Book news and notes

Man VirtuesNew books include:

Timeless: A History of the Catholic Church, by Steve Weidenkopf

The Lord’s Prayer, by T.J. Burkick

The Handy Little Guide to Confession, by Michelle Jones Schoeder

For Those Who Grieve, by Jeannie Ewing

Man Virtues, by Robert P. Lockwood

Lovely: How I Learned to Embrace the Body God Gave Me, by Amanda Martinez Beck

Clueless in Galilee: A Fresh Take on the Gospels, by Mac Barron

Grieving Together: A Couple’s Journey through Miscarriage, by Laura Kelly Fanucci and Franco David Fanucci

Detached: Put Your Phone in its Place, by T. J. Burdick

Glory Be Saints Calendar, with art from Rebecca Pohlmeier


Congrats, authors! Visit

Two new books!


Congrats to authors Mac Barron and Laura and Franco Fanucci!

Mac’s book, “Clueless in Galilee,” and Laura and Franco’s book, “Grieving Together,” arrived in the warehouse this week.

In “Clueless in Galilee” author Mac Barron assures us that Jesus loves us, even though we’re human. We know this, because the Bible says so. Over and over and over again. With its hilarious, sometimes irreverent, and always humble reflections, this book will make you laugh and help you look at the Bible — and yourself — in a whole new way.

“Grieving Together” is the book the Fanuccis had wished for after their miscarriage. Practical resources include Scripture, prayers, and official Catholic rites. It also speaks to the unique concerns of fathers, and includes many real-life stories from couples in many different circumstances.


Notes from the Catholic Writers’ Conference

From Rebecca Willen:

CatholicWrwiterslogoPart of my summer was spent arguing over whether I was managing the Catholic Writers’ Conference or the Catholic Writers Conference. Punctuation arguments happen when word nerds get together.

Tucked alongside the Catholic Marketing Network (CMN) Tradeshow, an annual assembly of Catholic retailers and manufacturers, is the Catholic Writers Conference Live! (The exclamation point is part of the official title. Don’t ask.) Hosted by the Catholic Writers Guild — no apostrophe — the conference brings together aspiring writers, my-first-book-has-just-been-published-I’m-so-excited writers, slightly jaded still-trying-to-sell-my-novel writers, and experienced big-name writers, in both fiction and non-fiction, not to mention the editors, copy editors, proofreaders, and illustrators.

Thanks to CMN, conference attendees have access to Mass and the sacraments, as well as the tangible presence of major Catholic publishers from around the country. Presentations and workshops form the backbone of the event, but the real moments of grace and fellowship are found in reunions and chance meetings, deep conversations, and shared meals.

It’s a fun few days for everyone who gets the chance to relax and hang out with their compatriots in the Catholic writing world. Join us next year! Late July in Lancaster, PA – see you there!

Rebecca Willen is associate editor for OSV books.

A social experiment – social media tips from authors

From, here’s a nice article that includes author’s tips on using social media to sell more books. Here were some of my takeaways:

  • Do the stuff you like, don’t do the rest. If you hate LinkedIn but love Twitter, do that. If you can’t stand Facebook but love to blog, do that. If you love it you’ll keep it up and build your platform from there.
  • You don’t have to do them all. If you jump into 20 forms of social media, you run the risk of burning out and giving up.
  • Be yourself. ‘Nuf said.

Check out the advice from these authors and post your own tips and tricks in the comments!

St. Isidore, pray for us!

How to make a great promo video (it’s easier than you think).

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The rear LCD display on a Flip Video camrea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A promo video is a great way to improve your online searchability, and it has the potential to go viral when it is shared and reshared via social media. But best of all, when viewers can see and hear your passion about your book, it can help drive sales.

Don’t have any experience doing a video? It’s much easier than you think!

You’re on camera! There are lots of options, none of which are expensive or difficult. Small “flip” style HD video cameras retail for under $100, and are very easy to use. Here’s one for just $89. But you don’t even have to go to that expense. You can use your built-in or separate webcam on your computer or laptop. You can even get a decent quality video with your smartphone or tablet. Continue reading