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From the Staff of The Editorial Department

March 18, 2017

Know Your (Copy) Rights: An Introduction to Copyright for Authors

Over the years, I have attended many workshops, classes, and author panels, and copyright is always a hot topic. Unfortunately, it is also a topic shrouded in misinformation and anecdotal advice. As with many legal issues, copyright is a huge and often intimidating subject, and I don’t intend […]
March 13, 2017

The Role of Mystery in Fiction

Unlike nonfiction, fiction’s motor doesn’t run on information, but on its opposite: mystery. I’m not talking about mystery as a genre, but as the essential quality in all fiction that cultivates curiosity, stimulates the imagination, invites participation, and generally keeps readers reading. Every step of the reader’s journey […]
March 8, 2017

South of Hell by P.J. Parrish
A "First 50" Review

Flap Copy:¬†For Louis Kincaid and his lover, female detective Joe Frye, the present and the past collide when they team up to find out what happened to Jean Brandt, who was reported missing by her husband from their Michigan farmhouse in 1981. Jean’s daughter Amy, only five at […]
March 3, 2017
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The Truth About First Novels and Traditional Publication

What you might hear: “Publishing-house editors don’t want to read first-novel submissions.” “Literary agents don’t want to take on unknown writers.” “Publishers only want novelists who have a good track record.” “If by a miracle you get a first novel published, it’ll sell 500 copies to your friends […]
February 21, 2017

Agent Spotlight: Ten Agencies Representing Fiction and Nonfiction

We’re always on the lookout for agents and agencies whose specialties might be of interest to our clients, and this month we’re focusing on agents who handle books for the Christian marketplace. 1. Bruce Barbour of Literary Management Group literarymanagementgroup.com Specializes in the area of Christian publishing from […]
February 9, 2017

Candor, Tough Love, and The Delicate Art of The Bounce
How our editors handle manuscripts that aren't ready for editing

The first thing I’d put on the table in connection with how we handle manuscripts that need a lot of work could, I hope, go without saying. And that’s that we never want to be discouraging to an author. There’s no pleasure in telling a writer that a […]