Author: Catherine Lawton

Easter is the Reason

Easter (that is, Jesus’ resurrection) is the reason why I … have hope in the future. find prayer, praise, and song rising from within me. must also die but can also truly live. desire to tell others about the empty tomb. have something worth telling/writing about. want to publish the Good News!

Christian Writers and Editors are Window Washers

WINDOW WASHER

We need to perceive the Truth.

Yet, darkly we peer through the glass.

Clean me for use

Free me to serve

Lift me to reach

That I may wash windows for You.

Wrong doctrine obscures

Gray living besmears

Raw weather, it blurs

The pane on this side.

Provide a soft cloth—not abrasive

The vision to transcend the obstructive

And courage to rub for perfection

Searching

Editing

Polishing

Till, through one clear corner,

Someone sees You.

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Catherine Lawton

from the book, Remembering Softly: A Life In Poems © 2016


Photo: (c) Can Stock Photo / Ghen

Tantalizing but Tricky! : Query Letters

As I said in the previous post this is my most difficult publisher hat to wear: ACQUISITIONS EDITOR I receive queries and proposals daily, both through email and snail mail. This publisher’s hat may seem glamorous, and I admit to a certain curiosity and gambler’s hope that in the slush pile I may discover the “next bestseller”—but, alas, I must say “No,…

All the Hats a Publisher Wears

As a small publisher, we learn to wear many hats. And we don’t just decide in the morning what hat to wear that day; we may change hats hourly or … any minute now. What sort of hats do we wear most days? The hats below may seem to be in random order, but often…

Cladach Authors Reflect the Body of Christ

Cladach authors come from various streams of the body of Christ: Baptist, Nazarene, Evangelical Presbyterian, Anglican, Vineyard, Christian Church,  Assembly of God, Salvation Army, Messianic, Orthodox, Catholic, Evangelical Free, etc. We seek to have agreement on the essentials of the Faith, liberty in non-essentials, and in all things love! Do you follow Wesley? Calvin? Wimber?…

What is a “Christian Book”?

A book isn’t created in God’s image, can’t commit sin, exercise free will, or be saved and sanctified. But it can portray the results of sin, describe grace, and be used by God. A book is paper printed on and bound together into a volume for reading. Or a digital file stored in a computer…

For the Love of Words and the Living Word

If you’re a word person, as I am, then perhaps you also have “a love affair with words.” You use words, but take care not to abuse them. You like to play with words, but you also take them seriously. You cherish them, listen to them, pray over them, respect them, have faith in them,…

Everything I Need to Know About Publishing I Learned from my Preacher Father

As a child, I watched my preacher father as he typed the church bulletin—and perhaps a newsletter—during the week on his old black typewriter (I loved the clicking of the keys and the how the little hammers hit the paper, resulting in words appearing and forming themselves into sentences that said something and that people would read and use to plan their week). On Saturday Daddy would crank out maybe two-hundred copies with his mimeograph machine. I can still smell the ink and hear the sheets of paper swoosh round the rollers and shoot out onto the pile of materials ready to be folded and stacked, then handed out and read—to inform and influence—to be published! … Today, as a publisher, I want to see sales and increase distribution. I want well-edited and designed books, I want engaged authors, reliable print providers, and enthusiastic book reviewers. I want customers to buy our books. But most of all I want to experience God’s presence in all we do. I want to always remember that, as a Christian publisher, what we publish truly is “glad tidings.”