Want to be an "influencer" for my new book 30 EVENTS THAT SHAPED THE CHURCH? My publisher is allowing me to give away 35 copies of the book. It's a nonfiction work (as you can tell by the title).
I'm always looking for ways to educate our Blue Ridge family about the world of publishing and this is a good opportunity so here goes:
When you publish with a traditional publisher you will probably be asked for a list of "influencers." There's no formal definition of the term but the marketing department (and the author) want is a list of people who will read the book and say good things about it through their social or ministry network. The publisher then sends a free copy to the influencer to read and keep. If the influencer likes the book he/she helps spread the word by word-of-mouth, social network, blog, etc.
What happens if the influencer doesn't like the book? Nothing. The influencer does nothing except, maybe, use the book as a doorstop. There is no obligation.
If you have an active social network, blog, podcast, radio program, or the like and would like to investigate some of the events that shaped the modern church, then shoot an e-mail to me at email@example.com with "Influencer" in the subject line. Include your mailing address so the publisher can send the book to you. If you can, tell me a little about your blog, podcast, social media, etc. You don't have to go into great detail. A short paragraph will do.
About the book:
The church of today did not appear on the earth fully formed; rather, it developed over the centuries. Following Jesus' command to spread the gospel to the ends of the earth, the apostles and their spiritual descendants have grown the church through times of peace and times of war, through persecution and pilgrimage. The church that began as a ragtag group of Middle Eastern fishermen, tax collectors, and zealots became the multiethnic, multifaceted church we know today through historical events that, while they may seem distant, have a direct effect on our everyday lives.
Now thirty of these course-altering events are brought vividly to life by consummate storyteller Alton Gansky. Spanning twenty centuries of history, this lively book will entertain, educate, and enlighten you even as it enriches your appreciation for those who have come before us in the faith.