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In her State of ACFW speech, our President, Margaret Daley, shared about the organization's accomplishments in 2012.More...
There is a critical difference between salable fiction and the almost-but-not-quite-there manuscript. That difference is dramatization. Dramatization means constructing successful scenes.More...
Michael Hyatt, former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing, addressed ACFW members Thursday evening declaring, “Now is the best time ever to be an author!”More...
While a platform is still a thing you stand so you can be seen and heard, today’s platforms are made of people, Michael Hyatt said. “They are your followers, your fans, your customers, your prospects, your readers. That is what makes up your platform.”More...
September 20 | 8:30-9:30 p.m. | Evening WorkshopsOn Thursday evening, seven workshops were held dealing with book distribution, e-newsletters, branding, novel proposals, writing life secrets, dialogue, and plotting. Get the scoop here.More...
- Workshop 1: Getting Your Book Into Bookstores: How Retail Distribution Works by Peter Leavell
- Workshop 2: Platform Boosting E-Newsletters by Anita Mae Draper
- Workshop 3: Savory Branding: Perfecting Your Unique Recipe For Successful Fiction by Colleen Coble
- Workshop 4: Writing A Novel Proposal That Will Get Noticed by Rachel Wilder
- Workshop 5: Surprising Secrets Of The Writing Life by Hope Dougherty
- Workshop 6: Dialogue: The Craft Of Teaching Your Characters How To Speak by June Foster
- Workshop 7: Plot Your Novel in 30 Episodes by Laura McClellan
September 21 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | Continuing Education SessionsOn Friday and Saturday mornings, conference attendees had their choice of six continuing education sessions on basic fiction techniques, writing and editing, writing that sings, inner journey, marketing, and growing your audience. Learn about them all.More...
- Continuing Education 1: Basic Fiction Techniques: The Creative And The Practical by Sherri Stone
- Continuing Education 2: Writing & Editing Toolkit: Taking Your Novel From Unsalable to Bestseller by Colleen Scott
- Continuing Education 3: Writing That Sings: The Secrets Of Captivating Novels by Lee Carver
- Continuing Education 4: The Heart Of The Matter: Developing The Inner Journey Of Your Character by Jeannie Campbell
- Continuing Education 5: How To Market Your Fiction Like A Nonfiction Pro by Julie Jarnagin
- Continuing Education 6: Forging Ahead: Growing Your Audience And Your Craft by Angela Breidenbach
September 21 | 1:15-3:15 p.m. | WorkshopsOn Saturday, right after lunch, conferees headed into their extended workshops to learn about middle grade novels, career preparation, living free, author events, and irresistible heroines. Read on!More...
- Workshop 8: What's So Tough About Writing The Middle Grade Novel? by Delores Topliff
- Workshop 9: Preparing For Your Career In Publishing by Larry Timm
- Workshop 10: Live Free, Write Free by Lacy Williams
- Workshop 11: Successful Author Events by Tiffany Stockton
- Workshop 12: Fiction By The Numbers by Michael Ehret
- Workshop 13: A Lady To Love: Turning Your Heroine GMC Into Irresistible ARC by Ane Mulligan
September 21 | 8:30-9:30 p.m. | WorkshopsOn Friday evening, workshops were taught about book proposals, query letters, passion, getting published, what your publisher does for you, and partnering with retailers. Conferees showed no signs of slowing down yet—you still with us?More...
- Workshop 14: The Perfect Book Proposal by Linda Matchett
- Workshop 15: Query Letters That Work by Carol Moncado
- Workshop 16: Fiction Writing: Passion, Calling, Ministry, or Business? by Rachel Wilder
- Workshop 17: From Nonpublished To Published: What It Takes by Donna Schlachter
- Workshop 18: What Your Traditional Publisher Does For You by Valerie Comer
- Workshop 19: How Novelists Can Partner With Retailers To The Advantage Of Both by Lacy Williams
September 22 | 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. | WorkshopsSaturday afternoon, we learned about Christian fiction unplugged, contracts, agents, what makes a bestselling novel, brainstorming, and writing styles. Share the knowledge!More...
- Workshop 20: Christian Fiction Unplugged by Rebecca DeMarino
- Workshop 21: Landmines In Your Book Contract by Lisa Carter
- Workshop 22: Your Best Friend In The Industry by Lee Carver
- Workshop 23: The Four Pillars Of A Bestselling Novel by Chandra Lynn Smith
- Workshop 24: The Art Of Brainstorming (Parts 1 & 2) by Beth K. Vogt
- Workshop 25: Special Ops: Outliners And Pantsers Combine Forces by Lynette Sowell
September 22 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. | WorkshopsSaturday late afternoon, conferees learned to overcome fiction foibles, all about flying monkeys, websites, more brainstorming, what readers want, and Facebook—and that’s all before the Awards Gala!More...
- Workshop 26: Writing 101: Overcoming Fiction Foibles by Larry Timm
- Workshop 27: Flying Monkeys: Creating A Fan Base That Will Fight For You by Martha Rogers
- Workshop 28: Seven Secrets Of Amazing Author Websites by Jeannie Campbell
- Workshop 29: The Art of Brainstorming (Parts 1 and 2) by Beth K. Vogt
- Workshop 30: What Christian Fiction Readers Want Next by Lynette Sowell
- Workshop 31: All About Facebook by Linda Attaway