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Boost Your Christian Book Sales, Learn the Four P’s of Marketing

Just like anything in life, if you want to reach a goal, you can’t just sit back, wait and expect something to just fall into your lap. You’ve been given gifts, talents and opportunities – you’ve got to use them to make a plan, a strategy, and make it happen.

So, where do you start? After clearly defining the basics about your book, such as identifying the target audience, your book’s selling position, competition, etc., you should now start to form marketing strategies, or the ways in which you will accomplish your marketing goals. Strategies can be broken down into four major categories: product, price, place and promotion. Collectively, they’re called the “Four P’s of Marketing.”

PRODUCT: It’s All About Presentation

First, when thinking about “product,” think about your book in the eyes of the reader. Sure, you may have a thrilling, enjoyable or inspirational story that will most likely change the reader’s life. But the truth is, there’s no way the reader could possibly know the impact of your book unless you convince them. You’ve got to present your book, i.e. your product, in a way so that it rises above the rest.

But how?

Start by constructing a persuasive and impressive product description to emphasize the unique selling position of your book. Why should someone read your book? Think back to those five marketing plan fundamentals to answer question such as: How do you wish to position your book within the targeted market? Is it going to help teens struggling with their faith? Will it unite cancer survivors? Is it an uplifting book for Christians in need of a laugh? The answer to these questions will shape how the customer views your book.

•TIP: Practice reciting an enticing 30-second description of your book in the best and most persuasive way possible. This will come in handy when bumping into friends and associates. Casual word of mouth marketing can be extremely effective, and it will help you stay focused on your marketing goals.

When considering the “product” aspect of your book, don’t forget about the “packaging.” Not the kind of packaging that protects something being delivered through the mail, but the packaging that uniquely identifies a product. All products have packaging, from the design on the outside of a soda pop can to the box that holds an iPod to the sticker on a banana; the package sets the tone and feeling about the quality and “attitude” of a product. For a book, the cover is just like the packaging of any other product. It highly impacts how customers perceive your book, and that’s the reason we’re here to help. EverFaith Press has professional cover designers and illustrators standing by to help with this extremely important decision.

Lastly, consider the overall quality of your book. Make sure that your text is thoroughly edited. Have other writers, friends or family read your work to catch typos and errors, or have your book professionally-edited through EverFaith Press.

Also, include materials to meet today’s book standards, such as an ISBN. You may also consider having the interior of your book professionally-formatted. The book layout specialists at EverFaith Press can design and format your book’s interior to ensure your book meets and exceeds the most current standards of modern design.

Don’t overlook the importance of a good product in your marketing campaign. Your message and unique voice is worth the extra time and effort to get it right.

PRICE: Finding the “Sweet Spot”

The second “p” of marketing, “price,” involves the general strategy employed when you price your book. EverFaith Press makes it simple for you to actually choose the price of your book through our book pricing guide. However, you still have a big decision to make regarding the overall selling price of your book, which determines how much royalty you earn. The concept is simple: The higher the selling price, the more you make per book.

But how do you decide?

First, look at the price of other comparative books in the market. If you haven’t already, conduct market research to determine the common prices of other books in the market. Spend an hour at a local bookstore and browse various online retailers at Christian bookstores and secular bookstores. Make sure that you note the size, length and subject matter of books as well, since these aspects influence the price.

Once you’ve familiarized yourself with current pricing trends, the trick is to find the balance between a high royalty and a low selling cost to maximize profits. For example, if your selling price is low, you might sell more copies, but you may not earn your goal profit due to the low yield royalty. On the other hand, if your selling price is high, you might make a lot on each sale, but you might not sell as many copies because the high selling price will discourage more frugal buyers.

Find a price that works for you and remember your goals. If your goal is simply to sell as many books as possible, then a low royalty might be fine. But if your goal is to earn a certain amount of extra income, you’ll have to consider your selling price more carefully.

•TIP: Although you cannot change the Web or retail price of your book through EverFaith Press after your book is published, you can always purchase copies of your book at the author-discounted price and then resell the books at any price. This allows you to experiment to find the “sweet spot” on pricing your book when selling at events.

