Saturday, November 29, 2008


Just wanted to let you all know that I'll be taking a break from work and from the computer for the next week. Time to recharge and get ready for the delivery of the new market guides--and for the Christmas rush. You should be able to order the new market guide off the Website sometime today.

Friday, November 28, 2008


Ministry Today is now being offered as a free digital magazine. They have taken their 112-page print magazine and made it available online. To sign up to get a subscription to the free version, just go to:

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Dr. Henry Brandt, acknowledged by many as the "Father of Modern-Day Biblical Counseling" died yesterday from complications related to Parkinson's disease. He was 92.

For over five decades, Dr. Brandt--international consultant, educator, counselor, author, and conference speaker--impacted the lives of countless people. He possessed wisdom and skill as a communicator and authored numerous books including the classic, The Heart of the Problem, as well as his soon-to-be-released, Soul Prescription, which he co-authored with the late Bill Bright. His work, which has been translated into many languages, has circulated the globe and continues to influence many as people access his insightful principles and teachings by way of the internet.

Born in Canada in 1916, the youngest of 10 children, Henry grew up in Detroit, Michigan. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Houghton College in 1947, his Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology from Wayne State University in 1949, and his PhD in Marriage and Family Relations from Cornell University in 1952.

After completing his doctorate at Cornell, Henry served for two years as the Dean of Men at his alma mater, Houghton College. He was then invited to take a one- year sabbatical replacement position teaching Speech at North American Baptist Seminary. The experience taught him far more than he had anticipated: it set the course of his career in public speaking.

In 1955, following his pivotal year at North American Baptist Seminary, Henry moved back to Michigan. He worked for three years as a full-time staff member for the Clare Elizabeth Fund, not only to develop further some of the key teaching principles behind the Lamaze Program, but also to supervise twelve children's nurseries. Henry served for over a decade (1955-65) as a licensed psychologist in the area of individual, marriage and family counseling in private practice in Michigan. During this time his call to ministry and his gifts in public speaking led him to host a popular family radio program aired over the Moody Bible Institute's station WMBI from 1961 to 1971.

In 1965, Henry combined his vocation with a business endeavor to support his growing worldwide outreach. After developing a group of restaurants into a profitable venture, he sold them to purchase the state franchise for a popular ice cream parlor chain. With the success of his businesses, Henry was able to continue his international speaking, teaching, and counseling ministry.

Throughout Henry's career, he taught in a number of institutes, colleges and seminaries, including The General Motors Institute, Houghton College, North American Baptist Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Christian Heritage College, and Palm Beach Atlantic University. He was instrumental in founding departments of psychology for both Christian Heritage College and Palm Beach Atlantic University.

In 2003, the American Association of Christian Counselors presented Henry with their "Care Giver Award" for his lifetime achievements in counseling. With a focus on individual development as well as marriage and family living, the legacy of his ministry has been written in the hearts and lives of generations of men, women, and children around the world.

Known as a communicator of communicators, Henry had an uncanny ability to understand his audience and to deliver just the right message. His use of Scripture, combined with his unique sense of humor, has reached the "inner person" of many to help facilitate genuine change.

In 2006, the Henry Brandt Foundation was established to preserve and advance the insightful, life-changing biblical principles of Dr. Brandt. His teachings and more of his biography are available online at

Henry was married for forty-two years to Eva (d. 1979), with whom he had three children--Dick, Beth, and Sue- -four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. He later married Marcy, who had one daughter, Lori, and two grandchildren. Marcy died after three years. In 1987, Henry married Jo, who has three children--Will (d. 2000), Juliette, and Chris--and four grandchildren.

A memorial service for Dr. Brandt is planned for January, 2009, in Orlando, Florida.


The AWP (Assn. of Writers & Writing programs)Conference & Bookfair will be held February 11-14, 2009 at the Hilton in Chicago, Illinois. They are expecting more than 8,000 attendees: teachers, authors, and publishers of contemporary literature. For information on renting a table or booth (to sell books), or how to attend, visit their Website at:

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Julee Schwartzburg is no longer at Multnomah, but plans to do freelance editing.

Jennifer Lytell has left Moody and is moving to B & H Publishing.

Andy McGuire will begin working at Bethany in adult nonfiction starting December 1.


SHERWOOD INDEXING & INFORMATION SERVICES. 4940 Poleplant Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80918. (719)641-4665. Contact Karen Sherwood, Provides accurate, succinct indexes for non-fiction titles within strict deadlines using the author’s voice and terminology. Indexing a non-fiction book greatly enhances its value to booksellers, librarians and ultimately, readers. A coherent index anticipates the reader’s queries, provides quick access to the book’s content and gives a detailed “map” of its main topics and subtopics. Indexing services are offered for most genres, with special interest in Christian living, bible study, apologetics, health & wellness, cooking, interior design and home improvement. Quotes available.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


I just got word that Jeanette Thomason has left her position as Editorial Director at Watrbrook. No reason was given, but a new Editorial director will be announced next week.

