July 2013

Christian Writing: How Self-Publishing Allowed An Environmental Lawyer Became a Best-Selling Fiction Author Pt2

Self-publishing is upending the book industry. One woman's unlikely road to a hit novel.

When I saw this article, I could not escape how many correlaries it help for Christian Writing. Bottom line, do not give up as a Christian writer

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How Self-Publishing Allowed An Environmental Lawyer Became a Best-Selling Fiction Author Pt2

By ALEXANDRA ALTER – Wall Street Journal Books http://goo.gl/MztwL

Christian Writing: Darcie Chan's Rise To Become A Best-Selling Self-Published Fiction Author

 

Self-published titles have been buoyed by an explosion in digital book sales. E-book sales totaled $878 million in 2010, compared to $287 million in 2009, according to the Association of American Publishers. Some analysts project that e-book sales will pass $2 billion in 2013.

The march of self-published authors has put publishers and literary agents on guard. Publishing houses like Penguin and Perseus have recently launched their own digital self-publishing programs in an effort to capture a slice of the mushrooming market. Some agents, including Scott Waxman, have started their own digital imprints.

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Digital self-publishing still has serious drawbacks. Though e-books are the fastest-growing segment of the book market, they still make up less than 10% of overall trade book sales, according to the Association of American Publishers. Book reviewers tend to ignore self-published works, and brick-and-mortar bookstores have long shunned them. And very few authors have a marketing and advertising budget equal to a publisher's.

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Christian Living: 10 Things I Know By Perry Noble

By Perry Noble – Guest Author

I am NOT the smartest man on the planet.  People think I’m kidding when I say I made a 790 on my SAT…but that’s NOT A JOKE!

When we planted NewSpring I did not have strategies that I just knew was going to change the world…I had (and still have) conviction.  I didn’t (and still don’t) know a lot.  In fact, 40 year old Perry looks back at 30 year old Perry and thinks, “that guy was a moron!”

BUT…I knew some things then that I still know now!  And though structures and strategies will change over the course of my life these things will never change, it’s what I go back to every time I am tempted to throw in the towel.  I simply know…

#1 – I was lost!

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Christian Leadership: Family Integrated Churches End Age Segregation and Youth Groups

Don’t look for children’s Sunday school classes at Ridgewood Church in Port Arthur, Texas. And forget about scavenger hunts and water park trips: the youth ministry is no more. Sound like a dying church?

No, it’s a family-integrated church, whose leaders wanted parents — rather than Sunday school teachers and youth ministers — to spiritually train their children. 

In “Divided,” a controversial video circulating online and a related book called “A Weed in the Church,” the movement’s leaders warn that “unbiblical” age-segregated activities can lead youth away from the church.

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Christian Living: After Tweeting ‘ Thank You God for Another Year of Life ‘ Co-Ed Dies On Birthday

Christian Living: After Tweeting ' Thank You God for Another Year of Life '
Co-Ed Dies On Birthday

Ariane Noelle Patterson, 21, died shortly after Tweeting "'Thank You God for Another Year Of Life" on Tuesday, Jan. 17. It was her 21st birthday.

It was Ariane Noelle Patterson's 21st birthday, and she was grateful to be alive.

The Gardner-Webb University student took to her Twitter account on Jan. 17 and posted the message: "Thank you God for another year of life."

Hours later, she collapsed during a religion class and was rushed to nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead, the Associated Press reports.

The senior at the North Carolina Christian college was originally from Delaware and majored in religious studies, the Gaston Gazette reports. She had recently obtained a work-study position managing multimedia for campus ministries.

The cause of her death is still under investigation

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