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How to Launch a Best-Selling Christian Book [Kindle Edition]

Lorilyn Roberts
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The John 3:16 Marketing Network is a network of over 250 Christian authors who have networked together to expose readers to great Christian books on book launches This book details the steps and methods that have been successfully used to launch many best-seller books on Amazon.

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About the Author

Lorilyn Roberts is a Christian author who writes children's picture books, adult nonfiction, memoirs, and a young adult Christian fantasy series, Seventh Dimension. The first in the series, The Door, was just published (October 2012).

Lorilyn graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Alabama, which included international study in Israel and England. She received her Masters in Creative Writing from Perelandra College and is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature.

Lorilyn is the founder of the John 316 Marketing Network, a network of Christian authors who are passionate about promoting books with a Christian worldview.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Tool for Christian Authors October 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Length: 1:32 Mins
I'm so pleased I found "How to Launch a Christian Best-Seller Book!" As a Christian author I want to do things well and reach as many people as possible. This book is helping me do it. It will help you too.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proven Success - Worked the first time! April 12, 2012
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You could pay a couple of thousand dollars for this information, but why do that when you can get it right here for so much less?

As the "marketing" end of my husband's book and with no experience in book marketing, I used this method as its first test, and we were successful in reaching bestseller status on Amazon in 5 categories with I'M A KEEPER. We KNOW it works.

After that experience, Lorilyn, fueled by her passion to help other Christian authors do the same, began compiling into this helpful tool what we had learned together in this experience and what others in the new John 3:16 Marketing Network began to contribute from their experiences. Lorilyn is a gift to authors and has done a wonderful work here. You will find the book readable and helpful for the novice, but seasoned authors can benefit from the information as well. In fact, if you are an author who has been published and is claiming to have "marketed" your work for you (someone who is taking a big chunk of your royalties) I recommend you check this out. You'll see the financial benefit right away.

If you are happy with your publisher relationship, you know that you are still the one who must do the marketing in the long run, and this is a great way to build that skill and develop the contacts you need to succeed.

Finally, if you are seeking to land a publishing contract, you know that you will need a platform in order even to be considered. Here's a great place to start building that platform or to increase the platform you have begun.

What a gift!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource March 24, 2012
By Amanda
Format:Kindle Edition
In this easy to read and understand book, Lorilyn Roberts shows us her vision, hopes, and ideas for the John 3:16 Marketing Network. A place where Christian authors help others launch their books and bring Christian books out into a world that needs them.

It's about writers coming together to help each other. Ms. Roberts states:

"Games aren't meant in large part to be solitary win, it takes cooperation, commitment, hard work..."

Dying to self and learning it's not all about just one person are some of the important heart attitudes in this remarkable marketing network. Where not only book launches are done, reviews are given and asked for, but prayer requests are frequently shared and prayed for.

This isn't just a marketing book with great ideas to follow. This is about a group of people brought together by one woman's tenacity ~ and vision to bring good books to a lost world.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read April 12, 2012
By K Payne
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Marketing is one of the hardest things for most writers to do. We generally prefer to do what we like best...write. This book takes much of the mystery out of marketing and offers solid ideas on getting your work into the right hands. A must read!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It Can Be Done April 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This little book packs a wallop of a punch. Detailed information on how to hit the best seller lists on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other sources. John 3:16 is a marketing group of authors who have put this to the test and proven that it can work. I'm one of those authors. My cozy mystery, "Death in Dahlonega" hit number 4 on the best selling list for books about women sleuths on the best seller list. I was right above Janet Evonavich. This book may be inexpensive, but what is inside is priceless.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great and Valuable Read March 23, 2012
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In January this year I uploaded my novels to Amazon Kindle and then drew up a list of marketing ideas. Among those, certainly the best was my decision to apply to join the John 3:16 Marketing Network, a group of Christian writers who provide amazing support and encouragement for each other.

Before applying to join I read this book, which is the formal manual of the Network, although it also stands alone and can be usefully read by anyone (and not just Christians!) looking to market a book.

