EDITORIAL

Sessions designed for staff and freelance editors, content developers, acquisitions editors, and other publishing professionals, who seek current perspectives on content creation, including perspectives that respect diversity, audiences’ views, successful collaboration with marketing and sales, and best practices for writing and editing Christian publications.


CONTENT DEVELOPMENT, COLLABORATION, and DIVERSITY

Let’s consider best practices for writing and editing Christian publications that reach our diverse world. We’ll investigate “diversity and inclusion” from a biblical perspective and include best practices for writing, editing, and other aspects of our content development work. From proposal concept through content development to completion for the marketplace—your editorial sessions provide how-to’s, opportunities for Q&A from various perspectives, and the most current thinking about how to enhance your ability to engage in successful publishing collaboration. Examination of demographics, culture, processes, and innovations will boost editors’ skills for better strategic content creation, stronger author relations, and the best practices in their publishing efforts.


Author
Helen Lee

The Missional Mom (Moody)

Author
Caryn Rivadeneira

Broke: What Financial Desperation Revealed About God’s Abundance (IVP)
The Story of Noah’s Ark (SparkHouse Family)

Author
Tim Shoemaker

Code of Silence series (Zonderkidz)

Session 1

Three Authors Share Their Perspectives on What They'd Like to Say to Their Editor

Tim Shoemaker, Helen Lee, and Caryn Rivadeneira, all published authors covering both fiction and non-fiction, share what works and what doesn’t in a good editor/author relationship. An engaging panel discussion as well as time for Q and A with the editors in the room, this session will give editors insightful ideas to use to strengthen every author relationship.

Author
Terry Glaspey

Senior Acquisitions Editor for
Harvest House Publishers

Author
Carolyn McCready

Executive Editor for
Zondervan Trade Books

Session 2

Helping Your Authors Find a Fresh Voice

Working from the premise that too many Christian books are less engaging and more predictable than they should be, two successful acquiring editors share their thoughts about how to raise the creativity quotient in the books we acquire and edit. We’ll explore how to help your author discover their voice, probe to find the true heart of their book, find new angles into their topic, develop a great outline, and bring freshness and creativity to the project. We’ll include lots of practical ideas that you can immediately put into practice in your editorial role.

Author
Bob Fryling

Former Publisher, InterVarsity Press

Session 3

The Significance of Books in a World of Tweets

What we do in publishing books is important in more and deeper ways than you might ever have thought! A long-time publishing leader shares his perspectives on the continuing relevance of books in the midst of dramatic changes in our industry and in our culture.

Author
Jeff Crosby

Publisher of InterVarsity Press

Author
Joyce Dinkins

Executive Editor, Our Daily Bread Ministries

Session 4

Diversity and Inclusion, Part One: Process Over Programs

Emphasis on diversity and inclusion is a must in publishing. We’ll explore how diversity and inclusion process differs from programs, how publishing ministries are pursuing successful diversity and inclusion initiatives, and how editors can contribute for long-term impact.

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Facilitated by Joyce Dinkins

Executive Editor, Our Daily Bread Ministries

Session 5

Diversity and Inclusion, Part Two: Voices of Change

Publishers are acting to serve and reach individuals and cultural groups with new content. What more can we do? A panel of experts engaged in this work will share about how we are changing the status quo in Christian publishing and what the future might have in store. Look for a challenging and engaging conversation!

Facilitated by Joyce Dinkins (Executive Editor for Our Daily Bread), panelists include: Jan Spivey Gilchrist (fine artist, author, illustrator, recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, the Zora Neale Hurston Award, and in November the Women That Soar Award); Helen Lee (associate editor, InterVarsity Press); Ken Petersen (VP and Publisher, Our Daily Bread Ministries, USA); and Sebastian Garcia, North America Outreach Manager for Spanish Language, Our Daily Bread Ministries.

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Author
Chad Allen

Editorial Director, Baker Books

Session 6

How to Sell Your Proposal to Your Team

One of the biggest challenges that acquiring editors face is getting the rest of the publishing team as excited about a project as they are. We’ll discover tips for more successfully engaging the interest of sales and marketing folks, especially in those projects that might be a tougher “sell”!

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Team Member

Carolyn McCready

Executive Editor,
HarperCollins Christian

Team Member

Joyce Dinkins

Executive Editor,
Our Daily Bread

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For more information on sponsoring this event, contact sponsorship@ECPA.org