“Be an author” was at the top of my list when I was growing up. I loved books and I wanted to be part of that world. I imagined myself writing children’s fiction. I had my share of angsty teenage poetry, then as a college student, majored in creative writing. That’s where I ended up hitting the brakes on writing as I had imagined it. I wrote to get the grades I wanted, but I didn’t enjoy it anymore. But since then, whenever I had something “REALLY BIG” to process, I did it through writing. Over the past few years, writing has become a larger priority, especially devotional writing. I have begun to submit pieces to various publications and websites, and have had two pieces accepted so far! But it was difficult to find where I could get these pieces accepted for publication. I found a couple of lists on other people’s websites, but some of the links would be broken. I also lacked any sort of context or commentary on these sites. It was an acceptable but frustrating situation.
I came across Where to Submit Christian Writing: Freelance Opportunities for Short Faith-Based Writing (Christian Creatives Guidebook Series 1) (affiliate link) by Jake Doberenz in one of the Facebook writing groups where I am a member. I received an early copy to review in exchange for my honest review. I read the relevant sections to me: Introduction, Devotionals, Women, Writing, and Conclusion.
The introduction is helpful, especially to newer writers who are not familiar with the traditional publishing business. I also think that there are some good words in there to established authors who might not see the value in publishing shorter articles away from the author or publisher site.
The chapters are separated into paying and non-paying gigs. In the devotional section, I spotted some publishers I knew, as well as some that I did not. The paragraphs highlighted the important information from the submission pages, helping me decide whether or not to click through. While I wouldn’t imagine that inclusion in this book is an endorsement of the site or publication in question, I am more likely to submit to a site that is unknown to me if it is included in this book.
The only downside is predictable, given my frustration with the earlier free lists from other sites. Some of the links will be outdated at some point – it is inevitable. However, its affordable price makes it worth the investment for some time into the future. I believe the author has plans to update it at some point.
I would recommend Where to Submit Christian Writing: Freelance Opportunities for Short Faith-Based Writing (Christian Creatives Guidebook Series 1) (affiliate link) by Jake Doberenz to writers who want to work in the Faith-Based market. I think it would especially be valuable to those who are starting out and would find a curated list helpful.
Disclaimer: I received an early copy in exchange for my honest review. Affiliate links have been used, and I may receive a small commission if you purchase through the links in this post.