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Interview & Book Give-Away with Delores Liesner

Photography by KHB photography

Photography by KHB photography

What a joy to close out 2015 with a visit from my friend, author Delores Liesner. We met years ago at the CLASS Christian Writers Conference and she’s been hard at work ever since. I love her publication story and her look at contemporary miracles. I hope you’ll be challenged to see the potential, too!

Be sure to leave a comment for Delores and you’ll be in the drawing for a copy of her new book, Be the Miracle.

Welcome, Delores. Let’s get started. I see you consider yourself a storyteller, yet most of your work is non-fiction. Please tell us how that came about.

Fiction was my lifeline growing up – especially if based on a true story. We moved to a new town when I was in high school and the English teacher, desperate to gain more oral reports, had made a rule the year prior that every A-graded book report would advance the student’s final score by one letter grade! Investigative conversations with older students provided a list of her favorites, and I learned how to write to the audience. The Scarlet Letter and short stories by O’Henry among others, quickly garnered 5 “A” book reports (one extra just to be safe) and I could mess around the rest of the year. I loved dramatizing the real stories of my teacher’s preferences, but, certain my life experiences would never be that exciting, I began creating fictional skits and stories for school, my own escape valve, and eventually for my children.

Then I met God, and my life-drama developed new depth. I learned how to study the Bible inductively with the Navigators. I noticed when I shared personal applications in story form, others were leaning forward, interested to hear what happened next, so I saw value to using story in lessons and articles and began getting help and advice toward publishing them.

Where or to whom did you go to learn about publishing, Delores?Delores Liesner Miracle book cover

First, I wrote to a fiction author I admired, and asked how one goes about getting a story or article published. She directed me to Allison Gappa Bottke, who was developing an anthology series God Allows U Turns. Allison accepted a couple of my stories, and encouraged me to attend a seminar led by Marita and Florence Littauer. That conference, including the editor, publisher and radio appointments were life changing, as was the assignment Allison gave me to find stories after nine-one-one. CBN.com accepted a guest blog from one of those interviews and the following day I was on the phone hearing a story from a general at the Pentagon! I knew I could never dream up stuff this exciting and I was hooked. More conferences led me to 2010 where I met more encouragers, including Bruce Wilkinson. He inspired me to combine 31 of my miracle stories into a book.  I left the conference on a high, thinking the book could be out within a year, but the journey had just begun.

Yes, it seems all authors have experienced that reality check.  So Be the Miracle was published this August – almost 5 years from that moment of commitment.  What happened?

Life happened. I was still the guardian for my mother who lived 4 hours away, and that took quite a bit of my time. In the off hours I wrote devotionals, stories for anthologies, magazines and internet to save for a conference where I hoped to gain publishing and marketing information, and prayed a lot. I prayed about which stories to choose, and prayed about meeting the right people to help me navigate the fearsome

Delores and author/speaker Bruce Wilkinson

Delores and author/speaker Bruce Wilkinson

book proposal, and prayed about a publisher. I wrote and rewrote stories in different ways for different markets. I was blessed during that time to receive a call from an editor saying, “We are thinking of adding a column to our magazine and your name came up – would you be interested?”  That experience taught me refining stories for space and attention span, preparing me for the short-story devotional style of my book.

I blogged about the dreaded book proposal and a young friend introduced me to her friend – an experienced published author. As I was preparing my one-sheet for a conference meeting with one publisher, another’s call congratulating me for a contest win led to my contract and contact for an agent.  More amazing God HUGS (Highly Unexpected God-Surprises).

Sounds like faith played an active role in your writing journey. Is that the message your stories carry to the readers?

Delores and husband Ken

Delores and husband Ken

Yes, to activate our faith – putting hands and feet to what we believe, and to live expectantly, knowing that where we go we bring Christ, so we can expect something exciting to happen.

And after reading your book, Be the Miracle, I’m reminded that God is always orchestrating miracles . . . if only we’re focused enough to see them. Thank you for sharing your writing journey and your life of miracles with us. I pray that–as your tagline says–we’ll all be challenged to put our hands and feet to our faith.

And friends, don’t forget to leave a message for Delores and you’ll be in the drawing for a free copy of her book, Be the Miracle. Don’t forget to return next week to see if you’re the winner!

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Thank you for your kind words of sympathy and encouragement in the loss of my dear father-in-love. They gave strength and peace when we needed them. Thank you, too, for your grace as I return to work again and begin the catch-up in January.

Blessings for the new year!

Vonda

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Interview & Book Give-Away with Linda Goldfarb, Kudos, & Who Won $100 in the MoGo7000 Challenge?

Linda Barn headshotWow, do we have a jam-packed day today! First up: Linda Goldfarb…

Friends, you can’t imagine how excited I am to introduce Linda Goldfarb to you! As you’ll see in the interview, we go wayyyy back to our much earlier days of writing and speaking. We’ve both experienced the joys and sorrows of living the writer/speaker life…and we wouldn’t trade it for anything!

Be sure to leave a comment for Linda and you’ll be in the drawing for a free copy of her new Bible study, Loving the ME God Sees. Don’t forget to check back next week to see if you’re the winner!

