was created in 2001 by Jeane Wynn and her husband Tyson. Jeane began in
publishing in 1989 with NavPress, where she was promoted to a team that
developed and launched Clarity magazine. She held
various positions with such companies as WaterBrook Press and Honor
Books, and understands all aspects of publishing, from acquisition to
editorial, and marketing to sales.
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2008 CHRISTY AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN ORLANDO
The CHRISTY AWARDS honor the best in Christian fiction in nine categories. The Christy Awards Advisory Board is pleased to announce the winners of the 2008 CHRISTY AWARDS.
CONTEMPORARY (STAND ALONE)
Chasing Fireflies by Charles Martin
“Never settle for less than the truth,” she told him. But when you don't even know your real name, learning the truth about who you are can be as elusive—and as magical—as chasing fireflies on a summer night.
Charles Martin lives a stone's throw from the St. John's River in Jacksonville, Florida, with his wife and their three boys.
CONTEMPORARY (SERIES, SEQUELS, AND NOVELLAS)
Home to Holly Springs by Jan Karon
For the first time in decades, Father Tim returns to his birthplace, Holly Springs, Mississippi, in response to a mysterious, unsigned note saying simply: “Come home.” Little does he know how much these two words will change his life.
Jan Karon is author of the bestselling series of novels that feature Father Tim Kavanagh, an Episcopal priest, and the fictional village of Mitford, North Carolina.
A Proper Pursuit by Lynn Austin
Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group
Over the course of a Chicago summer, Violet Hayes’s world will open wide before her eyes. But in the wake of discovery, she must find a way to determine which path is the right choice for her life.
Lynn Austin is a full-time writer, author of more than a dozen novels, and a three-time Christy Award winner who lives with her husband near Chicago.
Hallie’s Heart by Shelly Beach
Mona VanderMolen, an antiques dealer in a small Michigan town, is trying to keep her business alive when her fifteen-year-old niece, Hallie, suddenly arrives on her doorstep. As the two women work through their problems and learn to forgive, will an unfortunate accident tear them apart once again?
Shelly Beach is a Christian communicator who speaks at women’s conferences, retreats, and seminars and writers’ conferences.Author of Precious Lord, Take My Hand, Beach is a college instructor and writing consultant in Michigan.
Remembered by Tamera Alexander
Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group
In search of her father, Veronique Girard needs transportation into Colorado mining country. Jack Brennan isn’t keen on driving a beautiful, young French woman to the rough-and-tumble camps, but Veronique isn’t about to take no for an answer.
Tamera Alexander is a bestselling novelist and Rita Award winner whose deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots, and poignant prose resonate with readers.
The Cure by Athol Dickson
Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group
Riley Keep, former man of God, now haunts the streets. Forgiveness from those who used to love him seems impossible…until he hears rumors of a small town in Maine where miracles are happening.
Athol Dickson studied architecture and the arts at university, followed by a long career as an architect. Now a full-time writer, he’s the author of six novels. He and his wife live in Southern California.
Scarlet by Stephen R. Lawhead
Scarlet continues Lawhead's riveting saga that began with the novel Hood, which relocated the legend of Robin Hood to the Welsh countryside, conjuring up an ancient past, holding a mirror to contemporary realities, and shattering everything you thought you knew about Robin Hood.
Stephen R. Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. Lawhead makes his home in Oxford, England, with his wife.
The Stones Cry Out by Sibella Giorello
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group
One forensic geologist. Two dead men. 500 witnesses. Yet no one seems to know what really happened. As the FBI digs into the case, one thing is made clear: if no one else will talk, the stones will cry out.
Sibella Giorello, a former geologist and fifteen-year features reporter with the Richmond Times-Dispatch, has been twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
Hollywood Nobody by Lisa Samson
Scotty Dawn has all the freedom a fifteen-year-old girl could want. But there are costs to such a life. Scotty doesn’t know who she is, where she came from, or who to trust. The answers she finds are darker than she had expected. Will she discover who she can trust and finally make sense of her world?
Lisa Samson is the author of more than two dozen books, including the Christy Award-winning Songbird. She lives with her husband and three children in Kentucky.
The CHRISTY AWARDS are proud to honor both Catherine Marshall and her novel through the annual presentation of the CHRISTY AWARDS, which recognize novels of excellence. The CHRISTY AWARDS were established in 1999 to nurture and encourage creativity and quality in the writing and publishing of fiction written from a Christian worldview; to bring a new awareness of the breadth and depth of fiction choices available, helping to broaden the readership; and, to provide an opportunity to recognize novelists whose work may not have reached bestseller status. Visit the CHRISTY AWARDS online at www.christyawards.com.
