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Monthly Archives: August 2011

Real in Fiction; Choosing Actual Locations for Your Novels

By Eva Marie Everson Several years ago, after the success of the Potluck books, set in imaginary Summit View, Colorado, my editor and I decided to focus on Southern fiction because y’all, I know the South. My first Southern novels … Continue reading

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Forty Days of Prayer: Day Thirty Four

Please join us in today’s prayer, written by a member of ACFW’s Forty Days of Prayer team. Those teaching elective classes Prov. 8:1–Does not wisdom call, and understanding lift up her voice? Heavenly Father, thank you for those who are … Continue reading

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Blueprint for Success: Donna Rich

A blueprint works? The bad news: I can’t give you a blueprint. The good news: I can share my experience. Overcome Rejection – I’m not wanted My first rejection came in 1978. I had submitted a nonfiction book to Baker … Continue reading

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Forty Days of Prayer: Day Thirty Five

Please join us in today’s prayer, written by a member of ACFW’s Forty Days of Prayer team. The praise band as they practice and lead worship Psalm 150:6–Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord! Father God, … Continue reading

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Forty Days of Prayer: Day Thirty Six

Please join us in today’s prayer, written by a member of ACFW’s Forty Days of Prayer team. Those teaching continuous education Psalm 28:7a–The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. Father … Continue reading

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ACFW Volunteer Spotlight

Another volunteer we depend on is Sally Bradley. She has agreed to head up our 40 days of prayer for the conference again–she has done it in the past. The prayers right before conference are such an inspiration for us. … Continue reading

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Calling all ACFW for extroverts…or extrovert wannabees

You know that talkative personality? The one that drives your friends and family crazy? Did you realize it is a gift? Well it is, and there’s no better place to let that gift shine than at an ACFW conference. I … Continue reading

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Forty Days of Prayer: Day Thirty Seven

Please join us in today’s prayer, written by a member of ACFW’s Forty Days of Prayer team. ACFW members unable to attend conference Jeremiah 29:11–For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare … Continue reading

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Forty Days of Prayer: Day Thirty Eight

Please join us in today’s prayer, written by a member of ACFW’s Forty Days of Prayer team. Keynote Speaker Tracie Peterson Jeremiah 1:9–Then the Lord stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me, Behold, … Continue reading

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Forty Days of Prayer: Day Thirty Nine

Please join us in today’s prayer, written by a member of ACFW’s Forty Days of Prayer team. The Conference Committee Romans 15:5–Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one … Continue reading

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Forty Days of Prayer: Day Forty

Please join us in today’s prayer, written by a member of ACFW’s Forty Days of Prayer team. God’s presence and blessing at the conference Psalm 127:1–Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the … Continue reading

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Polishing Your Opening Chapters

Are you headed to the ACFW conference or preparing to submit your proposal to an agent and editor? If so, you need to polish those first three chapters until they shine. The synopsis, marketing ideas, platform and bio are important, … Continue reading

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Librarians–Authors’ Best Friends

By Mary Ellis Often writers are curious to learn which marketing and publicity ideas work for other writers and which do not. I, too, am curious about the very same thing. We blog and interview on various blog-sites; we e-mail … Continue reading

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ACFW Volunteer Spotlight

Another volunteer whom I’m privileged to spotlight is Jan Warren, a member of WIN-ACFW. Jan Warren was one of the founding members of WIN, the first ACFW local chapter. She was the original “Rose Lady” who presented silk roses in … Continue reading

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My ACFW Conference Journey

by Gina Conroy Since I started writing fiction seriously and pursuing publication in 2005, I never missed an ACFW conference…except last year. Each year my motivation to attend ACFW was different. Each year I had new goals and dreams. Each … Continue reading

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