Coming up next month Christian
Fiction Online Magazine offers another feast of
talented columnists and interesting topics. I’ll discuss the latest
developments in CFOM.
Introducing the September issue topics:
Spotlight” is on Christa Bannister,
freelance writer and reporter. She talks about her career as a
freelance writer and how God has used that skill to launch her career
as a fiction author.
Our cover author/model for the
September issue has crossed over from the ABA to join fellow believers
on the CBA side of the fiction world. Come meet the lovely and talented
Tamara Leigh. You
won’t want to miss this Author Interview!
The zany “Flip Side”
column of what not to do, written by Thomas Smith, tickles your funny
bone with a real urban legend: “The Inspiration Fairy.”
Sara Mills gives an amusing
diatribe titled “Churchmouse’s Books and Gifts” in “Fiction
Randy Ingermanson aka “Randy
Rooney” presents a snarky perspective on “The Borderline
Author.” What exactly is it, and how do you know if you have it?
Our not-so-humble fiction
etiquette specialist, Jan Flanders, answers a
troubled reader who asks, “Why are Christian publishers so resistant to
publishing edgy stories that portray real people in the real world?”
In “Making a Scene,”
Brandilyn Collins, our expert suspense writer, presents part two of her
story resolution series.
“Real Life Is
Stranger” columnist, Trish Perry, has a zany tale for you
called “The Murder that Didn’t Take.” You have to be a tad morbid to
find that topic funny. But still . . . don’t read this one with your
mouth full or you may damage your computer monitor. I’m serious!
Stacy Oliver, “Bookclubs”
columnist, gives pointers this month called “10 Tips to Recharge Your
Cara Putnam, the ACFW Publicity
Officer, announces in “ACFW Happenings” the
finalists for the BOTY contest. She also shares a bit more about the
upcoming ACFW conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota!
Kelly Mortimer raves like only
Kelly can do about this thing called edgy fiction. Just because it
sounds cool, does that mean you “Gotta Get It???”
Read her rant, then you decide.
What’s going on in the world of
fiction? “Heard It Through Hartline” columnist,
Terry Burns, talks about the latest news. Check it out.
columnist, Kristin Billerbeck, delves into yet another difficult
question posed by an adoring fan who asks, “Ashley, what’s a girl to do
when every woman’s magazine seems more like a sex guide? I want to read
about trends and fashion, but this obsession with getting a man in bed
is creeping me out. Am I abnormal to find this offensive?”
Meredith Efken discusses scene
structure necessary for great fiction, and she addresses it from a “Fiction
Fix-It” editor’s point of view.
David Meigs brings another
true-to-life story about “Life Transforming Christian Fiction”
. You won’t want to miss this!
Our “Write Real”
columnist, Mary DeMuth, shares insight into subtlety and how critical
that is for conveying your message to the reader.
Nancy Moser provides comfort in
Scripture and shares yet another fabulous “Devotional”
to inspire us all when she talks about persistence.
The “Big Screen/Your
Scene” column by Susan May Warren delves in to the movie 27
Dresses. She exposes how important both premise and ending are in
creating a fabulous story readers won’t want to put down.
We're also introducing a
fantastic new column called “Spine
Chiller Thrillers” on the Best
tab. This column will feature articles from Suspense/Thriller authors.
Ever wonder why some authors write such intense stuff. Ever ask
yourself, "Where do these folks get their ideas?" If your answer is
yes, stop by and meet the incredible authors!
DJ Mansker’s “Confession
Corner” features more insane dialog between a booth and its
confessor. Will the booth be up to the task as a group of high-wired
women from a local book club test the saged corner’s skills?
Our illustrious “Dr.
Jim” continues sharing his wisdom by introducing the “Six A's
of Addiction.” The second A stands for Aberrant
After addressing his counselee’s question, Dr. Jim asks, “Do we dare
delve into the depths of such dastardly diseases?” You decide.
Our guest columnists are
fabulous in September as well:
Fiction” we have Shawneda Marks, main reviewer for Golden
Book Club/Circle with Wellness Walkers Foundation, Inc., talking about
stories that have inspired her.
Marlo Schalesky impresses us
with her business skills and her ability to balance her job with her
love for writing in “Author by Night.”
Marylu Tyndall shares her
thoughts on our modern culture and relays how she deals with Edgy
Historical fiction in the "Genre Happenings"
In “For Writers Only”,
Susan Meissner talks about word painting. What is it, you ask? Stop by
this column and find out.
features top-notch book reviews in the Lits category and will spotlight
beloved Aussie reviewer Rel Mollet.
Linore Rose Burkard discusses
how she made the leap from “POD and Self-publishing”
to a two-book contract with Harvest House Publishers. Whether you've
self-published or not, find out if you've got the momentum in your
marketing strategies to make that next big leap in your
Our “Teen Column”
for September is written by Sarah Katie, aka Reborn Butterfly. She
talks about why she thinks Christian fiction has been relatively
unheard of by most teens, but how it has positively impacted her life.
features Sheaf House Publishers. A relatively new small press, Sheaf
House is sure to make a splash in the fiction market through their
fresh voices in fiction. The Sheaf House tagline is . . . Real Life.
Real Faith. Real Fiction.
The “Agent Corner”
spotlights Janet Kobobel Grant from Books ’n’ Such agency. She’ll
introduce readers to her company when she talks about her literary
agency and a few hints of why some people choose the wrong agent.
Needs It” features Broadman and Holman’s in-house publicist,
Julie Gwinn. She talks about their publishing house’s new fiction line
and how they are marketing it.
Colleen Shine, a resident of
South America, is our featured “Fiction International”
columnist. Her perspective on writing and selling fiction from across
the globe is quite interesting. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
Our “Mad Marketing
Genius” expert for September is Karen Wiesner. Selling your
book via a small press is challenging, but also rewarding. Listen to
what she has to say about it.
Our “CFBA Blog Tour”
blog winner for August is unveiled in September’s issue. Our bloggers
are working hard to crank out excellent reviews to help promote
Christian fiction. Although there are many good titles to choose from,
each month the challenge is to find the best in the bunch.
Last, our “Short
Stories” column features two fabulous tales. You will be
wowed by the talent these authors posses. Read DeAnna Julie Dodson’s “Beloved
Stranger,” and Greg Davis’s “Second Chances.”
They’ll stick with you long after you finish them. Now, that’s a great
That’s it for September, but
keep coming back. It’s a great experience, don’t you think? Thought so.
Please tell your friends.