Monday, July 07, 2008

Christian Fiction News: Asheville, Tyler Perry & 2 Enger

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Christian Fiction News for the Week Ending July 7, 2008

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July's Joint Teen Scream
This month at Christian Fiction Blog and my writ-or-die chick, Rhonda McKnight will be spotlighting Young Adult fiction.



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Independent Booksellers of New York City

A group representing more than 20 independent bookstores in New York City held their second meeting on June 26. The booksellers have decided officially to call themselves the Independent Booksellers of New York City and have formed committees to work on a website, create a logo and develop a map that includes all independent bookstores in the city. Stores have agreed to make founding contributions to the association, which will provide seed money for those projects. Bookstores interested in more information and participating should contact indiebooksellersnyc@gmail.com.

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Asheville, Destination Books
Compiling a list of cities for your book tour? You better put Asheville, NC. According to the Citizen-Times Asheville is " a book lover's paradise." Six succesful bookstores all have their own niche. Accent on Books specializes in faith based and children's books. Great article to read. It also discusses the internet's influence on used book businesses. Patrick Covington, the owner of the store also has a blog, Page 854.


TYLER PERRY's The Family That Preys Together

Here is the Teaser Poster for Tyler Perry's next movie, The Family that Preys Together.

Tyler Perry wrote a song that I loved for Madea's Family Reunion titled, "The Family that Prays Together." I hope that song is the theme song for the soundtrack. This story will star Academy award winning Cathy Bates and Emmy Award winning actress, Alfre Woodard. The story is about two families that are woven together thru scandal. Cast: Sanaa Lathan, Rockmond Dunbar, Cole Hauser, Tarji Henson. Release date September 17, 2008.























Kissimmee Books-A-Million

Yeah!! Usually every summer I visit my kin in Kissimmee and take Selah to Disney World. My cousin is a school teacher and receives tons of free tickets to DW, so Selah has a blast . But this year we're not going. I have a conference to attend in Destin in August, and Selah's new school begins school at the end of this month. Yikes. So we may go for Thanksgiving. Anyway...digress...sorry. Kissimme, FLO hasa opened a ginormous Books a Million at West Osceola Parkway this past Friday. I am a huge fan of Faithpoint. If you check the sidebar I have a coupon banner that will give you instant savings if you shop books via Faithpoint.


Jack Savage, owner of Jack's Religious Gift Shop, has been in the business for 49 years, and says he plans to stay that way despite new competion.
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Christian Retail Roll Back Affects Independents

"Independently run religious stores are financially hurting. (Family Christian) will pull a bit of sales away from other stores," said Savage, owner of Jack's Religious Gift Shop on Snow Hill Road in Salisbury. "Any time somebody is doing the same thing, you're concerned. Many stores -- hundreds -- closed last year, and about the same number are closing this year. The just can't make it. The Christian chain is a trend."
Source- The Daily Times Savage's response to receiving fewer titles from his long time distributor, Thomas Nelson Publishing Co.

Do you agree? Is Christian Bookstores a chain or hear to stay.



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ny Dungy Inspirational Children's Book
Tomorrow catch Tony Dungy on Fox & Friends as he talks about his children's book, You Can Do It!

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Peace Like Two Engers

Leif and Lin Enger talk collaborations and solo efforts at the Star Tribune. photo courtesy of Steve Rice, Star Tribune.

2 comments:

That Girl Boo said...

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printersdevil said...

Small bookstores are indeed in trouble including Christian bookstores. Gas prices are keeping people at home. Amazon is becoming "the" place to buy books (even though they rip off the publisher and author). And snail mail has a special book rate which makes mailing books economically sound.

However, all is not lost. The trick will be to get the bookstores to "get with" the times. If you're located in a city with a lot of foot traffic, a store can survive, especially if there's a place to sit down and rest the feet. Other than that, there is nothing to keep a bookstore from selling books over the Internet. Powell's of Portland does it without the "help" of Amazon. A shopping cart is fairly easy to set up if you get the right one. Maintaining your inventory on line will be the hardest part. However, the additional sales just might keep the doors open for the people who still want to "browse" before they buy.

BTW, you can list books for free at nothingbinding.com.

Authors can no longer afford to ignore their ebook rights. Getting a book into the regular outlets is still the most lucrative thing you can do, but more (especially younger) readers want their books in ebook form so they can carry their library around in a personal reader (rocket, PDA, Kindle, or whatever). For books good enough for the store shelves, authors should also consider a quality ebook publisher (in addition to their paper publisher) such as akwbooks.com. (shameless plug)

The market is changing. Those who can react correctly to the changes will survive. Those who follow the old formulas may not.

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