The Juggling Act: Working Full-time and Writing

ACFW Authors and writing, Friends of ACFW, tips, writing Leave a Comment

By Amy Clipston People often ask me, “How do you work a full-time job and write books?” I resist the urge to roll my eyes, and instead reply, “I just make it work.” Unlike some authors, I work full-time for a local government, in addition to writing four or more books per year for HarperCollins Christian Publishing. In fact, in …

How Do Book Launch Teams Help Authors?

ACFW Advice, Authors and writing, Books, Friends of ACFW, tips, writing Leave a Comment

by Cynthia Herron Anticipating a book launch is a little like anticipating childbirth, both thrilling and terrifying. We’re excited about our book birthday, but there’s a lot of hard work leading up to that point. In addition to writing the book, launching it takes coordinated effort by the author, the publisher, the marketing team, and so on. Cheerleaders—those who will …

Put Your Feet on the Desk

ACFW Advice, Authors and writing, creativity, Encouragement, Friends of ACFW, tips, writing 18 Comments

By Terri Gillespie “. . . and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.” 1 Kings 19:12, NKJV I have a friend who was a vice-president of a major financial institution in Manhattan. He’s an incredible idea person—a real visionary. While overseeing operations for a ministry, …

Haircuts & Hurricanes

ACFW Advice, Authors and writing, Distraction, Encouragement, Friends of ACFW, tips, writing Leave a Comment

by Kathleen Denly This year has been full of surprises, and few of them pleasant. It can be difficult to understand what God is thinking during times like these. It can be tempting to believe what we are going through is so terrible it cannot possibly result in something good. Take my hair for example. It’s very thick and dense. …

How to Be a Real Writer in Four Easy Steps

ACFW Advice, Authors and writing, Friends of ACFW, tips, writing Leave a Comment

By Kimberley Woodhouse Step One: Write. The best way to become a real writer is… you guessed it: to write. You might have one thousand amazing ideas but you’ve flitted from one to another and never finished one of them. My suggestion is to keep a journal of all of those fabulous ideas and then sit down and focus on …

The Uses of a Novella

ACFW Advice, Authors and writing, Friends of ACFW, marketing, Novellas, writing 1 Comment

By Glynn Young On July 1, with the publication of my fifth novel, I brought a five-book series to a conclusion. Each of the five was about 93,000 words in length, except for the last one. The last one has an additional 20,000 words, included as an epilogue but actually a freestanding novella. It’s related on a minor way to …

Public Speaking Jitters

ACFW Advice, Authors and writing, Fear/Doubt, Friends of ACFW, Speaking, tips 3 Comments

by Loretta Eidson Have you stood before a crowd before a presentation, only to see a variety of expressions returning your stare? It’s easy when everyone smiles and looks eager to hear what you’re about to share, but what about those who are sporting lowered brows or a solemn countenance? When they lean back scowl faced with their arms crossed …

Lessons Learned about Promoting a Debut Novel

ACFW Advice, Authors and writing, Friends of ACFW, marketing, tips, writing 11 Comments

By Frank A. DiBianca So, after years of writing, revising, professionally editing, finalizing, and submitting manuscripts to agents or publishers, your book has finally been published. But unless you’ve been published by one of the big houses, the lion’s share of selling your book is going to fall squarely in your lap. Now comes the big question. How do you …

Getting to a Writer’s Heart

ACFW Advice, Authors and writing, Encouragement, Friends of ACFW, Mentors, tips, writing Leave a Comment

by Lisa Kibler He took a very sharp scalpel and, with great care, cut into my soul and pulled out my guts. The best surgeons know the answers aren’t found on superficial scans. To get to one’s heart, they must split the ribs, dig in, and find what lies beneath, hidden behind the interwoven mass of muscles, bones, and arteries. …