American Christian Fiction Writers
Kristin Billerbeck

Our new publicity officer has previously served on ACFW’s advisory board. Kristin Billerbeck is a best-selling, Carol Award–winning author of over thirty novels, novellas, and one nonfiction title. Credited with helping to bring Chick Lit to the CBA, she appeared on the Today Show to discuss the new genre and was written up in the New York Times, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, World Magazine and USA Today. Kristin’s novel What a Girl Wants sold over 100,000 copies and is currently being shopped as a movie. Many of her novels have been translated into several languages. She holds a degree in advertising from San Jose State University and is a proud fourth-generation Californian. She lives in the Silicon Valley with her family. Please visit Kristin’s website for more information:

Finishing Your Novel

Fiction Finder

Recently in our ACFW loop, we’ve been discussing finishing your novel and time management. What does it involve to finish a book? Since writers have their own way of working, that answer may be different for everyone, but the point is if you consider yourself a writer, it’s important to finish what you start.

Many authors enter contests with the same first three chapters they’ve been working on for ten years. What’s wrong with that? After all, they get feedback and they keep improving their writing skills, right? True, but ultimately, you can’t sell a novel unless it’s finished. At some point, you have to commit to a story and make it happen—even if it never gets published. Working writers finish books. To be a working writer, you must work on the whole book: the beginning, the middle, and the end.

Because we at ACFW teaching writers how to finish a novel is one of our goals, we have introduced Novel Track. Based on the popular Nanowrimo, which is a month-long event every November to get authors to finish a novel in a month, Novel Track is an active e-mail loop that encourages members to set goals and finish them.

The loop is active during the months of January, April, July, and October. The goal is to see how many words that you can write in a month. We are challenging our members to aim for 10,000, but if you can write more, that is great. We hope you will. Can you write 50,000 (the goal of Nanowrimo)? Why not try it? We’ll cheer you on with an attainable goal that stretches you.

“Can’t I do that on my own?” you might ask. Certainly, but just like Weight Watchers provides its members accountability and a cheer squad, so does ACFW. Not only that, but we also offer expertise if you get stuck. Our loop is filled with working writers who can show you the way out if you’re stuck or lost.

We have a loop coach who knows your goal and keeps you accountable as you keep her informed of your progress. Seeing that word count climb is motivating, and if you’ve never managed to finish a novel, being accountable is the best way to get it done. Many people say that they’re going to write a book, but how many actually do?

Finishing a novel shows a publishing house and an agent two things: 1) you have the ability to finish the novel (thus giving them something to buy/sell); and 2) you’re serious about being a writer.

If you want to see your name in print on your novel, the only way to do it is to sit down and write it. You may think you have the chops to do so, but if someone asked you to prove it, could you? Novel Track will give you a badge to post on your Website and will add your name on our website, showing that you have indeed finished what you started.

For more information on Novel Track, please go to the page directly at

Find out more about membership in ACFW at

We look forward to reading your finished book!