Memorize Extended Scripture with Help of New Bible App

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Could you memorize large chunks of the Bible? How about an entire book? We have adapted Dr. Andrew Davis’ book  An Approach To Extended Memorization Of Scripture, into a 62-day plan through 2 Peter using a tried and tested approach of memorizing a new verse each day. Using a free daily plan available through the YouVersion Bible app, at the end of the 62 day period the reader will have the entire book of 2 Peter memorized. Listen to Dr. Davis explain the importance of extended memorization of scripture:

AnApproachtoExtendedMemorizationYouVersion is a simple, ad-free Bible app that brings God’s Word into your daily life. It is a free Bible on your phone, tablet, and computer. The creators of YouVersion, at, are not only building a tool to impact the world using innovative technology, but more importantly, engaging people into relationships with God as they discover the relevance the Bible has for their lives.

To assist you in your journey, here are a few free printable materials that Ambassador created to get you on your way:

Download: Printable Verses

Download: Printable Verse Planner

Download: Printable Covenant

You can begin your journey towards the memorization of 2 Peter with the YouVersion app today! What a thrilling odyssey of truth awaits you. Venture forth now, and memorize this thrilling epistle word upon word, line upon line. In a mere ten weeks (or less!), you could have this whole epistle written on the tablet of your heart for the glory of God and for your own joy in Jesus!

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99¢ Sale: One Day Only!

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For 24 hours we’re offering a thrilling true story for just 99¢! Pick up David Sitton’s inspiring biography Reckless Abandon for less than a buck for the Kindle during our one-day sale event. After Thursday the price will go up to $2.99 through the weekend and then it will return to regular price.

Reckless AbandonSynopsis: Reckless is right when the cause is Christ. God catapulted 20-year-old David Sitton from the beaches of south Texas to the stone-aged tribes in Papua New Guinea. Sitton traded sand and surf for cannibals, giant mosquitoes, crocodile-infested swamps, malaria, and a hostile sorceress in order to advance the Good News of Jesus among unreached peoples. Reckless Abandon is a bare-knuckled dare to count the cost and seize the privilege of working with Christ in His worldwide mission.






Ambassador International Sponsoring Allume Conference for Women

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Greenville-Based Event Entering its 5th Year

For immediate release:Christian publisher Ambassador International is excited to announce a partnership with the Grenville-based women’s conference Allume, scheduled for October 23-25, 2014. As a 2014 sponsor Ambassador International will be participating in the conference by meeting with attendees, presenting our new library of titles and helping Allume to meet its goal of ministering to women.

Allume 2The goal of Allume is to love well, encourage, and spur women on to shine the Light that lives within them. “We feel that the Allume conference is providing a great service to women and we wanted to be a part of that,” explains Ambassador COO Tim Lowry. “And the fact that this incredible event is happening in the community we share makes it a perfect fit.”

Ambassador plans to highlight several new titles by female authors at the Allume conference including the devotional cookbook Faith, Hope, Love and Whisk: Breakfast With the Savior by Tori Winkelman; Warrior Brides, the inspirational devotional for military wives by Carrie Daws and Kathy Barnett; and the gripping novel The Twentieth Christmas by Andrea Rogers.

A limited number of tickets to the event are still available. Visit to register. And keep an eye on the Allume blog for a chance to win a library of Ambassador new releases that includes popular titles such as Hot Chocolate in June, the true story of an accountant-turned-adventurer who finds faith and love in South Africa and the Declutter Now Study Guide, an 8-week journey for clearing clutter in all areas of life.

About Ambassador: Ambassador International was founded in 1980 in Belfast, Northern Ireland and expanded to Greenville, South Carolina in 1995. Ambassador International’s books and materials have been distributed in dozens of countries and are sold worldwide. For more information visit You can also follow @AmbassadorIntl on Twitter or check out

For more information please contact publicist Alison Storm at [email protected].

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Getting the Most Out of Goodreads: The Dos and Don’ts of Interacting with Readers

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Remember those 25 million readers using the social media platform Goodreads we talked about earlier? Now that you’ve joined the Goodreads Author program and have learned to get your books out there, it’s time to discuss interacting with those readers—just not all of them at once.

