Monday, April 28, 2014

Write-to-Publish Faculty Interview: Cindy Sproles, Christian Devotions & Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas

I welcome Cindy Sproles today. She is Executive Editor of Christian Devotions, and heads up
Devotional & Non-fiction Acquisitions  for
Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.

Give us a snapshot of the company you represent. 

I represent and Lighthouse Publishing of theCarolinas. 
Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas is an Indie Publisher. We are NOT a self-publisher. You do NOT pay us to publish your book. (There is a Lighthouse Publishing that is a self-pub. This IS NOT us.) Lighthouse is growing and becoming a solid name in the publishing industry, carrying a full line of imprints in romance, contemporary, southern fiction, non-fiction and devotionals.

Christian Devotions ( is a ministry of daily devotions. We publish devotions year round for the Christian reader, teens and children. is our site for children, reaches out to teens, and is our mission oriented site. Our goal is to spread the word and help writers gain their first opportunity at publication.       

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

Come with a business card, a one-sheet, a devotion and the first 5 pages of your book. We only have 15 minutes so let's make the best of that. Check out our websites before you come to be sure we are publishing what you are writing. I look forward to meeting you all.

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

I'm looking for writers who have the heart of Christ. Writers who are willing to work for God and who once they receive a contract remain gentle in spirit and trusting that God will use their work.

Anything you would like to add or any specific needs?

Christian Devotions publishes devotions on the web 365 days a year. Christian Devotions loves new writers. It's our goal to help new writers break into the the publishing market by giving them some of their first published works on-line. We look for writers whose heart shines through their devotions. We do not want Sunday School lessons, rather we want devotions with a small story that drives home a point...something readers can relate to. Christian Devotions is a non-paying website, however, we offer in return, a huge platform for the writer to draw from and the opportunity for first time publication.

Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas:  I acquisition non-fiction and devotionals (SonRise Books). In non-fiction, I'm looking for solid stories that need to be told. I don't want depressing, rather books that show the hardship and how God has fully worked them into victory. I am not interested in "mom" books. The market is flooded with these, however, if there is a good story about a child that overcomes or a family that overcomes, I would be interested in looking at it.  I will look at solid Christian helps, church staff resources and good non-fiction stories. If you write church staff resources you absolutely MUST have a tremendous platform.

For SonRise Books:  I am looking for devotionals that are thought- provoking, offer good relatable stories, and drive home the scriptural application. Think Oswald Chambers, Jesus Calling, or Streams in the Desert. I will look at niche books but currently devotionals flooding the shelves. It needs to stand heads above the rest and it needs to have meat to it - not just "skimming the surface" Christianity. It's time to deepen the reader's knowledge and relationship with God.

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