Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Christian Newswire/ -- Evangelical News, "The Place Where Ministries Meet," announces the official unveiling of the web site's new look.
The updated design of Evangelical News features a lighter, brighter look that is easier to read and use.

While the mainstream media routinely ignore ministry news, Evangelical News, as the name suggests, specifically includes ministry stories. Evangelical News targets primarily ministry leaders; its purpose is to keep those busy leaders abreast of pertinent national, international, and ministry news.

E. Stewart Black, Director of Technologies for Evangelical News, says, "We hope that this new look enhances users' enjoyment of our web site. Our intention was to make the look-and-feel a bit more contemporary." A current subscriber finds the new and improved web site "very eye appealing."

Evangelical News offers, at no charge, a headline subscription service that is a digest of the day's news. The headlines, with a link to each article listed, are sent every weekday to the subscribers' email inbox. Each piece is personally selected by the Editor for interest, timeliness and importance to the evangelical community.
Headquartered in Southern California, Evangelical News has served the greater evangelical community for eight years and is operated as a free, not-for-profit, personal ministry of its Editor and staff.

Friday, March 27, 2009


Want to Write a Winning Cup of Comfort Story?

Join us for our inaugural Cup of Comfort Webinar and learn how!

In this webinar, the publishers of the Cup of Comfort series will guide you through the story creation process so that you'll be able to write a successful story every time! The webinar will cover many topics:

Story Basics: The definition of an inspirational story and a discussion of its structure, voice, point-of-view, and more!

Top Ten Reasons Why Stories Are Rejected: A straightforward discussion of the ten pitfalls you need to avoid!

Deconstruction of Favorite Cup of Comfort Stories: The editors will break down two effective stories and elaborate on what made them that way.

The Submission and Editing Process: The nuts and bolts of how stories get from your computer to our books!

How to Market Your Published Story: Your story is in one of our books. Great! Now how do you get the word out? We'll show you how.

Q&A: An open dialogue where your specific questions can be addressed.

This is a can't-miss event for serious storytellers!

Date: Thursday, April 30th
Time: 1:00 pm EST
Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Cost: $49

To register, go to https://writersonlineworkshops.webex.com, and write "Cup of Comfort" in search box.


Wednesday, April 1, is the deadline for submitting applications to June's Whole Novel Workshop, led by Carolyn Coman and Donna Jo Napoli, taking place near Honesdale, Pennsylvania.

For information about more than twenty upcoming programs, please visit our Web site at www.highlightsfoundation.org. Feel free to e-mail me with questions at jalloyd@highlightsfoundation.org.

Jo Lloyd
Program Assistant

PS: We still have a few spaces left at our 25th anniversary Writers Workshop at Chautauqua, which takes place July 11-18, Chautauqua, New York.

Highlights Foundation, Inc.
814 Court Street
Honesdale, PA 18431
Phone: (570) 251-4500

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


The World Journalism Institute has announced that it has received funding for journalism internships in mainstream newsrooms. Internship stipends will be awarded to select alums of the World Journalism Institute's Backpack Journalism Course, to be held May 10-29,2009.

The amount of the stipend can be as much as $2,000/month for up to three
months. Internships can be for newspapers, magazines, radio and television
stations for qualified reporters, editors and designers. The institute has
awarded close to $500,000 in internship stipends since 1999.

WJI alums have interned or worked for media such as the Tacoma News Tribune,
Los Angeles Times, Indianapolis Star, Chattanooga Times-Free Press, New York
Daily News, NBC Nightly News, Newsday, Washington Times, Wall Street
Journal, and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

To qualify for the stipend, one must be a graduate of the WJI New York
Journalism Course held at The King's College in Manhattan, May 10-29, 2009.
The institute is accepting applications from college journalists to attend
the course, which will focus on backpack journalism and features instructors
such as Dr. Anthony Bradley (Covenant Theological Seminary), Robert Case
(WJI), Dr. Michael Longinow (Biola University), Russ Pulliam (Indianapolis
Star), Manny Garcia (Miami Herald), Clayton Sizemore (CNN), Kenny Irby
(Poynter Institute), and Mira Lowe (Ebony/Jet).

In addition to the course instruction, the annual WJI luncheon series of
prominent speakers will feature Dr. Joseph Bottum, editor of First Things;
the New York author and director of Socrates in the City, Eric Metaxas;
Warren Cole Smith, Evangelical Press News Service editor; John Ziegler,
broadcaster; Andrea Peyser, author of Celebutards; and Kevin Williamson,
deputy managing editor of National Review.