Update Your Profile

Think of your Goodreads profile as your introduction to your readers. You want to give them the basics—where you live, if you have pets, kids, etc.—but you also want to seem like a fun and interesting person. Avoid just giving a list of facts about yourself. Instead, present your bio in a unique way that tells the reader just as much about yourself as the facts you give.

Also, update your picture and give your personality a “face.” Try to use the same picture that you use on the back of your most recent book and other social media profiles. This cuts down on the confusion, especially if there is another writer out there with your name.

Goodreads Joanie BruceFans vs. Friends

A fan is a person who follows you and wants to receive updates, similar to “liking” a page on Facebook. A friend is a person that you have gotten to know personally, whether online or in “real life,” like Facebook friends. You want more fans than friends. Since you have a limited amount of time to invest, you can only keep up so many relationships. But a fan doesn’t ask you to feed her dog while she’s gone or to be her bridesmaid. They just like your books and want to know more about them and more about you.

Most authors provide a way just for fans to contact them, maybe a special email or mailing address. This way, you can interact with your fans, but don’t feel obligated to attend so many weddings.

Goodreads Mississippi NightsDon’t Comment on Reviews

Yes, it may be a struggle. You worked on your book for so long and want to thank that reader for their kind words, but resist the temptation. An author needs to keep a low-key presence on review boards, which includes bad reviews too. Every book gets some bad reviews, but don’t retaliate. Instead, respond with silent grace. These reviews, and your reactions, are public for anyone and everyone to see. One bad reaction from an author can cause a reader (or readers) to hate that author’s work for a lifetime.

By keeping your presence off review boards, you give readers the opportunity to review without fear of author reaction. These reviews are more honest and usually encourage readers to review your book even more.

On rare occasions, if a particular positive review knocks you off your feet, and you are in awe, filled with thankfulness, I would suggest sending that reader a one-on-one message. It’s private, so you stay out of the public eye, but you  can also show appreciation for that excellent review.

Don’t Join Groups Just to Promote Your Book

Think of it like going to a book club meeting, and Jane Smith comes up and says, “Hi! I’m Jane. Here’s my new book!” Every time you try to suggest that she actually talk about that month’s book, she just keeps chattering away about her own work. Narcissistic, right?

So as an author, when you join a group, follow the rules and discuss with them. Eventually, you may have a chance to talk about what you are working on, but be delicate. You don’t want to be just another Jane Smith.


Well, there you have it. The basics of author and reader interactions. If you have any additional questions not answered here, please comment below or contact us on Twitter @AmbassadorIntl. And don’t forget to check out the giveaway Ambassador is currently running on Goodreads. Enter to win one of five copies of Willing to Die by John Muntean:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Willing to Die by John Muntean

Willing to Die

by John Muntean

Giveaway ends July 23, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Next week, we’ll give you some tips and tricks for using Goodreads with your Facebook and Twitter accounts. Until then, enjoy your new knowledge of Goodreads!

Top 15 Children’s Book Contests to Enter This Year

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Contests can be another great way to market, promote and bring attention to your book. Awards provide instant credibility which can influence purchasing decisions. For children’s book authors, here is a compiled list of upcoming and annual book contests either devoted to or containing categories for children’s and young adult literature. Feel free to browse the list and find contests your book will qualify for.

The Golden Kite Award

More than 1,000 books compete for the Golden Kite Award Each year. To qualify for the award you must be a current member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, but signing up is fairly simple.

Deadline: December 1, but nGoldenKiteAwardHeader2ot prior to July 1

Fee: $95, the cost of a 1 year membership with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Categories:  Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Book Text, Picture Book Illustrations

Special Notes: Only English books are accepted and gallies are not permitted.


Purple Dragonfly Book Award

Not only does the winner of the Purple Dragonfly Book Award get some bragging rights, the grand prize winner receives $300, 100 foil award seals, one hour of marketing consultation and lots of other publicity perks.

PDGrandPrizeStickerDeadline: May 1, 2015

Fee: $60

Categories: This award includes 38 categories.

Special Notes: Only books published in English are considered for this award and if you’re an employee of Five Star Publications, an author affiliated with the company or a close acquaintances and relatives of any of the judges you’re not eligible.


