Thursday, May 27, 2010


Here's an interesting article entitled “50 Inspiring Religious Leaders You Should Follow on Twitter” .

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


Masterwork Productions Inc. is calling for submissions for an upcoming book of sketches, including sketches by well-known writers. The book, first in a series, will be released in late 2011. Sketches may have up to 5 characters and run no longer than 5 minutes. Limit 2 per author. No biblical characters; humorous unpublished scripts only. Check website for current updates:


The 21st Annual Christian Writers Conference will be held July 25-30 at the Montrose Bible Conference Center in Montrose, Pennsylvania. Offers daily inspirational sessions, 5 major morning classes, 45 afternoon workshops, evening programs, editorial appoinments, and professional critiques. Major morning speakers include Joan Eshrick, Holly Miller, Ginger Kolbaba, Bryan Davis, Lauren Yarger, and Tim Willis. Faculty also includes additional editors and professional freelancers. Go to:


It's not too late to sign up for the Write-to-Publish Christian Writers' Conference in the Chicago area (Wheaton College), June 9-12, 2010. Speakers include Zena Dell Lowe, Steven James, Joyce K. Ellis, and Marty Nystrom. Teaching staff includes a good number of book and periodical editors and many successful freelance writers. Fifteen minute appointments with editors available by sign-up. Also offers college credit, awards, manuscript evaluations, free books, scholarships, a bookstore, and recordings of most teaching sessions. For details, go to:


COMIX35 Christian Comics Seminar will be held June 23-26, 2010, hosted by Plenitud de Vida Church in Mexico City, Mexico. For details, visit their Website at:

Monday, May 24, 2010


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

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

The Love Dare by by Stephen and Alex Kendrick with Lawrence Kimbrough (B&H Publishing) is #11 on the paperback advice list.

Bringing Up Girls by James Dobson (Tyndale House) is #12 on the hardcover advice list.

The Shack by William P. Young (Windblown Media) is #14 on the paperback trade fiction list.

90 Minutes In Heaven by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey (Revell/Baker) is #24 on the paperback nonfiction list.

Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore (Thomas Nelson) is #26 on the paperback nonfiction list.


Members of the media who attend this year's CBA International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) in St. Louis, MO, June 27-30, will be busy deciding which bestselling and beloved artists, authors, filmmakers, and industry leaders to interview!

In an unprecedented move, CBA, the Association for Christian Retail, is providing amazing access between registered media and authors/artists/speakers by supplying complimentary tickets to selected CBA-sponsored events. By request only, media are provided with tickets to the Heart of the Author Breakfast, Heart of the Artist Luncheon, CBA Member Luncheon, Workshops, and Seminars. The only requirement is that media request the event(s) they desire to attend prior to June 10, 2010 (CBA is unable to accommodate requests made after this time) . Additional press conference coverage will be available after every major CBA event, such as Pacesetter, Worship Him, the General Sessions, and more. This will allow media organized and controlled access to personalities and speakers they would not have otherwise.

Highly valued in the industry as a launching pad for great Christian books, music, and products, ICRS provides the perfect setting to connect authors and artists with the appropriate media, which is the objective of every publishing house and the goal of every media outlet in attendance.

"We've heard the media frustration of discovering after the fact that a certain artist or personality is in attendance, and we want this remedied," noted CBA Executive Director Curtis Riskey. "This year, we're seeing a growing number of new media in attendance and the effect that's having on the publishing houses inviting some of their top-selling authors."

More of the workshops this year will reflect the always-evolving changes evidenced within this past year of our industry. For example, during the General Sessions, explore how the digital world is influencing and directing the book industry. Digital solutions and global experts will be represented on a diverse panel, with representatives from Google, ECPA, Powell's, EMI-CMG, and others.

With Family Entertainment abounding this year, and numerous new and upcoming films being premiered such as Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Amish Grace and an exclusive sneak peak of the theatrical film The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader , Francis Chan's Basic Fear God , Phil Visher's What's in the Bible series, Grizzly Adams® Media Group producing cutting-edge faith based 3D movies and projected release of 100 faith shows during the next five years, media attention is assured.