PLACE: Where Oh Where Has My Audience Gone?

Consider the best way to reach your targeted audience(s). Where can you find your audience(s)? This includes both cities and different types of selling channels. Are there certain magazines, newspapers, e-zines or catalogs that your targeted audience reads? What about television shows or radio stations? Where are they visiting on the Internet, such as Web sites or blogs, and which keywords are they using in their Internet searches to get there?

Identify specific locations where people in your niche audience(s) gather regularly or from where they receive their information, both online and in the physical world. Consider and list book clubs, churches, bible study classes, support groups, school clubs, libraries and church related meetings, such as social, organizational or membership. Make a list of conferences, seminars, conventions (Christian, book, writers, etc.), art fairs or book fairs that you could attend as speaker or member of the audience. List online locations where you can find your book’s audience, such as blogs, chat groups, forums, message boards, e-newsletters and e-zines, and social networking sites such as Shoutlife, Facebook and MySpace.

•TIP: Brainstorm a list of keywords associated with your book and your audience. Use tools like Google’s Adwords Keyword Tool to test your hypothesis. Once keywords are found, use them to search the Web to find specific Web sites and social networks that fit your niche audience.

In addition to places people congregate, you can also consider cities and regions. It is always best to choose locations with which you have a local tie in one way or another. Hometowns, cities you’ve lived or where family lives and the city where you when to college are great starts. Consider the advantages and disadvantages of the locations you choose. For example, if you’re from New York City, then it is advantageous to choose this as a targeted location because you have local connections. However, even though it is your hometown, you’re at a disadvantage because the area is incredibly saturated with publications and releases, so your efforts could be lost in the crowd. Another example: you may want to focus on a city that perhaps you’ve never been to, but a location or historical icon in your book is associated with that particular city.

When reaching your targeted audience be sure to give them options that make finding and purchasing your book easier. Humans are creatures of habit, and they usually shop at certain stores for a reason, even if their only reason is “because that’s where I’ve always shopped.” You don’t want to force a reader to start shopping at a new store just to buy your book – bring the book to them. How? Make sure that you have distribution through the Ingram Book Network will allow your book to be listed in thousands of online retailers and available for order through brick-and-mortar retail outlets. EverFaith Press provides this listing automatically will every publishing package.

•TIP: If part of your marketing plan is to convince bookstore managers to physically stock your book on their shelves, you should consider purchasing Retail Return Insurance. It enables retailers to return your book if it doesn’t sell, so they feel more comfortable taking a chance on a lesser known title or author, and, at many stores, they will not even consider shelving a book unless it is returnable. If you can work it into your budget, you won’t regret it.

PROMOTION: Reaching Out and Touching Readers

“Promotion” is the fourth “P,” and involves selecting the specific advertising platforms, forms of media, promotional efforts, marketing products and networking avenues that you will use to spread the word about your book. Promotion is always ongoing, and your marketing plan should examine a number of different angles. Your promotional efforts should encompass various forms of media and utilize all kinds of channels, avenues and efforts, known as a “Marketing Mix.” There are traditional methods and promotional events you can arrange, but there are also many non-traditional areas just waiting for your Christian book.

When it comes to promotion, you’ve got options galore. But when planning, don’t forget about the basics, such as: who is your target audience? Where can you find them? What is your budget? These fundamental points should guide you when choosing your promotional strategies.

Consider all your promotional options from traditional elements such as seminars, book signings, readings and press releases to new marketing elements, such as online social networking, pay-per-click ads and e-zine article publishing. With a little research, you’re sure to find a combination of strategies that works for you.

•TIP: When dealing with media, retailers, and anyone else in the market, always remember to be professional, and always follow-up with your contacts. You cannot expect results without a follow-up effort. After distributing a press release to the media, contact them within a week or two, but be considerate of an organization’s right to turn you down. You can consider following up 90 days later with those who initially were not interested (unless told otherwise).

For an extensive list of promotional possibilities read the article, “17 Fundamental Ideas of How to Promote Your Christian Book” on our Web site.

