Monday, October 27, 2014

Call for Submissions: Pens of Mystery

Pix-N-Pens and Write Integrity Press are pleased to announce their newest line of books – Pens of Mystery. We are now accepting submissions for mystery novels between 60,000-90,000 words.

We are open to submissions for a wide range of mysteries, including:

  • Cozies 
  • Procedurals
  • Contemporary PIs
  • YA Mysteries
We especially like series of three or more books.

Our books are clean and wholesome, but they can be written with or without a gospel message.

We do not accept horror, paranormal, erotic, or pornographic manuscripts.

Please follow these guidelines for submission:

You may submit your proposals to EITHER (both is not necessary or preferred - we provide two in case of technical difficulty) of the following e-mail addresses. Please replace words in brackets with symbols and delete any spaces:

editor [at] writeintegrity [dot] com
tracyruckman [at] pixnpens [dot] com

In the body of your original e-mail to us, please include
  • A brief cover letter, to introduce yourself and your book.  
  • Full word count (using Word’s counter) if the manuscript is complete, or an estimated time of completion and anticipated word count.
  • A short bio.
  • Pitch - 30 words or less.
  • Long blurb – 150-200 words (think back cover blurb).
Then attach to the email in Word format:
  • The FIRST three chapters AND the LAST chapter. If the book has a prologue or epilogue, include those in addition to the required chapters.
Do NOT send full manuscripts unless we request them. Consideration will be given only to packages submitted as requested - full manuscripts that have not been requested will be discarded.

Please follow industry-standard formatting. This means:
  • Pages should have 1" margins on all sides.
  • Lines should be double-spaced.
  • Font should be Times New Roman, size 12.
  • Use black ink only - do not use color fonts.
We will try to reply promptly to all submissions, but please allow up to 90 days to hear from us. If you haven't heard from us by that time, please send a brief e-mail inquiry.

We do not accept submissions by snail mail.

Submissions to Pens of Mystery should not include the following:
  • Incest of any kind.
  • Murder of children; child abuse.
  • Vampires, witches, werewolves, paranormals, aliens, future realities, and New Age psychics as protagonists.

These guidelines will also be posted on a separate page of our website - please check the links above for future reference.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Cracked Light-Bearers

Guest post by Peggy Cunningham

Imperfection is the prerequisite for grace. Light only gets in through the cracks. ~ Philip Yancey

When we are home (in the States), we get invited to speak often––often meaning almost every day. We try to keep a full schedule because our time is limited to usually four months to fit in all of our visits. One Sunday we were speaking in a church where we had never been before. It was a beautiful church with its beautiful people inside. We didn't know many of the people, in fact, just one family, so I told Chuck I'd better tone down my personality for this service. 

He said, "Just be yourself."  

"Honestly," I answered. So I was … myself. Actually, I don't know how to be anything else! 

After the service as we were shaking hands, a sweet lady turned to Chuck and asked, "Is she always like this?"   

He replied, "No, sometimes she's not so reserved." That remark endeared us to the group standing nearby, and the chuckles trickled down the line of folks waiting to greet us. He's a funny guy when I give him time to speak! 

Aren't we all a little cracked? Okay, some of us more so than others. We know who we are! God made us the way we are. He will use our cracks to let His light shine through. 

In Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus says, "Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand––shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven" (MSG).
It's not so bad to be cracked, huh? 
Peggy Cunningham and her husband, Chuck, have been missionaries in Bolivia, South America, since 1981. In 1999, they founded Rumi Rancho Ministries. Rumi Rancho is their ministry base and home outside the city of Cochabamba where they work with the Quechua people and have a children’s ministry, teaching practical skills to underprivileged children while reaching them for Christ. They also work with national churches, equipping them to take the gospel to their own people. Peggy also is a prolific writer. Her heart for children and her vibrant imagination led the way to having her picture book series published. Peggy's Really Rare Rabbit series is published by Pix-N-Pens: Really Rare Rabbits: Giant Ghost Rabbits Guarding the Inca Treasure Fires; Really Rare Rabbits: Giant Green Ghosts and the Secret at Peppermint Pass; and Really Rare Rabbits: Giant Ghost Geese and the Winding Wall. She also contributes regularly to Christian publications and has been published in several anthologies. Her short story, “Stolen Ice Cube,” is included in the bestselling romance collection Heart Bouquets, released by Write Integrity Press in February 2013.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A Way in a Manger

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole empire should be registered. This first registration took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So everyone went to be registered, each to his own town.

And Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family line of David, to be registered along with Mary, who was engaged to him and was pregnant. While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. Then she gave birth to her firstborn Son, and she wrapped Him snugly in cloth and laid Him in a feeding trough—because there was no room for them at the lodging place.

In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David. This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in cloth and lying in a feeding trough.”

Suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:

Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and peace on earth to people He favors!

When the angels had left them and returned to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go straight to Bethlehem and see what has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”

They hurried off and found both Mary and Joseph, and the baby who was lying in the feeding trough. After seeing them, they reported the message they were told about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had seen and heard, just as they had been told.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Pix-N-Pens!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Keeping Christ in Christmas

Every year, commercialism takes over the holidays. We asked some of our authors to share with us, "How do you keep Christ in Christmas at your house?" 

Keeping Christ in Christmas takes different forms every year. This year we've all taken a part in our church's musical, Two From Galilee. This is a huge, free outreach to our community to share the love of Christ who came to shine His Light on our dark world. But I have to tell you that keeping Christ in Christmas for me is really a case of making sure He's part of my life all the time. When I have a habit of inviting Him into my daily days, I don't really have to think about offering Him a special invitation for Christmas.  ~ Marji Laine [editor's note: Two from Galilee was recorded and can currently be viewed on Marji's church's website.]

We keep Christ in Christmas with a Jesus gift box under the tree. Each year, we put inside the box, written in a journal, those gifts we offer to Jesus. For instance, one member of the family wrote, "be more generous," or "increase my giving", etc. Before we write the new year's gifts, we reflect on the gifts or promises from the previous year. Then we say a prayer asking for strength and grace to fulfill the written promise that our heart desires. After this "ritual" we open presents from each other.

We also go through a box called "What Does God Want For Christmas?" We role-play the characters of Christmas in scenes from the Christmas story and a piece of the nativity is set in place. For instance, I dress as Mary and my hubby acts as Gabriel and announces that I will be with child ... Then Gabriel is set in the nativity. The next day, Mary recites her words of obedience and a Mary figurine is set in the nativity. The role play is over on day 7 when we open a small gift box with a mirror in it. Guess what God wants for Christmas? You! The kids never get tired of this game. I also have pics of the kids dressed up I can send you. 

Jesus birthday cake is another one we do with chocolate cake to represent our sin, white frosting to show Jesus makes us white as snow, red candles to symbolize the blood. The round cake shows his love never ends, etc. 

We also sing carols. It's a full busy day. But, you know as much as we try to make it about Christ, I'm becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the battle with materialism. I told my hubby I'm about ready to get radical with Christmas! ~ Theresa Anderson

There is one tradition my family has for years and years. My father started when my siblings and I were little, and then when I married and had children of my own my husband continued that tradition.

All kids are excited on Christmas morning and can’t wait to dig into the gifts. The rule at my house growing up and the rule at our house with our children growing up was that the kids can get up early and get into the stockings but not touch the presents. Once everyone is awake, we all gather in the living room and read the Christmas story from the Bible before any present is touched. This is one way we have been able to put Christ first and to remind our children the true meaning of the holiday.

Now that my oldest daughter is planning on getting married in the spring, I have to wonder if a new generation of my family will be beginning soon. I pray that all of my children and their future spouses will continue reading the Christmas story from the Bible each Christmas morning so that they can teach their own children the true meaning of Christmas and keep Christ as the center.  ~ Ruth O’Neil

When Tracy asked us this question, my mind drifted automatically to the nativity scenes I display at Christmas. In the past, two main scenes decorate our house amidst the many snowmen I collect. This year I’m also adding a third. Let me tell you about them and what they mean to me.

First is my silver-plated set given to me by my mother and step-dad. It’s an elegant rendition of that first Christmas, each piece handcrafted and detailed. It reminds me of all that is beautiful during this season. From decorations, to selfless acts to large choirs singing songs of adoration, at Christmas time, beauty is on display.

My second set came from a local department store during a sale after Christmas. This ceramic set is more down-to-earth, a closer portrayal of the reality of a stable, hay and animals that surrounded the Savior’s birth. This set reminds me of the reality of life, the hurry, the bad mixed amongst the good during a season full of people with faults and failures, people a lot like me.

