Bethany Jett
Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin

Greetings from Sarah Sundin from California, where we’re just beginning to emerge from our lockdown cocoon—fully masked, of course. Today I have the joy of interviewing multi-published author Bethany Jett. She’s a military wife, a former cheerleading coach, an entrepreneur—and a writer with (get this!) a paper allergy. Say it isn’t so! Bethany is here to share about her new book, Platinum Faith.

Please tell us about your book, Platinum Faith: Live Brilliant, Be Resilient, and Know Your Worth.

In Platinum Faith, authors Michelle Medlock Adams and Bethany Jett examine twelve unique properties of the precious metal platinum to show us how to embrace our true worth and cultivate a deeper faith in God. Combining relatable stories with inspirational insights, they unpack each property and share spiritual and practical applications for your life.

Bethany Jett

Bethany Jett

Sounds wonderful! How has God used the message of your book in your own life?

The chapter on Responding vs. Reacting is the chapter that I continue to be reminded of…on the daily. When something frustrating happens, I have to remind myself to stop, wait, and respond versus flying off the handle. Platinum is non-reactionary, which means it can “sit next to” other compounds and not change. In the same way, I need to take hard times to God and think through the next steps before reacting in a negative manner.

Such valuable advice in these chaotic times. What was the hardest section to write?

Platinum Faith, by Michelle Medlock Adams and Bethany Jett

Platinum Faith, by Michelle Medlock Adams and Bethany Jett

Platinum Faith was the most difficult book I’ve ever written because I had to take a deep dive into areas of my life that I’d tucked away and marked as Painful: Do Not Disturb. The hardest section for me was the loneliness chapter. I’ve never talked about that 8th grade field trip before, so having to consolidate the depths of those emotions in just a couple hundred words was absolutely a stretch.

Eighth grade should simply not exist. On a more pleasant topic—and anything is more pleasant than eighth grade—what would be your ideal writing place? And…what’s your actual writing place like?

My ideal writing place and my actual writing place are the same. Fortunately, I’m sort of a homebody! For nonfiction, I like to write with my feet on the ottoman, tucked into the corner of the couch with my laptop, wrapped in a blanket with a coffee to my left and binge-watching Netflix. With fiction, I can’t seem to write using my laptop—which is crazy! Instead, I write using my iPad and a Bluetooth keyboard and my favorite place to be is outside on my patio (if the Florida weather is cool enough). Otherwise, same scenario with the sofa!

What is one thing about writing that you wish non-writers knew?

I wish non-writers knew that there are literary styles or decisions that are made by the publisher that the author has no choice but to follow, like whether or not to use Oxford comma or capitalize the word Scripture. When I see people give negative book reviews based solely on things like that, I wish I could do a PSA!

Preach it! What do you read for pleasure? What are you reading right now?

I adore YA fantasy. I’m continuing to read through the backlists of Victoria Schwab and Holly Black.

Tell us about your favorite library memory.

I was trying to quickly grab some “for fun” novels before my kids got bored in the children’s section and felt overwhelmed with the rows of books. I knew I wanted some sort of suspense novel but I’d read through a lot of my favorite authors and didn’t know who to read next.

I found myself opening my Instagram app to @crimebythebook, a bookstagram account focusing on crime fiction. As I scrolled through her page, scribbling authors’ names on a scrap envelope from my purse, I realized that I was using social media to determine my personal reading decisions. Why wasn’t I doing this same type of thing on my own accounts and providing value for my audience? It was a game-changing moment for me.

I love it! What are your hobbies or activities or passions outside of writing?

Happy Planning, hands down. It’s the perfect blend of scrapbooking, stickers, favorite pens, and organization. I can’t even begin to express how calming it is, not to mention that when I set aside the time, I feel more creative and more on top of my schedule. Love, LOVE, love it.

Please tell us about your next project, Bethany.

I’m currently working on a YA nonfiction book exploring the topic of identity, as well as a YA Urban Fantasy exploring the contradictions between empathy, ambition, and the people caught in the middle.

What intriguing concepts! Thank you for sharing with us today!

To learn more about Bethany and her books, please visit Bethany’s website and Bethany’s blog.

Writing for Him,

Sarah Sundin

Sarah’s website

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Bethany Jett

Bethany Jett

Bethany Jett’s motto is “Learn everything you can; teach as you go.” She is a multiple-award-winning author, ghostwriter, and speaker. An entrepreneur at heart, Bethany owns multiple businesses and completed her MFA in Communications, focusing on marketing and PR. Connect with her at BethanyJett.com.

Links:

| Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads | LinkedIn | Instagram |

Books:

Speaking:

  • Women’s issues (All topics can be seen here.)
  • Dating & YA issues
  • Writing and Marketing
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Watch the CAN Crown Awards Gala Here

Join us by watching this video of the CAN Crown Awards.
Our winners share their success tips for book and brand marketing in the Christian publishing arena.

Great for readers to get to know these wonderful people and the books they write, authors to learn from successful marketing campaigns, and we all get to celebrate with them!

