penwell has semi-retired from AMG Publishers. He will continue to work with AMG, but on a retainer basis, not as an employee. He can now be contacted by e-mail at Page 72.

Andy McGuire is now non-fiction editor at Bethany House. Page 76.

Julee Schwartzburg is no longer with Multnomah Books. Page 125.

Jeanette Thomason is no long editorial director at WaterBrook Press. Page 151.

Christian Home & School: Amy Bross is editor. Page 280.

Christianity Today: Mark Galli, editor. According to their Website they are not currently accepting freelance submissions. However, you may contact them with ideas if you know an editor there or have written for them previously. Page 281.

Christian Research Journal: Melanie Cogdill is editor. Page 283.

The Layman: Craig M. Kibler is editor. Page 312.

Messianic Perspectives: Rachel Zanardi is editor. Page 322.

Youth & C.E. Leadership: Daniel Black is editor. Page 370.

MissionsMagizinet: Rune Borgso is editor. Page 376.

Friday, June 19, 2009


The Amy Foundation is celebrating the 25th year of the Amy Writing Awards program. Last year more than 600 articles were submitted. Cash prizes totaling $34,000 were presented to fifteen authors in May for articles published in 2008. These include the $10,000 first prize award, $5,000 second prize, $4,000 third prize, $3,000 fourth prize, $2,000 fifth prize, as well as ten $1,000 awards of Outstanding Merit. For articles published during 2009, prizes will be awarded in May, 2010.

To be eligible, submitted articles must be published in a secular, non-religious publication (either printed or online) and must be reinforced with at least one passage of scripture. Each author may submit up to ten entries.

There is no entry fee. A submission form is available on The Amy Foundation website ( Past Amy Writing Award winning articles are posted on our website as well as printed in our annual booklet of prize-winning entries.

An information sheet is available on The Amy Foundation website ( that can be printed off.

Jim Barrett
Executive Vice President
The Amy Foundation

Thursday, June 18, 2009


WORLD Magazine has named the English Standard Version Study Bible, published by Crossway Books, as its "Book of the Year." That recognition will be included in 21 pages of coverage of the book world in WORLD's 2009 Books Issue, to be released June 19.

In naming the ESV Study Bible its "Book of the Year," WORLD Magazine's Editor-in-Chief Marvin Olasky writes: "It adds to the accuracy and readability of the ESV 20,000 notes based on top evangelical scholarship, 80,000 cross references, 400 maps and charts, and much more, all under the supervision of two splendid theologians, Wayne Grudem and J.I. Packer." Olasky goes on to call the notes and commentary "informative throughout and spectacular in parts."

Olasky said picking a Bible as the "Book of the Year" might strike some people as odd, perhaps even a trivialization of the Bible, which Christians believe is a book that stands in a class by itself. Olasky responded: "The Bible is the book for all years; this study Bible is a particular winner in the year of our Lord 2009."

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Nasser Entertainment Premiers the film, "WWJD?" in Denver during the ICRS convention. "WWJD?" Stars John Schneider. The film is based on one of the best-selling novel of all time "In His Steps: What Would Jesus Do", by Charles Sheldon. Over 40 Million copies of the book have been sold, making it the second best-selling Christian book of all time, behind only the Bible itself.

The movie will screen (free of charge) for the first time ever on Tuesday, July 14th 2009 @ 7:30 pm : Denver Film Society at the Starz Film Center, 900 Auraria Parkway, Denver.

Christian film Industry professionals must RSVP ASAP by e-mailing:

To see the trailer log onto

Monday, June 15, 2009


New York Times Best Sellers:

The Shack by William P. Young (Windblown Media) is #2 on the paperback trade fiction list posted for June 14th for the 56th week in a row.

The Love Dare by Stephen & Alex Kendrick with Lawrence Kimbrough (B&H) is #4 on the paperback advice list for June 14.
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey is #9 on the hardcover advice, how-to, misc. list for June 14 and will be #11 on the June 21 list.

