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Developing a Thick Skin

This past week, I attended the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Conference. After a whirlwind of pitches and sessions and meeting authors I have come to know online, I returned…

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Conference Tips: When Your Pitch Goes Less than Perfect

Pitching your work to agents and editors is difficult and when things don’t go according to plan, it can do a number on you. So, based on my past writers…

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Conference Tips: It’s Okay to be Nervous

Going to a writers conference is a big commitment. It takes time off of work, money, a ton of preparation and courage, but conferences are wonderful tools to help writers…

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Conference Tips: Composing the One-Sheet

As I am prepping my work for attending the ACFW conference this year, I am composing my first one-sheet ever. While I have written several business-like literary proposals, I have…

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Novella Collection from Barbour Publishing Coming in 2017!

I don’t usually post news updates, but something amazing happened this week! I received my very first contract for a novella from Barbour Publishing! Praise the Lord! I’m excited and very…

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The Power of Happy Moments

For new writers, it is tempting to let drama and heartache swamp our stories. Now, while the saying is “only trouble is interesting,” today, I’d like to talk about how…

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The Drafting Process

Drafting a new novel can be overwhelming, but I find if you break it up, it helps to alleviate some of the pressure and put your focus where it needs…

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3 Ways to Incorporate Setting Description

It’s important for writers to recognize their weakness in order to work on correcting them. For me, it’s description. When I get my beta reader feedback, the one thing that seems to…

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The 3 Promises of Your First Chapter

The beginning of your story is your contract with the reader as to what they can expect if they pick up your novel. Start strong to hook your reader, continue strong to keep…