ARCHIVE July, 2011

The Heart of Your Query

Stay focused on the purpose of your query. Remember to include these eight ingredients:

  1. Gain your reader’s attention with an opening most appropriate for your story.
  2. Awaken a need for your idea.
  3. Tell how readers will benefit from your story.
  4. Use facts, opinions and statistics from experts or other reliable sources.
  5. Don’t overdo details in your letter. Those are for your story.
  6. Give the reader a reason to respond. Then make a confident request.
  7. Don’t assume your reader is convinced by prefacing your statements with, “As you know,” or “I’m sure you agree.”
  8. Reveal your plan by with an outline of your story idea.

This is a chapter well worth the time and energy to study it in Queries and Submissions by Thomas Clark. In my next post, I’ll discuss how to end your query. Until then, happy writing.

July 25, 2011 in Announcements, Uncategorized, Writing Tips by

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Interview with James Watkins – Author, Editor, & Speaker Extraordinaire!

Some editors are truly good people. They encourage new writers and inspire all of us to walk a little closer to the Lord.  There are some who have the gift of humor, anesthesia that numbs the pain of a hard topic so the truth can go deep. Many are people of their word. They say what they mean and mean what they say.  Even fewer have “made it” in the publishing world and have the ability to carry and keep a reputation with all these virtures.  James Watkins is one of the few.

I met Jim for the first time at the Mount Hermon Christian Writer’s conference. It was the sunrise of my author- journey, and I was dripping wet behind the ears. There is an honesty, and a transparency about him that draws you in. Add to that an amazing gift of humor, and I knew I’d love working with this man. He is professional, funny, creative, and…have I mentioned funny?

Without further adieu, James Watkins!

 

How did your writing journey begin?

I knew I wanted to be a writer when, as a second-grader, I rewrote the ending of Pinocchio. I could suspend disbelief so that a wooden marionette could come to life-no strings attached. But to believe that the “live” puppet could become a real boy, that was too much for me. So, for a class writing assignment, I rewrote the ending and had the wooden Pinocchio die a painful, prolonged death of Dutch elm disease.

I was immediately sent to the school psychologist who suggested I could become a sociopath or a writer. Just kidding about the psychologist, but I was fortunate I had teachers who encouraged my so-called writing talent. By the time I had written plays for the elementary school to perform, journaled my deep, dark, depressed life as a junior-higher, and became the editor of the high school paper, I was hooked on writing!

I dabbled in writing for several years with a real job, then became an editor in our denomination’s publishing house, and eventually became more and more of a full-time writer.

With numerous books, hundreds of humorous blog posts and thousands of articles published, which is your favorite to write?

Yikes, that’s like asking who’s your favorite child or grandchild! They’re all very different, but all very wonderful in their own ways.

Blogs, obviously, are short, timely, and a guaranteed publication. As a former journalism major, I like to comment on current events. It’s almost “real time” on the Web. And I love the feedback.

Articles have a larger audience and are a bit more permanent. It’s amazing the number of people who write and say they were helped by an article and I think Wow! In what waiting room with twenty-year-old magazines did they find that piece!

As far as book, I love this Huckleberry Finn quotation: “There ain’t nothing more to write about, and I am rotten glad of it, because if I’d a knowed what a trouble it was to make a book I wouldn’t a tackled it, and I ain’t agoing to no more.” Yes, books provide more prestige (and radio and TV interviews), they are a huge challenge. I have sixteen under my belt, but I tell authors, if you want respect, write books; if you want readers, write for periodicals.

Actually, I love writing for all three venues.

When you’re working on a project, do you listen to music or have a specific routine? (Do you write in the morning, evening, can you stay on task?)

I’m totally Attention Deficit Disorder, so I can’t write with music, don’t have a specific routine and can’t stay on task, although I tend to write in the morning, rewrite in the afternoon. I try to have several projects going at one time, so when I get bored with one, I can move on to the next project. So, with a good “to do” list, I do get a lot done.

