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Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Power of Casual Conversation at Conference

by S. Dionne Moore In preparation for conference season, let’s remember a very important factor. Round table talk. It’s like a tonic to those of us who are not extroverts by nature. Round table talk at conference meals is the … Continue reading

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Some basic questions about authors and agents…

by Chip MacGregor MacGregor Literary 1. “What’s the best way to find a literary agent?” In my view, a face-to-face meeting is best. And you may find that getting a referral from your friend (who happens to be agented) is … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Doctor’s Lady

Title: The Doctor’s Lady Author: Jody Hedlund Publisher: Bethany House Date: Sep 2011 ISBN: 978-0764208331 Genre: Historical Romance Reviewed by: Holly Weiss Adventure Moving Like a Strong Current Can you imagine wanting to minister to the west coast Native Americans … Continue reading

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ACFW Volunteer Spotlight

Casey Herringshaw is this week volunteer in the spotlight. Thank you for helping the ACFW Book Club. She helps read, review and lead the discussion of some of the book club’s monthly selections. She also volunteers at the ACFW conference … Continue reading

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WIP or RIP?

by Donna L. Rich When people ask me what I’m working on right now, sometimes, I have to stop and think (and count). I wonder if I have too many ideas or too many WIP’s going on at once. The … Continue reading

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Five Tips for Plotting a Romantic Suspense Novel

by Susan Sleeman In my December 8th post where I defined romantic suspense, I promised to share my top tips on how to plan a romantic suspense novel. But first, a quick recap on what makes a novel and romantic … Continue reading

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Finding Story

by Eva Marie Everson Have you ever read a book or watched a movie and wondered where the writer came up with such a story? I do. The more complex the story, the more I marvel. Or, the more historically … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ransome’s Quest

Title: Ransome’s Quest Author: Kaye Dacus Publisher: Harvest House Date: Aug 2011 ISBN: 978-0736927550 Genre: Historical Romance Reviewed by: Patricia Woodside Ransome’s Quest brings to an end the saga of Julia Ransome and the Witherington and Ransome families. But not … Continue reading

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Create a Unique Take to Present a Villain

by B.J. Robinson Want a memorable villain? When I wrote Last Resort I created one Amazon reviewers left comments about. Author Nike Chillemi said, “This is a novel where the reader can not only connect with the heroine and hero, … Continue reading

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ACFW Book Review: The Lady’s Maid

Title: The Lady’s Maid Author: Susan Page Davis Publisher: Barbour Books Date: Oct 2011 ISBN: 978-1616264390 Genre: Historical Romance Reviewed by: Holly Weiss If you’re thinking, “Oh, no, not another wagon train story,” don’t worry. Once you dip into the … Continue reading

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Building Hooks in Your Story

By Jennifer Hudson Taylor In fiction, a hook is an opening line or paragraph to a story that grips a reader’s interest and lures them into turning the pages to keep reading. Most authors think of a hook as the … Continue reading

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ACFW Volunteer Spotlight

I’m privileged to announce the first volunteer in the spotlight for 2012 is Angie Breidenbach. She served on ACFW board for two years as the Publicity Officer. Her heart for other writers is huge. She tries to help where she … Continue reading

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Adding Life Elements into Your Story

by Cara Putman One of the things I love about writing is the ability to incorporate the things I love into my writing. As a gal right out of college I headed to Washington, D.C., to launch my career in … Continue reading

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To the Author of Life

By Jill Williamson A new year always feels like the start of a new journey to me. And each year I’ve had different things that I’ve wanted to tackle in my writing career. Resolutions. Plans. Hopes. Goals. I always start … Continue reading

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January 2012 New Releases

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Halflings by Heather Burch — One girl. Three half-angel guys. And the fate of the world. (Young Adult from Zondervan). Summer of Promise by Amanda … Continue reading

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