March 2014 Posts

Behind the Scenes of the Printing of Francine Rivers’s new novel, Bridge to Haven

We have something a little special for this month’s What’s Happening Wednesday blog. It’s always interesting to get a sneak peek of any industry. So today we thought we’d invite you into our own secret club and share a behind-the-scenes glimpse from the printing of Bridge to Haven, the latest novel by New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers.

Because pictures are worth a thousand words, let’s walk through the printing process with some photos that, in my opinion, are stunning.

Did you know that, as with many other products out there (including most technology today), books are produced in parts that are combined together at the end? This assembly line process isn’t a new concept, but it’s definitely not how I imagined a book was made as a little girl—though my active imagination could probably be to blame. 🙂

See these large rolls of paper below? If you were to look closely, you’d see they are in fact large reams that will become the printed pages of the book.

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Before you is the hardcover jacket laid out as it appears just after printing. After the ink sets, this will wrap around the hardcover of the book (known to the industry as the case side) to create the final hardcover product you see lining bookshelves.

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Speaking of the case side, look at that pretty blue case. If you slip the jacket off the hardcover, this is what you will find.

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As mentioned before, the book is printed and manufactured in parts. But did you know that the actual paper within the book is produced in segments as well? Each segment of 16 pages is called a signature. The hardcover of Bridge to Haven, for example, requires 30 signatures to make up the full page count.

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And without further ado, the final product:


It’s amazing the journey each book must go through after the words have been written and polished.

What do you think of the process? Did we change any of your perceptions on how a book is assembled?

Now that you know how the book was made, you could win one for yourself! As we inch toward the April 22 release of Bridge to Haven, enter now to win your own copy. The giveaway will be open until April 22.

Prizes include:

* One grand prize winner will receive a hardcover copy of Bridge to Haven and their choice of a softcover copy from her backlist.

Options include A Lineage of Grace (anthology), Sons of Encouragement (anthology), The Atonement Child, The Scarlet Thread, The Last Sin Eater, Leota’s Garden, And the Shofar Blew A Voice in the Wind, An Echo in the Darkness, As Sure as the Dawn,  Her Mother’s Hope, Her Daughter’s Dream

* One runner-up will receive a hardcover copy of Bridge to Haven.

To make things interesting, if we hit 5,000 entries, we will give away 3 more hardcover copies of Bridge to Haven.

With more prizes, your odds of winning INCREASE! So be sure to share the contest with friends, family, etc.!


If you have issues using the widget below to enter the contest, try multiple browsers (Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, etc.). If you still run into issues, feel free to leave a comment and we will get back to you.


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Check back on the blog in the next month, as we’ll be celebrating our countdown to this release with many other fun giveaways and prizes!

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The Wayfinding Bible Is Announced as an ECPA 2014 Christian Book Award® Finalist

The Wayfinding Bible from Tyndale House Publishers has been selected as a finalist for the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s (ECPA) 2014 Christian Book Award®. – read more here.

Check out this Bible for yourself at


The Wayfinding Bible (promo video) from MardelTV on Vimeo.

Kid Talk Tuesday: Guest Post by Dandi Daley Mackall

This week’s guest post is from author Dandi Daley Mackall, you can learn more about her at her website, or follow her on Facebook or Twitter.


Why do I write for kids? Seriously, with my name (Dandi Daley before I met the wonderful Mr. Mackall) what else could I do? Invent a candy bar (Dandi Candy)? I had big plans when I enrolled in journalism at the University of Missouri—I’d start my own newspaper, The Dandi Daily.

God had other plans.

I didn’t start out writing for children. Instead, for 7 years I wrote humor and inspirationals for grownups.

And then I had kids! Suddenly, I began to think as a child, to hear children’s voices in my head, and to feel I could reach those little people. When my children were little, I wrote a baby book (an earlier version of God Made Me!), then board books (like Little Blessings series). My kids grew, and I wrote picture books, then easy readers, then chapter books (like Backyard Horses), then middle-grade novels (Winnie the Horse Gentler), then young adult novels (Starlight Animal Rescue) . . . and now, I get to write for absolutely every age—even adults.

I love kids. The first time I did a public school visit, I walked into a kindergarten class and asked, “What does God look like?” Every hand went up. One little girl answered: “God is really, really, really old . . . like 23. But he never looks a day older every time you see him.” I asked, “What makes God angry?” A 5-year-old boy answered, “When his creations don’t turn out too good . . . like cockroaches and my brother.”

