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Parable discontinues e-book sales PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 05:01 PM EST, the online presence for The Parable Group family of independently owned retail partner stores, has discontinued its e-book sales.

Baker Book House holds record-breaking sale for store PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 05:16 PM EST

New International Version was top-selling translation of the day with English Standard Version gaining ground

Harlequin ends Heartsong Presents fiction line PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 05:09 PM EST

Change comes after HarperCollins acquires the romance publisher

Harlequin-LettersFromTheEnemyHarlequin announced the ending of the Heartsong Presents line it acquired in January 2012 from Barbour Publishing. Harlequin Enterprises changed hands in 2014 with HarperCollins completing purchase of the company in August.

Steve Laube, literary agent and owner of The Steve Laube Agency, said that Heartsong Presents, which was founded by Barbour in 1993, has been “primarily a ‘direct-to-consumer’ book club which published romance titles with a specifically Christian message.”

Laube said that Heartsong will continue publishing the books already slated for release through June 2015, and that Kathy Davis, editor of the line, will be leaving the company at the end of January.

Laube pointed out that many best-selling Christian novelists either got their start at Heartsong or published with them on a regular basis. Some of those authors are Tracie Peterson, Wanda E. Brunstetter and Colleen Coble. —Johnson

Hachette strikes deal with Amazon after contentious talks PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 05:05 PM EST

New agreement means the Big Five publisher can set its own e-book prices, will be prominently featured

Author Jerry Jenkins closes Christian Writers Guild PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 04:57 PM EST

JerryJenkinsFormer guild president steps up to fill the void with new nonprofit to train writers following CWG closure

The Christian Writers Guild (CWG) dissolved in November after 50 years in business. Author Jerry B. Jenkins has owned and operated CWG for 14 years, and in 2013, launched a custom publishing house bearing the guild’s name, Christian Writers Guild Publishing.

Aiming to “train tomorrow’s Christian professional writers,” CWG had more than 1,000 members worldwide, according to its Facebook page. The guild ran an email correspondence course and assigned each student a seasoned professional to mentor them throughout the program. CWG also operated the Writing for the Soul conference.

Several months prior to the dissolution, Jenkins and Sheets began exploring the idea that the educational model of the guild was better suited to nonprofit environment, considering the economy.

“I’m a bit melancholy, but I have a heart full of wonderful memories too,” Jenkins said in a posting to CWG’s site after the closure decision was made. “It’s been a great ride. I’ve been blessed to be able to give back to an industry that has been so good to me, and it’s been a privilege to help train thousands of writers and try to restock the pool of Christian authors.”

With a belief in “finishing well,” Jenkins promised CWG members that they would receive all of the benefits that came with membership.

Dave Sheets, former CWG president, and Rebeca Seitz, CEO of Spirit of Naples, a nonprofit developer of Christian content creators, formed the nonprofit BelieversTrust to “fill the void” left after CWG’s closure.

Believers Trust is part of TheBelieversGroup, which also includes BelieversMedia, which will provide publishing services. Seitz will run BelieversTrust from Naples, Florida, and Sheets will run BelieversMedia from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Julie Boynton, former marketing coordinator for CWG, also joined the staff of BelieversTrust.

Believers Trust also formed a strategic alliance with Word Weavers International, an 18-year-old writers organization founded and led by author Eva Marie Everson.

All critiques offered by BelieversTrust will be provided by Word Weavers-trained teachers. The Word Weavers critique method, co-created by Everson, is known for its effectiveness and clarity.

Everson also wrote the BelieversTrust “How to Write a Novel” course and will teach its first class this month. —Johnson

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