CHRISTIAN AUTHOR RESOURCES: You want to publish a book. Now what?
An Aspiring Author’s Toolbox
- The ChristianManuscriptSubmissions.com service (CMS)
- AuthorTalk critique and edit proposal service
- Writers’ conferences and groups
The ChristianManuscriptSubmissions.com (CMS) service was created at the request of the top Christian publishers looking for new voices. Because publishers are no longer able to review unsolicited manuscripts received from new authors they needed an efficient, online way to continue to acquire the work of new authors. In today’s world, Christian publishers find new authors primarily through a literary agent, notoriety, or through the ChristianManuscriptSubmissions.com service.
The CMS service provides the author with the opportunity to submit their manuscript proposal in a secure, online format that can be reviewed by multiple publishing houses from one location. Reviewers of this service are editors from many major publishing houses.
The process of creating a manuscript proposal is a disciplined and important effort for every author. The result of completing the ChristianMansucriptSubmissions.com proposal form will be a Book Proposal that can be shared not only with the CMS service but also when seeking representation of a literary agent or for presentation directly to a publisher at a writers’ conference or other venue.
AuthorTalk: Critique & Edit service for manuscript proposals
AuthorTalk provides a unique opportunity for authors to have their ChristianManuscriptSubmissions.com book proposal taken through a thorough process of critique and edit. Many authors benefit from receiving extra help from industry veterans to prepare a book proposal that stands out from the crowd. Two additional critique services are available from AuthorTalk that will help maximize a proposal’s appeal.
Even those interested in self-publishing can benefit greatly by crafting a well-prepared proposal. Authors will gain valuable insights: from identifying their target market accurately and demonstrating their knowledge of the competition, to defining their promotional goals and more. For more information on AuthorTalk, visit their website.
Writers Conferences and Groups
We encourage you as a new or experienced author to attend a Writers Conference and to find a community of other writers. Conferences help to bring your writing to a new level and provide an opportunity for you to interact with publishing professionals and other writers. You may even have the opportunity to have your work critiqued.
Christian writers groups include:
If you’re writer, you must be a reader too. We encourage you to learn more about the Christian publishing industry by reading books and articles and blogs by those in the industry.
- Advice to First Time Authors by Mike Hyatt, former Chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson
- Jane’s Writing Advice by Jane Friedman
- Traditional or Self-Publishing? by Rachelle Gardner
- The Christian Communicator by Susan Titus Osborn
- Christian Writer’s Market Guide by Steve Laube
- Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White
- Sell Your Book Like Wildfire by Rob Eagar
- Book Proposals That Sell by Terry Whalin
- Write His Answer by Marlene Bagnull