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NYT Best-Selling Author and Finance Expert Dave Ramsey on Self-Publishing

a11999Dave Ramsey self-published his first book, Financial Peace, mostly out of necessity. Nobody would publish it, he says, so he went ahead and did it himself, transporting and selling the books out of the trunk of his car. Little did he know that a mere five years later it would go on to become a New York Times best seller.

In the third week of Mediabistro’s Profit From Your Passion series, Ramsey talks about his publishing house, Lampo Press, his new book, Smart Money Smart Kids, which he co-authored with his daughter, and the dos and don’ts of self-publishing:

What advice do you have for a new author who’s deciding whether they should self-publish or try to find a traditional publisher?
I think you have to have a plan if you’re in the nonfiction world to sell the book, whether you’re self published or you’re working with a publisher. If you’re looking to write a book and hand it to someone, and let someone else do all the work, those days are completely gone in our world, with very, very rare exceptions. So publishers are looking for an author that has a willingness to hustle and has a platform of some kind. How are you going to leverage things you’ve done in the past? How are you going to leverage your PR appearances, your knowledge, your Twitter base, your fan base on Facebook?

To hear more from Ramsey, including how his personal finance advice applies to the publishing industry, read: Hey, How’d You Become Your Own Publisher, Personal Finance Expert Dave Ramsey?

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HarperCollins to Buy Thomas Nelson

HarperCollins Publishers revealed today that they have sealed a “definitive agreement” to buy Christian publisher Thomas Nelson. Terms of the deal were not revealed, and will be finalized by the end of the year.

Follow this link to read the complete release. Thomas Nelson publishes many inspirational titles, including books by authors like Billy Graham, Max Lucado and Dave Ramsey. In 1988, HarperCollins acquired the Christian publisher, Zondervan.

HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray had this comment in the release: “Founded in 1798 in Edinburgh, Scotland, Thomas Nelson shares a long and rich heritage with both New York’s Harper Brothers and Scotland’s William Collins & Sons. It is thus with great pleasure that I look forward to welcoming Thomas Nelson to the HarperCollins family.”

Bestselling Christian Books from 2010

Thomas Nelson Publishers CEO Michael Hyatt (pictured, via) has published a list of the 100 Bestselling Christian Books of 2010. We’ve included the top five books below, follow this link to see the complete list.

Hyatt created the list by using his company’s sales database that monitors “various point-of-sale systems from multiple sales channels.” According to the publisher, the list focuses mainly on “sales through traditional bookstores, both general market and Christian specialty stores.” The top five bestselling books are listed below. Link via Publishers Lunch.

1. Sarah Young Jesus Calling (Thomas Nelson)
2. William P. Young The Shack (Hachette)
3. Francis Chan Crazy Love (David C. Cook)
4. Gary Chapman The Five Love Languages (Moody)
5. Dave Ramsey The Total Money Makeover (Thomas Nelson)

Orbit Promotes, Hachette Hires

Orbit announced that Devi Pillai has been promoted to Senior Editor. Pillai has been with Orbit since the US office opened in 2006, and has acquired and edited a number of authors including Lilith Saintcrow, Jennifer Rardin, Marie Brennan and, most recently, Joe Abercrombie.

Meanwhile, Pamela Clements has joined the Hachette Book Group USA as Associate Publisher of Marketing for the Center Street and FaithWords imprints of the Nashville division. She will focus primarily on publicity and promotions.

Clements spent 16 years at Thomas Nelson Inc. where she served in several executive roles. Clements’ positions included Vice President of Marketing for Nelson Books, Vice President of Publicity for Nelson Book Group and most recently she was Publisher of the General Interest & Lifestyle division (formerly Rutledge Hill Press). As publisher Clements had six national bestsellers and she spearheaded promotional campaigns for NY Times best-selling authors like John Eldredge, Dave Ramsey, and Stephen Covey.