Never Underestimate the Power of a Rejection


By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills A writer writes. A writer edits. A writer submits for publication. A writer is rejected. A writer ? How do you handle rejection? Do you crawl under your desk and quit? Or do you view the news as an opportunity to rework the writing project and submit again with the understanding […]

10 Common Edits Every Writer Should Know


by Alycia W. Morales     @AlyciaMorales Almost every book has a few things in common with others within its pages. So, no matter what you’re writing, you are likely to come across these. Numbers: Zero through ninety-nine are spelled out. 100 plus are numeric. Ex: 3,000 Serial Commas: Use the serial comma in manuscripts. Leave it […]

The Writer’s Walk of Faith


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson As writers, we have chosen to follow a difficult path. I remember, after a particularly hard week, my husband remarked that he wished I’d chosen another career, something simple—like becoming a movie star. His comparison was more appropriate than he realized. Success, for both career choices appears, from the outside at […]

The “Exuberant Imperfection” of NaNoWriMo

(National Novel Writing Month)


By Johnnie Alexander, @Johnnie_Alexndr In a few weeks, writers throughout the world will embark on a month-long trek called National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo. Participants will write a 50,000-word, no editing allowed, novel during the already hectic month of November. I joined the challenge way back in 2003 when my writing dreams focused more on nonfiction […]

Social Media, Marketing, and Branding

Meeting Reader Needs


By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Social media is about helping our readers walk through life a little easier. Those we help come in all shapes and sizes and occupations, but what is important is that our message is clear and fulfills and need. Writers are problem solvers. Many blogs and webinars show us how to find […]

Novel Preparation 101


By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills We writers have habits, some quirky, that help us begin new writing projects. Today I’d like to share with you how I organize my thoughts and preparations before writing chapter one, line one of a new novel. I’m mostly an organic/pantster writer, but some things I have to know before I […]

Quirky Sources to Add to Your Characterization

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills I live and breathe story—most writers do. And we’re always looking for ways to ensure our characters and their predicaments are exciting and unique. Some of the places we look can be a bit . . . different. But the exploration is worth it. Here are a few areas that I’ve […]

Move Forward with Writing Instead of Looking Back


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson My friends, I don’t feel that I have already arrived. But I forget what is behind, and I struggle for what is ahead. I run toward the goal, so that I can win the prize of being called to heaven. This is the prize that God offers because of what Christ Jesus […]

This is your Tribe


by Bethany Jett, @BetJett Whenever someone asks me for advice on getting published, my first response is almost always, “Go to a writers conference.” This is for several reasons: to learn the craft, to pitch your work, to network with industry professionals, to get some alone time, to gain clarity on your purpose for writing. […]

Social Media Marketing & Branding

Now I Need an Author Newsletter Too?


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson I know it seems that the to-do list of an author goes on and on. But in short, the answer is yes. We each need an author newsletter in addition to the connections we’re making on social media. The reason for this is simple, we don’t control the environment on social […]