On behalf of Serious Writer, Michelle Medlock Adams and Bethany Jett are acquiring nonfiction articles on the subjects of craft, marketing, social media, and the business side of writing. Accepted articles may be published at either AlmostAnAuthor.com or SeriousWriter.com.
PlatLit Books is a boutique publishing house that accepts submissions for both the CBA and ABA markets. Owners Michelle Medlock Adams and Bethany Jett are acquiring Nonfiction in the General, Christian Living, and Women’s categories, especially leadership and entrepreneurial books for women. We are also open to Christian Living books if they have a unique hook or the author has a large platform.
At this time, we are not accepting any poetry, memoir, devotionals, fiction or children’s books. We are extremely selective and only accept submissions from people we meet at conferences or by referral.
Michelle Medlock Adams is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, earning top honors from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Hoosier State Press Association.
Author of over 80 books with close to 4 million books sold, Michelle’s board book, My First Day of School (Worthy Kids) won AWSA’s Golden Scroll for Best Children’s Book, as well as the Selah Award for Best Children’s Book in 2018, her fourth Selah for Best Children’s Book since 2012. In fact, in 2014 Michelle’s board book God Knows You not only won the Selah for Best Children’s Book but also won the esteemed Book of the Year honor over all other Selah winners.
In addition, her children’s book, I Will Not Be Afraid (Concordia Publishing House) earned “The Gold” Enduring Light medal for best children’s book in the 2018 Illumination Awards and was a BRMCWC Director’s Choice Finalist.
Since graduating with a journalism degree from Indiana University, Michelle has written more than 1,500 articles for newspapers, magazines and websites; acted as a stringer for the Associated Press; written for a worldwide ministry; helped pen a New York Times Bestseller; hosted “Joy In Our Town” for the Trinity Broadcasting Network; blogged twice weekly for Guideposts from 2013 to 2015; and served as an adjunct professor at Taylor University three different years. Today, she is President of Platinum Literary Services, a premier full-service literary firm; Chairman of the Board of Advisors for Serious Writer, Inc.; an online instructor for the Serious Writer Academy; a columnist for a Midwest newspaper; and an Assistant Acquisitions Editor for Little Lamb Books, LLC, a faith-based children’s publishing house. She is celebrating the recent release of her books, Fabulous & Focused, Dinosaur Devotions, and C Is for Christmas, and she’s anticipating the upcoming release of They Call Me Mom (Kregel), a devotional book she co-authored with Bethany Jett.
When not working on her own assignments, Michelle ghostwrites articles, blog posts, and books for celebrities, politicians, and some of today’s most effective and popular ministers. Michelle is also a much sought-after teacher at writers’ conferences and universities, as well as an inspirational speaker at women’s conferences, churches, sports camps, and non-profit events nationwide.
Michelle is married to her high school sweetheart, Jeff, and they have two daughters, Abby and Allyson, two sons-in-law, one grandson and two more grandbabies on the way. She and Jeff share their home in Southern Indiana with a miniature dachshund, a rescue Shepherd/Collie mix, and two cats. When not writing or teaching writing, Michelle enjoys bass fishing and cheering on the Indiana University Basketball team, the Chicago Cubbies, and the LA Kings.
Write like a Dinosaur to Succeed in Children’s Publishing
In this continuing class, you’ll discover Dinosaur Do’s and Don’ts for breaking into children’s publishing, and you’ll learn keys for staying relevant in today’s marketplace. Based on various dinosaur characteristics featured in Michelle’s recent book for children, “Dinosaur Devotions” (Tommy Nelson), she’ll teach you important lessons from the Giant Lizards that will take your children’s book manuscript from average to great to published! You’ll also explore the top seven strategies you should be utilizing in order to avoid extinction in the wonderful world of children’s writing.
More specifically, you’ll learn:
And so much more! With lots of handouts and chocolate dinosaur eggs for all, you’ll walk away from this continuing class with confidence as big as a Patagotitan to accomplish all of your children’s writing goals.
15 Dynamics of Devotional Writing, presented with Tez Brooks
As the author of books like her award-winning “Encouraging Words for Mothers: Daily Devotions to Lift Mom’s Soul” (Barbour) and her latest “Love and Care for the One & Only You: 52 Inspirations” (Worthy), Michelle Medlock Adams shares how to gather ideas for meaningful devotions while Tez Brooks brings his experience as an award-winning author and freelancer as well, to encourage those who feel called to use their talent to help transform lives. Together, Michelle and Tez share what they've learned with energy, passion, and humor to help you discover the markets for your devotionals and the secrets to breaking in.
If You Build It, They Will Buy; The Importance of Platform and How to Create It, presented with Bethany Jett
No longer is it just enough to be a great writer with a well-written story. To compete in today’s publishing world, you also must have a platform. Join Bethany and Michelle for this workshop as they share real life experiences in the ABA and CBA markets, and how one conversation with a publisher made Michelle a believer of the importance of platform. You’ll learn tips and tricks for building your email list, growing your social media numbers, getting your name out there before your book is published; and faking it before making it.
The Guide to Ghostwriting, presented with Bethany Jett
Maybe having your name on the cover of a book or at the top of an article isn’t that important to you. No, you’d rather help others get their life-changing messages into the world. If you feel called to help your pastor turn his messages into books, or if you’ve always wanted to ghostwrite books and articles for celebrities and popular personalities—this session is for you! Join Michelle Medlock Adams, who has ghostwritten more than 10 books including a NY Times bestseller, and Bethany Jett, whose ghostwritten books were finalist in several contests, to learn: