Saturday, December 6, 2014

Drowning in Good Things


I can’t believe we have entered the last month of the year. I then become discouraged when I look at all the information I have accumulated on my computer, including podcasts, e-books, mini courses, etc. for educational purposes, and haven't read or listened to the majority of them. These were to help me be a better writer, be more productive, and creative. Now, many of these are very valid and worth the read. But, how do I find the time to read, apply and glean when there are so many?



So, I sat down this week and went over the things in my educational folder. Honestly, I do not remember acquiring some of them; many added from two to three years ago! I am also ashamed to say that although most of them were free, many I bought (ugh) and they haven’t been used. I wondered if it was worth the time to go through them. I decided it was.

So this is my plan:

1.  First, I need to forgive myself for spending money on items I haven’t used, but determine to do better in the future.

2.  Next, I will go through and decide which ones are beneficial or outdated, and delete the appropriate ones. I don’t know about you, but I’m a keeper and always think I will be able to use something later.

3.  Then I will try to put them in order of priority and to make use of them, one at a time.

Sometimes when we have stacks of papers around we know we have things to sort through. When it comes to computer files, we forget we still have house cleaning to do.



What about you? 
Do you feel overwhelmed 
with all the good things out there to read and learn? 
How do you work through that?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Just Sayin' is Worth Talkin' About

If you are in a position to influence tweens (kids in the 8-12 age group), I have a resource for you.

In October I reviewed a devotional book for boys (Dare U 2 Open This Book: Draw It, Write It, Dare 2 Live It) by Carol McAdams Moore. This post will feature the companion book, a devotional for girls, Just Sayin’: Write 'Em, Draw 'Em, Hide 'Em in Your Heart.

This book is comprised of 90 devotions, the same as the boy's book. Each devotion features a Scripture verse, but instead of an anecdote and an application as in adult devotions, the girls get to “have some fun.” They can doodle, draw or express themselves as they ponder the questions Moore presents.

They are asked to consider a time when they “goofed up.” They are given a multiple choice as to how they responded.

The topic of compassion is considered. They are asked: “Suppose someone at school or church is needy. How would you feel about giving something to that person?” They are also asked to doodle a picture of what they would buy for someone who has nothing.

The girls are asked if the Bible, Jesus or becoming a Christian is confusing to them. Moore then gives some places to find those answers.


The tween years may be the last time we can influence kids before they enter their teens. That is why, I believe, that books such as these are essential to get into their hands.








Carol McAdams Moore writes for children and youth in the Christian and general markets. Her writing credits include work for David C. Cook; Urban Ministries, Inc.; Christian Education Warehouse; Clubhouse; Clubhouse, Jr.Lifeway magazines; and The Christian Communicator. Her desire is that every child will answer Jesus’ call and discover God’s purpose for his or her own life. You can find Carol at: www.carolmcadamsmoore.com

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Refined by Fire, A Journey of Grief and Grace



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As most of you know, who read this blog, I am on the staff of the Write-to-Publish Conference. One of the benefits of this gathering is the many wonderful writers I meet. One of those I met a couple of years ago is Mary Potter Kenyon. Today I am honored to be part of her launch team and share with you how God has been present in her life, even though her life has been filled with much loss.

Mary is a writer and when she was hit by the loss of a mother, a husband and a grandson, all in just the past few years, she cried out to God. She then did the thing which was most familiar to her: she wrote.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Facing Fear, Finding Freedom: A Review




In preparation to speak on my topic, Overcoming Writing Fears, for a local writer's group, I reread the e-book: Facing Fear and FindingFreedom, Unleash the Power to Live Your Dreams by Reba J. Hoffman. You met Reba on this blog last year, when she attempted her bicycle ride across the country. Although injury sidelined the complete trip, she was out there by herself encouraging others to live our their dream.
  

As I read through her book again, I was inspired by her no nonsense way of showing us how fear is a common thing to all of us, and that we experience it whenever we try to pursue something worthwhile. She reminds us:

“You won’t totally eliminate fear from your life, but you can break free from the shackles holding you back from living your dream.”

In this short e-book of seven chapters, she shares experiences from her life and examples of how to walk through your fears. Some of the chapter titles: What Fear Is, What it Isn't, The Fear of Getting Started, Fear of Failure and Fear of Success.

I met Reba through My Book Therapy, an online writing community started by multi-published author, Susan May Warren. Warren credits Reba with encouraging her as she launched MBT, a craft and coaching community for novelists.

