Publishing Etiquette Tips

Avoid the Pitfalls when Interacting with Industry Professionals

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson The publishing industry is like any other—fraught with unwritten rules and etiquette norms.  Add to that the wild wild west of social media and the new writer can commit faux pas that spell career disaster. I’m grouping them together in pairs to give you an idea what works and what doesn’t. […]

When Thank You Isn’t Enough

Ways to Show Appreciation to Writer Conference Instructors

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills At the Blue Ridge Conference, our faculty has a heart for helping writers. These instructors sacrifice time and energy to provide the tools we need to advance in the publishing world. They schedule a time to talk to us one-on-one. They listen to our tripping over words about our writing projects […]

Writing – A Sacred Adventure

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills We are on an adventure called life. From the day we are born until God calls us home, we are given special interests that define our purpose and mold our personalities. Writing is our sacred adventure. Writers share a special path because we’ve been gifted with the creative skill of releasing […]

Learn How to Be a Visual Writer

by Tammy Van Gils @TammyVanGils Take a moment and imagine these iconic scenes. With grey skies above and a slight breeze blowing, they walked near her childhood home. Carrying her shoes in one hand, she walked up the driveway and stopped near the old, dilapidated house. Pain strained her face as she reaches down and […]

10 Ways to Deepen the Craft of Writing

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills We writers want to see our manuscripts published. We work hard on blogs, articles, devotions, fiction, and nonfiction projects. And we are always looking for new techniques to strengthen our message. The following 10 suggestions can help every writer create a more powerful project. Develop three sentences describing the writing project. […]

Tips to Make Your 15-Minute Appointments a Success

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills The Blue Ridge Conference is fast approaching, and writers are polishing their manuscripts and proposals One of the conference highlights is the ability for the writer to schedule two face-to-face appointments with an agent, editor, or professional writer. We want that event to be a positive experience for you. Over the […]

Five Conferences and STILL Not Published

Why You Should NOT Be Discouraged!

by Lori Roeleveld @LoriSRoeleveld At one conference at Blue Ridge I had a turning point moment that might have derailed my work entirely. As I walked with an editor from dinner to the main evening event, she asked how many writing conferences I’d attended. “This is my third Blue Ridge conference so, five altogether, in […]

Where Authors Can Take Bookmarks

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills A writer has a new release, and she is excited to promote the book. One of the means of creating awareness to readers is The publisher has provided many bookmarks or the writer has designed them. The writer is ready to distribute them to readers. But after delivering the bookmarks to […]

Best Author Tools for Marketing & Promotion

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Many of us use social media marketing tools to reach others with powerful messages. A professional writer is constantly evaluating what she’s using to ensure they enhance her career. We have four things to consider before investing time and money into a marketing and promotion tool: Have our tools grown followers […]

The Value of Mentoring

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Is there something missing in your writing life? Could there be a surprise additive to the list of how to succeed in the world of publishing? Is mentoring another serious writer for you? I believe so. In fact, I know so. To be blessed, one must be a blessing to others. […]