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By Lorraine Beatty It’s the end of October. Two months since the ACFW conference and the point at which editors are back on track with reading submissions. How many of you sent in the proposals or full manuscripts that were … Continue reading

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An Expectant Heart

By Ian Acheson Late last year a pastor spoke a word over me about the Lord wanting to give me a new book, a new optimism and referenced Habakkuk 2:2-3 which talks of waiting on a new vision. I stored … Continue reading

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Words of Wisdom

by Mary Manners “If you’re going to do something, then do it right.” Those words, spoken by my father, came to me the winter of my thirteenth year as I delivered newspapers along my route on the streets of Elmwood … Continue reading

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Precious Endurance

By Tanara McCauley This month marks the one year anniversary since we rescued our dog Charlie from an animal shelter. Having grown up with dogs, I thought Charlie would be a perfect addition to our family and a source of … Continue reading

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Reviewing the Mindset of Reviews

By C. Kevin Thompson As many authors know, good, critical, honest reviews are important. Future readers often base their purchases on them. Therefore, reviews are gold when talking bottom lines. Because Amazon uses the review system as one of its … Continue reading

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October!

By Martha Rogers October! How I love this month. To me, October ushers in the holiday season with the most gorgeous display of colors nature could provide. Orange, gold, red, yellow and burnt orange burst forth in an array only … Continue reading

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No Profanity

By Lynn Hobbs About a month ago, I tried to read a book where every other word from the main character was a curse word. Annoying? Yes. It distracted me from the story‚Ķand I really liked the story. More important, … Continue reading

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Plastic Flowers

By Shirley E. Gould I hated the plastic flowers that were popular when I was young. They looked cheap, artificial and were hard to the touch. I informed my family that when I die, I don’t want any plastic flowers. … Continue reading

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Taming the Revisions Beast

By Andrea Boeshaar Recently I received revisions for a novel slated to release next year. I gasped, as I usually do, when I opened the document and saw more red on the page than black (the red being my editor’s … Continue reading

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LEAN TO THE LEFT, LEAN TO THE RIGHT STAND UP, SIT DOWN, FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!

By Cathleen Armstrong Is anyone but me counting the days until this election is over? (Nineteen till election day. Twenty until the blessed day after.) Passions are high, lines are drawn, and thanks to social media, everyone has a soapbox … Continue reading

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Ten Tweet-worthy Ideas for Authors

by Christa Kinde When I meet writers who struggle with social media, it’s usually for lack of courage, consistency, or creativity. Fear not! You can do this. After all, writers are creative people. Twitter is my happy place–because I like … Continue reading

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Four Tips for Throwing a Fab Author Facebook Party

By Melissa Tagg I recently participated in one of the most fun author Facebook parties ever! Like, I was sick, people–we’re talking Kleenex, cough medicine and pajamas for days–and I still had a blast participating in the party. The event … Continue reading

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Draw Me Nearer

By Cynthia Ruchti One of the topics I most enjoy teaching at writers’ conferences is “Deepening the Emotional Connection.” The more connected readers feel to our stories, the more likely they’ll read past the first page, the first chapter, all … Continue reading

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Writing in the Valley of Discouragement

By Connilyn Cossette Writing a second book, under contract, and after you’ve actually written most of the third is a daunting prospect. But that is what I was faced with when delving into Shadow of the Storm, the second book … Continue reading

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Keeping the Writing Going When Your Life is in Chaos

By Allie Pleiter As I’ve been finishing my 2017 non-fiction How to WRITE When Everything Goes WRONG, I’ve been talking with a lot of authors about how they tackle the challenge of meeting a deadline under far less than ideal … Continue reading

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