Monday, November 24, 2008


Every Now & Then by Karen Kingsbury (Zondervan), which released on November 11, will debut on the New York Times Paperback Fiction bestsellers list at #9 for the week of 11/30. Upon the release of the first book in the 9/11 series, One Tuesday Morning, Kingsbury sent out approximately 500 copies with personal letters to the firehouses in the FDNY. Within weeks, she started to receive letters thanking her and telling how her book had changed their lives. Every Now & Then continues the story with Alex Brady, whose father was a New York firefighter killed in the Twin Towers.


The International Christian Retail Show 2009 will be held in Denver, CO, Sunday, July 12 through Wednesday, July 15. The new four-day format that includes three days of extended exhibit-floor hours will allow exhibitors and attendees to maximize time away from their offices and stores, while reducing their costs. Total exhibit time will be reduced by just three hours while shaving off a day of travel costs, meals, and time investment.

“Finding ways to reduce the cost of attending and exhibiting at the International Christian Retail Show, while also finding ways to increase the unique value of the business that can take place only at this industry-wide event, has been our focus since the close of the Show in July 2008,” said Scott Graham, CBA meetings and expositions director. “It can be challenging to meet the widely varying needs and preferences of the many contributors to the Show, but those whom we’ve talked with are thrilled with this shortened-schedule solution.”
In the surveys CBA conducted at the close of the 2008 Show, 67% of exhibitors stated that they prefer a three-day exhibit with another 10% indicating no preference as to a three- or four-day exhibit schedule. For retailers, the most commonly expressed concern was having enough uninterrupted time to network and do business with industry partners. In response, CBA is putting together a slightly shorter and more open schedule that will help both sides accomplish their goals for the 2009 Show in Denver, while also lowering costs for everyone.

While the Show will be celebrating its 60th anniversary this July, Graham says that a fresh approach is being taken to putting together the annual event. “We’ve gone back to the drawing board to figure out what aspects of the show are most valuable to our attendees and exhibitors, and we’re re-shaping the show in significant ways,” said Graham. “We’re creating opportunities for learning, networking, and more on the exhibit floor to provide value in a more effective and efficient format for everyone at the Show.”


Jonathan Merkh has joined the William Morris Agency (WMA) as an agent in its Book Department, it was announced today by Jennifer Rudolph Walsh and Suzanne Gluck, Co-Heads of WMA’s Book Department. Merkh will be based out of WMA’s Nashville office, with a focus on the Christian/Faith book market. “Jonathan is an innovative thinker who possesses the vision that made him the perfect candidate to lead our expansion into Christian Faith book publishing,” said Walsh. “His distinguished record and reputation will enhance our presence in a high-growth market and help us continue to expand our range,” added Gluck.


Focus on the Family is cutting 202 jobs as economic hardships threaten to reduce the charitable donations that comprise 95 percent of the nonprofit ministry's income. The announcement was made at a news conference Nov. 17, marking the most serious reduction in the 32-year-history of the pro-family organization founded by James Dobson. The Gazette newspaper in Colorado Springs, Colo., where Focus is based, reported that the ministry is laying off 149 workers and cutting another 53 vacant positions, reducing the total number of employees from about 1,150 to 950.

Sunday, November 23, 2008


The following publications are out of business, no longer accept freelance, or have moved and left no forwarding address:

Choice Newspaper (Russia): Unable to contact. Page 350.

Holy City Chronicle: Bad Address/unable to contact. Page 379.

Parent & Teens: Bad Website/unable to contact. Page 399.

Three One Six: Unable to contact. Page 417.

Urban Kingdom Bad address/unable to contact. Page 420.

Resource: Out of business. Page 442.

The Rock (no freelance). Page 477.

Boomer Babes Rock Book Series (asked to be deleted). Page 481.

Keeping Hearts & Home: Unable to contact. Page 488.

Tapestry (Canada): No freelance. Page 493.

Saturday, November 22, 2008


Catholic Digest: PO Box 6015, 1 Montauk Ave., Ste. 200, New London CT 06320; Page 346.

The Christian Chronicle: PO Box 11000, Oklahoma City OK 73013. Page 351.

Christian Courier (Canada): 5 Joanna Dr., St. Catherines ON L2N 1V1, Canada. Page 352.

Perspectives: 517 Peterson St., Alta IA 51002. Rhoda Janzen, poetry editor. Page 400.

Salvo Magazine: P.O. Box 410788, Chicago IL 60641. Page 409.

Alpha News: 61 Gramercy Park N., Apt. 603, New York NY 10010-5406. Page 454.

The Catholic Servant:; Page 455.

The Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling: 1549 Clairmont Rd., Ste. 103, Decatur GA 30033-4635; 404-320-0195; fax 404-320-0849. Page 459.