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman (Northfield) is #9 on the paperback advice list for June 14.
The Noticer by Andy Andrews is #10 on the hardcover advice, how-to, misc. list for June 14 and will be #8 on the June 21 list.
The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren (Zondervan) is #12 on the paperback advice list for June 14.
90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey (Revell) is #12 on the paperback nonfiction list for June 14.
Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore (Thomas Nelson) is #14 on the paperback nonfiction list posted for June 14 and will appear as #16 on the June 21 list.
Multiple Blessings by Jon Gosselin, Kate Gosselin and Beth Carson (Zondervan) is #21 on the hardcover nonfiction list for June 14.

Friday, June 12, 2009


Just a reminder that you can still sign up to get the Christian Writers' Market Guide automatically every year for just $17.95, plus postage & handling. E-mail me at:


July 12-16: International Christian Retail Show; Denver, Colorado. Contact: Scott Graham, Box 62000, Colorado Springs CO 80962-2000; 800-252-1950 or 719-265-9895;; Badges available through bookstores or Christian book publishers. Not open to the public.

July 16-18: 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.

July 23-25 - Midwest Writers Workshop; Muncie, Indiana. Contact: Midwest Writers, Dept. of Journalism, Ball State University, Muncie IN 47306-0484; 765-282-1055; fax 765-285-7997;; Editors and agents in attendance. Offers full scholarships.

July 25-31: Montrose Christian Writers Conference; Montrose, Pennsylvania. Contact: Patti Souder, c/o Montrose Bible Conference, 5 Locust St., Montrose PA 18801-1112; 800-598-5030; 570-278-1001; fax (570)278-3061;; Includes advanced & teen tracks. Editors and agents in attendance. Offer partial scholarships.

July 26-31: GMA Music in the Rockies Conference; Estes Park, Colorado. Contact: John W. Styll, director, 1205 Division St., Nashville TN 37203; 800-GMA-3211 or 615-242-0303;

July 26-August 7: The Glen Workshop; St. John’s College, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Contact: Julie Mullins, 1160 Camino Cruz Blanca, Santa Fe NM 87505-4599; 206-281-2988;; Offers an advanced track. Two editors from Image in attendance; no agents. Offers full and partial scholarships.

July 27-30 - Oregon Christian Writers Conference; Canby, Oregon (near Portland). Contact Through Website: Offers an Advanced Track or 7-hour tracks of your choice under one instructor. Editors and agents in attendance.

July 29-August 3: The Writing Academy Seminar; Minneapolis, Minnesota. Contact: Mar Korman, 1128 Mule Lake Dr. NE, Outing MN 56662; 218-792-5144;;


I participated in a teleseminar recently, and one of the questions I was asked was how the industry was changing. I’m not sure what I answered off the top of my head, but I’ve been thinking about it since then. Just like all segments of the economy, you see a ripple down effect changing the industry as a whole.
Many bookstores are either closing or having to scale back. That means publishers have fewer places to sell the books they produce. For that reason the publishers are cutting back on the number of titles they publish, as well as the number of copies of each title they print. It also means publishers are laying off employees so it become more important that your manuscript arrives well edited. Even agents are finding it more difficult to find contracts for their clients. That means freelance writers representing themselves may find an even tighter market than in years past.
So, what are freelancers to do? I can suggest a few options. Get even more serious about your marketing efforts. It is even more critical than in the past that you study the market guide to select the best possible choices for your submissions. Be sure to see sample copies or book catalogs and not only get their writers’ guidelines (by mail, e-mail, or Website) but spend enough time reviewing them that you have a good idea of what they are looking for. And follow those guidelines exactly—the publisher doesn’t have the time or employees to make your submission fit their needs. And finally, don’t give up. If you can’t make a sale right now, spend the time becoming the best writer you can be.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

WRITERS' CONFERENCE GUIDELINES is dedicated to helping writers master the conference submission process: information on queries, cover letters, book proposals, article and manuscript formats, genre tips, meeting with faculty, making the most of your conference, conference links, resources, a glossary, and more. It will also have samples of queries, proposals, and manuscript formats. Go to:


Jonathan Merkh has joined the William Morris Agency (WMA) as an agent in its Book Department. Merkh will be based out of WMA’s Nashville office, with a focus on the Christian/Faith book market.

