JourneyForth Books publishes fiction and nonfiction that reflects a worldview based solidly on the Bible and that encourages Christians to live out their faith. Located in Greenville, South Carolina, JourneyForth is a division of BJU Press, which publishes of a full line of K–12 textbooks for Christian schools and homeschools.
Nancy is looking for engaging novels or biographies for the pre-college reader. While she needs more first chapter books than YA novels, she’s willing to look at anything for children or teens in elementary school, middle school, or high school. Nancy is also looking for Christian living books for teens and adults that lean toward accessible content that will help believers defend their faith in an increasingly unfriendly culture. (These are technically books on apologetics, but when she uses that million-dollar word, she gets scholarly commentaries.)
I’m not looking for picture books, trendy books, or curriculum/lessons of any sort.
Our guidelines are here:http://www.bjupress.com/books/freelance.php.
Nancy Lohr is Acquisitions Editor at JourneyForth Books, acquiring for both the youth and adult markets. Nancy has twenty years of experience in book publishing and was an educator and children’s librarian before moving to publishing. On the editor’s side of her desk, her responsibilities range from acquiring manuscripts and illustrations to editing manuscripts and managing book production. As an author, her personal résumé includes two historical novels for children, curriculum stories and articles, and numerous book reviews and articles for parents and educators. She is an avid reader who reads widely in both the youth and adult markets, and she happily agrees with C.S. Lewis who said, “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
The Plot Thickens
An idea, an emotion, a hero or heroine (the protagonist) are all some of the necessary elements to include in a novel for children or adults, but none of these is a substitute for a strong and compelling plot. This workshop will look at a variety of ways to develop a plot that will hold your reader’s attention and deliver a satisfying, forward-moving story.