January, with everyone wanting to make resolutions and plans, is a good time to pull out the market guide to find new markets for your writing. This year, there’s something missing from that process. For the first time in about a quarter century, there is no new edition of The Christian Writer’s Market Guide.
Why no 2015 market guide?
Sally Stuart originated the Christian market guide, and she maintained it for over 25 years. Jerry B. Jenkins, writer of the popular Left Behind series, became owner of the Christian Writers Guild and took over the publication of the market guide when Sally retired. Unfortunately, Christian Writers Guild is now defunct according to a message on the website. I contacted Sally Stuart and asked what would happen to the guide. Sally posted on her blog that she now has received the data for the guide and will try to update it in time to publish a delayed 2015 edition.
What can you do while you wait for the new market guide?
Many Christian publishers offer their guidelines on their websites. If you have an old guide, you can look for possible markets there, but do not depend on the old guide for guidelines and contact information. Listings in the guide are updated in Jerry Jenkins’ column in The Christian Communicator. If you have kept up with those updates, you might be in good shape. However, not every publisher reports changes promptly. Always go to the publisher’s website or call the publisher’s main number to find current editor names and contact information.
What are the alternatives to Christian Writers Market Guide?
Writer’s Digest offers an online market database that coordinates with their annually published market guide. Check out www.writersmarket.com for details. Monthly subscription costs $6.99, but there are other pricing plans on the subscription page. WD also offers a VIP program for $49.99 a year that gives you the subscription to the Writer’s Digest magazine, the online writer’s market, and other benefits described here. I have enrolled in the VIP program. Christian publishers are represented in the market database, but there is not nearly as much detail on the market listings as you get in the Christian Writers Market Guide. I’m still going to buy the Christian market guide when it becomes available.
Readers, do you have any other alternatives that you’d like to share? If so, please comment on this post and tell us about them.