The World Journalism Institute exists to recruit, equip, place and encourage
Christians in the newsrooms of America. Over six hundred students have
attended the WJI programs since it began in 1999.

For more information:
Kim Collins
Deputy Director
World Journalism Institute


The Christy Advisory Board today announced nominees in nine categories for the 2009 Christy Awards honoring Christian fiction. The Christy Awards will be announced during the International Christian Retail Show in Denver this July. For more information about the awards ceremony, and to make reservations, visit the Christy Awards Web site at www.christyawards.com and join the Official Christy Awards Group on Facebook.

The 2009 Christy Awards nominees are:

Contemporary Romance: Beyond the Night by Marlo Schalesky (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group), Finding Stefanie by Susan May Warren (Tyndale House Publishers), and Zora and Nicky: A Novel in Black and White by Claudia Mair Burney (David C. Cook)

Contemporary Series, Sequels, and Novellas: Sisterchicks Go Brit! by Robin Jones Gunn (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group), Summer Snow by Nicole Baart (Tyndale House Publishers), and You Had Me at Good-bye by Tracey Bateman (FaithWords)

Contemporary Standalone: Dogwood by Chris Fabry (Tyndale House Publishers), Embrace Me by Lisa Samson (Thomas Nelson), and Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon by Debbie Fuller Thomas (Moody Publishers)

First Novel: Blue Hole Back Home by Joy Jordan-Lake (David C. Cook), Rain Song by Alice J. Wisler (Bethany House Publishers), and Safe at Home by Richard Doster (David C. Cook)

Historical: Shadow of Colossus by T.L. Higley (B&H Publishing Group), Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin (Bethany House Publishers), and Washington’s Lady by Nancy Moser (Bethany House Publishers)

Historical Romance: Calico Canyon by Mary Connealy (Barbour Publishers), From a Distance by Tamera Alexander (Bethany House Publishers), and The Moon in the Mango Tree by Pamela Binnings Ewen (B&H Publishing Group)

Suspense: By Reason of Insanity by Randy Singer (Tyndale House Publishers), The Rook by Steven James (Revell), and Winter Haven by Athol Dickson (Bethany House Publishers)

Visionary: The Battle for Vast Dominion by George Bryan Polivka (Harvest House Publishers), Shade by John B. Olson (B&H Publishing Group), and Vanish by Tom Pawlik (Tyndale House Publishers)

Young Adult: The Fruit of My Lipstick by Shelley Adina (FaithWords), I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires by Cathy Gohlke (Moody Publishers), and On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group).

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


On Friday, April 10, 2009 Christian filmmakers around the world will

begin producing a three-minute story on video. 36-hours later they will upload their video to YouTube. Entries will be judged on Story, Cinematography, Sound, Performance and Editing. The winner gets $500.

Nathaniel Bluedorn, administrator of Christian Filmmakers.org explains, “Our goals with this contest are to (1) have fun, (2) showcase the stories Christians are telling today and (3) connect filmmakers. Christian Filmmakers.org is a growing network of faith-based filmmakers. We started in 2007 and we have more than 1100 members now. We’re doing this contest to help build connections between Christian screenwriters and actors and directors – all types of film professionals – around the world.”

The competition will begin at noon on April 10 with the publication of a list of seven “security elements,” three of which must be included in every film submission. This will verify that the film was produced within the 36-hour time limit. More details on the competition, including a complete list of the official rules, can be found at http://www.christianfilmmakers.org/contest/news/contest/
Christian Filmmakers.org is the outgrowth of a Google Group which was originally
conceived as a means for maintaining contact among alumni of the 2005 San Antonio
Independent Christian Film Festival. Launched on August 22, 2007, Christian
Filmmakers.org has rapidly grown to include 1100 members at the time of this writing.
The site is focused on facilitating discussion and building relationships between Christian filmmakers without excluding anyone on the basis of gender, race, or denomination.

Website: http://www.ChristianFilmmakers.org

Contact: info@christianfilmmakers.org

Thursday, March 19, 2009


Thursday, March 19, Dallas, TX – The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) announced tonight the winners of the 2009 Christian Book Awards during the 2009 Christian Book Expo (CBE) in Dallas. For the first time in the award's 30-year history, a study Bible was named Christian Book of the Year: the ESV Study Bible (Crossway).