Okay, let’s get started! Linda, welcome to the Christian Writer’s Den. You and I go way back to the Glorieta Christian Writer’s Conference days, also as trainers with CLASSEMINARS Inc., and I was a guest on your radio show, Not Just Talkin’ the Talk, many years ago. We’ve shared a lot of road on our journey and now you’ve released your first Bible study. These are exciting times!

Ha ha, yes we have so many stories we could talk about for sure, Vonda! Thank you for the opportunity to be here with your readers, it’s an honor for me to be on the other end of the interview especially with you as the host!Loving the Me God Sees cover Linda Goldfarb

What inspired you to write a Bible study for women on Relational Transparency in Loving the ME God Sees?

Seriously, I never had the intention of writing a book, let alone a Bible study. I’m one of those speakers who writes magazine articles, online columns, personal/professional blogs, and yes, I have co-authored an eBook with Kim Garrison called, The Art of The Interview: Before, During, and After the Interview Strategies for Writers, Speakers, and Leaders, but a Bible study was never on my radar.

If it’s okay with you Vonda, I’d like to touch on two concepts leading to my book; our fear of exposure…or being transparent, and God’s will for our best.

Transparency is something we usually run away from, and being truthful, I ran from it with style. As a professional speaker/actress, I had the knack to disguise hurt, pain, shame, and low self-esteem with humor, a quick wit, redirection and if need be, withdrawing from situations that made me vulnerable to exposure. You’re a great actress yourself, so I’m sure you know where I’m coming from.

Linda Goldfarb communicationI knew there were things in my life, my past, that I had to face or let go of, but covering it up and using humor seemed more Christian-like—I became very comfortable with the phrase, “I’m fine. Everything is good. No worries.” Over the years of speaking and coaching I realized women around the globe suffered as I did…especially women in the church.

Several years ago, God’s will brought me face-to-face with our mutual friend, Georgia Shaffer. Without going into a lot of detail concerning our discussion at a CLASS Seminar event, Georgia’s words, “Linda, until you allow others to see your pain, you are limiting God’s impact on their lives and yours” struck me hard.

My gut reaction to her words put me in a defense mode, “Seriously Georgia, people don’t want to hear about my hurts, my pain, my challenges. They want to laugh and be entertained. People really don’t care.”

I walked away from our meeting with an unpleasant taste in my mouth and an unsettling feeling in my heart. Georgia was right. You see, in truth, I was very afraid to be real. Afraid of what others might think. I’m a professional; I should have it all together, right?

I’ve found God’s will is most evident in the scary moments of our lives. When we’re asked to step out on that unseen bridge of faith trusting Him more than we fear the world.Linda Goldfarb affirmation

Would you share with my friends the story of how the book came to be published?

In September of 2009 during my morning quiet time, God prompted me to write a Bible study. What transpired over the next two months is too long to share during this interview, let’s just say I had a two-by-four spiritual awakening to God’s best for me.

I began writing and teaching, at that time the study was called Walking Faith-Full, based on the Book of James. God literally provided seven women who met with me faithfully over the course of 13-weeks to complete the study. After that we opened the study to my church. At one point the women attending asked for the study title to be changed, as walking faith-full didn’t quite hit the mark. The result was Loving the ME God Sees.

In 2014, I approached our friend Cheri Cowell of Living Parables Inc/EABooks. about publishing the study as a POD and eBook. Her team worked with me all through the process and I love the results.

My encouragement to your readers: don’t allow your fears to overshadow God’s best in your life. If His will is for you to write a book, an article, a Bible study or whatever, be alert to life and He will affirm your calling. Then walk boldly through the door He opens trusting He has His best waiting around the corner… never give up.

Warrior Sisters Linda GoldfarbI just love that story! And I love Cheri Cowell, too. 🙂 A two-by-four moment, isn’t that just like God? Now, before we go, would you tell us what’s next for you?

I’m still speaking at retreats and emceeing events as the Lord allows. As a board certified Christian life coach, I’m blessed to work with women, couples, and parents helping them grow from good living to God’s best life. My hubby, Sam and I co-teach Parenting Awesome Kids in our church each week and I’m also writing a couple more books. One for my sisters-in-Christ called, His Warrior Sisters: Standing Strong for Faith, Family & Freedom, and the second is the I CARE Guide for Parents: Bite-sized Child-caring Principles for Busy Parents.

Thanks for being with us today, Linda. And readers, don’t forget to leave a comment and you’ll be in the drawing for a free copy of her book, Loving the ME God Sees. Just check back next week to see if you’re the winner!

BIO: As a national speaker and board certified life coach, Linda Goldfarb empowers women, parents & grandparents to move forward with hope & possibility when life changes. Linda is the author of Loving the ME God Sees: Peeling Back the Layers to Experience a Heart of Transparency. She has over 200 published articles covering physical, relational, and spiritual wellness. Linda is the mother of four adult children, Maw-Maw to six-grandies, and wife to her incredible partner in ministry, Sam. She is the Women’s Ministry Director at First Baptist Church of Universal City, Texas, and founder/instructor of Parenting Awesome Kids. Linda loves her life in the Texas hill country where she and Sam reside with four country dogs! www.Lindagoldfarb.com linda@lindagoldfarb.com

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It’s time to celebrate YOU with our Christian Writer’s Den Kudos!

