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From the Staff of The Editorial Department

February 26, 2017

Mystery Musings
An editor's reflection on an enduringly popular genre of fiction

Mysteries are more popular today than ever, hogging bestseller lists year after year—taking up about half the spots unless you include pure thrillers (I don’t), in which case the percentage is higher. The variety of today’s mysteries is mind-boggling, ranging from the manor-house murder committed and solved over […]
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 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 […]
February 1, 2017

Part III: Showing vs. Telling
Rue the day you tell what's been shown

For those of us who don’t remember show and tell in kindergarten oh so fondly—I personally recall an unfortunate incident involving a classroom hamster and a certain child’s not-so-captive boa constrictor—we promise that this will be our final installment in this particular series of blogs on Showing vs. […]
January 25, 2017

Part II: Showing vs. Telling
A Closer Look at the Untold Art of Storyshowing

If you’re someone remotely involved with writing in any way you’ve heard the tired adage “show don’t tell” more times than you’d care to relive. And the most terrible thing is that most of the time you heard it, you heard it because someone “told” you. There’s a […]
January 20, 2017

Part I: Showing vs. Telling
Making Your Writing Memorable

Show, don’t tell.  Many of us have heard it so many times that we’re wary of telling anyone anything ever again. But the truth is, showing is the key to memorable writing. Readers remember writing that made them feel something, and painting a picture—showing—is the only path to […]