The ESV Study Bible, which sold more than 180,000 units within five months of release, also won its category for best Bible, the first time a Bible has won both its category and the overall Christian Book of the Year award. The ESV Study Bible released to strong demand in October 2008, selling out of its 100,000-copy first printing as quickly as it reached bookstores shelves.

According to the publisher, the ESV Study Bible is also one of the first Bibles to have an online component: every hardcover purchaser can access the entire study Bible online for free. The ESV Online Bible provides additional unique features, including the ability to create personal online notes; to search and follow interactive links between notes, maps, articles, charts, timelines, illustrations, and cross-references; to listen to audio recordings of the ESV; and to access additional resources not available in the print edition.

Presented annually to the finest in Christian publishing since 1978, the Christian Book Awards honors titles in six categories – Bibles, Bible Reference & Study, Christian Life, Fiction, Children & Youth, and Inspiration & Gift. The six category winners for 2009 are:

ESV Study Bible
Crossway Books & Bibles, 9781433502415
Bible Reference & Study
Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings
Tremper Longman III, Peter Enns, Eds.
InterVarsity Press, 9780830817832
Children & Youth
For Young Men Only
Jeff Feldhahn and Eric Rice with Shaunti Feldhahn
WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, 9781601420206
Christian Life
Spectacular Sins
John Piper
Crossway Books & Bibles, 9781433502750
The Shape of Mercy
Susan Meissner
WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, 9781400074563
Inspiration & Gift
Holiness Day by Day
Jerry Bridges
NavPress, 9781600063961
ECPA member publishers submitted 218 products, all published in 2008, for award consideration. Finalists were selected within each category and announced earlier in 2009. The Christian Book of the Year was selected from among the finalists to receive ECPA's top honor.

“This was a memorable evening in many respects,” says Mark Kuyper, president, ECPA. “It was the first time a study Bible earned top honors and the first time we've opened the awards presentation to the public—a perfect launch into the inaugural Christian Book Expo.”

The 2009 Christian Book Awards were presented during a multi-media event featuring numerous authors, and the event was open to the public for the first time in its history. The event, produced by international events management company One Smooth Stone, featured drama vignettes, readings and personal testimonies—all based on the impact of Christian books. Worship Leader and Dove Award™ nominee Travis Cottrell also performed at the event. The Christian Book of the Year award was announced alongside other Christian Book Award winners in six categories. During the awards dinner, donations were accepted in support of the Global Publishers Alliance (GPA). GPA was established in 1993 to equip Christian leaders in developing countries with training and resources so they can publish Christian books for their own people.

ECPA has a broad marketing strategy in place for the promotion of the 2009 Christian Book Awards. ECPA has partnered with Christianity Today Inc. (CTi) to promote the winning titles to its consumer base via its numerous print publications and popular websites. National retail outlets have designed in-store and consumer promotions to increase awareness of the Christian Book Award winners. The retail participants include: Berean Christian Stores, Family Christian Stores, LifeWay Christian Stores, Munce Group, Parable, CBD/ChristianBooks.com, Amazon.com, Borders and Crossings Book Club. Promotions include in-store and online presence.

A complete listing of all book award winners since 1978 can be found online at: http://www.ecpa.org/christianbookawards/cba2008.php More detail on the 2009 Winners is found online at: www.ecpa.org/christianbookawards/winners2009.php. High resolution book covers of the 2009 award winners can be downloaded at: www.ecpa.org/christianbookawards/press2009.php

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Christian Newswire/ -- Each year, hundreds of booksellers across the South vote on their favorite hand-sell books of the year. These are the Southern books they have most enjoyed selling to customers; the ones that they couldn't stop talking about; the ones most often pushed into a customer's hands with the words "You have got to read this!" The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Book Award (SIBA) was created to recognize great books of Southern origin.

For a book to be eligible, it must be set in the South, and it must have been originally published within the 2008 calendar year. Only SIBA-member booksellers can submit nominations and vote on the selection of finalists. Winners will be chosen from the list of finalists by a jury of SIBA booksellers.

Vonda Skelton, author of Bitsy and the Mystery at Hilton Head Island, has been nominated for the young adult fiction SIBA book Award. Skelton says, "What an honor to be considered for the SIBA Book Awards, especially since Bitsy is a southern girl through-and- through. All her adventures take place in southern settings, too, including Hilton Head Island, SC, Amelia Island, FL, and Tybee Island, GA. As a matter of fact, the hardest part about writing Bitsy's stories is trying to figure out plausible ways to get a poor 12-year-old kid to all these cool southern islands!