You can’t kid a kid. And that forces me, as a children’s author, to be as honest as a child, to present God’s complex truths simply and clearly. I get to explore God’s creation because kids are enthralled with nature and animals. When I wrote The One Year Devos for Animal Lovers: Cool Things Animals Show Us About Our Creator, I gained a new appreciation for God’s handiwork.

And now I’ve written My Bible Animals Storybook, and I learned that: a giraffe has 7 bones in its long neck, and so do we; sparrows, mainly the boys, sing 21 different tunes; and if you could get 17 daddies to stand on each other’s heads, the daddy on top could touch a blue whale’s nose and the daddy on the bottom could touch its tail (as long as the whale agrees).

I get to become a child.

I have come up with a Top Ten list of reasons why I write for children:

1. I believe God wants me to!
2. Christianity is always one generation away from extinction.
3 I am “forced” to experience God’s world as a child. (“Then he [Jesus] said, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.’” Matthew 18:3)
4. I used to be a missionary; now, writing is my ministry.
5. Tackling big issues for little people keeps me honest and real.
6. Some families pull out my book for morning devotions, or bedtime, or at Christmas or Easter. One Australian reader of the horse series emails me on Winnie’s and Lizzy’s and Catman’s birthdays. What a privilege to be part of their lives!
7. I get to ride my horse and play with our dogs, and it’s all research!
8. I have a built-in excuse for playing with children.
9. I get to tell stories (in books).
10. I write for children because they write me. I love hearing from readers. Some of the letters begin: “Dear Winnie.” Others come from readers who need to “talk.”


I write for children because sometimes I can feel God smiling along with me as I write, as I think, and as I read my mail. I’ll never get a big ego because kids are too honest . . . like the girl who had me going: “Dear Dandi, I love your books! You are my favorite author. I read Starlight Animal Rescue and all of your books over and over again, and I want to read everything you’ve written at least 10 times each. I feel like your characters are my best friends. And besides, since my guinea pig died, I have nothing else to do.

Who wouldn’t you want to write for children?

E-Book Deal Alert: Barnes & Noble First in Series for $2.99!

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Breach of Trust by Diane Mills
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Kid Talk Tuesday: One Year Prize Pack Giveaway!

This week’s guest post is from Linda MacKillop, publishing coordinator.

Don’t miss your chance to win a One Year prize pack!  See details at the end of this post.


It’s March and your kids probably have had a few snow days this winter. For some of you, that’s an understatement. How many playdates can you organize with friends? How many trips to the movie theatre or the mall before the bank account is depleted? How many snowmen can the kids build and snowballs can they throw before everyone needs a warm activity that doesn’t involve a computer screen or a power cord?

Let us introduce you to one of our new and fun devotional products: The One Year Book of Bible Trivia for Kids. Test your Bible knowledge while introducing your kids to Bible trivia in a fun and challenging way – guaranteed to challenge the parents, too! The kids can read this independently, with family around the dinner table, at bedtime, or with friends.


The One Year Book of Bible Trivia for Kids provides multiple choice questions for all 365 days of the year while providing a great teaching resource for family devotions.

Here are a few sample questions from the devotional. The first question makes most family drama seem like an argument over who forgot to the put the top back on the milk carton!

God’s Revenge
Q. Who killed all but one of his 70 brothers in order to be in power? (Talk about family conflict…)




Whichever answer you chose, the author stresses the point that it’s okay to have goals, but it’s not okay to hurt others to achieve those goals.

Here’s another sample. Imagine another family squabble when someone takes a video game or a lego spaceship from a sibling and they have to pay a percentage of their loot.

Pay it Back
Q. According to the Book of Numbers, if a person took something from another person, he was to return it plus an additional ____________.

4 percent

10 percent

20 percent

This Old Testament solution might put a quick stop to thievery in your house!

And then there’s the punishment for complaining in the Old Testament:

Miriam is Punished
Q. When Miriam complained against Moses, she was:

a.       Struck with blindness

b.      Became paralyzed

c.       Was stricken with leprosy


Isn’t there an option d? These all sound a little hard. But the moral of the story is that when God appoints someone to take care of us, he expects each one of us to respect their authority. Do you see the potential conversations these trivia questions would produce in your home?

To find out the answer to these questions and more (and while you wait for spring) pick up a copy of The One Year Book of Bible Trivia for Kids. The whole family will have an opportunity to brush up on their Bible facts!

One Year Prize Pack Giveaway 3-18-14

Want to win free books? Leave a comment and include your answer to the Miriam is Punished question above.  If you answer correctly, you’ll be entered in to a drawing for a One Year prize pack including a copy of The One Year Book of Bible Trivia for Kids.  We’ll choose a winner on 3/24!