Roscoe Barnes III, Ph.D.
Woodville, Mississippi, United States
Home page: www.roscoebarnes.net
ROSCOE BARNES III is an award-winning journalist, ghostwriter and a nationally
known copywriter who specializes in direct response marketing for non-profit
organizations. When he isn't busy writing copy for contributions, he writes direct mail
packages and publicity copy for consumer and business-to-business markets. He
also works as a publicity consultant.
Barnes has written copy for such national non-profit clients as the World Bible
Translation Center, Lautman & Co., and Good News Jail & Prison Ministry, among
others. (NOTE: You may connect with Barnes on Facebook, or follow him on
Prolific and Versatile
Dubbed a "Renaissance Writer," Barnes is one of the most versatile writers around.
Since he began writing in 1982, he has established himself as an award-winning
journalist, a columnist, a religious writer, a pastor and prison chaplain, an Army
veteran, seminar leader, artist, book publisher and a marketing consultant for small
businesses. He is a correspondent for Publishers' Auxiliary, the official publication of
the National Newspaper Association.
Nationally Known Columnist
Barnes is a former columnist for two national publications: Fund Raising
Management magazine (Hoke Communications Inc.), where he wrote "Copy
Thoughts"; and Publishers's Auxiliary (National Newspaper Association), where he
wrote "Streetwise Reporting." He also wrote a monthly column for The Tidal Wave
business newsmagazine. He is a regular contributor to Grace & Truth Magazine.
His work has been cited in a number of popular business books, including Secrets of
a Freelance Writer and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Direct Marketing, Bly on
Direct Marketing, Secrets of Successful Telephone Selling, all by Robert W. Bly; and
The AMA's (American Marketing Association) Complete Guide to Small Business
Advertising by Joe Vitale.
Author of Numerous Books and Gospel Tracts
Barnes is the author of numerous books and training guides, the subjects of which
span everything from World War II history and Journalism to Self-help and Art. The
* Writing the Personality Profile: How to Craft and Sell Compelling Stories about
People (Marion Street Press, forthcoming)
* F.F. Bosworth: The Man Behind "Christ the Healer," (Cambridge Scholars
* The Golden Rules of Advertising (Racom Books, forthcoming)
* Public Relations Made Easy (Entrepreneur Press, 2007)
* Direct Response Advertising Made Easy (Entrepreneur Press, 2006)
* The Better Letter: Essential Tips for Effective Fundraising Copy (Target Marketing
* Mighty Through God: Biography of Dr. G.D. Voorhis, editor/ghostwriter (Dr. G.D.
Voorhis Educational Program Inc., 2006)
* Secrets of a Writing Hustler: How to Beat the Odds --Overcome Rejection -- and
Succeed as a Writer. Endorsed by Robert W. Bly (Filbert Publishing, 2005);
* The Guide to Effective Gospel Tract Ministry (Church Growth Institute, 2004)
* Bicentennial: Our People, Our Heritage, (contributor, The Record Herald, 1997).
* Off to War: Franklin Countians in World War II (White Mane Publishing, 1996)
* Discover Your Talent and Find Fulfillment (McKinley & Henson, 1992).
* Big Bucks from Little Sketches (McKinley & Henson, 1993; used by International
* Scooping the Competition: How to Be FIRST in Reporting HOT Stories (Roscoe
Barnes/National Newspaper Association, 1998).
Barnes also is the author of many gospel tracts (religious pamphlets) which are
published by some of the leading Christian publishing houses: The Tract League,
Christian Light Publications, Evangelical Tract Distributors, Herald Press, Pilgrim
Tract Society, and Grace & Truth.
Winner of Journalism Awards
As a journalist, Barnes has worked for both military and civilian newspapers. In
1985, after working for The Enterprise-Tocsin (Indianola, Miss.), the Mississippi
Press Association awarded him First Place honors for Best Investigative Reporting.
In 1996, while writing for The Record Herald (Waynesboro, Pa.), the Pennsylvania
Newspaper Publishers' Association awarded him Second Place honors for Best
News Beat Reporting. That same year, he took honorable mentions for Best Spot
News Story and his newsroom was named Newsroom of the Year in a national
contest sponsored by American Publishing Company.
Barnes has published articles, book reviews, news stories and features in trade,
military and inspirational magazines. He has published fiction in literary magazines
in the United States and Germany. Barnes last worked as a full-time journalist for
Public Opinion, a daily newspaper in Chambersburg, Pa.
Widely Published in Magazines and Newspapers
In addition to The Associated Press and many state press associations, Barnes has
written for: Editor & Publisher, EurArmy, Grace in Focus, Church of God Evangel,
Pentecostal Evangel, Lighted Pathway, Refleks Journal, Grit, Writers' Forum,
Authorship, Writers Journal, HomeBusiness Magazine, Grace & Truth Magazine,
Enrichment Journal, Pulpit Helps, Soldier, Command, BodyTalk, The Evangelist,
The Harvester, The Cracker Barrel Magazine, Elizabethtown Magazine, At Ease,
Pneuma Review, Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association,
African Journal of Pentecostal Studies. His work has also appeared on the pages of
The Washington Post, Current Thoughts & Trends, The Patriot News (Harrisburg,
Pa.) and a number of other newspapers and magazines.
Doctor of Philosophy/Seminary Graduate
In terms of his educational background, Barnes holds a Ph.D. in Church History,
awarded by the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He has completed graduate
work with Boston University and holds a Master of Arts degree from Lutheran
Theological Seminary (Gettysburg, Pa.). He earned his Bachelor of Science and
Associate of Science degrees (Cum Laude) from East Coast Bible College/Lee
University-Charlotte Center (Charlotte, N.C.) He is a graduate and member of the
Christian Writers Guild. He is also a member of the Society for Pentecostal Studies.
Seminar Leader and College Lecturer
A native of Indianola, Miss., Barnes has taught writing and communication courses
for the University of Maryland (Germany) and Harrisburg (Pa.) Area Community
College. He's led workshops and seminars for the Mississippi Press Association, the
Pennsylvania Women's Press Association and the New York Press Association,
among other groups.
** Reachable on Facebook and Twitter **
Barnes shares tidbits about his work as a professional writer and his personal life on
social networking sites. He includes tips and valuable resources on writing,
publishing and marketing. Connect with him on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter
Interests: Movies, Martial Arts, Cartooning, Reading, Bodybuilding.
Published writer: Yes