Saturday, March 21, 2015

Write-to-Publish Faculty Interview: Rochelle Melander, Editor of The Word in Season

Briefly describe your publication.

The Word inSeason is a quarterly devotional periodical published by Augsburg Fortress publishers (ELCA-Lutheran) with a circulation of about 125,000. All writers audition with a few devotional samples and are hired to write devotions for a specific group of texts. Once you become a writer, I usually hire you about once a year. AFP buys all rights.

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

It’s helpful to see a list of where the writer has published, so I can see what sort of experience he or she brings. It’s also helpful to have a sample devotion with you. And, please, bring your questions!

Anything else you would like to add or any specific current needs?

I’m always looking for good writers who can write from a ELCA Lutheran perspective with a fresh voice. I tend to avoid writers who use a lot of jargon, write from a decision theology perspective, and are technology-averse. If you get hired to write for me, all of your devotions will be submitted on a wordpress-like site—so technology experience is a plus!

Write-to-Publish will be held June 3 - 6

in the Chicago area.

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