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A Page Per Day Novel for Busy Readers With No Time to Read

To garner interest and anticipation for her latest novel, author Susan M. Brooks is revealing one page per day on her author blog. Most authors or publishing houses wouldn’t dream of putting their works online for no charge, but Small Dogs Press and author Susan M. Brooks are trying a different approach to building interest […]

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Sales aren’t left behind in religious book series

Big sales have changed the way many big-name bookstores view the Christian market. Books-A-Million, a chain of 204 stores in the Southeast, dedicated more space to religious books. Says Terry Finley, executive vice president at Books-A-Million: One of the fastest-growing categories in our stores is Christian fiction. This is not a Southern phenomenon; it’s a […]

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‘Left Behind’ series: Like manna from heaven

This article examines the way the the Left Behind books have revolutionized the market, much as did the Harry Potter books (reversing the previous assumption that kids don’t read long books). When big-box chains like Costco and Wal-Mart began carrying the Left Behind books, sales ”exploded,” says Ron Beers, senior vice president at Tyndale, the […]

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American Christian Romance Writers Group Changes Name

Although known as American Christian Romance Writers (ACRW) when featured in the New York Times in 2004, this 650-member group is now known as American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) in response to the diverse needs of its membership, who write across many genres. “Romance is still very important to our organization,” says President Tracey Bateman, […]

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Retailers put faith in Christian books

Another great article: Until a couple of years ago, the Association of American Publishers lumped religious book sales into its “other” category. But religious publishing, while making up only about 5 percent of the consumer books sector, grew by 37 percent between 2002 and 2003, with total sales of $338 million. Figures for 2004 will […]

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Book Buying: The Turnaround

Take a look at this quote from the recent Library Journal survey: The popularity of genre fiction also continues unabated, with Christian fiction the runaway favorite in terms of increased interest (it was claimed by three-quarters of LJ’s respondents compared with 60 percent for mystery). Read more at: Library Journal - Book Buying Survey 2005—The […]

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