Congratulations to the following CWD friends who’ve been doing the work and finding success:

1. Cheryl Barker (KS): My article “From Generation to Generation” appeared in the December issue of War Cry. Also, my article “Verbs of the Proverbs 31 Woman” was accepted for publication by Evangel, and my article “Propelled by Mother Love” was accepted for publication in the upcoming spring issue of The Lutheran Digest.

2. Brenda McGraw (SC): Brenda began her blog, AskGodToday.com, in 2013, but in recent months has added some excellent writers to her line-up.

3. Dr. Michelle Bengtson (TX): Michelle is offering a free webinar, “10 Tips to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues” on Tuesday, January 27 at 7:30pmCT. Click here to register for “10 Tips to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues.”

4. Sheri Levy (SC): Sheri’s YA novel, Seven Days to Goodbye, was released in the fall. (I’m so sorry I apparently missed including this earlier. Please forgive me!) You can read more about the book at Sheri’s website and here’s a link to her book trailer

Congratulations, Cheryl, Brenda, Michelle, and Sheri! And friends, if you need help finding success in publishing, be sure to return next week when I’ll be sharing writing opportunities and conferences with you!

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And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for . . . Who won the 2014 MoGo7000 Challenge?

Well, before I announce the winner, let me share some exciting statistics with you:

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  1. Would you believe over half a million new words were written on book projects and reported by Christian Writer’s Den friends in 2014? The grand total was 517,772 words!
  2. Nine writers participated in the 2014 challenge.
  3. I know several books came out of these months of writing, but I don’t know how many.
  4. And I know one writer is going to be $100 richer. 🙂

Congratulations to all the writers who worked hard and made progress in their book projects this year!

So, are you ready to see who won $100 to spend as desired? Drum roll, please…Random.org says the winner of the 2014 MoGo7000 Challenge is…

Joan Hall!

Woo-hoo, Joan! Congratulations! Now, I just need you to contact me with your snail mail address and I’ll get that check right out to you!

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Don’t forget–the 2015 MoGo7000 Challenge is now underway! You could write a book this year and possibly win $100, too!

That’s right, the MoGo7000 Challenge is open to everyone, and it’s free! Check out the page for complete details, but the bottom line is I want to help you write your book this year, and one of the best ways I know to do it is to entice you with cash. 🙂

It’s easy, it’s free, and it’s all for you. Check out the MoGo7000 Challenge details and then get to work. Every month you can win an entry. The more months you meet the challenge, the more entries you receive.

So what are you waiting for?

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Well, that’s it for another Celebration Tuesday. I hope you’ve been encouraged today to write the words you were created to write!

Vonda

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Interview & Book Give-Away with Marie Senter and Kudos & MoGo7000 Results

Marie Senter headshotToday is the 2nd Tuesday, and I’m looking forward to talking with author Marie Senter and celebrating your successes!

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Interview with Marie Senter

Marie and I first met at the Glorieta Christian Writers’ Conference where I was her writing coach as part of the Get Published Now seminar. She brought a rough copy of the true story of the time she, as an industrial nurse, saved the life of a severely injured worker. She worked hard on the piece and turned it into a print-worthy article.

Be sure to leave a comment for Marie and you’ll be in the drawing for a free book! Don’t forget to return next week to see if you’re the winner!

Welcome to the Christian Writer’s Den, Marie! I’ll never forget how thrilled I was to meet another RN who’s also a writer.

Thank you for having me. As a nurse, I’m still asking myself Cec Murphey’s question: Am I a nurse who writes, or am I a writer who nurses? My answer is, “YES!” I love nursing, and it gives me the economic base to support my writing. Both are God-given passions.

I know what those passions feel like and agree that they’re both God-given! So how long have you been writing?

Mom and Dad would read to us six kids and encouraged us to write our own plays. I believe reading is essential to writing. The combination of memory, wild imagination and the ability to correlate the unrelated defines my style. For instance, one of my high school English assignments turned into a story read over the local 50,000 watt radio station every Christmas Eve for many years.

A high school writing assignment at Christmas time?

Yes, I used a well-known story about a baby born in a stable and placed in a manger. The difference is that my story is told by the straw in the manger with appropriate hay-seed phrases. It has been printed in two different church advent booklets. I’m told it is still part of many Christmas Eve family gatherings.

The Christmas story told by the straw? Now that’s a unique POV! Is your writing confined to short stories?TRESTLE Book One Classroom Edition

The 3-by-5 spiral notebook with my first childhood adaptations still exists. The poems I’ve written have rhyme, rhythm, and a storyline, such as “Suicide” (a college friend), and “A Woman Is…” (ideals plus reality). Twice, newspapers printed my reviews of locally produced musicals, and twice, obituaries: My first husband, diagnosed with leukemia, went heavenward 22 months after our marriage. Our story of life and his death is the lead story in I Believe in Heaven, the recent Cec Murphey/Twila Belk book. Five years later, I wrote a second obituary when a blood clot broke loose, and I became a widow again. Chicken Soup for the Soul printed the story I adapted when my sister encountered breast cancer.

