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Ways To Help Readers Connect


Welcome to the Friday CAN post this December from Gail Gaymer Martin at I always happy to share information for writers on techniques of writing, especially writing fiction.

Readers are important so knowing how to help them connect to what you write is important. I hope this post will provide you with techniques and ideas that work.

Readers love stories that mean something to them. They may never experience the same event or problem, but they’ve had similar experiences or fears that those things might happen to them. It’s through the emotion authors bring to the characters that makes readers care. Caring creates an emotional connection. This is what you want.

In The News

The industry and retail stores

I KarenHomefrontbook spent a lot of time this month with other writers as well as editors and retailers. I spoke at the International Christian Retail Show in early July and attended two conferences. The trade show continues to decrease in size but the energy and hope abounded. The publishing industry has done more to partner with author organizations.


Writing Business

Tips from the Pros: Elizabeth Goddard

Sundin #D70 ©2008 Linda Johnson Photography web (2) CAN Beth Goddard Greetings from Sarah Sundin in northern California, where the weather is actually cooler than the rest of the country. Go figure. Today I have the honor of interviewing author Elizabeth (Beth) Goddard. Beth’s a busy woman with Exposing Amber now available from Heartsong Presents, A Riverwalk Christmas coming from Barbour in September, The Camera Never Lies from Barbour in December, and Praying for Rayne from Heartsong Presents in December. Oh. My. Goodness.

Beth, how did you get into writing?

A voracious reader, I’ve always wanted to write but wasn’t sure that’s where God wanted me. In 2001, I met DiAnn Mills and joined then American Christian ROMANCE Writers (Now Fiction writers) and began submitting a chapter a week to my ACRW critique group. That’s when I knew I was heading in the right direction. The members of that original group, btw, are all published now. Meredith Efken, Lisa Harris, Jeanne Leach, Deborah Vogts, Tammy Alexander.

That must have been a fantastic critique group!