Plot Your Marketing Strategies and Launch Your Plan into Action

The Four P’s of Marketing are essential in any marketing plan, but new ideas are always evolving, so keep your eyes open. Don’t forget to also sketch out a basic time-frame in which you will accomplish these tasks. Marketing and promotional efforts take time – time to manage, time to set up and time to complete. Be aware of how much time you have available to devote to your efforts and remember that things don’t happen overnight. Through patience and persistence, you will see ever-increasing, tangible results.

Now that you know the basics of how to create a marketing plan and strategies, it’s time to sit down and get started brainstorming ideas. By setting goals, staying focused, and utilizing the resources available to you through EverFaith Press, you’re sure to find success in your book marketing goals.

 

Novelist: Read the Bible!

Whatever your religious affiliation or views, if you wish to enrich your writing in English, it’s in your interest to familiarize yourself with the language of the 1611 translation known as the Authorized Version (AV) or King James Bible.

More recent translations are preferable for purposes of textual criticism, but for the lover of English, the AV belongs right next to the dictionary on the writer’s shelf of essential references. The Bible is not one book, it’s a library of different kinds of writing: poetry, history, laws, drama, and philosophy.

I don’t recommend struggling through the food laws or the “begats” (long genealogical lists), but the poetic books like Job and Song of Songs provide an inexhaustible mine of balanced phrasing and indelible imagery.

Hemingway took his title The Sun Also Rises from beautiful, world-weary Ecclesiastes:

One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.
The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.

Some other writers got titles from the same place:

  • Earth Abides, by George R. Steward
  • Earth Abideth, by George Dell
  • One Generation Passes Away, Another Generation Comes, by Joyce Jones Roe

And then there’s this passage from the Song of Songs (also called Song of Solomon):

For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land…
Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.
My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.

NOTE: In this context the “turtle” is a turtledove.

Here are some titles that this passage seems to have inspired:

  • Our Vines Have Tender Grapes, by George Victor Martin
  • The Little Foxes, by Lillian Hellman
  • The Voice of the Turtle, by John Van Druten
  • Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
  • Among the Lilies, by Mary Adriano and Mary Bruno
  • Winter is Past, by Ruth Axtell Morren

Some readers may balk at the old -eth endings. One way to deal with them is to read them as -es verbs. Another way is to read from the Revised King James version which modernizes the grammar:

One generation passes away, and another generation comes; But the earth abides forever.

Thanks to a multiplicity of websites equipped with great search engines, you can go directly to the stories you want to read.

A good place to begin is The Bible Gateway.

Who knows? You may find the perfect title for your next novel.

 

Where do you usually find inspiration for your book/novel? Let us know below!

 

5 Reasons You Should Self-Publish Your Christian Novel- Tips for Authorpreneurs

I speak to authors regularly to help them organize their writing and create publishing plans that fit their goals and economic status. While one of the biggest barriers to self-publishing is usually funds, the second usually is lack of information or research. Traditional publishing is nice if you have the patience  for it and don’t mind letting someone else take over, but for those who like be in charge here are a few good reasons to self-publish, as well as some major pitfalls.

5. No Rejections! This is one that resonates with every author. No one likes to be told no, especially if there is not a clearly identifiable problem with your manuscript. While this is a perfectly good reason to go the self-publishing route, which will ensure your publication, rejections are a motivation for some authors to improve on their work.

Pitfall: Without an honest, third-party assessment of your manuscript before publishing, you can end up with a sub-par product that destroys your reputation as an author.

How to Avoid It: Find a professional editor to provide you with honest feedback. Some have a process for this type of review, while others charge an hourly fee. The goal is to not only get feedback, but also suggestions on how to resolve your issues. Companies like EverFaith Press provide a Rubric with their manuscript assessments which allow you to see your problem areas and how you can fix them.

4. Editorial Control. This perk of self-publishing is great for authors who like to be in the know. You have the ability to interview and select your own editor, or at least set the parameters for success and their interaction with you.

