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An audio recording of Judge Eve, a Jewish believer in Christ, speaking to the Southern Christian Writers Guild. She is host of BBS Radio’s The Judge Eve Show and author of Diary of Sabra: Faith in Action.
Judge Eve was born in Jerusalem (when it was still Palestine) to an orthodox Jewish family where she lived side-by-side with Muslim Arabs and Christians. She immigrated to America during the 1960s and became a Christian while working as an Administrative Law Judge with the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.
She retired after practicing law for 18 1/2 years. During her career she taught law at Glendale College of Law, where she also served as a Dean. She served as Chairman for the Speaker’s Bureau, and was active in the Lawyers’ Club of Los Angeles. For several years, she set up TV and radio programs for Law Day, enabling various lawyers and judges to talk about legal subjects.
She is questioned by Marlaine Peachey, Chairman of the Southern Christian Writers Guild.
Press Release March 5, 2013
(Vancouver, BC, Canada) Beginning, this week, The Aikman Opportunity Award for Young Christian Writers is currently accepting article submissions. Articles will be 1000-1500 words in length, and should “…be a complete story in itself, one that might be found in a magazine or other publication, while still leaving the reader wanting a fuller narrative.”
The goal of the award, say the organizers (Patrick Henry College, Guildford Media Ltd., and reporter / writer Dr. David Aikman), is to identify, encourage and support a new generation of Christian writers to tell the true stories of how God has worked transformativley in the lives of individuals and communities.
Deadline for article submissions is May 1, 2013.
A carefully selected panel of judges will then short-list the applicants and create a list of finalists by June 1, 2013. Upon notification, the finalists will be required to prepare a 2,000 – 4,000 word proposal outlining their vision and offering verification of the authenticity of their story. These proposals will be submitted by Sept. 1, 2013, and the winners will be announced Oct. 1, 2013.
NOT A TYPICAL WRITING CONTEST
Most writing contests award prizes for already completed manuscripts. The Aikman Opportunity Award is different. It promises a $20,000 prize to the writer who can compose the most compelling and best-reported article and (ultimately) book proposal of the Christian nonfiction story he or she wants to write. The prize, of course, will provide a solid financial base for the writer as the manuscript is being assembled.
To qualify, contestants must reside in Canada, the USA, the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland and be between 18 and 35 years of age.
Grand prize: $20,000 plus potential for publication
First runner-up award: $1,500 plus potential for publication
Second runner-up award: $1,500 pluse potential for publication
Third runner-up award: $1,500 plus potential for publication
“…today it’s more important than ever to tell people what God is doing in the world. At the end of the day, writing, especially Christian writing, is a God-given calling. In this writers’ contest I want to provide a spark of inspiration and a real practical incentive for Christian writers to be started telling the most wonderful story we will ever hear: what God is doing in the lives of ordinary people.” Dr. David Aikman
To read more about the contest guidelines, visit http://aikmanaward.com/about/how
to/index.html For general information see www.aikmanward.com.
To receive regular updates, follow The Aikman Opportunity Award group on Facebook at facebook.com/AikmanAward or on Twitter at @aikmanaward.
Jewish believer in Christ, Eve Ellingwood Cohen, host of BBS Radio’s The Judge Eve Show and author of Diary of Sabra: Faith in Action, will address the Southern Christian Writers Guild via SKYPE at the March 9 meeting. All meeting are held the 10 am on the second Saturday of the month at Mandeville City Hall.
www.lovelychristianromance.com is currently accepting short stories for Two types of anthologies
A Christian Romance Anthology and a Quilts of Joy Fiction Anthology
Christian Romance Anthologies.
These stories can be 1000 to 3000 words.
We pay $10 per story accepted
You will get a FREE e book copy of the anthology
and be able to purchase a print copy at our publishing cost plus shipping.
We will be looking at contemporary, historical and suspense with a romantic twist
There is no deadline on these as of yet, but the sooner the better
We hope to put 5 to 10 stories per anthology.
Send your stories to
put Romance Anthology in the subject line.
For our Quilts of Joy Fiction Anthology
these need to be stories including the theme of a quilt
These can be romance or just a pleasant story.
Again 1000 to 3000 words
you will get $10 for the story if published
and a FREE eBook copy and
can purchase the book at our publisher’s price plus shipping.
Send to firstname.lastname@example.org
put Quilt Anthology in the subject line.
We are also hosting a Novella Writing Contest for 15,000 to 30,000 word Novellas
Theme: Christmas on the Frontier
Winner gets $300
Other books will be considered for our line of Novellas
Send to Lovelycromance@yahoo.com by April 1
Put Christmas on Frontier in the subject box.
