How Writing is Like Whelping Puppies


by Alycia W. Morales     @AlyciaMorales When we think about writing, puppies aren’t necessarily the first things that come to mind. Unless they’re the characters in a children’s book. Or their name is Marley. But really… Anticipation Cinnamon, my dog, was pregnant with her pups for three months. I watched and assessed and waited as her […]

What Does it Mean to Write Christian Books?


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters… It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24 Even though I’m a Christ-follower, I must admit I’m struggling with a concept. I have a problem with the idea of Christian […]

These Two Tips Will Get you Far

by Bethany Jett, @BetJett There is a lot of excellent writing advice. Honestly, I could spend hours curled up on the couch scrolling through agents’ blogs, websites on writing tips, and scanning Pinterest pins on the subject. But there are two “writing” tips that have the ability to either help you excel in this business or crush […]

What Writers Can Learn about Marketing from National Chocolate Cupcake Day


By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Today is October 18, National Chocolate Cupcake Day. Is your mouth watering? Before you grab your car keys and speed off to the nearest bakery, I want to talk about how we writers can market and promote like the creators of this tasty-treat day. Writers want their books to be mouth-watering […]

SOS – Settings on Steroids

Part I


By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Ah, setting, the frail stepchild of fiction. How often we neglect this vital member of story, insisting character, plot, dialogue, and emotion are much more important. We dress her in rags, have her clean the chimney, then criticize her for lack of beauty. Setting is the physical environment where story takes […]

Can I Take a Break from Writing?

Break from Writing

by Alycia W. Morales     @AlyciaMorales There is a lot of advice about setting writing goals. And be sure you write every. single. day. Or else the writing genie bottle will dry up and you will lose your mojo. Be sure of that. Is there ever a time when it’s okay to take a break from […]

Am I a Product of the Past or the Future?

Building My Writing on Hope


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson Publishing is a tough business. It’s almost impossible to write anything for public consumption without feeling like you’re throwing your heart into the lion’s den. And I don’t know about you, but I give these negative comments a lot more credibility than the positive ones. The good ones I tend to […]

Critique Group Tips

critique group tips,

by Bethany Jett, @BetJett Someone will critique your work – it’s inevitable – and you don’t want the first experience on your project to come from your publisher. Therefore, having a few trusted people available to review your work can be helpful for your writing career. Officially or unofficially, this is your critique group. Critique Group Tips Keep critique […]

Social Media, Marketing & Branding

Have You Learned the ABCs of Blogging?


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson Today I’d like to give you 26 tips for success with your blog. I’m calling this my ABCs of Blogging. A is for Accessibility—Make sure your blog is easy to find, easy to navigate, and easy to read. And don’t forget to make it accessible to those who are visually impaired. B […]

How Many Times Did I Use That Word?

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Last week I finished a book and sent it to my publisher. Celebration time! Relief and satisfaction soared through me for completing the writing project. As always it was difficult from the time I researched my story idea until the editing stage. Editing is as much a part of a writer’s […]