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Speak Your Message

by Carol Hamilton Sell more books by developing a speaking platform. Do you shudder at the thought of presenting anything before an audience? To make yourself more comfortable, choose a topic you are passionate about and know well. Talk about … Continue reading

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Why We Can’t Give Up

by Catherine West While at ACFW’s annual conference in Nashville this year, I was reminded of something. I had the opportunity to pass through the ‘waiting room’ of the appointments area a couple of times, and oh, the pressure was … Continue reading

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Overcoming a Writer’s Biggest Fear–Marketing and Promotion

By DiAnn Mills We writers embrace words, brainstorming sessions, hours to write, and constructive criticism, but there is one critical aspect of the writer’s life that shakes us to our core. Marketing and Promotion The nightmare of our career. We … Continue reading

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Crawling Into Your Character’s Brain

By Kariss Lynch Few things drive me to crazy story rants quite like shallow characters. I want to open a book and dive in, enjoying the dance of meeting new people. I want characters with depth that make me want … Continue reading

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Real People

By Georgia Florey-Evans As you might guess from the title, we are looking at characters. Unless I stick with the “Real People” and host a gossip session like none other. When I started writing only three years ago, I was … Continue reading

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What Not to Wear Writer-Style

By Melissa Tagg A few years ago, I got stuck in a dress. I mean reeeally stuck. Arms over my head, uncooperative fabric playing boa constrictor with my torso while my sister laughed at me inside the department store dressing … Continue reading

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Getting Naked on the Page

By Lenora Livingston In my lifetime, I have spent a lot of time, money, and effort trying to improve my writing skills. I have taken long courses and short courses, attended writing seminars, and joined writing groups. But the best … Continue reading

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Procrastination Explanation

By Patti Shene Gonzales I’m a procrastinator. The one thing in my life I procrastinate most? My writing. When I was pursuing my Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at what was then University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo, we … Continue reading

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Meet Deadlines with Simple Math

by Tamela Hancock Murray During your publishing journey you may have the delightful problem of too many deadlines. You may have to ask yourself if you can accept another contract because you’re so busy. I’ve advised many clients about this … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Opportunity

By Mary Lou Cheatham Do you ever find a review of your novel that you wish would go away…simply disappear from Amazon…and not be there when you visit your product page next time? As writers seeking to improve our skills … Continue reading

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“Go North, Young Author!”

By Ramona Richards Here we are, setting on top of the conference and as a Nashvillian, I’d feel amiss if I didn’t at least offer up some suggestions about the city you’re about to visit. Nashville is a glorious, friendly … Continue reading

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How To Take Perfect Pictures

By Emilie Hendryx The ACFW conference is just around the corner and I’m here to talk about how to look great in photos. Okay…I’m sure that’s actually the last thing you’re thinking about as you prepare for the conference. I … 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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