Name three character traits of a good writer.

How ‘bout seven, which just coincidentally are in one of my chapters in Writers on Writing (Wesleyan Publishing House), an anthology I edited with writing from Jerry B. Jenkins, Liz Curtis Higgs, and others?

1. Self-discipline

2. Self-motivation

3. Self-organization

4. Self-worth (You can’t define yourself as a writer or rejections will destroy you. I’m simply a beloved child of God who just happens to write. All the rejection slips in Colorado Springs can’t harm that sense of worth!)

5. Self-promotion (You can’t write MESSAGE without ME, so if God has given me a message, it’s up to me to get it out there!)

6. Self-improvement

7. Other orientation (Writing is too hard to not have a support group of family and friends.)

What was your favorite book to write? Why?

That’s another one of those “Who’s your favorite child and grandchild?” questions. My most transparent and honest book is Squeezing Good Out of Bad (XarisCom). And it was my most fun since it’s written as a top ten list with lots of humor. Usually, though, my favorite book is the next one.

Share with our readers one example of how God orchestrated your steps to coincide with His plan.

My very first writing/editing job, as an editor of a teen magazine at Wesleyan Publishing House, came about when my pastor just happened to meet the executive editor at a ministerial meeting and they just happened to talk about what was happening at the church and just happened to talk about my editing an evangelistic newspaper for teens in the local community and the editor just happened to ask if I’d be interested in coming on board.

That was the first of many “just happened” events that led to published books, appearing on “The 700 Club,” and teaching writing with Cec Murphey for three weeks in India. (Of course, as believers, we know “just happened” situations are divine providence!)

Every good writer needs support from his spouse/family to succeed. What has your wife/family done or not done to help support you in your career?

My wife has been so supportive with my so-called writing/speaking career. She’s never once asked, “When are you going to find a real job?!” even when I was thinking I need to find a real job!

If you were to start your writing career all over again, what would you do differently?

I’m such a firm believer in the premise that God works all out for our good (Romans 8:28), that I probably wouldn’t change a thing, although I do regret not finishing my graduate work in communications. I think a “Christian writer” must first be a Christian who is trusting God each step of the way, listening to His instructions, and acknowledging Him in every aspect of his/her writing and speaking (Proverbs 3:5-6).

What’s the one marketing tool that’s helped you?

The Christian Writers’ Market Guide is, of course, the most important book in your writing library, but going to writers’ conferences and networking with editors and other writers is essential as well.

Are you a spontaneous Kindle/Nook man, or a traditional hardback book kind of guy?

I’m a go to the library and get books free kind of guy.

What’s the last book you’ve read?

Currently reading Jesus Calling by Sarah Young—for the third time.

Jack Bauer or the Lone Ranger?

Definitely the masked man! The Lone Ranger taught, “Shoot to disarm, never to harm.” I love the quote by Mary Hirsch: “Humor is a rubber sword that allows you to make a point without drawing blood.”

Joanne Kraft writes to encourage women to fulfill their God-given roles as wife and mom and to walk boldly into their promised land. Her writing is transparent and humorous. Joanne has been published by In Touch, Today’s Christian Woman, ParentLife, Kyria and P31 Woman magazines. Her first book, Just Too Busy: Taking Your Family on a Radical Sabbatical was released in June by Beacon Hill Press. She leads Inspire’s El Dorado Hills critique group, serves on the Inspire Board of Directors and hosts an ongoing workshop for bloggers.

July 25, 2011 in Conferences, Marketing, Publishing, Uncategorized, Writer's Journey by

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Cinderella-Authors

By Joanne Kraft

In a day where technology is racing along at the speed of light and publishing houses are playing the odds on e-books—while scrambling to stay one step ahead of the Twilight-Hunger Games audience, I’m here to make a public proclamation: There still exist those real-life author fairy tales Hallmark movies are made from.

