Someone To Blame

Yolanda M. Johnson-Bryant

Publicity - Everyone Needs It

Cornering the E-Book Market

E-readers sales took off in 2010, and now they are all the craze. From the iPad to the Kindle to the Sony Reader to the Nook, many readers are choosing these devices as their main source for reading their favorite books. So with this awesome news, why haven’t you cornered the e-book market? Perhaps you think it takes a lot of work to produce an e-book. Or maybe you assume it costs a lot of money. Let me squash these myths for you right now.

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Kristin Billerbeck

ACFW Happenings


American Christian Fiction Writers is all abuzz this month about our upcoming contests. ACFW has many ways to help writers become published novelists: critique groups, conferences, and prestigious contests. The Genesis contest is for authors who have yet to be published but are looking for a way to get their material in front of published authors, as well as publishers. Over the years, this contest has led to many authors becoming published, and its strict guidelines and variety of genres allow writers to practice their skills to a specific market.

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Track Changes - One Editor's POV

Ramona Richards

Yes, You Will Be Edited - Part 2

You’ve sold! Congratulations! Ready for hard part?

Uh . . . no. You’re not finished with your manuscript just because you sold it. Now comes the first of many rounds of editing. Just remember that writing is solitary. Editing is solitary. But publishing—the blending of the two—is a partnership. But, first, a pause for a few definitions.

Over the past thirty years, I’ve worked on staff or as a freelance editor for about two dozen publishers. All take a fiction...

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Terry Burns

Heard It Thru Hartline

Answers From The Agent

Getting and Working with an Agent

Finding and working with an agent is a lot like dating. From what I remember about that process, a successful relationship is more than hooking up with somebody who looks good, has a great personality, and is a lot of fun. It’s about having common interests, liking and wanting the same things, just plain getting along. And I won’t go off into falling in love—there isn’t enough space in this whole magazine to do justice to that one.

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Wanda Dyson

Conference Corner

February Conference Corner

Let’s talk about one of the most beneficial aspects of many writer’s conferences, aside from appointments with editors and agents: the opportunity to have a few pages of your work evaluated by a professional writer, editor, or agent. If you’re not sure of your strengths, weaknesses, or overall voice, these evaluations and critiques can be extremely helpful. The first is a Paid Critique: Usually critiques cost an additional fee on top of your conference...

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