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Monthly Archives: December 2012

A Plan for 2013: Getting to THE END and Pressing SEND

by Kathleen Y’Barbo As the saying goes, all good things come to an end, be it a year or a book. I sit in the shadow of a Christmas tree now devoid of gifts and dropping needles like crazy, painfully … Continue reading

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Whose Fault Is It If Your Book Doesn’t Sell in 2013?

by Greg Johnson WordServe Literary Group After representing a couple of thousand books, I’ve seen average books go through the roof, and great books struggle to find readers. I won’t name names or titles, but we’ve all scratched our heads … Continue reading

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What Are You Waiting For?

by Jill Williamson As writers, we’re always waiting for something. Putting in time to finish that book and hone our craft. Waiting for our critique partners to read our book. Waiting for a conference where we’ll get a chance to … Continue reading

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Bring on the New Year!

by DiAnn Mills This is the season we prepare our writing goals for the next year. Some of you are cringing … I can feel it. Others are moaning … I can hear it. But if we don’t evaluate our … Continue reading

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Passion to Publish

by Jill Elizabeth Nelson If I say, I will not make mention of [the Lord] or speak any more in His name, in my mind and heart it is as if there were a burning fire shut up in my … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas

Wishing you a blessed Christmas and wonderful New Year! Remember the reason for the season…

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A Call To Write

by Linda Robinson Writing was not in my plans. Notice I said MY plans. I’m long past my prime. I can only imagine the joy and fulfillment I’ve missed by not avidly seeking God’s plan for my life long ago. … Continue reading

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The Art of Collaboration

By Colleen Coble Collaboration. It can strike terror into the hearts of writers everywhere. We writers tend to be an independent lot, but collaboration is at the heart of everything I do, and it will help you if you accept … Continue reading

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Blessings

by Natasha Kern In this season for appreciating our many gifts and blessings, I wanted to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for the blessing of ACFW. When I first began agenting in 1986 way back before email or … Continue reading

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Writing Category Romances

By Margaret Daley I have been writing for Steeple Hill’s Love Inspired line since 2000 and have enjoyed creating over forty Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense books. Writing for a category inspirational romance publisher has challenged me and helped … Continue reading

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Seven Things I Learned by Failing NaNoWriMo

by Lacie Nezbeth December is newly upon us, and that means there are oodles of NaNoer’s out there either celebrating or trying to forget November ever existed. I admit to being in the second group. This was the first year … Continue reading

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Editorial Guilt and Other Musings

by Ramona Richards Abingdon Press It’s clichéd but true: One of the greatest joys for an editor is to find that new voice, that special talent that leads to a long career. We love discovering new writers, which is why … Continue reading

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Pregnancy, Birth, and the Writing Life

PREGNANT My best friend is 38 weeks pregnant. As I’ve walked alongside her through this miraculous journey, I’ve been struck by certain similarities between pregnancy, birth, and the writing life. PREGNANCY – My friend now waddles when she walks. Her … Continue reading

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I Second That Emotion

by Bonnie S. Calhoun That title is a line from one of my favorite songs. And I know it dates me but the thought is what counts. When you are crafting a scene, one of the necessary elements is the … Continue reading

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Stopping for a Story

by Rachel Hauck Over on Southernbelleview where I blog with a fine host of southern writers, our Friday Belle, Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, wrote, “The whole world stops for a story.” Her words hit me square in the heart. How true! … Continue reading

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