As a first-time author, I’m here to give you hope. Unlike the Loch Ness Monster, there do exist magical Cinderella contracts bestowed on a handful of writers who have been quietly toiling away—but by some divine miracle have the right book at the right time and bibbity-bobbity-boo!

I know this to be true because early on in my writing career, I received an invitation to the ball.

In the spring of last year I got to work. Those first few days we magical, but, it was only a matter of time before writing in glass slippers caused backbreaking blisters. The fairytale excitement had worn off. My husband’s words haunted me, “Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.” Being tapped to write a nonfiction book when you’ve cut your teeth on less than a dozen magazine articles creates a tsunami-sized learning curve.

My first lesson? Writing is a passion, publishing is a business. It wasn’t the balloons and cotton candy experience I’d imagined. This was hard work.

As a nonfiction writer, I write what I know. So, I thought I’d share a few do’s and don’ts I’ve learned along the way, just in case you happen to run into someone like me, whose  writing future includes a coveted invitation to the ball.

Do – Encourage.

Whether you’re a big-cheese-author or a newbie-novice, if Cinderella allows you to peek at a chapter or two, don’t pretend to be an Oxford English scholar. Rejoice in ways she used fragments and power verbs to punch the reader right between the eyes before you bleed on her page. Critiques should always include encouragement.

Do—Give back.

Nothing screams Cinderella-amateur like a selfish, self-centered wordsmith. Look for others who love words and love to write and inspire a beginner to great things.

Do—Pray for Cinderella.

As a writer, you carry a solitary torch of words burning from within—words that need an organized escape for there to be peace in your soul. Prayer is much needed for a Cinderella-author to launch words onto paper in a soul-inspiring way.

Don’t – Don’t share with Cinderella or others that she’s undeserving or not ready.

It makes you look small and bitter. If a Cinderella-author has more than four brain cells in her head she’s already struggling with this concept.

Don’t – Ask your new-author friend to put in a good word or pass on your book proposal to their publisher or agent.

Chances are they signed contracts and had a couple phone calls but haven’t even met them.

Don’t- Reveal your green-eyed-monster.

Every writer’s path leads down a different road. Don’t envy Cinderella’s. Her contract may have come a lot sooner than yours, but there is no guarantee their career will be longer lasting.

In our competitive, unknown, publishing future there still exist agents and editors who see a sparkle of something—and take a risk. Remember, every successful author began with someone believing in their very first book.

Still a skeptic? For every rejection slip and returned manuscript, there is always hope.  Cinderella-authors do exist. Don’t give up. Don’t lose faith. Keep learning. Keep writing. And, as my husband would say, “Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.”

Joanne Kraft writes to encourage women to fulfill their God-given roles as wife and mom and to walk boldly into their promised land. Her writing is transparent and humorous. Joanne has been published by In Touch, Today’s Christian Woman, ParentLife, Kyria and P31 Woman magazines. Her first book, Just Too Busy: Taking Your Family on a Radical Sabbatical was released in June by Beacon Hill Press. She leads Inspire’s El Dorado Hills critique group, serves on the Inspire Board of Directors and hosts an ongoing workshop for bloggers.

July 22, 2011 in Publishing, Uncategorized, Writer's Journey by

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Inspire Christian Writers Welcomes 9 New Members

We are pleased to announce the addition of nine new members to the Inspire Christian Writers group. Let me introduce them to you:

Heather Murdoch

Heather was a very reflective, shy child who found her voice through creative writing and journaling. She has wanted to write books that inspire people since she was a little girl, but life always seemed to get in the way. Or so she thought. She now realizes that her stories weren’t ready to be told. God was missing! She became a Christian about two and a half years ago, and the Lord has completely transformed her life. Now she is telling His stories of hope and redemption. He has blessed her with miracles that she yearns to share with others through writing, speaking and serving.

 

Xochi Dixon

Xochi (pronounced so-she) Dixon is an author, speaker, and Bible teacher who loves Jesus and digging into God’s Word. She lives in Fairfield, CA with her hubby, Alan, their teenage son, Xavier, and their doggy-daughter, Jazzy. She enjoys amusement parks, baseball games and reading.

