Archive for the 'On Acquisitions' Category

Reality Check #1: Charisma Sells

So. A while back I promised some revelations about the inner workings of Christian publishing, for which you’ve all been exceptionally patient. I do appreciate it, as I’m trying to get this silly novel in shape. But I’m excited about some of the discussions going on post-ICRS on the CBA landscape, and I just can’t stay silent ’bout some unavoidable
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Passion v. Precedent

It’s a challenge we’re all up against as acquisitions editors: relying equally on passion for a project as we do on the “safety” of previous sales. Ideally, you get a chance to convince the acquisitions team with both, but sometimes all you have is one. I have been in those situations before, and find myself again in both kinds now.
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Acquisitions: the final word

In this acquisitions discussion we’ve been looking for some firm foundations. Before we’re done here, I think we should pin down the basic question. My nominee tonight is simply, How do we decide what’s attention-worthy? Maybe the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is a good case in point. Are you watching this thing? Dear Lord, help us. As Philip Jenkins notes
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On Reading, Writing, and Acquistions: How do you choose?

So this morning I went off googling every which way soaking up all my necessary facts, trends, and data. And then I remembered our topic: Put God first. Oh yeah! So instead, I started thinking some more about the standard sources with which we typically measure successful publishing. The presses, the lists, booksellers, agents, media, and basically whatever else you
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Putting God first in acquisitions

"It was a deep, emotional, personal thing. I wanted to give my life to him any way I could. I’d been discussing all that with him for weeks in church. I said, ‘Thy will be done,’ but I also have people dependent on me, so how can I do this? It came to me: Just do it." –Anne Rice in
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