Coming up next month Christian
Fiction Online Magazine offers more talented columnists and
interesting topics. I’ll discuss the latest developments to CFOM.
Introducing December’s issue:
Spotlight” is on Gina Holmes, creator of
the Novel Journey and Novel Review blogs. Come and read how God
inspired her to start this blog ministry and find out where it’s going.
In the "Publisher’s
Choice" column, we’ve decided to introduce Rene
Gutteridge, who will share about why comedy matters in
fiction. Want to be inspired? Read this one.
Our cover author/model for the
December issue is historical fiction author Allison Pittman.
I recently discovered Allison’s novels and have enjoyed them
thoroughly. Stop by to find out more about Allison and what inspires
her as a novelist.
This month the “Flip
Side” column of what not to do, written by Thomas
Smith, is called “Because God Said So.” I’ll bet you can’t
wait to find out what he means.
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 Joe the plumber. December’s topic is
titled, “Why aren’t you Famous?”.
Our not-so-humble fiction
etiquette specialist, Jan Flanders, answers a
another troubled author’s question. He wants to know, “Why doesn’t
Christian fiction generate the kind of reader excitement and sales that
Harry Potter does?” Stop by to get Ms. Flander’s twisted take on it.
In “Making a Scene,”
Brandilyn Collins, our
expert suspense writer, talks about hatching a plot. Now you know this
is going to be interesting. How does she come up with these things?
“Real Life Is
Stranger” columnist, Trish Perry, pens
a humorous column based on another true life event. It’s titled, “Tell
Santa Where it Hurts.” I’m already laughing just from the title. I can
only imagine what humor she is going to cook up here.
Nora St. Laurent,
our “Book Clubs” columnist, talks about the art
of meetings and having an agenda. Do you have a book club? Planning to
start one? Then stop by and get some sage wisdom from someone who knows
ACFW Publicity Officer, Cara
Putman, interviews ACFW President Robin Miller who is
completing her term this month. Find out what Robin has to say about
the organization and her future plans!
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 - marketable. How do you know if something is
marketable? What does that mean?
What’s going on in the world of
Christian fiction? “Heard It Through Hartline”
columnist, Tamela Hancock Murray, shares her
perspective. Check it out.
of “Ask Ashley” will no longer be with us. Due
to her ever-increasing popularity, Ashley has simply become overwhelmed
with her various commitments. She says it’s been fun sharing tips and
advice with her readers.
discusses fixing stilted dialogue 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 see what Meredith has to
introduces another in depth perspective on how Christian fiction has
changed lives. He interviews yours truly, the Editor In Chief of CFOM,
about "Life Transforming Fiction". You won’t want
to miss this!
Our “Write Real”
columnist, Mary DeMuth, discusses the “Making
of a Masterpiece” in two parts. December's issue introduces
part 2, so if you want to know what she is talking about stop by and
check this column out.
continues to provide spiritual encouragement in the "Devotions"
column. December’s topic is titled, “Getting Off My High
Horse.” Now this is something that is food for thought,
especially for writers who appreciate the chaos of Christmas.
In “Big Screen to
Your Scene,” Susan May Warren takes a
look at Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull and the role
Judeo-Christian values play in the success of a story.
by DJ Mansker features more insane dialogue in
“Eventual Confessions of a Procrastinator.” Does that behavior sound
familiar? Read it and see.
Our illustrious “Dr.
Jim” continues sharing his wisdom by introducing the “Six
As of Addiction.” The fifth A stands for “Acute Obsessive Compulsive
Adverb Disorder” or AOCAD. Dr. Jim says, “Clearly, many writers
attempting to write in any number of styles (tragically, comically,
romantically) can easily fall prey to this malady...and frequently
aren't even aware of how cunningly it can happen. Interestingly, Dr.
Jim might have the answer...and frankly shares his thoughts in his
usual style: cleverly, humorously, and, most of all, humbly.”
shares another gem with her readers in "Rachel's Rubies".
December’s gemstone is the diamond and the column is about finding the
diamond in the rough.
Our December guest columnists
should delight you as well:
Stacy Hawkins Adams
is our “Multicultural Fiction” columnist. She has
a lot of wisdom and experience to share with her readers. Make sure to
stop by and see what she has to say.
Homicide detective Mark
Mynheir works a slot but somehow finds the time to write
fiction. Read about how he manages to do both in “Author by
is the featured romantic suspense author in “Genre
Happenings.” She talks about romantic suspense, what it is
and isn’t, and about why she writes in that genre. Check it out.
snags the guest spot in “For Writers Only”. I
am a big fan of her Mayla series because it is so true-to-life and
real. So check out the column this month titled, “Writing the book of
your heart.” That’s what we all want to do, but aren’t always
successful at achieving, so Ginny shares how she did just that.
features Love Inspired and Heartsong reviews.
has published through I Universe. She is a successful self-pubbed
writer who is not hindered by the biases many self-published authors
face from other authors. Stop by "POD and Self-Publishing"
to find out more about Marion, her experiences as an author, and about
her book, Bitter Roots.
CFOM introduced a new column
titled “Book Videos” in November, and this month
we have more exciting things to share. Ginger Garrett
shares about her book video and how she crafted the one used for her
latest release. Stop by this new column every month to see great
examples of engaging book trailers and read the stories behind them.
features Tyndale House. They
have always done well selecting and promoting excellent Christian
fiction. And like each publishing house shares, they all have unique
visions for their company’s future. Find out more about what they have
to say about their publishing house here.
is the featured agent in the “Agent Column” . Not
only is Steve a highly sought after agent, he is also beloved by his
clients for various reasons. Find out what he has to say about the
business in December’s issue.
Y'Barbo of Books N Such agency is the columnist for “Publicity:
Everyone Needs It”. What does she do for an agenting agency
to attract people to read more Christian fiction? Read this column to
is our featured “Fiction International” columnist.
She’s a cuddly Canadian writer working the mean streets of US
publishing. Having acquired a US agent, and landed two US publishers,
she ponders what it is to be a small Canadian fish in a gigantic US
pond. And asks, what’s the difference?
Genius” expert for December is Karen Wiesner.
She shares part 2 of her small press column. Come hear what she has to
say about the small press.
The CFBA Blog
reviewer winner for November is unveiled in December’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. Also check out the
great book tour selections for the month.
is the “Spine Chiller Thriller” columnist. He
wrote a psychological thriller called Shade. Want
to know where he got
the inspiration to write that story? Then you’ll definitely want to
read this column.
features two different, yet
amazing tales. Read the second installment of A Stinky
Switcheroo by Christa Banister. If you
enjoyed the first part of the story, I guarantee you’ll like this next
section. The other short story this month is Star Wars and
Beyond by Linda Rondeau. It’s sure to
make you smile.
That’s it for December,
coming back. It’s a great experience, don’t you think?
Thought so. Now go
tell your friends.