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Query Letter Mistakes to Avoid

Part of Suzanne Hartmann‘s Top Ten Query Mistakes Blog Series

Query Letter Mistakes to Avoid
by Suzanne Hartmann
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There are so many literary agencies out there that it can be tempting to send a generic letter out to bunches of agencies at the same time to see who shows interest in your book. The problem is that not every agency represents each subject and genre, so sending out a generic query letter to every agency under the sun is the [...]

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Meet 2015 Page Turner Champion Debbie Roome!

Debbie Roome is no stranger to the Page Turner. This is her third time named as a finalist – but THIS time, her book Twisted Ribbons has taken the top prize. Read on as we hear about Debbie’s writing, her passions, and what inspires her.

JOANNE SHER: First of all, congratulations on your win! Can you tell us a bit about how you found out (I believe you were actually on vacation)? What was your reaction?

DEBBIE ROOME: I was visiting my [...]

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Ruthlessly Eliminate Hurry

Ruthlessly Eliminate Hurry

By Jennifer Woodley

There is a quirky quote I found pinned at eye level near the kettle in the kitchen. It reads ‘Ruthlessly Eliminate Hurry’. Simple to read, however, not so simple to do. It reminds me of the wise words of Evelyn Underhill describing our current state of being. “Most of us live such fractured and fragmented lives that centeredness (wholly centering on one thing) is a foreign word to us. The moment we try to [...]

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Still Thankful

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It’s the day after Thanksgiving here in the US. But that doesn’t mean our thanks needs to stop.

We have many, many things to be thankful for. But, at the root of every single one is one simple, mind- blowing, undeniable fact: God’s love is eternal. From everlasting to everlasting, from creation to the new heaven and earth, from the smallest transgression committed by accident to Satan’s rebellion, His love endures forever.

Are you STILL thankful to God for [...]

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Top 15 Finalists for 2015 Page Turner

It is almost time to crown a new Page Turner champion.

That’s right – in just one week, just ONE winner will be announced out of the 41 entries submitted. That person will receive the following prizes:

A fabulous cash prize of $500 (US);
The offer of traditional publication of their winning manuscript by Breath of Fresh Air Press;
Final editing of their manuscript (through Breath of Fresh Air Press);
Free publicity and marketing of their book on all FaithWriters’ sites for twelve months following [...]

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The Power of Asking For Help

The Power of Asking for Help
By Randy Ingermanson

A lot of people go through life afraid to ask for help when they have a question. They’re afraid they’ll look stupid. Nobody wants to look stupid. So they don’t ask.  But there’s a way to ask for help that won’t make anyone think you’re stupid.

Ask Google. (Or any search engine of your choice. For simplicity in this article, I’m just going to talk about Google, but you can use whichever search engine [...]

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Weary in Spirit?

Weary In Spirit?
By Annagail Lynes

When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who watch over my way. In the path where I walk people have hidden a snare for me. – Psalm 142:3 (NIV).

God knows when you sit down. He knows when you get up. He knows your thoughts before you think them, your words before you say them. He knows what your future is going to be like, the choices you are going to make. He knows [...]

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Setting Descriptions

Setting Descriptions
By Linda Yezak

 He clutches the package tighter to his chest and shoots a glance over his shoulder. Still there. No shakin’ them. Whoever’d hired them is sure gettin’ his money’s worth.

His eyes dart to the “Walk” sign at the corner, and he quick-steps through the noon crowd to the other side of the road. Another glance. Stupid gorillas are still there, not two dozen paces behind. Here–cut in here. Nice busy place to lose them between the rows [...]

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Write What You Know?

Write What You Know
By Gail Gaymer Martin

Everyone has heard the phrase “write what you know,” and yet writing  -whether contemporary or historical – takes research, no matter how much you know.

Keeping your story accurate is important to give readers a sense of truth when they read your work. One significant error can cause readers to distrust everything you say. It is easy to question the write-what-you-know statement, because if all writers did that, where would the thrillers be, the murder mysteries, [...]

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Running Out of Time to Enter Page Turner

It’s October – the middle of the month, even. And for FaithWriters folks, that can mean only one thing – the deadline for the ninth annual Page Turner Contest is sneaking up on us. In a mere two and a half weeks weeks, the opportunity to be considered for a publishing package for your fiction manuscript will be gone – for two years! (Next year’s contest will focus on nonfiction)

Maybe you’ve got a half-written manuscript gathering dust in the bottom [...]

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