My guest on the JUDGE EVE SHOW Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. PST ( 1:00 pm Central and 2:00 p.m. EST) is Teena Myers. Tune in to BBS Radio Station 1 http://www.bbsradio.com/judgeeve/ We will discuss how Teena’s perception of faith has changed during the forty years she has been a Christian.
Teena is the author of Finding Faith in the City Care Forgot, an author’s journey down the narrow one-way streets of New Orleans, across the longest bridge in America, and getting lost in the bayous of south Louisiana as she pursued stories of faith. He quest led her to answered prayers, a hundred year old prophecy fulfilled and a thirty-eight year old mystery revealed, but it was the atheist who solidified her faith in God.
She is freelance writer; editor of NOLA.com’s Faith, Beliefs and Spirituality blog; member of the Southern Christian Writers Guild and The Northshore Literary Society. She is also a certified Belief Therapist and credentialed minister with the Assemblies of God. Teena lives on the west bank
of New Orleans with her husband of twenty-seven years. They have two sons, one daughter-in-law and three grandchildren. Learn more about Teena at http://teenalmyers.com/
I encourage you to call in with questions 1-888-627-6008.
Thank you and God bless you, with Jesus’ great love,
Judge Eve Ellingwood ( aka Cohen Sternlight) retired.
Email: email@example.com Website http://www.90210holocaust.com- about my parents’ murders in Beverly Hills and the theft of their millions, which is rampant– and part of the NEW WORLD ORDER’S PLANS on the way to communism, and world dominance.
- John L. Beckley
We have already established that becoming an author and writing a book is like starting a business, and no serious businessperson would launch a new business without a business plan. Yet, many authors do this all the time. They expect that once they finish writing their book and hand it off the publisher, their job is done. They couldn’t be more wrong.
“It’s my job to write the books,” the author might say, “it’s the publisher’s job to sell them.” That kind of outdated thinking will only lead to bitter disappointment down the road.
As an author, you’ve got quite a bit of skin in the game. It’s your name on the front of the book, and if your first book loses money for your publisher, they are less likely to publish a second or third book that you write, and you certainly don’t want that. Will your publisher have a marketing plan? Depending on which route you took to get your book published, sure. However, it’s probably not as extensive as you think or hope.
According to Writer’s Digest, most traditional publishers spend less than $2,000 marketing 85 percent of the titles they publish. The lion’s share of the publisher’s marketing dollars is spent on their bestselling authors’ books. The new, unknown authors may receive a few review copies and (if they are lucky) an ad or two in a publishing industry publication or catalog. Other than that, the author is pretty much on their own. Most authors have to hire their own publicist, schedule their own events and even send out their own press releases. (For the record, the publisher I work for covers most of this for the author as part of their publishing contract, but the authors still must play a role in arranging events, too).
That is why it is critical that you have a business plan before you launch your book. Do you want to take a chance on a limited $2,000 or less marketing plan, or do you want to play an active role in your book’s success? Because you are treating your book like a business, you of course will opt to play an active role.
With that being said, there is no silver bullet in the publishing industry. There are no guarantees of success, just like there is no guarantee any new business will succeed when it finally opens its doors. However, having a plan and actively promoting yourself and your book is certainly better than expecting someone else to do all the heavy lifting for you and hoping for the best. Hope is not a strategy. The chances for your book’s success are directly related to the time and energy you dedicate to your book’s promotional activities.
This is a basic outline, and you can certainly add your own ideas to it, but at a minimum, these are the things you should take into consideration and plan for as you get ready to launch your book.
- Your book’s target audience. We have covered this one, and this doesn’t have to be carved in stone. By now, you should have an idea of what the target audience is for your book. Sometimes, the audience for an author’s book turns out to be different than what they initially thought. For example, children’s book authors may spend a lot of time and energy trying to reach out directly to kids, when in fact it’s the parents and grandparents who actually purchase the books. You may have to adjust your approach if you find you should be targeting a different audience.
- Your platform. Again, we have already covered this, and this isn’t something you spend a week or two building and then call it good. Building a platform is a job that is never done. Remember, you are building your name and reputation as an author, and like any business this doesn’t happen overnight. Keep working on expanding your network, building your online presence and doing your face-to-face promotion.
