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Would you like to be part of an exciting writing venture with Dr.
Gary Chapman, best-selling author of The Five Love Languages? Dr.
Chapman and I are pulling together a new book and we’d like to invite
you to be a part of it.
You may be familiar with me as the editor of the Christian segment of
A Cup of Comfort series of inspirational stories published by Adams
Media. Or you may connect me with the Life Savors series published
by Tyndale House. Whether you’re one of the wonderful writers who
has inspired and encouraged others through these compilations, or
whether you’re new to my projects, I’d like to hear your story.
A number of Dr. Chapman’s books have dealt with the theme of love in
relationships – not only how to effectively communicate love but also
learning to become a loving person. Now Dr. Chapman would like to
give others an opportunity to share the lessons they’ve learned on
their love journeys. We are compiling a collection of these stories
in a volume entitled, Love Lessons: Everyday Acts of Love That Change
Lives, which Bethany House will publish in Spring, 2009. We will
accept 40-50 stories at 1,200 to 2,000 words each.
The stories should demonstrate a progression in your learning to love
authentically and how you learned to become a more loving person.
Most of the stories should focus on growth in relationships,
including: married couples, family members, parenting, friendships,
and work relationships. But they may also relate to a neighbor, or
even a homeless person.
The story should include descriptive character development,
especially related to the soul; how emotions, perspective, and
quality of life changed based on the interactions between people. We
prefer stories to be in first person, based on your personal
experience of growth. But “as-told-to” stories will be considered.
These stories do not have to include God in them and, if they do, God
should not be the focus. We will be appealing to both the Christian
and secular markets with the message of how to love others from a
human perspective, so please eliminate Christian jargon.
If your story is selected you will receive a one-time fee of $100
upon publication. We would like to receive all submissions by August
31, but would hope that most will be in by the beginning of that
month. We will also judge what we consider to be the three best
stories – with awards of $500, $300, and $200, respectively. The
selection and editorial process will take a considerable amount of
time and we will not be able to let you know if your story is chosen
until mid November, so we ask for your patience. We will let you
know as soon as we know.
Also, include all relevant contact information on the actual
manuscript, which may be attached in an email: names, full address,
email address, social security number and phone number, and brief
bio. Your social security number can be received by regular mail if
you prefer, but it will only be used for payment purposes. Please
address all queries and manuscripts to my associate, Jeanette
Littleton, at email@example.com. Please feel free to pass
this letter along to others you think might be interested in
submitting to this book. Thank you so much for considering
participating in this exciting and groundbreaking project.
Blessings to you and yours,
James Stuart Bell
Editor for Dr. Gary Chapman