Currently working toward a BA in Christian Ministry through Regent University, Xochi serves within the Youth Ministry at First Baptist Church of Vacaville. She writes Teen Fiction, Non-Fiction for women and teens, poetry and devotions.

 

Kari Mann

Kari writes fiction, devotionals and articles. She has been a guest speaker at women’s groups and been published in “Family Fun” and “Wonder Time” magazines. She received her BA degree in Graphic & Interior Design from Fresno State University. She has completed two novels and a children’s book series. She is active at her church as coordinator of Women’s Bible studies, is a seasoned Bible study teacher and has a passion for marriages to thrive in God’s amazing grace.

 

Cheri Douglas

Cheri is a Christian team building coach, artist, actress, writer and prayer warrior. She is mother of two, grandmother of nine, and wife of one. Join her on Twitter or Facebook daily for morning prayers and devotions.

 

 

 

Chrissy Drzewiecki

Chrissy enjoys writing poetry, short stories, children’s fiction and dabbling in Christian Romance. God has placed on her heart a passion to write–however, she feels that He needs to give her the time to do so! She has a sense of humor and if she has made someone smile or laugh each day, she feels blessed. Chrissy’s short story “Money Dog–Her Weight in Gold,” was published in The Dog Next Door, which released in June 2011 by Revell Books.

 

 

Lori Sinclair

Lori is the author of three business books in the Medical Billing, Coding, and Reimbursement field. She is currently working on a YA fiction novel. She lives in Sacramento with her two children, two dogs, cat, and numerous fish.

 

 

 

Jennifer Sienes

Although Jennifer Sienes has been penning stories since grade school, it wasn’t until 2007 that she answered God’s call and left teaching to focus on writing as a career. She’d always thought she’d write romance, but with one trial after another, she found her niche–contemporary women’s fiction with an element of romance. Her first book, Believing in Butterflies, was inspired by her daughter’s near-fatal car accident and the resultant recovery from traumatic brain injury. Her second book, Absolution, was inspired by her brother’s suicide in 2009.

 

Lois Loofborrow

As a Sunday school teacher, Lois observed children, as well as teenagers, unable to find their way through the Word of God. For the past five years, Lois has been teaching her Sunday school class how to use their Bibles. Children are motivated, parents are excited and the children’s pastor thrilled; hence the birth of her current writing project The No Study Bible Study. After studying at San Jose State University, Lois is continuing her education attending Epic Bible College, toward a degree in Christian Ministries. She is thankful for her full time job working in a pediatrics clinic as a Health Care Benefits Coordinator.

 

Jennifer Harrison

Jennifer is a PR-pro turned writer. Her current project is the amazing story about her daughter’s survival despite a doomed pregnancy and extremely premature birth.When she isn’t writing about her children, public relations or bike racing, Jennifer runs a public relations consulting business. She holds a master’s degree in public affairs, a bachelor’s degree in animal science and genetics and holds advanced accreditation from the Public Relations Society of America. She lives with her husband and two children, Elliott and Beth, in Folsom, CA.

July 19, 2011 in Announcements, Uncategorized, Writer's Journey by

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Six Ways to Open Your Query

The opening of your query letter should have all the impact of an article hook. Consider using a variety of techniques.

  1. The straightforward lead jumps right into the topic with statements, contrasts, or quotes.
  2. The surprise opening could be a clever turn of a phrase, a startling statistic, or a shocking situation. Overplaying or overacting this hook could have a negative impact on the editor.
  3. Leading with a question can be tricky. What if the editor’s first response is, “Who cares?” To use this opening, your answer must come quickly so the reader won’t lose interest.
  4. Opening with your article’s lead is good if you’re selling reprints of something you’ve already written. Otherwise it’s like thinking backwards, since the query is used to see if there is an interest in the topic.
  5. Starting with “why you” and “why now” will establish yourself as the right person to write on the topic. This works for specific stories, but is usually later in the letter.
  6. A complimentary comment about an article you read that the editor wrote is another trick to have in the ways you open your queries.

