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Monthly Archives: November 2012

You’re a published author . . . Now what?

By Diane Moore The first book is published, ongoing media interviews, book signings, and social media networking fill your schedule, further outward signs that you’ve made it, Congratulations. So, why do you have that gnawing feeling of unfinished work still … Continue reading

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“The BE-happy-ATTITUDES for Christian Writers”

by Eileen Key During this holiday season, a week after Thanksgiving, I feel so FULL of thanks. God’s done such amazing things in my life and in ACFW. I ran across this list from my wonderful writer friend Janice Thompson … Continue reading

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Does your story passion match your life story passion?

by Melissa Tagg I like to think of myself as a fairly confident person. I mean, I’ve not pulled a Julie Andrews and gone singing through the streets of Salzburg about my confidence or anything. But I’ve not generally been … Continue reading

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Four Ways to Rise to the Top!

by Tamela Hancock Murray The Steve Laube Agency Since agents receive more proposals than they have time to represent, a huge obstacle for new authors is getting their manuscripts to the top of the stack. Every week I review excellent … Continue reading

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When the Contracts Don’t Come

by Vickie McDonough Since I was first published in 2004, I’ve gone through two long seasons without a contract. The first lasted fifteens months, and the most recent lasted eleven. During my first dry desert time, I remember wondering if … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Afraid of Hard

by Anne Mateer It’s inevitable, I think. At least I hope so. Otherwise it’s just me. But I choose to believe that every writer hits that book that spins them round and round and upside down. Maybe it’s an emotional … Continue reading

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Inviting Communion Through Our Writing

by Ami McConnell Harper Collins Christian Publishing I have a real weakness for modern poetry, especially what scholars refer to as “confessional poetry.” At the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville last month, I attended a confessional poetry reading that … Continue reading

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Reduce Irritation with Basic Information

by Les Stobbe, Literary Agent As literary agent I find an all-too-often disregard of the basics when writers send me a proposal. In addition, I get really upset clients when, in writing cover copy, publisher’s copy editors misrepresent what is … Continue reading

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Tips for Tweetability

by Cynthia Ruchti The writer in me once rebelled against the idea of abiding by the constrictions of Tweet-length posts when communicating with the public. It felt like moving from a four-bedroom house to a pop-up camper, with about as … Continue reading

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The Pendulum Swings…again

by Julie Gwinn B & H Publishing Group Writing novels is an art form, a craft, much like fashion design, interior design and painting. And as such is subject to changes in consumer tastes and trends. Just as clothing styles … Continue reading

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Seven Ways To Stifle Your Unique Writer’s Voice

by Becky Wade 1) Let every critique you receive sway you. Ever hear that “too many cooks spoil the broth”? Sometimes it’s better to whip up something all by yourself that you absolutely LOVE than to let lots of “adviser … Continue reading

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Promises and Delays

by Robin Lee Hatcher Not every published writer’s path to a career as a novelist is the same. My path to writing Christian fiction took me through a career in the general romance market (30 books) before God captured my … Continue reading

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Unexpected Blessings

by Kathi Macias God never ceases to amaze me. It’s stunning enough to realize that He uses frail, fallible human beings (like you and me!) to partner with Him in ministry, but even more humbling to discover how great His … Continue reading

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Say Goodnight, Gracie: Seven Secrets to creating the Perfect Ending

by Janice Thompson There’s nothing worse than a book with an unsatisfying ending. The reader deserves a solid wrap-up. Otherwise, he’ll feel cheated. (After all, he plowed through 300+ pages of your book, assuming the ending would leave him satisfied!) … Continue reading

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The Art of Being Flexible

by Janet Lee Barton Oh, you may be finished with the manuscript-as it is right now. You may have gone over it multiple times-had critique partners, family and/or friends read through it several times, too. Then you send it out. … Continue reading

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