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!

SHAINA

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:

KAREN

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

  JAN


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.

CHERYL


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

BABETTE


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

STEPHANIE

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!

Shaina Turner

Shaina Turner

Shaina is the Fiction team's newest addition. In her role as Acquisitions Assistant, she helps facilitate the release of novels, provides feedback to authors on best practices for social media, along with maintaining Tyndale Fiction's Twitter, @Crazy4Fiction. Shaina enjoys reading, both recreationally and the many proposals that come through, and loves to visit the towns she reads about in novels.