The National Indie Excellence Award

Winners and Finalists of the NIEA get wonderful publicity for their books including: mention on the Indie Excellence official website, news release, and the option to highlight their award on their websites, book covers, book proposals, and marketing materials.

national indie excellence awardsDeadline: March 31, 2015

Fee: $69 per entry/per category

Categories: Children’s Non Fiction and Fiction, Children Religious, Children Inspirational, Picture Books, YA, Animals/Pets, Parenting/Family, Juvenile Fiction and Non Fiction

Special Notes: Only English books accepted. Not accepting ebooks at this time.


Next Generation Indie Book Award

Not only do the winners of these awards get cash rewards ranging from $100-$1,500, they also receive a trophy and an invitation to attend the Gala Awards Ceremony at a world famous landmark in New York City. (Finalists included).

award next generation indieDeadline: February 13, 2015

Fee: $75

Categories: Children’s/Juvenile Non Fiction and Fiction, YA, Animals/Pets, Parenting/Family, Picture Books

Special Notes: Only English books will be accepted.


USA Best Book Award

Ambassador International’s children’s book Each the Same was honored with the 2013 USA Best Book Award. With this award you will get to promote your book as award winning, plus receive a ten-month book listing which includes your color book cover, a brief paragraph about your title and a hyperlink to your website (valued at $2,500.00!)

best books finalistDeadline: September 30, 2014

Fee: $69

Categories: Children’s Mind/Body/Spirit, Children’s Educational, Children’s Fiction and Non-Fiction, Children’s Picture Book Fiction and Non-Fiction, Children’s Religious, Children’s Novelty and Gift Book, YA Fiction and Non-Fiction

Special Notes: Open to all books with an ISBN and published in 2014 (galley copies welcome). 2012 and 2013 titles are also eligible.

Readers Favorite 2015

Readers Favorite International host an awards ceremony in Miami every year with over 300 guests. Winners enjoy a meal and are presented with their awards with lots of media coverage present.

award readers favoriteDeadline: June 1, 2015

Fee: $89

Categories: Children, Animals, Concept, Educational, Fable, Fantasy/Sci-Fi, General, Grade K-3rd, Grade 4th-6th, Non-Fiction, Picture/Pop Up, Preschool, Preteen. YA: Coming of Age, Fantasy, General, Horror, Mystery, Non-Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Sci-Fi

Special Notes: There is no publication date requirement for your book.

Randolph Caldecott Medal

The Caldecott is a prestigious medal awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. The 3 ounce bronze medal is engraved with the winner’s name and the date.

award randolph caldecottDeadline: December 31 of the publication year

Fee: No Entry Fee

Categories: Picture Books

Special Notes: Must be a citizen or resident of the U.S. Only English books accepted.


John Newberry Medal

A very distinguished award given annually by the Association for Library Service to Children is awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

award newberry medalDeadline: December 31 of the publication year

Fee: No Entry Fee

Categories: YA Literature

Special Notes: Book must have been published during the preceding year, and author must be a citizen or resident of the U.S. Only English books accepted.


International Book Award Contest

Designed to promote authors and publications, the International Book Award Contest plans an extensive public relations campaign to announce the results of the contest. In addition, to releasing results on their network of social media pages and news release during the Week of Book Expo America.

award IBADeadline: April 30, 2015

Fee: $59 through June 30, 2014 and $79 after

Categories: Children’s: Educational, Fiction, Mind/Body/Spirit, Non-Fiction, Novelty & Gift Book, Picture Book – Hardcover Fiction, Picture Book – Hardcover Non-Fiction, Picture Book – Softcover Fiction, Picture Book – Softcover Non-Fiction, Children’s Religious, YA Non-Fiction

Special Notes: Gallies are welcome. A past Press Release or Marketing Material for each title is requested. (If Available)

Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award

This special award, only given once every three years, includes a handsome plaque and a $1000 honorarium. This award honors the author who has written the “most outstanding” book of children’s poetry.

Deadline: Submission will open 5/1/2015

Fee: Details will be given once submission opens

Categories: Children’s Poetry

Special Notes: Book must be published in the previous calendar year.

