The Christian Writer’s Market Guide has been a valuable resource for Christian writers for over 30 years. Sally Stuart compiled and edited it until Jerry Jenkins bought it from her. He produced it for several years through the now-defunct Christian Writers Guild. Jenkins bought it back from the Guild and published the latest edition (2015-16) with Sally’s help.
If you are a subscriber to Blog4Writers, you may be aware that I am a fan of the guide. There’s no better single source of information about the Christian publishing market.
News: Christian Writer’s Market Guide Has New Owner
Steve Laube, literary agent and owner of The Steve Laube Agency, has bought the market guide from Jerry Jenkins. He plans to publish the guide in print and ebook versions. And here’s the part I’m excited about. Laube wants to provide an online version that writers can subscribe to, much like the Writer’s Digest Writer’s Market Online. No word on exactly when the 2017 edition will be published, but I’m looking forward to it.
And There’s More News
The Laube agency is also creating a training program for Christian writers. Christian Writers Institute will offer audio and video courses in addition to books to help writers learn their craft and how to market their work. As of this writing, the site only says “coming soon,” but I’ll watch for updates and give a progress report when things change.
Opinion: No Better Source of Information on the Christian Market
You can go to conferences and join writers’ groups ’til the cows come home, but nothing gives you a better picture of the Christian publishing market than the market guide. When I first started writing for the Christian market in 1999, I attended a conference, took some classes, and tried to follow all the instruction I received at conference. But, several people at the conference, including Lettie Kirkpatrick Burress, recommended that I get and study a market guide.
My husband’s company invited spouses to attend a meeting in South Carolina at the Wild Dunes Resort. I purchased my guide and took it with me to read on the plane. Once we got settled in at the resort, he had to attend meetings, and I planned to roam the shops and check out the beach. However, on the first day, a rain set in and stuck around for most of the time we were there. I spent a lot of time studying my market guide. I read all the instructions about how to use it. Then, I bookmarked potential markets to which I wanted to submit my work. I doubt any other newbie studied the guide more diligently than I did. I found periodical markets that I would never have known about if it hadn’t been “forced” to study the guide.
If you don’t have the 2015-16 edition, I recommend you get one. The new edition probably won’t be released for several months. I don’t necessarily recommend that you spend your vacation time studying it, but I do think every Christian writer should have one. It costs no more than the typical magazine subscription would cost annually.
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