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Great News: Market Guide Goes Online

The 2017 Christian Writer’s Market Guide is now for sale in print and electronic editions. And the best news of all? It’s now available in an online database similar to that offered by Writer’s Digest.

Market Guide History

In a July blog post, I told you about the ownership change for the guide. New owner Steve Laube is also new proprietor of the Christian Writers Institute, formerly run by Reg Forder. Sally Stuart compiled and edited the guide for almost 25 years. Jerry Jenkins bought it from her and maintained it for a few years through Christian Writers Guild. Jenkins sold the Guild and the guide along with it. After the Guild folded, Jenkins bought the market guide back and published the 2015-16 edition with Sally Stuart’s assistance.

Online Market Guide Subscription Cost

Go to and check out the subscription options for online version. It’s least expensive with the annual subscription. If you just want to experiment with it, maybe the monthly option would be good for you.

  • Annual: $25 (about $2 a month)
  • Semi-annual: $18 ($3 a month)
  • Monthly: $5.99

Online Market Guide Features

  • The home page features a how-to article and a description of how the database is designed (accessible after you subscribe).
  • The search box is an easy way to browse. For example, I searched “Wesleyan” and the result included Wesleyan Publishing House, “Light from the Word” published by Wesleyan, and James Watkins, an editor for WPH.
  • The menu bar offers several choices by which you can limit your search or just browse. Categories are:
    • Book Publishers
    • Independent Book Publishing
    • Periodicals
    • Specialty Markets (greeting cards, for example)
    • Support for Writers.
  • The Support for Writers section offers information about:
    • Literary Agents
    • Writers Conferences & Seminars
    • Writers Groups
    • Editorial Services
    • Publicity & Marketing Services
    • Contests
  • The design is responsive, so it should display well on any device you might use.
  • Individual publisher listings include contact information and an “about” section. And, the “more info” section provides information on how to submit, tips for selling to that market, and payment details.

No Christian Writer should be without The Christian Writers Market Guide. You can learn a lot about the Christian publishing industry from this resource. I’m excited that the guide has a new lease on life. And, I’ve hoped for an online version for years. I’ve already signed up for my annual subscription. Why don’t you consider starting the New Year a subscription of your own?

Readers, do you use The Christian Writers Market Guide? Another guide? Please comment on this post and share your thoughts. If you receive it by email, please click on the title of the post to go to my site. Scroll down to Leave a Reply and comment there.

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8 Responses to Great News: Market Guide Goes Online

  1. Tracy Crump January 1, 2017 at 12:25 pm #

    I tried using the Writers Market for a couple of years but found the CWMG much more valuable. I wouldn’t do without it!

  2. Tracy Crump January 1, 2017 at 12:28 pm #

    By the way, I will probably sign up for the online version to get the search feature and monthly updates, but I still want a hard copy to thumb through and mark up.

  3. Emily Akin January 1, 2017 at 1:46 pm #


  4. Emily Akin January 1, 2017 at 1:46 pm #

    Me, too. Happy New Year, Tracy.

  5. Sharilynn Hunt January 13, 2017 at 2:05 pm #

    Hmm, I was reading this post again. I usually order the Christian Market guide through American Christian Writers. It has so much information in it I still want a hard copy. Thanks Emily for the post!

  6. Emily Akin January 13, 2017 at 4:37 pm #

    I don’t know if you can still order the print copies from ACW or not. Steve Laube bought the market guide from Jerry Jenkins, and he bought the Christian Writers Institute from Reg Forder (owner of ACW). Reg still has the Christian Communicator magazine, and he still does the mentoring retreats. I don’t know if he sells the guide now that he doesn’t own it. It’s on Amazon here: I like the online version, though. It’s searchable. Saves a lot of time. Thanks for your comment.

  7. Sharilynn Hunt January 17, 2017 at 7:22 pm #

    Thanks, I will check it out.

  8. Emily Akin January 23, 2017 at 9:08 am #

    Sharilyn, my daughter gave me a print copy of the 2017 market guide for my birthday. It is not nearly as thick as past editions. However, there are many print periodicals that have ceased publication since the last edition. It still has details that you won’t find anywhere else.

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