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Author Accolades – Dec. 5, 2011

We are very pleased to announce that we have two clients whose books have been named as “The Best Christian Fiction of 2011” by The Library Journal.

Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee’s Forbidden (Center Street) – we represent Tosca.

Tracy Higley’s Pompeii: City on Fire (B&H Publishing Group).

Also Debbie Ulrick and Liz Tolsma are part of the Log Cabin Christmas collection of novellas which is #7 on the ECPA Fiction bestseller list for December.

Congratulations to all!

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News You Can Use – Nov. 29, 2011

How Much Does a 99 cent E-Book Cost on Amazon? – This is a chilling story for those who think that going the self-publishing route with the Kindle is all puppies and kittens. And it makes a good case for the International nature of story telling.

Don’t Waste Your Exclamation Points! – Intended for pastors this is a reminder for all writers.

Thoughts on the Future of Book Marketing – Insightful thoughts.

Does the Internet Kill Your Productivity? – Ironic that the article about this is ON THE INTERNET.

Platform is not everything – Love, love, love this post.

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News You Can Use – Nov. 22, 2011

Six Things Jeff Bezos Knew Back in 1997 That Made Amazon a Gorilla – Excellent article from Forbes magazine

Reward Yourself with Kittens! – This free “Written? Kitten! tool” provides you a blank page on which to type. But every writing goal you achieve (100, 200, 500 and 1000-word settings are available), you get a picture of a cute kitty! – Part of the NaNoWriMo incentives.

Books-a-Million to Open 41 New Stores this Season! – Anyone who says all bookstores are going away has not been paying attention.

Interview with Nora Roberts – The most prolific author of our era. Amazing.

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How to Get Your Book Reviewed
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How to Sell More Books on Amazon
Selling Your Book to Libraries
Directory of Top U.S. Libraries
Successful Social Marketing
Twitter Guide for Authors
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INFOGRAPHIC:
The Freelance Revolution – While it isn’t a perfect application to all writers this is a very intriguing infographic.

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News You Can Use – Nov. 15, 2011

The End of Borders and The Future of Bookselling – BusinessWeek article shows why Borders failed and why it doesn’t mean the demise of bookstores. Every writer should read this.

Another Change in How We Read Books? – Cloud-based book rentals…is it the future?

You Don’t Have to Accept Rejection – Copyblogger makes the case for the Indie route

Does Your Web Site Use Flash? – If so, then it is time to change. It is no longer supported by Adobe.

Random House of Canada to Try New Book Tour Model – Selling tickets that include the price of the book. Thus the book is “free.”

Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Owns the Web – A fascinating article from Wired magazine

Kindle’s Cost More to Make than What Amazon Charges – Obviously a “loss leader” that gets readers buying tons from Amazon.

A Fascinating infographic. Enjoy! (Click through to the original blog post to see the infographic.)

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News You Can Use – Nov. 8, 2011

10 Great Tips for Self Editing – Teach these at a seminar and you’ll sound brilliant. Why? Because many writers have never considered them.

Self-Promotion Should Not Be a Dirty Word – Ronie Loren provides some excellent advice.

How Long Can Your Novel Be? – A case for the longer novel

Should Huckleberry Finn be changed? – Joseph Bentz looks into the question of modern day censorship of the classics.

An Author Fails to Deliver the Big Idea – Marshall Poe in ”The Atlantic” admits to failing to deliver an acceptable manuscript.

Is This the End of Books as We Know Them? – Scott Turow explores the future.

Congregation Versus Audience – Barnabas Piper talks about a common problem converting spoken words into written ones.

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Any Regulatory Issues with the Purchase of Thomas Nelson by HarperCollins?


By most accounts the purchase of Nelson by HarperCollins will put the #1 largest Christian Publishing house under the same ownership as the #2 largest Christian Publishing House (Zondervan). The press release mentions that the sale “is subject to customary regulatory clearance.”

It will be interesting to see if the Department of Justice cares about Christian publishing, or even understands it.  Over in the telecommunications industry they are blocking the merger between ATT and T-Mobile, which are #1 and #4 in wireless service.  With the purchase of Nelson, it is combining #1 and #2.  So it should come under some scruitiny.  But it might not because:

The DOJ might not understand the Christian book business. 
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