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14B Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Morrow shares devotional book in unusual places Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Writing a book is a huge accomplishment, but typing "The End" is really just the beginning. Local author Judy Morrow saw her llth book published last November, and a year later she is still promoting it. "Word of mouth is still the best," she said, as she discussed her book and marketing efforts during an interview last week. Judy has spent the past 13 months doing book signings, speaking at luncheons and being interviewed on national radio programs to help promote her book "The Listening Heart: Hearing God in Prayer." A book signing is scheduled for this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Epilog Books in Quincy. But Judy also takes a nontraditional approach to marketing. "I hate the word 'promotion,'" she said, with a smile. So Judy has taken to viewing the process as ministry and uses everyday encounters as opportunities to share her book. A customer service representative at AT&T, appliance salespeople at Lowe's and a cleaning lady at the Reno airport are just a few of the people who now know about her book. When people learn that Judy is a writer, the next question is usually "What do you Write?" "It opens doors when people find out I'm a writer," she said. This is Judy's first book on prayer; she previously wrote a volume that dealt with pregnancy loss, followed by nine gift books. Judy's books have all been published by traditional publishing houses, but authors today are still responsible for much of the marketing. To date, sales remain low, a result of millions of books being published annually, so it's a challenge for a book to stand out among the rest. "It's not about the money; my joy comes from when people write to me or stop me in town to tell me how much the book has meant to them," Judy said. As the new year approaches, this is the prime time for a book like Judy's to sell, because it is a daily devotional. "It's the perfect Christmas gift, because it reminds the recipient of the giver every day of the year," Jufly said. Many of her readers have purchased multiple copies to give to their friends and family members. People frequently use the beginning of a new year for self-improvement -- often it's a commitment to healthful eating and regular exercise -- but for those who want to focus on their spiritual lives, Judy's daily devotional provides the perfect starting point. Beginning with Jan. 1, the Judy Morrow will be signing her book "The Listening Heart" this p.m. at Epilog Books in Quincy. Photo submitted book offers a daily Bible verse that corresponds with the day's devotion. Judy began recording her conversations with God in spiral notebooks in early 2001. She had always prayed, but as she faced the end of her marriage and other personal challenges, she turned to God for help like never before. A decade later, she had filled 34 spiral notebooks with God's encouragement to her. During a Christian writers' SEATS, r conference in 2012, Judy submitted some excerpts from her prayer journals and drew the immediate interest of two publishers, Within a year, she had signed a contract and began compiling her book, pulling the entries from her notebooks. There might be a sequel to "The Listening Heart," but not until she fills more spiral notebooks; she just completed journal No. 40. What began as a plea for help during a particularly trying time in Judy's life has Saturday, Dec. 13, from 1 to 4 become the source of her greatest joy. "So many people think that prayer is just asking for what we need and want, but it's much more than that. It's a personal conversation with our very loving God," Judy said. Judy's prayer is that 2015 will be a new beginning for many as they discover what she recently penned in her prayer journal: "Prayer is simply being with the One who loves you most and loving Him back." Library group ' reports results of book sale The Quincy Friends of the Plumas County Library's recent book sale generated $1,507.75 in proceeds. Proceeds from the book sales are used for library enhancements, say organizers. Projects are ongoing and proceeds will continue to provide services for the library patrons of all ages. The group sorts the nonfiction books by category and fiction books -- both hardback and paperback --- are in alphabetical order by the first initial of the author's last name for easier shopping. Library patrons can also order books from Zip Books, a grant-funded program through the California State : Library. Books or audiobo0ks, that are not available at the : library can be ordered through this grant. Patrons can ask the library staff about this free service. There is a brief request form that needs to be completed and then the book is ordered and sent directly to the patron's address. When the patron is finished reading the book, he or she returns it to the library, where it might be added to the collection, or chooses to purchase it. The grant runs through June 2015. Those interested in becoming members of the Quincy Friends of the Plumas' County Library may complete.a form at the library or contact Diann Jewett, 283-3873. Gently used books are always welcome; books may be donated at the front desk of the library during regular business hours or by calling Jewett to arrange a donation pickup. The next sale will be held Feb. 5, 6 and 7, 2015. Your advertisement: mail@plumasnews.com