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Understanding Fiction Publisher Barriers

by Les Stobbe, Literary Agent I was 40 years old when I began acquiring fiction for Moody Press. My background included six years buying fiction and selling it in bookstores, four years of visiting Christian booksellers and interviewing them on … Continue reading

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FREE HUGS at ACFW Conference!

By Teresa Tysinger You guys! Can you believe the ACFW Conference is just a few short weeks away? It’s like a trip to Disney World for Christian authors. (If you think that’s overstating, then you’ve obviously never been to one.) … Continue reading

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The Dumbest Thing I Ever Did at a Writers’ Conference

By Cynthia Ruchti If this were survey results, and I’d polled hundreds of past conference attendees to ask their answer to the question, “What’s the dumbest thing you ever did at a writer’s conference?” your answer might show up on … Continue reading

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The Fallacy of Free

By Hallee Bridgeman Typically speaking – and every publishing house is different and contracts can vary – these are the royalties for an author with a major publisher: Hardbacks: 10%-15% Paperbacks: 8%-10% eBooks: 25% The majority of the earnings for … Continue reading

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Quirky Sources to Add to Your Characterization

By DiAnn Mills I live and breathe story–most writers do. And we’re always looking for ways to ensure our characters and their predicaments are exciting and unique. Some of the places we look can be a bit . . . … Continue reading

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Why Every Author Needs a Detective

by Amber Schamel Every author needs a detective. It’s elementary, my dear Watson. Not sure you believe me? Very well, I will explain. Wednesday afternoon, a quarter past one. I was at lunch with my brother. We were casually talking … Continue reading

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Christmas In July

By Mary Manners When the subject of Christmas gifts comes up, most people think of packages wrapped in colorful paper and shimmery bows, sitting under the Christmas tree, just waiting to be opened. When I think of Christmas gifts, I … Continue reading

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Belief for All Things

By Tanara McCauley “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” It’s a verse I know well, and one I’m prone to lean on in trying times or when faced with difficult choices. I’ve only recently realized, however, … Continue reading

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Sharing Your Heart

By Patti Shene They say you should write what you know. These past few months, my life has been draped in sadness and loss. (Please don’t stop reading! I’m not going to take you into a world of gloom and … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Best Energy

By Melissa Tagg Marketing. I think a lot of writers hear the word and do a little scary-movie shudder. Or maybe a full-on horror-flick scream. Me, not so much because a) I’m more of a nervous laugher than screamer and … Continue reading

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ACFW 2016: Social Advice from an Autistic Author

by Patricia Beal Conference is thirty days away! Can you believe it? I get fired up about our yearly gathering. This will be my third ACFW conference, and I can’t wait because the seeds we plant during ACFW grow for … Continue reading

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My Blogless Summer

By Victoria Buck After eighteen months of blogging weekly, I knew it was time for a respite. I needed to promote the release of my second novel. A novelette begged to be finished. I’d signed the contract for my third … Continue reading

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The Serious Side of Synonyms

by Betsy Lowery We writers often evaluate the nuances of meaning between two similar words as we seek the “right” word to use. It’s not unheard of for me to poll my friends: How would you describe the difference between … Continue reading

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5 Reasons Why You Should Read Love Inspired Novels

By Lisa Jordan I read a discussion recently where a reader was concerned about the content and quality of Love Inspired novels because the parent publisher releases secular romance novels as well. This particular reader didn’t want to support a … Continue reading

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Am I the Only One Who Struggles?

By C. Kevin Thompson Watch this video, then we’ll talk. Do you feel a little small after watching that video? Insignificant, perhaps? Hopefully awestruck, though, right? Now, read this article, then come back for the finale. I watched this video … Continue reading

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