Sewanee Theological Review: Submit to The Managing Editor, University of the South, School of Theology, Box 46-W, Sewanee TN 37383-0001. Page 467.

Risen Magazine: 5677 Oberlin Dr., Ste. 202, San Diego CA 92121; Page 477.

True Girl: Mailing address is bad, but Website still working. Page 479.

Boomer Babes Rock Book Series: 100 W. Southlake Blvd., Ste. 142-600, Southlake TX 76092. Page 481.

Horizons:, or Page 487.

Freelance Writer’s Report: Page 500.

Money the Write Way: 1132 Tulio St., Yuba City CA 95993-8734. Page 500.

Poets & Writers: 90 Broad St., Ste. 2100, New York NY 10004-2272; 212-226-3586. Page 502.

Friday, November 21, 2008


The Christian Writer’s Seminar, February 20-21, 2009 (Friday evening and Saturday in the San Francisco Bay Area), will feature keynoter and bestselling writer James Scott Bell on the theme Loading Mercury with a Pitchfork. The Seminar, targeting beginners to intermediates, features 44 writing workshops with tracks on Beginner’s Basics, Advanced Fiction, Screenwriting, Books, and Articles.

James Scott Bell is the bestselling author of Try Dying, Try Darkness, and Deceived, among many others. He is a Christy Award for Excellence winner in Christian fiction. He served as the fiction columnist for Writer’s Digest, and has written two bestselling craft books in the Writers Digest Series Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure and Revision & Self-Editing. Jim has taught writing at Pepperdine University and at numerous writing conferences.

For a Seminar brochure, email Jon Drury at, or call him at 510-886-6300 x212. The Seminar website should be up in December, 2008.

Thursday, November 20, 2008


If you would like to get a copy of the 2008 Christian Writers' Market Guide, it is now available for about half price. (See below for the special on the 2009 edition.) Since this is a Blog Special, I have not yet made the change on my Website, so to get the special on the 2008, just order the 2007 edition and include a note in the message section that says you want the Blog Special on the 2008 edition. You can also send your order with a check for $18.50 to: Sally Stuart, 1647 SW Pheasant Dr., Aloha OR 97006.


With the end of the year quickly approaching, I know many of you are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the 2009 Christian Writers' Market Guide. I should have copies by the first of the year--if not sooner--so am already preparing envelopes so I can get copies out as soon as they get here. Since the pre-paid orders are the first to go out, I want to encourage you to get in your orders now.

I am even offering a Blog Special for those who want to order now and get on that list of early deliveries. If I have your paid order by December 10, I will pay the postage--meaning you will pay $34.99 instead of $39.50. In addition, the first 25 to respond will get a free copy of Sally Stuart's Guide to Getting Published--a $17.99 value.

To get this special price you can do one of two things:

To pay by check: Send your order, mailing address, and a check for $34.99 to Sally Stuart, 1647 SW Pheasant Dr., Aloha OR 97006. If you are one of the first 25, you will also get the free book.

To pay by credit card through PayPal: I'm not set up on the Website for you to pay this special price, so you will need to do the following - Go to the Website and order the 2008 edition at full price, but include a note in the message section that you want the 2009 edition on the Blog Special. I will then refund the postage through PayPal. If you are one of the first 25 to respond, you will also get the free book. Website is

Please note that the books are not off the press yet, but will be sent out the first of January. If you want the 2008 edition see the next entry on how to get it for half price.

NEW: WRITERS CONFERENCE GUIDELINES.COM is dedicated to helping writers master the conference submission process. You’ll learn what goes into writing different parts of your submission package and how to do it right. We’ll have information on queries, cover letters, book proposals, article and manuscript formats, genre tips, meeting with faculty, making the most of your conference, conference links, resources, a glossary, and more. It will also have samples of queries, proposals, and manuscript formats. Contributors include conference faculty, editors, publishers, agents, and experienced writers.

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Helping Writers Master the Submission Process

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


I know it's not quite time to think about taxes, but here's an update on the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). To prevent the unintended result of having millions of middle-income taxpayers fall prey to the AMT, Congress has once again relied on a temporary "patch" to the problem. This time a one-year extension of the 2007 exemption amounts, increased slightly. Under the new law, for tax years starting in 2008, the AMT exemption amounts are increased to (1) $69,950 in the case of married individuals filing a joint return and surviving spouses; (2) $46,200 in the case of unmarried individuals other than surviving spouses; and (3) $34,975 in the case of married individuals filing a separate return.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Churchmouse Publications is a new web-based publishing syndicate created to serve the Christian community. They are seeking creative, well thought-out and well written features to offer their patron groups: 1) periodicals and newspapers; 2) churches and ministries; and 3) faith-based organizations and fellowships.

