[limit to=”website”]Eighty percent of people think they have a book inside them. I bet you’re one. But the idea of getting published can feel overwhelming. Where do you even begin? Nothing makes an impact, creates authority, and opens doors like a book. But the publishing world seems so intimidating, full of unspoken rules, procedures, and […]
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I’m not sure if you noticed, but something amazing just happened in the world of publishing. And I think it’s a sign we all could benefit from noticing. When book designer Adam Lewis Greene decided to create a better Bible, he didn’t do it the way most publishers do. He didn’t commission a new translation. […]
I am on sabbatical for the next few weeks. While I am gone, I have asked some of my favorite bloggers to stand in for me. This is a guest post by Michele Cushatt. She is a communicator and storyteller whose speaking experiences include Women of Faith, Focus on the Family, and Compassion International. You […]
It’s been almost two years since I posted the list of Top Ten U.S. Book Publishers. While the data these lists are based on are not perfect, we do believe they represent the best data currently available. These lists are based on revenues for the twelve months ending December 31, 2009. We created these lists from a proprietary database we have assembled at Thomas Nelson. It is based on various point-of-sale systems from multiple sales channels.
Once a quarter, we pull all our Nashville-based employes together (about 400) for an all-company team meeting. Our goal is three-fold: to report on the previous quarter’s results, recognize outstanding performance, and preview our “coming attractions.” We held this quarter’s meeting yesterday at The Donelson Fellowship, a church near our corporate headquarters.
We have decided to re-design the spines of our books. Please go take a look at what we’ve created and cast your vote. It really will count and influence how our books look on the shelves of your favorite bookseller in the years to come. Once we get the results in, I will update this post.
If you can bring to the table, not only great content, but an established platform, as an author, you will have agents and publishers lined up to sign you.
Though we are not attending ICRS this year, evidently this year’s rumor is about Thomas Nelson. Supposedly, we are being sold or have already been sold. I hate to spoil anyone’s fun, but this is patently false. We are not being shopped or in discussions with potential buyers. As the company’s CEO, I should know.
Several years ago, I wanted to encourage our employees to blog. As a traditional book publishing company, I felt that we needed to experience new media if we were going to transition successfully to it. I still feel this way. Therefore, we have put together these guidelines, so that you can discern what is acceptable and what is not.
In summary, the greatest obstacle you face could be your greatest opportunity. It really comes down to your response to it.
Whenever God gives you a vision, He places obstacles in your path. Why? So that you can become all that He created you to be. God doesn’t place these obstacles in your path to destroy you but to develop you. His greatest desire is to work out what he has built in.
As an author, the most important thing you need to understand about agents is that they represent YOU. If an agent has a good reputation (i.e., a brand), that reputation will accrue to your benefit. However, if an agent has a bad reputation, that reputation will also accrue to your detriment.