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Monthly Archives: June 2012

Book Review: Polar Bear Plunge

Title: Polar Bear Plunge Author: Linda S. Glaz Publisher: White Rose Publishing Date: November 2011 ASIN: B006G40ZZE Genre: Romance Reviewed by: Lisa J Lickel Angry with God over the death of her active-duty military husband, nurse Aleni Callan finds herself … Continue reading

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Woolworth or Tiffany’s?

by Janelle James Simplicity is beautiful. When I was a little girl, my mother and I walked by a Tiffany’s display window. We stopped and stared in appreciation. My mother placed her hand on my back and lowered her voice. … Continue reading

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Learning By Teaching

by Rachel Hauck At the ACFW conference in Houston ’03, I watched the bubbly and newly published Susan May Warren dash off to teach a writing workshop one afternoon. I remember thinking, “How does she know what to teach? She’s … Continue reading

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Platform, Presence and the ACFW Journal

by Cheryl Wyatt Building platform and name recognition are as crucial to publishing as quotation marks to a killer line of dialogue. You may have an engaging hook and stellar book, but if you’re not on readers’ radars, low sales … Continue reading

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Three Steps to Creating an Occupation for Your Characters

by Cara C. Putman As writers, one of our tasks is finding the right career for your characters. Not only do your characters populate your story, they fill roles and hold jobs. Finding the right career can be a key … Continue reading

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The Secret to Effective Hooks: Write Like a Journalist

by Sandra Bishop MacGregor Literary More than any other element of a pitch, a solid hook offers more opportunity for you to grab – and possibly keep — an agent or editor’s attention. Yes, hooks are hard to nail, but … Continue reading

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Book Review: Nick of Time

Title: Nick of Time A Bug Man Novel Author: Tim Downs Publisher: Thomas Nelson Date: May 2011 ISBN: 978-1595543103 Genre: Suspense Reviewed by: Darlo Gemeinhardt It’s maggots, murder, and marriage in the latest Bug Man novel, Nick of Time, by … Continue reading

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Book Review: Treasuring Emma

Title: Treasuring Emma Author: Kathleen Fuller Publisher: Thomas Nelson Date: August 2011 ISBN: 978-1-59554-775-0 Genre: Inspirational/Amish Reviewed by: Laura V. Hilton Emma Shetler has just lost her mamm to a long battle with cancer. The funeral is happening, yet Emma, … Continue reading

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Fit & Fabulous Writing

By Kathy Harris Did you charge out of the starting blocks with the first three chapters of a great new story idea… but now you’re having trouble crossing the finish line? Does your first draft sag in the middle? Maybe … Continue reading

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One is a Lonely Number

by Aaron McCarver I have heard many authors refer to writing as a lonely career. Many speak of hours in chairs in front of computers plucking out scenes and characters with no others around. While this may be partially true … Continue reading

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Should a Christian Market Themselves?

by Jordyn Redwood Over the last six months or so, I’ve been reading a lot about marketing to help support the release of my debut medical thriller, Proof. Strangely, I came across an attitude among certain circles that it is … Continue reading

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“Technology is what existed before you were born.” (Alan Kay)

by Julie Gwinn B&H Publishing Group We had a digital summit at B&H recently to try to get our heads around the changes taking place in the publishing industry. It was two days of information and presentations with some startling … Continue reading

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The Right Conference?

by Tamela Hancock Murray Steve Laube Agency As you pursue a writing career, one big question is how much time and money to devote to writers conferences. Conferences have many benefits, including the chance to meet face to face with … Continue reading

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A Change of Perspective

by Eileen Key Writing is a solitary journey, and sometimes we are asked to move from behind our computer screens and step out of our comfort zones. I find myself quaking in my boots when asked to speak to a … Continue reading

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What is your writing budget?

by Danica Favorite If you’re going to take your writing seriously as a business, one of the things you need to consider is your writing budget. A writer’s income isn’t always steady, so if you don’t have a plan for … Continue reading

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