What writing projects have you written and what are you working on now?

Following the example of a petite, gifted author from South Carolina who mentored me at my first big writers’ conference, and with encouragement to “write what you know,” I am polishing Book Three of a mystery trilogy for kids. My mentor wrote of a girl from a loving family who managed to get into and out of situations that skirted disaster. My adaptation is the Trestle over No Name Creek series set in any small town, l960. Junior high kids form a gang and survive “normal for l960” society, culture, and grown-up attitudes. Once chapter one is absorbed, the next chapters build until the very last pages answer the mystery: In Book One, was old man Frank’s death an accident, or was their dark-skinned old friend’s death a murder?  Book Two combines a reclusive old man and a l960’s delinquent with the Meanderthallers in the middle. Book Three―read it and “go figure.” Written for school kids of all ages, the series has no test questions. Instead, the back of each book has an insert with chapter-by-chapter Research Projects. Example: “What’s a trestle?”

This sounds like an interesting series for kids. You must have had a wise mentor! (Hahahaha!) I’m thrilled to see Trestle Over No Name Creek: Book Two has just been released in Kindle version. Congrats!

And our last question: Would you tell us the quick version of your road to publication of your novels?

three books illusAll the writers’ conferences I attended, the publishers, agents, and interviews resulted in zero interest. So once again, d.D.i.–direct Divine intervention–stepped in. It came in the form of a local man who had survived a heart attack, had his books rejected, who then studied Publishing101, and formed his own publishing house. He walked up to me at a local writers’ group and said he wanted to publish my book. After prayer and research, I accepted. My editor is a lifetime Bible teacher friend who has “caught my voice” and shares her gifts of placing punctuation where I do dot-dot-dot.

Yes, I’m very familiar with your dot-dot-dot form of punctuation. 🙂 We writers are thankful for our editors, aren’t we? Thank you again for being with us today, Marie. Blessings as you continue Book Three of your series!

And readers, be sure to leave a comment for Marie and you’ll be in the drawing for a free book, but don’t forget to check back next week to see if you win!

Bio: Writing since grade school, Marie has produced stories, poems, books, and has been published in school and local newspapers. In college, five of her class writing assignments ended up in print. As a professional nurse, she has written, done art work, and designed curriculum for health topics, aiding fellow nurses and other staff, prn. In addition, she has taught child development seminars for child care workers’ accreditation. Adding medical worker in clinics and hospice to speaker, artist, and teacher, Marie continues to serve with God-given abilities.

Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Our Kudos are Short and Sweet This Month, but It’s a BIG One!

Edie Melson has just signed a contract with Worthy Publishing for her newest book for military families: While My Soldier Serves: Prayers for Those With a Loved One in the Military. The publication launch date is July 4, 2015.

Congratulations to my long-time writing buddy, Edie!

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Who Qualified for a November Entry in the 2014 MoGo7000 Challenge?

Congrats to these four hard-writing writers who wrote at least 7000 new words on a book project in the mogo7000 logomonth of November:

#23: Tim Suddeth – 8,483 words
#24: Glenda Mills – 7,200 words
#25: Susan Baganz – 64,746 words
#26: Joan Hall – 20,000 words

Would you believe these four writers wrote 100,429 words in one month! Congratulations, writers!

And readers, if you want to learn how to enter the challenge, simply check out the MoGo7000 Challenge page. You have 1 more opportunity to reach a monthly goal and win an entry before the $100 drawing in January!

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Well, that does it for another December Tuesday. I hope today’s post encouraged you to do what it takes to reach your goals in 2015.

Christmas blessings as we celebrate the Gift and the Giver!

Vonda

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Writer’s Headlines: Writing Opportunities, Conferences, & Christian Communicators’ Save the Date!

newspapersHappy 3rd Tuesday to you, dear friends! Let’s start with a list of writing opportunities and contests selected just for you!

1.  CBH Ministries Keys for Kids teaches children about God’s love and His Word. Keys for Kids Writer’s Guidelines here.

2.  Catholic Sentinel looking for Oregon-focused articles of interest to local Catholics.

3.  Creation Illustrated is the “leading Bible-based nature journal” and is looking for writers and photographers. Creation Illustrated Submission Guidelines here.

4.  Escapees Magazine is looking for articles of interest to RVers who live the RV lifestyle. Escapees Magazine writing guidelines here.

5.  Eldridge Plays and Musicals submission guidelines 

6.  Writers Weekly.com wants articles on how to make money writing. Do not send “how to write” articles. Writers Weekend guidelines here.

7.  Bead&Button Magazine is a bimonthly magazine devoted to techniques, projects, and designs of beaded jewelry and accessories. Bead&Button Submission Guidelines here.

