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!

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