Saturday, April 18, 2009

Girls in the Sisterhood!

Wanna be in the July issue of SUSIE Mag? 
Send me your favorite Bible verse and tell me WHY it's important to you (in one short paragraph!), and we'll select some to be placed on the SUSIE Mag Web site to complement our July issue!

So here's the scoop:
• Send your fave Scripture, along with your ONE paragraph only, and a high-rez photo of yourself to: by May 4.

• Label your e-mail JULY Bible Verse.

• Give your first name, your age, your city and state (or province, country).

• You can only send in one.

• Do it NOW!

If you haven't scrolled down to watch the funny video clips, be sure you do that. And if you have questions about the magazine, read the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.

Love you, Girls!
Susie Shellenberger, Editor

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Girls in the Sisterhood:

If you'll scroll down, you can read FAQs (frequently asked questions) I'm getting about SUSIE Mag. And here's the latest for our Canadian readers:

• I used to get Brio. How can I get my money back?
I just talked with Focus Canada and guess what? They're one step ahead of you. They're already sending a refund to every single person who had a current subscription to Brio or to Brio & Beyond. (If you didn't pay for it, it will go to whomever DID pay for it. For example, if your grandma bought your subscription, she'll get the refund.) So watch your mail!  

If you're in the U.S. and were getting Brio and would like a refund, you'll need to call: 1-800-232-6459. Focus will be glad to send it to you, but you won't automatically get it. You DO have to ask for it.

Scroll on down to see the funny video clips and to read other FAQs about SUSIE Mag.

You are loved, Girls!
Susie Shellenberger

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Wonder what it's like working with SUSIE!?!

"Whatever you do, whether word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus!" Col. 3:17

Friday, April 3, 2009

Our first issue of SUSIE Mag went to the printer yesterday (April 2). 
I saw the electronic color files, and it looks great! 

I can't wait for you girls in the SISTERHOOD to get your first issue (May).

I'm getting a lot of the same questions, so I'll answer them right now:

• Will I automatically get SUSIE Mag if I was getting Brio?
No, you won't. You have to actually subscribe to SUSIE Mag to receive it. That's because Brio was published by Focus on the Family. They decided to stop publishing teen magazines, so SUSIE Mag isn't connected with Focus. But you CAN call Focus at 1-800-232-6459 and ask for a Brio refund. They'll be glad to refund your money. But you DO have to ask for it. Your refund won't be automatically sent to you.

• I was getting Brio & Beyond. Will SUSIE Mag meet my needs as an older girl?
Yes. SUSIE Mag is combining all teen girls into one sisterhood. It's geared for girls 13 to 19. It will cover ALL the teen years. If you're a college student, you'll see some stuff inside specifically geared for you—stuff about college, relationships and more. If you're a younger reader, you'll love the stuff geared more to your age group—stuff like crafts, quizzes and fiction.

• How come it's called SUSIE Mag?
To be honest, I felt really weird about that. But before launching this new magazine, I met with lots of professional people who are experts at marketing and branding. Guess what? Every single one of them advised me to name it SUSIE Mag. I kept saying, "No. That's weird." And they explained that when starting something new, you want to begin with familiarity. Because lots of Christian girls used to read Brio and know my name from that, they would recognize my name and quickly make the connection. They explained this way we'd be starting with a strong, recognizable factor. I still hesitated. But after praying and finally deciding to listen to the professionals who make a living at marketing this kind of stuff, I gave in. And it's funny . . . only about three people have asked me about it. And just so you know: Unlike Oprah, you'll never see me on the cover! ha

• How do we subscribe?
You can subscribe with a credit card at:

• I live outside of North America. I tried to subscribe, but the Web site looks like it only takes subscriptions from the U.S. and Canada. How can I get the new mag?
Unfortunately, right now our Web site is only set up to take North American subscriptions. BUT . . . we want the new mag to go anywhere anyone wants it. You CAN still subscribe, and we've received subscriptions from Spain, France, England, Mexico, India. But you have to actually send a U.S. check or money order or even U.S. cash to sign up. And believe it: I've actually received cash safely! Send it to: Susie Shellenberger Ministries
3741 Bloomington Street #4
Colorado Springs, CO 80922

And I'll personally sign you up!

• We love the hilarious video clips of you and the SUSIE Mag interns with your dog. What kind is he? And what happened to your other dog, Bosco?
Ah, my beloved Bosco! He was a 160-lb. Saint Bernard and truly a gentle giant! He died of a heart attack in September. I love big dogs, and I really wanted another one. But I was afraid if I got another big dog, I'd always be comparing him to Bosco. So I decided to go the opposite direction and get a little guy. He's a mini-Schnauzer, and I named him Obadiah (but I call  him Obie). He's only 15 lbs. and he's really a sweetie. I love him. The video clips are still on here. I think you probably have to scroll down, but they're here.

Girls, if you have more questions, please feel free to ask! But if you haven't yet subscribed to the mag, you need to do it NOW! Our first issue is already at the printer. 

And what a GREAT gift this would be for a friend. Consider signing up one of your gal pals to show her how much you care!

I love you!
Susie Shellenberger, Editor