Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Write-to-Publish Faculty Interview: Cathy Norman Peterson of the Covenant Companion

Please tell us about The Covenant Companion.

The Covenant Companion is the denominational magazine of The Evangelical Covenant Church. We were just awarded “best denominational magazine” for the second year in a row by the Evangelical Press Association. Our mission is to inform, educate, and inspire dialogue on issues that impact the church and its members.

Who do you hope to meet with during appointments?

The bulk of our articles are written by members of The Evangelical Covenant Church. When we do publish non-ECC writers it is because they are willing to write a personality profile piece or feature on a Covenant ministry. On rare occasions, we may publish thought pieces or reflections on how God has worked in an individual’s life and faith.

How can a writer prepare for an appointment with you?

Spend some time on our website: Understanding the audience you’re writing for—and the tone of our publication—is key.

How would you advise a first-time conferee to prepare for a conference?

Similarly, pay attention to what your writing niche is. Identify as specifically as possible who is the market for your story (and writers who say “everyone” usually end up with a hazy idea about their ideal reader). Study the list of speakers/faculty, and research their websites so that you understand what kind of pieces they publish.

Write-to-Publish meets June 14-17

In the Chicago area.

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