f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n: Today Is...

f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Today Is...

...not my birthday. I'm actually a Gemini, so we have seven more months.

Today is, however, the one year anniversary of faith*in*fiction. Here's where this all started.

Today is also the day when I'll share a little good news: I'm going to be around for a lot longer.

The past year has been a bit of a tryout on my part in terms of my acquistions and editorial acumen. I've actually spent a good portion of my time here at BHP in a marketing capacity. The tryout is over and I'll be headed to the other side of the building. For good.

This will mean a few things.

A.) I get to remain sane. You may have sensed some frustrations in the past weeks. Much of it grew from a growing schizophrenia in my positions here at work.

B.) I will be able to spend the requisite time needed to respond in a more timely manner to acquisitions proposals. If there's one thing needed for acquisitions, it's the time to actually sit down and read. I had that in chunks but not nearly enough.

C.) My acquisitions vision will expand. For very practical reasons, I will be looking for fiction that fills needs across Bethany's publishing goals. The precise focus is yet to be 100% defined, but I'll probably be looking at men's fiction (mystery, thrillers, etc.), contemporary fiction, etc.

D.) I get to keep f*i*f going.

The $1,000,000 question, of course, is: What about Christian fiction that stands outside the CBA genre?

We have about $750,000 of that question answered right now. I can't say a lot about it at the moment, but we're moving in some very, very, very! encouraging directions. I've gone from convinced that it would never fly at our company to seeing that the day when it's possible is perhaps only right around the corner.

In the meanwhile, what we really need to see are the manuscripts that force us change policies. The greatest affector of change would be a book so undeniably powerful that we'd be willing to throw the rest of the $250,000 in to make it happen. (Figuratively, of course. No way in God's green earth that you're getting a quarter-of-a-million for one novel ;)

Anyway, so that's that. Here's to the next 365 days together. Get writing.

(If you've any questions, feel free to post them.)


BTW: Next week, to both take a week off from blogging and to celebrate our 1 year anniversary, I'm going to be running "re-runs" of 5 or so of my favorite posts. If you've only been around a short time, now's the time to delve into the archives.