Red Riding Hood Ink, 2075 Attala Rd. 1990, Kosciusko MS 39090; 662-674-0636.; fax
209-653-0636;; Agent: Sheri Ables.
Established 1997. Recognized in the industry. Represents 4 clients with religious
books. Open to first-time authors with strong platform; open to new clients. Handles
novels and nonfiction for teen/young adults and adults; gift books; crossover books; some general titles.
Contact: No simultaneous submissions; responds in 3-4 weeks to e-mail; 1-6 months for postal, depending on backlog.
Commission: 15%; 20% foreign.


This tip from Miracles, Healings, & the Unexplained did not get into the 2009 market guide: “Keep stories active, yet brief. Use description such as time of day, atmosphere, people around, what it smelled like, witnesses (if any), what you look like, colors you remember, etc. Express your feelings and the importance to you. Include a picture of yourself or those in the story. The stories must be true and can be verified if necessary. Stories are meant to increase faith and hope in those who read them. Page 323.


Abingdon Press is now publishing fiction, but is only open to solicited manuscripts or submissions through agents. Page 70.

New e-mail and Website for OakTara (formerly Capstone Fiction):; Ramona Tucker is editorial director. Page 129.

TAN Books and Publishers, a leading publisher of traditional Roman Catholic books has been acquired by Saint Benedict Press, LLC, a North Carolina-based publisher of Catholic Classics. In recent years, TAN has struggled to survive financially and most recently has been operating under the protection of the United States Bankruptcy Court. TAN Books and Publishers will remain an independent imprint within Saint Benedict Press, maintaining its brand identity and publishing direction. Brent Klaske will assume General Management duties. To visit TAN Books and Publishers, got to To visit Saint Benedict Press, go to Page 145.


Churchmouse Publications is a new web-based publishing syndicate created to serve the Christian community seeking creative, well thought-out and well written features to offer their patron groups: periodicals and newspapers; churches and ministries; and faith-based organizations and fellowships. They have issued an open call to new and established Christian authors and creators for submissions in the following areas: Church Administration & Leadership; Children’s Material; Young Adults. To get a copy of Churchmouse Publications most recently updated Submissions Guidelines, please email Prefers to receive queries in the body of your email and submissions as an attached Microsoft Word document. is a ministry service of Micah Web Communications. Launched in October 2008, their goal is to provide a place for Christian women who aspire to write, or are already experienced writers, to share in their passion of writing. Whether you are a novice writer or a published author, their hope is that this web site can be a meeting place for Christian women writers.

Crosslink Publishing, P.O. Box 1232, Rapid City SD 57709; toll-free
800-323-0853; toll-free fax 800-934-6762;; Editor: Rick Bates. Focused on providing valuable resources to authors as well as bringing vibrant and helpful resources to the Christian Community. Estab. 2008. Publishes 10 titles/year.; trade paperbacks. Receives 14 submissions annually. 40% of books from first-time authors. Prefers mss through agents. 80% subsidy; also does print on demand. Reprints books. Prefers 150-300 pages. Royalty 10% of retail or purchase price (whichever is less); no advance. Average first printing 200. Publication within 2 months. Considers simultaneous submissions. Responds in 7 days. Prefers NIV. Guidelines by e-mail; catalog online.
Nonfiction: Complete ms; phone/fax/e-query OK.
Fiction: Complete ms; phone/fax/e-query OK. For all ages. “Prefer fiction that
includes characters overcoming issues via biblical principles.”
Special Needs: Small group studies and devotionals.
Photos/Artwork: Accepts freelance photos for book covers; open to queries from
freelance artists.
Tips: “We are particularly interested in providing books that help Christians
succeed in their daily walk (inspirational, devotional, small groups, etc.).

