Every November a few things
happen in the writing world. The new releases leap into the market for
the Christmas season, and American Christian Fiction Writers members
elect new officers for a two-year term.
The ACFW board rotates so half
of the board changes each year, allowing half to remain for continuity.
This year four officers rotate off the board: president,
vice-president, publicity officer, and zone officer.
Vice President—Becky Yauger
Publicity Officer—Angela Breidenbach
Volunteer Officer—Margaret Daley
Membership Officer—Sharon Lavy
Zone Officer—Ane Mulligan
You can find more information on
the positions and the candidates in the Members Only section of the
ACFW Website at https://members.acfw.com/elections.shtml. Voting takes
place November 15–30, 2010, with the new officers announced December 1
to begin one month of training before taking over the position on
January 1, 2011.
It’s easy to become a member by
clicking on www.acfw.com and filling out the online form.
Membership benefits include:
*Free online monthly classes
*Main e-loop for education and writing business questions
*Fifteen regional zones
*Twenty-three local chapters: http://www.acfw.com/chapters.shtml
*Annual conference with discounts for members
*Scribes critique loop with a monthly orientation for new scribes
*Online prayer loop *Afictionado: ACFW’s monthly ezine:
*Author Lists: Alphabetical author listing in our new READERS section:
*Genre Page: A new area featuring ACFW authors by genre:
*Social Issues Page: Book
listing by topic:
*Author Interviews and Featured Author: New interviews posted each
*New Releases: New releases
from our recognized publishers:
*Book Club: Have your book considered by the ACFW Book Club:
*Be included in the fictionfinder.com database, which links readers,
bookstores, libraries, book clubs, and authors with great Christian
*Book Reviews: Submit reviews of ACFW members’ books:
*Author Contests: Do you host a contest on your site? Fill out the form
to announce it to the public:
*Genesis Contest: Unpublished member authors may enter
* The Carol
*New! Genre loops for specific connection with authors
who write what you write
*New! Novel Track: See the next section for more details
Track Opens to Huge Success!
Novel Track: Writing
is an e-mail loop active during the months of January, April, July, and
October. It’s ACFW’s version of Book in a Month, but you set your own
goal. How many words do you think you can write in one month? We
challenge you to set a goal of at least 10,000 words, but if you want
to go for more, that’s great. We hope you will. Can you do 50,000
words? Why not try? We’ll cheer you on to your goal!
When the month begins, keep
track of how many words you write each day and report to the loop if
you want support and accountability. At the end of the month, if you
have reached your goal (at least 10,000 words), you’ll receive an ACFW
badge to display on your blog or Website or both.
How do you carve out time to
write? At the beginning of the month, we talk about ways to find time
to write. The object of this e-mail loop is to encourage you and keep
you writing until the end of the month. The only way a book will get
done is to sit down and write it. Once you’re an ACFW member, sign up
will 2011 hold for Novel Track participation?
Novel Track: Writing (July,
October, January, and April)
Novel Track: Editing (February,
May, August, and November)
Novel Track: Polishing (March,
June, September, and December).
If you have questions about
Novel Track, please e-mail Margaret Daley, Volunteer Officer at