The announcement was made today that the religious publishing team of
Doubleday Broadway will be consolidating under the newly-termed Doubleday Religious Publishing Group, joining with WaterBrook
Multnomah under president, Steve Cobb. The majority of the change is in reporting structure, and day-to-day business will continue as normal, as well as the distinctive visions and acquisition strategies of each individual line. Yet as Doubleday publisher Steve Rubin pointed out in a company memo today, this is a first in the industry, encompassing "the full array of Judeo-Christian traditions."
Most exciting to me about the reorganization are the new areas it will open up for our so-called "religious" books to reach a broader audience. In fact, one could argue that Christian authors should be very encouraged by this sign: the opportunities for excellent writing to gain a wider cultural recognition have never been greater. So for all of us who share the concern about Christian books being unfairly limited, you can add your cheer to the chorus.
I’ll keep you posted. Keep that hope alive.