Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Lisa Buffaloe's Blog: The Power of One

Lisa Buffaloe's Blog: The Power of One: "Without my tethering to my creator God, I’m nothing but a puff of dust blowing across the planet. I’m absolutely completely miserable if I don't read, speak, or write..."

To read the rest... http://lisabuffaloe.blogspot.com/2011/03/power-of-one.html

American Christian Writers

American Christian Writers

Locating, educating and motivating writers and speakers

American Christian Writers can help you get into print with affordable...

• Annual conferences in 24 cities across America

• A huge selection of writers' books and seminar tapes and CDs

• Correspondence classes

• Writers chapters throughout the United States

• Manuscripts critiquing services

• Periodicals such as the Christian Communicator and Advanced Christian Writers.


Monday, March 28, 2011

The Bookshelf Muse: Is Your Blog Easy to Love?

The Bookshelf Muse: Is Your Blog Easy to Love?: "I'm talking about comment love, of course. I'll keep this short and sweet. There are many, many blogs out there that people can visit, but..."

Friday, March 25, 2011

How to Become a Book Review Blogger

Many friends have asked me how to become a book review blogger. Below you’ll find resources to help you connect with publisher blogging programs. Before you jump in, I’d like to explain the general concept behind blogging for books. 

To read the rest, please link to....How to Become a Book Review Blogger

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Winning At Writers Conferences

In the publishing business no-one gets “discovered” anymore. It’s your job to be found.
Most agents, editors and seasoned writers will share that a writers conference is the best way to make this happen. 

From the Heart: Guest Blog from Tamela's Writer, Daniel Darling: ...

From the Heart: Guest Blog from Tamela's Writer, Daniel Darling: ...: "Is There a Right to Be Published? I’ve been in Christian publishing for about ten years, am about to write my fourth book, and have seen my..."


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

ECPA Announces 2011 Christian Book Award Finalists]

03/23/11, Phoenix, AZ -- The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) is pleased to announce the Finalists for the 2011 Christian Book Awards. Out of 226 entries of books and Bibles published in the past year, five finalists in six categories were chosen to represent Christian publishing’s finest books and Bibles for 2011. Many of the titles have enjoyed the success of industry bestseller lists – with four* appearing in the past year on the New York Times bestseller list – while other titles and authors are receiving the industry’s highest award attention for the first time.

To read the rest.... ECPA Announces 2011 Christian Book Award Finalists]

From the Heart: Guest Blog by Terry's client Jennifer Hudson Taylo...

From the Heart: Guest Blog by Terry's client Jennifer Hudson Taylo...: "THE VALUE OF SOCIAL NETWORKING Social Networking can either be a time consuming waste in chasing quantity over quality or a valuable oppo..."

Monday, March 21, 2011

Pentalk Community: Marketing with Jennifer Slattery

Pentalk Community: Marketing with Jennifer Slattery: "Thanks to Jennifer Slattery for help with Marketing! Marketing—it’s perhaps the most dreaded word in the industry. That and the one-page-syn..."

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tutorial on Showing verses Telling

Tutorial on Showing verses Telling
by Rachel Hauck

Showing verses telling is a common topic in writing circles, especially among new writers. I can get kind of confusing after awhile because there are soooo many thoughts on how to show and not tell, variations on definitions, etc. It’s crazy.

To read the rest....http://www.mybooktherapy.com/index2.php/2011/01/14/tutorial-on-showing-verses-telling/

Novel Writing Boot Camp -- Christian Writers Guild

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Are You Ready for Our
Most Rigorous Training?

For only the deadly serious, CWG's Novel Writing Boot Camp offers two days of intensive training by four of the most successful Christian novelists and writing coaches anywhere:  DiAnn Mills, Bradilyn Collins, Jerry B. Jenkins, and Dr. Dennis E. Hensley.

Grand Hyatt DFW, Dallas, Texas
May 6 - 7, 2011

Friday's Basic Training Workshops
Plots that Dance - DiAnn Mills
Thick-Skinned Manuscript Critiques - Jerry B. Jenkins 
Sizzling Dialogue - Brandilyn Collins
Fully Developed Characters - Dr. Dennis E. Hensley

Saturday's Advanced Training Keynotes
The Reading Writer - Jerry B. Jenkins
The Secret of Emotive Conflict - DiAnn Mills
Plumbing Your Emotional Depths - Brandilyn Collins
Writing the Mythic Hero - Dr. Dennis E. Hensley

Classes run from 8 to 5 each day and include small group discussion, Q&A, and personal interaction with all four writing drill instructors.