Another quote about our fears and dreams: 

"My hope and prayer is that you'll be set free to enjoy your gifts and talents, and put them to use changing your world. After all, not only does the world need you to change it, but your dream is to important to remain unlived." 

Reba J. Hoffman, Ph.D., is founder of Magellan Life Coaching. She uses her skill and experiences to encourage others to safely transition from where they are today to where they want to be in life. Right now, Reba is living another one of her dreams. She always wanted to drive a big rig truck. Although that might not be your dream, it was hers, and she went for it and now has her own truck, driving across the country, delivering goods, encouraging and blogging along the way.


How about you? 
Do you have a dream, but fear is holding you back?



Saturday, October 4, 2014

A Devotional for Boys



I believe there is a generation of kids who need the positive influence of Christ followers in their lives. In addition to spending time with these kids, getting great printed resources into their hands, is also a great way to guide them.


I admire authors who are able to write so as to engage the tween market (ages 8-12). Today, I feature an author who has done just that. 



Carol McAdams Moore has written a devotional book for boys and also one for girls. Today I feature the one for boys. The title is: Dare U 2 Open This Book. 

The book consists of 90 two-page devotionals. Each one begins with a scripture, similar to adult devotionals. But, the similarity stops there. After the verse, Carol asks the kids, "What if . . . " What if they were in the situation the scripture poses. Such as what if they were David and were standing in front of Goliath? What would you ask Jesus if he came walking on water in front of you? 

But, they are not only asked to answer the question, but to draw, doodle, write or however they feel they can best answer the question. The pages are in black and white and on newsprint paper which is easy to write on. The pages are also creatively designed to attract tween kids, with ample space to record their thoughts.

If you are looking for a resource to give to your child, grandchild, nephew or another young man, consider this devotional.

Next time we will feature Carol's devotional for girls. 





Carol McAdams Moore writes for children and youth in the Christian and general markets. Her writing credits include work for David C. Cook; Urban Ministries, Inc.; Christian Education Warehouse; Clubhouse; Clubhouse, Jr.; Lifeway magazines; and The Christian Communicator. Her desire is that every child will answer Jesus’ call and discover God’s purpose for his or her own life. You can find Carol at: www.carolmcadamsmoore.com





Saturday, September 20, 2014

Do You Have a Pack?


I’m not a great football fan, but when the season comes around there is one team I like to watch. That team is the Green Bay Packers, but only when they are home at Lambeau Field.

A Lambeau Leap in progress.

I like the Packers because they are from a relatively small city (Green Bay has a population of just over 100,000) and have one of the largest stadiums in the league. According to my research, and I'm sure if I am wrong NFL fans will let me know, Lambeau Field currently holds 80,753 and is the second largest stadium in the country per seating capacity. Now, isn't that amazing? Sort of reminds me of the high school basketball arenas in Indiana (of which I am a native) usually located in smaller towns and cities.

As I sit on the edge of my couch, I am waiting to see the “Lambeau Leap”. This happens when the player who scores the touchdown runs to the end zone seats, jumps up on the barrier so the fans can celebrate with him.

Outside the stadium there are statues of Curly Lambeau (first Packer coach) and Vince Lombardi (lengendary coach). Now, there is a new statue which was unveiled this year. It is of the end zone wall with fans behind it and a space left for a real person to sit on the wall and have his picture taken like they are doing the "Lambeau Leap".


I’m sure you Wisconsin folks are still with me, but let me get to the point. I love the comradery of the Packer fans and their team and this made me think of the writing community. Next week is the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference in St. Louis. Sadly, I am unable to attend this year and will miss seeing many of my fellow writers. I’m sure there will be hugging and celebration going on because, we too, are a “pack" of sorts. 

Even though Christian writers are not a large group, compared to all of publishing, we connect because we know that our work does more than just put words on paper or computer screens; it touches lives for God’s Kingdom. When we take that leap and publish an article or book, we have our writing colleagues to cheer and celebrate with us.



The statue of the Lambeau Leap, here with LeRoy Butler,
who started the leap.
Hope you don't mind a little football diversion!            











How about you? 
Do you have a group of colleagues who support you? 
Or you can just comment if you are a Packer fan!





Saturday, August 30, 2014

Research Trip: Wade House Stagecoach Hotel





I mentioned earlier on this blog, that I would be sharing some of the historical info that I uncover in my research for the novel I am writing. This week I visited an historical site and thoroughly enjoyed the immersion into the past.