"I love writing kids' stories that include mystery, adventure, and humor, while reinforcing positive life lessons. The characters make bad choices, fight with siblings, and struggle with right and wrong. But I work hard to creatively include the natural consequences of poor choices -- something that's often missing in much of today's preteen fiction. We don't have to drag kids into the gutter in order to encourage them to read. We just need to offer them heart-throbbing adventure, realistic conflict, and emotion. It's a real plus when they can learn truth about life at the same time."

About the Author:
Vonda Skelton is an entertaining speaker and author with a heart for women and their families. Skelton worked as an RN for many years and as freelance writer and speaker is a frequent instructor at writer's conferences and enjoys mentoring and encouraging new writers.

Full release at:

Author available for interviews.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


April 4: Hawks Point MO: One-day "Break Into Print" workshop held at a lovely retreat center outside St. Louis, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Limited to 40 participants. Speakers: Julia Loren, author, publisher & journalist; and Terry Lea, former magazine editor with Joyce meyers and Elijah Rain magazine. Cost is $98 with $10 discount if registered before March 21. Go to: www.divineinterventionbooks.com, or e-mail juliascribes@yahoo.com.


Signalman Publishing has announced an agreement has been reached with Alabaster Box Publishing of Orange Park, Florida to produce books for the Amazon Kindle e-reader. The first book under this partnership, "Mission Possible" by Deborah L. McCarragher, has just been released as a Kindle version.

"Mission Possible" is a very personal story written directly for the Christian whose spouse may not share the same passion for God. "I have found this book to be particularly compelling and encouraging for the Christian who struggles with issues of salvation and daily living within the household," stated John McClure, president of Signalman Publishing. "I think this book will speak to a lot of people out there in this situation," McClure continued.

The Kindle from Amazon is a new e-book reader which has rapidly gained popularity in the past year with an estimated 500,000 units sold to-date. This popularity was spurred on by Oprah Winfrey highlighting it on her show in October, 2008 and declaring, "it is absolutely my new favorite thing in the world!"

"Mission Possible" was first released in December, 2007 as a paperback. Through this partnership between Signalman and Alabaster Box, "Mission Possible" is now available to Kindle readers in the Amazon Kindle store.

About Signalman Publishing:
A unit of Kissimmee, Florida based Signalman Enterprises, LLC, Signalman Publishing is an electronic book publisher with a mission to bring Christian books and non-fiction classics to the Kindle. Signalman can be found on the web at: http://www.signalmanpublishing.com.

About Alabaster Box Publishing:
Alabaster Box Publishing of Orange Park, Florida has a mission to produce Christian books that have a practical impact on everyday living. Its first literary work, "Mission Possible", encourages and challenges the reader to possess a radical faith for their spouse and future together.

Saturday, March 14, 2009


Dear Writer,

I’d like to invite you to be part of an exciting new series that Guideposts is sponsoring: The Incredible Power of Prayer.

You may have contributed to one or more of my story volumes in A Cup of Comfort, Life Savors, or Love is a Verb. Great! I’d love to hear from you whether you’re a previous associate or have not yet submitted anything to my projects.

Prayer is the heartbeat of the Christian life and is an amazing gift from God to us. A prayer in faith can spur God’s heart to “move mountains” on our behalf. The incredible power of prayer can accomplish miracles that go far beyond anything we humans can accomplish on our own.

Guideposts reaches millions of Americans with their upbeat message of God empowering us. And now, Guideposts is launching a series of 12 books on various aspects of prayer and how people from every walk of life have been transformed through God’s responses. These books will be mailed monthly as part of a book club promotion, and will be exclusive to this readership.

I am now collecting submissions for the first three books in the series and would welcome as many stories as you wish to submit. The first volume is Praying from the Heart and covers God answering our deeply felt prayers of great passion, sincerity, and trust. These prayers may be repentant, express deep gratitude, or describe desperate cries that lay bare a person’s deepest needs.

The second volume, The Healing Touch, deals with stories about prayers that lead to physical, spiritual, relational, or emotional healing. They may involve relationships that don’t resolve perfectly, but bring a closer relationship with God and a new sense of purpose and greater ability.