They have issued an OPEN CALL to new and established Christian authors and creators for submissions in the following areas:

Church Administration & Leadership – We need features covering the following topics:

q Administration – Policies & Procedures

q Church Building Program

q Church Planting

q Connecting With Your Community

q Financial Accountability

q Fundraising Success Stories

q Leadership Qualifications

q Meeting Counseling Needs

q Prison Ministries

q Protecting Your Congregation

Children’s Material – We need a variety of bible-based material for children including:

q Activities & Games

q Coloring & Connect-the-Dot Pages

q Crossword & Word Search Puzzles

q Poems & Prayers

q Quizzes & Trivia

q Skits, Plays & Other Programs

q Bible & Other Stories

Young Adults – We need material geared to young adults, ages 22-35, including:

q Benefits of Multi-generation Churches

q Choosing a Career & Finding a Job

q Finding the Right Church for You

q Online Resources & Communities

q Preparing for Marriage & Family

q Relevant Ministries for Today’s Changing World

q Remaining Steadfast in a Fast-paced Life

q Singleness—Purposeful or Otherwise

To get a copy of Churchmouse Publications most recently updated Submissions Guidelines, please email Please review them carefully before you query or submit a feature. Note: Churchmouse prefers to receive queries in the body of your email and submissions as an attached Microsoft Word document. Thank you.


Tan Books and Publishers Acquired by Saint Benedict Press

North Carolina-based Catholic publisher purchases assets out of bankruptcy

A leading publisher of traditional Roman Catholic books has been acquired by Saint Benedict Press, LLC, a North Carolina-based publisher of Catholic Classics. Established in 1967, TAN Books and Publishers have published more than 600 books distinctive for their preservation of the traditional literature of the Roman Catholic Church. In recent years, TAN has struggled to survive financially and most recently has been operating under the protection of the United States Bankruptcy Court.

Early last week, the assets of TAN were purchased by the owners of Saint Benedict Press.

TAN Books and Publishers will remain an independent imprint within Saint Benedict Press, maintaining its brand identity and publishing direction under Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Brent Klaske, who will assume General Management duties. He will be based at TAN's Rockford, Illinois offices.

"This is an exciting new day for TAN," said Mr. Klaske. "As a 15-year Executive employee of TAN, I am thrilled that we will be able to continue our mission of sharing faithful Catholic books with people around the world. The resources and commitment that our new ownership brings to the table will ensure the future stability and growth of TAN while still maintaining our fidelity to the Catholic Church and its teachings."

Among the Classics published by TAN Books and Publishers are the Baltimore Catechism series, the Douay-Rheims Bible and dozens of biographical treatments by and about the Saints, including such favorites as St. Teresa of Avila's Conversation with Christ, St. John of the Cross's Dark Night of the Soul, The Secret of the Rosary by St. Louis de Montfort, and The Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena.

"We welcome TAN Books and Publishers as a great resource for traditional Catholic products and we look forward to providing a continuation of its existing publishing plan. This acquisition will make way for an increase in new titles and an ability to bring back into print many of the favorite titles which have been on permanent back-order as a result of TAN's uncertain future," said Conor Gallagher, Vice President of Publishing, Saint Benedict Press. "Current TAN customers can be assured that the mission of TAN is not changing. We will now have the ability to meet the needs of the customers and the thousands of book stores around the world that carry TAN titles."

For more information about this announcement, please contact Walker or Wheeler of The Maximus Group at (678)990-9032.

To visit TAN Books and Publishers, please visit

To visit Saint Benedict Press, please visit

Monday, November 17, 2008


Just wanted to let you know that I'm now on Twitter. Actually I signed up months ago but just didn't have time to do anything with it. After I realized I had over 30 people following me--while I wasn't going anywhere--I thought it was time to get moving. If you're on Twitter, check me out at


Eerdmans’ title a NYT Best Illustrated Book of 2008.

On November 9, the New York Times Book Review released its list of the “Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2008.” Among the top 10 books is Eerdmans’ A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet. This is the second time a title illustrated by Melissa Sweet has been included on this list.


Robin Jones Gunn, Beverly Lewis and Tricia Goyer Chat Live at

Award-Winning Christian Authors Give Fans Christmas Inspiration, the family- friendly online bookstore, continues its weekly "Authors at Abunga" chats in December with award-winning authors offering a Christian perspective on Godly parenting and strong marriages and engaging stories with themes of love and redemption. The one-hour chats, held at 2 p.m. EST on the first three Wednesdays next month at, will feature family and parenting writer Tricia Goyer, New York Times best-selling novelist Beverly Lewis and Christian fiction author Robin Jones Gunn, respectively.

"These writers have touched the hearts of many readers with their words," said Chairman Lee Martin. " is thrilled to offer the opportunity for readers to connect with them on a personal level and receive a bit of inspiration during this hectic Christmas season."

Tricia Goyer, a wife, mother and "Generation Xer," is the author of "Generation NeXt Parenting: A Savvy Parent's Guide to Getting it Right," a book for parents who are constantly trying to meet their children's needs but are becoming tired and losing focus. For more information, visit

The New York Times best-selling novelist Beverly Lewis is the author of the highly-anticipated "The Longing," the final book in the popular "Courtship of Nellie Fisher" series. Lewis, who has written over 80 books for children and youth, will be on the chat on Dec. 10. Visit for more information.

