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  1. That conference was held February 9 and 10 of this year. If you are interested in a Writers Conference in Philadelphia, the Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference is at the end of July 2018. You can learn more about it at: http://philadelphia.writehisanswer.com/ ~Sarah Bolme Christian Small Publishers Association www.christianpublishers.net
  2. Write His Answer has launched a new Christian Writers Conference in Lansdale, Pennsylvania called Write to Impact Lives. The conference will be held February 9 and 10, 2018. Check it out at: http://philadelphia.writehisanswer.com/writetoimpactlivesconference and make plans to attend if you are in the area.
  3. If any of you live near Philadelphia and want to attend an awesome Christian Writers Conference, the Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference is July 26 to 29. There is an awesome lineup of speakers and seminars. Check it out at http://philadelphia.writehisanswer.com/. I will be teaching a Continuing Session on "You Can Indie Publish & Market Your Book" at the conference. Don't miss almost six hours of learning how to publish your book in a professional manner and how to spread the word so that you can sell it. ~Sarah Bolme Director, Christian Small Publishers Association www.christianpublishers.net Read my blog at http://marketingchristianbooks.wordpress.com
  4. You can watch out my free online webinar: Publish Your Book Affordably at http://www.marketingchristianbooksinc.com/university/, just scroll to the bottom of the page. I will be teaching a much expanded edition of this at both the Colorado Christian Writers Conference and the Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference this year. ~Sarah Bolme Director Christian Small Publishers Association
  5. Independent publishing (aka self-publishing) is here to stay. The number of books produced and sold by independent authors continues to grow. I think this is great news! Data Guy over at Author Earnings shared some great new book sales statistics at the recent Digital Book World 2017. Here are a few of the interesting findings he shared in regards to independently published book sales for 2016 in the United States: The total number of books units sold (both traditional and nontraditional in print, ebook, and audiobook formats) was 1,337,138,000. The total number of independently published book units sold was 229,000,000 (counting ebook, audiobook, and print book sales). Self-published titles accounted for 17% of total book sales. About 30% of adult fiction and 10% of adult nonfiction book sales were independently published books. [*]Readers are buying books online: 69% of all book sales were made online. About 72% of adult nonfiction books and 77% of adult fiction books were purchased online. Independent publishing has truly come of age. I think that the industry overall is finally getting on board with accepting self-published titles. For years, most Christian writers’ conferences have been geared toward helping authors obtain traditional publishing contracts. This too is changing. Now some conferences are teaching attendees how to independently publish their books. The Colorado Christian Writers Conference is offering this to their attendees. I will be teaching an intensive continuing education seminar at this conference in May on “You Can Indie Publish and Market Your Book”. This five-session seminar will cover the following topics: Three Things to Do Before You Publish Your Book Preparing Your Manuscript for Publishing DIY: Publish Your Book Obtaining Book Reviews Marketing: The Essential Ingredient If you are thinking about independently publishing or know someone who is, sign up to attend the Colorado Christian Writers Conference and join me for this intensive training. If you want to attend, but can’t make this conference, I will be teaching this seminar again at the Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference this summer in July.
  6. Amazon is a massive giant and growing. Consider the following facts: Half of all U.S. households are subscribed to Amazon Prime. Half of all online shopping searches start directly on Amazon. Amazon captures nearly one in every two dollars that Americans spend online. Amazon sells more books and toys than any retailer online or off. Amazon sells 67% of all ebooks and 64% of online print book sales. As an author, you cannot ignore Amazon. Recently, the Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR) published the results of a study they conducted. The study “Amazon’s Stranglehold: How the Company’s Tightening Grip is Stifling Competition, Eroding Jobs, and Threatening Communities” provides in-depth details on how Amazon is monopolizing the economy, undermining job growth, and weakening communities. Consider a few more interesting factoids: Amazon increasingly controls the underlying infrastructure of the economy. Amazon’s Marketplace for third-party sellers has become the dominant platform for digital commerce. Amazon’s Web Services division provides the cloud computing backbone for much of the country, powering everyone from Netflix to the CIA. ILSR warns that Amazon’s power as a gatekeeper in our economy will increasingly have negative consequences. One example ILSR sites is that “Amazon’s power to manipulate what products we encounter is especially concerning in the book industry, where it now commands more than half of sales, and where it can stifle the exchange of ideas simply by removing a book from its search and recommendation algorithms, as it did two years ago, in its dispute with the publisher Hachette.” Christian authors, do not take this warning lightly. ISLR is on to something very important here. Amazon is not a Christian company, nor are they friendly to Christian books. Yes, Amazon lists almost every book for sale on its website, but that does not mean that the company is sympathetic toward Christian books. In fact, the opposite is true. A member of Christian Small Publishers Association (http://www.christianpublishers.net) recently brought this to my attention. This gentleman had published an ebook on prayer via the Kindle Direct Publishing program. He then signed up to use Amazon’s Marketing Services to run an ad campaign on his book (note that KDP recently opened up paid advertising for all Kindle books). Amazon denied his ad campaign and cited their “Creative Acceptance Policy”. I urge you to go to Amazon and read this policy (https://advertising.amazon.com/ad-specs/en/policy/KDP-acceptance/). This policy states the following: Unacceptable Books: Books with content that is threatening, abusive, harassing, or that advocates or discriminates against a protected group, whether based on race, color, national origin, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age or any other category. Restricted Ad Content and Books: There are several customer experience sensitive categories that are not appropriate for a general audience. The following categories may be restricted from the homepage and Kindle E-reader placements: Religious or spiritual content. In addition, the email that Amazon sent this author stated, “we are unable to approve your ad if it contains overtly religious or spiritual ad copy, images, or symbols (for example, the Star of David, a crucifix, the Star and Crescent).” I believe that moving forward, Amazon will increasingly restrict religious content on their site through the means mentioned above. Personally, I find it sad that the Christian Retail Industry has not done more to embrace small publishers and independent Christian authors. In not doing so, they have partly been responsible for the rise in Amazon’s power, as these publishers and authors were forced to rely on Amazon for book placement and sales. Post originally published at: http://marketingchristianbooks.wordpress.com
  7. One paper published by a Duke University researcher in 2006 found that more than 40 percent of the actions people performed each day weren’t the due to decision making, but were habits. The beauty of habits is that we don’t have to think about whether we are going to do the activity or not. It is simply part of our daily routine. We shower, brush our teeth, eat lunch, walk the dog, and check our email without pondering whether we should do the activity or not. These are all habits that are part of our daily routine. Successful, productive people have work-related habits that drive their daily behavior. These work habits keep them from being distracted and getting off track. As a result, productive people can accomplish more tasks then someone who is constantly getting distracted or making a decision about whether he should do a work-related activity or not. As a writer, you should have a writing habit that is part of your day. Maybe you set aside an hour every morning before you go to work or your family members rise to write. Maybe you write on your lunch hour. If you want to produce more books, having writing be part of your daily habit is a good way to ensure that you do. One member of Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA) says that writing a book was always on his bucket list. However, it did not become a reality until he decided to set aside one hour a day for writing. He has now written more than four books. You can bet that his writing hour is now a habit. If you are an independently published author, then performing marketing activities each day should be included in your daily routine. That way, you don’t need to think about whether you are going to approach a blogger, submit a guest post to a blog, or create an advertisement each day. You simply know you are going to do a marketing activity, so you just have to choose which one. Have you made it a daily habit to: Spend a few minutes on social media connecting with and informing others? Create material to use in your ongoing content marketing efforts? Perform at least one (hopefully more) marketing activity for your book(s)? Follow trending news stories that relate to your book’s topic so you can jump on media opportunities? The good news is that it is never too late to start a new habit. If writing or marketing are not part of your daily routine, make them a part of it. Make these activities a habit that becomes automatic and you will begin to experience more success. Originally posted at: http://marketingchristianbooks.wordpress.com
  8. Nominations are now open for the Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award. This award honors outstanding Christian books by small presses and independently published authors. You can read the guidelines, view past winners, and nominate your book on the award's website at http://www.bookoftheyear.net. ~Sarah Bolme Award-Winning Author: Your Guide to Marketing Books in the Christian Marketplace Director: Christian Small Publishers Association http://www.christianpublishers.net
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    Philadelphia Christian Writer's Conference

