Today we are finishing our super fun series about how to work with an editor. Kathi Lipp and her two experts, Mick Silva and Lyneta Smith are wrapping up the series today with the inside scoop on how to get noticed by an acquisitions editor. The series started with how to find the right editor for you, followed by what kind of editor do you need, and how much does an editor cost. In this episode about getting noticed by an acquisitions editor you will hear Mick and Lynetta’s best piece of advice and you will learn: 

  • What are acquisitions editors looking for when they take on a book
  • What makes it a compelling yes
  • What are the three Cs editors are looking for
  • How does a proposal set you up for success 
  • What are acquisition editors’ pet peaves






Links and Resources:

Writing at The Red House


Lyneta Smith


Mick Silva


Curtain Call by Lyneta Smith


Zondervan Publishing


Wordcrafts Press


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Don’t miss next week’s episode to learn about acquisitions and the actual process of getting published. 

Meet Your Hosts

Kathi Lipp

Kathi Lipp

Author, Speaker, Communicator Academy Creator and CEO

Communicator Academy founder, Leverage: The Speaker Conference creator and master instructor Kathi Lipp, is a national speaker and author of 17 books including “Clutter Free,” “Overwhelmed,” and “The Husband Project.”

She is a frequent guest on radio and TV, and has been named Focus on the Family radio’s “Best of Broadcast.”

She is the host of the popular podcast “Clutter Free Academy with Kathi Lipp.”

Over the past 10 years, Kathi has helped hundreds of people increase their platform through teaching and coaching. She is a frequent teacher at writer’ s conferences and has helped countless authors and speakers find their audiences.

Kathi’s desire to help fellow speakers and authors avoid the mistakes she made, increase their confidence and be the person God made them to be, inspired her creation of Communicator Academy. Her newest adventure, is The Red House where she offers writer’s retreats and Writers in Residence events. Learn more about the Red House at

Mick Silva

Mick Silva

Acquisitions Editor

Mick Silva is Senior Acquisitions Editor for Zondervan Books and has nearly 2 decades of experience working in Christian publishing. He lives in Grand Rapids, MI with his wife and two daughters.

Instagram  @micksilvaediting

Lyneta Smith

Lyneta Smith


Lyneta Smith has published several stories and articles in periodicals and anthologies. Her memoir, Curtain Call, released in 2019. She plans to continue writing books highlighting God’s redemptive power in stories. When Lyneta isn’t writing, you can find her at her local coffee shop or snuggled up with a good book.



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