Your Backyard, 1392 Mapleash Ave., Columbia TN 38401; 931-334-3794; Shelah Bayuk, editor/publisher (
Jesus said to go into the highways and byways and compel them to come in; also to
encourage each other—in love. Monthly/bimonthly magazine and online; 44 pages;
circulation 250+. Subscription $30. 50% unsolicited freelance; 50% assigned. Complete ms/cover letter, query, or query/clips; no phone/fax query; e-query OK. Pays in copies for now for any rights. Articles 350-700 words. (20/year); fiction 350-700 words. (6/year). Responds in 4-6 weeks. Seasonal 3 months ahead. Accepts simultaneous submissions and reprints (tell when/where appeared). Accepts e-mail submission (attached file). Uses some sidebars. Accepts submissions from children and teens. Prefers NKJV. Guidelines (also on Website); copy for #10/2 stamps and $2.50.
Poetry: Accepts 24/year. Avant-garde, free verse, light verse, traditional; 4-32 lines. Submit maximum 3 poems.
Fillers: Accepts 50/year. Anecdotes, cartoons, facts, games, ideas, jokes, kid quotes, newsbreaks, party ideas, prayers, prose, quizzes, quotes, short humor, tips, and word puzzles, 12-150 words.
Columns/Departments: Accepts 12-20/year. CheckPoints (human interest), 350-500 words; Teen Troubles/Challenges, 250-400 words. Has an Opinion Column. Query or complete ms.
Special Needs: Humor, how-tos, photos, cartoons, greeting cards, mission experiences.
Contests: Coloring; poetry; article; and recipes.
Tips: “Write from the heart—share in love. Research and be professional. Do as if for the Lord.”

Inspired Living Magazine and Inspired Living Magazine Online, 3717 S. La Brea Ave., Ste. 111, Los Angeles CA 90016; 323-293-7100; fax 323-293-7200;; Nicolla Renee, editor; Tracy L. Williams, nonfiction/columns editor. A lifestyle resource designed to inspire
women to know what God is saying now in every aspect of life—home, health, family,
work, and beyond (for women 25-45). Quarterly magazine; 54 pages; circulation 20,000.
Subscription $11.95. 40% unsolicited freelance; 60% assigned. Query/clips; e-query OK. Accepts full manuscripts by e-mail. Pays $25-50 on publication for nonexclusive rights. Articles 750-1,000 words. (60/year); book reviews 125 words; music and video
reviews 100 words. Responds in 6-8 weeks (to acceptances only). Seasonal 5 months
ahead. Accepts simultaneous submissions and reprints (tell when/where appeared).
Accepted manuscripts on disk or by e-mail (attached file). Regularly uses sidebars.
Prefers NKJV or The Message. Guidelines/theme list (also by e-mail); copy for 9x12
SAE/$1.96 postage.
Fillers: Accepts 20/year. Anecdotes, facts, ideas, party ideas, prayers, quotes, tips; 10-45 words; no payment.
Columns/Departments: Accepts 6/year. Women Who Inspire (true stories), 150-250 words; Your Spirit NOW (spiritual growth/development); Relationships NOW (healthy relationships); Style & Beauty NOW (fashion, accessories/cosmetics, makeovers, products); Fitness & Health NOW (nutrition, exercise, recipes); Business & Wealth NOW (career); Home & Travel NOW (décor, lifestyle, vacations); all 500-750 words.
Tips: “Lifestyle columns are most open to freelancers. Also original celebrity interviews, highlighting faith and Christian lifestyles.”


Christian Archives ( recently announced plans to publish a collectible book of sermons. The sermon archive website is currently seeking sermon manuscripts to consider for inclusion in the book.

The collectible book will be available in November, 2009. The proceeds from the sales of the books will be shared with a national Christian non-profit organization. The annual publication will contain 25 inspirational sermons chosen from materials submitted by Pastors world-wide.

Christian Archives requests that all materials be submitted as a Word .doc and not exceed 2,500 words. All submissions should include the authors name, short bio, church name, sermon title, email and phone. The file and information should be emailed to The submission deadline is July 31, 2009.

In addition to sermon archiving, Christian Archives also provides a custom web page for church members at no cost. Each custom web page is home to the archives of the specific church. The custom web page makes it easy for churches to seamlessly link their websites to their archives, and back again. If a church does not have a website they can also use their custom web page as their website.

The concept of the book was developed as the demand for online sermons has grown. Asking Pastors for contributions seemed to be a logical way to extend the benefits of Christian Archives to Christians everywhere.

