This last weekend I spent 3 days in Grand Rapids, MI at Carol Kent’s Speak Up Conference. When Carol asked me to fill a slot and teach on radio for both the writer’s and speaker’s track of conferees, I was excited to share how being a guest OR a host on the radio is a great way to expand your platform.
Last year at ICRS – Unite 2016 I posted a blog about my thoughts after walking the expo floor at the annual Christian booksellers convention. As you can see, I was highly critical of Xulon for the huge booth and tens of thousands they charged authors to promote their books there.
In February of 2016, Mark Levine, author of “The Fine Print of Self Publishing” made the statement that, “You guys (Redemption Press) are the only one I see out there who’s doing it right.” He gave me permission to quote him and I was excited to see how we ranked in the upcoming edition of his book. In May, 2016, the advance reader copy came out and he sent me a hard copy.
All 240 Family Christian Stores Are Closing
When I posted the Publisher Weekly article about Tate Publishing closing its doors, my good friend (and million copy selling author) Neva Coyle said “Ahhh, another Esther moment for you.”
Tate Publishing Closes Its Doors
God never fails to amaze me with the ways He demonstrates His care for every area of our lives. I encountered a divine appointment at the Atlanta Christian Writers Conference last month with Cynthia L.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the Unite 2016. The Christian Booksellers Association big event for bookstore buyers and publishers of books, music, and products for the Christian market.
I remember 20 years ago when I first started attending the event as a publisher, there were two football fields of products, and it took literally hours to get from one end to the other, and man, were my feet sore about half way through the trek!
What a delight to finally meet Mark Levine in person. He was in the Seattle area for a few days and made a point to pop into the Northwest Christian Writers’ Renewal to have lunch with my husband and I. Verbally he told me a while ago that Redemption Press is the only one he sees in the Christian self-publishing arena doing it right… and now the newest edition of his book shows it in writing!
Thanks, Athena Dean Holtz, for saving the day when I was having trouble getting my books from the distributor to bookstores. Your personal intervention made the difference! It's obvious that you are highly respected in the world of Christian publishing. You are indeed a treasure in this publishing world we live in as authors.
With much appreciation, Linda Rooks