054 – How to Find an Agent With The Christian Writers Market Guide 2020 Edition

Here are the show notes for the most recent episode of the Christian Publishing Show.

You can listen to this episode here.


Have you ever been frustrated while looking for an agent or editor? In today’s episode, I talk about where to find good editors and agents using the Christian Writers Market Guide. 

Why are agents and editors so hard to find for many authors? It’s because many authors:

  • don’t know where to start.
  • don’t know who to call.
  • don’t know who to trust. 

The cool thing about the market guide is that it not only gives you the contact info for agents and editors, it also gives you tips on how to successfully pitch them. These tips are often written by the agents themselves. 

I don’t want to bury the lead here, the online version of the market guide is now only $9.99 a year. It used to be $5.99 a month. 

New Bonus Features

  • Over $500 worth of coupons for author training. 
  • New listings of educational resources including podcasts.

Let’s breakdown each section of the guide:

Section 1 Book Publishers

  • There are hundreds of Christian book publishers. 
  • Know the size, denominational affiliation, target audience, and what they are looking for. 

Section 2 Independent Book Publishers

  • Independent Book Publishers
  • Design and Production Services
  • Distribution Services

Section 3 Periodical Publishers

  • Topics and Types
  • Adult Markets
  • Teen/Young Adult Markets
  • Children’s Markets
  • Writers Markets 

Section 4 Specialty Markets

  • Daily Devotional Booklets and Websites
  • Drama
  • Greeting Cards and Gifts
  • Tracts
  • Bible Curriculum

Section 5 Support for Writers

  • Literary Agents  (often with tips by the agents themselves on how to get accepted)
  • Writers Conferences & Seminars
  • Writers Groups
  • Editorial Services 
  • Publicity and Marketing Services
  • Legal and Accounting Services 
  • Speaking Services
  • Writing Education Resources
  • Contests

Two Versions

Sponsor: Christian Writers Institute

How to Use The Christian Writers Market Guide (free)

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4 Responses to 054 – How to Find an Agent With The Christian Writers Market Guide 2020 Edition

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    Andrew Budek-Schmeisser December 17, 2019 at 7:30 am #

    The Christian Writers Market Guide
    is really something special,
    so for agent-finding, this I tried:
    an arcane obscure ritual.
    I placed a candle on the cover,
    trying my wife’s patience,
    and on reflection lit another
    while shouting incantations.
    “Brillig and the slithy toves,
    hidey-ho and hodey-hee,
    book of magic, do your job,
    and fly an agent here to me!”
    You should make it out of fireproof stuff,
    for it flamed as God said, “That’s ENOUGH!”

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    Roberta Sarver December 20, 2019 at 9:47 pm #

    Thomas, I just pulled up your podcast from August, about the censorship of Christian websites. I have been using Wix because it’s easier than WordPress for this low-tech writer. I’ve noticed, however, that some of my blog posts disappear from Facebook after a short while. What is your opinion of Wix? I realize it’s probably not their fault, but still I’m curious what I should do.

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      Thomas Umstattd Jr. December 21, 2019 at 11:21 am #

      Your posts disappearing from Facebook is not a Wix issue but rather a Facebook issue.

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    Roberta Sarver December 21, 2019 at 6:32 pm #

    Thank you.

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