American Christian Fiction Writers
Cara Putman

Cara Putman is a woman living a dream. Barbour's Heartsong Presents has released six of her books, including Canteen Dreams, a WWII historical set in Nebraska that won the ACFW 2008 Book of the Year for Short Historical. She also has written romantic suspense for Harlequin's Love Inspired Suspense, contemporary mysteries for Guidepost, a historical romantic suspense for Summerside, and the Complete Idiots Guide to Business Law. Cara is an attorney, wife, mom to four, homeschool teacher, occasional professor at Purdue, active at her church, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, her husband and her kids. Visit her at

ACFW Happenings

What’s A Writer To Do?

Fiction Finder

November is here and with it a distinct lack of writers’ conferences.

I’m still recovering from another hugely successful ACFW conference, this one in St. Louis, the last weekend of September. There is an amazing energy and excitement to an ACFW conference. It’s like a grand family reunion where many online friendships turn to squeals and hugs, where writers get filled up with great teaching that leaves them inspired and challenged to take their writing to the next level. Then there are the moments of worship that usher us straight into the throne room.

Not to mention celebrating at the Awards Gala.

So many highs, which can lead to post-conference lows. So what’s a writer to do?

My writing buddy Nicole O’Dell told me she didn’t have time to experience post-conference lows because she had two books due October 1. That would certainly get me back to work! My friend Pamela Meyers gives herself permission to take a day or two off post-conference to catch up on her sleep. I probably should have tried that. And fellow author Candace Calvert tried to turn the energy and excitement of editor and agent meetings into a drive to dive into her next project. Pepper Basham suggests that being faithful to fulfill the requests while also trusting God and His timing is key.

Conferences are a critical part of succeeding as a writer. The fellowship reminds us we aren’t alone in a field that is solitary. The relationships formed with publishing professionals provide key connections for future success. The skills I acquire can improve my writing if I’m willing to apply them.

So sit down. Pull out your notes. Pick a couple things to apply to your writing. Be faithful to the do what God is asking of you in your writing.

And start saving your pennies for next year. Somehow each year’s ACFW conference only improves.

Hope to see you in Dallas next September!