November 2012 Posts

Get to know the Tyndale Fiction Team!

Hello! Let me take a minute to introduce myself. My name is Shaina Turner and I am part of Tyndale House Publishers fabulous Fiction team! I will be posting on this blog on a regular basis with interesting articles, answers to readers/writers publishing questions, interviews with authors and much more! So stay tuned!


I was recently asked to join the team as an Acquistions Assistant after interning for two summers. On a daily basis, my job duties change and morph depending on approaching deadlines and in-demand projects but a few regular items on the agenda include reviewing proposals, reading through accepted manuscripts and helping the manuscript along the way to reach the printer. In addition, I’m the voice of Tyndale Fiction’s Twitter @Crazy4Fiction. Be on the lookout for tweets about upcoming events, author news, eBook promotions, contests and much more!

But enough about me. Let me introduce the other lovely ladies that make up our team:


What’s your name, job title, and how long have you been with the Tyndale Fiction team?
Karen Watson. Associate Publisher, Fiction. I have been at Tyndale for almost 17 years and working with the Fiction team for 7 years.

What’re 3 of your main job duties?
– Oversee the acquisition and revenue performance of our fiction line
– Manage key author and agent relationships
– Work with our internal staff to develop content, covers and marketing strategies for our releases

What’re you reading currently?
Two manuscripts proposals…, (a lot of our new acquisitions are full manuscripts these days), the printed copy of Band of Sisters. Recently read on Kindle: Gone Girl and Slammed and A Tale of Two Cities.

If you never had to work again, what would you spend your time doing? Why?
Growing zinnias, rocking somebody’s babies, walking by the ocean in many countries, and learning to play the cello. Wearing makeup and doing my hair is not required for any of them.

Five words to define Tyndale fiction:
Distinctive, entertaining, hopeful, purposeful, thoughtful


What’s your name, job title, and how long have you been with the Tyndale Fiction team?
Jan Stob, Senior Acquisitions Editor. Other than a brief 6-9 month stint in non-fiction back in ’09, fiction has been my focus for 13 years. Fiction is my passion and I love working with our talented fiction authors.

What’re 3 of your main job duties?
It’s hard to boil it down to three things. There are so many pieces to the acquisitions process. Reading is a huge part of our job. We are constantly reading proposals and manuscripts, as well as staying on top of what our competitors are publishing, and reading titles that continue to hit the best seller lists. We always seem to be writing copy – back cover copy, summaries for sales and our online retailers, working with our marketing team on ad copy, and pulling together proposals for sales and committee. And most importantly, we champion our authors and their novels from concept stage through publication.

I especially enjoy discovering new talent and brainstorming with our authors. My least favorite, yet a necessary part of the job, is working on financials. I prefer words over numbers.

What’re you reading currently?
I’m currently reading Randy Singer’s Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales which releases in Summer 2013. If you like reading legal thrillers, you have to try a Randy Singer novel. You won’t be disappointed.

If you never had to work again, what would you spend your time doing? Why?
If I never had to work again, I would begin my career as a professional beach bum. I’d plant myself in a beach chair and read. And of course I’d no longer have to work because I made it big, publishing a book of Karen-isms. If you don’t know what that means, it’s because you haven’t spent enough time around Karen Watson. She tends to use her southern heritage to impart words of wisdom – usually through metaphor. While some Karen-isms are hilarious, they are most often spot-on.

Five words to define Tyndale fiction:
Diverse, smart, compelling, fresh, unique.


What’s your name, job title, and how long have you been with the Tyndale Fiction team?
Cheryl Kerwin – Senior Marketing Manager – 9 years in January

What’re 3 of your main job duties?
Writing and Executing Marketing Plans
– Working with internal teams from the creation of the cover to getting it to market (fiction, design, advertising and promotions, web and sales)
– Author relations

What’re you reading currently?
Randy Singer’s upcoming novel Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales and Jeremy Camp’s upcoming release I Still Believe.

If you never had to work again, what would you spend your time doing? Why?
Sitting on my porch overlooking the beach or mountain lake and when I am not doing that, I would be traveling to all of the places I’ve always wanted to go like driving across the country in a tricked out tour bus, flying to Tuscany and Italy and Australia.  Then in my free time I would probably volunteer doing something with kids or the elderly.

Five words to define Tyndale fiction:
Quality, Inspiring, Ministry, Well-Written, Entertaining


What’s your name, job title, and how long have you been with the Tyndale Fiction team?
Babette Rae – Senior Marketing Manager with 6 years on team

What’re 3 of your main job duties?
Francine Rivers Marketing Manager
– Emerging Author training and promotions
– One of two marketing managers responsible for marketing fiction authors

What’re you reading currently?
Reading Michael Hyatt’s Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World and a new fiction emerging author manuscript.

If you never had to work again, what would you spend your time doing? Why?
I would advocate for animals on a national level.

