Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Write-to-Publish Faculty Interview: Dan Brownell of Today's Christian Living


Briefly describe your publication.

Today’s Christian Living is a bimonthly magazine that encourages, equips, and engages Christians of all ages. It features inspirational stories about how the Lord has touched the lives of both ordinary and well-known Christians in remarkable ways. Regular columns include humor, health, finance, book reviews, and more. The goal of each issue is to challenge Christians in their faith so they may be strengthened to fulfill the call of God in their lives.



How can a writer break into your publication?

• We ask new writers to submit fully written articles on spec. We only commission articles with writers that we have developed a working relationship with over time.  We would like to expand our pool of established writers, however, so we warmly invite new writers to submit articles on spec.  Writers who can produce excellent inspirational articles (testimonies) from interviews are especially valuable.

 We are looking for feature articles that focus on people’s testimonies of salvation, how the Lord has helped them overcome obstacles in their lives, how He has used them, etc.  In other words, we are looking for inspirational articles rather than news, teaching, preaching, exhortational, or devotional articles. We also don’t publish fiction or poetry. While we do include informational columns, we have regular columnists who supply those articles.


• Carefully review the feature articles in our past issues. Those are the types of articles we want to publish. If you don’t have access to any print copies, you can access two digital issues here: tinyurl.com/TCLKenDavis and tinyURL.com/StormO



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

•Please review previous print issues or the sample digital editions of TCL to get a good idea of the kinds of articles we are looking for.

•Bring writing samples or articles you would like to submit. If you are bringing writing samples, please bring unedited ones.  I would like to see your unrevised work; that is, your work before it has been reworked by an editor.


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

We always need original anecdotes for our two humor columns:  “Laugh Lines” and “Kids of the Kingdom.”  We are looking for material that is genuinely funny, that makes the reader chuckle. We realize it’s difficult to write humor on demand, which is why we are on the lookout for good material.  




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