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Introduction | Attraction to Simpler Life, Simpler Times... Simpler Choices? |
Tips for the Trying Times That Test Us | An American Editor in Paris |
Thanking God for Creative Genius | On My Nightstand... |
How to Place an Author Book Order
| Online Marketing for Authors



Greetings, Authors!  Within each Author Update eNewsletter we will offer writing tips, insights on the editorial process, interpretations of the publishing world, and other musings from our word-processed minds.  Since we all love to read too, we'll mention books we've enjoyed outside the office.  All of this is intended to help you become better acquainted with the people responsible for those deadlines and queries!

And we would like to hear from you, too.  Please send any of your comments or questions to Renee Nyen (,  and we'll respond directly to you or include a relevant article in a future newsletter.  Enjoy!

--Editorial Team,
WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group

Attraction to Simpler Life, Simpler Times... Simpler Choices?

Shannon Marchese, Senior Editor - Fiction

When I borrowed the boxed set of Little House novels nearly twenty-five years ago, the nine books were in pristine condition. The butter-yellow paperbacks with firm spines and colorful Garth Williams-illustrated drew me in like a fly to salt pork. And instead of taking tender care of Laura Ingalls Wilder's novels, I read them to pieces, literally. I had to buy a replacement set for my cousin, and I continue reading that old, ratty set to this day. True confession... [Read More]

Tips for the Trying Times That Test Us

Ron Lee, Senior Editor

Editors are some of the oddest people you'd ever want to meet, so let's talk about Dave Barry. When he had a syndicated column, he sometimes wrote under the guise of Mr. Language Person. M.L.P. argued that apostrophes serve the purpose of warning readers that an S is coming. (Dave was mocking signs that you see along rural roads. Example: Melon's 4 Sale.) [Read More]

An American Editor in Paris

Alice Crider, Associate Editor

Smile! No, don't... When in France, it's wise to observe smile etiquette. Smile etiquette, seriously? In preparation for my vacation to Paris in September, I read French or Foe? Getting the Most out of Visiting, Living and Working in France. In it, author Polly Platt explores the cultural hurdles foreigners often experience when visiting France.

French people don't smile without a reason... [Read More]

Thanking God for Creative Genius

Bruce Nygren, Senior Editor

My fellow merchants in the flea market of words, would you join me today in giving thanks to God for the lives of two men of genius?

First, I work for a publisher and you have a book(s) published by the same publisher.  We owe a lot to this inventor:  Thank you God for Johann Gutenberg (est. 1400-1467).

Second, I am typing these words on a small box with shimmering screen...[Read More]

On My Nightstand...

Laura Barker, Editorial Director

The Silent Order by Melanie Dobson

The recipient of ACFW's 2011 Award for Romantic Suspense, this novel is set in and around 1920s Cleveland, Ohio, at the height of Prohibition. In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention the author is a long-time friend, but the plot of her novel drew me in so quickly that I would enjoy the read even without that added connection. A unique combination of “bonnet book” and mafia mayhem, The Silent Order offers plenty... [Read More]

How to Place an Author Book Order

Joel Ruse - Sales Assistant / Author Sales

Greetings from Colorado Springs and the WaterBrook Multnomah Sales Department!

We are blessed to have the opportunity to place your material in the hands of those who are searching for answers to life's struggles and are constantly being reminded who the Giver of Life is!
Many of you are aware that I am your point of contact for the sales department regarding author orders and event schedules.  Thank you for continuing to update me on your event schedules which has been a great help to the sales team.  I have also been blessed to partner with your ministries and work along side your assistants who place your orders for each conference and speaking engagement. Please share the Ordering Procedures Letter included with this note with anyone who may place orders for you.  By contacting Customer Service directly, you will be assured quick and immediate assistance to fulfill your requested order.

If I can be of help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.  We appreciate the opportunity to partner with you and your ministry.

Joel Ruse
Sales Assistant / Author Sales

Online Marketing for Authors

Chris Sigfrids - Online Marketing Manager

Facebook. Twitter. Goodreads. LinkedIn. Scribd. Websites. Blogs. MySpace (ok... not MySpace). YouTube. Vimeo. GodTube. SiddharthaGautamaTube (okay, let's hope we never see that website launch). Klout. Hootsuite.

The list goes on...

As an author, how do you navigate the ever changing online landscape? What can you do to ensure that you're taking advantage of every opportunity online to create awareness of your books, your speaking schedule, blog or website?

The answer is easy: Download the WaterBrook Multnomah Online Marketing for Authors document.

This resource will walk you through setting up a Facebook page, how to use Twitter, using video to promote your books, building a website and so much more!

If you ever have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to me. I'm here to help!

Chris Sigfrids
Online Marketing Manager
Phone: 719.268.1913