Coretta Scott King Book Awards

This award seeks to “encourage the artistic expression of the African American experience via literature and the graphic arts, including biographical, historical and social history treatments by African American authors and illustrators.” Both the Author and Illustrator Winner recipients receive a plaque and $1,000.

award corettascottkingDeadline: December 1, 2014

Fee: No Entry Fee

Categories: 3 Grade Categories

Special Notes: Book must “demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.” Book must have been published during the preceding year, and author must be a citizen or resident of the U.S. No gallies permitted.


Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

In honor of the brilliant Dr. Seuss, beloved by so many generations, this bronze medal is awarded to the most distinguished author of an American book for beginner readers.

award Geisel_Medal_alscwm_200x300Deadline: December 31

Fee: No Entry Fee

Categories: Illustrated Children’s Books

Special Notes:  The book must be directed at readers from pre-K through Grade 2. The book must also contain illustrations, which function as keys or clues to the text. It must have been published during the preceding year, and author must be a citizen or resident of the U.S.


Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal

In addition to the huge honor of winning this award, the recipient of this bronze medal award is invited to attend the ALSC Award Presentation Program during the ALA Annual Conference and deliver an acceptance speech.

award Sibert_alscwm_200x300Deadline: December 31, 2014

Fee: No Entry Fee

Categories: Informational Books for Children

Special Notes:  The book must have been published during the preceding year, and author must be a citizen or resident of the U.S. Only English books permitted.


Children’s and Young Adults Book Awards

Along with a cash prize and trophy, this award comes with publicity and exposure to ensure your book reaches a broader audience. The Children’s and Young Adults Book Awards will be presented and publicized at the 2015  IRA Annual Conference in St. Louis, MO, and will be published in Reading Today and Reading Today Online.

Deadline: October 31

Fee: $75

Categories: Children’s Fiction and Non Fiction

Special Notes: Submission must be author’s first or second book. Must be submitted during the year of first copyright in English.


Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production

This award given jointly by the American Library Association (ALA) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) to honor the best audiobook in Children’s and Young Adult Literature. The award is named after the poem “The Odyssey” by Homer about Ulysses, a war hero who traveled for many years, and whose stories were told orally before being put in written form.

award audio bookDeadline: October 30, 2014

Fee: No Entry Fee

Categories: Children’s Audiobooks

Special Notes: Only English audiobook are permitted.


Five Things About Authors Lindon and Sherry Gareis

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Learn more about your favorite Ambassador authors with our “Five Things” series. Authors Lindon and Sherry Gareis wrote the recently released book, Declutter Now!: Uncovering the Hidden Joy and Freedom in Your Life, available now. Here are Lindon and Sherry’s five things:

Gareis PhotoWe started writing Declutter Now! after dating for only two months. We had each always wanted to write and publish a book, and both had started books over the years, but neither had ever completed one. It was only after God saw fit to bring us together that we were able to write, finish and publish a book. Thanks God!

We love ALL things water. You’ll often find us in the pool, at the lake, boating or taking a vacation by the ocean. It doesn’t matter if it’s saltwater, freshwater or even chlorinated pool water! Just get us in, on, or by the water and we’re happy campers!

 The #1 comment we get about Declutter Now! is, “WOW! This book is so much more than I expected!” Many people think we only address decluttering physical space, but then are delighted to find out we declutter much, much more, including relationships, finances, careers, kids, physical and mental health, and even spirituality. It’s a whole life, comprehensive approach!

Declutter Now

We are certified Christian Life Coaches providing individual and couple-to-couple coaching. Our focus is forward motion – helping people get from ‘where they are’ to ‘where they want to be’ through assessment, action plans, accountability and encouragement. We coach nationwide via phone or Skype and speak to issues such as decluttering (of course!), relationships, single-parenting, women’s/men’s issues, small business, and spirituality.  

We own four acres of land ninety minutes outside of Phoenix and hope to build a home on it in the near future. This would make for a perfect writing getaway, as well as an excellent opportunity to host couples for Intensive Coaching Retreats. The air is clean, mountains are beautiful, and climate ideal.



Learn more about Lindon and Sherry and Declutter Now! by visiting


99¢ Sale: One Day Only!

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For 24 hours we’re offering one of our hot non-fiction titles for just 99¢! Pick up John Muntean’s patriotic thriller Willing to Die for less than a buck for the Kindle during our one-day sale event. After Thursday the price will go up to $2.99 through the weekend and then it will return to regular price.

