Long a staple of the Christian writing community, Stuart's annual writing guide offers writers: resource lists for writers, book publishers' addresses, website addresses, and writing markets, market analysis, information on reputable self-publishing companies, distributors' information, magazine publishers' addresses, websites, and writing markets, greeting card/gift/ specialty markets, contact information for conferences and workshops, contact information for local and national writers' groups, editorial services, reputable Christian literary agents, writing contests, denomination listings for book and periodical publishers, a glossary of terms, and an index.
Stuart has expanded her guide this year with several more listings, such as "Money-Saving Tips for Writers" and "Help for New Writers," under the section on Resources for Writers. She marks a new category with an asterisk in her table of contents. This year's edition includes a helpful CD-ROM if you are more comfortable working on the computer rather than looking the information up in a book. It includes the same information as the printed copy.
Though it may look intimidating, the guide is easy to use and Stuart explains how to use it in her first chapter. This is not a how-to book, but a reference book. Her section for new writers does not tell you what to do, but where to look for it. If you want to write a book on dating, you turn to the table of contents, find the topic the book would fit under, in this case "Dating/Sex" and turn to the correct page. Under the heading, she lists the publishers that have expressed an interest in that topic. You then turn to the book publishers section to explore the listed companies. The periodical section is similar. Here she includes online journals, also. She also tells which of the markets pay.
If you are a Christian writer seeking Christian markets, Christian Writers' Market Guide for 2007 will be of more value to you than the annual Writer's Market put out by Writer's Digest Books each year. For one thing, you don't have to wade through cult and New Age markets in the religion section. Plus, Stuart's guide goes into greater depth on the Christian markets. The Writer's Digest Book Club sometimes offers their annual writer's guide, which is excellent for general markets, or Stuart's annual guide as a membership inducement.
If there is a better market guide for Christian writers, I haven't come across it. Stuart's is the standard-bearer for the industry. If I have one criticism, it's that she offers so much that it would take you a year to look up everything. How Stuart, the author of 35 books, a regular columnist, and popular speaker, puts out this book every year amazes me.
Can you write without Christian Writers' Market Guide 2007? Sure. Can you sell your material without it? Maybe. Can you expand your market potential with it? Definitely! – Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book Previews.com
The Resource Guide to Getting Published
A unique guide to the Christian publishing industry, the Christian Writers’ Market Guide 2007 offers the ideas, resources, and contact information you need to captivate the attention of your future publisher.
For more than twenty years, the Christian Writers’ Market Guide has offered indispensable help to Christian writers. For the first time, this valuable resource comes with a CD-ROM of the full text is included so you can search with ease for topics, publishers, and other specific names. The 2007 edition also includes up-to-date listings of more than 1,200 markets for books, articles, stories, poetry, and greeting cards, including information on forty new book publishers, eighty-three new periodicals, and thirty-four new literary agents. Perfect for writers in every phase, this is the resource to get noticed–and get published.
Completely updated and revised * 1203 markets for the written word * 711 periodicals * 354 book publishers * 242 poetry markets * 138 card and specialty markets * 26 e-book publishers * 126 literary agents * 247 photography markets * 105 foreign markets * 95 newspapers * 29 print-on-demand publishers * Writers’ conferences and groups * Pay rates and submission guidelines * More resources and tools for all types of writing and related topics