My husband and I visited the Wade House, a former stagecoach stop and hotel in Greenbush, Wisconsin, a short drive from Sheboygan and Lake Michigan. The setting for my novel revolves around a stagecoach inn or hotel.

First Floor Parlor
The Wade House is situated on 240 acres and in addition to the historic inn, includes a blacksmith shop, sawmill and a carriage museum. The most interesting part to me, of course, was the three-story former stagecoach hotel. The building was built in the 1849/50 time period and thanks to the Kohler family, as in sinks and faucets, who provided the funding, the hotel has been restored.


We discovered that the blacksmiths in this country earned a good salary. In Wisconsin they would earn $3.00-$5.00 a day when most people in the state earned just a $1.00 per day. Mr. Wade, the founder, was a blacksmith in the eastern part of the country. He came to Wisconsin and with his saved earnings bought the land to start the hotel.

In addition to providing lodging and meals for stagecoach travelers, Wade also provided horses for the various stage lines. You can visit a blacksmith shop on the grounds and demonstrations by guides will be given.


Guest Room

There is also a sawmill you can tour. A guide will show you how the mill worked and explain that much of the wood was provided to immigrant families desiring to build homes in the Wisconsin woods.

I came back with tidbits like, it cost fifty cents for a night’s lodging and breakfast. The rooms used by guests and the bedrooms in the private quarters of the inn did not have closets, because they did not possess the large amount of clothes we do today. They used hooks to hang their clothing.
Stagecoach replica in museum

Mattresses in the bedrooms were supported by ropes and stuffed with straw. When it was asked why the beds seemed so small, it was noted that most people slept curled up at the time, as many believed that if they slept flat on their backs, they would not live through the night!

If you enjoy history and want to visit an authentic site, this might be for you.


How about you? 
Have you visited a site that has inspired you?
















Saturday, August 16, 2014

What a Nine Year Old Taught Me About Reading





I was inspired last week to be a reader. I spent a week with my nine-year-old niece who is a voracious reader. I watched her put aside her electronic tablet to take the time to read.

We went to the library together and checked out some books. I just loved watching her read. A child doesn’t have the same distractions or guilt from reading as do some adults. I get distracted sometimes when I read, feeling I should be "doing" something more productive. 

I also questioned her about understanding what she read and she told me she did, relating the story she was engrossed in.

This is what I learned from her:


No matter our age, we can still become a reader. I didn’t read as a child or young adult and missed enjoying many books my peers did. I enjoy reading many young adult titles today, maybe because I can get through them quicker since they are shorter and I am a slow reader.

We can become better conversationalists when we are readers. I was impressed with her vocabulary and her conversations with adults has matured. Even though I’m sure this comes with age, the knowledge and word choices comes from reading. I notice that my vocabulary is not as deep as some of my peers who have spent their lives as readers.

Don’t feel guilty. As adults we become so obsessed sometimes with our responsibilities, such as cleaning, buying groceries and worrying. When those things seem to overwhelm us, we just want to sit down and watch television. Don’t do it. Pick up a book and read.


How about you? Did you read as a child or begin later in life? Do you feel guilty when you take time to read?



Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hats Off to the Independent Christian Bookstores


A few weeks ago I went to my local Christian bookstore and realized it had closed. This made me sad even though I know many brick and mortar stores are closing, and not just Christian ones. I learned about Christian publishing when I was in high school and worked at an independent Christian bookstore in my hometown. This store closed many years ago due to the illness, rather than a lack of business. 

A few months ago I was in my hometown and visited two independent Christian bookstores within 30 minutes of each other, one in my hometown in Indiana and the other in a small town across the state border in Illinois.

One store I always visit when I go home is The Open Door Christian Bookstore. I consider it to be one of, if not the best independent Christian bookstore in the Midwest. It is in Terre Haute, Indiana, just off of Interstate 70. It is a beautiful store and they have recently added a snack and coffee shop. Their selection of books is wonderful. Whenever I ask about a certain type of book, they direct me to a specific title. When I check out, I am frequently told by the clerk that they have read the book I am purchasing. They are always kind and courteous. They hold many book signings and one of the most recent well-known authors they hosted was Beverly Lewis.

On the same trip I stumbled upon another store in Marshall, Illinois (on Michigan Avenue) called HeavenBound Christian Bookstore. I literally pulled into a parking lot to turn around and realized it was a Christian bookstore. I had to go in and check it out. It was small, but it was large on friendliness and small town charm. 