Willing to DieSynopsis: Imagine living under the constant danger of the Secret Police bursting into your home, and taking you—or someone you love—to prison, never to be seen or heard from again. Imagine watching your country suffer from the brutality of the Communist regime that swept through Eastern Europe in the wake of World War II. That was John Muntean’s reality in Romania. That is what he fought for years to escape. And that is what he fears is coming to America.

A fast-paced spiritual thriller, Willing to Die (Ambassador International; September 2013; $13.99, paperback), reveals the persecution John Muntean and his wife, Stela experienced, uncovering the evil that accompanied Communist ideology to Romania. Through fear, loss, and pain, the amazing power of God’s love provided a way for them not only to survive, but to prosper. And perhaps most importantly, this book shows all readers that many of the things John and Stela suffered to escape from in Romania are now appearing in America. “History appears to be repeating itself as Communist tendencies become more apparent in American politics,” warns Muntean. BUY NOW

Getting the Most Out of Goodreads: Creating Book Buzz

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More than 25 million people are members of the social reading platform Goodreads. According to the site, every second four books were found on the site. For authors working to promote their books, Goodreads should not be ignored! In our last post, we discussed the benefits of becoming a Goodreads Author. Today’s hot topic: using Goodreads to get readers excited about your book.

How Can You Create Reader Interest?

All authors want people to read and love their books, but if readers don’t know a book exists, they won’t read it. So authors need to spread the word, marketing their own books. Using the Goodreads Author Program, authors have plenty of options to spread the word and express their creativity.

Goodreads carrie dawsReviews

The best way to promote any book is to get reviews. There are already more than 29 million book reviews on Goodreads. Reviews and ratings provide the standard from which browsers judge your book. Most people choose books based on the recommendation of someone else—even if that person is a complete stranger. Every giveaway, promotion, and update should all be aimed at getting readers to talk about your book and to generate reviews.

Goodreads sherry gareisReview and Rate Other Books Besides Your Own

Readers love to know what their favorite author thinks about other books. Some authors have large “recommended reading” lists, but Goodreads makes recommending books a bit easier. As a Goodreads Author, you are also a Goodreads user. So rate away! Review books and tell your readers why or why not you would recommend this book. Readers will begin to trust your judgment and, by extension, your books.


Listing ARCs (advanced reader’s copies) as giveaways on Goodreads is a great way to generate pre-launch buzz. Readers who have never heard of you before may receive your book and become a fan for a lifetime. Okay, that’s a best case scenario, but you get the idea—the more people that know about your book, the better. Check out the giveaway Ambassador is currently running on Goodreads and enter to win one of five copies of Willing to Die by John Muntean:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Willing to Die by John Muntean

Willing to Die

by John Muntean

Giveaway ends July 23, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

According to Goodreads, “an average of 825 people enter to win any given giveaway.” That’s a lot of traffic for your book! Even if most of the readers don’t win your book, they are still exposed to your work. Either way, giveaways can be a very effective tool.

Other Ways to Promote your Books include:

  • Posting videos, such as an interview or video blog
  • Creating Quizzes
  • Updating events, such as book signing or appearances
  • Participating in book groups


Now that you know how to reel readers in, next week, we’ll discuss author and reader interaction. Interacting with readers can be both fun and a bit tricky. What should you do if you get a bad review or a bad rating?  Want to ask a question about Goodreads? Comment below or ask Ambassador on Twitter @AmbassadorIntl.


99¢ Sale: One Day Only!

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For 24 hours we’re offering one of our hot non-fiction titles for just 99¢! Pick up Jim Brissey’s new devotional A Shepherd’s Heart for less than a buck for the Kindle during our one-day sale event. After Thursday the price will go up to $2.99 through the weekend and then it will return to regular price.

A Shepherds HeartSynopsis: A Shepherd’s Heart is a unique collection of inspirational moments experienced over more than 30 years of walking with Jesus. You will relive the joy of The Sermon Mount and have your heart touched by a Miracle on Death Row. Be ready to laugh and cry as you share true stories of God’s love and grace from the mission fields to the dinner table. A Shepherd s Heart will bless you and challenge you to share Christ with others. You will also receive helpful insights and tools how to effectively share your faith and win people to Jesus! BUY NOW!


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