Which of these is best for you? Which one is best for your story idea? More in depth descriptions of opening your queries are in the book Queries and Submissions by Thomas Clark. This is a must-have for your writing library

July 18, 2011 in Book Review, Uncategorized, Writing Tips by

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From Hobby to Heartbeat

“A writer who does nothing but talk about writing is not a writer. When anyone comes to me with stars in their eyes and asks, “How do I know I’m a writer?” I often give this advice:

“Try not writing. If you can put away the dreams and do something else and it doesn’t bother you, you’re no writer. It’s too much work. Don’t bother yourself trying to be something God never planned for you to be.” –Ethel Herr, from An Introduction to Christian Writing (2nd Edition)

I read Mrs. Herr’s advice after attending the Mt. Hermon Christian Writer’s conference in April 2011. I learned this lesson, however, in 2005, the year I asked God to take away my desire to write if He didn’t want me to pursue my passion.

Torn between supporting my husband as he tried to save our family business and devoting time to honing my craft and learning the business of writing, my personal life was strained.

To celebrate my birthday, however, my husband sent me to SCBWI’s 2005 Working Writer’s Retreat.

During introductions, a woman at a neighboring table stood up. “I don’t know who I am saying this for,” she said, glancing around the room. “We have no right to sit on a gift God gives us. If He’s calling you to write, learn everything you can and go for it. You can’t quit.”

An overwhelming peace gushed through me. Writing wasn’t my hobby; it was an extension of my heartbeat.

After the conference, we lost our family business and, on November 23, 2007, I received my first “good” rejection letter for my YA Contemporary novel.

I committed to studying the craft of writing, with my husband’s full support, and invested in Christian Writer’s conferences.

In 2010, after attending the Writing for the Soul conference, I was hired to edit a Youth Bible Curriculum series. On May 27, 2011, eleven years after God ignited my desire to write, I sold my first short story to Encounter Magazine, through a connection I made at the Mt. Hermon Christian Writer’s Conference.

As I’ve stumbled along the path toward publication, I discovered valuable and vital resources for us who are serious about developing the writing ministry God has placed on our hearts:

  1. A growing relationship with Christ and willingness to bend to His will.
  2. A strong foundation in the study of God’s Word.
  3. A commitment to investing in quality training to learn the art and business of writing.
  4. An honest critique group, diligent in praying for you as they, too, hone their craft.

I’ve learned there are a few books that all Christian writers should have on their shelf, as well:

  1. The Bible.
  2. An Introduction to Christian Writing, by Ethel Herr
  3. The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style, edited by Robert Hudson
  4. The Christian Writer’s Market Guide, by Sally Stuart
  5. A variety of great books on writing.

Stein on Writing by Sol Stein is a fabulous book to start your collection.

If writing is an extension of your heartbeat, getting equipped is part of honoring God with the gift He’s blessed you with. I look forward to encouraging you and learning with you as He molds us to be the writers He created us to be.

For more wonderful insight, check out Mary DeMuth’s amazing article, “Called to Write? 10 Ways to Know”

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Xochi (pronounced so-she) Dixon is an author, speaker, and Bible teacher who loves Jesus and digging into God’s Word. She lives in Fairfield, CA with her hubby, Alan, their teenage son, Xavier, and their doggy-daughter, Jazzy. She enjoys amusement parks, baseball games and reading. Currently working toward a BA in Christian Ministry through Regent University, Xochi serves within the Youth Ministry at First Baptist Church of Vacaville. She writes Teen Fiction, Non-Fiction for women and teens, poetry and devotions.

 

July 15, 2011 in Uncategorized, Writer's Journey, Writing Tips by

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2011 Carol Awards Finalists Announced

Congratulations to all of the ACFW 2011 Carol Awards Finalists!

