For many years, Vicki tackled a Special Project each year to accomplish some goal. Whether it’s to create a place for readers and authors to connect over books or to help those struggling or lost on their life’s journey find other strugglers so they can help each other, she initiated and sponsored a project to address identified challenge. Many had to do with filling gaps in the industry. Others significant to writers and/or readers. And some to daily life.
In 2011, as a Special Project, I started a blog to help connect Christian Readers and Authors to discuss books. I didn’t fully imagine the shape or scope of that project, and I had no idea it would grow in to a program.
Along with a group of wonderful authors, I blog about books that align with Christian principles. Most are classified Christian Fiction and Nonfiction, but some are “Clean Reads.” Meaning they contain wholesome, healthy stories of real people in real situations, who work to actively and constructively solve their problems.
Since inception, at the requests of readers, all of the Christians Read authors have expanded the scope of their blog posts. We now blog on Christian books, but also on walking the walk of Christians and how faith interacts with daily life.
We have thrived and grown in the past eight years, and tens of thousands now follow our articles. We have dual websites and email lists as well active social media accounts. One thing that hasn’t changed is our commitment to be open and honest about the joys and challenges of living in faith.
You can visit the Christians Read site HERE.
If you’d like to have the blog posts emailed to you, there is a form on the top right on the Christians Read website’s Home page.
Clean Read Books
The objective in Clean Read Books is to help readers and authors of Clean Read Books connect. Clean Read Books is active on Twitter and will soon be emailing a listing of current Clean Read Books to those who opt-in to receive the listings.
Sign up for Clean Read Books email listing here.
Learn more about Clean Read Books at its site, www.cleanreadbooks.com
Edna Sampson Benevolence Fund
This fund assists writers in dire straits.
Edna Sampson Persistence Award
This award acknowledges professionalism in writers not yet published.
Edna Sampson Award of Excellence
An award acknowledging writers who pursue excellence in their writing and mentor other writers.
Our Favorite Recipes
Book Blogger's Report
Novelists, Inc. Myspace Group
This project created a central data base where blogging members of Novelists’ Inc. registered and readers could locate them.
Chapter 1 Zone
In a little over a year, this project became obsolete. Amazon and other booksellers began adding chapter excerpts on their websites, making this project obsolete and no longer necessary. Success!
Fiction Blog Alliance
After two years, this project was picked up by various organizations negating the need for it to continue. Success!