For more information, please visit or call 866- 937-3331.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Living Word Literary Agency, PO Box 40974, Eugene OR 97404. ph: 541.683.6567. Email: Website:; Agent: Kimberly Shumate. Estab. 2009. 12 years of publishing experience in sales and editorial. Open to new and unpublished authors. Handles adult fiction (no science fiction or fantasy), YA fiction, Christian living, marriage, parenting, self-help, apologetics, health, inspirational, environmental, social issues, pop-culture, women’s issues, and men’s issues. No cookbooks, children's books, memoirs, or poetry please.
Contact: Accepts simultaneous submissions. Responds in 1- 2 weeks. Initial email query only. No phone calls or snail mail. See guidelines on website.
Commission: 15%; foreign 20%.
Fees: No fees.
Tips: "Looking for creative, relevant material. I'm all about the underdog, so don't be shy."


Tammy Shoup, CPRW founded Breakthrough Résumé Writing Service to help the Christian job seeker launch a successful job search campaign.

Tammy’s mission is to provide Pastoral Candidates, Members of the Ministry, and Christian Job Seekers with a résumé that informs prospective employers of the candidate’s specific, unique potential. Working with clients, she develops professionally written documents that set each candidate apart from other job applicants getting clients interviews and ultimately a job!

In today’s harsh economic climate, a hard-hitting, compelling résumé that motivates the hiring authority to read and respond is the best investment the job seeker can make. Invest in your future and hire a résumé writer that gets results – contact Tammy Shoup today! E-mail:

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Advent Film Group (AFG), the producer of the bestselling Christian movie, COME WHAT MAY, is offering a unique Two-Day Film Workshop in Purcellville, Virginia, July 18-19, 2009. "Unlike other film programs, our approach is not focused on the filmmaker at all," explains George Escobar, founder of AFG. "We intentionally aim to turn filmmakers' focus away from themselves. We want them centered on learning what God is doing in their community. That's the source for great stories, which God wants told. It's also the means by which the movie can be financed and distributed."

This new model was birthed by the success of recent films such as FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF, and THE WIDOW'S MIGHT, according to Mike Snyder, former Senior VP of Prison Fellowship, who recently joined AFG to lead business affairs and marketing.

"We take our inspiration from the vantage point of where God is working in people's lives," Snyder says. "We do our best to make 'His' stories, not our own. We want to reach audiences whom God has prepared. More importantly, we acknowledge His sovereignty in shaping culture for His glory. He knows which stories are enduring, have lasting values--the stories that matter."

AFG used this new model during the making and release of COME WHAT MAY. This spring AFG also field-tested the film workshop at conferences held across the country, including New Mexico, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Virginia, and Florida.

Workshop attendees say: "It's off-the-chart good, more than I hoped for." "The depth and emphasis placed on a personal relationship with God and serving where you are now was amazing and refreshing." "I was impressed that the focus was on the relationship with Christ, not just how to make a movie." "Gave me hope for the future of the film industry."

The workshop is ideal for students and parents considering film as a vocation. Attendees will learn the advantages and disadvantages of film schools. It also covers the elements for making and distributing movies from start-to-finish. This workshop will benefit adults (with film experience or not) looking to switch careers or bolster their media ministry toward feature filmmaking. AFG will reveal their next projects and how attendees can get involved. Registration is limited. Go to: to register.

About AFG
Advent Film Group was founded to shape culture for Christ and to train the next generation of Christian filmmakers. See the movie trailer at


June 8, 2009 (Covington, GA) – East Metro Atlanta Christian Writers (EMACW) invites the public to its annual conference featuring nationally-known author, speaker, and teacher Dr. Dennis Hensley. The conference will be Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18 at DeKalb Technical College’s Newton Center in Covington, Ga. (about 40 miles east of Atlanta on Interstate 20).

Dr. Hensley is director of the professional writing major at Taylor University Fort Wayne and is on the Board of Directors for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild. He’s published six novels, 36 non-fiction books, and thousands of newspaper and magazine articles. He’s also written several recorded Gospel tunes, a stage musical, and several scripts. He’s a frequent speaker at writing conferences across the U.S.

Workshop topics include “12 Ways to Get Into a Publisher’s Mind,” “18 Rules for Contemporary Writing,” “Mastering Leads and Closings,” “The 10 Most Common Reasons for Rejection,” and more. Dr. Hensley’s unique blend of knowledge, storytelling skills, and sense of humor means conferees will thoroughly enjoy themselves while learning to improve their craft.

