Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Lyn Cote's 12th Annual Christian Fiction Update

As writers, it’s vital that we keep up to date on what's happening in the market. This week on our Writer’s Journey Wednesday, author Lyn Cote is here to share current information. Thanks, Lyn!

12th Annual
Christian Fiction Update

It's my pleasure and my passion to keep up with the growing Christian fiction market and to share it with other writers. I've done this for 12 years now. Here's an intro to this year's

2010 Christian Book Publishers and Christian Agents

You'll notice that I have 3 categories, the Main houses, Newer and Smaller and Ebook houses, and African-American publishing. Our market continues to change and grow.

1-Example of a Main House from my listings:

Avon Inspire (HarperOne, Division of HarperCollins)
353 Sacramento Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94111
Editor: Cynthia DiTiberio

Types of fiction sought historical and contemporary romance, chick lit, romantic suspense, African American Christian fiction, historical women's fiction with romantic elements. Guidelines for submission: Right now we are only considering published authors.

Go to for a complete list.

2-An Example of Smaller or Newer Presses or Ebook publishers

Marcher Lord Press
8345 Pepperridge Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Website: Contact: Jeff Gerke

Marcher Lord Press is a small, indie publishing company founded by Christian publishing industry veteran Jeff Gerke (a.k.a. Jefferson Scott). Marcher Lord Press specializes in Christian speculative fiction: fantasy, science fiction, time travel, supernatural thrillers, and other "weird" Christian fiction. These are full-length novels for adults (no YA) and are regular printed-and-bound novels like the ones on the shelf in your bookstore, though these novels are available through the Internet only. Marcher Lord Press is not a subsidy, vanity, or self-publishing press. It is an advance-paying, royalty-paying publisher that publishes less than 1% of the proposals submitted to it. Marcher Lord Press releases 6 novels a year, in April and October.

3-Now an intro to African-American Publishing

Steeple Hill
African-American authors should submit queries or manuscripts to Love Inspired. They are seeking African-American voices. See Main listing for information.

Kensington has an inspirational line, SOULS OF MY SISTERS which is aimed at African-American readers. The editors to query are Candace Sandy and Dawn Daniels. I'm certain that they are accepting only agented submissions at this time.

Visit find out more. Contact information is on their site.

And finally a listing of reputable Christian Literary agents.

4- Mike Hyatt's Agent List
Many aspiring writers have asked me about reputable literary agents. A LITERARY AGENTS list from Mike Hyatt's Blog, CEO of Thomas Nelson exists on the Web. (I recommend you subscribe to Mike's blog. I do.)

So click here to get a list of reputable agents--some work only with Christian authors and some do both secular and Christian.

Again go to for complete listings. Hope this helps you in your writing career!

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Can a beautiful young widow find peace in the arms of a Texas Ranger?

When Lyn Cote became a mother, she gave up teaching, and while raising a son and a daughter, she began working on her first novel. Long years of rejection followed. Finally in 1997, Lyn got "the call." Her first book, Never Alone, was chosen by Steeple Hill. Lyn has had over twenty-five novels published since then. In 2006 Lyn's book, Chloe, was a finalist for the RITA.

Lyn helped found two RWA chapters: Heart of Iowa Fiction Authors in 1994 and Faith, Hope & Love Inspirational Chapter in 1997. She served as president of both. She is an active member of Wisconsin Romance Writers and American Christian Fiction Writers. Lyn has also written three articles for the RWR on the inspirational romance market and one on Classic Romantic Conflicts. Lyn has taught regional and national workshops for RWA. Lyn also compiles a Christian fiction market update every month which she posts on her website Lyn’s brand “Strong Women, Brave Stories,” always includes three elements: a strong heroine who is a passionate participant in her times, authentic historical detail and a multicultural cast of characters. Living in northern Wisconsin in a lake cottage with her husband and four cats, Lyn spends her days writing books that show the power of divine as well as human love.


  1. I'm glad to see you promote Marcher Lord Press. I'm a writer of Christian speculative fiction and it's so hard for writers of this genre to even have mainstream publishers look at our material, much less publish and actively promote. And it's not because there aren't readers wanting the material. Tell that to anyone who has read C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia books! Sometimes it's the most imaginative books that make us think the most and have the most profound impact.

    Edward D. Casey

  2. Ted,
    I love speculative fiction and Marcher Lord. Jeff Gerke is a sweetheart!
    Over a decade ago, I heard a CBA ed tell a group of writers that there was no place for fantasy in Christian fiction because it couldn't be found in the Bible. Fortunately that ed has changed his mind!
    Best of luck on your writing career.


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