Author Archives: ACFW

Top Ten Reasons for Going to ACFW Conference

So many good reasons come to mind as to why one should attend ACFW conferences. Here’s my TOP TEN LIST: Number 10: Memories you make. Number 9: Meeting old friends and making new ones you know by email only. Number … Continue reading

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Thank you, ACFW

One of the best things I ever did in my writing life was to join ACFW in February, 2000. DiAnn Mills urged me to join a group of writers who had just organized into the ACRW, American Christian Romance Writers. She then … Continue reading

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Changes in Publishing: an Optimist’s Perspective Chip MacGregor

Regarding the closing of Heartsong Presents, and the changes it means for Christian novelists, may I offer a perspective from a longtime literary agent? First, this isn’t really a surprise. Mass market fiction in print form is going away — … Continue reading

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Platform? Dineen Miller

We hear that word a lot these day–Platform. I confess, I used to cringe away from it. The whole concept seemed so overwhelming. Where did one begin? In February, my first nonfiction book, Winning Him Without Words, released. In July … Continue reading

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Making Research Fun: Sandra Robbins

Historical figures, timelines, vocabulary, police procedures, crime scene investigation, fashion–the list could go on forever. No matter what genre, every writer knows to craft a book that will hold the attention of readers he or she has to get the … Continue reading

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15 Reasons to Attend ACFW: Pam Hillman

How many reasons do you need to attend ACFW? Let the Seekers count the ways…. “Worshipping, fellowshipping, learning and networking with other Christian writers.” ~ Missy Tippens “I credit ACFW and their conference and contests and the connections I made … Continue reading

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Finding Fiction’s Media Connection by Cynthia Ruchti

I couldn’t see him. His studio was hundreds of miles from where I sat with my notes, bookmarked novel, and cup of tea. But even from that distance, I could hear the hesitation in his voice during our preinterview discussion. … Continue reading

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The ACFW Conference: Mountains and Valleys: Janice Thompson

Good morning everyone! I hope you’re having a happy Thursday. I’m a wee bit late getting this post up because I’ve been sick this week. Things are on the upswing, however! I wanted to share from my heart about some … Continue reading

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Advice for a Nervous Conference-Goer by Deborah Raney

A writer friend, who will be a first-time attendee for September’s ACFW conference, recently asked me for some advice after she started feeling jittery about the conference. I told her that the newbie orientation will be a great way to … Continue reading

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The Right & Left Way to Plan for Conference: Sarah Sundin

Are you a left-brained, list-making, analyzing, outline-oriented writer? Are you a right-brained, creative, spontaneous, seat-of-the-pants writer? Some combination? If you’re attending a writers’ conference, engage both halves of your brain and plan the right way–and the left way. The American … Continue reading

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Taking the High Road: DiAnn Mills

We writers would like to take the easiest and surest path to publication, but those distinctions contradict themselves. The surest path is often not the easiest to a bestseller. Good habits and a conscientious effort to work hard at our … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference: a Wise Business Investment Plus a Means to Mentor

I think the most common question I’ve been asked since being published has been, “How did you do it?” My answer is always, unequivocally, “With the help of others who were willing to mentor me.” The next question (especially if … Continue reading

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Do whatever it takes!

With the economy down and being on a fixed income, it looked doubtful that I would make the ACFW conference this year. I haven’t missed one since my first in 2005, and I couldn’t imagine missing this year’s. So what’s … Continue reading

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2011 Carol Award Finalists

ACFW announces finalists for Christian Fiction’s prestigious Carol Awards (Atlanta, GA) At ICRS, in a press conference hosted by ACFW and CBA, ACFW proudly announced the finalists in the Carol Awards. The Carol Awards evolved from ACFW’s Book of the … Continue reading

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SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE at ACFW Conference

In just two months, ACFW descends on St. Louis, for the annual conference. This will be my sixth year to attend, and I can’t imagine being a writer in the Christian market and NOT attending. It’s one of the highlights … Continue reading

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