In approaching the ever-important media/artist connection along with uniting exhibitors and retailers, CBA is looking to the publishing houses, authors, artists, and filmmakers for unique stories and newsworthy topics that will be sent to local and national media prior to and during the show.



Sorry I've been quiet for the last week, but I've been celebrating my birthday on the Oregon coast. Had a great time, but know I need to start sending out more market info. Will get to that soon. Catch-up time here.


Wednesday, May 12, 2010


In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA) announces finalists for the 2010 Golden Scroll Awards for Publisher, Editor, and Fiction Editor of the Year. Finalists will be honored at the AWSA Golden Scrolls Award Banquet, Sunday, June 27, from 1-3 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Saint Louis Downtown.

Honored for outstanding ministry partnerships with their authors, the 2010’s Golden Scroll finalists are:

Publisher of the Year Award: Guideposts Books, Harvest House Publishers, and Tyndale House Publishers.

Editor of the Year: Lonnie Hull DuPont of Baker Publishing Group, Cindy Lambert of Zondervan, and Carla Williams of WinePress Publishing Group.

Fiction Editor of the Year: Sue Brower of Zondervan, Melissa Endlich of Steeple Hill, and Barbara Scott of Abingdon Press.

Other awards to be presented at the Golden Scrolls Award Banquet are AWSA Member of the Year, Beyond Me Award, as well as the prestigious 2010 Golden Scroll Lifetime Achievement Award.

Bestselling author Debbie Alsdorf will be keynote speaker with Pam Farrel as emcee. Authors Rhonda Rhea and Linda Goldfarb will present awards. Recording artist Gwen E. Smith will perform a parody written by Martha Bolton dedicated to editors and publishers.

A dessert reception immediately follows the banquet.

At 4 p.m., guest speaker Lani Netter, producer of The Blind Side, will discuss her experiences as well as opportunities for Christian authors in Hollywood.

The Golden Scroll Awards banquet and reception are open to the public. Tickets are $45. For more information or to register for the banquet, go to

AWSA, an outreach of Right to the Heart Ministries, consists of over 300 top ICRS women authors who both publish and speak nationally. For more information see


The 53rd Annual St. Davids Christian Writers Conference will be held June 22-26 at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania. Meet with editors or get 0ne-on-one help from professional writers. Scholarships, contests, critique groups, and networking with writiers and editors. For details, go to


Just a reminder that June 1 is the postmark deadline for the Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Open to a large number of categories, with specified word counts. Grand prize winner will meet with an agent or editor. For more details and to enter, go to


Charisma, the leading periodical for Spirit-filled believers worldwide, has named a new editor as part of a multifaceted initiative to better serve readers with a redesigned print magazine, expanded digital editions and a new smartphone application.
Marcus Yoars, who has served as editor of Ministry Today for the last three years, is only the third editor of Charisma in the magazine’s 35-year history of reaching the charismatic/Pentecostal/Spirit-filled community. Yoars, 34, has been in the publishing industry for more than 15 years, including serving as an editor for Thomas Nelson, LifeWay and Focus on the Family. Born and raised on the missionary field in Hong Kong, he is a graduate of Auburn University.

Yoars fills the post vacated by award-winning journalist J. Lee Grady, who resigned in January to focus on international ministry after 11 years as editor of Charisma. Grady will continue as a contributing editor to the magazine.

Starting with the May issue, Charisma will have a new design, a new slogan (“Life in the Spirit”) and enhanced content that still includes what the magazine is known for: compelling stories, practical teaching, commentary and news about "what the Holy Spirit is doing around the world."

“It’s a new day for Charisma,” Yoars says. “We’ve been preaching that around the Strang offices for months, but it’s exciting to finally see things taking shape as we transition into a new Charisma starting in May. Lee Grady did a phenomenal job of further establishing the magazine as a hub in the Spirit-filled community, and I plan to continue that ongoing conversation with longtime readers and critics alike. It just might look a little different and take place in some new vehicles.”

