SoCal Christian Writers' Conference

Register by July 3, 2020

2020 SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference is next week!

If you’re longing for the benefits of a writers’ conference this year, I hope you’ll check out the virtual SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference. It’s happening next week, July 8–11.

In this live, interactive conference, you can learn from and meet with agents, acquisitions editors, and established authors through morning continuing sessions, afternoon workshops, and one-on-one appointments.

Three-day morning Continuing Sessions include Fiction, Nonfiction, Writing for Children, Screenwriting, Speaking, and Sci-Fi/Fantasy Writing.

Afternoon Workshops include a full schedule of sessions in screenwriting, fiction writing, and publishing, plus classes on Marketing, The Writing Life, and specialty topics such as poetry, Scrivener, taxes, writing for the general market, and how to make money writing.

Faculty includes:

Literary agent Stephanie Alton

Publishers Jennifer Crosswhite (Tandem Services), Kate Jameson (Focus on the Family), Marji Laine (Write Integrity Press), and Beckie Lindsey (Southern California Christian Voice)

Multi-published authors Frank Ball, Joseph Bentz, Tamara Clymer, Valerie Coulman, Mike Duran, Aaron Gansky, Kelly Harrel, Janeen Ippolito, Linda Kozar, Bill Myers, Tim Riter, Janice Hanna Thompson, and Liz Tolsma

Screenwriting professionals Bob Saenz, Jeff Willis, and Ted Baehr (MovieGuide)

Professional speaker Tammy Whitehurst

Freelance editor Erin Brown

CPA Chris Morris

Molly Jebber

Molly Jebber, (FL), Topics: Faith * Writing * Amish lifestyle and traditions *

Keynoter Molly Jebber is a best-selling and award-winning Amish historical romance author.

As if that’s not enough, there are Added Bonuses:
Pre-conference Book Proposal Critique with Stephanie Alton

            One-on-One Mentoring with Frank Ball

            Computer Lab with Julie Williams

Choose one of four Registration Tiers:

Tier 1General Sessions with Molly Jebber – FREE!

Tier 2: All live sessions, Facebook Registrants Group, and access to Added Bonuses – $99

Tier 3: All of Tier 2 plus recordings of all sessions available till 7/31/20, Q&A with faculty, and two Meet-the-Pro Appointments – $199

Tier 4: All of Tier 2 plus lifetime access to recordings of all sessions, Q&A with faculty, and five Meet-the-Pro Appointments – $299

We’re using a professional platform similar to Zoom but with full-time technical support throughout the conference. So if you don’t feel tech-savvy enough for a virtual writers’ conference, don’t let that stop you. You’ll be personally walked through any issues you may have.

Register by July 3!

Kathy Ide, Topics: Proofread Professionally * Working with Editors * Successful Freelance Editing *

Kathy Ide (CA), Topics: Editing * Writing *

Director and CAN member, Kathy Ide

Author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors

Editor/Compiler of Fiction Lover’s Devotional series

Owner of Christian Editor Network

Founder/Director of SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference

www.KathyIde.com

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Miss Tavistock's Mistake

Miss Tavistock’s Mistake by Linore Rose Burkhard

Are you a cheerleader or a nitpicker?

by Linore Rose Burkhard

Every author I know, myself included, wants to make readers happy, especially the cheerleaders who love our genre and stories. After all, by loving and reading our books, they keep us in business. Nevertheless, not all readers agree on what works for them, and some get downright nitpicky.

What’s a writer to do when we are stymied by conflicting feedback? Case in point:  my recent release (Miss Tavistock’s Mistake: Brides of Mayfair, Book One).

Reader 1: “The Jane-esque language in this novel is exquisite.”

Reader 2:  “Kudos to Ms. Burkard! (for) a few words or phrases that were new to me.”

Reader #3: “I have no idea what that word means.”

And what about pacing? We try to build plots that snowball to keep those pages turning. One reader writes, “This latest offering from Burkard explodes onto the page;” another, “Like a runaway horse, the plot picks up speed, hurtling along…” But just when I’m about to relax that I nailed the pacing, another writes, “It took me a few chapters to get into this book, but once I did…”

Wait. It took a few chapters? Aargh.

So what’s a writer to do? Personally, I watch for responses that are repeated. For example, phrases like “pure delight,” “a hero to swoon for,”  “a perfect escape.” If I see such phrases in numerous reviews, then I can be sure I’m hitting the sweet spot for my cheerleaders. I have to accept that, as with most things in life, I can’t please everyone.

But I sure do appreciate the cheerleaders. If you love a book, be sure to review it and let the author know what they’re doing right. You are the ones we write for and who help keep us going!

 

Linore Rose Burkard is a serious watcher of period films, a Janeite, and hopeless romantic. An award winning author best known for Inspirational Regency Romance, she also writes contemporary suspense and contemporary romance. Linore has a magna cum laude English Lit. degree from CUNY which she earned while taking herself far too seriously. She now resides in Ohio with her husband and family, where she turns her youthful angst into character or humor-driven plots.

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Have you ever wanted to visit the seven churches of The Revelation, the marble city of Ephesus, or follow Paul’s journeys? These sites are all located in what used to be known as Asia Minor, but which are in today’s country of Turkey.

I spent five months in Adana, Turkey on the Incirlik Air Base there. During that time, I visited many exotic places in that amazing land from the exotic city of Istanbul to the gorgeous seacoast towns of Antalya and Alanya. A person need only drive a mile or two before bumping into an archa

Shadow of the Dagger by Anne Greene

Shadow of the Dagger by Anne Greene

eological site left from the time of Alexander the Great or the Crusaders. Some small villages, with their flat-roofed dwellings, flocks of sheep, and outdoor ovens for baking bread and kilns for pottery, look as if they sprang straight from the pages of the Bible

I fell in love with Turkey. Being a writer, I felt compelled to write a book with the sights and sounds of Turkey as minor characters. My book, Shadow of the Dagger, takes you on a suspense- filled adventure that ends in one of the ruined crusader castles. Shadow of the Dagger is the first book in my CIA Operatives series.

Three people are murdered and one kidnapped to find the solution to a priceless treasure map. As Nicole Phillips seeks to find her kidnapped brother, she doesn’t know whom to trust. No one is who they appear to be.

All is deception.

To bring his brother’s murderer to justice, CIA Intel Analyst, Josh Baruch, lays his life on the line. Can he walk the tightrope between obeying the killers’ instructions and bringing them to justice?

Because Nicole’s husband died in a mysterious plane crash, she fears falling in love again with a reckless, danger-loving type like her late husband. Josh Baruch, the CIA Analyst using her as bait to track her brother’s kidnapper, is just such a risk-taking man. Besides living on the edge, Josh is bitter about women and questions God. My book is available at: www.AnneGreeneAuthor.com

For the trip of your life, I highly recommend visiting Turkey.

Here’s a picture of me and the ruined castle, which is one I explored in Turkey. The castle appeared in my book, Shadow of the Dagger. Come explore the castle inside the pages of my book.

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Anne Greene

Anne Greene

ANNE GREENE delights in writing about alpha heroes who aren’t afraid to fall on their knees in prayer, and about gutsy heroines.  Anne hopes her books transport the reader to awesome new worlds and touch hearts to seek a deeper spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus. Read More about Anne at www.AnneGreeneAuthor.com.

 

 

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Who was Harry S. Truman to Israel? Find out more in I Am Cyrus by Dr. Craig von Buseck.

Who was Harry S. Truman to Israel? Find out more in I Am Cyrus by Dr. Craig von Buseck.

 Someone once said there are regulators on our lives that help control and shape our destinies. These regulators include things we often take for granted like energy, sleep, food, money, and time. Wise management of these regulators can mean the difference between an average and an abundant life.

Another important regulator is what I call “newness.” Every 24 hours we are greeted by a new day at Midnight. Sunday morning brings a new week. On our birthday, we celebrate another new year of life.

One way we human beings tend to “clean the slate” is by leaving behind the old year and forging ahead with hope and expectation in the New Year.

C.S. Lewis writes: “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” I would add this.

You are also never too young to dream your dreams.

Whatever you are facing today, know that God has built “newness” into your life to give you hope and strength to press on. He has also given you talents that are available to open the door to future success.

Your role is to engage your circumstances with those talents – trusting God for His grace, favor, and strength – and then be persistent in pursuing your dream. Vern McLellan declares: “What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year.”

The future is yours to write. The New Year provides you with a book full of 365 blank pages. So get out your pen, roll up your sleeves, and chase that dream!

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. … The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” ― Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Craig von Buseck

Craig von Buseck

I Am Cyrus by Dr. Craig von Buseck

I Am Cyrus by Dr. Craig von Buseck

Dr. Craig von Buseck is the editor of Digital Content for Inspiration.org. His new book I Am Cyrus: Harry S. Truman and the Rebirth of Israel will be available from Lighthouse Publishing on April 22. Learn more at vonbuseck.com.

 

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This time of year, people are posting like crazy on social media the number of books they read in 2018. There are even some pretty cute videos and memes that you can use to illustrate what a productive reader you were last year.

While it’s perfectly fine to tally up your reading year, I don’t happen to keep track, nor do I want to know how many books I read. On the one hand, the number would be interesting. On the other, I will more than likely be depressed at the low number of actual books.

I read…a lot…like the newspaper every morning (yes, in print—my husband and I both trained as journalists and print’s in our blood!), weekly and monthly magazines, and fiction and nonfiction books, as well as all the reading I do in my crit group and blog writing.

Rather than focus on a number, this year I challenge you to focus on the ideas and thoughts of the books you read. I like to reflect on ideas that challenged me, that inspired me to change, and that moved me to look at the world differently. Both fiction and nonfiction books can give us much food for thought.

As we ease into 2019, by all means, keep your tallies of books read. But also, jot down what reached down into your heart and gave you a different perspective, an outlook, or a calling.

Sarah Hamaker is a writer, editor, and parent coach in Fairfax, Virginia. Connect with her at www.sarahhamaker.com.

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