What We Really Publish

The book editor shares the variety of fiction Guideposts publishes.

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I had the great privilege of attending the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Conference in Denver last week, and had the same thought I have every time I attend a conference: I can’t believe they pay me to do this.

I get to read for a living. I mostly work on Fiction, and at this conference, I got to spend three days living, breathing, and talking fiction with some of the brightest and best up-and-coming writers out there. It’s always fun to hear what people are working on and hear about trends in the industry, but I go there to find writers and acquire books. The most frequent question I get, from both authors and agents is, “What are you looking for?”

“Good books that sell” doesn’t seem to be what people want to hear, so I thought I’d use this space to be a little more clear on what kinds of fiction GUIDEPOSTS publishes. It breaks down into two categories:

1. Direct mail.
These are the books we sell through the mail to GUIDEPOSTS customers. They’re specifically written for the GUIDEPOSTS reader, and you can’t get them anywhere else.

Some of our favorite direct mail books are the Tales from Grace Chapel Inn series, the Mystery and the Minister’s Wife series, and the Home to Heather Creek series. We’re always looking for reliable, published, agented authors to help us create these beloved books.

2. Trade.
These are our “bookstore” books. These books are all grounded in faith, but they can have a much broader appeal. For these books, we want well-written stories with a strong hook that makes them unique. Some great examples of fiction we love are Beth Pattillo’s Jane Austen Ruined My Life and The Galilean Secret, which will release in the spring.

I’ll have more specifics in upcoming blogs, but that’s an introduction to the fun world of GUIDEPOSTS fiction!

Beth Adams

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