October 2010 Posts

World, Meet Adam

I know the world doesn’t read this blog, so today you, lucky reader, get to meet my cubicle neighbor and our Marketing Services Coordinator, Adam Sabados! Adam frequently posts here, so let me introduce you to the man behind the blog.

How long have you been at Tyndale, and what roles have you had there?

On October 30th, I’ll have been at Tyndale for three years. [Christy here. Let me interject briefly: Happy anniversary, Adam!] I started in customer service where I did general customer service as well as handled all author related issues. In December of 2009 I started my current position as the marketing services coordinator.  I a

ssist the publicity team,coordinate shipments and materials for conventions, and I work

with the advertising and promotions team with various social media projects. It’s also fun to get to share tweeting and Facebook responsibilities with Christy.

Adam helps Drew Brees during the "Coming Back Stronger" tour.

What did you do prior to coming to Tyndale?

Before Tyndale I worked at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, CA. I was a production assistant and box office assistant. This meant that during the day I took calls and sold tickets, and at night I got to work back stage or run the lights or sound. One of my duties on the first play I worked on was making sure Tony Danza didn’t miss his cues, we only had one close call…  Before that job I really enjoyed working at Chick-fil-A and Starbucks.

I heard a play you wrote is going to be performed at theater in Chicago this fall. Tell us about that.

Well hopefully it will actually be two! A friend from college and I are working on producing a night of short plays at a theatre in Chicago. It’s possible that it could get pushed to the spring because I’m planning a wedding (which is like writing, directing and starring in a play all in one). For details keep an eye on my Twitter account.

Adam (left) on stage performing in the play "Big Time Steve," which he wrote and directed in summer 2009.

You also recently got engaged. Tell us about your fiancée. How did you propose, and when’s the big day?

Meghan is awesome! She recently spent over a year working for a missionary organization that runs summer camps for and sends relief aid to orphans in the former Soviet Union. She’s been to Russia five times. She actually went to Russia for a month right after our first date, I tried not to take it personally. We’ve had some great times including visiting both oceans, running a 5K together (she beat me), dressing up as characters from Harry Potter, and visiting the Elementary School from Kindergarten Cop and the neighborhood from Goonies just to name a few.

I proposed at a park in Wheaton after a picnic of her favorite food, chicken tenders and fries. The wedding is in January.

Adam and Meghan at the Public Market Center in Seattle, WA.

What has been your favorite Tyndale book, and why?

My favorite Tyndale Book is definitely Imaginary Jesus by Matt Mikalatos. It’s one of the most unique books I’ve read and would even put it in my top 5 favorite books of all time. You can read more of my thoughts on the book and even some fan fiction I wrote at my blog – The Next Thing.

Share some interesting things you’ve learned about publishing since working at Tyndale.

This may sound simple, but how a book comes to be is a very interesting process. From acquiring the manuscript to editing the content, designing the covers, printing, binding, shipping, marketing, and publicity, I find it all incredibly fascinating especially with the amount of books we publish a year.

You used to work with e-books a lot. What do you think about the future of e-books?

I don’t think e-books will replace physical books any time soon, but I do think they will become more and more popular as the ereader technology advances and as the price of the devices get lower and lower.

If people want to know more about you, where can they go?

Well I already mentioned my Twitter account or my blog , but you can find me on this blog and occasionally the Tyndale twitter and Facebook pages.  I’m always up for new friends and great conversations.

9. Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?

Nope. That’s all for now. 🙂

Thanks for sharing with us, Adam! If you have a question or comment for Adam, feel free to leave a comment and he’ll respond.

What’s in the Bible Blog Tour

I love when people take reviews to the next level to give their readers something unique. During the What’s in the Bible blog tour I tracked down a few reviews that I thought were perfect examples. These in particular used comments from their kids of different ages and included them in the review. This is one of my favorite ideas, we even had a post a few months ago where a parent did a video review with his kids.  Check them out, and if you have a What’s in the Bible review leave it in the comments so others can visit your page!

http://doxazoprep.blogspot.com/2010/10/whats-in-bible-giveaway.html

http://www.inspirethem.ca/2010/10/review-whats-in-bible-battle-for.html

Something Cool – NLT Facebook QR Code

The above picture may look like a bunch of nonsense, or even a maze that you might find on the back of a Bob Evan’s menu, but it is actually something pretty useful, a QR code to the NLT Facebook page. What’s a QR code you might ask? A QR code is like a two dimentional bar code that can only be read with a QR scanner. More recently these codes have been used to enable people to be directed to websites. Many smart phones have applications that allow you to take a picture of the code, which scans it, and sends you to the corresponding website.  Think of it as a link, but in the physical world. Imagine standing in the checkout line at the grocery store and being able to “click” on a link for a product you like.

Feel free to share this code on your Facebook walls, blogs, or print them out and carry a piece of the web around with you!

Tyndale at Catalyst 2010

When I hear the word “catalyst” the first thing I think of is chemistry. A catalyst is something that helps start a reaction but isn’t consumed by it. Perhaps the creators of the Catalyst Conference (http://www.catalystspace.com/events/east ) had this in mind.  The conference seeks to “create ‘change agents’ throughout the church that possess wisdom and understanding, the opportunity is created to usher in the necessary adjustments to an ever-evolving church.” (from the Catalyst website). The conference featured speakers like Andy Stanley, Seth Godin, Gabe Lyons, Beth Moore, TD Jakes, and a bunch of other great and interesting people.

Tyndale was a sponsor of the 2010 Catalyst conference and several employees attended, including myself. We all had different goals, but mine was mostly to man our booth where we had some great books and Bibles displayed. Here are some highlights:

– Labs – The day before the main conference started in the arena there were smaller sessions with more focused topics being discussed. I was able to get away from our booth and attend a talk Jon Acuff was giving. He’s the creator of the “Stuff Christians Like” (http://stuffchristianslike.net/)  blog and author of the book Stuff Christians Like. He had some really great points on creating good stories and using stories as an impacting tool.

–  Project 7 was one of the exhibitors, they had several booths around the arena and they gave away free coffee throughout the entire conference.  They are doing some great work, check out their website – http://www.project7.com/

– Meeting great people: With all the work going through email, Twitter, and Facebook, it was nice to get to talk and meet with people face to face. Electronic communication is great, but it can never replace the feeling of a firm handshake, shared laughter, or a question answered face to face.

– Giving away books: Many people were excited about the new Tony Dungy book The Mentor Leader and asked about purchasing it. We weren’t able to sell books at this conference, but we did take names and will be sending out some signed copies to some random lucky winners. Beth Moore was a speaker at the conference and we’ll be giving away a few signed copies of her book, So Long, Insecurity, to some random booth visitors as well.

– Seth Godin: The first name that popped out to my while preparing for Catalyst was Seth Godin.  I often read his blog and recently read his book Linchpin, and was excited to hear him speak. He is one of those people that after you hear him speak you just want to get to work right away at being a world changer.

– One of the most picked up books at our booth was Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask by Mark Mittelberg. Lots of young leaders are very interested in different perspectives on tough questions that are often avoided. You can read more about the book here – http://www.tyndale.com/The-Questions-Christians-Hope-No-One-Will-Ask/9781414315911

– NLT: We got lots of great comments about the NLT. Lots of people expressed how much they love the clarity of the translation. A few even commented that it helped to revive their Bible reading.

My favorite moment from Catalyst courtesy of Chick-fil-A

And we can’t forget the human cannonball…