Robin Jones Gunn's book "Engaging Father Christmas: A Novella," is the follow-up to "Finding Father Christmas" and tells a story about love, redemption and finding home. Gunn, a best- selling author of 60 books including the popular "Christy Miller" series, will join the Abunga chat on Dec. 17. For more information, visit

All chats are hosted at One week prior to each chat, readers can visit the "Authors at Abunga" Web page to submit questions. Questions are also accepted during chats. Transcripts of all author chats and a listing of scheduled authors are available from the homepage.

"Christmas is rapidly approaching and people are already beginning their holiday shopping," said Lee Martin, chairman of "These authors have books that entertain and inform, making the perfect Christmas gift for friends and loved ones." is an online bookstore founded to provide families a protected shopping environment. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., offers safety with more than 2 million family-friendly titles, savings through distributor-direct prices and support to nonprofit organizations by donating 5 percent of each transaction to a consumer-selected charity. For more information, visit

Note to Editors: For more information about, please visit


Congratulations to the authors and publishers listed in Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2008:

Jesus for President, Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw (Zondervan)

Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling, Andy Crouch (IVP)

O2: Breathing New Life into Faith, Richard Dahlstrom (Harvest House)

The Twenty-Piece Shuffle: Why the Poor and Rich Need Each Other, Greg Paul (David C. Cook)

The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why, Phyllis Tickle (Baker Books)

The Shape of Mercy, Susan Meissner (WaterBrook)

90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper has been named on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books List Top 150 books of the last 15 years.

Dr. Kevin Leman's Have a New Kid by Friday has been named to the Best 100 books of 2008 on The book appeared on the Customers' Bestsellers list. The list is ranked according to customer orders through October. Only books published for the first time in 2008 are eligible.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


Christmas Miracles is a book project we have contracted with St. Martin's Press for late 2009 release. We seek true stories of miracles that took place at Christmas. They must revolve around that special time of year.

We prefer first-person narratives.

This is an excellent opportunity to see your writing in a book with other outstanding authors.

You must follow these guidelines:

• Deadline for stories is December 24, 2008.
• All entries must be double-spaced, 12-point font, Times New Roman, Word document.
• Stories may run from 900 to 1,300 words. We will not consider longer pieces.
• We will edit all stories we accept so that they have a unified voice.
• Your name will be listed with your story and you'll have a four-line information/resume paragraph at the end of the book.
• Every story must have a positive solution that results from a miracle through events or timing at the Christmas season.
• Every story must have a positive application. That is, you must tell us what you learned from that miracle or how it changed your life.
• You may send an original or a reprint. (If a reprint, please tell us where it was published and assure us that you own the reprint rights.)

If we accept your story, you will retain rights. You'll also receive a $50 honorarium and a free copy of the book when it is released in October 2009.

We will offer special discounts for contributors who wish to buy additional books.
(We will send that information to you.)

Your Name
Your Email Address
Your Story Title
Attach from your computer

All entries must be double-spaced
12-point font, Times New Roman
Word document free forms



BGC World: The Baptist General Conference has changed their name to Converge Worldwide. In response, this publication will also be changing its name, but not until December. Page 342.

Channels is now an online publication called E-Channels. Page 349.

Our Journey has changed its name to Our Daily Journey; 3000 Kraft Ave. S.E., Grand Rapids MI 49512. Page 446.

Enrichment is looking for what they call Eshorts: 150-250-word think pieces covering a wide range of topics related to ministry, church life, culture, worship, generational issues, church/community, trends, evangelism, surveys, time management, and humor. Page 458.

MomSense now writes the name like this, instead of MOMsense. Page 490.

Byline Magazine has lowered their pay rate to $75 for features, and $25 for fiction. Page 497.


Laura Leiden Calligraphy: No freelance. Page 515.

Printessdi: No longer open to freelance submissions. Page 516.

World Library Publications: Jennifer Odegard, dir. of marketing; 800-621-5197, ext. 2800;; Page 517.

Appalacian Bible Company, Inc.: Bad address, no forwarding. Page 517.

Kristen Elliot, Inc.: 6030 N. Oracle Rd., Tucson AZ 85704-5310. Page 517.

Frederick Singer & Sons, Inc.: 520 S. Fulton Ave., Mount Vernon NY 10550-5011. Page 518.


Capstone Fiction has changed their name to OakTara, and they have a new e-mail and Website: and


Q - How do I get my foot in the door with a book publisher if I have never been published?

A - The truth is, you may not. The best way to get noticed by a publisher is to start building a reputation and getting as many credits as possible by being published in periodicals as much as possible. A publisher is looking for writers who have already developed a reputation in relation to their topic. That body of work goes a long way in giving you credibility. It also helps if you speak on your topic. These days that reputaion is becoming more and more important to publishers.