Pitfalls: Selecting the wrong editor by going for the lowest cost only. Another big mistake is ignoring your editor. If you have selected your editor wisely, it is important that you take the time to weigh and value their input.

How to Avoid It: First, make sure that you request a sample edit. Any editor that takes on your book without first reviewing your manuscript is no one you should work with. They need to see your manuscript to determine if they can help you or not. Second. when selecting your editor, have a conversation with them about their editing style and how they work with authors. Vibes are not sufficient, but if you combine your “personality assessment” with their assessment of your manuscript and sample edit, you will have all of the pieces needed to make an educated decision.

3. Design Input. Many traditional publishers work on your design for you, and your input is limited if allowed at all. When self-publishing, depending on how you go about it, you are able to veto covers you do not like and creative control over the design concepts.

Pitfall: Design input is only a plus if you have options and are working with a skilled designer. Using a self-publishing press can be a benefit here, because they typically make deals with quality designers based on book quantities to get you the best pricing. When approaching the same or similar designer, your costs can triple and push you towards a cheaper more sub-par choice.

How to Avoid It: Look for promotional specials when you review the work of graphic designers, and make sure that they have experience with creating at least 5 book covers for print publications. Don’t hesitate to interview them, and if you really don’t have the time to do the legwork then visit small presses like EverFaith Press and Believers Press. They both have contractors who can provide sample work from established designers for you to choose from.

2. Higher Royalties. It’s good to get paid, and it’s even better when you can set your own rates. This is the number 2 best reason to self-publish, because you see an immediate return on your investment. It takes a while to recoup the publishing costs, but to many authors it’s worth it.

Pitfalls: There are four major pitfalls here 1. Not setting your own royalty rate, 2. Setting your rate too high to reinvest in your work, 3. Not setting your royalties aside for personal use and 4. Not using the book revenue to reinvest.

How to Avoid It: Being a smart business person is one of the key skills you will need to be a successful authorpreneur, but it’s not something you can learn overnight. The quick lesson (or reminder) is that you have to both pay yourself and set money aside to further your book marketing plans. Creating your own contract to set your royalty rate lets you make a little money back from your work, while reasonably setting aside the remainder for a business account. You can save that money and use it invest in any future book plans that you may have.

1. Access to Final Files. There are no major pitfalls here, and honestly It’s the most important reason to self-publish carefully. Many companies are happy for you to pay them to produce your work, and are only satisfied if they can keep you coming back for more. They force your hand by not providing you with your final files so you have to go through their more expensive channels for any print needs. EverFaith Press has the advantage on most self-publishing companies here, as it is in their standard agreement to provide the final files to their authors. They keep you coming back because their print costs are one of the cheapest in the POD world, and the turnaround time is phenomenal.

Pitfalls: If you do get a copy of your final files, make sure not to corrupt it! If you do not have the knowledge of InDesign or whatever layout tool they use, do not try to figure it out using your file. If you destroy it, you most likely will need to pay to have it recreated.

How to Avoid It: Maintain a back-up copy of all publication files, then make a back-up of your back-up. Preferably, you should store your files on a Cloud drive and on an external drive. This protects your investment and ensures that you have a copy of all final files for future changes or editions.

These are just a few good reasons to self-publish, and there are many reasons to traditionally publish as well. In the end it is up to you the author to decide what will work best for you.

Have you been published, or self-published your own book? What helped you to make your decision? Share your answers below!

 

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The Savvy Authorpreneur Presents: Author Cheri Cowell

 Recently I had the pleasure of connecting with Author Cheri Cowell. She has published two books so far, Direction: Discernment for the Decisions of Your Life (Beacon Hill Press, 2007) about spiritual discernment and knowing and following God’s will in tough times, and See For Yourself, a 52-week devotional. She is gearing up for her third book release and we thought it would be great to show her some support, both on TSA and on my Christian Books Today blog.

RC: Hello Author! What’s your name?

CC: Cheri Cowell

RC: What do you write and why? (Genre, novels, short stories, screenplays, poetry?)

