Editor David Crumm writes about the two CNN Heroes we publish—a milestone we just reached in 2019 with the CNN network’s honoring of Zaman International founder Najah Bazzy. We are honored to work with inspiring authors like Najah and Jeanine Patten-Coble, who was a 2017 CNN Hero, because we believe that books help to unlock the energy of communities.
Marketing director Susan Stitt provides a one-stop checklist of ideas smart authors should consider to build an ever-growing audience for new books. There is so much excitement surrounding a book launch that we can forget to take time to organize ways to keep in touch with our new readers, allies and angels. Susan’s checklist represents many ways you can work on building a real community around your book.
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.
Editor David Crumm writes about the power in the community that surrounds a good book. We take seriously these principles in talking with authors about book proposals. It’s true: “Great books welcome readers into worlds they hope to see.”