The third volume, Expecting Miracles, includes personal experience stories about audacious prayers with powerful answers. This is where the need is great and God responds extraordinarily. The answers don’t need to be purely supernatural; God can work in mysterious ways using all kinds of means.

Submissions can be up to 2000 words. Each story should have a creative title, an attention-grabbing lead, main body explaining a conflict or challenge, and a resolution. These need to be descriptive and compelling personal experience stories—not simply testimonies. We prefer original stories but you may also submit previously published stories. The payment is $25 for stories under 1000 words, and $50 for longer stories. You may retain the rights to publish the stories in magazines and books with smaller distribution sources.

We are accepting manuscripts from now until at least June 15 for the first three volumes. We’ll announce the finalists for the first volume around October 15.
Please include on each manuscript—not in headers or simply in the e-mail—your name, contact information (address, phone, e-mail, rights offered) and a bio of up to 30 words. Please attach to the e-mail rather than pasting text in the body.

Please direct all inquiries and manuscript submissions to my colleague, Jeanette Littleton at IncrediblePrayers@earthlink.net. And please feel free to let others know about this project. If this e-mail has been forwarded to you, and you can’t submit to this call, but would like to be notified about other editorial needs as they arise, please send us your e-mail address and we’ll add you to our notification list (we do not sell or distribute these e-mail addresses).

Blessings to you and yours,

James Stuart Bell
Compiler, Guideposts Prayer series

Friday, March 13, 2009


The Board of Directors of CLASSEMINARS, INC. named Gerry Wakeland of Albuquerque, New Mexico, President of the corporation at its first annual board meeting.

CLASSEMINARS, INC is a 501c3 corporation which presents training seminars for authors, speakers, and leaders throughout the United States and internationally. The flagship seminar is The CLASSeminar which has trained more than 30,000 men and women in the past twenty-eight years. CLASSEMINARS, INC. acquired The CLASSeminar from CLASServices in a contract ratified by the Board of Directors.

Wakeland brings a wealth of diverse expertise to her leadership role including corporate and non-profit management experience for organizations such as Sheraton, PacTel Cellular, and the Master Chorale of Orange County, California. Wakeland has wide experience in ministry positions including Women's Ministry Director at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California.

The CLASSeminar is the creation of Florence Littauer, international speaker, master teacher, and author of over 40 books. Littauer was designated Founder of the new corporation and will name a Founder's Board of Advisors within the next few months.

Other seminars provided by the new corporation will include personality workshops, writer's conferences, book proposal workshops, and a number of new seminars to be piloted this year. New seminars will cover writing, marketing, marriage, leadership, women's ministry, and technology, as well as a future Express CLASSeminar which will be an intensive short-course presentation of the original seminar.

In addition to Wakeland, the Board named officers: Betty Southard, Newport Beach, California, as Executive Vice President, Robin Stanley of Orlando, Florida as Secretary, and Linda Jewell of Albuquerque, New Mexico, as Treasurer, and Karen Porter of Friendswood, Texas, as Vice President of Marketing. In addition to the officers, Tama Westman of Minneapolis, Minnesota, was named Director of Communications, Steve and Julie Ferwerda of Lander, Wyoming, were named Directors of Internet Services.

The Board consists of Wakeland, Southard, Jewell, Stanley, Porter, and Fred Southard of Newport Beach, California, and John Thurman of Albuquerque New Mexico.


Redemptive filmmaking is growing in popularity and this provides an opportunity for good redemptive filmmakers. Regent University's award-winning film school is filling the gap by offering a full tuition scholarship to the winner of its ReelDreams Film Competition.

Redemptive Filmmakers across the US are submitting their 3-5 minute original films at www.reeldreamsfilmfest.com. The submission period began on January 16 and runs until April 3, 2009. The competition process invites audience participation. During the first round of judging, one of the 25 semifinalists will be selected by votes from an online audience. The other 24 will be chosen by Regent's award winning cinema-television faculty. The 25 semifinalists will then be narrowed down to the top five, who will then be invited to the final event on May 16, 2009. The top five will participate in workshops with the judges followed by the final event.

Regent University's ReelDreams Film Competition is designed to empower aspiring film artists to use their talents and abilities to bring creative films to the entertainment industry. It aims to reveal and focus attention on works of quality from independent filmmakers to contribute to the growth and recognition of young artists and to feature positive messages that transform the minds of audiences worldwide.

