Winner of the 2016 CAN Scavenger Hunt is… Mary McClellan!
CAN Scavenger Hunt
(Blog Hop for Books and Prizes)
July 17-23, 2016

 

Congratulations to Mary McClellan for winning the grand prize!

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Marketing in today’s world takes a team—a well- oiled machine of wisdom–  or at least a circle of friends committed to share each other’s PR and “street team” nuggets so everyone moves their ministry and business forward.  This year at ICRS (International Christian Retail Show) the CAN Author Bootcamp was just that– a WEALTH OF CBA CAN auhtor boot camp pamWISDOM!~ ! In a wonderful “meeting of the minds” CBA (Christian Bookstore Association, CAN and Harvest House Publishers sponsored a very informative morning. I had the joy of kicking off the morning with a keynote on 7 Simple Skills to Success in Publishing where I shared  the God-empowered story of how Bill and I have survived and thrived for three decades in Christian publishing. (watch here (video thanks to Linda Goldfarb)

I have always loved passing right along any wisdom, connections, links, advice others have shared with me because this world is so dark that it takes ALL OF US holding up God’s light of love and truth to piece the darkness. Because of the world’s great need, we cannot, not should not, be selfish with the information we have gleaned or the advice others have passed on to us. That is what I love about CAN! Each person helping encourage and equip the other for greater success.

cba author bootcamp cba presI had the joy of hearing from so manty BRILLIANT leaders at the author bootcamp. Here is a quick list and my grateful THANKS! Because my husband and I learned SO MUCH TOO ) :

The Seinfeld Secret by Anita Agers Brooks

Websites and Plugins by Angela Breidenbach

15-Minute Writer by Dena Dyer

Marketing With Memes by Linda Kozar

Organizing Your Writing Life by Susan G. Mathis

Professional Organizations for Authors by Ava Pennington

CAN Your Marketing Movie by Maureen Pratt

Know Your Audience by Cynthia Ruchti

Reaching Reader Groups by Karen Whiting

Connect With Sponsors by Lynda T. Young

Ava Pennington shared a long list of organizations, affiliations, and networks that authors can join. Other than CAN, let me share four others that have been a source of encouragement, equipping and inspiration to me in this past year.

(Handouts from these mini seminars  available here)

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AWSA: Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. This group, started by author, Linda Shepherd, in 2011, is compromised of the top 10% of women Christian authors. AWSA hosts an annual summer conference the few days pam carol kent linda shepherd icrs 2013leading up to ICRS. In addition, they offer MasterMind groups for the more serious entrepreneur author; and a daily online “loop” filled with encouragement, equipping and positive support for the group’s members.

Bridge Builders: This is a new group to  most, but it’s founder, Maria Keckler is a long term friend of ours. We first met Maria when she and my husband, Bill, were both working for Dr David Jeremiah at Shadow Mountain Church in San Diego . Everything Maria has ever done is EXCELLENT A+ quality! I had the joy of being a cheerleader to her as she penned her first book, Be a Bridge Builder. She has gone on to create a power-packed online pam maria arlene at m hayattprogram for entrepreneurs’: Business Breakthrough University (of all kinds of businesses including writers/ speakers) . She is brave, bold, and Biblical and she has the ability to synthesize information gleaned from some of the world’s most successful business minds into a use to access, easy to implement format. Maria is a brilliant encourager and equipper who can take a person’s hopes and dreams and help turn them into a successful reality.

CWEN: Christian Women Entrepreneurs’ Network is a local (San Diego) networking group founded by Rebecca Garcia. These women, pam rebecca cwenfrom a wide variety of businesses, are joining together to equip one another, support one another but mostly grow in Christ so as they work their businesses they each reflect Jesus and glorify the God who gave them their talent, dream and platform.  If  you do a little research in your city or community,  you may have a similar network of Christians in Business.  I have three of four other local networking groups I speak for and am a member of– nothing like home town friends who you can hug, pray with and can pray for you!  If you can’t find one, maybe God is calling you to start one!

 

pam bill happy hug sail lightenedPam Farrel is the author of 45 books including best-selling Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti. She and her husband, Bill, are Co-Directors of Love-Wise.com. When they are not writing, or speaking some place around the world, you will likely find them walking the beach or sailing.

 

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The Christian Author’s Network announces the CAN 2016 Scavenger Hunt!

Since you started at the page on our website, and were led to this page, this is now stop #2 on the CAN Scavenger Hunt… in a moment, you’ll find the link near the bottom of this page to the next stop on the list.

  • Play and enter to win a grand prize of 26 books from CAN authors.
  • Enjoy meeting Christian Author Network members on their personal blogs as you seek clues for the chance to win our grand prize: 26 free books, one from each participating CAN author!
  • Catch us on this hunt beginning July 17-23, 2016.
  • Winner will be announced July 25th.
  • Check out 26 stops, each featuring a different CAN author, many featuring additional prizes or giveaways!
  • You’ll get fresh insights into each author and learn more about their writing.

*Due to international regulations and postage fees, prizes will be awarded to US Residents only. Individual contests within the hunt may vary, so please read rules presented with each giveaway.*

How it works:

  • Hop from the first blog post to the next and continue through to the last one.
  • Each post will contain a short phrase. (The phrase for this blog, #1, is “CAN is a group.”)
  • Contestants will string the phrases together in the order the blogs listed below.
  • The winner will win the grand prize of almost thirty books.
  • FYI: The phrase will be clearly marked, but may be difficult to find.

Click HERE! You’ll be directed to Rebecca Ondov’s site…CAN Scavenger Hunt stop #3

Once you are finished following the directions (in the last blog stop),
enter the drawing here: (click on this link below)

CAN 2016 Scavenger Hunt Entry Page 
(also CAN Scavenger Hunt stop #1, in case you started somewhere in the middle. You’ll end up back on the Entry Page at the finish line so you can input your entry.)

THE CAN AUTHORS PARTICIPATING IN THIS EVENT ARE in order here:

Rebecca Ondov, Sandra Orchard, Davalynn Spencer, Winnie Griggs, Kathy Collard Miller, Sarah Sundin, Dianne Barker, Lena Nelson Dooley, Anne Greene, Linda Kozar, Sherry Kyle, Jocelyn Green, Cheri Cowell, Margaret Brownley, Susan G. Mathis, Angela Breidenbach, Peggy Sue Wells, Pam Farrel, Kathy Ide, Elizabeth Goddard, Janet Bly, Miralee Ferrell, Andrea Kahn Boeshaar, Linda Rondeau, and Darlene Franklin (the last stop before entering your phrase).

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by Sarah Hamaker, reluctant marketer

Last month, we talked about how to find outlets for your articles. Today’s topic is how to pitch those articles to editors in a query. In our fast-paced world, writers often have only less than a minute in which to make a good impression on editors, producers and publishers. That’s why every writer should hone a fantastic query or pitch for each piece of work, whether it’s an article, a book, or a radio or TV segment. Read More →

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Linda J. White

Linda J. White

Linda J. White here, writing from my shady back deck in Somerville, Virginia. I just got back from the Eastern Shore, where I had book signings at two independent bookstores at the beach–just one of my face-to-face marketing techniques. Read More →

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