It contains many pertinent observations about the state of the book industry today, particularly based on the author's efforts to market her inspiring book "Children of Dreams." But of most value is a wealth of very specific information about achieving success with your book on Amazon. This alone makes the book a great and valuable read, whether or not you actually join the Network.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taking the Mystery out of Marketing April 12, 2012
By maink
Format:Kindle Edition
I am a new author seeking to promote my husband's books and my own books. I did not know how to effectively market our books or how to begin a book launch. This book provided me with step-by-step directions on how to help promote our books, especially during a book launch. It takes the mystery out of marketing and provides invaluable support and help. Part of the reason that the book is so successful is that it encourages people to work together to promote a book during a book launch. Joining the John 316 Network has given me the opportunity to learn from its members and further my knowledge of marketing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Using the Amazon effect April 11, 2012
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Lorilyn Roberts has captured the essence of marketing in the online world. Recognizing the force of, doing a book launch on Amazon helps move a book up into higher rankings. Kindle also enhances the marketability of books. The John 3:16 Marketing Network uses this book as its guideline to getting Christian fiction and nonfiction to greater visibility.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed it.
Published 21 days ago by Barry Bowen
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
Useful information about the latest methods a writer must use for launching a book and for marketing.
Published 1 month ago by VB
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for all writers
I found this book to be extremely helpful in giving me creative ways to market my book. The tips I received would have cost me hundreds of dollars had I hired a marketing/publicity... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Judy Lair
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of passion and a practical guide.
It's clear from the first pages of this ebook that Lorilyn is passionate about the subject of marketing Christian books. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ian Acheson
3.0 out of 5 stars Good start but...
I was so looking forward to what this book claimed to offer. Only a few chapters in and I felt like I was reading the script from an infomercial saying for the fiftieth time,... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Charles Huff
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Place to Start
The author of this book lines out steps to take to market a book. It is clear and substantial. Her attention to detail is exceptional.
Published 17 months ago by Elaine Littau
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Helpful, especially for the untechie...
Very detailed step by step, my dog, (and I'm just a tad smarter than her,) could have followed! Awesome. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm so grateful
WHen I found Lorilyn and this book I was so thrilled I immediately signed up for more info from her as this book gave me confidence. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Alyssa Avant
5.0 out of 5 stars A book with the right answers!
This book has many great tips for all christians to use who wish to learn properly about how to successfully promote and market their books. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jay A. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Free
It's hard to complain about a book I got for free. This one is a great read and very interesting. I recommend it.
Published 21 months ago by Alexandra Romanov
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More About the Author

Lorilyn Roberts is an award-winning Christian author who writes for the young and the young at heart.

Her books, all available on Amazon, include the following:

The Donkey and the King (ages 2-7)
Seventh Dimension - The Door - Book 1 - a YA Christian Fantasy
Seventh Dimension - The King - Book 2 - a YA Christian Fantasy
Devotionals from the Seventh Dimension - Am I Okay, God?
Food for Thought: Quick and Easy Recipes for Homeschooling Families
How to Launch a Best-Selling Christian Book
Taste and See Volumes One and Two (editor)
Children of Dreams, An Adoption Memoir

Lorilyn graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Alabama in 1991. Her studies included spending two weeks in Israel at the start of the Gulf War and touring England, Australia, New Zealand, and several countries in Europe. She later attended the Institute of Children's Literature and earned her Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Perelandra College.

Lorilyn says, "When I start to doubt that anyone is reading my books, I remind myself of the millions of people who have read my captions, even all of my mistakes. The best thing about creative writing is you can make your words perfect. With captioning, it's live and you only get one chance to get it right."

Lorilyn has two daughters whom she adopted from Nepal and Vietnam as a single mother. She homeschooled both of them, the older one through high school, and believes that the hope of the United States may rest on the conservative values homeschooling families instill in their offspring.

"If we fail to teach our children how to live out their Christian faith practically, we will have lost an opportunity to impact the world for good. It only takes one generation to forget the past. As JRR Tolkien said, 'There is some good in this world and it's worth fighting for.'"

To learn more about Lorilyn, you can visit her website at and

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What an inspiring read! Thank you Lorilyn for being obedient to God and taking the time to share this information. I had a fellow Christian author recommend this book and I just finished reading it this morning. It has really blessed me and encouraged me. I love seeing believers come together in... Read More
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