Charisma will also launch in May a new smartphone application that allows mobile-phone users to read breaking news, entertainment reviews, feature stories and more. The app, which is among the first provided by a Christian magazine, will be free and will allow users to better connect with the magazine’s newly organized Web site,

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


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

Publishers’ Institute: Embracing the Next Decade will be held on Monday, June 28, 2010, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in Room 266 of the America’s Convention Center.

Attendees will learn tips for success in publishing and marketing from experienced professionals in Christian publishing. Topics to be presented include:
* A Legal Look at Publishing Rights Issues
Presenter: Brian Flagler, Principal, Flagler Law Group LLC

* Getting the Word Out: Promoting Your Book Before It’s Printed
Presenter: Darren Henry, Vice President of Advocate Distribution
Solutions , STL Distribution

* Creating a Successful Social Media Strategy
Presenter: Sarah Bolme, Director, 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. Representing over 80 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.


The Postal Service today took its case for five-day delivery to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).

The Postal Service is required by law to seek an advisory opinion from the PRC any time a nationwide change in service is proposed. Today’s filing begins the PRC review.

A report accompanying the request notes, “The Postal Service does not take this change lightly and would not propose it if six-day mail service could be supported by current volumes. There is no longer enough mail to sustain six days of delivery.”

The five-day delivery proposal is part of comprehensive plan announced March 2, “Delivering the Future,” a roadmap intended to bring certainty to a viable Postal Service well into the future and to help it recover from dramatic losses in volume resulting from electronic diversion and exacerbated by the economic recession.

The five-day report notes, “Ten years ago, the average household received five pieces of mail every day. Today, it receives four pieces and by 2020, that number will fall to three. Reducing street delivery to five days will help rebalance postal operations with the needs of today’s customers. It also will save more than $3 billion a year, including reductions in energy use and carbon emissions.”

Postmaster General John E. Potter said it was important to stress that the proposal dealt only with Saturday street delivery and that Post Offices will be open on Saturdays, access to P.O. boxes would continue, Express Mail would be delivered seven days a week and incoming mail would still be processed.

“It’s five days of delivery, six days of service and Express Mail seven days a week,” Potter noted adding that postal processing operations would continue on a seven-day schedule.

The Postal Service report can be found at and the request for the advisory opinion can be accessed at

Monday, May 10, 2010


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

So Long, Insecurity by Beth Moore (Tyndale House) is #4 on the hardcover advice list.

Bringing Up Girls by James Dobson (Tyndale House) is #5 on the hardcover advice list.

The Love Dare by by Stephen and Alex Kendrick with Lawrence Kimbrough (B&H Publishing) is #9 on the paperback advice list.

The Shack by William P. Young (Windblown Media) is #11 on the paperback trade fiction list.

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

The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren (Zondervan) is #13 on the paperback advice list.

Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore (Thomas Nelson) is #16 on the paperback nonfiction list.

Edge of Apocalypse by Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall (Zondervan) is #21 on the hardcover fiction list.

The Telling, by Beverly Lewis. (Bethany House) is #25 on the paperback trade fiction list.

Take Three by Karen Kingsbury (Zondervan) is #34 on the paperback trade fiction list.

Thursday, May 6, 2010


Just a reminder that you can find all kinds of writing resources, in addition to the market guide and Sally Stuart's Guide to Getting Published, on my website at Just click on "Bookstore" and then either click on the type of resource you need, or scroll down to see the almost 60 resources available. You can order right off the site with a credit card through PayPal, or call or fax me the order with your credit card information. For magazine writers, you'll want to check out the 2010 Top 50 Christian Periodical Publisher's Packet to identify those publishers who are most likely to buy from you.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) has announced the winners for the 2010 Christian Book Awards. Presented annually to the finest in Christian publishing since 1978, the Christian Book Awards honors titles in six categories – Bibles, Bible Reference & Study, Christian Life, Fiction, Children & Youth, and Inspiration & Gift.

