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Monthly Archives: August 2011

ACFW Conference Appointments: Ashley Clark

Remember that high school feeling of getting caught talking in class? Maybe it wasn’t your fault. Maybe your friend in the seat beside you wanted to cheat, and you were actually saying, “No, I will not give you my answers,” … Continue reading

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Elevating Your Elevator Pitch

by Janice Thompson You’re wrapping up the best book you’ve ever written. It’s all you can think about. You can’t wait to go to that next conference to meet with an editor or agent. However, you realize that your face … Continue reading

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If it weren’t for writer’s conferences . . .

Maureen Lang I wonder how many authors I know, myself included, would be published today without having been to a writer’s conference? The publishing industry has always been a competitive field. According to one study I read, approximately 80% of … Continue reading

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Headed to Conference? A Tour of St. Louis

 September 22-25 is the American Christian Fiction Writers conference in St. Louis, Missouri. The Hyatt is the smaller building on the left of the Arch. That’s where we’ll be staying. If you walk out the building and turn right it’s … Continue reading

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ACFW Volunteer Spotlight

Another outstanding volunteer for ACFW is Dorothy Featherling, one of the founders of the CenTex chapter. She served as the president of that ACFW chapter for four years. She is one of the members responsible for making contact and networking … Continue reading

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Genesis Success Stories

Would you believe that around 75 Genesis finalists have gone on to become published–and a number of them multi-published? I thought it might be encouraging to hear from some of these people who have walked where you not-yet-published writers are … Continue reading

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Keep Juggling – Using a Chart to Track Writing Goals

One of the biggest surprises of being published was the juggling act. Before publication, I’d get a story idea, research it, plot it, write it, and edit it. Then I’d start my next project. After my first contract, that all changed. I’m … Continue reading

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Meet Me at Conference — Lena Nelson Dooley

It’s the high point of my year and has been since the first regional conference in Houston before we had national conferences. I was blessed to be one of the speakers at that conference. This is a picture of everyone … Continue reading

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Are You Dancing? Jim Rubart

Are you doing the ACFW conference fence dance? You know, the one where you’re on the fence not sure if you’re coming or not. If you are on the white picket right now, I can relate. I’ve done that rumba. … Continue reading

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The Genesis Contest leads to Publication

Every year I look forward to September and the ACFW conference. It’s is my absolute favorite writers’ conference. Besides the wonderful workshops, continuing education classes and learning about the latest in the publishing industry, it’s like a huge family reunion. … Continue reading

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New Releases for August 2011

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. A Horseman’s Heart by Myra Johnson — Romance from Barbour/Heartsong. When Kip Lorimer shows up with a horse to donate to the family’s equine therapy … Continue reading

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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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