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 https://christianwritersmarketguide.com/ 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
- 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
- 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?
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