8.  Woman’s Day magazine accepts articles from very experienced writers. Woman’s Day writer’s guidelines here.

9.  Guide Magazine: Guide is a Christian story magazine for young people ages 10-14. The 32-page, four-color publication is published weekly by the Review and Herald Publishing Association. Our mission is to show readers, through stories that illustrate Bible truth, how to walk with God now and forever. Guide Magazine Writer’s Guidelines here.

10. Shotgun Sports magazine writers must have first hand knowledge of hunting, trapshooting, or collecting or repairing guns

11. The Kids’ Ark is always looking for great stories for kids. The Kids’ Ark is a quarterly children’s Christian magazine full of the truth about God’s love. There are many questions kids have growing up: Who am I? Am I loved? Am I worthy? Am I valuable? Think of all the pain that could be avoided in a lifetime if a child knew the answers to these questions at an early age. The Kids’ Ark Writer’s Guidelines here.

12. Small Farm Today magazine is dedicated to preserving and promoting small farming, rural living, community and agripreneurship. Writing guidelines here.

13. Highlights for Children is a general-interest, advertising-free magazine for children up to age twelve. It was founded in 1946 by Dr. Garry Cleveland Myers and Caroline Clark Myers, and is still owned and run by their family. The magazine has no religious or organizational affiliation. Highlights has a circulation of about two million and is published monthly. Highlights Writer’s Guidelines here.

14. Lerner Publishing Group works with many talented authors and illustrators to create its books for children and young adults. Lerner Books Submission Guidelines here.

15. Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards. Deadline October 31, 2014.

16. Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Contest. Deadline December 15, 2014.

And these two opportunities were submitted by our friend and CCC grad, artist and speaker Cyn Rogalski. Thanks, Cyn!

17. Christian Media Magazine guidelines

18. Moms Magazine submission guidelines

Well, that should keep you busy for a while. Don’t forget to share this with your writing friends!

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 And here are some conferences for writers and speakers. I hope to see you at some of them!

1.  CLASS Christian Writers Conference: October 23-25, 2014, Albuquerque, NM

2.  South Carolina Writers’ Workshop: October 24-26, 2014, Myrtle Beach, SC

3.  Heart of America Christian Writer’s Network Conference: November 6-8, 2014, Overland Park, KS

4.  Writers ADVANCE Boot Camp: February 20-22, 2015, Asheville, NC

5.  Florida Christian Writers Conference: February 25-March 1, 2015, Leesburg, FL

6.  Mid-South Christian Writers Conference: March 7, 2015, Memphis, TN (I’ll see you there!)

7.  Write2Ignite Conference for Writers of Children’s Literature: March 27-28, 2015, Tigerville, SC (I’ll see you there!)

8. Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference: May 17-21, 2015, Ridgecrest, NC (I’ll see you there!)

9. Christian Communicators Conference: Hold the date! August 26-30, 2015, The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, Asheville, NC. Registration will open late February. (I’ll see you there!)

Okay, friends, I can’t wait to see the successes that come from your responses to these lists!

Happy writing!

Vonda

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Writer’s Headlines: Writing Opportunities, Contests, & Conferences and Book Winner

newspapersYes! It’s the 3rd Tuesday, and Time for New Writing Opportunities, Contests, Conferences, and the Announcement of Ane Mulligan’s Book Winner!

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Let’s start with a bunch of new writing opportunities with links to their guidelines–selected just for you

Freelance writing is a great way to generate some income and beef up your resume!

1Reach Out Columbia Magazine Guidelines

2.  Elks’ Magazine

3.  Faith Today Magazine

4.  Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking

5.  Vibrant Life Magazine

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6.  Connecticut Magazine

7.  The Daily Tea

8.  Women’s Adventure Magazine

9.  Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Magazine

10. Arizona Highways Magazine

11. Georgia Family Magazine

12. Orlando Family Magazine

13. Homeschooling Today

14. Adoptive Family Magazine

15. Wesleyan Church Guidelines for Books and Articles

16. Christian Media Magazine

17. Adventure Kayak Magazine

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Here are THREE Writer’s Digest Writing Contests

Don’t miss your chance to enter these contests.

1.  Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards. Deadline September 19, 2014.

2.  Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards. Deadline October 31, 2014.

3.  Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Contest. Deadline December 15, 2014.

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Writers Conferences are a great way to learn your craft and make your connections

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Courtesy of Dan/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

1.  Writing for the Soul: September 19-20, 2014 Murfreesboro, TN

2.  American Christian Fiction Writers Conference: September 25-27, 2014, St. Louis, MO

3.  Breathe Christian Writers Conference: October 10-11, 2014, Grand Rapids, MI

4.  Queen City Writers Conference: October 14-16, 2014, Charlotte, NC

5.  New England Christian Writers Retreat: October 17-19, 2014, Plainfield, NJ

6.  Blue Ridge Christian Novelist RetreatOctober 19-22, 2014, Ridgecrest, NC

7.  CLASS Christian Writers Conference: October 23-25, 2014, Albuquerque, NM

8.  South Carolina Writers’ Workshop: October 24-26, 2014, Myrtle Beach, SC

9.  Heart of America Christian Writer’s Network Conference: November 6-8, 2014, Overland Park, KS

10. Writers ADVANCE Boot Camp: February 20-22, 2015, Asheville, NC

11. Florida Christian Writers Conference: February 25-March 1, 2015, Leesburg, FL

12. Mid-South Christian Writers Conference: March 7, 2015, Memphis, TN (I’ll see you there!)

13. Write2Ignite Conference for Writers of Children’s Literature: March 27-28, 2015, Tigerville, SC

14. Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference: May 17-21, 2015, Ridgecrest, NCAne Mulligan book cover

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And who won Ane Mulligan’s book, Chapel Springs Revival?

