- Series: CHRISTIAN WRITERS' MARKET GUIDE
- Paperback: 640 pages
- Publisher: WaterBrook Press (January 16, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400071259
- ISBN-13: 978-1400071258
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,255,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Christian Writers' Market Guide 2007: The Essential Reference Tool for the Christian Writer
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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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The Resource Guide to Getting Published
A unique guide to the Christian publishing industry, the Christian Writers’ Market Guide 2007 offers the ideas, resources, and contact information you need to captivate the attention of your future publisher.
For more than twenty years, the Christian Writers’ Market Guide has offered indispensable help to Christian writers. For the first time, this valuable resource comes with a CD-ROM of the full text is included so you can search with ease for topics, publishers, and other specific names. The 2007 edition also includes up-to-date listings of more than 1,200 markets for books, articles, stories, poetry, and greeting cards, including information on forty new book publishers, eighty-three new periodicals, and thirty-four new literary agents. Perfect for writers in every phase, this is the resource to get noticed–and get published.
“An indispensable tool. The reference you have to buy.”
“Essential for anyone seeking to be published in the Christian community.”
—The Midwest Book Review
“Stands out from the rest with its wealth of information and helpful hints.”
—Book Reviews for Church Librarians
“The single most valuable tool for those who wish to get published.”
Completely updated and revised * 1203 markets for the written word * 711 periodicals * 354 book publishers * 242 poetry markets * 138 card and specialty markets * 26 e-book publishers * 126 literary agents * 247 photography markets * 105 foreign markets * 95 newspapers * 29 print-on-demand publishers * Writers’ conferences and groups * Pay rates and submission guidelines * More resources and tools for all types of writing and related topics
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This year is especially important because of the CD inclusion.
First and foremost, this edition comes with a CD. This is a big deal because previous editions missed this, depite that its secular sister book, "Writer's Market" by Writer's Digest, has had a digital version for years (this year's edition is online). On the CD, you'll find 1,000+ publications. Unlike WM, the price for the book and digital version is kept reasonable.
* 1,185 markets. Pick a Christian denomination (Catholic and Protestant), and their publication is likely listed. While this year has slightly fewer than last year, the value is in that these are updated. Many smaller and denominational publishers move and/or close.
* 695 periodicals, 355 book publishers. Think of how many you are aware of? "Christianity Today," "New Man," "Decision" are probably at the top of your mind for periodicals. Tyndale (famous for "Left Behind" and "The Living Bible," as well as the calligraphy of Tim Botts), NavPress, InterVarsity Press (the publishing arm of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship) are probably among the book publishers you know. Maybe you know a few more. Here, you'll discover how vast the Christian publishing world is.
Literary agents, contests, advice for various markets, editorial services, market analysis, specialty markets (like greeting cards) all have sections. If you are a photographer, you'll find 321 markets.
Stuart's market analysis can help new writers figure out the religious publishing mileau and improve how they target their writing.
If you are looking to connect with other writers, you'll be happy to find the lists of writers' groups and clubs, and for conferences and workshops. A key group is the Evangelical Press Association, but there are smaller ones geared for denominations and market.
The structure is similar to previous editions, but, as always, the current year provides the most accurate data.
Each publication starts with symbols indicating if it is new, if the data is confirmed, and if they pay. There's the title, the contact info including a URL, an editor's name, a brief description, the page count and circulation number, the subscription cost, percentage freelanced, submission preference, payment style, and general content needs.
You can see how any writer aiming for the Christian market at large would find this an indispensable volume. It fills in the gaps left open by the very useful "Writer's Digest" market guides, and provides the required tools for connecting writer and publisher.
I fully recommend the "Christian Writers' Market Guide," as it remains the best (and only) option for any Christian writer. If you buy it only once every few years, this edition, thanks to the CD, is worth dropping down a few bucks.
The Guide's format hasn't changed a whole lot over the years (I keep waiting for an update to the old fashioned typeface). But as the saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. And the Christian Writer's Market Guide is certainly not broke. It's a no-nonsense, just-the-facts-ma'am reference book every writer needs to add to his or her bookshelf.
Always informative is Sally Stuart's "state of the industry" introduction. This year she talks about how twenty years ago, when she first started the guide, each publisher had an address and phone number. Few had faxes, and of course none had e-mail. Now, a growing number of publishers don't even provide their mailing address since all correspondence is done electronically.
Several noteworthy additions to this year's Guide: The addition of an "Art---Freelance" category in the book topics section. Over 280 new entries in the 70 page "Resources for Writers" section. Entries in the book section now indicate what formats a publisher publishes (i.e. hardcover, trade paper, etc.) And a bonus CD-ROM with .pdf and Word files of the entire guide.
At first I questioned why the publishers would include a CD-ROM without putting the information into a spreadsheet format. But then two words came to mind: search ability. Even in a text document the wonderful "Ctrl F" function comes to the aid of writers every day. So in the Guide's case, if I'm searching for say, Christianity Today, a quick "find" brings me to the listing. And writers can also cut and paste individual listings into separate documents to print out later, eliminating the need to hand write all those potential publishers for your novel.
The only drawback to a guide like this is something completely out of the author's control. Editors change so fast in publishing that by the time the Guide comes out, countless entries are no longer accurate. As Sally says in her intro, "Even if you get this book each year, you need to keep up with any additions or changes that will affect the way you use it." In other words, verify everything before you submit--something a professional writer should do anyway. And while symbols are used at the beginning of each entry in the periodical section to indicate whether the market is new, unconfirmed, updated from a website, or a paying listing, I would love to see a symbol added indicating whether a publication accepts fiction (since so many do not).
The 2007 Christian Writer's Market Guide is a must-have resource for Christian writers. Even if an editor's name changes, most publishers and magazines are still around come release day, and reading about their needs and guidelines is an education from which all writers can benefit. Kudos to Sally Stuart for this excellent book.
--Reviewed by C.J. Darlington for TitleTrakk