American Christian Fiction Writers
Angie Breidenbach

Angela Breidenbach is Mrs. Montana International 2009 working with the American Heart Association, the Jadyn Fred Foundation and drawing awareness to Fair Trade practices. She also serves as the American Christian Fiction Writer's Publicity Officer and is a multi-award winning inspirational author, speaker, and business owner. Angela is a Stephen Minister certified in mentor/peer counseling and Assisting Minister at her church. Angela supports the study of schizophrenia through awareness of brain donation. Not only did she walk the hard line of deciding to donate her mom's brain, but she is also on the brain donation list at the Brain Bank-Harvard McLean Hospital. She is married, has a combined family of six grown children, one grandson and lives in the Montana mountains. You can interact or learn more about Angela at these sites: (coming soon.)

Did You Miss Out?

What to do if you missed out on the ACFW conference

What if you’d gone to conference? Would you have learned that one thing you needed to get published, network, or zoom ahead? No worries because I have several solutions for you!

(For those folks that did go to conference, remember to send out thank you notes to the agents and editors you met. Remember to follow through with your submission. Too many people start to second-guess themselves and don’t send. Raise your chances, if the agent or editor asked—they asked! Send it!)

With a few exceptions, most of the conference is now available for your listening pleasure. This year’s conference workshops and sessions were recorded by Billy Wyatt. The CD’s are MP3 compatible and very reasonably priced. You can find the sessions you either missed or would like to study by going to Then scroll down to the very bottom of the page and click on the link. An amazing benefit of having these sessions recorded is that you can order the past conference. I’ve ordered the entire conference two years in a row because I learned so much that the education overwhelmed me.

I’ve also picked out certain topics to fill in holes in my knowledge. Having the MP3 option allows me to review at my leisure. Additionally, this format supports the need for exercise! Download it on your MP3 player and hit the road for a walk or play it while on the treadmill. My personal favorite is listening on the elliptical trainer. How holistic can you get by training mind and body!

Another wonderful option this month is to read all the special edition reporters in the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Ezine. It’s called the Afictionado. Months before the conference, Michael Ehret assigns reporters to each workshop, late night chat, continuing education, and special event through the entire week! Each reporter has already signed up for that specific class and will be writing what they learned and sharing their experience for the Afictionado during the month of October. Look for it to be available October 15th, 2009. You can find it at Remember to browse past editions for needed nuggets.

Monday, October 5, 2009 - 8 PM EST join us for a chat with the American Christian Fiction Writers Book Club. It’s free to members and the public. The book is, The House in Grosvenor Square. You can click in here: Then don’t miss the next on Monday, November 2, 2009 when we chat about the book, It’s Not About Him. The ACFW Book Club meets by phone chat once a month. The dates and times are posted at:

Speaking about books, did you hear who won our Genesis (up and coming unpublished) and Book of the Year (published) author contests? A collection of titles, in many different genres, from ACFW members represent an excellent reading list. Print this page from the American Christian Fiction Writers website and take it with you to the bookstore or put the titles on your Christmas list: Learn more about the Genesis and how it builds up new authors at this link: You’ll be seeing these authors on bookshelves in the future.

Another amazing place to go for information is the ACFW Main Loop. This is for members only, but it doesn’t take much to become a member. Take a look at just a few of our benefits and see if you’d like to join:


Subscriptions to ACFW Private Email Lists
Access to ACFW Private Forums
Monthly E-zine
Critique Groups
Resources, Tips, and Archives on the ACFW Members Only Site
Exclusive Online Writer Courses
ACFW Book Club
Member Rates for the Annual ACFW National Conference
Local and Regional Zone Groups


Free Advertising of New & Upcoming Books
Group Book Signings and Promotional Efforts
Host Online Author Chats in Our Public ACFW Chat
Author Interviews Posted Online
Eligibility to Win the ACFW Book of the Year Award
Teaching and Mentoring Opportunities

Best of all, you become a member of a large family of Christian writers like yourself! Scroll down to the bottom of the page on the website and click to fill out your membership form.

The membership fee is less than $1 a week! It’s important to note that the writing business industry is heavily represented in the ACFW membership and the e-loops. We have agents, authors, publicity firms, and publishing house editors as standard participants.

Once you’ve realized it’s too late for this year’s conference, life is not over. There are many supportive ways to gain the education and support you crave as we all plan toward next year in Indianapolis. Mark your calendar. The American Christian Fiction Writers Conference will be the third weekend of September 2010. Build your knowledge now so that you’ll be prepared when conference registration opens late spring. Set aside a little every month to plan for the cost of travel, registration, hotel, and meals. Remember to plan for the possibility of attending the optional Early Bird (one intense day of deep learning prior to conference start.)

By the time Indianapolis, 2010, rolls around, you’ll be well prepared. You won’t miss out because you’ve gained insight through reading the Afictionado each month and participated in the book chats with the ACFW Book Club, surfed the American Christian Fiction Writers website at:, become familiar with your membership opportunities, grown through the main loop, local chapters, and optional prayer loop, and planned ahead to meet all your new friends! Best of all, you’ll know what to expect from hearing the 2009 conference recordings. You might have even entered the Genesis or Book of the Year contest and be looking forward to the ACFW awards banquet.

Did you miss out? Well, isn’t this just the beginning?

The American Christian Fiction Writers Awards 2009

2009 Mentor of the Year- Donita K. Paul

2009 Membership Service Award- John B. Olson

2009 Editor of the Year Award- Ami McConnell, Thomas Nelson

2009 Agent of the Year- Award Steve Laube, The Steve Laube Agency

2009 Book of the Year Contest

Debut Author- A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman

Lits- Sweet Caroline by Rachel Hauck

Long Contemporary- Symphony of Secrets by Sharon Hinck

Long Contemporary Romance- Controlling Interest by Elizabeth White

Long Historical (tie)- My Heart Remembers by Kim Vogel Sawyer, and I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires by Cathy Gohlke

Mystery- For Whom the Wedding Bell Tolls by Nancy Mehl

Novellas- Stuck on You in A Connecticut Christmas anthology by Rhonda Gibson

Short Contemporary- Family Treasures by Kathryn Springer

Short Contemporary Suspense- Broken Lullaby by Pamela Tracy

Short Historical- Family of the Heart by Dorothy Clark

Speculative- The Restorer’s Journey by Sharon Hinck

Suspense- Fossil Hunter by John B. Olson

Women’s Fiction- The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner

Young Adult- The Big Picture by Jenny B. Jones

ACFW 2009 Genesis Contest

Contemporary Fiction- Jennifer Griffith, Magpies in Trees

Contemporary Romance- Christy LaShea Smith, The Bridge Between

Historical Fiction- Christine Schmidtke, Unveiled

Historical Romance- Lacy Williams, Marrying Miss Marshal

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller- Alan Schleimer, Q.doc

Romantic Suspense- Jan Warren, Katherine Octavia, C.I.A.

Science-Fiction/Fantasy/Allegory- David Fry, Lies To See

Women’s Fiction- Cathleen Armstrong, The Church of Last Chance

Young Adult- Gretchen Hoffman, Rewind