Terry Whalin, Book Acquisitions Editor, former literary agent and author of over 60 books shows you...
About Terry Whalin
W. Terry Whalin was first published in the Christian market over 35 years ago. Terry has been a book acquisitions editor for Howard Books and David C. Cook. Now he is an acquisitions editor at Morgan James Publishing. The acquisitions editor is the first person to read the submissions to a publishing house and then champions the author's project in front of a room of publishing executives. Terry knows the inside scoop on what publishers want from writers.
Terry has also been a magazine editor atIn Other WordsandDecision, the official publication of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He knows the inside of the Christian magazine business.
As a writer, Terry has published more than 60 books with traditional publishers such as Zondervan, Bethany House, Moody Press, Tyndale House and others.
Terry is a popular speaker at writers conferences and often teaches about magazine writing and book publishing.
What Others Say About Terry Whalin
"Terry Whalin has written an informative book to help people navigate the treacherous waters of getting published. An indispensable tool for new authors."
--Scott Waxman, Literary Agent and President of the Waxman Leavell LiteraryAgency
"With years of experience as an author and an editor, Terry Whalin has written a book that can help any writer.Book Proposals That Selloffers great advice on building the nonfiction proposal and also explains the inner workings of the editor's and publication board's role in acquiring a new book. Novelists, too, will find this background information very helpful. All authors need to understand the uphill battle they face in selling a book before they can be fully prepared to submit their absolute best proposal or manuscript. Whalin's book lays out what they'll face--and then shows them how to win the battle."
--Brandilyn Collins, best-selling novelist
"As a successful author and acquisitions editor, Terry Whalin knows why some proposals bring publishers to attention and why others put publishers to sleep. Heed his advice and your next proposal just may be your break-through."
--Dan Benson, Editorial Director, NavPress
"Many beginning book writers complain that it’s harder to write the proposal than the book itself. Until they know how, that’s probably true. Terry Whalin knows the secrets of good book proposals. As a writer, he’s composed many book proposals; as an editor, he’s read hundreds of them."
--Cecil Murphey, writer, co-writer, or ghostwriter of more than 100 books including90 Minutes in Heaven.
"In the often bewildering world of book publishing, aspiring authors need more than desire, creative skill, and something worthwhile to say. They also need a road map. My friend Terry Whalin offers a map even Rand-McNally couldn’t top. If you have any inclination toward getting a book published, you’ll do well by studying this book first."
"If every proposal I received followed the rules ofBook Proposals That Sell, my job would be a lot easier! Whalin has produced an indispensable tool that is both practical and powerful."
--Kyle Duncan, Vice President, Editorial, Bethany House Publishers
"How does one get a foot in the editorial door? Publishers want to see a clear, direct, and well organized book proposal. Without one, most will not get a second chance to make a good first impression."
--Leonard G. Goss, Senior Acquisitions Editor, B & H Publishing Group
Terry Whalin has written scores of book proposals. And, as an acquisitions editor at two publishing houses, he’s read his fair share of proposals. Now he shares his wealth of knowledge in succinct chapters brimming with pointers.
--Janet Kobobel Grant, Literary Agent, Books & Such
This is a valuable step-by-step guide to doing a book proposal. It tells would-be authors what agents and editors look for in book proposals, with advice on how you can tailor your book proposal for the market at which you’re aiming.
--Timothy Harper, editor, theASJA Guide to Freelance Writing
As an agent, I’ve read Terry’s nonfiction proposals and have always been impressed. He knows how to put together a winning presentation to capture a potential editor’s attention and get a decision. InBook Proposals That Sell, Terry combines his compassion for writers with his considerable publishing experience to create a must-have book for anyone preparing a nonfiction proposal.
-- Claudia Cross, Literary Agent, Folio Literary Management, New York City
A well-written book proposal gains attention, piques interest, and provides the information an editor--and later the publicity department--needs to convince not only his editorial staff but the whole publishing team. Terry Whalin provides the know-how to add sales appeal to any book proposal.
--Les Stobbe, Literary Agent, Editor-in-Chief, Christian Writer’s Guild
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What a Publisher Looks for in a New Book Idea taps into Terry's broad experience in the Christian book market. See the ideas from the editor's perspective then take that insight to shape your own idea into something the publisher "must have."
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Writing for the Christian Market
Terry Whalin offers his broad knowledge of this business--from both sides of the editor's desk--make him the perfect resource for helping you.
-- Sally E. Stuart, author,The Christian Writer's Market Guide
Traditional publishing is shrouded with mystery. Terry Whalin peels back the curtain to give authors an inside look at what a writer needs to provide a publisher. Following his advice will give you the edge you need to create a slam dunk proposal!
-- Michael S. Hyatt, President of Thomas Nelson, sixth largest publisher in the United States
A tremendous book with crisp, concise and insightful advice that make this an invaluable resource for every writer! Ignore his counsel at your peril.
-- Steve Laube, Literary Agent, The Steve Laube Agency
Writers who are serious about getting published need more than talent. They need the inside scoop on what really goes on in publishing. Terry Whalin offers insider information for writers at every level.
-- Vicki Caruana, teacher and author of the best-sellingApples & Chalkdust.
