Author Archives: ACFW

Too Much Communication?

By Tamela Hancock Murray Some authors ask me if they share too much. If you’re asking, you probably aren’t! In my opinion, most authors connect the right amount, or if anything, err on the side of not communicating enough. You … Continue reading

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Why We Write

By Ian Acheson For those of us who’ve started out on this writing journey later in life it’s often a result of that burning story idea that’s been bugging us for years. That was me 15 years (really has it … Continue reading

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The Christian Writer’s Cause

By John W. Tucker Christian writers have a variety of reasons for wanting to write. Here are eleven: 1) to fulfill a personal need; 2) to honor God by using this gift; 3) to reach sectors of the population with … Continue reading

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A Twist on Rejection

By Norma Gail Rejection. As writers, we all receive it. We all expect it. It’s never pleasant. However, it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. I was positive they would accept my second novel. It was a sequel. The … Continue reading

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Using Titles, Hooks and Tropes to Break In at Harlequin Love Inspired

By Lee Tobin McClain Did you ever look at Harlequin Love Inspired books and wonder why their titles are so weird? Seriously, “The Hometown Sheikh’s Secret Baby?” But those titles work because they showcase the “hooks” that make readers want … Continue reading

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Choosing a Pen Name

By Lenora Livingston When my publisher told me I had to have a pen name because my novel Where’s Stephanie? is based on a true story, I had a problem. I was named by my mother who died when I … Continue reading

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Three Steps to Getting Impressive Endorsements for Your Book

By Lara Helmling If you’ve ever been in a meeting with a publisher, you’ve probably been asked this question: “Do you know anyone who will endorse your book?” “Uhhhh.” Most of my first-time authors say, “I don’t know anybody.” Maybe … Continue reading

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It Was Not You Who Sent Me Here

By Bethany Turner Today is deadline day. Not for a book. There are no edits to sift through, no dialogue to tighten, no scenes to mourn as they are mercilessly wisely slashed. But I’ve got to get this blog post … Continue reading

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ACFW New Releases: October 2017

October 2017 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Contemporary Romance: The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner — Becoming a Christian is the best and worst thing … Continue reading

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What Is Your Hero Pursuing?

By Henry McLaughlin We’ve all heard story is about conflict and tension. And that is definitely true. Stories about happy people living in Happy Valley don’t excite readers. Frankly, they can be boring. The story becomes a story when something … Continue reading

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Help for the Time-Starved Writer

By Joanna Davidson Politano “How on earth do you find time to write a book?” This question came from my local librarian when I told her my debut was releasing soon. I had a baby in one arm and held … Continue reading

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She Stole My Idea!

by Kim Vogel Sawyer A couple of months ago, I came across an article about Lisa Wingate’s recent release, Before We Were Yours. You’ve probably heard about it—set simultaneously in 1939 Memphis and present day Aikens, South Carolina, it’s the … Continue reading

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Our Journey

by Christa Kinde Travel takes courage. Away from home, without the comfort of familiar things, surrounded by strangers, we wander. Not all that long ago, my husband and I were in a foreign city, trying to navigate dark streets with … Continue reading

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I Have to Stay Home from the Conference

By Tamela Hancock Murray (Editor’s Note: ACFW congratulates Tamela on being named the 2017 Agent of the Year at our recent conference). As I mentioned in several recent posts about conferences, sometimes your best decision is to stay home. For … Continue reading

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5 Reasons Authors Should be on Goodreads

By Amber Schamel To Goodreads, or not to Goodreads…that seems to be a question. Since it’s one of my all time favorite sites, I thought I’d address this question and give 5 reasons why I think authors should consider joining … Continue reading

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