Sunday, April 9, 2017

Write-to-Publish Faculty Interview: Steve Barclift, Kregel Publications



Tell us briefly about Kregel Publications

Kregel Publicatons is a traditional, royalties-paying evangelical Christian publisher located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Seeing a need for solid evangelical works, the company set out in 1949 to supply resources designed to meet the spiritual needs of pastors, teachers, and Christian leaders. Today, Kregel’s backlist is comprised of more than 900 Christian titles including books on Christian education and ministry, contemporary issues, Christian living, fiction, and biblical studies, in addition to reprints of classic works. Kregel, Inc., also includes a division that publishes Spanish Christian books, Editorial Portavoz.

Of possible interest to Write-to-Publish conferees: Kregel publishes quite a few books by first-time authors each year and does not require that an author be represented by a literary agent (although most of our new books do come from literary agencies). Kregel doesn’t accept unsolicited manuscripts, but projects acquired at conferences such as Write-to-Publish are solicited—they are submitted to Kregel upon our invitation.


Who do you hope to meet with during the
appointment times?

Write to Publish is one of my favorite conferences; I’ve met many skilled and passionate writers at WTP. Types of nonfiction books that I’m particularly hoping to acquire include: Christian living; women’s issues; self-help; parenting/family/relationship; Bible studies (we prefer topical series); discipleship; and devotionals.

On the fiction side: historical; historical romance (we have a new Regency series that is doing very well for us); romantic suspense; older teen fiction. We haven’t done as well with contemporary fiction as historical, but I’d be willing to talk with authors of truly compelling contemporary fiction that deals with important issues of our day. The same is true of suspense; if it is unique and compelling, let’s talk.
                                                                 
I am not acquiring for our Spanish division. I also am not looking for juvenile fiction, picture books, or anything political.


How can a writer prepare for an appointment with you?

I prefer that authors know exactly what they want to pitch at me, but I’m also willing to meet to discuss less-well-developed projects (or even ideas). However, any author who wants to meet with me should have taken a good look at our website (www.kregel.com) to know what we publish. There is a wealth of information there. I pulled much of the information I included in the “About Kregel Publications” section above nearly word for word from our website. Be sure before you meet with me that your book would be a good fit for my publishing house.


Write-to-Publish meets June 14-17
in the Chicago area.

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