RevGalBlogPals is excited to announce our forthcoming book, to be published by Skylight Paths Publishing, and to invite submissions by our web ring members. The 60,000 word anthology will feature essays in six areas of ministry and personal life:
• Worship/Preaching and Leadership
• Baptism and Communion
• Influences by or on pastors from outside the church
• The home/private life of pastors
• Ministry at the time of death
• Things we didn’t learn in seminary – this topic could include anything surprising, whether sad or funny or anywhere in-between
The purpose of the book is to tell the stories of clergywomen of many and no denominations across the age range and representing a multitude of life situations and ministry settings. The women in our web ring have beautiful, powerful voices; we want to share them with the world. It’s our hope this is a book that will have appeal to church groups as well as clergy readers.
We are looking for 800 word essays in all of the above categories. To be considered, please email revgalblogpals at gmail dot com no later than August 1, 2014, with the following:
- A writing sample (preferably not a sermon)
- A paragraph about your idea for the book and its category
- The URL of your blog
I will notify writers of acceptance on a rolling basis. Essays will be due to me no later than September 3, 2014. Each contributor would sign an agreement giving RevGalBlogPals non-exclusive rights. Anything you write for the book would be yours to use elsewhere beginning six months after the publishing date. Please note that arrangement is with RevGals, not Skylight.
The scheduled publication date is April, 2015.
Each contributor will receive a copy of the published book, and all contributors will be encouraged to participate in marketing the book via a blog tour and local events.
If you are a clergywoman blogger but not yet in the web ring, it’s not too late to join and be part of the book. Add a request to join to your email!
This is a very exciting development for RevGalBlogPals, and we’re grateful to Skylight Paths for approaching us about doing a project. I will be editing the book and look forward to working with many wonderful RevGal writers. I am grateful to the RevGals who collaborated on the book proposal and contributed to the sample sections: Marci Glass, Joanna Harader, Julie Craig, Julie Woods, Liz Crumlish, Suzy Meyer, Karla Miller and Julia Seymour.
~Martha Spong for RevGalBlogPals
10 thoughts on “RevGals Book Project – an invitation”
Hi Ladies, this sounds like a wonderful initiative! I would love to be considered to write an essay. I will send the necessary prerequisites by the due date if not sooner. I am a Methodist minister in Pretoria, South Africa and would like to join your group. There are a number different ministry methods that we employ here in SA that might be interesting to your readership.I look forward to hearing from you.
Blessings in Christ
PS my website is undergoing refurbishment burt should be up and running again soon.
Dear Fiona, please be in touch via email. Thanks!
I am glad that you are doing this! Love Skylight Publishing. I hope you will consider me; I have several essay ideas.
Diane, email me at the RevGals address; I look forward to hearing your ideas.
I will email you after I get done with my funeral tomorrow…
I would love to write on “Ministry on the Margins” or maybe “Following Jesus to the Margins”. Writing sample and blog link forthcoming. Think it might fit in “Things we didn’t learn in Seminary”.