Tyndale House Publishers’ mission is to minister to the spiritual needs of people through literature consistent with biblical principles. In terms of fiction, this means publishing fiction with a mission. Whenever our acquisitions team is looking over a manuscript and/or proposal, we’re always asking ourselves “What is the ministry value behind the story? What does this story provide to the reader?” Whether hope, reassurance, healing or something else entirely, we look to publish fiction that is distinctive, entertaining, hopeful, purposeful, and thoughtful; fiction with a greater purpose.

We love connecting with readers and talking about our favorite thing: christian fiction. Come say hi!

ABOUT THE CRAZY4FICTION TEAM

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Hey there! My name is Shaina and I’m the Social Media and Acquisitions Editor at Tyndale House Publishers. That means, whenever you comment on the blog, Twitter etc. you’re most likely chatting with me! I love working with authors on social media and one of the best parts of my day is when I get to chat with readers so don’t be shy! Come say hello, whether it be through a comment, tweet, or post!

What’s your name, job title, and how long have you been with the Tyndale Crazy4Fiction team?
Shaina Turner. Social Media and Acquisitions Editor, Fiction. I have been at Tyndale for over two years.

What’re 3 of your main job duties?
– To brand our fiction line on social media
– To help authors navigate the ever-changing world of social media
– To read proposals and accepted manuscripts, helping the manuscript make its way through the various processes until it’s a bound book sitting on the shelf.

If you never had to work again, what would you spend your time doing? Why?
I would probably volunteer at my local library, reading to little kids. I don’t think I could ever get sick of watching the little kids’ eyes grow big as I read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”.

A few words to define Tyndale fiction:
Fresh, purposeful, thought-provoking

KAREN

What’s your name, job title, and how long have you been with the Tyndale Crazy4Fiction team?
Karen Watson. Associate Publisher, Fiction. I have been at Tyndale for almost 19 years and working with the Fiction team for 9 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

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.

A few words to define Tyndale fiction:
Distinctive, entertaining, hopeful

JAN
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What’s your name, job title, and how long have you been with the Tyndale Crazy4Fiction 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 14 years. Fiction is my passion and I love working with our talented fiction authors.

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.

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.

A few words to define Tyndale fiction:
Diverse, smart, compelling

STEPHANIE

What’s your name, job title, and how long have you been with the Tyndale Crazy4Fiction team?
Stephanie Broene, Senior Acquisitions Editor, almost 8 years

What’re 3 of your main job duties?
Reviewing/critiquing proposals; acquiring authors and books for our fiction line; creating a vision for a project and managing that vision from acquisition to publication.

If you never had to work again, what would you spend your time doing? Why?
I would spend my time flipping houses (I’m assuming since I don’t have to work I have lots of extra money!). I love taking something old and making it look fresh and new.

A few words to define Tyndale fiction:
Inspiring, moving, gripping

CHERYL


What’s your name, job title, and how long have you been with the Tyndale Crazy4Fiction team?
Cheryl Kerwin – Senior Marketing Manager – over 10 years

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

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.

A few words to define Tyndale fiction:
Quality, Ministry, Well-Written

Stop by the blog any time to say hello and chat with us!