Seminar BIG Success!

Dana, Joann, Jan, Jodi

Dana, Joann, Jan, Jodi


Many thanks to all who attended the seminar on Sunday and to all who helped make it such a big success!  I met many new friends and look forward to getting to know each of you better when we come together for group meetings.  As we work on our various writing projects this week, let’s be sure to keep in mind lessons learned Sunday. 

As Dana advised, it makes no difference if we have 24 or 42 hours in a day when we “place the cart before the horse”.  If we try by our own efforts to make the clock tick according to our plans, we will end up frustrated and worn.  But, if we keep the Lord first and foremost in every aspect of our lives, and He will make sure every minute of each day counts.

We should all keep Joann’s handouts nearby for quick referrals to common grammar issues.  Some of those little rules can trip writers up, but we’ll be better prepared now to edit our own work as we write.

I hope I provided some insight on the publishing process.  I covered a lot of material in a short amount of time.  Feel free to email me if you have questions, and we’ll try to cover some topics more in depth at future meetings.

And, Jan, thank you for reminding us that although we may feel led by the Lord to do His work in this method, it’s not about us.  Ultimately, we are called to be transformed to His likeness and to love as He loves us.  May we honor the Lord in our writing and in every area of our lives.

Have a blessed week and keep writing for Him!



Book in a Nutshell Competition

Enter TKA’s Book In a Nutshell Competition!

Get noticed, get feedback, get an agent.

Here’s a chance to have your project reviewed by one of the agents at The Knight Agency. Submit three compelling sentences (150 words max) about your completed, unpublished manuscript to submissions @ (delete spaces). Write BOOK IN A NUTSHELL in the subject line or it will not be deemed elligible. One submission per project, please. Twenty of the best submissions will be chosen and requested by various agents who will then give feedback on your work…and it may even lead to possible representation. Hurry, the deadline is April 20, 2009. Winners will be notified by May 1, 2009.

Meeting Tomorrow

Just a reminder that although it is Spring Break for area schools and many are traveling, the Christian Writer’s Group WILL meet. We’ll be in our regular room, FSC room 3115 at 6:30. Since the seminar is only a week-and-a-half away, we will concentrate on peer critique this week and minimize announcement/instruction time. So, please bring something you’ve written and are willing to share with a partner.

See you soon!


So Much to Talk About! by Jodi Whisenhunt

First of all, the 1st ever Christian Writers’ Group Seminar is fast approaching!  Join us Sunday, March 29th, 4:00-8:00 p.m. in the Multi-purpose Room of the FSC at First Baptist McKinney to hear presentations by Dana Bailey on time management, Joann Loughlin on grammar usage, Jodi Whisenhunt (me!) on publication, and Jan Winebrenner on inspiration and the call to write.   The seminar is FREE, but donations will be accepted.  Refreshments will be served and prizes awarded.  Don’t miss it!

Secondly, we will have one more meeting before the seminar.  Please come  Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at 6:30 p.m. to room 3115 of the FSC (our regular room – down the hallway beside the gym) for encouragement, information, and peer critique.

And finally, I attended a portion of a writers’ conference last week.  Unfortunately, my attendance time was cut short due to a sick hubby (he’s fine now), but I was able to glean valuable knowledge.  I listened very attentively as literary agent Chip MacGregor spoke about the world of publishing and non-fiction.  Did you know that despite a recession, this is actually prime time to be writing for the Christian market?  People need hope to get through uncertain times, and guess who can provide it?  We can!

I know several group members are working on books, but let’s not neglect the magazine market.  Many, many more readers pick up magazines than do books.  The average book sells maybe 5000 copies.  Established magazines have a readership of 100,000 or more.  Think about all the places you see magazines lying around – doctors’ offices, dentists’ offices, office reception areas – and how many non-subscribers pick them up throughout the day.  If God has placed a message on your heart, don’t feel the only route to express it is through a book!

The internet has created a vast need for content as well.  Blogs and mini-websites cover any and all topics, and many of them accept guest authors.  There’s often no money in it, but it’s good experience, good practice, and good exposure.  Learn to tell a story and tell it well, and people will eat up your material.

I’ll share more on publishing at the seminar, so bring your notebook & pen!

Keep writing for Him!