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Review: The Christian Writer's Market Guide 2015-2016: Everything You Need to Get Published


The Christian Writer's Market Guide 2015-2016: Everything You Need to Get Published

There are a few books writers need. Writer's Digest publishes a few. There's a good dictionary and thesaurus, of course. And if they intend to publish in a Christian market, they need this one, "The Christian Writer's Market Guide 2015-2016: Everything You Need to Get Published."

I've long been a customer, going back to when Sally Stuart was publishing it. Now, under the direction of Jerry B. Jenkins, it is better than ever.

Jenkins' authority in the matter far extends his massively popular "Left Behind" series. In fact, it precludes it. By then, he had established a bit of a name for himself, and publishing was a little easier. (Note, not "easy," as good writing never is, nor is getting it published, ever.) He had written numerous articles, as-told-tos, and even penned a sports themed comic strip. His bio says 186 books, 21 of which have been NYT bestsellers. He's seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of it all, and that experience informs this book. In other words, be glad that Jenkins is on the job. He's poured his career into writing for and about Christians, and now, he's giving back to the next generation.

So, the book? What's it all about?

The reason I bought it is the huge directory of places to publish. I love short literary fiction and am looking to sell my stuff. Where? I don't know yet, but in this book are 930 listings. This includes book publishers, agents, and periodicals. There's more, but you get the idea.

With each periodical entry, for example, you'll learn where to send what, how much they pay, and other helpful details. You'll see similar entries for book publishers, subsidy publishers, and so on. It is all neatly organized and cross-referenced. Topical listings will help you sort through the 488 pages of gold.

There's a large collection of articles like, "Do You Need a Literary Agent," by Dennis E. Hensley. Some appeal to newer writers, and some to more seasoned folks. There's even a glossary to catch you up on the myriad of industry terms. And when you've decided to learn more, there's a thorough bibliography. Whew!

The short of it is you need this book. It has no peer. It is all here in one place.

My copy is still hot off the press, and I'm already thumbing through it, hoping to find a publisher interested in some Flannery O'Connor meets Twilight Zone fiction.

Anthony Trendl
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