Writer-Talk Tuesday: Changes in B&H Publishing’s Fiction Strategy—and what that means for me and my books.
Following is an excerpt from a press release regarding a change in strategy in fiction publishing at my current publisher, B&H:
- B&H Resets Fiction Strategy to Align with Broader Strategies
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 3, 2013) –B&H Publishing Group president Selma Wilson has announced a new strategy for the company’s fiction program.
Uniquely positioned for developing strategic partnerships, B&H will intentionally focus on publishing only those novels that are tied to broader strategic endeavors, including initiatives with ministries, external film partners, LifeWay Films, and the B&H Kids line. Past releases using this model have included such best sellers as The Love Dare, The Vow, The Resolution for Men, as well as titles such as October Baby and Unconditional. New and upcoming releases include the Experiencing God at Home line, The Lost Medallion by Bill Muir and Alex Kendrick and The Truth Seekers Series by Bill Myers.
“B&H is focusing on projects that align with our core strengths,” said Wilson. “We are uniquely gifted in working alongside partners and utilizing all of the tools that LifeWay Christian Resources is blessed to have. We are a team of people who want to spread the gospel around the world, and we believe we accomplish that best when we deploy our gifts to broader movements alongside strategic relationships.” . . .
You can read the entire press release here.
So what does this really mean? Well it means that the separate, stand-alone fiction program, of which I am a part, will go away. Instead, they will focus on fiction that ties in with their nonfiction projects as well as film novelizations, which do very well for them. Right now, the fiction they had scheduled through next spring (March/April 2014) will still be published—which means that An Honest Heart will still release this fall as planned.
However, at this point, it looks like The Heart That Waits will not be published by B&H. The most likely scenario is that I will get the rights to it back, which means I can publish it on my own, which I will do if that happens—because I hate incomplete series!
It also means I now have a greater opportunity to look at this list of possible books to write next and really have some fun with what project I choose to dive into.
What questions do you have about this—this particular situation, my book(s), or the publishing industry in general?
I can’t promise I’ll be able to answer (I may not know the answer), but I’ll give it a shot. These kinds of announcements always raise more questions than they answer, and I want this to be the place where you feel like you can ask.