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          Gary D Foster has been working successfully with Christian publishers for more than 40 years in various executive and consulting roles. As a result of his numerous personal and professional relationships he launched his literary agent service in the mid-nineties in an effort to assist author friends to get their works published. Since then he has been able to help numerous Christian authors win successful publishing contracts.

          He works exclusively with Christian manuscripts and accepts a limited number of new author clients as his schedule and workload allow.  Below, find the Manuscript Submission Guidelines for submissions.



Very Important People–To Me!

I’m rich in people!  True wealth.

Today I express thanks for Gary Foster.  He introduced me to Jerry Jenkins, one of the best selling Christian authors of all time–he’s written over 180 books and sold 70,000,000 books.  One list of Christian Best Selling Christian authors includes his name with C.S. Lewis, Charles M. Sheldon and John Bunyon.  How many books they sold is unknown but what is even more immeasurable is the lives they touched.  I got to hang out with Jerry at his office, see his baseball memorabilia and get a peek into the operation of one of the great Christian writers of all time.  Gary made it possible.

Gary believed in my book before I did.  He adds ideas, knowledge and experiences to my life that help me succeed.  It occurred to me today that he is a man who makes other people successful.  He consults publishers, book stores and writes his newsletters that help people figure out how to be profitable in a business where their accomplishments benefit the authors who write the book and the readers who buy the books.  He’s quiet and steady as he works behind the scenes to clear the path for many of us to take to make it to the Big Leagues and has an immeasurable impact.

That made me think how many others have quietly made an impact in my life–a countless list.  My wife Susan, my Dad and Mom, my brother Jim, Darrel, Carl, Charley, John, Doug, JP, Thom, Ron, Bill, John, pastors, colleagues, parishioners, friends, publishers/editors, readers, colleagues… They keep my dream alive and stoke in me the fire that my life matters.  None of them would think of themselves as heroes but as I think of the power of people in my life, they are in my Hall of Fame.

That’s Gary.  Helping me achieve my dreams and in the process of being thankful for him, the value of others increases!

Source: Dan Hettinger’s Blog 11/24/13



Preferred format of submissions:

  1. Content:

    1. Thesis Statement: a one sentence-description of the book.

    2. Premise: a one-to-two paragraph description of what the book is about.

    3. Outline and chapter synopsis: a chapter outline and a one-paragraph summary of how each chapter supports the premise of the book.

  2. The Manuscript:

    1. Status (Is it complete? When do you expect to complete it?)

    2. Special features (epigraphs, charts, illustrations, photographs, lists, index, bibliography, etc.)

    3. Anticipated length (estimated word count)

  3. Audience:

    1. Target audience (age, sex, special interests, or needs)

    2. Motivation (Why will readers want to purchase this book?)

  4. Competition: list other recent titles (Title, author, publisher, copyright year) in your subject area and compare the features and benefits of your proposal with those competing works already in the marketplace.

  5. Author:

    1. Background (your qualifications for writing on the subject.)

    2. Previous writing (including life-to-date sales history of books published.)

    3. Resume

    4. Platform and or/opportunities you have to market and promote the book. (Note spheres of influence to which you may gain access for exposure to your book.)

  6. Sample chapters (two)

  7. How to Stand out to an acquisitions editor and publications committee:

    1. What makes your idea unique? What features or reader benefits have you included to make your book attractive to potential customers? What distinguishes your book from other books on the subject? Why would anyone wish to purchase your book?

    2. Who is your target audience?

    3. How can you help market your book? Do you lead conferences or speak frequently in public? Do you have experience on radio or television? Are you a recognized authority in your field? Do you have a consequential audience or following via a blog, twitter, Facebook, etc?

    4. What other books or articles have you published? How well did they sell? Are they still in print?

    5. Are there prominent people who know you who would be willing to give endorsements or possibly write a Foreword for this book?

    6. Has your manuscript been professionally edited?

Submit to: Please note that it may take several days to receive a response.