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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Building a Better Relationship with your Editor

by Melissa Endlich An editor/author relationship can be just like a marriage-to get the most from it, you need to work at it. Here are some hints and tips to help create a great working relationship with your editor! • … Continue reading

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An Agent’s Tips for Your Manuscript

by Mary Sue Seymour The Seymour Agency I am looking for Amish romances and also inspirational historical romances. I have never circulated an Amish romance or inspy historical I haven’t sold to a major Christian publisher. I like to see … Continue reading

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Book Review: Springtime of the Spirit

Title: Springtime of the Spirit Author: Maureen Lang Publisher: Tyndale House Date: March 2011 ISBN: 978-1414324371 Genre: Historical Romance Reviewed by: Michelle Sutton Set after the Great War has ended, Springtime of the Spirit shows how there is little to … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Harvest of Grace

Title: The Harvest of Grace (An Ada’s House Novel, Book 3) Author: Cindy Woodsmall Publisher: Waterbrook Press Date: Aug 2011 ISBN: 978-1400073986 Genre: Contemporary Amish Reviewed by: Laura V. Hilton Sylvia Fisher loves Elam, but she isn’t sure she wants … Continue reading

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How You Respond to Change

by Allen Arnold Thomas Nelson, Inc. Let me cut to the chase. Do you embrace change or worry about it? Does the topic of change stir butterflies in your stomach or a sense of adventure in your soul? If you … Continue reading

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ACFW Volunteer Spotlight

The highlight of my week is announcing the person in the volunteer spotlight. This week it is Jennifer AlLee. She has been a volunteer at ACFW’s national conference. When I was the Volunteer Officer, I really appreciated that help at … Continue reading

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When Everything Stalls

By Sandra Heska King My first novel-to-be stalled last summer. Then I took a hammer to it. I haven’t even made writing goals for this year. Gasp! Well, except for pouring out words almost daily on my blog. June. I … Continue reading

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Close POV

I’m a big fan of first person novels. Though it seems hard for a writer to break into the market unless we have a story with two or more points of view. Still, many first person stories receive literary acclaim. … Continue reading

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My Word for 2012: Entre-Author

by Dina Sleiman The new hot thing this year seems to be coming up with one word to encapsulate your goals. Even before I noticed this trend, I had spotted my word in a quote from Mary DeMuth on Author … Continue reading

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Getting Published

By Terry Burns Hartline Literary There’s a concept we need to get a handle on, “Publishing isn’t a selection process . . . it is a survival process.” Really?- Yes, I believe the biggest secret to publishing is the ability … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Deadly Game

Title: A Deadly Game Author: Virginia Smith Publisher: Steeple Hill Books Date: 2011 ISBN: 978-0-373-44428-1 Genre: Romantic Suspense Reviewed by: Holly Wolfe It’s no mystery why Virginia Smith is enjoyable to read. A Deadly Game has likable characters, high stakes, … Continue reading

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GUM In Our Writing

by Martha Rogers As a former English instructor at both the high school and college levels, I am much more aware of the GUM of writing. That’s Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics for those who may not know. Grammar rules do … Continue reading

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Using GMC To Meet Your New Year Resolutions

by Tina Radcliffe Resolution: the act of resolving or determining upon an action or course of action, method, procedure, etc. (Dictionary.com) This is the time of year for all those writerly resolutions we add to our brand new, crisp moleskine … Continue reading

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The Scoop on Research

by DiAnn Mills Writing romantic suspense is my passion. I stay awake at night planning a story in which a strong and vibrant heroine attempts the impossible, the forbidden, or the dangerous for the good of others. She meets a … Continue reading

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ACFW Volunteer Spotlight

This week I’m excited to announce that Heidi Main is the volunteer in the spotlight. She has always been a willing volunteer at the annual conference, which is greatly appreciated. She also interviews writers for the Weekly Featured Author Spotlight … Continue reading

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