The winners in each category were announced at the ECPA Awards banquet held Monday, May 3, during ECPA’s annual Executive Leadership Summit in Nashville, TN. One title, The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns, received the top honor by being named the 2010 Christian Book of the Year.

The Christian Book Awards selects five finalists in each category based on both editorial excellence and category-specific criteria. This year, 226 entries (published in the last year) were submitted by 33 ECPA member publishers for review and scoring by a total of 72 judges.

The 2010 Christian Book Award winners are:

2010 Christian Book of the Year

The Hole in Our Gospel, Richard Stearns, Thomas Nelson, 9780785229186


Glo, Immersion Digital, Zondervan, 9780981990200

Bible Reference & Study

The New Moody Atlas of the Bible, Barry J. Beitzel, Moody Publishers, 9780802404411

Christian Life

The Hole in Our Gospel, Richard Stearns, Thomas Nelson, 9780785229186


Watch Over Me, Christa Parrish, Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group, 9780764205545

Children & Youth

B4UD8- Before You Date, Hayley and Michael DiMarco, Revell/ Baker Publishing Group, 9780800733087

Inspiration & Gift

Grace Notes, Philip Yancey, Zondervan, 9780310287728

The Christian Book Awards, established in 1978 as the Gold Medallion Book Awards by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, recognize the absolute highest quality in Christian books. Based on excellence in content, literary quality, design and impact, the Christian Book Awards are the oldest and among the most prestigious in the religious publishing industry. For more information, go to


* Sunpenny Publishing and new imprint, Rose & Crown Books. Rose & Crown is specifically for Christian Romance books, and they run a New Novels competition annually, too. They are launching new books in spring of 2010, some of which are the results of our first competition. “We are the first and only (to our knowledge) publisher to be trying to bring this genre to the United Kingdom, where we are based.” Sunpenny takes Christian books, as well as secular; looking at both fiction and non-fiction. They recently published a book by the renowned Welsh missionary, father of and World Horizons – My Sea is Wide, and are about to release a Christian novel called Going Astray. Another imprint, Sunberry Books, does author services (from critiques to proofing and editing services, or all the way to self-publishing).
Contact: Jo Holloway, Sunpenny Publishing, Rose & Crown Books, Boathooks Books, Sunberry Author Services, Staithe View, Horsefen Road, Ludham, Norfolk NR29 5QG, United Kingdom.


Thriving Family is a new publication replacing the Focus on the Family Magazine which has been discontinued. It focuses on marriage and parenting. Most articles focus on marriage or the needs of family with children 4-12. The magazine is divided into the following departments: Family Stages (50-200 words; pays $50), For Fun (500 words; pays $175), Family Faith & Family Entertainment (not open to freelance), Features (1,200-2,000 words), Family Life (For Him (450 words), For Her (450 words), Blended Family (800 words), and Extended Family (450 words). These pay .25/word. They also have an online version and accept articles 800-1,200 words for that. Review their theme lists for more details. Submissions can be mailed to: Submissions Editor, [Department’s name], Thriving Family Magazine, Focus on the Family, 8605 Explorer Dr., Colorado Springs CO 80920; or e-mail to: (copied into message; no attachments).


Vineyards: Journal of Christian Poetry (Dept. of English, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg MS 39406-5037) is new this year. Submit poetry to Philip C. Kolin, editor. Check them out on this Website:

Sunday, May 2, 2010


June: Dayton Christian Writers Guild Conference; Englewood, Ohio. Contact: Tina V. Toles, P.O. Box 251, Englewood OH 45322-2227; 937-836-6600; cell: 937-371-6083;;

June: Southern Christian Writers Conference; Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Contact: Joanne Sloan, P.O. Box 1106, Northport AL 35473; 205-333-8603; fax 205-339-4528;

June 2-4: Catholic Media Convention; New Orleans, Louisiana. Contact: Thomas P. Conway, 205 W. Monroe St., Ste. 470, Chicago IL 60606; 312-380-6789; fax 312-361-0256;; Sponsors an awards program. Editors and agents in attendance. Offers partial scholarships.