The owner saw me come in and didn't recognize me, so she shook my hand and introduced herself. She then walked me around the store to show the various products. She pointed out the used book section at the back of the store and offered to get me a chair so I could sit down and browse. She also apologized for some shelving that was not completed because her friend who was to finish it, had been ill, and she shared with me the details of that illness. I felt like I was part of the family. And yes, I did go out with a stack of books and I will visit the next time I am home.


So, writer friends, if passing through western Indiana and eastern Illinois, take a few minutes to stop and visit these two stores. Not only will you have a pleasant afternoon, but buy a book, not a difficult thing for us writers to do, and help support the independent Christian bookstores, that are alive and well in the heartland and small towns.



Do you have a favorite Christian bookstore that you patronize? What is special about it?


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Five Things to Do This Summer to Keep Your Writing Fresh


The month of June is almost over and looking at my schedule for the rest of the summer, it won’t be long until school starts. So, I thought of some things to do to keep my writing fresh with all the activities.


Read. I like to sit out on my balcony in the warmer weather and read, and sometimes before I know it, I dose off for a while thinking about what I just read. I have some fiction and nonfiction books I want to tackle for personal growth and books on craft.

Journal. This is one way to write, even though you may not have an article or assignment to work on. Get a new journal for the summer and maybe a special pen to use. I always love excuses to buy a new journal!


Clean. I read it, again, somewhere this week, to spend your time writing, not looking for your files and reference materials. Try to go through some old files you have been putting off. Removing and or discarding a stack of papers from my desk gives me such a feeling of accomplishment.



 
Learn. As you clean your office, insert a CD in your computer and listen to a class from a conference you attended.


Take a Nap. Yes. This is important. Rest and Refresh.




What are you doing to keep your writing fresh this summer?






Saturday, June 21, 2014

Shadowed by Grace, A Review




Shadowed by Grace is an historical novel set against the backdrop of World War II, written by Cara Putman and published by B&H Publishing Group. It is a story inspired by the Monuments Men effort to save great works of art from the Third Reich.

You may have also heard of the movie, The Monuments Men, starring George Clooney, released earlier this year, which is the story of this group of art rescuers. I am anxious to see this film, now that I have read Putman’s book.

Being a fan of historical novels, it was easy for me to be drawn into the setting of Italy and the scenes of the destruction left after the wake of World War II. The main characters, Rachel and Scott, meet in the aftermath of war, where their love and Rachel’s quest for faith grow. Desperate to save her dying mother, Rachel accepts her newspaper’s assignment to travel to Italy where she takes photographs dangerously close to the front lines during World War II. But Rachel’s real motive in this journey is to find the father she never knew.



Putman’s research has to be applauded as she brings in not only the devastation of the great cities of Italy, but also the history of the artists and their work saved by the group.

I will admit I was a little disappointed when about three-quarters into the book, a solution to one of the mysteries was revealed. I thought it was a little premature and I admit at that point I put the book aside and stopped reading for a few days. But Putman's great description of the war and how she weaves a story brought me back. I read on to the end with satisfaction.  

I received a review copy of Shadowed by Grace from the publisher for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed here are my own.    

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Three Things That Can Contribute to Conference Success

I attended the Write-to-Publish Conference last week as many of your probably know from the many interviews I had on this blog. I came away with three things to remember that I think can contribute to a successful writers conference.


Relationships

Although we spend many hours prior to a conference preparing our work to present to a prospective editor, or to be critiqued, one of the most important things to remember is to connect with that person sitting next to you in classes, at meals or in the hallway. It could be another conferee, an editor or agent. Relationships are not built in one day or at one conference, but they can begin there. They can then be built upon through emails, phone calls and attendance at future conferences.

Many of the people I saw at this conference I had met before. Spending a little more time together added to the relationship and we seemed to pick up where we left off and our friendship grew.


Publishing Takes Time

When we attend a conference, we may have expectations to get instant feedback on whether or not they are publishable for a certain market. We hope an editor tells us they love our article and they want to use it in their next issue.

The reality is, publishing takes time. Publishing house representatives who attend conferences do not work alone. They are responsible to their company. If interest is shown in someone’s work, it will still need to go to committees consisting of marketing and other editors. If accepted at that point, then there is the waiting game before something is published, which could take weeks, but more like months or longer.


Teachable Spirit

Whether you are a first-time conferee, a veteran of many conferences or an editor, we all have something to share that we have learned from our past experiences.

