Tools for Publishing Success

The International Christian Retail Show is just two months away! This year will be the sixth year for Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA) to host a seminar for publishers (and anyone interested in becoming a publisher, including self-published authors) at the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS).

CSPA is pleased to announce that we will host our annual Publishers’ Institute at ICRS this summer in St. Louis, Missouri. The theme of this year’s Publishers’ Institute is “Tools for Success.” We have an exciting lineup of speakers for the seminar.

International Rights: Is It Right for You?
Cheryl Melendez, Executive Director, GLINT
Michelle Zasadil, International Rights Manager, GLINT

Cheryl MelendezCheryl Melendez is the Executive Director of GLINT (Gospel Literature International). Cheryl has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 18 years holding several management and executive positions, has served as interim director for a start-up Foundation, has experience in retail sales, and has managed her own company for the past 7 years. She has a wealth of experience in growing memberships in associations, customer service, and managing business operations.

Michelle Zasadil has been the International Rights Manager for GLINT since 1998. She manages GLINT’s relationships with the “product owners”, which are the companies that publish English-language books and other resources that the international publishers are able to translate and distribute.

Creating Thriving Content Ecosystems
Jon Hirst, President & CEO, GMI

jon hirstJon Hirst is the President & CEO of GMI (Global Mapping International). Jon has a background in mission innovation, publishing, and leadership. He was the Executive Director of Communications for HCJB Global from 2005 to 2009. Jon is passionate about using technology to improve the spread of the gospel. Recently, Jon and his wife, Mindy, have mentored leaders and authors through their Generous Mind think tank. Jon is also co-author (with Mindy Hirst and Paul Hiebert) of Through the River: Understanding Your Assumptions about Truth and co-editor (with Jim Reapsome) of Innovation in Mission.

Marketing Trends in Selling Books
Sarah Bolme, Director, Christian Small Publishers Association

Sarah2009PicSarah Bolme is the co-founder and Director of Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA), the owner of CREST Publications, and the author of the award-winning Your Guide to Marketing Books in the Christian Marketplace. She is also the editor of the CSPA Circular, the monthly newsletter of Christian Small Publishers Association. Sarah’s passion is educating others to help them market their books into the Christian marketplace.

Publishers’ Institute will be held on Sunday, June 23, from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the America’s Convention Center in Room 262, during The International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) in St. Louis. The cost is just $20. You can register in advance on CSPA’s website by just clicking here. Registration will also be taken at the door of the event.

I hope to see you there!

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