Oasis Audio, publisher of The Vow audio book, is offering its Facebook fans the chance to win an all-expenses-paid weekend getaway to Chicago. Contest entrants will submit their own stories of love and commitment, mirroring the message of The Vow: The True Events That Inspired the Movie by Kim Carpenter, Krickitt Carpenter, and Dana Wilkerson (B&H Publishing), the bestselling book on which the film was based. The Vow tells the story of real-life couple Kim and Krickitt Carpenter. After a head injury left Krickitt without any memory of her marriage, Kim honored his vows and remained committed to his wife. The contest, with an entrance deadline of June 30, is hosted at the Oasis Audio Facebook page or can be entered at firstname.lastname@example.org. The 10 entries that receive the most votes on Facebook in July will be entered into a pool from which Oasis Audio will choose the grand prize winner and 30 winners of other prizes. Winners will be announced at the Oasis Audio website on August 20, 2012.
InterVarsity Press has named Bob Hetico its national sales manager. Hetico will call on the press’s trade, wholesale distribution, and special markets key accounts; lead the IVP sales team; and provide leadership and strategy for the entire sales operation, stated IVP. As part of IVP’s in-sourced sales paradigm, launched last November, Hetico will service select independent Christian stores and manage major accounts, including Baker & Taylor, American Wholesale/Books-a-Million, Barnes & Noble, Family Christian Stores, Mardel, LifeWay, and Send the Light Distribution. Hetico previously was director of trade sales at Fortress Press and director of sales and marketing at Judson Press. Since 1988 he has served as president of Madison Church Supply, an independent Christian bookstore in Wisconsin.
eChristian has hired Tom Freking to represent to the publishing industry its Livingstone packaging division, which was founded in 1988 with publication of the Life Application Study Bible. Livingstone has produced more than 600 specialty Bibles, books, and other publications; it develops original content and offers typesetting and graphic arts services. Livingstone was acquired by eChristian, Inc. November. eChristian also has named Dan Wright and Eric Nordhoff as independent representatives for Livingstone services. Nordhoff has worked in the Christian music industry and in international product distribution, licensing, and development; Dan Wright previously headed the export and licensing teams at Thomas Nelson.
Deeper Calling Media has licensed data from Baker & Taylor, adding more than 350,000 new products to the line it provides to bricks-and-mortar and online booksellers. Deeper Calling offers customizable bookstores, online stores, and drop-ship programs. The new B&T data feed adds books and media in several hundred categories, allowing DCM to offer more than 5 million products to its American Booksellers Association (ABA) member stores. Products will digitally update on a daily basis.
Thomas Nelson has announced that the English translation of Mondays with My Old Pastor by Spanish author José Luis Navajo has been chosen as the Books-A-Million Faithpoint Book Club pick for August 2012. The book will be on display in Books-a-Million stores for the months of June through August. Originally released in Spanish as Una cruz en el desierto, Mondays with My Old Pastor tells the story of how, in meetings every Monday, the author found guidance and encouragement from an 80-year-old pastor.
Worthy Publishing has hired Dennis Disney to the newly created position of v-p of marketing. Disney will lead strategic planning and operational execution of marketing for Worthy’s trade products. For the past twelve years Disney was president of D-Squared Entertainment, a full-service strategic marketing company, and worked with music, film, live event, and book publishing companies, including Zondervan and Thomas Nelson. He is an adjunct instructor at Belmont University in the Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business, teaching film, music, and book distribution. Disney began his career at Word, Inc., and spent nearly a decade as v-p and president of marketing at Provident/Benson Music, one of the three major Christian music companies.
WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group has announced that sales have reached the one-million mark for Amish fiction author Cindy Woodsmall’s books: six novels, three novellas, and the non-fiction title Plain Wisdom she co-authored with her Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud. A bestselling author, Woodsmall’s relationships with the Amish community have been featured on ABC’s Nightline and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. She recently (May 8) was featured in an episode of Amish Out of Order on the National Geographic Channel. Woodsmall launches the new Amish Vines and Orchards series with the September release of A Season for Tending.
New Leaf Press author--and Grammy-winning member of the Oak Ridge Boys--Joe Bonsall’s G.I. Joe & Lillie: Remembering a Life of Love and Loyalty, an account of his parents serving in the military during World War II, is now being sold at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store outlets as part of the company’s patriotic celebration display. The book tells the story of Bonsall’s parents, Joe and Lillie Bonsall, as they served in World War II. G.I. Joe & Lillie is published by New Leaf Press, a division of New Leaf Publishing Group.
Tyndale House Publishers author Joel C. Rosenberg will host the “Implosion Simulcast” on June 16 from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Central/Pacific time and 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Eastern/Mountain time. The simulcast is being conducted in conjunction with the release of his newest non-fiction title, Implosion: Can American Recover from its Economic & Spiritual Challenges (Tyndale House, June). Rosenberg, a bestselling author with more than 2.5 million copies of his books in print, will respond to live questions from the audience at First Baptist Church in Houston, as well as questions that come in via text, Twitter and Facebook. Churches, groups, and organizations can find costs and sign up to participate at http://incastevents.com/portfolio/joel-c-rosenberg-implosion/. Another Tyndale author, Jan Watson, has been named Best Kentucky Author of 2012 by Kentucky Living magazine. The magazines 1.2 million+ readers voted in the magazine’s annual “Best in Kentucky” issue. Watson is the author of five novels set in Kentucky; her sixth, Skip Rock Shallows, releases in June.
Barbour Books author Wanda E. Brunstetter has now sold more than 6 million copies of her more than 60 books of Amish fiction, including early sales of her April title, The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club. Brunstetter has taken spots on the bestseller lists of Publishers Weekly and the New York Times, as well as on the Christian marketplace bestseller lists. The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club has been adapted for the stage; Half-Stitched: The Musical will premiere in Shipshewana, Ind., August 24. Her next novel, The Struggle, goes on sale July 17.