LDStorymakers, Inc. is an author's guild for published authors who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. All LDS authors who meet the membership requirements are invited to join.
Our purpose as an organization is three-fold:
- Encourage and support fellow writers
- Strengthen literacy in our communities
- Raise the quality of LDS literature
For these reasons, we reach out to authors and help them improve their craft. We believe the more people become comfortable with a pen and a book, the more civilized our society will grow.
Why a guild?
The guild wasn’t formed to be exclusive. It’s there to provide a professional, safe place where published LDS authors can grow in their craft by supporting each other, sharing ideas and experiences, and feeling free to discuss publishing contracts and other publishing options.
While it may appear exclusive to unpublished authors, we have nothing but respect for all writers and we strive to help all toward publication. We offer aspiring authors informational support on our website under the Author Resources tab, as well as two annual writers’ conferences (Utah and Kansas City) to provide training and networking opportunities with agents and editors.
Membership is open to all LDS published authors who meet our joining guidelines. We are dedicated to increasing the quality of LDS literature and to offer support and encouragement to all published LDS authors.
A Detailed History of Storymakers.
LDStorymakers (pronounced “LDS Story Makers”) started as an e-mail group. It was the brainchild of best-selling author Rachel Ann Nunes who created the first list on October 17, 2002. Originally called LDSSmallPressWriters, our group was designed as a home for published writers who were associated with small publishers—particularly those in the LDS market. Our members could offer help and seek advice from each other.
By February 20, 2003, thirteen members had joined, including Josi Kilpack, Tristi Pinkston, and BJ Rowley, who played an integral part of directing the course of LDStorymakers. We intentionally wanted to grow slowly to keep a “family” feel. On September 25, 2003, we changed our name to LDStorymakers to reflect our religious affiliation and the high ethical values we strive for in our writing. In no time at all, LDStorymakers had grown from a gaggle of strangers who knew very little about each other, to a gathering place for friends.
A Writers Conference was added in the spring of 2004. The event was so successful that it became a sought-after annual event. At this time, we also incorporated LDStorymakers, registering with the state on Dec. 29, 2003. Rachel, Josi, and BJ served as President, Vice President, and Executive Secretary/Manager respectively, forming the Executive Committee.
After our first Writers Conference, we organized a sister group to LDStorymakers, named after the theme of that 2004 conference: Authors Incognito. This online support group provided the same kind of support, camaraderie, and information as our main group, but was designed specifically for unpublished writers. This dynamic group (renamed to Storymakers Tribe in 2015) now boasts a membership of over 300. The only requirement for membership in the Storymakers Tribe is attendance at an LDStorymakers Writers Conference.
We reached our established membership cap on November 5, 2005. At this time, we changed the original list name to Charter and created a main LDStorymaker list to allow all LDS authors to join. The members of the Charter list functioned as the Board of Directors for a short while. To better serve our members, we created the expanded lists (Talk, Write, News).
In 2007 the Whitney Awards were founded by member Robison Wells to operate as an autonomous subsidiary of LDStorymakers. The Whitney Awards has rapidly become THE award to receive among novelists in the LDS community.
In the fall of 2008, we formed a Board of Directors to replace the Charter list. In August of 2010, the members of the Executive Committee stepped down, dissolving the EC and turning over the running of Storymakers to the BOD. The BOD created a new logo and developed the website to reflect our growing and changing membership.
Each of our members has a chance to serve and to help LDStorymakers grow.