As an added bonus, local speaker and professional trainer Patricia Durgin will teach a four-session track on “How to Distinguish Yourself in the Marketplace.”

Early bird prices apply. Two-day registration is $150 by June 15 ($175 after June 15) and one-day registration is $75 by June 15 ($85 after June 15).

More details (including registration forms) are online at or by calling Colleen Jackson at 404-444-7514.

DeKalb Technical College/Newton Center is located at 8100 Bob Williams Parkway in Covington, Ga. For directions or more information, visit

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


If you haven't signed up to get the market guide automatically yet, I still have slots available for $16.95 and $17.95, plus postage & handling. Just e-mail me if you are interested:


Ben Thompson has joined the staff of the Christian Communicator Manuscript Critique Service. He has written dramas and comedies for film, television, and the web. He will critique screenplay treatments for $160 and entire screenplays for $4 a double-spaced page. Manuscripts should be sent to 3133 Puente St., Fullerton, CA 92835, and inquiries go to

Monday, June 8, 2009


The Shack by William P. Young (Windblown Media) is #2 on the paperback trade fiction list posted for June 7th for the 55th week in a row and will appear as #2 on the June 14 list.

The Love Dare by Stephen & Alex Kendrick with Lawrence Kimbrough (B&H) is #4 on the paperback advice list for June 7.

The Noticer by Andy Andrews is #7 on the hardcover advice, how-to, misc. list for June 7 and will be #10 on the June 14 list.

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman (Northfield) is #7 on the paperback advice list for June 7.

The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren (Zondervan) is #9 on the paperback advice list for June 7.

The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey is #9 on the hardcover advice, how-to, misc. list for June 7 and will be #9 on the June 14 list.

90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey (Revell) is #13 on the paperback nonfiction list for June 7.

Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore (Thomas Nelson) is #17 on the paperback nonfiction list posted for June 7 and will appear as #14 on the June

Saturday, June 6, 2009


Writers! Those that have been following me for some time will remember that last year I made a special offer to my blog followers. If you missed it, I have had a program for years that if you sign up to get the Christian Writers' Market Guide automatically every year as soon as it comes out (first of January), you can freeze the price at the current level no matter how much the price goes up in the future. So here is where the special comes in. Every year I lose a certain number of those automatic orders through death, retirement, economic reasons, etc., so I am willing to let others pick those up at the rate those earlier customers were paying. (Those automatic orders range from $16.95-$24.99.)This offer is on a first-come-first-serve basis--those who are first to respond will get the lower prices.

The prices are plus postage. If you are intersted, just e-mail me your interest and I will respond with the lowest rate available at that time (realize that even at $24.99 it is $10 below the current price). You can then let me know right away if you want to accept the offer at that level. Also indicate if you have the 2009 edition or you want me to send a copy. Thanks--Sally

Thursday, June 4, 2009


Our Sunday Visitor announced today its acquisition of Harcourt Religion Publishers (a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. This brings together two of the nation's leading Catholic publishing groups.

The strategic combination of the two companies' product lines, services, and innovations represents an unprecedented, one-source solution for lifelong faith development within Catholic parishes and schools. Joined together, they provide a dynamic approach to systematic and intentional catechesis for all members of the faith community.

Through the transaction, Our Sunday Visitor solidifies its ability to help millions of Catholics of every age bring their faith to life, while Harcourt Religion Publishers substantially extends the reach of its curriculum base.

Our Sunday Visitor will retain Harcourt Religion Publishers' existing management team, support staff, field representatives and product line. Harcourt Religion Publishers' customers will continue to work through their established local sales representatives and gain immediate access to a wider array of products and programs. Over the next several months, customers can expect to see expanded service support, expedited fulfillment services, and new hybrid products and services. Harcourt is a registered trademark of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, and is used by Our Sunday Visitor under license.

For more information,

Monday, June 1, 2009


Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, announces two key staff appointments. Becky Nesbitt will join the company as Vice President and Editor-in-Chief, effective June 1st and Jennifer Willingham has joined the company as Vice President, Publicity effective immediately. The new hires were announced by Jonathan Merkh, Vice President and Publisher of the Howard Books imprint.