ChristianTrade becomes part of CBA

The ChristianTrade board voted to be consolidated into CBA last month. Stay tuned for more information. Visit the CBA website for details.

Nurture National Writers

There are only a few Christian publishers in Zimbabwe. Most often, it is churches who publish materials of interest to their members, asking known authors to write on specific topics, or publishing translations. Such practices do not allow for developing national writers, but doing so is in a publisher’s best interest in the long run. National writers benefit publishers and their target audiences. How can publishers help prospective writers to develop their skills? More here!

CAVA Serves the Church

Christian Audio Visual Action, known as CAVA, partners with churches and other Christian organizations to enable believers to evangelize in Southern Africa. CAVA seeks to produce relevant and affordable literature and audio-visual material. Based in Harare, Zimbabwe, the ministry has ten staff members, eight of whom are involved in publishing. More here!

Your Turn 5 [Print on Demand]

This issue of Cook Partners offers four very different approaches to print on demand publishing. Whether you are engaged in it or not, the following questions will help you and your staff when you plan for the future. More here!

Your Turn 4 [Practical Exercises]

Use the following group discussion questions to lead a brainstorming session with your employees. You might be surprised at the results! More here!

Your Turn 3 [Niche Publishing]

Niche is a word derived from French (nicher, to nest) and, before that, Latin (nidus, nest). Among the definitions listed at Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary lists the following definitions are used in this issue to apply to the work we do as publishers: “a place, employment, status, or activity for which a person or thing is best fitted” and “a specialized market.” Are you the publisher best fitted for your niche? How do you reach niche markets? The questions below may help you think more deeply about niches and what they mean to your company. More here!

Your Turn 2 [Brain-Storming Session]

Whatever may be the language of your books, the following questions may help you lead a brainstorming session with your employees. More here!