How To Find Your Audience by Honing Your Brand and Genre

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by Donna Wichelman @DonnaWichelman In a November 4, 2020 blog post, Tyndale House Publishers CRAZY4FICTION TEAM asked, “What genre novel should you write?” To help readers hone in on their genre, they had to answer ten multiple-choice questions that narrowed their options to one. Interestingly enough, when I took the test, Tyndale House’s final answer to which genre I should …

Come Alongside

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by Susan A.J. Lyttek @SusanLyttek In my latest YA series, the Portal Watchers, the prophet Nevv takes the three watchers under his tutelage. Ne-tel, Bern and Garth are all about half Nevv’s age and have barely an iota of his experience. But he doesn’t lord that over them. Instead, he reaffirms what they do have—the dinosaurs and the mission to …

Top 5 Things NOT to Do When Self-Publishing

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By Desiree Future @Desiree_Future As a self-publisher of two Christian romance novels, I’m sharing with you the top five things not to do when self-publishing. It is my hope, you will learn from the mistakes that I’ve made. Do not underestimate how much work it takes to self-publish a book. As a self-publisher, you take on the responsibility of running …

The Mysteries of God in the Fantasy-verse

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by M.D. House @real_housemd The modern world is awash in fantastical speculations about a multi-verse. In part, this is driven by natural human curiosity and creativity, but it has also become another off-ramp for those who still contend, despite advancements in modern science, that God (or an intelligent designer) can’t exist and that life popped into existence through random processes. …

When the Landscape Changes

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By Cynthia Herron @C_herronauthor “Where we love is home—home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. This beautiful quote strikes such a poignant chord. “Home” and all that word encompasses evokes both warmth and yearning as I fondly recall my childhood growing up in the hills and hollows of the Ozarks along Old …

Hello, ACFW!

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THE ACFW VIRTUAL CONFERENCE: MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR FEBRUARY 24 – 25, 2024 Hello ACFW! I’m Kathleen Y’Barbo-Turner, a member of the ACFW Executive Board, and I’ve got great news for you! If you’ve been a member of ACFW for any length of time, you’ve no doubt attended or at least heard about our fabulous ACFW Annual Conference–the premier conference …

Make Them Believe

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by Tanara McCauley @TanaraMcCauley Long Beach, 1997. I sat in a movie theater with a friend doing something I’d never done before in my life: ugly crying in public. I couldn’t pull myself together, and the frustration of trying made me cry even harder. My only consolation was that my friend didn’t let me cry alone. At the conclusion of …

Troublesome Characters

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by Susan A. J. Lyttek  @SusanLyttek Several years ago, I took a course on character development from a well-known Christian writer. Through the multiple session course, we were taught to create a psychological profile for our character, find pictures that looked like him or her, and create brief histories for prior to the story’s commencement. It was all good and …