A Fiction-Lover’s Devotional

Deadline for this is VERY soon. Check it out.

Casual Elegance story callout

Modern-Day Parables: 
A Fiction-Lover’s Devotional

Deadline: September 1, 2013
Submissions should be sent to: Kathy Ide

“Kathy Ide is putting together a compilation of short fictional stories accompanied by Life Applications to help readers glean scriptural truths from the stories—similar to the format Jesus used when He told parables and then explained to His listeners how the stories applied to their everyday lives.

A major mainstream publisher has expressed serious interest in this book (and potential series). After seeing the proposal with some sample chapters, they have requested a complete manuscript as soon as possible. So the deadline for submissions to Kathy is September 1, 2013.

Contributing authors will receive an honorarium ($25) and a complimentary copy of the published book. Contributors should be able to purchase additional copies at author discount for sale or give-away. Bios of contributing authors will be featured at the end of each chapter. Titles of recently published works and website addresses can be included in the bio. So this devotional compilation will be an excellent opportunity for new readers to discover you and your books.



    • Title: something catchy that relates to the topic
    • Byline as you want it to appear
    • Fiction Story: 1,500-2,000 words
    • Life Application: 250-500 words giving truth, teaching, and inspiration related to the story
    • Scripture verse that applies to the story (Include reference and version used)
    • Author’s Bio: 50-100 words
    • Plus or minus a few words is perfectly acceptable. Subject to change at publisher’s discretion.
    • Double space, 12-point Times New Roman.
    • In the upper-left corner of the first page, please include your name, address, phone number, and e-mail.
    • In the upper-right corner of the first page, please indicate the theme/topic of your story.
    • Feel free to submit multiple stories.


    • Short stories must be FICTION. No true stories (not even fictionalized true stories).
    • Third person is preferable. (First person tends to have the feel of a true story.)
    • Contemporary settings are preferred. Near-past or near-future will be considered.
    • The publisher is very conservative, so the submission content should be too. (Think “Upper Room.”)
    • Since I am a professional editor, I will most likely edit your submission. You need to be OK with that.
    • If you have a fictional story with Life Application based on a Bible character, please let me know as I’m doing a project similar to this one, using biblical fiction, for a different publisher.

If you’d like to see some sample stories to get an idea of what Kathy looking for, let her know (at the email address below). She’ll be happy to e-mail a couple to you.

E-MAIL SUBMISSIONS TO Kathy Ide (Kathy@KathyIde.com)

Please write “Modern-Day Parables” in the subject line.”

Featured Writing Addict: Susan Cottrell

Susan Cottrell

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Susan Cottrell is a writer, speaker, and teacher. She is thrilled with her new book, The Marriage Renovation. Married 27 years, she and Rob had to go through their own renovation, and God did more than they ever thought possible. They have five (nearly) grown children. Susan homeschooled for some twenty years… until she ran out of energy! She loves to lead retreats and seminars, and teach women, couples and teens about the freedom for which Christ set them free (Galatians 5:1). Contact her directly, or read her post at marriagerenovation.com.

What’s Susan’s Genre?

Nonfiction: Marriage, Parenting—from the perspective of abiding in Christ.

What’s on Susan’s Heart?

“My heart beats for the discouraged, defeated Christian, to share the freedom that comes from the abiding life of Jesus Christ. I am passionate to teach. I am available on a limited basis to lead retreats for women or couples on MARRIAGE, the ABIDING LIFE OF CHRIST, and PARENTING. I also speak to teens, and young adults, teaching them that the great big God they learned about in church is not stuck in their Bibles, but offers them life on the edge! I am also available for other speaking engagements and teaching opportunities at your church, Bible study or small group.”

What are Susan’s books?

[Susan’s more recent releases]
The Marriage Renovation:
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From The Marriage Renovation… “You’re in the right place, and I believe that by the end of our journey together, we will have the foundations to restore joy and intimacy. You may be new in your marriage and you’ve never had a major disagreement. Or you may be considering divorce. Or perhaps you are somewhere in between — it’s not terrible but it’s not great — even if you’re disgruntled that marriage is not all it was cracked up to be. Wherever you stand, I reach across the pages to say, so much more is available to you. I’m with you, I’ve crawled through the trenches on my hands and knees. God has broken me in places I didn’t know I had places, and He’s healed me as I never thought possible. Let’s take this journey together.”

How Not to Lose Your Teen:
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From a sea of parenting advice, emerges How Not to Lose Your Teen—it is a break-through, and intelligent look at parents and teens. Intimate and relatable, Susan shows parents how to decrease their teens’ dependence on them and increase their dependence on Christ. You will be relieved and encouraged as you walk this entertaining and heart-rending journey with Susan.

To reach Susan, buy her books, or schedule her to teach:

Susan’s husband, Rob:

Robert Cottrell, is an indie recording worship artist, his music can be downloaded for free on reverbnation.com, or found on facebook.comRobert Cottrell Music is contemporary Christian worship, a style that is both uplifting and relaxing, with a focus on the grace and love of Jesus. Tender and intimate, his music is not only enjoyable, but also recognizable.164239_10201685175397890_1362926097_n