The winner is Margie Houmes! Margie, simply contact me with your snail mail address and Ane will get your book right out to you!

I know you’re all excited about reading Ane’s new book, so here is a direct Amazon link to Chapel Springs Revival.

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Well, that does it for another Writer’s Headlines Tuesday. It’s my prayer that these resources will help you on your writing journey!

Happy writing!

Vonda

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Writer’s Headlines: Writing Opportunities, Conferences, & Book Winner

newspapersIt’s time for writing opportunities collected just for you!

Wish you could see your name in the monthly kudos? Wondering how you can take this love of words and build a career…or at least a little mad money? Well, here are 12 places who are looking for writers and contest entries!

Remember to follow the guidelines to the letter. That will raise your chances for finding favor with an editor. But just remember, nothing helps you get a “job” better than great writing!

1.  Operation First Novel: Do you have what it takes to be the new voice in Christian fiction? Jerry B. Jenkins’ Christian Writers Guild contest is open. But you must hurry, membership deadline is August 29 and contest deadline is September 3.

2.  Call-out for submissions of true stories of Jesus and children. Jesus Talked to Me Today: Stories of Children’s Encounters with God, Angels, and MiraclesJesus and Children guidelinesJesus Stories sample. Deadline September 1, 2014.

3.  Call out for submissions: Please Tell Me I’m Not a Bad Mother Guidelines. Deadline August 26, 2014.

4. Saturday Evening Post guidelines

5.  Chicken Soup for the Soul is always looking for submissions! Currently looking for stories about moms, dreams, hopes & miracles, volunteering, Christmas, therapists/mental health, thriving.

6.  Humpty-Dumpty and Jack & Jill writer’s guidelines.

7. ACFW-SC Query Letter and First Pages Contest: Open to members and non-members. Deadline October 10.

8.  Ask Magazine for Kids guidelines

9.  Pockets Devotions for Kids guidelines 

10.  The Kids’ Ark writer’s guidelines

11.  More Magazine for Women ages 45-64. More Magazine writer’s guidelines here.

12.  Today’s Christian Woman magazine writing guidelines

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If you’re serious about writing, you’ll be serious about attending writing conferences!

1.  Maranatha Christian Writers Conference: September 15-18, Muskegon, MI

2.  Writing for the Soul: September 19-20, 2014 Murfreesboro, TN

3.  American Christian Fiction Writers Conference: September 25-27, 2014, St. Louis, MO

4.  Breathe Christian Writers Conference: October 10-11, 2014, Grand Rapids, MI

5.  Queen City Writers Conference: October 14-16, 2014, Charlotte, NC

6.  Blue Ridge Christian Novelist RetreatOctober 19-22, 2014, Ridgecrest, NC

7.  CLASS Christian Writers Conference: October 23-25, 2014, Albuquerque, NM

8.  Heart of America Christian Writer’s Network Conference: November 6-8, 2014, Overland Park, KS

9.  Writers ADVANCE Boot Camp: February 20-22, 2015, Asheville, NC

10. Write2Ignite Conference for Writers of Children’s Literature: March 27-28, 2015, Tigerville, SC

11. Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference: May 17-21, 2015, Ridgecrest, NC

Field of Daisies cover Barbara Hattemer~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~9781602903746-Perfect.indd

And last, but not least, who won Barbara Hattemer’s book?

The winner is…drumroll, please…Judith Robl!!! Judith, simply contact me with your mailing address and Barbara will get your book right out to you! Congratulations!

And for those who didn’t win, here are direct Amazon links to Barbara’s books:

An Island Just for Us and Field of Daisies

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Well, that does it for another Writer’s Headlines post. I hope to see lots of good things come out of these opportunities!

Happy writing!

Vonda

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How NOT to Get Published

Don't be a weirdo.

Since one of my goals here at the Christian Writer’s Den is to help you in your search for publication, we’ll continue our preparations for writing conferences. After all, I made many of the mistakes we talk about here. Thankfully I was given the opportunity to repair the damage I’d done, but not everyone gets a second chance. Don’t waste your opportunity.

Some of my favorite conferences are already over and some are coming up in the next few weeks and months. But whether you’re preparing for your experience or remembering back on it, I hope you won’t regret your actions.

This little video was produced a couple of years ago by my friends at CLASS Christian Writers Conference (CLASSeminars.org) and I just have to share it with you again today. How NOT to Get Published…

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Writer’s Headlines: Writing Conferences, Workshops, and MoGo7000 Challenge

Today is the 4th Thursday, so we’ll be looking at opportunities to learn!

