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Mike Nappa: Career Highlights

Bestsellers

• A Heart Like His (#7—CBA bestseller)

• The Prayer of Jesus (#13—CBA bestseller)

• An Introduction to Family Nights (#20—CBA bestseller)

• 52 Fun Family Devotions (#15—Amazon.com “Inspirational” Category bestseller)

• Who Moved My Church? (#35—Amazon.com “Christian Living/Stewardship” Category bestseller)

• The Jesus Survey (#39—Amazon.com “Youth Ministry” Category bestseller)

• 77 Reasons Why Your Book Was Rejected (#78Amazon.com "Writing/Writing Skills" Category bestseller)

Notable Achievements & Awards

• Over 1 million copies of Mike Nappa’s books have been sold worldwide.

• Winner: 2013 Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year Award. (For The Jesus Survey book.)

• Winner: 2009 Campbell Award of Excellence. (For Group’s Hands-On Bible Curriculum; editorial team award.)

• Winner: 2009 Moose Award for marketing copywriting excellence. Awarded by Group Publishing.

• Winner: 2007 “Best TV Pilot” Faith and Values Screenwriting Award. (For the animated cartoon, "Twilight Rising.")

• Winner: 2002 Silver Angel Award, from Excellence in Media. (For The Courage to be Christian book.)

• Winner: 2001 Higher Goals in Christian Journalism” Award, from the Evangelical Press Association. (For Johnny Grav & The Visioneer children’s comic, “Best Cartoon” category.)

• Winner: 2000 Year’s Best Resources. Awarded by Christian Parenting Today magazine. (For Lunch Box Trivia & Lunch Box Promises children’s books.)

• Winner: 2000 Studyweb.com Educational Excellence Award. (For Nappaland.com “The Free Internet Magazine for Families.”)

• Winner: 1994 ECPA Gold Medallion Award. (For Group’ Hands-On Bible Curriculum; editorial team award.)

• Finalist: 2011 Page International Screenwriting Awards. (For "Jesse’s Den" TV pilot.)

• Finalist: 2003 "Higher Goals in Christian Journalism” Award, from the Evangelical Press Association. (For Johnny Grav & The Visioneer children’s comic, “Best Cartoon” category.)

• Finalist: 2002 ECPA Gold Medallion Award. (For Family Nights Tool Chest series.)

• Finalist: 2002 “Higher Goals in Christian Journalism” Award, from the Evangelical Press Association. (For Johnny Grav & The Visioneer children’s comic, “Best Cartoon” category.)

• Mike has been the supervising and acquisitions editor for several bestselling and award-winning authors within the CBA industry, including Alton Ganksy, Dr. Timothy Paul Jones, Sharon Carter Rogers, Nancy Moser, and Tim Wesemann.

• Mike’s work’s been translated into several languages worldwide, including Dutch, German, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish.

• In 2000, a contest for Mike’s serialized comic in Clubhouse Magazine set the magazine’s "Highest Reader Response Record.” As of 2013, that record still stands. Woohoo! (For Johnny Grav & The Visioneer children’s comic.)

Books with Significant Sales

Books that Mike Nappa has authored/coauthored have collectively sold more than 1 million copies. A partial listing of his top-selling books is as follows:

• An Introduction to Family Nights (ChariotVictor/ David C. Cook) 137,000 units sold

• 52 Fun Family Devotions (Augsburg Books) 115,000 units sold

• Hometown Nazareth: iGrow Chart (Group VBS) 83,000 units sold

• Family Nights: Basic Christian Beliefs (ChariotVictor/ David C. Cook) 67,000 units sold

• A Heart Like His (Barbour Publishing) 58,000 units sold

• Lunch Box… children’s book series (Bean Sprouts/Standard) (three books) 48,000 units sold

• The Prayer of Jesus (Barbour) 45,000 units sold

• Family Nights: Christian Character Qualities (ChariotVictor/ David C. Cook) 41,000 units sold

• 1995-1996 Student Plan-It Devotional Calendar (Group Publishing) 40,000 units sold

• Who Moved My Church? (RiverOak/ David C. Cook) (novella) 35,000 units sold

• 1992-1993 Student Plan-It Devotional Calendar (Group Publishing) 35,000 units sold

• Zachary’s Zoo (Zonderkidz) (children’s book) 33,000 units sold

• The Heart of a Father (Barbour) 25,000 units sold

• Heartwarming Christmas Stories (RiverOak/ David C. Cook) 21,000 units sold

• Bore No More (Group) 20,000 units sold

• Get Real: Making Core Christian Beliefs Relevant to Teens (Group) 18,000 units sold

• What I Wish My Youth Leader Knew About Youth Ministry: A National Survey (Standard) 17,000 units sold

• Tuesdays with Matthew (RiverOak/David C. Cook) (novel) 16,000 units sold

• Legacy of Joy: A Devotional for Dads (Barbour) 16,000 units sold

• A Mind Like His (Barbour) 14,000 units sold

Significant Positions within the Publishing Industry

• President/Publisher, Nappaland Communications Inc. and FamilyFans.com “The Free E-Magazine for Parents”

• Chief Literary Agent, Nappaland Literary Agency (a division of Nappaland Communications Inc.)

• Editor in Chief, Ultimate Escapes DESTINATION Magazine

• Senior Creative Specialist in Marketing Copywriting, Group Publishing

• Acquisitions & Editorial Director of Suspense Fiction, Barbour Publishing

• Acquisitions Editor, David C. Cook

• Acquisitions Editor, Group Publishing

• Contributing Editor, CBA Frontline magazine

• Judge, Christy Awards (for excellence in Christian fiction)

• Movie Critic/Radio Personality (weekly), KPXQ Radio Station (Phoenix, AZ)

• Columnist/Cultural Commentator, HomeLife magazine

• Columnist/Parenting Expert, Focus on the Family magazine (Growing Years Edition)

• Columnist/Music Critic, FaithWorks magazine

• Columnist, ParentLife magazine, Living with Teenagers magazine, Christian Single magazine, Youth 97, 98 magazine, CBN.com

• Regular Contributor (Celebrity Features), Crosswalk.com

• Regular Contributor (Feature Articles & Reviews), CBA Marketplace magazine

• Regular Contributor (children’s fiction and comics), Focus on the Family Clubhouse magazine

• Music critic, CCM magazine

• Contributor, Writer's Digest magazine

Significant Media Coverage

The following is a partial list of places that have covered Mike Nappa and/or his work in their publications or broadcasts:
• People magazine

• US News & World Report

• Publisher’s Weekly

• Marriage Partnership (cover story)

• 2012 Guide to Literary Agents

• CBA Marketplace

• Christian Retailing

• CBA Frontline

• The 700 Club television show (twice)

• Decision Today syndicated radio program

• MOPS Momsense and First Edition syndicated radio programs

• Focus on the Family syndicated radio program

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