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Change Your Motive, Change the World …and the industry

by J.A. Marx If you’ve been around ACFW for any length of time, you’ve heard the one question every agent and editor asks: “Who’s your audience?” The tighter we narrow down the audience for our story, the happier we make … Continue reading

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ACFW New Releases: February 2018

February 2018 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Biblical: A Passionate Hope, Hannah’s Story by Jill Eileen Smith — Hannah has spent her life trusting God, loving her husband, … Continue reading

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Do the Angels Cheer for Underdogs?

by Kathy Harris Please allow me to interrupt the post I’d originally planned for today to journey into the land of “what if.” After all, we’re an organization of “what if” writers, and it’s imagination that inspires our stories. I … Continue reading

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What Do Some Experienced Writers Have in Common with Mother Guppies?

By Mary Lou Cheatham Our first aquarium held only five gallons, but we loved it. At the pet shop we bought some guppies. The clerk said, “Better buy one of these.” “What is it?” “It’s a trap to keep the … Continue reading

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ACFW New Releases: January 2018

January 2018 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Contemporary Romance: Her Handyman Hero by Lorraine Beatty — Reid Blackthorn arrives in Dover on a personal mission—to make sure his … Continue reading

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Writing Christmas Fiction

by Susan A.J. Lyttek It’s one thing to reminisce about Christmases gone by and to tell our own tales. But how do we go about creating traditions for a fictional character and make it seem both compelling and realistic? First … Continue reading

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Is Brandilyn Collins a Rock Star in the Christian Fiction Market?

by Michael Hicks Thompson I’ll let you decide. Not only has Brandilyn Collins been on the ACFW Executive Board since 2001 (one year after its founding), she’s the emcee for the annual conferences. She’s won the Carol Award three times, … Continue reading

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ACFW New Releases: December 2017

December 2017 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Contemporary: Rebecca’s Redemption by Lee Carver — A nurse seeking redemption for past sins joins a doctor contending against the jungle. … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Prayer

By Deborah Raney A few years ago—more than fifteen years ago, to be exact—for the first time since I’d begun writing in 1994, my job as a novelist was beginning to be more than a part-time pursuit. I had several contracts to fulfill, … Continue reading

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Pay It Forward

By Patricia Bradley In my writing journey I’ve met some of the most amazing people, writers who have taken the time to help me along my journey. Some have been critique partners, some have been teachers at different conferences or … Continue reading

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ACFW New Releases: November 2017

November 2017 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Contemporary Romance: Rooted in Love by Valerie Comer — A divorcé with a set of rambunctious twins falls for the boys’ … 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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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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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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Ten Things to Do If You are Missing the Conference

by Chandra Lynn Smith I love musicals. I also love thrillers and mysteries. I even love sappy romances and intense drama. If you saw my arms loaded down when I left the library or looked at the array of books … Continue reading

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