Thanks to God

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:

  1. Celebrating 10 years of directing Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA) and helping small publishers and independently published authors experience success in marketing their book in the Christian marketplace.
  2. The publication of the Third Edition of my book Your Guide to Marketing Books in the Christian Marketplace.
  3. Winning another award for Your Guide to Marketing Books in the Christian Marketplace.
  4. Six years of blogging, and for you, the readers of this blog.
  5. The gift of salvation!
  6. Another year of living, loving, and serving God!

What are you thankful for?

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Are Reviews Important?

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.

  1. Reviews expose more people to your book.
  2. Reviews let readers know that your book is or is not worth an investment of money or time.
  3. Reviews provide you on-going testimonials about your book for use in your marketing materials.

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.

James Cox of the Midwest Book Review wrote:

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.”

Deborah Piccurrelli of TWJ Magazine wrote:

“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.

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The 2014 Book of the Year Award Winners!

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.

Award 1The winners in each of the 12 categories are:

FictionThirty Days to Glory, Kathy Nickerson, CrossRiver Media Group

RomanceShenandoah 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

Award 2

Congratulations to the winners!

The Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award is sponsored by Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA).

Looking for a great book to read next? Try one of the winners of the CSP Book of the Year Award listed here.

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