David Lambert is the author of ten published books, including the gold medallion award-winning Jumper Fables, coauthored with Ken Davis, and the recent novel The Missionary. Five of the ten have been novels. His short fiction has been published in periodicals as diverse as TQ, The Chariton Review, Sand, Virtue, Moody, Guideposts for Kids, and Story. David has an M.F.A. in fiction writing from the University of Montana. He has held a variety of positions in publishing, including managing editor of a youth magazine and founding editor of two others. He spent eighteen years as an acquiring editor at Zondervan, most of that time as Executive Editor for fiction, and most recently, as senior fiction editor at Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. David also sits on the Editorial Board of Jerry Jenkins’s Christian Writers Guild and wrote the Guild’s fiction curriculum. He currently heads Lambert Editorial Services and is Editorial Director for Somersault, a new publishing services bureau.
Optional Book Proposal Workshop with Cindy Lambert
In the Book Proposal Workshop, an optional early bird session, you’ll work with Cindy and Dave Lambert, two publishing pros who have reviewed thousands of book proposals as acquisition editors for Zondervan and Simon & Schuster. Cindy and Dave will help you revise and improve your own proposal until, by the end of the workshop, you’ll have a winning proposal ready to present to agent or publisher. On Thursday morning, our staff will give you two printed copies of your proposal, ready to present to editors during the conference.
Introduction to Publishing with Cindy Lambert and Jeannette Taylor
The Difference Between the Right Word and the Almost-right Word. Style—the way you use words—isn’t a nice add-on that you incorporate in your story if you have the time. It’s an intrinsic part of what makes your story work—or not. We’ll look at the use of language in fiction and suggest ways to make your prose, and dialog, sing. We’ll also examine figurative language, and discuss why it’s essential.
Friday Fiction Panel, Moderator
Message Fiction—Doing Justice to Your Message Without Doing Violence to Your Fiction: There are few things harder for the writer of fiction than including in it a moral or ethical message. This is a serious issue for Christian novelists. We have a message we are encouraged—even commanded—to share with the world. Some of us have chosen to do so through story. And yet we suspect, and are sometimes told by reviewers and readers, that the very conviction that serves the preacher and activist makes our fiction sound “preachy.” Is there a solution?
Building Author-To-Reader Connections: New Trends and Technologies, with Cindy lambert and Jeannette Taylor. Adapted from the keynote address Somersault presented at the Christian Booksellers Association’s NEXT conference in Atlanta in January, also featured in Jon Petersen’s articles in Christian Retailing, this workshop would examine the latest trends and technologies to affect publishing, and guide writers through interpreting those changes and figuring out how they will affect writers–and how writers might take advantage of that knowledge to better reach their readers and advance their careers.
Point of View and Voice: Says Sherri Szeman: “It is not an exaggeration to say that a novel is its point of view.” Even so, too few novelist understand not only how to select an appropriate viewpoint for their story, but also how to maximize the effectiveness of POV in drawing readers into their stories. We’ll examine these issues in depth—and also explore the related and crucial issue of voice—What is it, and how can you select the best narrative voice for the story you have to tell? How does it differ from POV?
David Lambert will be available for a limited number of consultations.