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“Technology is what existed before you were born.” (Alan Kay)

by Julie Gwinn B&H Publishing Group We had a digital summit at B&H recently to try to get our heads around the changes taking place in the publishing industry. It was two days of information and presentations with some startling … Continue reading

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The Right Conference?

by Tamela Hancock Murray Steve Laube Agency As you pursue a writing career, one big question is how much time and money to devote to writers conferences. Conferences have many benefits, including the chance to meet face to face with … Continue reading

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A Change of Perspective

by Eileen Key Writing is a solitary journey, and sometimes we are asked to move from behind our computer screens and step out of our comfort zones. I find myself quaking in my boots when asked to speak to a … Continue reading

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What is your writing budget?

by Danica Favorite If you’re going to take your writing seriously as a business, one of the things you need to consider is your writing budget. A writer’s income isn’t always steady, so if you don’t have a plan for … Continue reading

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Quills of a Feather Should Flock Together

by Ane Mulligan I’m having dinner in a restaurant with the hubs and friends, when a snippet of a conversation at the table behind me catches my attention. Tuning out my friends’ chatter, I lean back in my seat to … Continue reading

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The Emotion Thesaurus

by Vickie McDonough As a writer, I’m always looking for resources to help make my writing better and my characters more realistic. To show and not tell and to find new ways to say the same thing. Well, I found … Continue reading

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Research That Has Nothing To Do With Google or Libraries or Trips to Historic Sites

By Victoria Bylin I write historical romance, so I’m often asked about research. Do I like it? Do I prefer the internet or real libraries? Do I research and then write, or research on the fly? What mistakes should a … Continue reading

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Pitch Sessions: An Editor’s POV

by Ramona Richards Abingdon Press Sue Brower had some terrific advice last week about preparing for a writers conference, especially ACFW. One piece of advice she gave made me want to give her a cheer: • DON’T go to editor … Continue reading

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CAUTION: Beautiful Experiences Ahead

by Lacie Nezbeth My family and I recently returned from a week long camping trip up the Oregon coast. Four miles from where our lush campground sits, there is a great lookout point for viewing sea lions that gather to … Continue reading

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5 Spiritual Disciplines for Writers

by Carrie Fancett Pagels Disciplines we shouldn’t skip: 1) Time in the Word. When your bible bookmark hasn’t moved in weeks-there is a problem. You must know the truth found in God’s word. Bottom line fundamental fact. 2) Prayer. What … Continue reading

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When They Say No

by Catherine West When my agent, Rachelle Gardner, offered me representation, I had just completed a manuscript called Yesterday’s Tomorrow. Rachelle liked it because it was ‘different’. I agreed. I certainly hadn’t seen any books about a female journalist who … 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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The Writers Conference – Make it a Life-Changing Event!

by Sue Brower Zondervan, Inc. I have just returned from a great week at Blue Ridge Christian Writers Conference. Alton Gansky and his team provided an experience that I know changed the lives of many writers. We had writers from … Continue reading

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Story Ideas You Are Certain Won’t Work. But They Do.

by Gail Gaymer Martin When I was proposing my next series, for Love Inspired, I ran amuck. Nothing excited me, and when it did, it didn’t strike my senior editor. When I asked what series ideas she would like to … Continue reading

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More Right Than Wrong

by Arlene James Judging contests and critiquing manuscripts are activities that can swamp a writer if she isn’t careful, but they can also be rewarding, I believe, for both the unpublished and the published. I sold into publication before professional … Continue reading

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