Friday, November 14, 2008


Arapahoe Library District in Denver Colorado -- Children’s and Teen Author Open House is this Saturday, Nov. 15, from 2-4 at the Smoky Hill Public Library.
Donita K. Paul, author of the Dragon Keeper Chronicles, will be on a panel discussion with numerous other authors popular with young adults.
Smoky Hill Public Library is located on the NE corner of Smoky Hill Road and Biscay Circle. The address is 5430 S. Biscay Circle, Centennial, CO, 80015 Our phone number is 303-LIBRARY (303-542-7279); ask the person who answers to transfer you to Smoky Hill.

Barnes and Noble will be selling books at the library for a booksigning following the discussion panel.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Dr. Sherwood "Woody" Wirt, beloved author,and mentor to so many of us, has
"graduated to heaven," joining His beloved Savior on November 8, 2008. Born
in 1911, Woody authored 42 books, including "Billy: A Personal Look at Billy
Graham," was the founding editor of Decision magazine, as well as having
founded the San Diego Christian Writers' Guild. He will be greatly missed!

Monday, November 10, 2008


List Hygiene Being Taken to a New Level

In an effort to reduce the almost $2 billion that the US Postal Service estimates it spends annually on handling Undeliverable as Addressed mailpieces, it will begin tightening its address standards this Fall. Effective November 23, 2008, mail lists being used for standard mail class will need to be updated through an approved Move Update method within 95 days of the mail date. This means that a mailing scheduled to go out on November 23 will need to have a list that has been updated since August 20.

Approved methods for updating lists are National Change of Address (NCOA), Address Change Service (ACS), and Ancillary Service Endorsements (ASE) such as Address Service Requested. The cost to NCOA your list will vary depending on the size of the list, but the minimum cost is $35.00.

Keep in mind that even if you are using a list that you have used before, it will need to be updated within 95 days of the mail date to ensure that any address changes are incorporated into your list. After updating the list, it will be good for 95 days as long as you don't make any changes to it. List owners will be required to keep documentation proving that their lists were processed through an approved Move Update process.


The Strang Magazine Group is expanding its audience with new digital editions of two of its leading titles. In addition to their normal print circulations, the November/December issue of Ministry Today and the January edition of Charisma will each be sent to a further 100,000 people in digital form. The e-mail distributions are part of Strang Magazine Group’s plan to develop new readership through electronic and online channels, said Consumer Advertising Director Chris Barch. The initiative was “a great way to provide advertisers with more value and a higher rate of return.”

Saturday, November 8, 2008

SITE FOR CHRISTIAN WOMEN WRITERS is a ministry service of Micah Web Communications. Launched October 13, 2008, our goal is to provide a place for Christian women who aspire to write, or are already experienced writers, to share in their passion of writing. Whether you are a novice writer or a published author, our hope is that this web site can be a meeting place for Christian women writers.

Friday, November 7, 2008


ECPA Recognizes Publishers’ Significant Sales Achievements
Impact of Christian books revealed in Awards given for Individual Title Sales
exceeding 10 million, 1 million and 500k

The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) has recognized 30 books for outstanding sales achievement during its 2008 Publishing University (PUBu) held outside of Chicago in West Lombard, IL. Established in 1990 by ECPA, the Gold, Platinum and Diamond Book Awards recognize outstanding sales achievement of quality Christian literature. Each category recognizes a specific level of total sales (via all sales channels) to date:

The Diamond Award: books selling more than 10 million copies;
The Platinum Award: books selling more than one million copies; and
The Gold Award: books selling more than 500,000 copies.
Two books received an ECPA Diamond Award for selling 10 million copies via all sales channels:

KJV Gift and Award Bible, THOMAS NELSON
“Selling 10 million copies of one book is a remarkable achievement for the author and publisher,” says ECPA President Mark Kuyper. “Since the rarest of books reach these numbers, I can say confidently that these titles have made a lasting impact on our culture and the world.”

Fourteen titles received the ECPA Platinum Award for selling more than 1,000,000 copies via all sales channels:

Alpha Questions of Life by Nicky Gumbel, ALPHA INTERNATIONAL
Jerusalem Countdown by John Hagee, FRONTLINE, a Division of Strang Communications
The Shack by William P. Young, FAITHWORDS
Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller, THOMAS NELSON
God’s Promises for Your Every Need, THOMAS NELSON
Grace for the Moment, Volume I, by Max Lucado, THOMAS NELSON
The MacArthur Study Bible, John MacArthur, Editor, THOMAS NELSON
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey, THOMAS NELSON
Where to Find It in the Bible by Ken Anderson, THOMAS NELSON
Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy with Nathan Whitaker, TYNDALE HOUSE PUBLISHERS
NIV Adventure Bible by Larry and Sue Richards, ZONDERKIDZ
Fourteen titles received the ECPA Gold Award for selling more than 500,000 copies via all sales channels:

Approval Addiction by Joyce Meyer, FAITHWORDS
The Confident Woman by Joyce Meyer, FAITHWORDS
3:16 The Numbers of Hope by Max Lucado, THOMAS NELSON
Come Thirsty by Max Lucado, THOMAS NELSON
Cure for the Common Life by Max Lucado, THOMAS NELSON
Facing Your Giants by Max Lucado, THOMAS NELSON
Get Out of That Pit by Beth Moore, THOMAS NELSON
Hope for Each Day by Billy Graham, THOMAS NELSON
How to Listen to God by Charles Stanley, THOMAS NELSON
Inside My Heart by Robin McGraw, THOMAS NELSON
The Journey by Billy Graham, THOMAS NELSON
Love & Respect by Emerson Eggerichs, THOMAS NELSON
Twelve Ordinary Men by John MacArthur, THOMAS NELSON
There have been a total of three Diamond Book Award recipients to date. ECPA introduced the Diamond Award in 2005 when they awarded Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren (Zondervan) a double-Diamond for more than 20 million in sales. Since then, the title has achieved triple-Diamond status and is well on its way to a fourth Diamond. More than 283 books have received an ECPA Gold Book Award and 193 books have received an ECPA Platinum Book Award.

Sales award recipients are listed on the ECPA website ( and are also indicated on the ECPA bestseller lists at For more information, contact Mark Kuyper at 480-966-3998.


Next National Christian Writers Conference will be Jan 10, 2009.

In conjunction with the next conference there is a new non-fiction writers contest and a free drawing available for participants.

National Christian Writers Conference San Diego

Non-Fiction Manuscript Challenge

Attention: All Writers and Aspiring Authors

“Stir Up the Gift of God that is in You!”

Writers’ Guidelines for No-Fee Nonfiction Manuscript Challenge

Grand Prize 2nd Prize 3rd Prize

1. The National Christian Writers’ Conference is accepting nonfiction, inspirational
manuscripts that will make our audience laugh, cry or smile.. The writing should be
encouraging, uplifting, and inspirational to our associates, family members and friends. Manuscript submissions should not be a sermon or lecture.

2. Chapter topics may cover a variety of areas: Faith, Family, Marriage, Parenting,
Children, Internal Beauty, Relationships, Personal Development and the things we
experience in every day life.

3. The manuscript administration is free. You may enter only one manuscript.

4. Entries must be postmark by December 31st, 2008.

5. Winners will be announced during the National Christian Writers Conference (San Diego). January 10, 2009. You do not have to present to win.

6. Each submission should include a cover page with the name of the contest, title of
your manuscript, word count, writer’s names, address, telephone number, email
address and fax number if available.

7. Entries must meet the following criteria:

a book proposal with cover page
Typed 12pt, Times New Roman Font
Once-inch margins
Adobe PDF or Doc format
include the title and sub title, primary target audience, distinctiveness, sales handle, and reasons why you believe your work will attract a readership
a list of competing titles that would help stake holders understand how your book will compete in the current marketplace detailed description of how you can and will help promote your book a table of contents and the chapter outline in which you share a brief description of each chapter the first three chapters(approximately 50 pages of your work)a complete biography with your publishing history and an explanation of why you are qualified to write this particular project

8. Writers must submit their original work. No previous published submissions will be accepted. Submit entries via e-mail

9. Strict guidelines are enforced. Judges decisions are final. If entries are accepted, the entrants will receive correspondence confirming their entry by email within fourteen business days for acceptance and final proofing.

10. Writers Contest sponsored by Words of Belief. Award Winners will be notified by email before January 5, 2009.

Winners will be posted on the NCWC Web site: e-Mail questions to


The Grand Prize Winner will receive a Premier Publishing Package from Words of Belief valued at $1,150. The package includes:

Classic Professional Book Cover Design

Custom Book Interior Typesetting

Retail Channel Distribution

ISBN Registration

Editorial Evaluation

Title Activation at Printer

Google™ Book Search Program

Amazon Search Inside Program

U.S. Copyright Registration

Book Signing Kit

Free Web Site

Author maintains all rights to material. . .

2nd Prize Winner will receive a professional Media Marketing Kit

Need to make a connection with your fans and potential readers? Attend the National Christian Writers Conference San Diego and become one of the winners to receive a Book Signing Kit from our sponsor Words of Belief.

The Book Signing Kit (valued at $299.00) includes 10 posters, 30 flyers and 100 postcard invitations, all the materials necessary for successful book signings and literary events. Featuring the front cover of your book, the 11’’x 17’’ posters are full-color and printed on glossy, high-quality paper. Single-sheet 8.5’’x11’’ flyers are custom designed and feature your cover in color while providing detailed book ordering information.

The custom-designed postcard invitations are 5’’x8’’ and feature your book’s cover in color with a glossy finish on the front. The back is printed on white cardstock and includes a self-customizable invitation template, which can facilitate more than one event or signing.

