Tips if You Want to
Network with Rest Ministries
have many authors contact us who are writing or who
have written a book on coping with chronic illness
or pain. We've put together this list of ideas for
ways to work with us so we can all benefit from the
wonderful resources authors provide.
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she has sold thousands of books and how you can
If you are the author of a new book or a book you
are working on and wondering about how to network
with Rest Ministries here are some ways that we
recommend the following!
Rest Ministries' free
e-mail writer's group through Yahoo. There you
will find encouragement and fellowship as you interact
and share resources with other writers as well as
receive current information about writing opportunities.
Lisa started this writers group over at the women's
Cafe group at Ning. This is a secular group but
everyone has a chronic illness & are women.
Wondering how to have Rest Ministries review your
book? Carry it in our store? While we can't carry
all the wonderful books we read, we have
some tips for working with us and marketing your
do I start?
Lisa, Rest Ministries director, a copy of your
book to review. She may also be willing to
write an endorsement if it has not yet gone to
print. You can email
an attachment at a Word document file. If
she doesn't respond in 3 weeks or so, please call
us at 888-751-7378 and just let leave a message
for her to check her spam folder. Occasionally
this kind of email can be lost. To send the book,
mail it to PO Box 502928, San Diego, CA 92150.
If you've received any press a copy of it, or
a copy of your press release is appreciated.
you believe it may be a good fit for our Comfort
Zone bookstore to carry on a regular basis...
please include an outline of what points in
the book would particularly be of interest to
our audience. Feel free to stick a few Post It
note on pages of particular interest. If you've
actually quoted Lisa or one of her own books,
be sure to point that out as well. Also include
ordering info, such as where we would order the
book and the breakdown of wholesale prices. Let
us know if you have postcards that we can use
to stuff in the packages of all of our orders.
If we carry the book, we often will give the author
this benefit now and then.
you received press for your outreach to the chronically
ill in your neighborhood? (We could announce
your book signing!) Did you just win an award
for your book? Do you have you an interesting
angle on your book that might get some media attention?
If you have any unique angles to sell your books,
please let us know. If we can send out a unique
press release about you and your story in order
to sell more books at our web site, we may be
us know if you may be interested in splitting
some costs of printing and mailing out a postcard.
If we truly believe in a book and think it will
fit our audience, we will sell it through our
web site. If you are able to help split the cost,
we can send out a postcard to the 13,000 on our
mailing list. Have other ideas? We're open to
all kinds of things!
to our HopeKeepers Magazine sign up page
to join our ezine and
at the bottom check the box about wanting to receive
materials about marketing opportunities.
We'd love to have more co-op opportunities for
writers who meet the needs of our audience.
advertising in HopeKeepers
Magazine. We try to keep our rates doable
for individual authors, and the response can be
terrific if it completely meets the needs of our
Lisa an email here to receive news
about her upcoming e-book series on marketing
one's books. She's put together hundreds of pages
of information on how to market books on a budget
and we will notify you as soon as it's available.
up for our networking
you doing some public speaking or a book signings?
We'd love to offer you some brochures
of Rest Ministries, magazines,
and even some of our books at a discounted cost.
As the largest Christian organization that serves
the chronically ill, we are happy to help fill
up your book table so people have a variety of
resources to choose from. And we are a nice organization
to be associated with too :) Just email Lisa the
scope of your event(s), what you'd be interested
in having available and a postal address. We will
send whatever we can complimentary and just enclose
a donation envelope for what you can give. Books
can be purchased at a discounted rate, so
let us know what you're interested in. We
have available the following:
you looking for a publishing house for your book?
We are very small and publish niche books for
the chronically ill that have a Christian theme.
We typically don't publish books by other people,
but we do have the ability to do so. The upside
is we have a distributor which could get you listed
with Ingram and Spring Arbor, you'd be associated
with the audience you want to reach, and your
book may be able to be printed at a more efficient
price than as a POD (print on demand.) The downside
is that you won't get rich (none of us do) and
most marketing and publicity efforts would come
from you. We would promote it within our organization
and media contacts, but most of the marketing
would be done by yourself. If you're still interested,
check out our publishing web site Rest
Ministries Publishers for more information.
These are just a few of hundreds of ways that
we work with authors. Please know that sometimes
we simply love a book and believe it's a good
fit, but we've simply run short on money and space
to actually carry it in our bookstore (in other
words, Lisa can't walk through her garage.) Please
know it's nothing personal.
If you have any ideas to help promote your book
through our organization, we'd love to hear them!
You may want to volunteer to write an article
for our ezine hopenotes or HopeKeepers Magazine.
You may want to purchase a sponsorship ad in hopenotes
that leads people directly to your site or Amazon,