$1,495 includes your hotel room for May 5 and 6 and breakfast and lunch on May 6 and 7. You may pay in full or in two installments. Call us at 866.495.5177 for more details.

Limited to 40 campers, so call 866.495.5177 today.

Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild
5525 N. Union Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Tel: 866.495.5177
Email: ContactUs@ChristianWritersGuild.com

Jerry says, "My hand-picked colleagues and I promise your most profitable learning experience ever. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. Call today."

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Winning Fiction by Jerry Jenkins

Winning Fiction by Jerry B. Jenkins

Budding authors wonder how publishers select one novel over another. One in a thousand novels will be published—without the writer having to pay, and only one in ten of those will be successful. Naturally, publishers do everything they can at the selection stage to hedge their bets.

Fair or not, the visibility of the author plays a huge role. Novelists who are known, even in a field unrelated to their fiction, have an advantage—a built-in audience. You may put well-known writers in that category, but remember, they were once where you were: unpublished. 

To read the rest, please link to .... http://www.jerryjenkins.com/2011/03/16/winning-fiction/

From the Heart: For the Love of Words by Diana

From the Heart: For the Love of Words by Diana: "I Love Words. Like many of you I read everything. Toothpaste tubes, Cereal boxes and passing buses with their quirky signs. Words have glad..."  To read the rest...http://hartlineliteraryagency.blogspot.com/2011/03/for-love-of-words-by-diana.html?spref=bl

Linda Kozar's Writing Tip of the Day

Linda P. Kozar (www.lindakozar.com)
Writing Tip Of The Day--Weave information into the story. Be subtle. Don't empty a dump truck full of information in the path of your storyline.

Building Your Mailing List

By Saundra Mitchell
While authors may enjoy the art half of our industry, the business half can be confusing and overwhelming. For example, we could use a great mailing list- but where do you get the list? The free way is called data mining, and anyone with some time and an Internet connection can do it.
To read the rest....
Building Your Mailing List

Pentalk Community: To Adverb or Not To Adverb by Andrea Graham

Pentalk Community: To Adverb or Not To Adverb by Andrea Graham: "Pentalk welcomes Andrea Graham! Ever wonder about those pesky adverbs? She's got some great advice! Dear Andrea, How do you find a good bal..."

Edgy Inspirational Romance: Love Never Fails by Linda Yezak (and giveaway!)

Edgy Inspirational Romance: Love Never Fails by Linda Yezak (and giveaway!): "I remember being young and in love. The insecurities, the anxiety involved in awaiting the next phone call, the constant desire to see that ..."

Monday, March 14, 2011

6 Fillers to Avoid in Dialogue

The oft-quoted recommendation to make your dialogue as realistic as possible is sometimes the worst advice imaginable. The next time you’re in a conversation—or, even better, eavesdropping on someone else’s conversation—draw back a bit and evaluate what you’re hearing. Those “ums,” “you knows,” and “so, likes…” that pepper our everyday speech may be realistic, but they don’t generally make for good dialogue on the page. Following are a list of unnecessary “fillers” to avoid in your fictional dialogue:  6 Fillers to Avoid in Dialogue

Resource Round-Up!

Ever know how a word starts, but for the life of you can't spell it well enough to look it up?
Try the Instant Word Search. This gem of a site starts popping words at you until it
finally hits the one you're looking for.

Or are you looking for synonyms? Antonyms? Rhymes? Try The Big Huge Thesaurus.
Okay, so the title is a bit redundant, it's still a fun site, particularly because it also
generates blog post ideas and story/plot/loglines--a one-stop shopping site.

To read the rest of the post please link to....Resource Round-Up!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Supplementing Your Fiction Habit

Writing is my time machine, takes me to the precise time 
and place I belong. —Jeb Dickerson

Happy March, everyone! What a glorious time of year! Here in the South, 

the cold weather is behind us. Glimpses of spring are everywhere! 
This is the perfect season to discuss a new approach to making money 
with your writing. After all, the rebirth of this fabulous season could 
very well lead you to a rebirth in your writing career, as well.

This month I want to focus on short pieces. You’ve read them all of your life: 

short stories, devotionals, personal experience pieces, tiny “blips” in 
perpetual calendars. They’re everywhere, and they’re all the rage. 
So, how do you go about selling them? Is there money to be made? 
As one who’s earned her way freelancing, 
I respond with a resounding “Yes!” And trust me when I say, 
“If I can do it, you can too!”

