Season’s Meatings

By Rhonda Rhea, @RhondaRhea   You know how I can tell we’re approaching the Christmas season? I find myself thumbing through a catalog. A catalog. Of. Meat. Potted meat. Pickled meat. Fried and dried and—maybe even poached meat. That just takes us to about page five. Then there’s meat by the log. Meat in a […]

An Editor’s Pet Peeves

By Deb Haggerty, @DebHaggerty   As an editor, I read—a lot! And I find I get impatient with certain contrivances authors tend to overdo. I realize part of what we do as writers is our voice, but I also realize part is trying to impress or to ensure our readers get what we’re trying to impart. […]

The Mentor Effect: BRMCWC And Finding My Literary Agent

By Emily H. Jeffries, @emilyhjeffries   At age 28, I quit my job as an upper school theology teacher to write books. For a decade, I had studied theology and gained teaching experience. After graduate school, I had landed the perfect teaching job with a small private school in my hometown. Then suddenly my heart […]

Let God Define You!

By Michelle Medlock Adams, @INwritergirl   Just as I was finishing up my booksigning at the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) in Orlando a few years ago, I noticed a woman waiting at the edge of the Guideposts booth. “We just ran out of books,” I explained, as I walked over to her, “but I’d […]

Five Myths about an Agent’s Rejection

Tamela Hancock Murray,@Tamela_Murray   1.) The agent hates me. Unless you approached her and said something along the lines of, “You and your kids are ugly and you have lousy taste in manuscripts,” a rejection shouldn’t be personal. But if you are worried that you unintentionally offended an agent or other publishing professional, take action. […]

What I learned about #Writing from Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson I love all the Christmas specials that come around every year during the holidays, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has always been one of my favorites. I identify with his lack of self-confidence, his heart for his friends and especially his gumption when Santa called on him to step up and guide the sleigh that night.  And […]

Put ‘Em in the Right Mood: Using Description

By D.L. Koontz, @DLKoontz   Description involves the creation of mental images that allow readers to fully experience our stories. Appropriate description sets the tone, enabling the fullest reader impact. Critical Point: Appropriate description does that. Inappropriate description, however, does something completely different. Appropriate description is as important to books, as the right music is to […]

Give the Gift of an Investment in Your Writing Dream

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson I began attending writing conferences in the late 1990s. I was a young, stay-at-home-mom and our family budget was so tight it squeaked. But I know that our early investment in my writing career has paid off again and again. No, we haven’t retired off all the money I’ve made (*snort*). […]

Christmas Songs for Writers

By DiAnn Mills, @DiAnnMills   It’s a little hard to concentrate on writing when Christmas songs are rolling through our heads. We’re humming and singing along to our favorites and finding it impossible to write . . . or can we change the words in those songs to fit our writerly needs?? “Jingle Bells” Jingle […]