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.


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