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Product Details

  • Series: Christian Writer's Market Guide
  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (January 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400074614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400074617
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,464,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sally E. Stuart is the author of thirty-four books and has sold more than one thousand articles and columns. Her long-term involvement with the Christian Writers’ Market Guide as well as her marketing columns for the Christian Communicator, Oregon Christian Writers, and The Advanced Christian Writer, make her a sought-after speaker and a leading authority on Christian markets and the business of writing. Stuart is the mother of three and grandmother of eight.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Carol V. on May 31, 2008
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I ordered this book having heard good things about it. There are many valuable references contained in this book. However, if you are a fledgling author looking for legitimate publishers, BEWARE. I found no less than three so-called publishers that were not publishers at all, but are at best vanity publishers, at worst, scammers who scam authors out of their own money. One of these publishers I had personal experience with and know it to be a complete scam, and to the author's credit, she wrote back to me saying that publisher would be removed from future additions. However, I didn't bother to communicate the other two "publishers" I found to be highly suspicious and just did a quick search on a popular web search only to find that my suspicions were correct. It makes me wonder how many other mistakes and unresearched links/publishers etc. are included in the book. So I strongly advise if you are searching for a vanity publisher or regular publisher, research your choices first. Simply because they appear on the pages of this resource does not mean it is a legitimate organization.

However, I will say overall the resource is very useful. Just do your checking!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christina Lockstein on January 16, 2008
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Christian Writer's Market Guide 2008 by Sally Stuart is an amazing resource for Christian writers. With lists of agents, publishing houses, periodicals, writers' groups and conferences, this is a book that can and should change the life of any writer reading it. I found several magazines I intend to submit articles and reviews to, plus several agents who are willing to look at unpublished authors. The book is arranged in an easy to understand fashion with TONS of info packed on every page. A CD is included with the listings, so you can search through them on your computer as well. Stuart has provided a unique and vital help for any Christian writer either well established or just getting started. Don't pass this one up!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Kellemen on February 11, 2008
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A book that survives and thrives through 23 editions is a successful and valuable product. This is certainly true of Sally Stuart's "Christian Writers' Market Guide 2008."

As her sub-title suggests, this work is THE reference tool for the Christian writer. Such a claim is not the stuff of info-mercials; it is reality. As The Midwest Book Review extols: "An essential reference for anyone seeking to be published in the Christian community."

The 2008 Edition is completely updated and revised, now with even more markets for Christian writers, periodicals, publishers, e-book publishers, agents, and so much more. Stuart's tireless and meticulous research saves the aspiring and experienced Christian writer thousands of hours of personal research (time better spent writing and marketing).

If you want to keep abreast of trends and stay informed on contacts in the Christian publishing arena, then the "Christian Writers' Market Guide 2008" remains the best in the business. I purchase a new copy each year.

Reviewer: Dr. Bob Kellemen is the author of "Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spirtual Direction," "Soul Physicians: A Theology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction" and "Spiritual Friends: A Methodology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Bloom on February 24, 2008
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Even in this Internet age, a solid resource like Sally Stuart's guide is indispensible. There is so much "free" publishing information now on the web that it's often impossible to sort the legitimate from the fraudulent. And, sadly, even the world of Christian publishing is awash with scammers, charlatans and vanity publishers ready to take advantage of ill-informed authors. Sally's guide is THE place to get grounded in reality and learn "who's who" and "what's what" in the Christian publishing industry, and how to get in contact with everyone!

Two years ago, all I had was my newly written manuscript, my vision for helping more people honor Christ in everyday legal situations, and Sally Stuart's market guide. Now, thanks to contacts I made through the guide, my first book is published (The Believer's Guide to Legal Issues) and thousands of readers will be encouraged and equipped to incorporate biblical Christian values into their real life legal decisions!

As a Christian author, you have your own vision for touching many hearts for Christ through your writing. If you're ready to get serious about pursuing the publishing journey, then you need Sally Stewart's guide.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sally VINE VOICE on May 16, 2008
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I have always appreciated the depth of research and help Sally Stuart puts into these yearly market guides, and having the CD is an extra bonus. Having the current book is a must for any writer who wants to get published. Send out submissions to some of the many non-paying markets first; build up your list of published clips, and then you will have the credibility you need to get paid work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By the olde professor on July 11, 2008
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This is the guidebook to have, if you are interested in the Christian publication market.
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The main categories of interest are publishers, agents, and periodicals.
Trying to pull these out of a general guide like WM or WH would take a lot more work. The agents list is buried under "Helps" and should be given a separate entry at the main indexing level.
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The resources are excellent. The other guidebooks should copy this approach. On the other hand, there is no "how to" or introductory writing information. That is good. It is available elsewhere and should not be duplicated especially in a useless watered down format as other guides do.
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Vanity press publishers are separated from traditional publishers.
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There is a very useful market analysis that tells the sub-genre/topic of books that are most published. Also the publishers are listed by size wrt the number of books they publish.
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There are entries for greeting cards and specialty markets such as software and games.
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There is a helps section that lists conferences, clubs, services and contests.
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The usual glossary and index are at the back.
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As with any similar guide, there are some E&Os. With the constant changes in the publishing industry always check the information and the current editors name before submitting a mss.
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With the CDRom, this book is worth buying if your writing is aimed at this marketplace. I would refer to WM or WH at the library. The online adjuncts to other guides have not proven useful in the past. but this CDRom makes the book worth owning.
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