    I agree. If you are near Philadelphia, be sure to make plans to attend this Christian Writers Conference. There are over 55 presenters (I will be presenting a seminar) and you will learn and grow in your skills as a writer and author! Check it out at: http://philadelphia.writehisanswer.com/ ~Sarah Bolme Award-Winning Author: Your Guide to Marketing Books in the Christian Marketplace Director: Christian Small Publishers Association http://www.christianpublishers.net
  10. If there is anyone on this list who is thinking about publishing their own book, I thought I would share a free, on-demand, one-hour seminar that I have done on "DIY: Publish Your Book Affordably". This video walks you through the steps to publish a book affordably. It introduces you to the affordable services you can use to produce a print or an ebook, as well as teach you all the essential ingredients you need to produce a professional-looking book. You can access the seminar at: http://www.marketingchristianbooksinc.com/university/ ~Sarah Bolme Author "Your Guide to Marketing Books in the Christian Marketplace" http://www.marketingchristianbooks.com
  11. I thought I would share my recent blog post: What's Holding You Back? https://marketingchristianbooks.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/whats-holding-you-back/ ~Sarah Bolme Author of "Your Guide to Marketing Books in the Christian Marketplace" http://www.marketingchristianbooks.com
  12. Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award is now accepting nominations. Any small publisher or independently published author can nominate a book. This award honors books produced by small publishers each year for outstanding contribution to Christian life.Nominations are accepted in 14 categories. Books must be published in 2014 or 2015 by a publisher or author with annual revenues of $400,000 or less. Nominated books must be Christian in nature and intended for the Christian marketplace. All nominated books must be printed in English and for sale in the United States. Nominations must be received by November 15, 2015. To learn more or nominate your book, visit: http://www.bookoftheyear.com ~Sarah Bolme Director, Christian Small Publishers Association (www.christianpublishers.net) Author, Your Guide to Marketing Books in the Christian Marketplace (www.marketingchristianbooks.com) Read my blog at http://marketingchristianbooks.wordpress.com
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    Issues With Self-publishing?

    My advice is make sure you have a professional looking cover. Your book's cover is your number one marketing tool. It alone can turn readers off or on. Whatever you do, don't skimp on the cover. Pay to have it done right. ~Sarah Bolme Buy the book at http://www.marketingchristianbooks.com Read the blog at http://marketingchristianbooks.wordpress.com
  14. I have information from Sally Stuart. She is not picking it up. But she is helping with the 2015 release - in conjunction with Jerry Jenkins. She reports they hope to have the 2015 edition out by March 2015. ~Sarah Bolme Director of http://www.christianpublishers.net Buy the book at http://www.marketingchristianbooks.com Read my blog at http://marketingchristianbooks.wordpress.com
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    Sites Who Promote Christian Books

    I disagree. Bookbub has a whole eblast dedicated to Christian readers. It can be effective in reaching non-fiction Christian book readers if one wants to spend the money. ~Sarah Bolme Author of the award-winning book "Your Guide to Marketing Books in the Christian Marketplace" http://www.marketingchristianbooks.com