Welcome to Writer’s Walk, a new web log about the worlds of writing, editing and publishing. Periodic postings will be uploaded in the hope that the concise content therein will prove beneficial to readers writing primarily for the North American marketplace. To view the blog in its original form with images, please visit: http://brandonmarlon.wordpress.com/
|Posted on December 2, 2010 at 12:26 PM|
The sizeable Christian book market in North America and beyond includes a number of long-established publishing houses producing fiction, nonfiction, and scriptural publication. Some companies also delve into software, video, audio books and e-books. The most prominent of these include but are not limited to:
Moody and Revell were born out of arrangements between brothers-in-law to create independent Christian publishing companies in the 1870s. Zondervan has a respected imprint for children, Zonderkidz. Additionally, Thorndike Press is a large-print publisher of Christian content.
|Posted on August 27, 2010 at 6:47 PM|
For further resources consult Encyclopedia Mythica: http://www.pantheon.org/
|Posted on August 26, 2010 at 9:38 PM|
Who, Whom, Whose: http://www.englishpage.com/minitutorials/who_whom.html
Lie vs. Lay: http://www.grammarcheck.com/archives/07-2005.html
Post-Colon Capitalization: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colon_(punctuation);
Title Capitalization: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/capitals.html
Writers should bear in mind that the standard grammatical reference works, including the MLA Handbook, Chicago Manual of Style, and the AP Stylebook differ on a number of fine points, and their rulings are influenced by such criteria as media (newspapers, books, etc.) and geography (English vs. American English). Whichever style the author adheres to, consistency is paramount.
|Posted on August 16, 2010 at 2:51 PM|
In addition to general trade and academic publishers, Canada also has several large children's book publishers, such as:
Broadview is an academic press specializing in the humanities and social sciences. M & S is co-owned by the University of Toronto and Random House, while Kids Can Press is owned by Canadian media and entertainment company Corus Entertainment, Inc. The country's oldest children's publisher, Montreal's Tundra, was bought by M & S and moved to Toronto. All others remain independent.
|Posted on August 13, 2010 at 12:49 PM|
Young American entrepreneur Samuel French founded his publishing company in New York and soon partnered with Thomas Lacy in London to create a joint, international venture which he eventually gained sole control over upon Lacy’s death. DPC was founded in Chicago by a theatre-loving journalist, whose family’s fealty has carried on his tradition ever since. DPS was formed in New York by prominent playwrights and theatrical agents, and is renowned for publishing many Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winners. Other general trade publishers such as Random House also release highly popular and successful plays in mass market paperback editions. Penguin’s imprint Signet Classics releases numerous titles from the 16th-20th Centuries.
|Posted on August 12, 2010 at 7:15 PM|
The abundant advantages of supportive self-publishing are irresistible for many. These include but are not limited to:
The main drawbacks to supportive self-publishing are the responsibilities for marketing and distribution. Some authors get beyond these challenges by buying services from their publishing company which retain experts in copyediting, proofreading, publicity, etc., and by placing their books in local bricks-and-mortar stores in the Local Authors section or arranging for bookstore readings. Bottom line, supportive self-publishing is a reasonable choice once traditional publishers have been approached without success - especially for modest-selling genres like poetry, memoirs, and fringe or offbeat subject matter - or if the author only intends the work for a limited audience.
|Posted on August 9, 2010 at 1:28 PM|
Each reference work is slightly different in tone and information included, and is annually updated. WM & JH include copious essays on the craft and business of writing, some of which are elementary but most of which are useful. They also avail themselves of handy icons symbolizing qualities relevant to each listing for shorthand information. WM provides examples of proper and improper query letters, while JH features interesting interviews with lit. agents which provide insights into their preferences and backgrounds, giving the book a more personal touch.
LMP is a whopping 2-volume directory cataloging concise listings of pertinent personnel in each category of book and magazine publishers, literary representation and awards/grants/fellowships (volume 1); it also compiles entries on book manufacturers, printers, distributors and binding/design service providers, etc. (volume 2).
CWM is a smaller and more manageable work, though it should not be confused for a lightweight effort; in fact, it is jam-packed with copious market listings for: magazines, scholarly/literary and trade/professional publications, daily newspapers, book publishers, lit. agents, competitions, funding programs, organizations and associations. The most handy of the bunch, some listings could benefit from more consistent information.
On the whole, all four are certainly invaluable resources worth a serious writer’s time, and are highly recommended as tools for investigating commercial and non-commercial markets. If time and money are tightly restricted, Writer’s Market is suggested as a good starting point.
|Posted on August 9, 2010 at 1:26 PM|
Normally the standard is that a play has to have been professionally produced at least once prior to publication, although occasionally prize-winning scripts or otherwise publicly presented material is also eligible. Canadian Theatre Review publishes a full play with each issue according to their own editorial criteria.
|Posted on August 9, 2010 at 1:24 PM|
|Posted on August 9, 2010 at 1:22 PM|
For extensive listings, consult Writer’s Digest’s 2010 Guide to Literary Agents.