Five words to define Tyndale fiction
Ministry Focused, Compassionate, Quality Driven


What’s your name, job title, and how long have you been with the Tyndale Fiction team?
Stephanie Broene – Senior Acquisitions Editor – 6 years on the team.

What’re 3 of your main job duties?
Working with authors such as Chris Fabry, Susan May Warren, and Randy Singer
– Reading and reviewing manuscripts
– Going to conferences such as ACFW and participating in panels along with taking appointments with authors and agents

Now that you’ve met the team, we’d love to hear from YOU. What type of topics would you like to hear more about? Any particular author you’d love to see a guest blog from? Have a favorite genre? Need book suggestions?
Tell us your thoughts. We’re all ears.
Find us on Twitter @Crazy4Fiction
And thanks for reading!

Experience the Classic Story of Oliver Twist in Radio Theatre Format!

Now you can listen to the classic tale of Oliver Twist in a brand new radio theater format!

An audio drama of the highest quality, Oliver Twist was recorded on location in London with an award-winning cast. This classic story will steal your heart as the timeless characters are brought to life in Focus on the Family Radio Theatre’s edition of Charles Dickens’ beloved tale. This amazing audio production comes on five CDs, with a bonus DVD that includes behind-the-scenes production footage and the documentary Modern Day Oliver. Purchase of the product also benefits Focus’s “Wait No More” adoption initiative.

With cinema-quality sound and an original soundtrack, this audio drama tells the story of a young orphan sent from a child farm to begin life in a workhouse. After committing the unpardonable offense of asking for more food, Oliver is sent off to apprentice with a coffin-maker whose wife mistreats him. He runs away to London, where he meets the Artful Dodger and Fagin, who trains kids to be pickpockets. Despite his many trials and hardships, he finally gets his happy ending, bringing hope for redemption to all around him. Click here to listen to an audio sample.

View an excerpt from the included DVD documentary Modern Day Oliver by clicking here.

Lauren Scruggs’ New Book Still Lolo Now in Stores!

If you don’t know Lauren Scruggs’ story and her road to recovery you are missing out. (Scroll to the bottom to learn about how you can win a copy of  Still Lolo.)

In December 2011, Lauren (“LoLo”) Scruggs, a 23-year-old fashion journalist, suffered a sudden injury that made headlines around the world. She had been on a short flight to look at Christmas lights and, upon exiting the small plane, was hit by the still-moving propeller blade. A frantic 911 call, several major surgeries, and thousands of prayers later: Lauren lived. But she lost her left hand and left eye. And she had to face some incredibly difficult questions: What kind of future will I have? Where is God in all this pain? Will anyone ever be able to love me now? In Still LoLo, Lauren speaks out for the first time since her accident.


For a chance to win a copy of Still Lolo, fill out the form below. Be sure to Tweet about this giveaway for an extra entry!


24/6 by Matthew Sleeth – 5 Book Giveaway

“Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.”

In 24/6 Matthew Sleeth takes on priorities and our relationship with the idea of taking a Sabbath.  Our technological tools allow 24-hour productivity and connectivity, give us more control, and subtlety enslave us to busyness itself. Sabbath is about restraint, about intentionally not doing everything all the time just because we can. Setting aside a day of rest helps us reconnect with our Creator and find the peace of God that passes all understanding. The Sabbath is about letting go of the controls one day a week and letting God be God. So how do we do it?

In 24/6, Dr. Matthew Sleeth describes our symptoms, clarifies the signs, diagnoses the illness, and lays out a simple plan for living a healthier, more God-centered life in a digitally-dazed, always-on world. Sleeth shares how his own family was dramatically transformed when it adopted Sabbath practices and helps readers better understand how their own lives can be transformed – physically, emotionally, relationally and spiritually – by adopting the 24/6 lifestyle.

Want to win a copy of this book? Help us spread the word, enter with the form below.


Free E-book: SEAL of God by Chad Williams

SEAL of God by Chad Williams is free until 11/17, click here to find your preferred vendor.


Days before Chad Williams was to report to military duty in Great Lakes, Illinois, he turned on a television and was greeted with the horrifying images of his mentor, US Navy SEAL Scott Helvenston, being brutally murdered in a premeditated ambush on the roads of Fallujah, Iraq. Steeled in his resolve, Chad followed in Scott’s footsteps and completed the US military’s most difficult and grueling training to become a Navy SEAL. One of only 13 from a class of 173 to make it straight through to graduation, Chad served his country on SEAL Teams One and Seven for five years, completing tours of duty in the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Iraq.

Part memoir, part evangelism piece, SEAL of God follows Chad’s journey through the grueling Naval Ops training and onto the streets of Iraq, where he witnessed the horrors of war up close. Along the way, Chad shares his own radical conversion story and talks about how he draws on his own experiences as a SEAL to help others better understand the depths of Christ’s sacrifice and love.