CC: I write about the deep questions of faith using stories, personal experience articles, non-fiction books, and Bible studies.

RC: Do you read the same genre that you write? Why or why not?

CC: I usually read a non-fiction and a fiction book at the same time. One is to stretch and grow and the other is to have fun or escape.

RC: What is the title you are promoting right now?

CC: Parable and Word Pictures from the New Testament is a workbook-style Bible study in the popular Following God Bible study series.

RC: What is it about?

CC: Most studies of the parables cover the forty or so stories Jesus told, but in my research I learned we are missing much when defining the word parable so narrowly. In my study we cover 118 New Testament parables.

RC: What makes this book different from others in your genre?

CC: In addition to the parables Jesus told, I also cover the ‘word pictures’ Jesus used such as when He called Himself the Good Shepherd who lays down His life for His sheep. I also cover the many ‘parable sequels’ created by Paul and the apostles to extend the parables from the Master.

RC: What’s the story behind the story? (What inspired you to write your book?)

CC: In 2009 I was chosen by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism for a Christian Journalist’s Tour of the Holy Land where the parables and stories from the Bible came to life for me. I came home with a passion for others to hear the parables as they were taught, with the knowledge and insight I’d gained from walking where Jesus walked.

RC: What is your goal as an author?

CC:To help the reader see their own lives as a living parable, meant to be read by others who in how we live our lives see a glimpse of the Ultimate Living Parable–Jesus the Christ. I pray my study will help people see the parables as our how-to manual for becoming a story shaped by the Greatest Story ever told, ever lived.

RC: Are you working on anything new? Give us a preview of what’s to come!

CC: I’m working on two projects: one is a book on what the church might be if it were to truly become a living parable. The other is a historical fiction project I’ve held close for over 25 years and I finally think I’m ready to do it justice.

RC: Where can readers find you and your work?

CC: www.CheriCowell.com, Amazon, your local Christian bookstore, and http://www.amgpublishers.com

RC: What is the most important advice you have for aspiring authors?

CC: Attend a Christian writer’s conference. I attended two a year for many years where I built relationships with editors before getting my first book contract. I am convinced my second and third contracts came from these early relationships. Writers are at writers’ conferences.

RC: Is there anything else you’d like to say before we finish up?

CC: I have a new YouTube video promo for my new book and I filed it before live sheep. What fun! I’d love to have your comments, it can be viewed HERE.

RC: Awesome, thanks for allowing me to interview you! Readers, Comment below to be entered into a random drawing for Cheri’s Gift Basket. It includes:

  1. Parables and Word Pictures from the New Testament (workbook Bible study) by Cheri Cowell
  2. Women of the Bible: Book One (workbook Bible study) by Barber, Rasnake, and Shepherd
  3. Mocha on the Mount (Coffee Cup Bible study) by Sandra Glahn
  4. Direction: Discernment for the Decisions of Your Life by Cheri Cowell
  5. Direction Bible study workbook by Cheri Cowell
  6. God: Knowing Him By His Names by Bill Bright
  7. See For Yourself: Daily Devotionals (ebook DVD) by Cheri Cowell
  8. Bible tabs
  9. Bookmark
  10. Bible highlighter
  11. Hunter Green gift basket


 

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Press Release Writing Tips

Launching your publicity campaign can be a daunting task. You’ve spent years writing your masterpiece, and now you’re faced with writing a killer press release that gets the media’s attention. Here are a few tips for writing your press release:

    1. The most important piece of a press release is the headline, so make sure it packs a punch! Look for news, current events, holidays, comparable movie or book titles, and attention-catching happenings that you can tie your book to.
    2. Be creative (but on topic), and try to send out a new release every 4 to 6 weeks.
    3. Make it newsworthy, objective, and accurate.
    4. In the body of the release include the most important information (who, what, where, when, why, how) in the first two paragraphs and the least important information at the bottom, in the “inverted pyramid” style.
    5. Explain the relevance and benefit of your book to the intended audience.
    6. Make sure the release isn’t self-centered and does not sound like a sales pitch–it should read like a newspaper or magazine story.
    7. For increased visibility, use relevant keywords and terms that the search engines will latch on to.
    8. List your book’s bibliographic data (ISBN, pub date, price, page count, etc.) and display the cover image.
    9. Be sure to include your contact information for people who want more information.

