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Hello from Jeanette! I’m in the process of last-minute preparations for the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference (March 26-30). This conference is always a highlight of my year. I attended for the first time in 1995 and now have the honor of serving on the Support Staff as the coordinator of the first-timers’ Buddy System.

If you have never attended a conference like Mount Hermon, I highly recommend it. Here are just a few of the things I love about writers’ conferences:

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BioPicBlues Jan–nostalgic and wishing we could get together and chat about writing over a cup of tea or coffee.

Yesterday, I slid a package out from my mailbox at the end of the country road where I live. Inside, along with a couple of text books I ordered, was a book about writing nonfiction and understanding the editor’s perspective. Earlier today, I turned to another resource to look up a grammar tip. What was that rule about . . .?

After that, I read a few blogs I visit from time to time and read about writing and marketing. On a recent road trip, I listened to an entire track from a 2009 Mount Hermon conference on article writing and a few others on speaking.

I love to remain curious and learn new things generally, but I know I must when it comes to my writing. I’m guessing you know that too. After all, you stop by this blog to read the posts hoping to pick up something new and interesting.

How do we, as professionals, take it a couple steps beyond perusal to making it a part of what we know well and apply to our writing?

I’d like to offer one quick two-part tip for today:

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Gail Gaymer Martin H from Gail Gaymer Martin at www.gailmartin.com. Right now, I am away from home on staff at the American Christian Writers conference in Dallas, Texas, and today I want to give you some information on purposeful details. Description can connect with readers when it evokes emotion, and it can also deepen characterization by helping expose characters’ attitudes. When you use detailed descriptions in your novels, think about the affect the details have on readers. Develop them to get the most emotional impact you can. And how do you do that?

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Sarah Sundin Publicity Photos 2008 007 CAN Susanne Lakin Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California, where the plum and nectarine trees bloom in the rain. One of my favorite March happenings is the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Last year I was at Mount Hermon to see Susanne Lakin (writing as C.S. Lakin) win Zondervan's First Novel contest and receive her first contract. That novel, Someone to Blame, will release in August 2010. Today we hear from Susanne and see what exciting things have happened since winning that contest.

Susanne, how did you get into writing?

I was raised by a Hollywood screenwriter. Both my brother and mother were successful TV writers and producers, so I was raised CANsomeone to blame collating scripts, helping with storylines, and developing series for TV with my mother. I wrote my first TV show pitch at age twelve, which got turned down. I wrote my first novel twenty-two years ago, which was picked up by the first agent I contacted – a top ABA agent, who assured me he could sell my book in a New York minute. But that never happened. I'm on books ten and eleven now, and I've had six or seven agents. Currently I have two agents – one for my fantasy books and one for my psychological mysteries. They are both ABA agents who sell to New York houses. I'm trying hard to break into ABA, as I want to write to nonbelievers and work my way into issues of faith and God.

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102 Wiggly Bible Rhymes and Rhythms

by Karen H Whiting and Mary Rose Pearson 

Abingdon Press

ISBN 13-978-1-4267-0849-7 


A treasure book of rhymes, rhythms, songs, and games for  preschool and young elementary children. Church leaders, teachers, and parents will find this resource easy to use to help get wiggles out of restless little ones. The book helps children use different learning styles to remember and reinforce Bible stories and their meanings. The book includes a wide array of styles and types of activities that include clapping songs, choral readings, finger plays, action rhymes,  and rhymes with games. Indexes list rhymes by Bible stories and topics. The book will provide hours of interactive fun to delight children.

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