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Time to Order Christian Writers Market Guide 2013

The Christian Writer’s Market Guide is a must-have resource for writers submitting to the Christian market. A Christian writer without a market guide is like a fireman without a hose, a carpenter without a hammer—need I go on?

What you need to know about the 2013 edition:

  • It’s is published annually. Publication date for 2013 is January 1.
  • You need a new copy every year. Publications come and go. Staff names and contact information change. They wouldn’t publish a book every year if there weren’t so many changes.
  • You can get a $10 discount on the Guide if you become a member of Christian Writers Guild. Just join and put your name on the list to get the Guide. Details on the website.
  • You can purchase from Christian Writers Guild without joining.
  • You can find some Christian market information in the Writer’s Digest database or from other sources. However, nowhere will you find so much detail for the Christian market in one resource.
  • Your copy of the Guide is tax deductible as a tool of the trade, a necessary expense.*
  • Between-edition changes are published in Jerry Jenkins’ column in each issue of Christian Communicator.
  • If you prefer, you can order on Amazon.

It was Sally Stuart’s Christian Writer’s Market Guide until the 2012 edition when Jerry Jenkins Christian Writers Guild took it over. It is a much smaller book this year because of the many changes in the industry. Some publishers simply went out of business. Others pulled their listings because they said writers don’t follow the guidelines when submitting their work. More publishers are assigning work rather than accepting freelance.

You may say, “Why don’t I skip it this year then?” I say don’t skip it. Help keep the only market guide for Christian writers alive. Because the CWMG appeals to such a small market, it is not a big money-maker for publishers. If you are a published writer or a would-be published writer, you need the information in this book. Please support the Christian Writer’s Market Guide by getting a new one each year. What would we Christian writers do without it?

*Disclaimer: Get tax advice from a qualified expert. My understanding is that you must have some income from your writing in order to deduct expenses.


3 Responses to Time to Order Christian Writers Market Guide 2013

  1. Emily Akin January 15, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    I received a message from Donna Goodrich: “You don’t have to have income from writing to claim deductions. You only have to PROVE you’re trying to make income, so good record keeping is very important–mileage, postage, submission records, acceptances and rejections, etc.

    There’s a chapter on this in my “Step in the Write Direction” book. I did taxes for 18 years.”

  2. Cecelia Lester January 15, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    Thank you for the links. I will have to get busy and get some things done.

  3. Emily Akin January 15, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    You and me both, Cecelia. Thanks for commenting.

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