If you are the kind of person who would rather just have someone do it for you, there are various services that can meet your needs. We recommend that Christian authors or publishers looking for affordable, quality services contact Elle Petty over at Christian Books Today. She can be reached via email at support@christianbookstoday.org

 

Tips for Unpublished Christian Romance Writers

by Laura Briggs

The market for Christian and inspirational romance novels is booming. Breaking into the Christian and inspirational romance writing world is hard these days, with so many big publishing houses refusing to look at the work of unagented, unpublished authors. However, it is still possible for a dedicated and patient writer to make their mark in the Christian fiction market. Here are some tips for those interested in selling their Christian romance novel.

Follow Blogs For Christian Agents and Authors
Thanks to the internet, Christian romance writers have a seemingly endless amount of helpful information right at their fingertips. It is not uncommon for literary agents and successful authors to have their own blogs and websites, where they post insider tips and secrets for those looking to be published. Aspiring writers can gain valuable insight from a professional’s opinion on such topics as query letters, opening hooks, characterization and conflict.

Enter Contests With Inspirational Romance Categories
Contests that offer critiques of the author’s work by literary agents and editors are a great way for the beginning writer to groom their manuscript for submission. These contests will often run between $25 and $35, but are well worth the fee when detailed feedback is given.

One really good place on the web for Christian writers to find the latest news on contests is Seekerville. Run by several different Christian authors, this website is loaded with helpful writing tips as well as monthly posts on upcoming contests.

Join Writer Groups and Forums
Making friends with other writers, both published and unpublished, is often a good decision for the aspiring author. There are many good Christian writer groups and forums out there, so it may take quite a bit of internet research to make one’s choice.

An organization that remains a favorite for many Christian romance authors is the well-known American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). The ACFW has a very active community of writers and is also the host of the Genesis contest for unpublished writers.

Submit Work to Small Companies
Besides researching the above suggestions, struggling Christian fiction authors should check out the internet and the Writer’s Market Guide for any suitable companies willing to look at their type of manuscript. After all, there are still many well-respected publishing companies that review the work of unpublished Christian romance authors. This includes such places as Harlequin’s Steeple Hill line, Barbour Books, and White Rose Publishing. All three of these companies have posted detailed submission guidelines on their websites. Ellechor Publishing House is also a good company to check out.

 

Lessons from the Open Road

A couple of years ago, the idea of writing a devotional about the lessons I learned while riding a motorcycle came to me. I had no idea what I was getting into and how much writing devotionals would minister to me as an author. I jotted down notes for weeks, hoping to come up with enough lessons to take the reader through a month. Lessons from the Open Road ended with 33 lessons, each followed by Scripture and prayer.

Sometimes life is hard. Sometimes learning new things is hard. Just when I thought I’d mastered the parking lot where I was learning to ride my little Yamaha Virago starter bike, I pulled out, forgot to hit the brake, did an Evel Knievel, and jumped a short concrete wall, landing in some trees. My poor little bike limped home with a hole in the crankcase the size of a quarter. J-B Weld to the rescue!

I’m stubborn, too stubborn to quit. After I recovered from the sore neck that resulted from my stunt, I climbed back on the old iron horse. Eventually, I graduated from the parking lot and hit the streets. When I’d learned to ride well enough to satisfy hubby, he bought himself a new Harley and I inherited his anniversary edition Harley Davidson Sportster. And, when I graduated with my masters degree, you’d never guess what I wanted. Yep, a new bike. I became the proud owner of a Screamin Eagle V-Rod (picture attached.)

