David Crumm reports on four trends that affect our writers and editors: The rise of ‘real-person insight’ in spiritual writing; the growth of nonfiction sales; the problem of ‘crowdsourcing’ in cover design; and a trend toward offensive language in book titles.
Got a blog that has drawn together a good-sized online audience? Have you published a series of popular columns in a website or perhaps a weekly newsletter? Editor David Crumm writes about the challenges and potential of turning online writing into a successful book. We also take an in-depth look at how scholar and author Harold Heie crowdsourced a year of online conversations into an inspiring new book, Reforming American Politics.
David Crumm writes about the timeless wisdom master storytellers know about the importance of a story’s opening lines, drawing on examples from the Bible, great novelists, famous preachers, The Moth storytelling movement—and TED talks, as well.
In Spring 2019, not a week passes without the discovery of long-hidden sexual abuse in front-page headlines. We all need help in coping with the trauma. That’s the story you’ll find in the honest-and-inspirational pages of Light Shines in the Darkness, by survivor, counselor, minister and teacher Lucille Sider. This column explains: the importance of Lucille’s book, the value of small-group discussion and the way to inquire about an appearance by Lucille Sider.
The idea of a Muslim author launching his book at synagogues is an unheard-of example of crossing boundaries to make new friends. Or, as we describe such friendships at our publishing house: Allies and angels build healthier communities through sharing the great stories found in books. This column by David Crumm tells how Muslim peace activist Victor Begg is crossing those boundaries this spring.