Archive for November, 2014

Finding Your Dream Agent

Finding Your Dream Agent

By Dorothy Love

You’ve spent months, maybe years on a manuscript. Finally it’s finished and you’re ready to look for your dream agent. How do you wade through the bewildering maze of literary agents out there to find the one who is your perfect match? For twenty years, I’ve worked with wonderful agents in both the general and inspirational markets. Here are a few FAQ’s to help you  as you go about [...]

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Last Xulon Contests for 2014 Close Sunday!

I know this is a busy week (especially for us Americans), but it is NOT too late to enter either of the two remaining FaithWriters contests where the prizes are  Xulon Press Bestseller Packages. If you wait much longer, however, it WILL be too late. The deadline for both contests is Sunday, November 30, 2014.

Have an unpublished Christian fiction book with a strong biblical message (or even just the beginning of one)? Then maybe you should enter the Christian fiction [...]

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Finalists for 2014 Nonfiction Page Turner Contest Announced

In a week and a half, the winners of FaithWriters and Breath of Fresh Air Press‘s 2014 Nonfiction Page Turner will be announced. And as we wait, the lovely judges have whittled the 45 entries down to a top 15. Who are they, and how was the process? I think I’ll let the lovely Deb Porter tell you (from this post on the FaithWriters forums).

“Once again, it has been a privilege to see such heartfelt entries in the 2014 Non-Fiction [...]

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What Do YOU Want to See on the Blog?

The FaithWriters blog has been around for five years this coming January, and it has evolved some over that time – but one thing that has not changed is that this blog is for YOU, the FaithWriters member and Christian writer.

So, I thought it was probably time for me to come to YOU, and find out what you would like to see here. (Not that it hasn’t been asked before, mind you – but it never hurts to poll the [...]

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Creating Suspense Through Backstory

Creating Suspense Through Backstory
By Gail Gaymer Martin

Backstory fulfills a multitude of purposes from creating characterization, goals, motivation and conflicts. But today, think of backstory as a way to build suspense in novels from thrillers to romance. Suspense results from elements in your story that captures reader’s curiosity and pulls them forward searching for the answers. Will Sam find out about Andrea’s secret life? Will Andrea understand Sam’s fear of commitment before it’s too late? Will Jeb kiss Kate? Will Bret [...]

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Checking that your Challenge Entry was Received

Have you ever submitted your entry for the FaithWriters Writing Challenge, then come Thursday, not been able to find it in the current entries? Maybe you forgot to check for the confirmation page, or there was some sort of glitch that stopped it from going through. It can be frustrating, as there is nothing that can be done after the fact to have your entry in for that topic.

Well, now there is a way to be 100% certain your entry [...]

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Don’t Let Your Big “But” Get in the Way

Don’t Let Your Big “But” Get in the Way

By Lynda Lee Schab

What circumstances (and/or excuses) have kept you from fulfilling your writing goals thus far?

In other words, what big BUT is in your way?

We all have them, don’t we? Excuses why we haven’t had time to finish that novel or submit that article. Reasons why we’re not yet published or haven’t fulfilled the dream that’s burning a hole in our hearts.

While not having an ounce of talent may [...]

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Turn It Off

It was a busy time for me, and distractions were everywhere. Email lists I had no time to read. One hundred blogs I was trying to keep up on. Facebook. The messy house around me. Television in the background. My kids’ chattering. Snoring. Sound effects from Wizards 101. The cat attacking my leg – or sleeping on my head.

Where was that cone of silence when I needed it?

I had a big project to finish.  And I was behind. If I [...]

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