I received my third set this year, a gift from my brother and his wife for my fiftieth birthday. Handcrafted in Talkeetna, Alaska, near where they live, this set has two spruce trees and an igloo. Some might think it odd knowing Jesus was born in Bethlehem, but I see symbolism in it as well. Jesus came to earth to save us all from the Eskimo in Alaska to the Aborigines in Australia to the Native Americans in the western United States.

So as I decorate for Christmas and watch my granddaughters carry around baby Jesus and ask me questions about these different renditions of Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus, once again Jesus is lifted up in the Hallmark household. ~ Jennifer Hallmark

All of us at Pix-N-Pens and Write Integrity Press wish all of you
Merry Christmas!

May Jesus always be the center of your holidays - 
and your every day.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Introducing Magnificent Hope's Sister

Last year, we introduced you to Magnificent Hope who soon became Write Integrity Press's mascot.

In December 2012, I was praying about what our word of the year would be from the Lord, and He gave me the word JOY. I wasn't sure how that would unfold during the year, but as we began plotting and exploring ideas for the summer, Magnificent Hope jumped to the forefront again, and told us about her SISTER!! She was sure tight-lipped about her last year, but today, I'd like to introduce you to RADIANT JOY.

Isn't she lovely? And yes, she is expecting! Radiant Joy is expectant of JOY, of

HOPE, of the fulfillment of Scripture.

She will become our mascot for Pix-N-Pens, and she's already planning a fun summer for all of us.

Today, she's here to ask for your help! Write Integrity and Pix-N-Pens want to
send five of our authors to the world's largest trade show for Christian books. ICRS gives us an opportunity to put our books in front of book buyers and book store owners - an opportunity that's not easy or affordable for most small publishers. So we're having a fundraiser.

One of the rewards we're offering in exchange for your donation to our Faithfunder campaign is fun merchandise featuring Magnificent Hope and Radiant Joy (Radiant Joy's merchandise is still being designed, but we've got some examples below with Magnificent Hope.) For a $20 donation, you'll receive a beautiful, sturdy mug, a fun and colorful mousepad, and some other goodies featuring these delightful sisters. And you'll provide some magnificent hope and radiant joy for five authors and their publisher.

We're also offering critiques, Skype sessions with authors for book clubs and writing groups, book bundles (print or digital packages available), individual books (including new releases for only $5 digital, $10 print!), lunch with the publisher in St. Louis during ICRS or the Atlanta area all summer long. One of our authors' favorite rewards is a dinner in St. Louis, with all five authors, the publisher, and up to 4 contributors (and their guests). It promises to be a fun-filled evening!

Can you help us get there?

Monday, April 15, 2013

Exciting News!!

We received an e-mail from the Christian Small Publishers Association on Thursday, and had to sit on this news all weekend!


Renee Gray-Wilburn and Dianne E. Butts
Pix-N-Pens Publishing

has won the 
2013 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award 
in the Relationships / Family category.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Costly Mistake Saves You Money

Last week, I ordered books for conference. The printer shipped two orders. I don't know if I placed two orders (I don't think I did) or if they had a glitch in their system (printer's words, actually) that caused the duplicate, but I'll soon be in possession of more books than I'll sell at conference.

Since we operate on a limited budget around here, I'm going to sell the extras at a pre-conference price just for YOU!

We have limited copies of these at this price so if you want to take advantage of the sale price snag them NOW. I'll take the books off the order button when they're gone. The books will be available at this price until they're sold or next Wednesday 3/13/13, whichever comes first.

Parenting on Your Knees
by Vicki Tiede
Paperback regularly $14.99, now only $9!

Really Rare Rabbits
by Peggy Cunningham
Paperback regularly $12.99, now only $9!

A Familiar Shore
by Jennifer Fromke
Paperback regularly $14.99, now only $9!

Grandparenting Through Obstacles 
by Renee Gray-Wilburn and Dianne E. Butts
Paperback regularly $15.99, now only $9!

Jake and the Buggy Melee
by Darryl E. Green
Paperback regularly $9.99, now only $8.00!

We're also offering a Pre-Conference Bundle - get all five books for $44, and pay only $6 shipping for the entire bundle.