I attended classes taught by editors which were very informative. I also met many conferees attending their first conference. They taught me new perspectives and asked questions that I had not considered.


How about you? What has helped you when 
attending a conference? 


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Write-to-Publish Faculty Interview: Sheila Seifert of Thriving Family magazine

Briefly describe your publication:

Thriving Family is a marriage and parenting publication for families with children in the home who are 0 to 18. (The majority of the articles are directed at parents with children in the home who are 4 to 12.) The magazine is divided into features and four departments: Family Stages, Family Media, Family Faith, and Family Living. Family Stages offers short, practical, hands-on, often first person articles for parenting 0- to 3-year-olds, 4- to 7-year-olds, 8- to 12-year-olds, and 13- to 18-year olds. Family Media is often written in-house. Family Faith consists of a faith concept from a parenting perspective and faith conversations for couples. Family Living consists of 400-word articles for women, men, adoptive families, special needs families, and blended families. Our features are all marriage or parenting based.


What type of a writer are you hoping to meet 
with at the conference?

I enjoy meeting with writers who have studied Thriving Family and understand the magazine’s constraints when the author is pitching an article or presenting an idea. But if an author is new to selling his/her materials and would merely like me to show him/her how to dissect a publication to better understand Thriving Family in a way that can be applied to other magazines, I’m happy to help a writer do this. Perhaps a writer is not ready to pitch to a magazine or book editor. If so, I am happy to help the person walk through a trial editor meeting where I coach the author on the types of things to say and what to bring. Writers should merely tell me when they first meet with me that this will be a sample writer/editor meeting. The author doesn’t even have to bring a manuscript.


How can someone best prepare for an appointment 
with you?

An author can relax, tell me where s/he feels his/her manuscript would fit in Thriving Family, let me see the manuscript, and then be prepared to listen. But, for those who don’t have a manuscript to pitch, it’s OK to set an appointment to just get practice speaking with an editor. I was a freelance writer for over a decade before becoming an editor, so I do understand a writers’ learning curve. I am happy to help writers wherever they are in their development, and I might be able to suggest next steps for them.


Anything you would like to add?

I am at this conference to meet writers so here is what I’d tell them: If you have a parenting manuscript that you feel would fit in Thriving Family, talk to me about it. If you don’t have a manuscript, but have an idea, talk to me about it. In our Family Stages area, we are in constant need of short (150- to 200-word) first person parenting stories that demonstrate a great way to parent a child through something in a way that other parents can repeat. If you’re a parent or can interview a parent, you are welcome to tell me about some of the things that have worked for you or others. If I find your tip, advice, or story unique, I will ask you to write it up. This is a great way to break into the magazine and hone your skills as a writer. But if you don’t have a manuscript and don’t have an idea, you can still talk to me. In this case, you can tell me about your writing journey and together we can brainstorm next steps.





Wednesday, May 21, 2014

WTP Faculty Interview: Jesse Florea of Clubhouse and Clubhouse, Jr. Magazines




Briefly describe your publication.

Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse and Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr. are long-running, award-winning children’s publications from Focus on the Family. Clubhouse is geared for children 8-to-12, while Jr. is for 3- to 7-year-olds. Both are four-color, monthly magazines that reach over 125,000 kids all over the world.


What type of a writer are you hoping to meet with at the conference?

Somebody who’s passionate about children. I sort of view my job as being a children’s pastor. We want to provide Biblically based, entertaining stories that help kids build a foundation in Christ. Plus, as the longest running children’s ministry at Focus on the Family, we want to bring families together. To that end, we like to feature recipes, crafts and activities—in addition to all the great fiction, factoids and Bible stories.


How can someone best prepare for an appointment with you?

Grab an issue of the magazine (I’ll bring plenty for those who are interested) or go to our websites at ClubhouseMagazine.com or ClubhouseJr.com. Get a feel for the style and kinds of stories we do. At the same time, the best advice is to just be yourself. Some of the best ideas have come just by talking with conferees, discovering their passions and then figuring out how they can contribute to the magazines.


Anything you would like to add?


Sign up to speak with as many faculty members as you can. That’s the best part of a conference. Meet people, ask questions, learn. (Of course, do your homework before the meeting, so you don’t sit down and say, “So what do you do?”) Don’t be nervous. Have a sense of humor. Conferences are overwhelming for editors, too. So be willing to laugh and don’t take yourself too seriously.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Write-to-Publish Faculty Interview: Nancy Lohr, Acquisitions Editor, JourneyForth


Give us a snapshot of the company you represent.
JourneyForth seeks to provide well-written, biblically sound books with a conservative Christian worldview. Our desire is to encourage believers to become more Christlike in their thinking, to grow in their service to God, and to represent Christ well before the world. Our catalog includes novels and biographies for the pre-college market as well as Bible studies and Christian living titles for teens and adults. Writers can read first pages of our books on our website.

