This article is part of an ongoing series about PWedu’s Christian Publishing Summit, an online guest speaker program and workshop about the intersection of faith-based publishing and innovation, presented by PW. The online event and workshop starts on Wednesday, Oct. 30 and runs weekly through Nov. 20.
PWedu’s Christian Publishing Summit is gathering pioneering industry leaders including editors, authors, and social media strategists for a multi-week guest speaker program for book professionals, retailers, writers, and readers. The first-ever four-week program of its kind will feature eight guest speakers who will reveal tips and best practices for your own book publishing efforts as we cover topics such as author discoverability, changing consumer behaviors, and shrinking retail space.
As American’s faith landscape continues to change, books in the religious space have increasingly varying levels of faith content. In our first session, Grooming Christian Authors for Crossover Success, senior editor at Random House’s WaterBrook Multnomah imprint Susan Tjaden will discuss the lines between what is considered spiritual and what is considered religious, why faith-based content continues to attract readers, and how Christian authors can reach mainstream markets.
The Christian Publishing Summit features a total of eight live lectures (with recordings available immediately after the session), including A Search for Meaning in which we will hear from a keynote speaker on the business behind big books. Other sessions include Lessons from a Faith-Based Publicist; Discoverability: Retail Strategies in a Time of Transition for Christian Publishing; A Marketer’s Lesson on How to Serve Diverse Audiences; and Lessons from Literary Agents in the Christian Sphere.
The sessions, which explore each topic from multiple angles and offer valuable insight that can be applied to any business or career plan, are followed by online workshops featuring one-on-one feedback on your projects. While in a live session, participants can raise questions and take part in peer discussions through an online chat feature. Participants also have access to an online classroom that provides an interactive space to workshop your marketing copy or publicity plans and ask questions, start discussions, and network.
For more information, and to register, click here.