Monday, January 27, 2014
•THE DANIEL PLAN by Rick Warren, Daniel Amen, Mark Hyman and others (Zondervan) is #5 in Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous. •HEAVEN IS FOR REAL by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent (Thomas Nelson) is #7 in Paperback Nonfiction; #17 in E-Book Nonfiction; and #16 in Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction. •THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES by Gary Chapman (Northfield) is #9 in Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous. •HANDS FREE MAMA by Rachel Macy Stafford (Zondervan) is #13 in Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous. •THE HARBINGER by Jonathan Cahn (FrontLine) is #17 in Paperback Trade Fiction. •HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach (Howard Books) is #21 in Hardcover Nonfiction. •FLIGHT TO HEAVEN by Dale Black and Ken Gire (Bethany House) is #25 in E-Book Nonfiction.
Amazon Publishing today announced the launch of Waterfall Press, a new Christian imprint that will specialize in faith-based non-fiction and fiction. Waterfall Press non-fiction will aim to provide spiritual refreshment and inspiration to today’s Christian reader, while fiction will include stories in the romance, mystery, and suspense genres. Waterfall Press titles will be published by Brilliance Publishing, part of the Amazon.com group of companies, which currently offers readers self-help and personal growth books under the Grand Harbor Press imprint. “Brilliance has over 12 years of experience serving the Christian market as audiobook publisher of some of the most successful Christian authors writing today,” said Mark Pereira, President and Publisher of Brilliance Publishing. “We are excited to expand our offering to readers of faith-based material by publishing original Christian content with enduring appeal.” Waterfall Press debuts with a selection of fiction and non-fiction in 2014 including: •Mark Buchanan’s The Four Best Places to Live (February 2014), which reveals the surprising truth about how the best places to live are not based on climate, employment opportunities, or cost of living, but rather on places to experience joy, peace, and belonging according to Scripture. •Best-selling, self-published author Cherie Hill’s When You Need a Miracle (April 2014), which discusses the critical steps of faith you need when you find yourself at life’s most challenging crossroads. •The Quiet Revolution by Jay Hein (June 2014). Hein, Director of the White House Office of Faith- Based and Community Initiatives under President George W. Bush, provides an insider’s perspective on how presidents have rallied Americans to serve their nation by volunteering in their individual communities and speaks to the importance of service in improving lives around the world. Waterfall Press will also publish shorter content, including upcoming works by Pastor Bryan Wilkerson (Living Deep, March 2014); Pastor Dan Meyer (Discovering God, April 2014); and the editors of global media ministry Christianity Today (Billy Graham; Leading With Love, April 2014). Editorial oversight for Waterfall Press will be led by Tammy Faxel, who brings 30 years of experience in the Christian publishing industry through prior posts at Tyndale House Publishers and Oasis Audio. Several of the books on the launch list—including The Four Best Places to Live and The Quiet Revolution, will be published in collaboration with Christianity Today. “The breadth of Amazon’s opportunities creates a dynamic bridge between the author and reader that can move the content conversation to a growing global audience,” said Harold Smith, President and CEO of Christianity Today. Brilliance Publishing, part of the Amazon.com group of companies, is a Michigan-based, full-service book publisher, publishing Christian fiction and non-fiction and personal growth and self-help books in print, eBook and audiobook formats under its two imprints. With a growing catalog of titles from over 500 authors (including Tom Clancy, Stephen Covey, Nora Roberts, Rick Riordan, and others), Brilliance Audio provides audiobooks in the popular categories of inspiration/self-help, romance, mystery, suspense and thrillers, science fiction and fantasy, business, and biography; and for children and young adults. Brilliance Audio recordings are available for the retail and library markets on compact disc, MP3- formatted compact discs, and files for download. Waterfall Press joins sister imprints 47North, AmazonCrossing, AmazonEncore, Amazon Publishing, Grand Harbor Press, Jet City Comics, Kindle Worlds, Lake Union, Little A, Montlake Romance, Skyscape, StoryFront, Thomas & Mercer, and Two Lions in the Amazon Publishing family. For more information about all imprints of Amazon Publishing, visit www.apub.com. For more information on Waterfall Press and upcoming titles, visit www.brilliancepublishing.com/waterfall
As a writer, don't you dream of touching the lives of children, of offering them hope for a better future? As author Barbara Steiner once said, "Writing for children is the toughest of all writing because children's books change lives. . . . Kids take stories to heart, believe them, and reread them if they have touched their spirits." You, too, can touch a child's spirit through your writing. You can use your writing talent to inspire and help and encourage. One of the best things writers can give children through their writing is a sense of hope. This spring, the Highlights Foundation will repeat the successful workshop "Sharing Our Hope: Writing for Religious and Inspirational Markets." Workshop presenters Kristi Holl and Paula Morrow will help you determine where your own writing fits into the spectrum of religious, spiritual, Christian, inspirational, and crossover writing; learn how to write strong characters who are believable and multifaceted, yet flawed enough for kids to identify with; learn how to infuse tension into your characters, plot, settings, and dialogue; explore inspirational market guides, plus discuss books especially for inspirational writers; participate in discussions on surviving the writing life — and thriving — plus self-care for writers; and understand and learn to deal with "gatekeepers": parents, gift-givers, librarians, editors, and agents. The workshop is a perfect Christmas gift for a writer you know—or for yourself! We hope you will join Paula Morrow and Kristi Holl for "Sharing Our Hope: Writing for Christian and Inspirational Markets." This Highlights Foundation workshop will be held at The Barn, outside of Honesdale, PA, March 27-30, 2014. Paula, long-time editor of children's books and magazines at Cricket Magazine Group and Cricket Books, currently has an independent editing service. She has served as a book reviewer for the national Church and Synagogue Library Association, advisory board member for The Little Christian magazine, and a voting member on a number of awards committees, including the Newbery. Kristi is a Children's Choice Award-winning author, and has written 42 books for children, and much more. She taught writing for children and teens for the Institute of Children's Literature for twenty-five years. She is the author of two books for writers: Writer’s First Aid and More Writer’s First Aid. To register now or for more information, call Jo Lloyd at 570-253-1192 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
Friday, January 24, 2014
I have a few copies left of the "2013 Christian Writers' Market Guide," that I'll sell for $13.00--including the postage. This is not yet listed on my Website, but you can order and pay by credit card by phone, e-mail, or through PayPal (to firstname.lastname@example.org.) This special is good as long as I have copies, but I do have a limited number. Phone number is 503-642-9844. You can also order by mail to: Sally Stuart, 15935 SW Greens Way, Tigard OR 97224.
An author is looking for stories for a book to be called, "The Orphaned Generation," which will tackle the sensitive issue of older parents who are estranged from their adult children. The stories will need to written in the words of the estranged parents themselves. If interested in sharing your story anonymously, call June at 561-281-9703.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Hi All--In case you haven't gotten the word. WinePress Publishing is going out of business. If you still have business with them, the only e-mail that works is: email@example.com. Apparently they are bogged down with e-mails from their authors, and indicate it may take up to two weeks to get a response--but they do promise to respond. Don't wait too long to contact them. Sally
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Hi All--Just wanted to let you know that I now have copies of the 2014 Christian Writers' Market Guide for sale. I'm still waiting for my Webmaster to update the Website, but you can still order the 2014 guide. Go ahead and order the 2013 (price is still the same), and you will automatically get the 2014 edition. Price is $19.99, and I pay the postage. This new edition has 100 extra pages of resources and information for writers. Go to www.stuartmarket.com.