Friday, May 12, 2017

Write-to-Publish Faculty Interview: Steve Bootsma of the Calvinist Cadet Corps

Tell us about the Calvinist Cadet Corps.

The Calvinist Cadet Corps has been around since 1952. The elevator speech description of us would say that we are similar to the Boy Scouts, yet fully Christian, and fully Reformed. We are a mid-week boys club program that churches can offer for boys, in their own congregation and in their community, ages 6 to 14. We provide a structure, program and materials for Christian men to work with boys, helping the boys to grow spiritually in all areas of life - devotional, mental, physical and social. Living for Jesus is the motto that we wear on our uniform and strive to fulfill.
The Cadet Quest magazine is designed for boys ages 9 to 11. We publish 7 times a year with each issue including stories, articles, projects, Bible lessons, games and puzzles. 

Who do you hope to meet with during appointments?

I’m hoping to meet with authors who understand the mind of a nine to eleven year old boy. Whether fiction or nonfiction, we need to reach the boys with what they want to read, not what adults think they want to read. From authors looking to have something published for the first time, to experienced authors with a catalog full of stories that are available for reprint rights, I’m looking to meet with those with a passion for the youth of today, the leaders of tomorrow.

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

We’re a magazine for boys that wants to present Christian life realistically and help boys relate to Christian values in their own lives. Don’t come with stories filled with female protagonists and talking animals.

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

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