Congratulations to these winners:
Outstanding Broadcasting

Gold: Susan Neal for her book series— The Healthy Living Series
Silver: Bethany Jett and Michelle Medlock Adams for their book/brand—Platinum Faith
Bronze: Dr. Craig von Buseck for his book — I Am Cyrus

Outstanding Web Presence:
Gold: Carla Hoch for her brand— FightWrite.net
Silver: Cynthia L. Simmons for her brand—Cynthia L. Simmons (clsimmons.com)

Outstanding Visual Media:
Gold: Michelle Medlock Adams and Bethany Jett for their book—They Call Me Mom
Silver Tie: Laine Craft for her book—Enjoy Today Own Tomorrow
Silver Tie: Andrew Huff for his book—A Cross to Kill
Bronze: Lynn Austin for her book—If I Were You
Finalist with Distinction: Janice Hanna Thompson for her book launch of— Just Roll With It

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2020 CAN Crown Awards

2020 #CANCROWN Awards

We hope you’ll enjoy coming to the online Facebook Live event as we “crown” our winners. It’s always fun to know the results and share in the joy. Be sure to dress up (at least from the waist up!) And bring your notebooks! You’ll be getting a bird’s-eye view of the winning campaigns!

On the notification calls on Monday night, one of our finalists suggested the idea of holding a watch party. We strongly support that idea. Invite friends and family to share the event with you. Be sure to have fun snacks on hand to celebrate and enjoy the evening. Feel free to share the link below with anyone you think that might enjoy the CAN Crown Awards Gala.

Congratulations to our 2020 CAN Crown Award Finalists:


Andrew Huff
Annette Griffin
Bethany Jett
Michelle Medlock Adams
Carla Hoch
Lynn Austin
Craig von Buseck
Cynthia L. Simmons
Janice Thompson
Julie Lavender
Laine Craft
Susan Neal
To join the CAN Crown Awards Gala, please follow the link and information here:
Topic: 2020 CAN Crown Awards Gala
Date: Nov 7, 2020 

Time: 5:00 PM Mountain/6PM Central/7PM Eastern (US and Canada)

CAN’s Facebook page:

We’re excited to see you on Nov. 7th to share special recognition and education about author marketing. New this year, all 3 categories will have special speakers, the winners, telling us about their marketing campaigns with the focus on how other authors can duplicate the concepts in their marketing efforts.

We expect quite a variety in short presentations, though our finalists have no idea yet whether they’ve placed. They have all been told of the possibility of a short sharing/teaching time on the successful elements of their campaigns.
Physical awards (certificates, trophies) will be mailed to winners and finalists after the event. The prize package of interviews and features will be forwarded to the winners and finalists throughout the year as we place them with media.
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2019 CAN Crown Award Winners

Christian Authors Network

Presents…

2019 CAN Crown Award Winners

CAN Crown Awards

Excellence in Christian Marketing and Media for Books, Book Series, or Brand

Purpose of CAN Crown Awards: To recognize, educate, and encourage excellence in marketing and promotion skills of all Christian authors.

Top award winners also received a marketing package. Links to many of the interviews and other promotions are below each winner’s name. Specific interview acceptance by any venue is outside of our control. But the prize package includes CAN requesting major media interviews such as those below for contest winners in 1st-3rd place. No specific interview is guaranteed at any time. Please enjoy those we have listed as an example of past winners’ experiences.

Outstanding Broadcasting Award

Gold: Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, for promotion of her book Sacred Rest: Recover your life, renew your energy

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith shares her experience:

It was a joy to be selected as the 2019 gold winner for the Christian Author Network (CAN) Crown Award in Outstanding Broadcast Media. The experience has led to me working with many authors and publishing houses to create book launch and PR marketing strategies to get more media exposure for their works. — Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, author of Sacred Rest

Silver: Michelle Medlock Adams & Bethany Jett for their book Platinum Faith (double-finalist, Silver, Outstanding Broadcast Media)

Bronze: Susan Neal for her book 7 Steps to Get Off Sugar & Carbohydrates, (double-finalist, Bronze, Outstanding Broadcast Media)

Finalist: Michelle Medlock Adams for her book Dinosaur Devotions (Double-finalist, Finalist, Outstanding Broadcast Media.)

Outstanding Web Presence Award

Gold: Carla Hoch for her Fight Write brand

Outstanding Visual Media Award

Gold: Adria Wilkens for promotion of her book and brand, The Joy Box Journal

Adria shares her experience:

I continue to keep my award on my desk to look at it every day. The award had a huge impact on me and my speaking. It took me to another level and continues to be something that makes me smile when I think about the whole event.
— Adria Wilkins, Author and Speaker, joyboxstories.com

Silver: Linda Goldfarb & Kelly Harris for promotion of their book Lovey Mouse in The Night Before Christmas

Bronze: Linda Goldfarb & Kelly Harris for promotion of their book Lovey Mouse Easter 

Linda Goldfarb shares her experience:

As recipients of two 2019 CAN Crown Awards, for our Lovey Mouse children’s books, Kelly Harris and I were elated with the outpouring of interview requests from bloggers and radio hosts. The CCA exposure was a catalyst to marketing and sales opportunities we would not have experienced on our own. Thank you, Christian Author’s Network for all you do to encourage and equip authors to excel in their craft and calling. — Linda Goldfarb
Award-winning Author and Actress, Spoken Word Artist, Board Certified Christian Life Coach, Audiobook Narrator
https://linktr.ee/CoachLinda

 

 

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