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Writing in the Now

by Jill Elizabeth Nelson When teaching the techniques of Deep Point of View that will virtually squash issues with show/don’t tell, I emphasize the importance of writing lively, linear prose. In other words, every sentence must remain in the Now-not … Continue reading

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When the Words Won’t Come

by Mary Ellis Every writer whether our contemporaries or long gone has wrestled for hours when they can’t string seven words together into a concise sentence. We doubt ourselves, our mentors, the process we thought we’d perfected, even the quality … Continue reading

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Be Your Agent’s Dream Client

by Greg Johnson WordServe Literary Group One thing authors wonder about is how to “behaveā€ once they have a working relationship with a literary agent. Especially if it’s your first agent, you want to be the kind of author an … Continue reading

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The Secret to Effective Hooks: Write Like a Journalist

by Sandra Bishop MacGregor Literary More than any other element of a pitch, a solid hook offers more opportunity for you to grab – and possibly keep — an agent or editor’s attention. Yes, hooks are hard to nail, but … Continue reading

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Pitching in those Agent/Editor Appointments

by Rachelle Gardner Books & Such Literary Agency One thing I’ve noticed lately in fiction pitches – verbal pitches or queries – is that some writers want to tell all about the theme or the emotional journey of the story, … Continue reading

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Talk Your Way Out of a Jam!

by Bonnie S. Calhoun Have you heard novelists say their story was bogged down by inactivity, or that they felt lost in a long drawn out narrative? Well never fear! I have a totally sharp solution…conversation. That’s write (right). Dialogue … Continue reading

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Everyday Heroes… in Writing and Life

by Michelle Grajkowski 3 Seas Literary Agency As the Memorial Day weekend filled with warm air and sunshine beckon me from my window, I can’t help but to look outside and to thank God for the blessings that He has … Continue reading

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How Do You Mend a Broken Heart?

by Beth vogt (Dani Pettrey, author of the gripping debut romantic suspense novel, Submerged, blogged yesterday about real issues in Christian fiction. Today I’m continuing the conversation about our characters’ lives before they ever appear in our books.) In every … Continue reading

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Real Issues in Christian Fiction

by Dani Pettrey I often hear people say they don’t read Christian fiction because it doesn’t deal with real issues. I take issue with that. I’ve read phenomenal Christian novels dealing with issues like adultery (Dry as Rain by Gina … Continue reading

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Getting Published in Today’s Market

by Mary Sue Seymour The Seymour Agency Are pre-published authors getting published in today’s market? I just sold Dann Stadler’s Angels in the Fire, the true story of a woman rescued from a car accident by angels, to Tim Peterson … Continue reading

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The Green-Eyed Monster

by Lisa Karon Richardson Jealousy is a vicious taskmaster. More tyrannical than poor George III ever dreamed of, it extracts the joy from our days and leaves us only with burning want. What’s worse, outside of romantic attachments we don’t … Continue reading

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A Rose By Any Other Name …

by Maureen Lang The more books an author writes, the greater the struggle to find the right character name-ones they haven’t used before. Like everything else, names are subject to taste. Take Homer, for example. Not your unusual choice for … Continue reading

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The Ten Words You Need to Hear

by Chip MacGregor, President MacGregor Literary Inc. As you begin preparing for this year’s ACFW conference, I’d like to suggest you keep ten words in mind… 1. READ. Don’t just show up and wonder who the speakers are. Read the … Continue reading

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