Christian Writers' Market Guide 2009 Paperback – Jan 13 2009
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“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
About the Author
Sally E. Stuart is the author of thirty-six 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 and lives near Portland, Oregon.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
With 560 pages and 1000+ markets, the listings are comprehensive, including: annual printing volume (or submission acceptance rates), royalty rates, turn around time, guidelines, contact information, and many other pertinent details if they apply. A CD is also included with all of these details available digitally if you'd like to speed up the search process.
The version of the guide that I have is a 2009 copy, but an updated 2012 version is also available for only a few dollars more, and it includes updated contact names and information.
If you are SERIOUS about writing in the Christian marketplace (and aren't interested in going the blogging/self-publishing route), then this is one book you'll certainly want on your shelf. This is really a one-of-a-kind resource for Christian writers.
The nice thing with this year's version is the CD-Rom that is included to make searches very easy.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
This is no exaggeration. Any writer serious about breaking into and staying in the industry needs this on their desk. Sally Stuart creates every possible piece of information one would need to publish.
I read a lot of agent and publisher blogs and their major complaint is writers send in material not appropriate for the place they are sending. These writers must not have the Christian Writers' Market Guide. The book covers what each place is about, their guidelines, if you need an agent for the place, everything.
In addition, new this year includes a CD Rom as a handy guide that has contacts for 1,000 markets.
It's obvious Sally not only did her homework, she did yours and mine. She also writes about what trends she sees and other valuable informtion.
This is a goldmine that you'd be foolish not to pursue.
I also encourage you to subscribe to Sally Stuart's blog feed as she is constantly updating informtion.
Be warned as well that a large number of periodical publishers mentioned in here are non-paying. This can be good for those just breaking into the market and need to build a clip portfolio, but it can also be frustrating to those of us who depend on paid articles to make our rent.
Beyond that, the actual information about publishers and their guidelines is quite detailed. It was easy to read through the listing and figure out which periodicals I'd be fit to query to and which I certainly would not.
Now if one thinks that this is all about books, they would be crazy. She also checked out subsidy publishers (had no clue there was anything called this), distributors and groups who will do market analysis for you. Not only that but she did the same work for the periodical and greeting card market as well. If you write poetry or stuff that would be nice in a card or on a some sort of gift item, she has provided the contacts you should make to get yourself published.
Some of the best advise that she gives is that if you want to get published in some of the larger venues, it pays to start somewhere. Instead of working to climb Everest right out of the gate, get published somewhere because many places are more open to publishing authors who have been published previously. If an audience has been determined or gained the bigger more popular publishers are more open to your material. Starting in a smaller venue also gives you time to hone your skills and refine your maunscripts so that when it is time to go to the Big Name publishers you are on your A-game.
This book is not your typical book that you sit down and read cover to cover. It is definitely a reference book that one should use to find the proper outlet for their material. If you are looking to get published, I would absolutely go out and get this book, find a copy somewhere and look for the opportunity to share your gifts. Who knows there may be a market just for what God has been placing on your heart?
You work on your manuscript and let Sally Stuart do your homework on how to get it published.
This resource tool for Christian writers has an extensive list of book publishers organized by topic such as: apologetics, church traditions, divorce, fiction (broken down into about 30 subtopics), humor, personal growth, prayer, spiritual gifts, world issues, and several hundred more. The same is true for periodicals and other markets (greeting cards, games, videos, etc.) Each listing tells you essential information in addition to contact information such as whether the publisher requires manuscripts be submitted through agents or refuses manuscripts through agents; whether your submission should be made by hard copy, on disk, or by e-mail; how many new books are published each year and how many are by new writers; whether monetary advances are given to writers, whether royalties are paid or if remuneration is by flat fee and the average amounts paid; the average number of books printed in the first printing; preferred length of manuscripts; deadlines for submitting seasonal writings (for instance, articles regarding Christmas, Passover, etc.) and so very much more. Each entry for a publisher or periodical has a wealth of information. There also is a section entitled "Resources for Writers" which includes two new sections from previous editions, "Writers' Helps" and "Writing Communities". There is information regarding agents and numerous tips for getting established as a writer (for instance, you may want to concentrate on getting published before you worry about being paid for your writing). A CD-Rom is included with the book with contacts for 1,000 markets. If you don't know the first thing about how to get published, this is the one and only book you need. It's well organized and I was amazed at how many issues it brought up I wouldn't have even thought to ask. One additional tidbit. There is information in the book about how to receive automatic updates of this book and lock in the price for future editions.
The key listings are book publishers, periodicals, greeting card/gift/specialty markets, a help section, indexes and glossary and also includes a CD-ROM with a multitude of additional resources.
Each key section is further subdivided into more specialized headings, making it easy for a writer to look for a specific topic. The same holds true for the periodical section and the specialty markets.
Within the book, listings carry information on: mailing address, phone and fax numbers, website, email addresses, information on what that particular listing publishes and how many/year, compensation information, guidelines or how to obtain them, and so forth. The information with each listing can vary.
The CD-ROM also contains information not listed in the book--information for hundreds of markets.
Books or periodicals can be found in the topical index or in the alphabetical index. There are also listing for subsidy publishers, distributors and a market analysis for each section.
Sally Stuart's Market Guides have been a staple in my library for several years. Her market guides are an important resource for anyone looking to write for the Christian market.
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