- Your budget. I have seen authors spend thousand of dollars hiring someone to build their web site, and I have seen others who built their own for free using a standard template on a service like Tripod. I have seen authors spend thousand of dollars on advertising and not sell any books, and I have seen authors purchase no advertising and sell thousands. Your marketing plan can be done on the cheap, or you can invest money into your promotional efforts (wisely). The approach you take is completely up to you, and it will depend upon what you are trying to accomplish with your book launch. At a minimum, I recommend investing in the following, and it doesn’t have to require a second mortgage on the house:
- Review copies of your book
- Copies of your book to resell (if your publisher allows this. Some don’t)
- Book trailer
- Web site
- Book marks
- Post cards
- Business cards
You should also take into account your expenses for things like traveling to and from book signing events, mailing review copies of your book, and hiring a publicist if your publisher doesn’t assign one to you and you decide to go that route.
- Distribution. If you have a publisher, you probably already have distribution covered. If you are self-publishing, you will need to arrange distribution for your book. Do you plan to sell your book only on Amazon, or do you want your book available for bookstores to order, too? If you want your books available from a wide variety of online booksellers and for physical retail locations to order, you’ll need distribution.
- Targeted list of retailers. Where do you want to do your book signing events? The time to take that into consideration is now. Start compiling a list of the places where you want to do your events, visit the locations to see if they host author events and let them know you have a book coming out. Make those bookstore managers your new best friends. They can’t order your book until your release date, but put the bug in their ear about your book now (without being overbearing). Go to your local independent bookstores and see if they will carry copies of your book on a consignment basis (we’ll cover this later). That’s the fastest and surest way of getting your book “on the shelf” in your local area, if that’s important to you.
- Targeted list of niche marketing venues. You don’t have to do all your book signing events in bookstores. You should broaden your horizons and thing beyond the bookstore, too. Did you write a book about figure skating? Contact the local ice skating rinks and see if they would be interested in hosting a book signing for you, and offer them a cut of the book sales for allowing you into their business. Coffee shops, gift shops, pet stores, museums…these are all places that have scheduled book signing events. Remember, you’re trying to reach your book’s target audience, not hang out in the big box bookstore’s café half the day trying to convince browsers to buy your book.
- Social media. If Ernest Hemingway were alive today he would be on Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In and his own blog. This is the way authors are connecting with their readers in the 21st Century, and it’s something you’ll have to get used to. Signing up for these services isn’t enough. You have to use them regularly, network with them and tell people that you are available on them. If nobody knows you have a blog, they aren’t going to visit your blog. You should also be collecting an email list of your readers through your blog or web site through subscriptions, so you can keep your fans updated about your book’s progress, release date and your events.
- Book reviews. Start compiling a list of places where you want to send a review copy of your book. Make sure it is a targeted list. The blog, web site, newspaper or publication you want to send your book to should be appropriate for your book. Also, NEVER blindly send a review copy. Write an email and ask the reviewer if they would be interested in reviewing your book. If you don’t get an answer or if the answer is “no”, accept it and move on to the next contact. Ask if they want a print copy or an ebook copy of your book, and promise to send it as soon as it’s available.
- Blog tours. Blog tours are a way of going on a national book tour without leaving your house. Bloggers can do interviews, reviews, allow you to do a guest post or do a book giveaway featuring your book. Locate blogs that are related to your book’s topic, and see if the blogger would be interested in hosting a stop on your blog tour. Tell them you’ll promote the blog tour with our own blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Bloggers are always looking for content and ways of attracting more traffic to their blog. Blog tours benefit the blogger and the author.
- Your media plan. If your publisher doesn’t help you with this, you’ll need a press release and a list of media contacts to send it to. You’ll want to send out the press release when your book is available and also notify local media outlets about any book signings you have coming up in their area. Some media outlets are now “pay for play.” In other words, they’ll offer to interview you and air or print a story about your book if you pay them. I don’t recommend this. Your story is either of interest to their readers, viewers or listeners, or it isn’t. Your job is to let the media know why your book would be of interest to their audience. Remember, it’s not the media’s job to promote your book. They are looking for increased ratings or readership. Convince them that your expertise or story will help them do that, and you’ll get media coverage. The time to start developing your pitch to do that is now.
That’s an overview, but these ten points are the pillars upon which any author can build their platform and launch their book. Actually go through this list and start doing your homework, and start compiling lists of contacts and venues. This will be invaluable when you finally reach the point that you are ready to start promoting your book. Putting in the groundwork on your marketing plan now is going to save you a lot of time, effort and frustration down the road.
My greatest achievement in life is my family. I have been married to the same fantastic woman for 22 years, and we have two sons and a daughter-in-law. I also recently became a grandfather! At my day job, I am the Associate Director of Marketing at Tate Publishing & Enterprises, and I have been with the company since 2006. Prior to working in publishing, I worked as a radio and television reporter for more than 20 years, and I put that experience to use every day obtaining media opportunities for my authors. I am currently writing my own book, “Your Book is Your Business,” a guide to help authors market and promote their books.