“What is that seal on your book for?”
The Avery and Gunner books both have a cover imprint because they each were awarded a Stars and Flag National Book Award. But four of my books have round silver stickers on the covers. These are the Seal of Approval of the Catholic Writers Guild.
“Oh, so this is a book about Catholicism?” No. It's not. The SoA means the book was evaluated by a panel of experts who have deemed the book contains no content that isn’t supported by the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.
For the book, this means there is no objectionable content, nothing heretical or blasphemous, nothing that isn’t supported by the Church. It doesn’t mean it has specifically Catholic content. Catholic nonfiction can have animprimatur, but fiction can’t. The Seal provides that same assurance.
For Christian Bookstore owners who don’t have time to read every book before accepting it, its blessed assurance! Some books lay in the back room gathering dust while waiting for someone to read them and determine they’re safe to sell. Bookstore owners can see the prized Seal of Approval and know that step has already been done for them, and they are assured of its Christian viewpoint and its Catholicity.
For the author, the seal is a foot –in-the-door for marketing to Catholic Bookstores, other Christian businesses and parochial schools. With the assurance of the Seal, bookstores are more inclined to carry the book in their shops. If they haven’t carried that particular genre in the past, they are more likely to try it because of the Seal of Approval. Parochial schools are worry-free when inviting the author and books into their schools and libraries.
What does it mean for the reader? For the discriminating reader who is tired of skimming over offensive language and skipping passages with uncomfortable and inappropriate content, and stumbling over editing errors, it means you can relax, enjoy the book, and even share it with family members. It doesn’t mean the books won’t include hard-to-talk-about subject matter. It means the subject is handled in keeping with the Faith and the teaching of the Church, in a clean, dignified and holy sense.
The Catholic Writers Guild’s mission is to build a vibrant Catholic literary culture in today’s world of faithful Catholic writers, artists and editors. That culture has a long and awe-inspiring legacy. Google famous Catholic authors. You will see at once why we need to continue this mission and continue to maintain the quality of literature prominent in our past history. The Seal of Approval is a 21st century attempt. The quality of a book with the Seal has also undergone scrutiny for editing issues, grammar and typos. Readers can have high expectations of a book with the Seal of Approval from the Catholic Writers Guild.
On the Catholic Writers Guild website you'll find well-crafted books for all your family members, coming with high recommendations and the Seal of Approval. Add some to your summer reading.