Winners will be announced at ACFW’s national conference in St. Louis, Sep. 22-25.

 

Here’s a list of the finalists:

Debut Novel:
The Preacher’s Bride by Jody Hedlund (Bethany House – Dave Long/Sharon Asmus, Editors)
Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes (Tyndale Publishers – Kathryn Olson, Editor)
Rooms by James L. Rubart (B&H Publishing – Julee Schwarzburg, Editor)

Long Contemporary:
The Choice by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Revell – Andrea Doering, Editor)
Red Ink by Kathi Macias (New Hope Publishers – Randy Bishop, Editor)
Never Say Never by Lisa Wingate (Bethany House – Dave Long, Editor)

Long Contemporary Romance:
Plain Jayne by Hilary Manton Lodge (Harvest House – Kim Moore, Editor)
Anna’s Return by Marta Perry (Berkley – Ellen Edwards, Editor)
Plain Paradise by Beth Wiseman (Thomas Nelson – Natalie Hanemann, Editor)

Long Historical:
Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs (Waterbrook Press – Laura Barker, Editor)
Petra: City in Stone by T.L. Higley (B&H Publishing – Karen Ball, Editor)
Sons of Thunder by Susan May Warren (Summerside Press – Susan Downs, Editor)

Long Historical Romance:
The Husband Tree by Mary Connealy (Barbour – Rebecca Germany, Editor)
Love Finds You In Homestead, Iowa by Melanie Dobson (Summerside – Rachel Meisel/Connie Troyer, Editors)
Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz (Revell – Andrea Doering, Editor)

Mystery:
Mirrored Image by Alice K. Arenz (Sheaf House – Joan M. Shoup, Editor)
Muslin Mystery by Vera Dodge (Guideposts – Beth Adams, Editor)
The Camera Never Lies by Elizabeth Goddard (Barbour – Rebecca Germany, Editor)

Novellas (Contemporary and Historical were combined into one category):
The Prodigal Groom by Vickie McDonough (Barbour – Rebecca Germany, Editor)
Ride With Me Into Christmas by Rachael Phillips (Barbour – Rebecca Germany, Editor)
A Trusting Heart by Carrie Turansky (Barbour – Rebecca Germany, Editor)

Romantic Suspense:
The Silent Order by Melanie Dobson (Summerside Press – Rachel Meisel/Susan Downs, Editors)
Don’t Look Back by Lynette Eason (Revell – Andrea Doering, Editor)
Pursuit of Justice by DiAnn Mills (Tyndale Publishers – Karen Watson, Editor)

Short Contemporary:
The Wedding Garden by Linda Goodnight (Love Inspired – Allison Lyons)
A Father for Zach by Irene Hannon (Love Inspired – Melissa Endlich, Editor)
Winter’s End by Ruth Logan Herne (Love Inspired – Melissa Endlich, Editor)

Short Contemporary Suspense:
Night Prey by Sharon Dunn (Love Inspired Suspense – Emily Rodmell, Editor)
Legacy of Lies by Jill Elizabeth Nelson (Love Inspired Suspense – Emily Rodmell, Editor)
Firestorm by Kelly Ann Riley (Love Inspired Suspense – Tina James, Editor)

Short Historical:
Her Healing Ways by Lyn Cote (Love Inspired Historical – Tina James, Editor)
Promise of Tomorrow by S. Dionne Moore (Barbour – JoAnne Simmons, Editor)
The Columns of Cottonwood by Sandra Robbins (Barbour – JoAnne Simmons, Editor)

Speculative Fiction:
The Wolf of Tebron by C. S. Lakin (AMG Publishers – Rick Steele, Editor)
Rooms by James L. Rubart (B&H Publishing – Julee Schwarzburg, Editor)
König’s Fire by Marc Schooley (Marcher Lord Press – Jeff Gerke, Editor)

Suspense/Thriller:
Predator by Terri Blackstock (Zondervan – Sue Brower/Dave Lambert, Editors)
Fear No Evil by Robin Caroll (B&H Publishing – Karen Ball, Editor)
Medical Error by Richard L. Mabry (Abingdon Press – Barbara Scott, Editor)