All good things must eventually come to an end. I enjoyed my days on the road, but found another passion. Writing. I work a full-time job and since there’s only so much time in the day, I have to choose what’s most important to me. The bike had to go. Occasionally, I miss it, but for the most part, I’d rather be writing. I’m hoping the devotions in Lessons from the Open Road will minister to your heart as much as writing them did to mine.
Lessons from the Open Road is currently available in ebook format and will be coming soon in print. I had planned to list it at no cost, but Amazon wouldn’t allow me to do so. I’ve listed it at the lowest price Amazon allows, 99 cents, and all proceeds will be donated to my church’s building fun for the new church that’s currently under construction.

For more information about Lessons from the Open Road, you can check it out on Amazon.

K. Dawn Byrd is an author of inspirational romance, romantic suspense, and non-fiction. She is an avid blogger and gives away several books per week on her blog at http://www.kdawnbyrd.blogspot.com, most of which are signed by the authors. She’s also the moderator of the popular facebook Christian Fiction Gathering group at http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=128209963444.
When not reading or writing, K. Dawn Byrd enjoys spending time with her husband of 16 years while walking their dogs beside a gorgeous lake near her home and plotting the next story waiting to be told.

Links:
Book Giveaway Blog
Young Adult Blog
Author Website
I’m also on Twitter (kdawnbyrd) and facebook (K Dawn Byrd.)

 

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Smell the Honeysuckle

Here is an example of a simple devotional. This is an excerpt taken from the recently released devotional, Lessons from the Open Road, by K. Dawn Byrd. Enjoy!

Honeysuckle. It’s the scent of angels. There must be honeysuckle in Heaven. There were times when the scent of honeysuckle enveloped me like a cocoon as I journeyed down a country road. Those times reminded me of God’s presence. Don’t we all have something that reminds us that God is near? For me, it’s honeysuckle.

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10

Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings.” Psalm 17:8

Prayer: Dear God, Please show me that you are near, ever protecting, providing for and loving me.

K.Dawn Byrd, Author
Queen of Hearts (April 2010) & Killing Time (August 2010)
Mistaken Identity (June 2011) & This Time for Keeps (October 2011)
Desert Breeze Publishing
BLOG: http://kdawnbyrd.blogspot.com; WEBSITE: http://www.kdawnbyrd.com

 
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The Faithful One, A Novel

Here is another great example for a Book Trailer, also created by the Coach2Publish team at http://www.livewritepublish.com

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Seth Jacobs has it all — a successful business, a mansion in greater Boston, a beautiful wife and three loving children. Yet, in a series of events beyond his control Seth loses everything, including his health. Struggling to find some understanding amidst his pain, Seth’s faith is challenged further by his wife Maria, who betrays him, and even his friends, who suggest that perhaps God has His reasons for inflicting so much suffering upon him.

At the end of his rope, Seth meets Lucille O’Hanlon, a young yet wise social worker who tries to help him realize the spiritual solution he so desperately seeks. Lucille also begins to fill the void left by Seth’s losses, and as they grow closer together, he must finally determine if their relationship is of God’s Will or just his own.

Seth questions God as we all do in times of hardship. With Lucille’s help, he finally receives an unexpected answer to his despair and is faced with decisions that will determine the new path his life takes.

A modern-day story based on the Book of Job, The Faithful One inspires us all to have a little faith no matter what.

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Book Trailer created by Live.Write. Publish! http://www.livewritepublish.com

 

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The 2012 Project, A Novel

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Book Summary:

The 2012 Project is the story of Tonemcadu, an official in the court of the pharaoh Akhenaton mummified 3,500 years ago by a unique process that will awaken him during the pivotal year of 2012 for a mission to the Great Pyramid that can save millions of lives.

After learning to communicate with the two Chicago Museum archeologists who see him awaken and secretly care for him in their home, he leaves on his own and embarks on a journey to Egypt that will require all of his extraordinary skill, ancient wisdom, and physical strength to justify the trust the pharaoh placed in him. During his journey, Tonemcadu teaches as much as he learns and discovers that the one constant that has not changed throughout the centuries is love.

The reader will enjoy many startling plot twists in this fast-paced novel that weaves together little known facts about Ancient Egypt with a look at today’s society from the perspective of an exceptionally wise man from a very different world.

 

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