Tuesday, January 31, 2017





                                        UNITED WE STAND!

Exciting plans for the February 25 board meeting to be held at 3303 Curtis Rd., Leonard, MI. The meeting will begin promptly at 1 p.m. I will be sending a tentative agenda next week.

What I need from you NOW is a head count on who will be attending for two specific reasons:

1. Terri Styles from Oxford Cable TV will be here to do a documentary about ACFW-GLC and will include five-minute segments with each author (so they can promote themselves and their books).

2. After the documentary, Terri will “cut” each author interview to allow every author access to their five-minute segment for YouTube. This will be a great promotional tool for you to use for advertising purposes.

What I will need from all GLC members attending February’s meeting:

1. Your name and e-mail/address telling me that you will be attending the Saturday February 25 meeting at 1 p.m. and:

2. Enclose how long you’ve been an ACFW-GLC member, the name of your most recent book and a short blurb about you and your book. This I will forward to Terri of Oxford Cable TV so she is prepared.

3. Dress to impress. Bring with you a one sheet that Terri can keep.

I hope to see everyone there. E-mail me at catherineulrichbrakefield@yahoo.com Bring yourself, your books, and your ideas for our GREAT Lakes Chapter. Plan on brainstorming, and plan to make this a GREAT year for GLC members to learn, improve, and promote books this 2017 year.  May our good Lord bless and keep you!

Catherine Brakefield, President
Ed Brakefield, Vice President/Treasurer
Rick Barry, Secretary


P.S. Treasurer Ed Brakefield has informed me that four members have paid their 2017 dues. Please mail your check for $10.00 or ($11.00 via Paypal) to: Ed Brakefield, 3303 Curtis Rd., Leonard, MI 48367, made out to ACFW-Great Lakes Chapter

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Have you ever done something—or not done something you felt you might regret?

When I first heard that our Great Lakes Chapter might close, I thought, “What a loss.” I learned so much from the chapter conferences and enjoyed meeting new writers. The camaraderie of sitting down at the breakfast table with our Great Lakes group during an ACFW Conference helped me gather up my courage for the day ahead.

Throughout the Great Lakes Chapter years, many dedicated writers have worked hard in making this chapter a success. I understand that everyone is busy and there is hardly time in the day to accomplish what needs to be accomplished. Daniel sums this up better that I in 12:4 “…many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” Writers, our time is short to make a difference in a reader’s life. The days, weeks, and months appear to fly by. Just where did 2016 go?

Learning that this Great Lakes Chapter is the ONLY chapter representing Michigan caused me to ponder our options.  Reinstating another chapter in the future would end the history of this chapter’s accomplishments. The dedication of those writers who have kept the torch burning and participated in a board of directors’ capacity would be lost.

I am much to blame. I used the excuse for not volunteering on the board due to my busy lifestyle and because of my inexperience on social networking.

I am not savvy on social media. I have just sent out my first Mailchimp e-mail last month! My blog posting is irregular; I have Skype but know little about how to us it and my author Facebook page often gets overridden by my public Facebook page! I don’t understand Twitter and I never heard of YouTube until CrossRiver introduced me to this.

To end this diatribe, my husband and I have spoken to regional ACFW rep Michelle Lim, and Michelle and Ane Mulligan are willing to help us keep ACFW Great Lakes Chapter alive! Karin Beery and Pegg Thomas have been wonderful and extremely supportive!  

So let’s do something we shall never regret! Send your dues to the Great Lakes Paypal account for $11.00 or mail your check to Ed or Cathy Brakefield, 3303, Curtis Rd, Leonard, MI 48367 and please MAKE OUT YOUR CHECK TO: ACFW Great Lakes Chapter in the amount of $10.00.

There will be a meeting at my house on February 25 or 26 (depending on the weather) for 2017 members. Address is above (6 miles NW of Oxford; 10 miles NE of Romeo, 12 miles N of Rochester ). Plan on brainstorming.  Be prepared to give a one liner about your latest book.  There will be a photo opt. I need pictures to put on Great Lakes’ facebook page and also for advertising purposes. Oh, and bring your laptops.


People can’t know about us if we don’t tell them about our group! Thanks to my publisher, CrossRiver Media Group YouTube and social networking is no longer my enemy! I will need a head count for the pizza and bring a dish if you like (not required). Be prepared, I still have my Christmas trees up! Hope you can make this fun event! You can e-mail me at CatherineUlrichBrakefield@yahoo.com  or call me at 248 628-4415.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Good-bye 2016, Hello 2017!

Can you believe it's almost 2017?

The Great Lakes Chapter has had several reasons to celebrate this year, with new contracts signed, books released, award nominations, and more. We hosted some amazing speakers and learned some valuable fiction-writing skills.

As we head into 2017, we say good-bye to 2016 and also to the Great Lakes Chapter. It's been a great run, and some lasting friendships have been made. Even though we won't be an official chapter of ACFW anymore, we still have access to other local groups and the national group. We'll also be able to stay in touch online and - hopefully! - in person.

