Monday, September 15, 2014

Social Networking in Northern Michigan - Save the Date!


Don't forget to register - this is going to be a great event, and a great opportunity for our southern and northern members to come together. Come early and enjoy the beautiful fall colors!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

August 2014 Newsletter

Greetings Great Lakes ACFW members, and welcome to the crisp treasures of autumn. I have to ask, did you stop by a display of school supplies and pick up a few new markers, some ink pens, and a few fresh pads of paper? Maybe you even picked up some note pads small enough to stick in your purse or a pocket, to jot down those moments of inspiration or observation. Yes, I did!

“Meet me in St. Louie, Louie!”

As so many members, presenters, agents, and editors prepare for the conference in St. Louis, I hope you are participating in the 40 days of prayer. We join in the excitement and pray for your preparation. We all benefit from the sharing after the conference. Best wishes to each and all.

In case you missed it:
On Saturday, Aug. 2, we met in Grandville for Judy Eick’s presentation, “The Author Speaks.” Karin Beery said, “Judy gave us excellent information on how-to speak in public, she also demonstrated what an engaging, educational presentation should looks like. I’m looking forward to applying her tips and tricks to my pitch sessions at conference this year. If you missed the workshop, don’t worry! We’ve already had requests to repeat this workshop next year.” See what you missed here.

Coming up:
Mark your calendar – Saturday, Oct. 18 in Gaylord there will be a Great Lakes ACFW workshop titled “Social Networking.” It will be held at the Evangelical Free Church, 1649 E. State Rd. Gaylord, Michigan,11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Please check our website for the flier with further information, or you may contact Karin Beery or Peg Thomas.

Member news:
Congratulations Dawn Crandall! Her debut book, The Hesitant Heiress, released Aug. 1 from Whitaker House Books. This is the first book in her series of first-person POV historical romantic suspense.

Kim Russell took an unintentional writing break this summer because she was busy having fun! She’s looking forward to continue work on her WIP.

Rohn Federbush completed her novel Forevermore, a contemporary suspense novel entrusted to Karin Beery, ACFW Great Lakes President, for a thorough edit and critique. Rohn is digesting Karin professional edit, whose insight enriched each page.

Joy Avery Melville finished the self-edits for her second book in a trilogy and will be going to conference to pitch both stories. She will also be serving as a volunteer in several areas at the conference. From Joy, “I am privileged to have two clients I’ve been critiquing for over the last three years offered two contracts each, meaning I’m doing final critiques on four contracted novellas this month and next.” She was appointed ACFW Novel Track Writing (NTW) Loop Coordinator and has established the Monday Morning Meditation, which she shares with both NTW and GLC loops. She also recently started the Tuesday Teachables for the NTW loop—mini lessons through each month. “I am encouraging the Trackers as they work toward the word count goals they’ve set.”

**If you have a blog, would you send you blog site address for the next newsletter? It would be nice if we could support and encourage each other as we visit the blogs.

Blessings on your day,  
Judy Eick aka Nelle Cooper

GLC Historian

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Writer Spoke - and it was Great!

Did you know the number one fear of most Americans is public speaking? As writers, however, we must overcome that fear if we want to pitch our manuscripts to agents and editors. On Saturday, Judy Eick, our Great Lakes Chapter Historian and an active Toastmaster, gave us some great tips on how to prepare for that 15-minute appointment. Here are a few keys points to consider:

- The average person says 120-150 words per minute: 600-1050 words describing your manuscript should give you a 5-7 minute presentation.
- As a writer you already have the necessary public speaking skills, you just need to know how to use them.
- Three factors to polishing your pitch: prepare, practice, and presentation.

This was the third of four in-person meetings for this year. Our next workshop is already scheduled for Saturday, October 10 at the Gaylord Evangelical Free Church (1649 E. State Rd., Gaylord, MI). Mark your calendars and we'll see you this fall!

Karin Beery
GLC President
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Associate member Dawn Crandall brought her biggest little fan with her to celebrate the Aug. 1 release of her debut novel The Hesitant Heiress.

Your's truly - Aunt Linda (star of Life with Linda) joined us for her first ACFW-GLC event.

Judy Eick (writing as Nelle Cooper) gave us some great tips on that perfect pitch - thanks, Judy!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

July 2014 Newsletter

Hello everyone!

As the days count down until the ACFW conference I want to take a minute to wish you well as you work on your book/proposal/query letter or presentation for the agent/editor appointments.

July News
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Congratulations to Dawn Crandall whose debut novel,"The Hesitant Heiress" releases August 1 from Whitaker House Books. This is the first book in her series of first person POV, historical romantic suspense.

Upcoming Events
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We have two workshops coming soon: (full details below)

The Author Speaks: Saturday, Aug. 2, 12-3 p.m. in Grandville (RSVP now!)
Christian Fiction Writers Social Networking Workshop: Saturday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Gaylord

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,

Judy Eick
Historian
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ACFW-GLC Meet & Eat, Featuring Judith Eick

The Author Speaks: You may be surprised to learn that many of the skills you have acquired in your writing have also prepared you to speak not only effectively but eloquently about your work. Judith’s presentation will help you develop the skills needed to orally present your work.

Saturday, August 2, 12-3 p.m.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
3441 Century Center St. SW
Grandville, MI 49418

Free for ACFW-GLC members; $5.00 for non-GLC members (does not include lunch)

Please support our host restaurant and enjoy your lunch there!

