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Selah Award Finalists Announced!

Selah Award Finalists Announced!

Guess what? Alton Gansky, Director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, and Eva Marie Everson, BRMCWC Contest Director, have announced the finalists in the 2014 Selah Awards, awarded to published authors each year during the “Blue Ridge” conference. 

Guess who’s on the list? None other than Ellechor Publishing House author Dianna Torscher Benson! I know I’m supposed to wait for the official press release, but hey, this is my blog right?

The Selah Awards are open industry wide and internationally to authors published by traditional and nontraditional publishing houses during the previous year. The awards will be given during the awards banquet held on Wednesday evening, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The 2014 Book of the Year award is chosen by the contest director from the top scores/first place recipients.

This year, finalists have been named in thirteen categories. For this brief post I am only posting one category, but check out our Ellechor Media blog next week for the “official” official post.

First Novel (Tie for Third)

Dianna T. Benson—The Hidden Son (Ellechor Publishing House)

Carole Brown—The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

Aaron D. Gansky—The Bargain (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

Tessa Emily Hall—Purple Moon (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

Thanks to the generous support of Crossbooks and LifeWay/Ridgecrest, the banquet will be telecast live over the internet. To access the live stream during the awards banquet, click on:


_DSC2383-Edit-b&w-webDianna Torscher Benson is a 2011 Genesis Winner, a 2011 Genesis double Semi-Finalist, a 2010 Daphne de Maurier Finalist, and a 2007 Golden Palm Finalist. In 2012, she signed a nine-book contract with Ellechor Publishing House. She’s the author of The Hidden Son, her debut novel. Final Trimester is her second release. Dianna lives in North Carolina with her husband and their three children.

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Ellechor Media Founder/CEO Two-Time 2014 Stiletto Women In Business Award Finalist

I received some great news this week that I’d love to officially share! Check out the press release below:

Rochelle Carter, Author and Founder/CEO of Ellechor Media LLC has received national recognition for her leadership and professional achievements as a finalist in both the Entrepreneur Of The Year (Creative Arts & Media) and Business On The Rise categories of the 2014 Stiletto Women In Business Award (SWIBA) competition. The Stiletto Woman Awards program honors “women solopreneurs, micro business owners and independent professionals” and is sponsored by Stiletto Woman Media, a FORBES ranked leadership-centric lifestyle improvement company for modern working business women.

Finalists, selected from hundreds of nominations, were judged by an advisory board on four primary criteria: creative and innovative execution of ideas and brand communication; professional leadership, ethics and character; the candidate’s positive impact on women and community; and degree of professionalism combined with family and work life ideology.

Carter established Ellechor Media in 2009, which has since expanded to include three Christian imprints, as well as two online communities. The company reflects both the traditional publishing model and trends in digital and self-publishing, succeeding by having established a foundation based on innovation, communication and empowerment of authors.

A new release from Carter, The 7-Step Guide to Authorpreneurship (EverFaith Press, May 17, 2014) reflects her commitment to help others succeed. The book is a comprehensive career guide for aspiring and published authors, providing not only the who and what necessary to succeed in the ever-evolving publishing industry but also the how, when and why.

Carter is an active professional in the publishing industry, as well as her local community. She is a board member of both Women Entrepreneurs of Oregon and Portland’s first Leadership and Entrepreneurship Public Charter High School. She lives in Portland with her husband and two children.

SWIBA winners will be announced at the Stiletto Thrive Womenpreneur Lifestyle Conference being held on June 7, 2014, in Columbus. Ohio.

For more information about Ellechor Media LLC, visit


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The Savvy Authorpreneur Presents… David William Jackson, Jr.

Gangmember-Turned-Activist Shares Secrets of His Success in Autobiography

The Man Behind the Music David William Jackson

Beaverton, OR. September 9, 2013 –Many people measure success according to a person’s income or job title. They might also look at who you know, where you live or what kind of car you drive. By all accounts, David William Jackson, Jr., is a successful man. Under the alias O.G. One, he is a nationally recognized deejay and music producer. He is CEO of his own company and founder of a non-profit mentoring organization. His website features photos of him with celebrities such as Rihanna and Neyo. Jackson, however, uses a different yardstick to measure his success—one based on his faith in God and helping those in need.

When asked what one thing he is most proud of, Jackson said, “Still having a desire to believe in God.”

Looking at where Jackson is today, it is easy to dismiss his claim. After all, how hard is it to believe in God when the blessings are abundant and plentiful? Definitely not as difficult as it might be for a child raised in a physically and emotionally abusive environment or a young man caught up in gang violence. Yet there is where Jackson found—and held on to—his faith.

Jackson shares his life story in The Man Behind the Music: The Life & Times of David William “O.G.ONE” Jackson (Ellechor eBooks & Co., July 2014). Co-authored with Rochell D. Hart, Jackson’s autobiography is a candid message meant to inspire.

“I would like to believe that my one decision to better my life has inspired others, so I believe there are others like me, male and female, who need to know that they’re not alone,” Jackson said.

The son of a young and misguided single mother and loving but absent father, Jackson’s childhood was one of transient, impoverished chaos. His mother seemingly settled down after joining the Ecclesia Athletic Association, a religious organization founded by Eldridge Broussard, Jr., in the Watts area of Los Angeles. However, the media frenzy that erupted following the beating death of Broussard’s 8-year-old daughter depicted the group as a violent, oppressive cult. This exposé resulted in more than 50 children were removed from the group’s commune. Four members were charged and convicted of first-degree manslaughter for the young girl’s death—one of whom was Jackson’s own mother.

One of the few constants in Jackson’s life was music. Some of his first memories are of watching his musician father rehearse, listening to Motown classics with his grandmother and sitting in church services reverberating with soulful hymns. At Christmas and birthdays, Jackson’s father would gift him with some type of musical instrument, inspiring a deep and lifelong passion which would eventually lead Jackson on to success.

It was several years before Jackson finally severed ties with Ecclesia Athletic Association. Despite the manipulation and violence, the group gave members a sense of belonging and acceptance. When Jackson left the organization, he had few friends and even fewer options. He worked numerous menial jobs to try and make ends meet for himself and his young family. One of the first turning points in Jackson becoming the man he is today occurred when he applied for a job working with gang-affected youth. It was during these program events that Jackson began spinning records. When a local promoter invited him to deejay for a Run DMC and Naughty by Nature concert, he was in. Leveraging his contacts and budding reputation, Jackson sought out opportunities to produce music.

 Always with an ear cocked for what God had to say about the direction his life should take, Jackson walked through the doors that opened and didn’t look back on the windows that closed. He simultaneously cultivated his career and continued his involvement with at-risk youth, racking up parallel lists of achievements. He has deejayed events for artists such as Jay-Z, Brian McKnight, Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent. His community activism encompasses motivational speaking, mentoring, fund raising, philanthropy and the establishment of his own non-profit organization.

The Man Behind the Music isn’t a “how to get rich quick” tale nor is it the candy-coated story of poor-boy-makes-good. However, Jackson does reveal the secrets of his success—knowledge he gained through his own struggles to believe in his self-worth and to find his purpose in life: “Someone believing in me when I didn’t know how to believe in myself. Surrounding myself will information and people that enhanced the belief that I was worthy of love and success, and lastly, making a very conscious choice of who and what I wanted to be and going after it.”


To request reprint permission, to schedule an interview, public appearance or book signing; to request a review copy; or to obtain promotional materials (digital images, author bio, etc.), please contact Rochelle Carter (; 559-744-3553).

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