Please link to read the rest of Janice Thompson's article....
The Short Piece/Supplementing Your Fiction Habit

Friday, March 11, 2011


Seekerville: RISKY BUSINESS ... GUEST LAURIE ALICE EAKES (And G...: "“Twenty Years from now You will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than the things that you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sa..."

Pentalk Community: A Word of Encouragement from Jennifer Slattery

Pentalk Community: A Word of Encouragement from Jennifer Slattery: "Here at Pentalk, our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the earthquake and subsequent tsunamis. A Word of Encouragementby Jenn..."

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wagging Tales: Writers' 3 for Free

Wagging Tales: Writers' 3 for Free: "Friday 3 for free time! 3 free ebooks (well, this week I've included an audiobook) all on the craft of writing: Leaping Out of the Slush P..."

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Fun Lines in fiction -- Rene Gutteridge

“Miss Missy Peeple shuffled down the gravel hill as fast as her callous, fungus-ridden feet would let her go.” Rene Gutteridge, Boo

Fiction Lines -- Frank Peretti

“She ran, tree limbs and brambles scratching, grabbing, tripping, and slapping her as if they were bony hands, reaching for her out of the darkness.” Frank Peretti, The Oath

Monday, March 7, 2011

Writing Tip

Linda Kozar Writing Tip Of The Day--Take your most embarrassing moment and incorporate it into the storyline. Put your story into the story.

Writing Contest Calendar, by Fliterary

Fliterary has started a Google calendar to keep track of writing contests for both published and unpublished authors. If you have a google calendar--all you have to to is click on an event and choose "copy to my calendar."

If you don't have a google calendar, you can still use it. The contest calendar is located on the right hand side of this blog. Or you can save this blog post to revisit the calendar, or you can visit the calendar page and copy the URL.

We need your help to add as many contest opportunities as possible. Email us at fliterary@gmail.com with a link and details for (published or unpublished) writing contests.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Novel Matters: Quiet Down!

Novel Matters: Quiet Down!: "Welcome to our book talk on Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, the perfect literary companion. Today, we'll be discussing the chapter on first dra..."

Wordsmithing: Interrupting Chicken

Wordsmithing: Interrupting Chicken by Stephanie Prichard http://www.acfw.com/ezine/article/wordsmithing_interrupting_chicken

ACFW - The Voice of Christian Fiction

Christian Fiction Online Magazine

Christian Fiction Online Magazine--Informative, entertaining articles on reading, writing Christian fiction, written by the best and brightest authors in the CBA and ECPA industries.


Welcome to Afictionado

Afictionado is the ultimate e-zine for writers. We provide education and support for writers, exclusive news from inside the industry—and much more! Make us your first stop for everything fiction.  http://www.acfw.com/ezine/

Christian Author Network

Drop over to the Christian Authors Network. As published authors, they long to share victories and struggles with regards to marketing and promotion. http://canblog.typepad.com/canbookmarketing/

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

What Kind of Book are you Writing?

Powerful post by Mary Southerland...


Idahope Fiction Writer Contest Winners!

The Idahope Writer Contest Winners are....

Rules for Engagement, Laura Briggs (Waldron, AR)
Vigil, Sharon Dunn (Bozeman, MT)
Long Road Home, Judy Gann (Lakewood, WA)
War Horse, Colin James (Litchfield Park, AZ)
Winds of Wyoming, Becky Lyles (Boise, ID)
Unforeseen Journeys, Christina Nelson (Corvallis, OR)
A Line in the Sand, Stephanie Prichard (Indianapolis, IN)
Obsidian, Belinda Rodriguez (Nampa, ID)
Orphans, Josh Snell (Nampa, ID)

Third Prize
The Hitchhiker, Zoe McCarthy (Prowhatan, VA)

Second Prize
The Well: A Samaritan Story, Stephanie Landsem (Lake Elmo, MN)

First Prize
The Undertaker’s Daughter, Kerri Mountain (Commodore, PA)

Congratulations to all!!!

Criticism | The Steve Laube Agency

Criticism | The Steve Laube Agency

Christian Writers Guild Acquires Market Guide


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Feb. 28, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- As of March 1, the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild will have acquired "Sally Stuart's Christian Writers Market Guide," the annual comprehensive resource guide offering up-to-date information on the Christian publishing industry. Stuart's annual publication, now in its 26th year, has become a reliable source for the critical information needed by those seeking to publish their work in the Christian community. The resource will still be published by Tyndale House, but with the 2012 edition will change its title to "The Christian Writer's Market Guide" and the byline will switch from Sally Stuart to Jerry B. Jenkins. 

To read the rest... http://stuartmarket.blogspot.com/2011/03/christian-writers-guild-acquires-market.html