How can a person best prepare for appointments with editors?
Study the writers guidelines for the companies represented by the editors. That is the first step toward making a good match between your manuscript and the right publisher. If you don’t have material to submit but have questions for the editor, craft those questions before your appointment so that you learn the most you can in the time allotted.


What type of writer are you hoping to meet with at the conference?
I’d love to meet writers who have the same goals for their writing that we have for our publications (biblically sound books with a conservative Christian worldview). This writer may have a manuscript that is ready to submit on the spot or he or she may need to do some revising first. This writer understands the collaborative nature of publisher and is eager and able to participate in the process.

Anything you would like to add?

I love to be wowed by a proposal or a pitch that is spot-on for our company. Authors who do their homework are the authors who wow.

       

On the Web: 




Monday, May 19, 2014

WTP Faculty Interview: Sherri Langton of Bible Advocate and Now What?

Briefly describe your publication.
We actually have two publications. Bible Advocate is a denominational magazine published by the Church of God (Seventh Day) and is in its 151st year. Now What? is an e-zine that features personal experience stories about a problem/crisis that either led someone to God or deepened her faith in Christ.

What type of a writer are you hoping to meet with at the conference?

I hope to meet writers who are open to what God wants to say through them and willing to learn from editors. In the past month we've accepted new work from writers who followed my suggestions to tailor their work for our publication.


How can someone best prepare for an appointment with you?

It's cliché, but read the publication and know what we're looking for.


Anything you would like to add?

I like to help and encourage writers who may just need some advice and direction for their writing, so don't feel shy about making an appointment to see me. I'm a writer too and understand both sides of the desk.

On the Web:



Friday, May 16, 2014

Write-to-Publish Faculty Interview: Gloria Penwell of AMG Publishers




Give us a snapshot of the company you represent.

In 1980, AMG Publishers, Inc. was launched by AMG International, Inc. to minister through the written Word. Since its inception, AMG Publishers has become a leader in the Christian publishing with the Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible, award-winning youth fiction, exhaustive reference, multiple Bible studies and Patriotic literature. AMG Publishers publishes under the imprints AMG PublishersTM, Living Ink BooksTM and God and Country PressTM. Our products can be found in many languages all over the world.
AMG Publishers is a wholly owned subsidiary of AMG International. Profits from AMG Publishers are invested in the ministries of AMG International.


How can a person best prepare for appointments with editors?

The most important thing an author can do is research what a publisher is looking for. They should make sure that what they're presenting is something the publisher is looking for. Their query should be short, concise and well-written.


What type of writer are you hoping to meet with at WTP?

I am looking for well-written and edited Bible studies.



On the Web: AMG Publishers

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Write-to-Publish Faculty Interview: Shaina Turner, Fiction Acquisitions, Tyndale House Publishers


Give us a snapshot of the company you represent.

Tyndale House Publishers’ mission is to minister to the spiritual needs of people through literature consistent with biblical principles. In terms of fiction, this means publishing fiction with a mission. Whenever our acquisitions team is looking over a manuscript and/or proposal, we’re always asking ourselves “What is the ministry value behind the story? What does this story provide to the reader?” Whether hope, reassurance, healing or something else entirely, we look to publish fiction that is distinctive, entertaining, hopeful, purposeful, and thoughtful; fiction with a greater purpose.


How can a person best prepare for an appointment 
with you?

I see these appointments as a conversation. A one sheet with your proposal is helpful but mainly come with your questions. My goal at any writer’s conference is to  be as helpful to each individual’s specific needs as possible as they continue their publishing journey.


What type of writer are you hoping to meet with 
at the conference?

I do not have any specific writer ‘type’ in mind, but as I’ve said above, I look at writer’s conference as a learning experience for both faculty and writers so the more prepared the writers are with their specifics needs and questions in mind, the better I am able to help them in the appointment time allotted.


Anything you would like to add about or specific needs?

I’m looking forward to meeting with many writers at the conference. If you’re looking for more on Tyndale fiction, stop by our new fiction blog and say hello, www.crazy4fiction.com.



On the Web: