American Christian Fiction Writers
Cara Putman

Cara Putman is a woman living a dream. Barbour's Heartsong Presents has released six of her books, including Canteen Dreams, a WWII historical set in Nebraska that won the ACFW 2008 Book of the Year for Short Historical. She also has written romantic suspense for Harlequin's Love Inspired Suspense, contemporary mysteries for Guidepost, a historical romantic suspense for Summerside, and the Complete Idiots Guide to Business Law. Cara is an attorney, wife, mom to four, homeschool teacher, occasional professor at Purdue, active at her church, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, her husband and her kids. Visit her at

ACFW Happenings

Conference Time
Robin Miller, ACFW Conference Director

Fiction Finder

Have you heard? The annual ACFW conference is the premier writers’ conference for writers of Christian fiction. The 2012 conference will be held in Dallas, Texas, at the beautiful Hyatt Regency hotel, September 20−23. With the incomparable Michael Hyatt as our keynote speaker and the amazing Nancy Kress as our early bird presenter, this year’s conference is poised to be our best yet.

The conference has six Continuing Education tracks and more than thirty workshops to choose from. Presenters include some of the top agents and editors in the industry, representatives from CBA and ECPA, as well as booksellers and award-winning, best-selling authors. If you want to learn how to improve your writing, these classes will help. Davis Bunn, Tricia Goyer, Jim Rubart, Susan May Warren, and Cindy Woodsmall are just a few of the authors presenting in the Continuing Education tracks.

In addition to the wealth of classes, attendees have the opportunity to meet one-on-one in fifteen-minute appointments with editors, agents, mentors, or PR/Media professionals. These sessions provide a great way for writers to learn firsthand about the writing industry from professionals in the business, to pitch manuscripts or works in progress, and to brainstorm ideas.

Confirmed literary agencies attending and taking appointments include: Alive Communications, Books & Such, Creative Trust, Hartline Agency, Les Stobbe Agency, MacGregory Literary, Steve Laube Agency, The Seymour Agency, and WordServe Literary.

Confirmed Christian publishing houses attending and taking appointments include: Abingdon Publishing, AMG Publishing, B&H Publishing, B&H Children's, Barbour Publishing, Bethany House Publishers, Harvest House Publishing, Howard Publishing, Kregel Publishing, Love Inspired, Moody Publishing, Oak Tara, Pelican Book Group, Revell (Baker) Publishing, Summerside Publishing (Guideposts), Thomas Nelson Publishing, Tommy Nelson (kids) Publishing, Tyndale House, Waterbrook/Multnomah, Whitaker House, Zonderkidz, and Zondervan.

Confirmed PR/Media professionals attending and taking appointments include: Marika Flatt of PR by the Book, Suzanne Kuhn of Suzy Q Author Events, Rusty Shelton of Shelton Interactive, Thomas Umstattd of Author Media, and Jeane Wynn of Wynn-Wynn Media.

What sets the ACFW annual conference apart from the rest of the writing conferences held around the country? Aside from the amazing sessions and wealth of appointment opportunities, we focus solely on Christian fiction, provide a fully staffed prayer room during the entire conference, and have a full worship/praise band that leads worship each day. Our awards gala, broadcast live over the Internet, honors the best of the best: ACFW Agent of the Year Award, ACFW Editor of the Year Award, ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award, ACFW Mentor of the Year Award, ACFW Member Service Award, the prestigious ACFW Carol Awards, recognizing the best published novels in a variety of categories, and the ACFW Genesis Awards for the top unpublished authors.

Dedicated to helping authors and committed to passing every available savings to the attendees, ACFW has managed to keep the registration fee the same for the past three years. We offer daily rates as well as guest meals-only options in addition to full registrations. We also make available tickets to our awards gala on Saturday evening.

Conference registration is scheduled to open in early April. Make plans to attend now. For more information and up-to-the-minute updates, visit the conference Web pages on