Film industry professionals will serve as judges at the ReelDreams final event on May 16. The grand-prize winner will be announced at Regent University's Performing Arts Center in Virginia Beach, VA. Additionally, an "audience favorite winner" will be selected by the live audience and by an online-voting audience via live webcast of the final event on www.reelgood.tv.

The grand-prize winner will receive a full tuition scholarship to Regent University's School of Communication & the Arts. Last year's contest winner, Timothy Kay of Cleveland, Ohio, is now an undergraduate cinema-television major at Regent. Regent students receive hands-on opportunities to learn their craft. As a freshman Kay has already been involved in six to seven student films.

Through this film competition, Regent University's School of Communication & the Arts looks for original work that portrays a carefully crafted protagonist facing a moral dilemma that leads to good or bad consequences. The protagonist could make a decision that is ultimately a good choice, or the story may be a cautionary tale.

The School of Communication and the Arts offers bachelor, master's and doctoral degrees in animation, cinema-television, communication studies, digital media, journalism, script and screenwriting, and theatre. Its student films have won over 205 awards. The School is housed in one of the finest production facilities in the Eastern United States. www.regent.edu/communication

Contact: Judy Baker, Regent University Public Relations, 757-352-4307, judibak@regent.edu

Regent University's School of Communication & the Arts
ReelDreams Film Competition

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Don't Be Bitter, Get Better

Why do bad things happen to good people?

These past few months have been difficult and so many are feeling the effects of the shifting economy. Minister and author, Paulette Harper, sets out to remind those on the verge of losing hope that the best is yet to come.

Struggling to recover from a broken marriage and disappointed dreams, Paulette Harper groped for meaning and understanding. She ultimately turned to God and found the answers she longed for – learning her real purpose through all the pain. Her mission now is to teach others how to deal with disappointment and shattered dreams.
By sharing her struggles with transparency, through her new book, That Was Then, This Is Now, This Broken Vessel Restored (Tate Publishing, May 2008, $11.99), Harper illustrates how restoration can come from revelation.
“I want to share the message of triumph over tragedy. I believe that if a person is mentored, taught and trained – their attitude will change and they’ll have success – this book will be a catalyst for change,” said Harper, who is the founder of Broken Vessel Ministry.

About the Author
A native of Pittsburg ,CA , Paulette Harper travels as an inspirational speaker, licensed minister, workshop facilitator, and founder of Broken Vessel Ministry. For more information about Paulette and her new release “That Was Then, This Is Now, This Broken Vessel Restored” visit bvministry.org.
About Tywebbin Creations

Tywebbin Creations was established in 1999. We offer Web Design, Graphic Design, Virtual Tours and Virtual Assistant services. We are committed to providing quality services without "breaking" our client's budgets.

Tywebbin Creations has coordinated a seven-day blog tour for Paulette Harper. The This Broken Vessel Restored Blog Tour starts Sunday, March 15, 2009 and ends Saturday, March 21, 2009. For details, visit tywebbin.com/blog-tours.


The Fourth Annual Write On! Workshop will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2009, at the North River Coffee House (www.NorthRiverCoffee.com), 323 Salem Avenue Dayton, Ohio 45406. Sessions begin at 8:00 a.m.

Valerie L. Coleman, conference planner and publisher, says, "Almost everyone has a story to tell, but when it comes to fiction writing, captivating the reader is a skill." For the first session, Valerie uses examples and humor to convey techniques that bring life to a novel. "My true passion is helping experts save money by mastering self-publishing. Without a thorough understanding of the literary business, writers waste thousands of dollars only to end up with an inferior product." Hundreds of writers have been inspired by Valerie's business savvy and transitioned from pen to paper to published. Under her tutelage, clients learn how to publish a quality book at a competitive price.

Wendy Beckman, author and professional editor, will delve into nonfiction writing and publishing through a traditional, commercial publisher. Session highlights include working with editors, understanding critical elements in a contract and getting an agent.

Earth Jallow, of Down to Earth Public Relations, has an impressive list of clients including Les Brown, Joylynn Jossel and Derius Swinton. In her session, attendees will gain knowledge about publicists, distributors and Internet marketing; along with proven techniques to get books off the shelves.

