November 13, 2017 Edition
Former CBA Executive Director John Bass passed away Nov. 5 at age 91. Bass led CBA from 1965-1985, and is credited with visionary thinking that grew the association from 800 member stores to more than 3,200 members, as well as forging the path for technology implementation that would result in the POS and e-commerce systems used today.Read More...
ECPA PubU Highlights: 250 industry professionals gather to learn and connect
Over 250 Christian publishing professionals and industry leaders converged on the campus of Lipscomb University last week to learn from each other and connect in six publishing topics presented in 42 sessions, in addition to a remarkable keynote by Gabe Lyons on The Art of Curation. For highlights and photos of the ECPA PubU conference, check out the @ECPA twitter feed and #ECPAPubU. Stay tuned for the announcement of next year’s dates… November in Nashville!
ECPA announces the best book designs of 2017
ECPA announced the winners of the 2017 Top Shelf Book Cover Awards last week at Lipscomb University during the opening session of ECPA PubU. PubU keynote speaker Gabe Lyons and ECPA executive director Stan Jantz announced the winning covers among the nearly 250 Christian publishing professionals gathered for the event. Renown Nashville-based letterpress printers, Hatch Show Print created a custom edition show print for each winner.
"Long Way Gone" awarded Book of the Year at 2017 Christy Awards™ Christian Fiction Gala; Winners in 9 categories named
“Long Way Gone” by Charles Martin was awarded top honors at the 2017 Christy Awards™ Gala. Presented by ECPA, the 18th annual event was held at Lipscomb University and hosted by a trio of award-winning, bestselling authors in the genre: New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury, musician and writer Andrew Peterson, and award-winning author and radio host Chris Fabry.
Abingdon Press has announced the promotion of Robin Glennon to Director of Trade Sales effective November 11. Glennon has over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, and product development and most recently served at Abingdon Press as Key Accounts and Digital Sales Manager where she managed several of Abingdon Press’ largest trade customers.Read More...
Tyndale House Publishers is pleased to announce that Tyndale fiction author Chris Fabry received two Christy Awards™ at the Christy Award Gala hosted by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) on November 8. The Christy Awards celebrate excellence in Christian fiction and honor the power of story.Read More...
InterVarsity Press is pleased to congratulate art director David Fassett for his work on four designs that were chosen for 2017 Top Shelf Book Cover Awards by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA). Judges chose sixteen books, one Bible, and a book of Psalms to represent the year’s best designs. Fassett received the most awards of all the designers represented.Read More...
It took nearly a year to be officially certified, but NavPress author Lt. Jim Downing, 104, who penned “The Other Side of Infamy,” has been recognized as “Oldest Male Author” by Guinness World Records. Downing is widely recognized as the second-oldest survivor of the December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor attack.Read More...
Bible Gateway interviews Sheila Walsh, author of “In the Middle of the Mess"
How can the spiritual disciplines of confession, prayer, and Scripture meditation form a daily connection to Jesus to help women in their mental health struggles? In this Q&A, Sheila Walsh (@SheilaWalsh) talks about her book, In the Middle of the Mess: Strength for This Beautiful, Broken Life (Thomas Nelson, 2017).
Bible Gateway interviews Jack Alexander, author of “The God Guarantee”
Why do we fear scarcity when the Bible says God will provide? How can Christians experience true abundance, both spiritually and practically and not worry about not having enough? Bible Gateway interviewed Jack Alexander (@TheReimagineGrp) about his book, The God Guarantee: Finding Freedom from the Fear of Not Having Enough (Baker Books, 2017).
Author and activist, Christine Caine, joins Jesus Calling podcast to discuss new book
Christine Caine is a writer, speaker and activist. Her story of healing came over many years as she lived in faith to recover from sexual abuse that happened in her childhood. Her latest book, a 365-Day devotional, called Unshakeable (Zondervan), provides daily reminders that even in an unstable world, God always stands firm. She is featured on the Jesus Calling podcast in the episode, Rising from the Ashes of Abuse.
Thistle Farms president Becca Stevens’ helping women survivors of trafficking
Love Heals (Thomas Nelson) author Becca Stevens joins the Jesus Calling podcast to share about her 20+ years of experiences with Thistle Farms, which welcomes women survivors of trafficking, addiction and prostitution to provide housing, medical care, therapy and education for two years. The episode is called, When Life Steals Your Joy, Love Heals.
Authors Annie F. Downs and Jamie Blaine finding courage to move ahead
Writer and speaker, Annie F. Downs (Zondervan) and crisis counselor, Jamie Blaine (HarperCollins Christian Publishing) join the Jesus Calling podcast to share their life stories and how they found the courage to keep moving ahead and the mercy to not look back in the episode, Courage for Change, Mercy for Your Past.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association partners with SiriusXM to launch ‘The Billy Graham Channel’
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association announced its partnership with SiriusXM for the launch of "The Billy Graham Channel," a limited-run channel headlined by world-renowned Christian evangelist, Billy Graham.Read More...
As evangelist Billy Graham turns 99, Zondervan announces definitive biography, ‘A Prophet with Honor’
Last week marked the beloved Evangelist Billy Graham’s 99th birthday, and looking forward to his centennial celebration, Zondervan Publishing has announced plans to release “A Prophet with Honor: The Billy Graham Story,” by William Martin, in March 2018. Graham himself requested Martin for the project and granted him unprecedented access to the Billy Graham archives and team members, lending this work the authenticity and transparency of no other.Read More...
- Gilead Publishing releases book trailer for Christy novel by Catherine Marshall, rereleased for 50th anniversary
- Liberty University opens Karen Kingsbury writing center
- Top Shelf award-winning Art Director of IVP reveals “behind the design” in video
- HarperCollins Christian Publishing is seeking a new VP of Marketing
- Billy Graham turns 99
- 25 All-Time Greatest Christian Books
- October Religion Bestsellers: David Jeremiah Takes #2; Christmas Fiction Dominates
- Religion Book Deals: Nov. 8, 2017
- Religion and Spirituality Books Preview: December 2017
- Gospel Book Store moves to a new, bigger location in Bristol, Virginia
PUBLISHING & BOOKSELLING
- PW Publishing Industry Salary Survey 2017: Women’s share of jobs rose and pay gap closed slightly
- Does Anybody Know What a Bestseller Is? There are more bestseller lists than ever
- Digital Publishers Find Shared Purpose at W3C Publishing Summit
- Publishers experiment with audiobook-only productions
- 11 Beautiful Vintage Book Covers
- Barnes & Noble Survey Reveals Thanksgiving Eve Is the Busiest Reading Day of the Year
- Smaller, Quirkier Bookstores More Likely To Succeed In Age Of Online Retail
- Amazon introduces Prime Now delivery fee
- Steve Kessel to head all Amazon physical retail to ease changes across platforms as Amazon reinvents how consumers shop in stores
- Warner Bros. and the Tolkien estate are in talks with Amazon to develop a ‘Lord of the Rings” TV series