Today, I am wishing you and yours a:
But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son,
born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who
were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
~Galatians 4:4-5 NKJV
Happy Thanksgiving! We have so much to be thankful for. I think the words of the following Thanksgiving hymn, “Thanks to God” by Ludvig Storm, sum up the scope of what we all have to be thankful for.
Thanks to God for my Redeemer,
Thanks for all Thou dost provide!
Thanks for times now but a memory,
Thanks for Jesus by my side!
Thanks for pleasant, balmy springtime,
Thanks for dark and stormy fall!
Thanks for tears by now forgotten,
Thanks for peace within my soul!
Thanks for prayers that Thou hast answered,
Thanks for what Thou dost deny!
Thanks for storms that I have weathered,
Thanks for all Thou dost supply!
Thanks for pain, and thanks for pleasure,
Thanks for comfort in despair!
Thanks for grace that none can measure,
Thanks for love beyond compare!
This year, I am especially thankful for the following:
What are you thankful for?
In my book, Your Guide to Marketing Books in the Christian Marketplace,” one of the marketing fundamentals is:
Book reviews open doors for book sales.
This marketing principle is one of the reasons that Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA) began the BookCrash book review program for our member publishers. BookCrash is a “books for bloggers” program, where, in exchange for a book, we ask that the blogger review the book both on his or her own personal blog and on one retail site.
Book reviews help sell books for several reasons.
The updated Third Edition of my book, Your Guide to Marketing Books in the Christian Marketplace, recently garnered two great reviews. For the sake of space, I will not quote the entirety of the reviews here, just the salient points. I have provided a link to each review if you wish to read the entire review.
“Your Guide to Marketing Books in the Christian Marketplace by Sarah Bolme will prove to be an indispensable 266 page instructional resource for authors and publishers of Christian literature whether fiction or non-fiction. Comprehensive, exceptionally well organized and presented, practical, informed and informative.”
“I have to admit, my first thought was, ‘Another marketing book?’ because I already own a whole load of previously published ones. But once I began reading, I wanted to just go straight through without stopping. I never thought the subject could be so interesting. The formatting of this book is done in such a way that I never experienced tedium.”
If you have a new book you are publishing, make the push, get out there and get reviews. They will help you sell more copies of your book.
The votes are in and counted. The winners of the 2014 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award have been determined!
Over 3,100 Christian book lovers and retailers voted on 108 nominated titles in 12 categories. This year the voting was very competitive. Two categories had ties for first place—a first for the Book of the Year Award.
Fiction – Thirty Days to Glory, Kathy Nickerson, CrossRiver Media Group
Romance – Shenandoah Nights, Lisa Belcastro, OakTara
Christian Living (tie) – A Bead and a Prayer, Kristen E. Vincent, Upper Room Books &
Life’s A Pain: Journeying By Faith When Every Step Hurts, Todd Rettberg, CrossLink Publishing
Bible Study / Theology: The Epic of God, Michael Whitworth, Start2Finish Books
Devotional: This I Know, Toby Holsinger, CrossRiver Media Group
Biography (tie): SuperGal vs. GOD, Lori Hynson, Broken Shoe Press &
Crossfire: The Life of Chuck Svoboda, a Foot-Soldier in God’s Army, David J. Bauer, Grace Acres Press
Relationships / Family: 25 Ways to Communicate Respect to Your Husband, Jennifer L Flanders, Prescott Publishing
Children’s (age 4 to 8): The Potter, Cindy Starr Stewart, Carpenter’s Son
Children’s (age 8 to 12): Where the River Rises, Rosie Boom, Boom Tree Publishing
Young Adult (age 12+): A Cry From Egypt, Hope Auer, Great Waters Press
Gift Book: 101 Surprises! Sayings with Scriptures You Didn’t See Coming, Wilma Shepard Caraway, Fruitbearer Publishing LLC
eBook Exclusive: Subject Your Flesh, Beyr Reyes, ShadeTree Publishing
Congratulations to the winners!
Looking for a great book to read next? Try one of the winners of the CSP Book of the Year Award listed here.
I am a list maker. I make a list, check off what I have accomplished, and then revise my list by making a new list that includes the items I have not yet completed and more that I need to complete. I frequently have multiple lists going at once.
Do you like lists? What about a blueprint or template that shows you what to do?
One of the things I find is that I am often reinventing the wheel. Some tasks I do must be repeated weekly or monthly, yet I write them on each list. I find the same is true in marketing a book.
For each book I publish, I reinvent the wheel by creating a new list from scratch. I finally decided that I have had enough of that. To solve the problem, I created a Book Marketing Plan Template in Excel.
This Book Marketing Template is based on the marketing advice in my book Your Guide to Marketing Books in the Christian Marketplace. It includes all the important marketing steps from pre-publication through publication and ongoing marketing after publication of a book.
I have decided to share this Book Marketing Template with other authors and publishers. The template is designed to be used as a companion to Your Guide to Marketing Books in the Christian Marketplace, but it can be used as a stand-alone tool also.
Here is the best part. I am offering this re-useable Book Marketing Template in Excel for a bargain price. For just $4.99, you can have your own copy to use in marketing your book. Simply click HERE to purchase your copy today!