There's no way to know what's in store for us individually or as a group in 2017, but Proverbs 3:5-6 give me peace and comfort as we set out on new paths:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your path straight. (NIV)

Deb Allard said it well when she said, "I would just say that I'm very sad the chapter has had to close. I'll miss the webinars and the meet & eat lunches with seminars. The cost was far less than non-GLC writing opportunities. God bless our members and all their endeavors."

Have a blessed and wonderful new year!

Sincerely,
Karin Beery
Chapter President

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

October Newsletter: The Writing Season!

October Hightlights

The late Gene Hill, one of my favorite outdoor writers, once said, "There are too many months between October and October." And he wasn't even from Michigan. There's nothing that gets me in the writing mood like crisp mornings and an entire forest ablaze in color. This is the writer's season!



ACFW-GL Events

We are currently re-scheduling our October meeting, so stand by for an update. Keep an eye on the Facebook page, that's usually where news travels fastest. But we'll get out an email update as well. Stay tuned!

In member news...

Sarah Grimm's first book, Scarlet Moon, will release on October 21st. This is Sarah's first, a young adult epic fantasy. Be sure to shout out a congratulations to Sarah!
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Deb Gardner Allard's debut YA book, Before the Apocalypse: A Young Adult Christian Suspense, has been released under her pen name Taylor Jaxon. The Left Behind series tackled what might happen after the Rapture, but what precedes it? In this tale, Sam, a non-Christian, and Hud, a Christian, journey on tangled paths that steamroll into the unexpected. Neither boy will ever be the same. Just what might we expect before the Rapture--and more importantly, before the Apocalypse?

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Karin Beery will be teaching Understanding Editing: What You Need to Know, Who to Hire, and Where to Look at the Breathe Conference, Oct. 7-8 in Grand Rapids. This year's conference also features keynote speaker James Scott Bell. There's still time to register and reserve your spot!

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Soooooo...what's up with you? We want to know what's happening in our chapter. We know you're busy, but drop us a line at ron@ronestradabooks.com.

That's it for now!

Write on,
Ron Estrada
ACFW-GLC Chapter Vice-President

Sunday, August 7, 2016

August Highlights

And just like that...August. Hopefully, you've registered for the ACFW national conference in Nashville. If not, what are you waiting for? 


There's still time to register for the ACFW conference. And be sure to sign up for the early bird and catch Donald Maass on Thursday. If you've never seen him live, you won't want to miss that. You can register for the conference at http://www.acfw.com
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ACFW-GL Events

August 4th
Book Marketing with Misty Beller. Got a book published traditionally or indy? You'll need to market it! Misty will guide you through the ins and outs of a successful book marketing campaign. Click here for details and registration.


In member news...

Sarah Grimm's first book, Scarlet Moon, will release on October 21st. This is Sarah's first, a young adult epic fantasy. Be sure to shout out a congratulations to Sarah!



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Soooo...What's up with you? We want to know what's happening in our chapter. We know you're busy, but drop us a line at rmestrada@ameritech.net.


That's it for now! See you at the conference!

Write on,
Ron Estrada
ACFW-GLC Chapter Vice-President

July Highlights

And just like that...August. Hopefully, you've registered for the ACFW national conference in Nashville. If not, what are you waiting for? 


There's still time to register for the ACFW conference. And be sure to sign up for the early bird and catch Donald Maass on Thursday. If you've never seen him live, you won't want to miss that. You can register for the conference at http://www.acfw.com
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ACFW-GL Events

August 4th
Book Marketing with Misty Beller. Got a book published traditionally or indy? You'll need to market it! Misty will guide you through the ins and outs of a successful book marketing campaign. Click here for details and registration.


In member news...

Sarah Grimm's first book, Scarlet Moon, will release on October 21st. This is Sarah's first, a young adult epic fantasy. Be sure to shout out a congratulations to Sarah!



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Soooo...What's up with you? We want to know what's happening in our chapter. We know you're busy, but drop us a line at rmestrada@ameritech.net.


That's it for now! See you at the conference!

Write on,
Ron Estrada
ACFW-GLC Chapter Vice-President

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Coming Soon: A Book Marketing Overview with Misty Beller

Whether you signed a contract with a major publisher or decided to publish yourself, you'll need to market your book (and yourself). Don't waste time with things that may or may not work - learn from the experts so you can make the most of your marketing budget!

On Thursday, August 4 at 7 p.m., the Great Lakes Chapter presents Misty Beller, who will teach us how to run a successful book marketing campaign. 

With a background in project management and marketing, Misty uses her experience in the corporate world to test and develop high-performing marketing approaches for book sales. She's added to her experience by studying under book marketing gurus such as Tim Grahl, Mark Dawson, and Nick Stephenson. Through these efforts, her books earned 6-figure royalties in 2015. It is her passion to help other authors develop the marketing strategies that best fit their books and goals. 

All you need to attend this workshop is a computer with an internet connection. For less than $20 and less than two hours of your time, you can create a book marketing plan that will get your book out there and into people's hands - without leaving the comfort of your home! 

Cost is $12 for Great Lakes Chapter members and $17 for non-members. Click here to register.

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Misty M. Beller writes Christian historical romance, and is author of the bestselling Mountain Dreams Series and the Texas Rancher Trilogy.