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Mandisa's ‘Good Morning’ certified Gold PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 23 October 2014 04:29 PM EDT

Mandisa-GoodMorningOn the heels of receiving her first Gospel Music Association Dove Award for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year with Overcomer (Sparrow Records/Capitol Christian Distribution), GRAMMY winner Mandisa was surprised by her record company, publisher and management backstage at a show with a plaque commemorating the RIAA Gold  Certification of her digital single “Good Morning.”

Featuring a rap cameo by TobyMac, “Good Morning” has been performed on ABC's Good Morning America and used in promos by the No. 1 morning show as well as by New York City's local ABC affiliate, WABC. The song has been adopted by various morning radio programs as their theme song across the country as well.

Nazarene Publishing House set to close PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 23 October 2014 04:07 PM EDT

NazarenePublishingHouseNazarene Publishing House (NPH) and Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City will be closing as of Dec. 1. The announcement was made in an Oct. 3 pastoral letter to the board of general superintendents.

The general superintendents wrote that they were “deeply saddened” by the decision, but said that all NPH employees, of which there are 60, will retain their positions Dec. 1, with a severance package if they remain as employees through that date.

ECPA announces Top Shelf Awards PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 23 October 2014 03:05 PM EDT

UndistortedGod-webThe art and science of book design was celebrated Tuesday, Oct. 21 with the announcement of the best designs of the year produced by Christian publishers. The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) presented the Top Shelf Book Cover Awards among the industry’s design elite during a PUBu session at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.

“The Top Shelf program highlights book design excellence, intelligence and beauty, and we are grateful to all who participated in the program with their quality entries,” announced ECPA President and CEO Mark Kuyper. “We also thank Faceout Studio, Color House Graphics and the 2014 judges for hundreds of volunteer hours that drove this program.”

Simon & Schuster inks deal with Amazon PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 05:14 PM EDT

SimonSchuster-webSimon & Schuster and Amazon have reached a multi-year agreement for the sale in the U.S. of print and digital books. The deal, which goes into effect Jan. 1, reportedly came after a months-long process.

“We are very happy with this agreement, as it allows us to grow our business with Simon & Schuster and help their authors reach an ever-wider audience,” the Amazon books team posted online Oct. 20. “Importantly, the agreement specifically creates a financial incentive for Simon & Schuster to deliver lower prices for readers.”

Stephen Mansfield’s timely book receives media attention PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 20 October 2014 02:25 PM EDT

TheMiracleOfTheKurds-webNew York Times best-selling author Stephen Mansfield is receiving major media attention for his book The Miracle of the Kurds, published in print by Worthy Publishing and as an audiobook by Oasis Audio. The book has been featured on media outlets such as FOX & Friends, Hannity and The 700 Club.

Narrated by the author, The Miracle of the Kurds tells a story of hope reborn in Northern Iraq. Oasis Audio describes the book as an account of “the stories of people who have fashioned one of the greatest economic and cultural resurrections in human history.”

'Inspirational' bands receive American Music Awards nominations PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 20 October 2014 01:49 PM EDT

Newsboys-AMACasting Crowns, Newsboys and Hillsong United have been nominated for the 2014 American Music Awards (AMA). Fans can vote through Twitter or through the show’s website ( for one of the three groups in the Favorite Artist—Contemporary Inspirational category among many other categories.

For Casting Crowns, the nomination is the band’s sixth in its career, while the band has won two. The group’s current release, Thrive, hit No. 1 on the Billboard Contemporary Christian Albums Chart and No. 6 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. 

David C Cook hires new senior director of marketing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 20 October 2014 01:06 PM EDT

TimClose-webDavid C Cook has appointed industry veteran Tim Close as senior director of marketing, joining the trade book team, effective Sept. 8.

Close comes to Cook with a wealth of experience in marketing and publishing, with expertise in new product development, digital marketing technology and leading marketing teams in strategic and successful campaigns.

Barbour fiction dominates ECPA’s best-seller list PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 20 October 2014 11:56 AM EDT

WestwardChristmasBridesBarbour Publishing has announced that its fiction titles currently hold half of the spots available on the October Christian fiction best-seller list from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA).

“Barbour is thrilled with these achievements and appreciates the hard work of all its authors,” a company statement said.

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