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 PUBu13  |  October 21-22, 2013  | Wheaton College, Wheaton IL






Larry Weeden


Community Manager
Larry Weeden
Director of Book Development, Curriculum, & Acquisitions, Focus on the Family


SESSION 1  Acquiring Publishing Rights for a Global Market

Stan Gundry, EVP and Editor-in-Chief, Zondervan
Brian Flagler, Managing Partner, Flagler Law Group

Through an interactive discussion with Stan facilitated by Brian, attendees will learn how acquisition terms affect title profitability, publishing for a global market, subsidiary rights licensing and digital distribution. Stan Gundry, EVP and Editor-in-Chief at Zondervan, is an influential figure in publishing with years of experience as an editor, author and adjunct professor. Brian Flagler, Managing Partner at Flagler Law Group, has extensive experience with contracts and legal issues that affect Christian publishing.

 * This is a combined session with the RIGHTS community.



The Editorial Community will be hosting a round table discussion around a few thought-provoking questions:

  • What do you like best about the publishing house where you work? (Or, for freelancers, what do you like best about being a freelancer?)
  • Describe in general terms -- no names or book titles -- the most-difficult project you worked on in the last year. What made it challenging?
  • What are you most hoping to get out of this conference?
  • Will ebooks ever completely replace bound books? Should they? Why or why not?

 This will be a great opportunity to get to know your fellow editors!

SESSION 2  Copy-Editing Mind Games: Why Attitude Makes a Difference in Copy Editing

Bob Hudson, Senior Editor-at-Large at Zondervan, and author/general editor of "The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style"

We’ve studied the style manuals and learned the rules. So what’s missing from our copy editing? It’s the element of attitude – the factor that no spell checker or grammar program can help us with. This session will focus on how we view our authors, and what we really think of our readers. And, perhaps most importantly, it will examine the assumptions behind our concepts of "good writing” and "proper English.”  We will explore the editor’s preconceptions, values, and attitudes and how they can enhance or inhibit an author’s connection to the reader. Prepare to be challenged and perhaps surprised as well.


SESSION 3  Editing Fiction vs. Nonfiction

Kathy Olson, Senior Editor, Tyndale House Publishers

Kathy will discuss the differences and similarities between the editing of the two kinds of books. What needed skills are common to both types? Why is a good nonfiction editor not necessarily going to be a good fiction editor, and vice versa?


SESSION 4  Lessons from the Front Lines:  Panel of Industry Veterans

Carol Johnson,
Christian fiction pioneering editor, J&J Literary Advisers
Judy Markham,
Editorial Advisor, Discovery House Publishers
Andy LePeau,
Associate Publisher for Editorial, InterVarsity Press
David Lambert,
Editorial Director for Somersault Group and author
Cindy Lambert,
Publishing strategist for Somersault Group and collaborative writer

Moderator:  Larry Weeden, Director of Book Development, Curriculum, & Acquisitions, Focus on the Family

Five experienced editors make a case for editing in this day of texts and tweets; reveal how to tackle our complex priorities and build our skills; offer the richness of a panel presentation heightened by variations in each perspective; and share stories of how they've lived to laugh about it all.


We thank the following companies for their support of the industry and this event.

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