 

1.  Christian Authors Guild “Catch the Wave” Writers Conference: August 23-25, 2012, Norcross, GA-Starts today!

2.  Marketing in the Mountains Writers Retreat: August 29-September 3, 2012, Gatlinburg, TN

3.  Upstate Christian Writers Fall events: September/October/November, 2012, Greenville, SC

4.  Write2Ignite A Day Apart: September 8, 2012, Spindale, NC

5.  East Metro Atlanta Christian Writers Conference: September 7-8, 2012, Covington, GA

6.  American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW): September 20-23, 2012, Dallas, TX

8.  Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference: September 24-28, 2012, Near Norton Shores, MI

9.  C. S. Lewis Southwest Regional Retreat and Writers Workshop: October 27-30, 2012, Navasota, TX

10. CLASS Christian Writers Conference: October 31-November 4, 2012, Ghost Ranch, NM

11.  Writer’s ADVANCE! Boot Camp 2013: February 1-3, 2013, The Cove, Asheville, NC–I’ll be there!

12. Writing for the Soul Conference: February 14-17, 2013, Colorado Springs, CO

13. Write2Ignite: March 15-16, 2013, Tigerville, SC

14. Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, May 19-12, 2013, Ridgecrest, NC–I’ll be there!

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It’s not too late to MoGo7000!

Do you want to write a book this year AND have a chance to win $100? All you have to do is write at least 7000 NEW words (not rewrites) on a book project during the calendar month and you’ll be in the running. Meet the goal one month and you’ll have one entry. Meet it every month and you’ll have one for each month you meet the goal, increasing your chance to win!

And it’s all free! Want more details? Check out the MoGo7000 Challenge page for the guidelines. And yes, you can work on more than one book at a time.

You have a few more days to meet the August goal, so what are you waiting for? I’ll be announcing the call-out for totals the first Thursday in September, so there’s plenty of time!

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Write on!

Vonda

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Writer’s Headlines: Writers Conferences, Christian Communicators Speakers Conference & MoGo7000 Writing Challenge

This week’s post includes upcoming writers conferences, new rooms available at speakers conference, and your chance to win $100 in the MoGo7000 Challenge…

 

Regardless where you are on the writing journey, writers conferences should be part of your year. Check out these great conferences:

1.  Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference: August 1-4, 2012, Langhorne, PA

2.  Writers’ Publishing Workshop: August 6-10, 2012, South Hamilton, MA

3.  Gideon Media Arts Conference and Film Festival: August 11-16, 2012, Ridgecrest, NC (I’ll see you there!)

4.  Christian Authors Guild “Catch the Wave” Writers Conference: August 23-25, 2012, Norcross, GA

5.  Marketing in the Mountains Writers Retreat: August 29-September 3, 2012, Gatlinburg, TN

6.  East Metro Atlanta Christian Writers Conference: September 7-8, 2012, Covington, GA

7.  American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW): September 20-23, 2012, Dallas, TX

8.  Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference: September 24-28, 2012, Near Norton Shores, MI

9.  C. S. Lewis Southwest Regional Retreat and Writers Workshop: October 27-30, 2012, Navasota, TX

10. CLASS Christian Writers Conference: October 31-November 4, 2012, Ghost Ranch, NM

11. Writing for the Soul Conference: February 14-17, 2013, Colorado Springs, CO

12. Write2Ignite: March 15-16, 2013, Tigerville, SC

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The 2012 MoGo7000 Challenge Continues!

Catherine Young, a writer and friend from Delaware, has graciously offered to sponsor this year’s MoGo7000 Challenge. Thank you, Cathy!

And the good news for writers is, you don’t have to change a thing.  So…are you currently working on a book? If so, Catherine Young and I want to help you finish it AND give you an opportunity to win $100!

All you have to do is write 7000 NEW words (not rewrites) on a book project during the calendar month and you’ll have an entry. Meet the goal one month and you’ll have one entry. Meet it 10 months and you’ll have 10 entries and increase your chances to win!

And it’s all free! Want more details? Check out the MoGo7000 Challenge page for the guidelines. And yes, you can work on more than one book at a time.

You have a few more days to meet the June goal, so what are you waiting for?

Thank you, Catherine Young, for your support of writers!

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New Double and Single Openings at Christian Communicators Conference at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove!

We’ve just received word from The Cove that they have opened up at least two more single or double rooms for us! Yay! So if you’ve been hesitant to register because of lodging options, here’s your unexpected chance to snag a double or single room! Of course, we still have spaces available in the triple/quad room as well.

The 2012 Christian Communicators Conference will be August 29-September 2 at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove.

We also have a few more “Conference and Meals Only” spots available for those who are able to arrange off-site lodging. But you must hurry. The conference is limited to 30 participants.

Check the Christian Communicators website for more details.

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Well, that’s it for this week’s Writer’s Headlines. Be sure to check back next week for the monthly call-outs!

Write on!