3rd Prize Winner will receive free entry to the next National Christian Writers Conference San Diego CA.

In addition, attend the conference and register in our Free Drawing! One entry will receive a Select Publishing Package from iUniverse (valued at $599). The Select Publishing Package includes:

One-on-one authors support
Non-exclusive contracts
Volume book discount authors
Custom Cover
ISBN Assignment
Worldwide Book Distribution
Five Free Soft Cover Books

For additional information email

Thursday, November 6, 2008


He scared millions of us by cloning dinosaurs with prehistoric DNA in Jurassic Park and by unleashing a virus from outer space in The Andromeda Strain.
But author Michael Crichton, who died Tuesday at age 66, was more than just the king of the cinematic techno-thriller whose books and screenplays became 13 movies.

He also created ER, one of TV's longest-running dramas. As a movie producer and director, he pioneered the use of computer-generated special effects.

In best-selling novels, he raised contrarian questions about global warming and sexual harassment.

And all that after graduating from Harvard Medical School.

Monday, November 3, 2008


Hachette Book Group is pleased to announce the addition of Joel Paul as Executive Editor for the FaithWords imprint. “The addition of Joey to our team is a significant milestone in the development of FaithWords”, said Rolf Zettersten, Senior Vice President and Publisher. “He brings key relationships, a strong history of bestsellers and great instincts to our program. It will be a privilege to work with him.



Contact: Lindsey Nobles
Director of Corporate Communications
Tel: (615) 902-1109
Fax: (615) 902-1110

Thomas Nelson, Inc. announced today that it has launched a revolutionary new program mobilizing bloggers around the world to share reviews of the company's latest products. The program, Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers, is the first program of its kind from a leading publisher.

"My hope is that we can elevate the online presence of Thomas Nelson's key titles," said Michael Hyatt, President and CEO of Thomas Nelson. "Good or bad, we want people online talking about our books."

Any blogger can register to be a Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogger at The Book Review Bloggers will receive free copies of select Thomas Nelson titles in exchange for committing to read the book, to write a 200-word review, and to post it on their blog and on

"The idea to create Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers originally came from heightened interest on my blog, around two of our recent releases, Stephen Mansfield's The Faith of Barack Obama and Lynne Spears' Through the Storm," continued Michael Hyatt. "My readers, many of whom are active bloggers themselves, wanted to engage in the conversation about these products."

In August, Hyatt posted "Why Obama's Faith Matters" and offered free copies of The Faith of Barack Obama to the first two hundred responders. The blog campaign has generated over a hundred online reviews, a vast majority of which were positive. In September, Hyatt used his blog as a forum for bloggers to sign-up to review another controversial title, Through the Storm. Again, the response was tremendous.

"My goal is to have a rich database of bloggers who are actively selecting Thomas Nelson products that they are interested in to read and review," concluded Hyatt. "The positive reviews will be a priceless word-of-mouth marketing vehicle and the negative reviews will be a useful tool in understanding why a product might not have sold at retail."

For more information on how to register to be a Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogger, visit

Sunday, November 2, 2008


ECPA Announces Winners of Second AnnualECPA/Dickinson Press Book Cover Award

The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) announces the winners of its annual ECPA/Dickinson Press Book Cover Award during its 2008 Publishing University in Chicago, IL. This awards competition, sponsored by ECPA and Dickinson Press, is open to all ECPA member publishers and recognizes excellence in book cover design. Thirteen publishers submitted 63 entries within four categories.

The 2008 ECPA/Dickinson Press Book Cover Award Winners in each of the award categories are:

The Literary Study Bible
Crossway Books & Bibles, Leland Ryken and Philip Graham Ryken; designed by Josh Dennis, 9781581348088

BEST COVER: Small-Sized Publisher (from publishers with 1-100 titles annually)
Zora and Nicky
David C. Cook, Claudia Mair Burney; designed by Jason Gabbert, The DesignWorks Group, 9780781445504

BEST COVER: Mid-Sized Publisher (from publishers with 101-250 titles annually)
On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness
WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, Andrew Peterson; designed by Mark D. Ford, Sr. Art Director and illustrated by Justin Gerard, Portland Studios, 9781400073849

BEST COVER: Large Publisher (from publishers with 251+ titles published annually)
Thomas Nelson, Inc., Ted Dekker; designed by Tim Green, The DesignWorks Group and Mark Ross, Art Director, 9781595540072

In 2006, a study was commissioned by Dickinson Press and conducted by the RISC to help Christian publishers develop and design more on-target products. Based on the RISC research, ECPA and Dickinson Press developed the ECPA/Dickinson Press Book Cover Award which is presented annually and recognizes the industry's finest book cover design integrity.

The ECPA/Dickinson Press Book Cover Award encourages, identifies and celebrates "best in class" design for Christian publishing's book covers. For more information about the program, visit