Barbara Scott


Today we welcome Barbara Scott, author and senior acquisitions editor, to 3 Questions Wednesday.

(1)Do you watch reality television? Why or why not?

Barbara: I normally don’t watch reality television, because there’s nothing real about it, plus it puts writers out of work. However, I do get my dose of American Idol, and some seasons I watch Survivor, but I’m not watching this season. I prefer dramas and comedies.

(2)What are your thoughts on e-publishing?

Barbara: E-publishing is here to stay, and we either get onboard or lose an opportunity. Lots of published authors who have the rights back to their works are uploading them to Kindle and reaping the rewards. If a new writer has tried to sell their work to every agent and editor in the market, then I say go ahead and self-publish…if you want to take on the extensive work of editing and marketing your own book. Writers have lost credibility by putting unedited manuscripts into e-book formats. There’s a reason God called and anointed editors.

(3)Which do you prefer? Facebook or Twitter?

Barbara: I prefer Facebook, but I have my Facebook page set so that it feeds into Twitter. I have followers on both sites.

Thank you, Barbara, for joining us on 3 Questions Wednesday! Comment to win either a free line edit of the first five pages of a manuscript or a copy of The Christian Writers Market Guide.

Barbara Scott has more than thirty years of publishing experience, ranging from newspapers and magazines to Christian books for all ages. As a senior acquisitions editor, she is credited for kicking off a well-rounded series of bestselling YA novels at Zondervan and quality, highly reviewed novels at Abingdon Press.

Barbara worked with both fiction and nonfiction authors and sold their work to numerous publishers while acting as a literary agent for WordServe Literary Group. She also is a published author, and currently, she is writing and editing under the banner of her company Heartland Editorial Management (

She partnered with best-selling authors such as Brandilyn Collins and Melody Carlson for the YA fiction line at Zondervan, and many of the authors in her fiction launch at Abingdon Press received rave reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal. Two of her authors at Abingdon Press, Cynthia Ruchti and Richard Mabry, were nominated for Carol Awards by ACFW in 2011, and Nancy Rue, one of her authors at Zonderkidz (the children’s division of Zondervan), has sold more than one million copies of her various children’s and YA series there. The fiction line at Abingdon Press exceeded all sales expectations.

Barbara’s educational background includes a M.A. in English from National University, a B.A. in English from Missouri Southern College, a Certificate in Film from the Mass Media Institute at Stanford University, a graduate-level course in child development from Calvin College, training in screen development with the Robert McKee Story Seminar in Los Angeles, and numerous sales, management, and customer service training courses.

She also posts daily tips, inspirational quotes, and encouragement for writers on her Facebook page at and on Twitter at

13 thoughts on “Barbara Scott

  1. Most Christian publishers work through agents, although there may be a few small ones that take submissions. First, write a proposal with a summary, table of contents, your biography, and how you plan to market the book. Some Christian agents post proposal templates on their websites. Sales of non-fiction are dependent on your platform, so you should be speaking and writing before you attempt to publish.

  2. Hi Barbara! What’s the line between a CBA book and a Christian worldview book? I wrote a YA fairy tale from a Christian worldview but was told it probably was better suited to ABA. I agree, but the ABA fantasy world just seems so dark, or populated by bratty 16 year olds. Is there a place for light-hearted fairy tales about girls in their early twenties? The story feels more YA than adult, or even new adult (It’s too respectable to be a NA, judging from some of the definitions I’ve seen!). Thanks!

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  4. Barbara, thanks for your input. Ebooks are definitely here to stay and will be more and more the preference of many readers. But, even though I read ebooks, I still like to have the tactile experience of a printed book. For now we have the option of both but I wonder what the next twenty years will bring.
    Would love to win a 5 page edit.

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