Vonda

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Interview and Book Give-Away with Author & Speaker Golden Keyes Parsons

It’s our 4th Tuesday, so today you have a chance to learn about another author AND have a chance to win a free book! You can read Golden Parsons’ official bio below, but I can tell you from experience that this is one talented woman! We first met back in 2006 when we both were on faculty at the Glorieta Christian Writers Conference in New Mexico (now called CLASS Christian Writers Conference). If I remember correctly, she played the keyboard in the praise band that year!

But today Golden is here to talk about writing. His Steadfast Love is her latest book and her next book, coming out this fall, is Trapped! The Adulterous Woman, the first in the series Hidden Faces, Portraits of Nameless Women in the Gospels. Be sure to leave a comment and you’ll be in the drawing for a free book!

So let’s get started. Okay, Golden, I’ve known you for a while, and I’ve always wondered about your name. Is “Golden Keyes Parsons” your real name or is it your pen name?

I’m glad you asked. This is the first question that I usually am asked, so let’s dispense with it right away. Yes, it is my real name. My dad was a newspaper editor and publisher, and he thought it would be a clever name to give me. I actually have enjoyed it. I don’t have a middle name. My parents always intended for me to use “Keyes” as a middle name when I married, however, I never did until I started writing professionally.

What made you start writing?

I’ve always written. I learned to read when I was four years old, and grew up loving the printed word. As I mentioned in the previous question, my dad was a newspaper man, as was all his family, so our house was always full of books, newspapers and manuscripts. My first newspaper article was printed when I was nine years old. But incredibly I never thought about being a “professional” author until Marita Littauer with CLASS told me that if I wanted to speak professionally, I needed to be published. So I started the writing journey.

How long have you been writing? When did you sell your first book?

I’ve been writing professionally for about 13 years. I sold my first novel in 2008.

I assume you got some rejections along the way. How do you handle them?

Not very well. It’s discouraging. I received SIX rejections in one day at one point. But I’ve learned to deal with it, try to learn from it and move on.

Why do you write?

I write because it is a part of my nature. I express things much better with a pen than I do speaking. And I’m a professional speaker!

What would you be doing with your free time if you weren’t writing?

Reading, playing the piano, painting

What are you working on right now?

Edits on the first installment, Trapped! The Adulterous Woman, in my novella series, Hidden Faces, Portraits of Nameless Women In Scripture.

Do you put yourself into your books/characters?

I wouldn’t know how to bring characters to life any other way.

Me, either! Tell us about the book you have out right now.

My latest book is a Civil War novel set in Texas, His Steadfast Love. It is about how divisive the Civil War was in the lives of families, communities, a state and our nation. The heroine’s Southern family live on the Gulf coast of Texas and their town and plantation are invaded by the Union forces. Her brother has gone to fight for the Confederacy, but her sweetheart, whom she fell in love with before the war began, is a dedicated Union officer. You can see the problem that is presented.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

If God has called you to write, keep writing and never quit. I have a quote on my desk that has inspired me over and over again: “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” Richard Bach

I would also say that if you are serious about your writing career, be disciplined about it. Write every day, even if it’s only ten or fifteen minutes. If you are on deadline, set your word count and get it done. The inspiration will come as you begin to write.

How important is faith in your books?

I write from a Biblical world view, but I don’t have Scripture or “Christianese” on every page. I think that belongs in non-fiction Christian books. The faith element is clear, but is incorporated realistically. In my opinion, what makes Christian fiction Christian is when God’s redemption is woven throughout the book and is the solution to the dilemma in the book. It is obvious, but not blatant. (BTW, I teach a class on What Makes Christian Fiction Christian that has proven to be very provocative and makes people think.)

What themes do you like to write about?

I like to write about strong women who overcome obstacles in their lives.

What is your favorite book you’ve written and why?

I really can’t answer that. I’ve written several non-fiction books that have not yet been published, and I love them. But I adore writing fiction and tucking the life of faith in the pages of a book that perhaps a person who doesn’t know Jesus might pick up. I hope it causes them to consider Jesus.

What is your writing schedule like?

I get up early and have a time with the Lord, then I write in the mornings, and tackle marketing in the afternoons, or any other business that I might have to do. If I’m on deadline, I divide the word count by the number of days that I have until the manuscript needs to be turned in, and I get that word count done.

Where can you be reached?

My web site is www.GoldenKeyesParsons.com. I love hearing from readers. My email is golden@goldenkeyesparsons.com and you can find me on FaceBook as well.

Golden’s bio: Golden Keyes Parsons writes historical fiction, and is also a popular retreat/conference speaker. Her highly acclaimed Darkness to Light Series chronicled the journey of her French Huguenot ancestors in 17th century France. Her newest novel, His Steadfast Love, a Civil War novel set in Texas, just released November 2011. Her newest book, Trapped! The Adulterous Woman, is the first in a novella series entitled, Hidden Faces, Portraits of Nameless Women in the Gospels, and will be released October 2012. Golden lives in Waco, TX, with her husband, Blaine, where they enjoy their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and are avid sports fan of their alma mater, Baylor University.

Thanks for taking time from your busy schedule to join us, Golden. And thanks for offering a book give-away! Friends, be sure to leave a comment for Golden and your name will be in the hat! Be sure to come back next week to see if you’re the winner!

Blessings, all!

Vonda

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