...fiction publicity is twofold: media publicity and reader publicity—we call this the proper care and feeding of readers.
All books can benefit from a concentrated, strategic publicity plan. Works of fiction especially need one. With the huge number of fiction titles being published today, it takes skill to garner media attention for your book. Some publishers handle fiction promotion in-house with staff publicists; many others outsource projects to independent publicists like Wynn-Wynn Media. Either way, the diligent media efforts on your behalf will make your book more successful.
When my husband and I began Wynn-Wynn Media, we actually started doing fiction publicity almost by accident—some might even say out of ignorance.
While my husband was working at a state university several miles from home, I started the business. We opened the doors in September 2001, and by December—having secured just one retainer—I wondered what I had gotten myself into. I began to think it might be time to get another job or even do some substitute teaching. But with twelve years of experience in publishing, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Plus, I love books, and I married a man who loves them just as much as I do.
What could I do but hang on? Thankfully, because of the trust of a major publisher and God’s providence, by spring 2002 we had been offered a five-book publicity deal, and that was really the start of Wynn-Wynn Media. My husband eventually quit his university job and joined me full time. With his radio and television background, English degree, and technology prowess, he is the perfect business partner. We now spend our days working together on a blend of fiction and nonfiction titles. We are also fortunate to work with some of the most talented fiction writers in the Christian market.
When I say that we started doing fiction publicity almost accidentally, I really mean that. Honestly, we didn’t know in 2001 that very few publishers did little, if any, publicity for their fiction titles. We also didn’t know that many of the broadcast media (especially radio) wouldn’t consider interviewing fiction authors. We didn’t know that fiction titles are more labor-intensive work than nonfiction titles. It’s a good thing we didn’t know these things, because we jumped right in and began working the fiction titles. And now, almost seven years later, we’ve seen many of those policies change. We’re confident they will continue to do so. And we are as excited as we have ever been. Every publicity hit is just as thrilling for us now as it was seven years ago, and we don’t take any of them for granted.
We are amazed at the successful strides Christian fiction publicity has made in the last few years. It is nothing but encouraging as to the future of fiction promotion. Christian fiction is being covered in places that we didn’t dare imagine when we first began. Every now and then we stop to take stock of all that has happened in Christian fiction publicity: from reviews on the pages of People magazine to multiple titles on the New York Times Best Sellers list; from numerous reviews in Publishers Weekly to key newspaper coverage; from national
television programs like Good Morning America to hundreds of interviews in authors’ hometowns all across the United States. We have seen many traditionally uninterested media clamor for more Christian fiction. Old barriers have begun to disintegrate over the last few years. Add to that the popularity of Internet sites and blogs, and never has there been a better time for fiction publicity. We see expansive grassroots movements within the industry because of the ability for regular folks with an eye for fiction to blog their reviews and opinions.
Experience has taught us that fiction publicity is twofold: media publicity and reader publicity—we call this the proper care and feeding of readers. If an author, early in his or her career, can win over a reader, he/she will likely follow the author book after book, year after year, regardless of the genre. From Karen Kingsbury to Robin Jones Gunn to Liz Curtis Higgs to Bill Myers, authors know from years of experience that the reader is vital for them and their books! Web sites of our first-time novelists, Tina Ann Forkner and Patti Lacy, give their readers a place to connect and get to know these authors a little better.
Wynn-Wynn Media has come along way since 2001, and so has the industry. We were (and still are) relentless in getting our authors the very best opportunities for their titles. We believe that, with the very competitive market, everyone needs the edge a quality publicity plan can provide. Whether booking interviews or having a book moved to the top of the consideration pile, publicity is vital for those who know about the products into which authors pour their lives and creativity. At Wynn-Wynn Media, we strive for integrity, creativity, deliberation, and consistency every day for every client. We believe we deliver on that, too.
We love our authors, and we are proud to represent what we know are some of the best writers in the Christian market. Every day as you work on your book, whether you are a new writer awaiting your first sale, or a seasoned author with many titles under your belt, know that there isn’t a moment when things aren’t moving forward in the world of fiction.
Whether it be romance or suspense or a novella, at the heart of publicity is a story that needs to be shared. And isn’t that what writing is really all about—sharing your story through your lens so the world will know? If you have a story to tell, you need publicity. We’re extremely glad we get to help authors tell their stories.