June 4-5: Annual Arkansas Writers Conference; Little Rock, Arkansas. Go to: Sponsors 30 contests: one entry fee covers all contests.

June 5: American Christian Writers Conference; Columbus, Ohio. Contact: Reg Forder,P.O. Box 110390, Nashville TN 37222; 1-800-21 WRITE;; Editors and agents sometimes in attendance.

June 6-9: Glen Eyrie Writers Conference – Get Re-Inspired; Colorado Springs, Colorado. Contact: Craig Dunham, 3820 N. 30th, Colorado Springs CO 80904; 800-944-4536;719-634-0808; Some editors and agents in attendance

June 9-12: Write-to-Publish Conference; Wheaton, Illinois (Chicago area). Contact: Lin Johnson, 9118 W. Elmwood Dr. #1G, Niles IL 60714-5820; 847-296-3964; fax 847-296-0754;; Offers a Freelance Career Track. Editors and agents in attendance. No scholarships.

June 9-12: Cedar Falls Christian Writers’ Workshop; Riverview Conference Center, Cedar Falls, Iowa. Contact: Jean Vaux, 1703 Sunnyside Dr., Cedar Falls IA 50613;319-277-7444; fax 319-277-1721;; Speakers include: Mark and Jeanette Littleton. No agents or editors in attendance. Offers full and partial scholarships. Attendance limited to 35.

June 11-12: American Christian Writers Conference; Grand Rapids, Michigan. Contact: Reg Forder, P.O. Box 110390, Nashville TN 37222; 1-800-21-WRITE;; Editors and agents sometimes in attendance.

June 11-12: Kentucky Christian Writers Conference; Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Contact:; Speaker: Virginia Smith.

June 11-13: Conference on Humor, Hope, and Healing; Silver Bay Conference Center, New York . Contact: The HUMOR Project, Inc., 10 Madison Ave., Saratoga Springs NY 12866; 518-587-8770;;

June 13 – July 30: Iowa Summer Writing Festival; University of Iowa/Iowa City, Iowa. Contact: Amy Margolis, C215 Seashore Hall, University of Iowa, Iowa City IA 52242-5000; 319-335-4160;; For these two months you can sign up for 1-week or week-end workshops on a variety of topics. Write for a catalog.

June 17-19: Write! Canada Writers Conference; Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Shannon Liebold, P.O. Box 28087, Waterloo, ON, N2L 6J8, Canada; 519-886-4196;; Offers an advanced track. Editors and agents in attendance. Offers full and partial scholarships.

June 17-21: Wesleyan Writers Conference; Middletown, Connecticut. Contact: Anne Greene, 294 High St., Rm. 207, Middletown CT 06459; 860-685-3604; fax 860-685-2441;; Includes an advanced track. Editors and agents in attendance.

June 21-26: Southeastern Writers Assn. Annual Conference; St. Simons Island, Georgia. Contact: Sheila Hudson, registrar, 161 Woodstone Dr., Athens GA 30605;; Editors and agents in attendance. Contests listed on Website.

June 22-26: St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference; Grove City College; Grove City, Pennsylvania. Contact: Audrey Stallsmith, 87 Pines Rd. E., Hadley PA 16130-1019;724-253-2738;; Speakers: Jim Watkins, Virelle Kidder, and David Mills.

June 23-26: Speak Up with Confidence Seminar; Grand Rapids, Michigan. Contact: Carol Kent, 3141 Winged Foot Dr., Lakeland FL 33803-5437; toll-free 888-870-7719; 810-982-0898; fax 810-987-4163;; Offers speaking seminars: advanced and in small groups.

June 27-July 1: International Christian Retail Show; St. Louis, Missouri. Contact: Scott Graham, Box 62000, Colorado Springs CO 80962-2000; toll-free 800-252-1950; 719-265-9895; fax 719-272-3510;; This is not an open event; entrance badges available only through bookstores or Christian book publishers.