RSVP to karin(at)karinbeery(dot)com
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Christian Fiction Writers Social Networking Workshop

Saturday, October 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Gaylord Evangelical Free Church
1649 E State Rd. 
Gaylord, MI 49735

$10/members—$15/guests, lunch included

Reservations required. RSVP to Pegg at twinwillowsfarm(at)gmail(dot)com

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Coming Soon - The Author Speaks!

Mark your calendars! Our August 2 meeting is right around the corner. I hope you can join us!


ACFW-GLC Meet & Eat, Featuring Judith Eick

The Author Speaks

You may be surprised to learn that many of the skills you have acquired in your writing have also prepared you to speak not only effectively but eloquently about your work. Judith’s presentation will help you develop the skills needed to orally present your work.

Saturday, August 2, 12-3 p.m.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
3441 Century Center St. SW
Grandville, MI 49418
Judith Eick is a member of Toastmasters International, accomplishing Competent Communicator and Competent Leadership goals. She is currently working on advanced manuals for Storytelling and Entertaining Speaker. She is a member of the Southeast Christian Speakers Network and regularly speaks at Christian meetings and schools. 

“As a Christian, a writer, and a speaker, it is my goal to encourage others. I truly believe God provides the resources we need, and I am so grateful for the people He has brought into my life through ACFW. I sincerely pray I can offer helpful information to other writers, whether they are presenting their work to agents, editors, or other authors.”
Free for ACFW-GLC members (does not include lunch)
$5.00 for non-GLC members* (does not include lunch) 
Please support our host restaurant and enjoy your lunch there! 
*$10.00 for those who would like to join the Great Lakes Chapter (the $10.00 includes the meeting and cost of GLC membership for 2014). To be a GLC member, you must also be a member of the national ACFW (info & cost at www.ACFW.com) 


 Please RSVP to Karin Beery at Karin(at)karinbeery(dot)com

Saturday, June 28, 2014

June 2014 Newsletter

Hello Great Lakes members,

There are lots of things happening within our group. This month we are sharing news from these three members

Dawn Crandall’s blog tour for her debut novel, The Hesitant Heiress from Whitaker House, will begin mid-July. The blog tour will run until the end of August and will include interviews, reviews and spotlights of the novel, and lots of giveaways. The book is considered historical romantic suspense and is book one of a three book series. The release day is August 1. Dawn has a Pinterest Board to go along with the book too: www.pinterest.com/dawnwritesfirst/novel-1-the-hesitant-heiress-by-dawn-crandall-book/

Sarah Grimm signed a contract for her upcoming debut novel with Splashdown Books.

Marianne Evans completed the final installment of her Sisters in Spirit series and turned it in to Pelican Book Group. She also turned in her Christmas-themed novella, Snowflake Kisses. Now she's busy working on Forgiveness, a contemporary women's fiction novel that will be released by Harbourlight Books, an imprint of Pelican Book Group.

Joy Avery-Mellville now has three critique contracts, working with multi-published and pre-published authors.

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We don't have an official function schedule for July, but don't forget to mark your calendar for our August 2 workshop in Grandville. Here are the details:


The Author Speaks

You may be surprised to learn that many of the skills you have acquired in your writing have also prepared you to speak not only effectively but eloquently about your work. Judith’s presentation will help you develop the skills needed to orally present your work. 
Saturday, August 2, 12-3 p.m.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
3441 Century Center St. SW
Grandville, MI 49418

Judith Eick is a member of Toastmasters International, accomplishing Competent Communicator and Competent Leadership goals. She is currently working on advanced manuals for Storytelling and Entertaining Speaker. She is a member of the Southeast Christian Speakers Network and regularly speaks at Christian meetings and schools. 

“As a Christian, a writer, and a speaker, it is my goal to encourage others. I truly believe God provides the resources we need, and I am so grateful for the people He has brought into my life through ACFW. I sincerely pray I can offer helpful information to other writers, whether they are presenting their work to agents, editors, or other authors.”
Free for ACFW-GLC members, $5 for non-members (does not include lunch)
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June has provided us a beautiful month. So soon it is July! Perhaps there are fireworks flying from your computer keys as you strive to complete your goals before the ACFW conference. May you be blessed to seek time with God, Please know others are praying for you and your labor is not in vain. Also share any achievements as we endeavor to encourage each other.

Blessings to you,
Judy Eick

Monday, June 16, 2014

Marketing with Mary (in case you missed it)

At the June 7 Great Lakes ACFW meeting, we dug into the core methods of marketing necessary for pre-published writers. Using an interactive handout packet and a current work-in-progress, each attendee explored how to build a tribe specific to her brand and/or specific to the chosen manuscript. The foundational concept: understanding who the audience is for your writing and narrowing your available marketing hours to that group of people.

Feedback from some of those who attended:


"After fifteen years of writing and knocking on publishing house doors finally relying on self-publication to get my work out there, I found Mary’s insights about pre-publication work not only valuable but essential knowledge that I lacked.  Her interactive presentation was not condescending, which produced incentives for further goal setting and hope for the future." Rohn Federbush

"Mary Vee presented Marketing as a Pre-Pubbed Writer today in Lansing. It was fantastic, and there were several of us who benefited from it. Worth it, all of it. THANK YOU, Mary Vee!" Joy Melville

"Valuable information, which Mary presented very well! You did such a wonderful job, Mary Vee! Thanks for putting together such a valuable workshop!"   Kathleen Rouser

"Enjoyed the workshop thanks for all your preparation, so much good information."  Nelle Cooper