Friday, April 22, 2016

Write-to-Publish Faculty Interview: Nancy Lohr, Aquisitions Editor, JourneyForth Books and Elective Course Instructor


Tell us a little about JourneyForth Books.
   
JourneyForth Books publishes fiction and nonfiction that reflects a worldview based solidly on the Bible and that encourages Christians to live out their faith. The first JourneyForth book rolled off the presses in 1986 and was a middle grade novel. In our early years we continued that focus on youth novels and biographies. Over time our catalog has developed to include a wide range of stories for the youth market, Bible studies and Christian living titles for the teen and adult markets, and commentaries and ministry resources for church leaders and studious believers.


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

I recommend reading our guidelines (http://www.bjupress.com/books/freelance.php) to get an overview of what JourneyForth is looking for. If we seem like a good fit, then dig a little deeper by clicking on a specific book title at journeyforth.com in order to get to the “Look Inside the Book” feature. Read some of the early pages of books that might complement yours. After you pitch your book to me, it will be helpful if you can connect your book to a segment of our catalog or to a specific book. And (perish the thought) if your book doesn’t seem to fit our line at all, then JourneyForth might not be the right publisher for you, so you should spend your appointment time with another agent or editor, and we can plan to chat over a meal instead.


Give us a snapshot of your classes:

Writing Fiction for Kids (Wednesday afternoon)

We will take a broad look at the youth market including some myths and unique challenges. We will also discuss elements that can make or break a manuscript for young readers, including the opening sentence, strong dialogue, cadence, and more.
      
How to Read Like a Writer to Improve Your Writing 
(Thursday afternoon)

Just as athletes watch game tapes to study other athletes, writers need to analyze the work of other writers. Writers should read widely and well both for inspiration and instruction. Whether intuitively or intentionally, writers need to read with a different focus and greater awareness than the average reader does.


Anything else you would like to add?

    Come prepared for the Lord to guide your thoughts and open your heart to possibilities you’ve not considered or not considered lately. I always head home from this conference having gained a new appreciation for the ministry of the written word and my part in it.



Read more about JourneyForth.

Write-to-Publish meets June 8 – 11
in the Chicago area.

1 comment:

  1. Loved Nancy's workshops at former WTP! GREAT company to pitch your writing to. Nancy is a good listener and will give you great feedback for your ideas!

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