Coming up next month Christian
Fiction Online Magazine offers more talented columnists and
interesting topics. I’ll discuss the latest developments to CFOM.
Introducing January’s issue:
Spotlight” is on best-selling author Tracie Peterson.
She talks about the need for passion between the pages and says authors
need to write what they are passionate about. Check her column out.
In the Publisher’s
Choice column for January, Bonnie has decided to introduce
book reviewer Kim Ford. She talks about her passion
for reading and how she starting writing book reviews.
author/model for the January issue is one of a kind novelist Creston
Mapes. He has written several books. Two are about rock stars
and the other is about a homeless man. Talk about diversity in subject
matter! Check out his interview to find out more about what inspires
him as a novelist.
This past month Thomas
Smith of the “Flip Side” column of what
not to do, has retired his column. He primarily deals with non-fiction
at this stage in his career. Have a great idea for a column? Send me an
e-mail and maybe we can fill this slot with your idea.
Once again Sara Mills
rants in “Fiction Ramblings.” Make sure to stop by
and read what she has to say this month.
aka “Randy Rooney” consults with Sam, the plumber.
No, he’s not related to the infamous Joe the plumber. January’s topic
is "Gorilla Marketing".
Our not-so-humble fiction
etiquette specialist, “Jan Flanders,” talks about
what the most important resolution is for the fiction writer in the
January issue. Stop by to get Ms. Flander’s twisted take on it.
In “Making a Scene”,
our expert suspense writer, Brandilyn Collins talks
about writing effective prologues. This will be handy information for
the fiction writer. Trust me, you will learn a lot from Brandilyn’s
“Real Life Is Stranger”
columnist, Trish Perry, pens a humorous column
based on another true life event. It’s titled, “Annie Get Your
Stove”. I’m already snickering about the title. One can only
imagine what humor she’ll cook up here.
This month Nora St.
Laurent, our “Book Clubs” columnist,
interviews Rel of RelzReviewz, who is an Aussie running an effective
book club Down Under.
The newly elected ACFW
Publicity Officer will introduce in “ACFW
Happenings” the new ACFW board members for the coming term.
To get to know more about the ACFW Operating board, you’ll want to
check this column out.
Just because it sounds cool,
does that mean you “Gotta Get It???” ACFW Agent of
the year – 2008, Kelly Mortimer, brings up another
buzz word - hook. Can a novel hook you? How do you know if does? Find
out what Kelly has to say about it.
What’s going on in the world of
Christian fiction? “Heard It Through Hartline”
columnist Terry Burns shares his wisdom and news
about the publishing industry. Check it out.
has a guest columnist for January. Tosca Lee
discusses fixing stilted dialogue, part 2, from a “Fiction
Fix-It” editor’s point of view. If you struggle with writing
verbal exchanges between characters that flows, you’ll want to read
introduces another perspective on how Christian fiction has changed
lives. He spotlights Karen Kingsbury’s life-changing fiction.
Our “Write Real”
columnist, Mary DeMuth, discusses her response to
Gilead by Marilyn Robinson in her column titled “Response to
a Pulitzer.” If you want to know what she is talking about
stop by and check this column out.
provides spiritual encouragement in her "Devotional Column"
titled, “Getting Ahead of the Game.” January’s
column is untitled, but I can assure you that it will be an
encouragement to readers.
Next month in “Big
Screen to Your Scene”, author Susan May Warren
takes a look at Narnia. How do you make your second book better than
your first? She shares how it can be done in this column, so don’t miss
by DJ Mansker features more insane dialogue called “The
Corner’s Perfectionism.” Does that behavior sound familiar?
Read it and see.
Our illustrious “Dr.
Jim” continues sharing his wisdom by concluding the “Six
As of Addiction” with the diagnosis of ARDD, which stands for
Arrested Reality Development Disorder. Dr. Jim asks… “Are you lost in
the imaginary world of your latest book? Find yourself talking more to
the characters in your story than your own family members? Did you just
call your husband “Alex” even though his name is Fred? You might be
suffering from ARDD, so stop by and find out the details.”
shares another gem with her readers. January’s gemstone is Jade and her
column "Rachel's Rubies" is about Jade strength and
beauty and how you can find that and faith in good CBA fiction.
Our guest January guest
columnists should delight you as well:
is back as our “Multicultural Fiction” columnist
for January. She has a lot of great info and experience to share with
her readers. Make sure to stop by and see what she has to say.
Government contractor Austin
Boyd works a lot, but is somehow finding time to write. Read
about how he manages to do both in “Author by Night.”
is the featured Women’s fiction author in “Genre Happenings”.
She talks about writing women’s fiction, what it is and isn’t, and
about why she writes in that genre. Check it out.
In “For Writers Only”,
author and web designer Tiff Miller Stockton
discusses the importance of having a website if you are in the fiction
business and hope to some day sell your novel. She will also share a
bit about how she does that for her own career.
features Romance novel reviews and spotlights reviewer Kim
Betty Ann Bantz
is our feature "POD/Self Publishing" columnist and
success story. Stop by to find out more about Betty, her experiences as
an author, and her book.
of B&B Media is the columnist for “Publicity:
Everyone Needs It”. What are independent publicists doing
these days to attract more readers of Christian fiction? Read this
column to find out.
CFOM’s column titled “Book
Videos” features more exciting book video trailers and
information for people considering this method of marketing. Our
featured columnist and video expert is Diann Mills.
Stop by to see her engaging book trailer and read about the story
features Barbour Books. They will share about their
unique vision for their company’s future and what they are selling in
2009. Find out more about what they have to say about their publishing
of Books N Such Literary Agency is the featured
agent in the “Agent Column” for January. Find out
what she has to say about Books N Such and the business in January’s
a European author, is our featured “Fiction International”
columnist. She has had to deal with multiple barriers selling to an
American market as an overseas author. Read about how she manages to
overcome some of the hindrances she encounters.
Our "Mad Marketing
Genius guest column has transformed into a regular column
called b><“Quantum Marketing”. Our expert is Jim
Rubart and he’s got a lot to say about how to sell. In this
economy you need to know this information whether you are a novelist,
an agent, or even a book store, so come back often and take notes.
Our "CFBA Blog Tour"
blog winner for December is unveiled in January’s issue. Although there
are many great reviews and blogs to choose from, each month the
editor’s challenge is to find the best in the bunch.
Our “Spine Chiller
Thriller” columnist for January, is CFOM’s debut cover model Robert
Liparulo. He has penned some pretty scary stuff. Want to know
where he gets the inspiration to write scary stories? Then you’ll
definitely want to read this column.
Last, our “Short
Stories” column features two different, yet amazing tales.
The first is a sweet romance by Georgiana Daniels
called “The Promise of Forever”. It’s sure to warm
your heart. Following that short romantic story is one penned by humor
columnist Cynthia Ruchti titled “Love in
a Cookie Jar". It’s twisted and funny and sure to make you
That’s it for January, but keep
coming back. It’s a great experience, don’t you think?
Thought so. Now go ahead and
tell your friends.