With practical know-how and tons of proven tips, this book is like that wise friend who's been in the business, knows what works and why. Step-by-step, Terry Whalin guides and inspires both beginners and even experienced writers to doing better, successful, meaningful work.
-- Jeanette Thomason, Editorial Director, Waterbrook Press/ Random House Books
How do you combine your spiritual passion for God with your love of writing?
In the pages of Writing for the Christian Market, I will show you the insider perspective from my intimate involvement in Christian magazines or books with dozens of opportunities.
Where is the easiest place to get published in the Christian
market? Page 24.
How to land a magazine assignment instead of randomly
sending in your articles. Page 8
Are there advantages to a Christian writers' conference? If so,
which are worth your money and time? Page 46.
Where are various markets for your Christian writing? Page 29.
Learn my four-paragraph method of writing irresistable query
letters. Page 9.
Petrified to begin submitting? Discover my method to overcome
the blank page. Page 7.
Understand some of the reasons for rejection have nothing to
do with you and your submission. Page 11.
Why do you reach more people with your writing in the
magazine area than with most books? Page 4.
How do you balance between writing for money and writing for
ministry? Page 22.
What is the average number of for a first printing? Page 4.
Why do book editors prefer you have publishing experience
before your first book? Page 19.
How do you overcome the catch-22 that you must have
experience before you can be published? Page 19.
What are some of the easiest and often overlooked markets to
break into Christian writing? Page 24.
How do you get valuable feedback on your writing before you
send it to an editor or publication? Page 26.
What is the bestselling book of all time which is foundational
when you write for the Christian market? Page 2.
Learn the 12 maxims for successful Christian writers and how
you can follow each one of them. Page 68.
Where can you sell your devotional writing? Page 38.
What is a "book packager" and why would you want to write
for one? Page 40.
How can you take the greatest advantage and be prepared at a
Christian writers conference? Page 46.
What are the three keys to a successful interview? Page 13.
You've probably been told, "You should write a book." Millions have been told that information but don't know how to combine the spiritual part of their lives with their desire to get into print.
Now you can have both with Writing for the Christian Market.
To enter the publishing world you will need a combination of talent and the right pitch or skills. I can help you with the skills part and you bring the talent.
Earn credentials which will make the editor sit up and take
notice as well as a steady income as a ghostwriter for Christian
clients. Page 66.
Get inside the editors' heads and learn what they really want to
see in a book idea from a new author? Page. 49.
What are the five questions every book editor asks before they
give you a book contract for your book idea? Page 53.
Why are editors looking for a reason to reject your book idea
and how can you write a proposal they can't refuse? Page 53
How can an unknown writer get an interview with a bestselling
author? Page 13.
Where do you locate 40 new Christain book markets, 83 new
magazines and 17 new card/ speciality markets? Page 24.
What are the six common reasons many book ideas are
rejected and how to overcome those rejections? Page 53.
Do you have to be a Christian to write for the Christian
market? You will not expect the answer on Page 17.
What are four common ways to start any magazine article? You
can see specific examples beginning on Page 19.
What tools do you use to keep up on the many changes in the
Christian market and locate new writing markets? Page 24.
How do you bulletproof your magazine article before you
submit it to a magazine? Learn the five keys on Page 25.
Where do you locate Christian magazines which don't normally
appear in your library or outside your local church? Page 31.
Discover three key reasons any writer can join the Evangelical
Press Association. Page 32.
Locate Christian markets online and how writing for these
markets can build creditibility with your editor. Page 33.
Find out about the secret "editor blacklists" and how to avoid
getting on this list. Page 10.
Learn about the top Christian literary agents and the best way
to get one to represent your work. Page 57.
What are the top 15 topics for Christian books and where do
you locate a publisher for your idea? Page 39.
How can you turn your personal experiences into riveting
magazine articles for the Christian market? Page 35.
What is "work made for hire" and why is it good for your
Christian writing? Page 42.
When is it time to self-publish your Christian writing and how
can you take your self-published writing to an even higher level
in the Christian marketplace? Page 43.
How can you know if your Christian book idea is something
you can sell? Page 64.
And so much more...
Where do you find a skilled mentor to teach you about the different opportunities in the Christian market?
Some people may consider the Christian marketplace a small specialization. It's not consider....
...more than 224 million Christians live in the United States and over 2 billion worldwide.
...there are more than 1,200 Christian markets including magazines and book publishers.Sales of religious books rose modestly in April 2011—the fourth month in a row of increase for the category, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP). Compared to the same period last year, April's sales for religious books—in all print and digital formats—increased 2.5% to $48.5 million. In April 2010, religious books sales totaled $46.6 million.
Now I want to help you thrive in this marketplace where you will be able to combine your Christian passion with your desire to write and make a living.
For almost three decades, I've been writing for various Christian magazines and book publishers. I understand this world as a writer who has worked with editors atChristianity Today,Charismaand many other publications. I also understand because I was a former magazine editor atDecision, circulation 1.8 million copies. During the last 15 years, I've written books with publishers like Bethany House, Broadman & Holman, Zondervan and Tyndale House. Then for five years, I've worked inside two different publishing houses and now I'm a book publisher. I've worked in many different parts of this marketplace.
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