For a registration fee of $79, participants receive continental breakfast, lunch, conference journal, free books, access to an onsite bookstore and volumes of information. To register for the conference, contact 937.307.0760, Info@PenoftheWriter.com or visit www.PenoftheWriter.com/Writeon.
About Pen of the Writer

Pen of the Writer is a publishing company founded by Dayton native, Valerie L. Coleman, to assist aspiring writers and artists.

A media kit, photos and other support materials are available upon request and at www.PenoftheWriter..com/Media.html.

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$79 Register for the Fourth Annual Write On! Workshop while space is still available. This offer is transferable so share it with friends and family.
Offer Expires: March 25, 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


I just learned that David Womach, Christian agent at the Womach Literary Agency, passed away on Februsry 25 following a lingering illness.If you had contact with David over the years and would like to send a card or note to his wife, the address is P.O. Box 2163, Merced CA 95344

Monday, March 9, 2009


Thomas Nelson, Inc., announced today that it launched a dynamic new program, NelsonFree, that allows readers to experience their content in multiple formats -- the physical book, the audio book, and the e-book -- without making multiple purchases. Traditionally, customers who want to experience more than the physical printed word have to make additional investments in the audio and e-book formats. Not anymore. With NelsonFree, the everyday price of the hardcover book includes both the audio and the e-book.

And accessing the content is easy. After readers purchase a book with the NelsonFree logo, they will be directed to a website where they must register and answer a simple security question. Once complete, they will be able to download an audio MP3 file and several types of e-book files, including EPub, MobiPocket, and PDF.

The first two NelsonFree titles will reach stores in late March, Scott McKain's Collapse of Distinction and Michael Franzese's I'll Make You An Offer You Can't Refuse. Another ten Thomas Nelson titles will be available in this unique format before the end of the year.

"The book is, in a sense, trapped by its format," said Joel Miller, publisher of Nelson's Business and Culture division, "and so is the consumer -- locked into choosing one format over another or shelling out scarce funds for the same book in different wrappers. By freeing the book we free the reader to get greater use and enjoyment of our titles."

"I believe that the industry is shifting and we, as publishers, need to explore new methods of getting our content into the hands of customers," said Michael S. Hyatt, president and CEO of Thomas Nelson. "NelsonFree will give readers a new level of value and flexibility. It will enhance their literary experience and allow greater employment of the content without breaking the bank."

(From Sally: My understanding is that the author has the option of whether or not their book will be included in this program.)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Just want to remind any of you who have recieved a questionnaire from me for the next Christian Writers' Market Guide that it's time to get those in. Although the deadline was earlier this week, there is still time to get them in. If you don't respond I'll have to e-mail or call you and that takes so much time. I really will appreciate you saving me all that trouble. Thanks a bunch!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Churchmouse Publications, LLC has issued its first round of acceptance letters and syndicate-producer agreements to its initial group of producers. The features of this select PRE-LAUNCH group of producers will be available for syndicated publication and purchase on OPENING DAY of www.churchmousepublications.com.

The editors at Churchmouse Producers request that all current and potential producers hold all further submissions until AFTER THE LAUNCH of the website.

“Clearly,” says Churchmouse steward Clarice James, “we will always welcome qualified producers and excellent features, but the submission and review process will change POST-LAUNCH. At that time, potential producers will be able to create their own account on the website and upload their features for review by our Editorial Advisor Board. The process will be streamline and more efficient.”

Churchmouse steward Susan Loud added, “Everyone has been working hard—our producers, our Editorial Advisory Board, and our staff. The website designers and programmers are doing a great job incorporating our ideas and requirements into a system more complex than we first envisioned.

“We know you all want to know the EXACT DATE of the launch—and so do we! What we can tell you is that our whole team is moving forward to that end. As soon as we are satisfied that the website is functioning as designed and that all the features have been uploaded and ready to go, we promise to let you know. We wouldn’t consider celebrating without you!”

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At Christian Book Expo 2009, the Christian Writers Guild (owned by bestselling author Jerry B. Jenkins) and Tyndale House Publishers are co-hosting Christian Communicators Seminars, March 20-21, 2009. General Sessions include keynotes by Jerry B. Jenkins and Liz Curtis Higgs. Specific classes on topics as varied as Fiction, Nonfiction, Magazine Article Writing, and Creativity are also offered by seasoned authors and editors. If you have questions, contact Admissions Director, Paul Finch, toll free at 1-866-495-5177 or by email at Paul@ChristianWritersGuild.com. For details and prices, visit http://www.christianwritersguild.com/bookexpo.09.asp.