MAI is expanding its global publisher training with the launch of free monthly webinars. “While MAI considerson-site face-to-face training as most effective for helping to grow words of life in the hearts and soil of readers worldwide, we see webinars as an effective tool to broaden and multiply our reach,” said Ramon Rocha, Director of Publisher Development.

Dan Balow and Carlo Carrenho will co-lead the first webinar on December 12, “Thinking and Doing Digital Publishing: Should Christian publishers create ebooks and how can they publish them?” Dan is former publisherfor eChristian—a digital online retail store of eBooks, audio, video and also a print book and audio book publisher. Herecently joined the Steve Laube Agency as a publishing development consultant and also an author agent. Carlo is a founding partner of Publish News, based in São Paulo, Brazil. He has extensive experience as a publishing consultant, trade journalist, and digital technology expert.

Tony Wales will cover “Bookselling Success for Publishers: Learn best practices in book selling” in a January 14 webinar. He is a global publishing consultant based in Oxford, England, and retired international rights director for Lion Hudson.

Barine Kirimi of Kenya will facilitate the February 18 webinar, “Leadership in Publishing: Be the Christian publishing leader who makes a difference in helping expand God’s Kingdom.” He is a publishing consultant and the founding director of a nonprofit training agency, the Publishing Institute of Africa. Kirimi is the former CEO of Evangel Publishing House.

In many countries, Christians in publishing are isolated with few opportunities for professional development. Webinars offer a platform to connect writers, editors and publishers with the world’s best trainers. MAI’s

interactive webinars will include polls, surveys and time for questions. Sessions will be recorded for on-demand access after the live webcast.

All webinars will begin at 8 AM Central Time. Deadline for registration is 7 days before each webinar date. Register online now for the December 12 webinar, “Thinking and Doing Digital Publishing.

MAI equips and nurtures talented men and women who have a passion for producing Christian literature for their own people. Since our founding in 1985, MAI has equipped local Christians in nearly 60 countries on 5 continents. As a result, we’ve seen budding writers developed, publishing houses grown, periodicals begun and books and magazines produced that speak to the hearts of readers in their own languages. Learn more at