Women’s Fiction:
Beaded Hope by Cathy Liggett (Tyndale Publishers – Jan Stob/Lorie Popp, Editors)
They Almost Always Come Home by Cynthia Ruchti (Abingdon – Barbara Scott, Editor)
Beyond Summer by Lisa Wingate (NAL – Ellen Edwards, Editor)

Young Adult:
Anything But Normal by Melody Carlson (Revell – Lonnie Hull Dupont, Editor)
Healer’s Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson (Zonderkidz – Jacque Alberta, Editor)
Katy’s New World by Kim Vogel Sawyer (Zonderkidz – Jacque Alberta, Editor)

July 13, 2011 in Announcements, Publishing, Uncategorized, Writer's Journey by

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Approaching Your Query Letter

In the next few posts, I’ll be gleaning important information from Thomas Clark’s Queries & Submissions. The book isn’t new, so if you follow along, you’ll find it amusing to read about putting fresh ribbons in your typewriter before typing your queries. Part of Writer’s Digest’s “Elements of Article Writing Series,” and recommended by Terry Whalen, I’m finding it a great writing tool.

The query letter is the most important manuscript you’ll ever write to get the results you pray for. Editors judge your qualifications and fitness for assignments by what you say in your initial sales letter. It is considered a handshake or an application for employment. Your letter must show the following:

  • Confidence in your idea, your talent and ability to meet the publisher’s demands.
  • Qualifications and credentials to write the manuscript.
  • Immediate connection in your approach.

Although the query letter is written in business letter format and could be considered a business letter, it is much more. It’s your opportunity to demonstrate your style and appropriate tone for the project. Do a little homework by researching as much about the editor as possible, so you can make a relevant comment. Maybe he/she or the magazine recently received an award.

Instead of mail-merging your query letter to several publishers, take time to study every magazine. Use the appropriate slant and tone for each editor. A stuffy business letter that reads more like “Dear Occupant” will find its way to the editor’s round file.

July 11, 2011 in Book Review, Uncategorized, Writing Tips by

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ACFW & Inspire Christian Writers to Co-Host Write to Inspire Conference with Karen Ball

ACFW and Inspire Christian Writers proudly announce:
2011 Write to Inspire Conference with Agent and Editor Karen Ball
August 26 & 27
At First Baptist Church
8939 East Stockton Blvd, Elk Grove, CA

 

 

Join us as Karen Ball teaches on the following topics:

  • Editor, Friend or Foe?
  • What’s in an Agent?
  • Refine Your Craft
  • The Power of Storytelling (in Fiction and Nonfiction)
  • Taming Your Dragons
  • Write Your Passion

Write to Inspire Writing Contest:

Ever wanted to get a professional editor to look over your manuscript and give you solid feedback on it? Here’s your chance. All unpublished attendees may submit their writing to the 2011 Write to Inspire Writing Contest. Two winners (one fiction and one nonfiction) will win an in-depth critique by Karen. Runners-up in each category will win two signed books and a $25 gift certificate to Amazon.com.

Pitch Your Project to Agent Karen Ball:

Are you ready to pitch your project to an agent looking for new clients?

We are now accepting pitches! All attendees may submit a pitch to our review committee. The top 12 will pitch their projects to Karen on August 26 in one-on-one interviews. All the details are on our Pitch Your Project to Karen Ball page.

This is a great opportunity to learn from a distinguished and sought-after editor who now serves our industry as an agent with The Steve Laube Agency.

ACFW Members & Inspire Christian Writers Members receive a $20 discount on registration.

Registration is only $99 for non-members, $79 for ACFW or Inspire Christian Writer members!

Register today! And don’t miss this chance to get your work in front of Karen Ball.

 

July 9, 2011 in Announcements, Conferences, Opportunities, Training Workshops, Uncategorized by

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