Sheryll Sanderson: Attending the 2013 Women of Faith Conference in Orlando, Fla.

From time to time in this space, WestBow Press publishes brief accounts, written by our authors, about how self-publishing their books has affected their lives. The following are the words of Sheryl Sanderson; author of “The Consequences of Choice:”

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the 2013 Women of Faith Conference in Orlando, Florida with a friend of mine. It was our first time at a women’s conference, so we really did not know what to expect. Our experience was electric and fulfilling.

WestBow Press author Sheryll Sanderson stops by the WestBow Press booth at 2013 Women of Faith Conference - Orlando

WestBow Press author Sheryll Sanderson stops by the WestBow Press booth at 2013 Women of Faith Conference – Orlando

Lisa Harper, Holly Wagner, and Sheila Walsh were outstanding, and the stories they shared were heartbreaking. However, they did not dwell on the pain, but rather the strength they received through Christ Jesus. They were an inspiration for everyone.

Mark Lowry was hilarious when he spoke of “life’s interruptions.” The fact that he wrote the song “Mary Did You Know?” was a great surprise, and then when he performed it for us, well that just blew us away. The real treat was getting to hear Max Lucado, one of my favorite authors. His gentle speak and inspiring words offered hope and peaceful reflection.

During the breaks, I walked around with the young woman I came with, and we stopped by the WestBow Press tables. It was so exciting to see my e-book stubs there among all the other stubs. I could tell my book was in very good company. By the end of the conference, all of the stubs were gone, indicating a very successful two days.

Thank you, WestBow Press for doing such a beautiful job in the publication of my book, and for your constant support and encouragement. I pray that everyone who reads this will explore your website and take a look at the books they have published and consider a purchase. They are all exceptional and WestBow Press’s quality of work is second to none.

Sanderson Cover

As an aside, just to show how God works in our lives, during the time I was writing my book,
The Consequences of Choice,” I was in great distress, hoping and praying that I was doing it for God’s glory and nothing else. During a time when I was questioning my motives, I prayed that God would show me that this was what He wanted.

Several days later, I received a call from WestBow Press asking me if I was interested in publishing my book. That was enough for me to know that God was behind my… no, our project. If anyone is considering writing a book to glorify our God and King, I urge you to consider WestBow Press.

May God bless and keep you all safe.

– Sheryll Sanderson
@imamarinemom2
9/27/13

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Sarah Hixon: What She’s Learned About Book Marketing and Signings

From time to time in this space, WestBow Press publishes brief accounts, written by our authors, about how self-publishing their books has affected their lives. The following are the words of Sarah Hixon;  author of “Nuggets: Establishing a Daily Quiet Time:”

Author Sara Hixon signed copies of her book at a local Chick-fil-A. Her pastor ‘s wife helped arrange the signing.

I wanted to share some of my learning in regards to marketing and book signings for my new book. I was blessed to recently publish the devotional book, Nuggets: Establishing a Daily Quiet Time. My pastor was very supportive of me writing the book, and he actually wrote the Foreword. He told me that he wanted to give copies of the book to new believers at our church. The Lord put it on my heart to donate five copies a month to my church for this purpose. I also give a discount to the church for any copies that they purchase. Shortly after the book was published, I asked my pastor if it would be possible to have a book signing at the church to announce and celebrate this opportunity that the Lord had provided. He agreed and the book signing was a big success with 40 books sold!

Another opportunity I had was to do a book signing at a local Chick-fil- A. Our pastor’s wife knew the owners and she inquired if they would be interested in hosting a book signing. They told her to have me call their marketing consultant. I gave the marketing consultant a complimentary copy of the book. After we set the date for the book signing, I began to invite friends via email about 2 weeks before the event. Because many of the people I invited already had a book, I told the invitees not to feel obligated to buy a book, but by coming to the signing, they would support Chick-fil-A and say thank you to them for hosting this signing. Sixty friends and family attended and 35 books were sold! Many who bought books already had one and wanted to buy some for their friends and family. I also had a drawing to give away four free books. I was blessed to have this marketing opportunity, and Chick-fil-A was excited to get 60 additional customers that evening!

I am currently working with another Chick-fil-A to have another book signing. I called and talked with their manager and she in turn put me in touch with their marketing consultant. I plan to invite different friends this time, including neighbors and coworkers, inviting most via email, flyers and conversations about 2 weeks before the event. Looking forward to what God has in store!

Blessings,

– Sara Hixon
9/25/13

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Joel Trenkle: Book Leads to New Calling, Congregation in Montana

"Abide in Me"From time to time in this space, WestBow Press publishes brief accounts, written by our authors, about how self-publishing their books has affected their lives. The following are the words of Joel Trenkle; co-author of “AIM, Abide in Me:” 

I chose WestBow after researching several other companies. My decision was made in part because of a two-for-one promotion.  My expectations of WestBow have been more than met.  I have been amazed at the support I have had with the publishing of the first book and the writing of the second. In our book, AIM, Abide in Me, I used areas of my own life to demonstrate how a person can walk through their own personal journey and see how God has been with them through the good times and the tragedies. At the end of each chapter, there is a section for personal reflection and meditation on the key point of each chapter, whether it be forgiveness, repentance, or celebration. A person in Denver, Colorado, gave a copy of the book to her parents and to her in-laws who live in Montana for a Christmas gift. I received a message from her mother-in-law, stating that her pastor was trying to retire and that they had not found a replacement for him.  She said after reading the book, she thought I would be a good fit. My wife and co-author Doni and I prayed about this.  We told her we would not want to have to explain to our Lord why we would selfishly not do something He asked us to do.  We came to Montana and met the congregation. This was a forty-year-old church which had no ministries, no outreach; not even an e-mail address.  I preached on two Sundays, and we returned to Colorado. We received a call asking us to come and shepherd this beautiful congregation.  We sold our home and left Colorado, six children, and twelve grandchildren. We are happily serving our Lord and Savior, Jesus, at Dayspring Mission in Sheridan, Montana.

– Dr. Joel N. Trenkle
9/14/13

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