Sunday, February 15, 2015

Think Spring and Flash Fiction

Our next event will be held on April 4th at Past Tense Cider Mill in Lapeer.

Sarah Grimm will talk Flash Fiction and Sue Brower of the Natasha Kern Agency will talk about the Agent/Author relationship.

The event will be hosted by Judy Eick.

Cost is $25 per person which includes lunch provided by Past Tense.

Past Tense is a favorite destination of those living in central Michigan and the Thumb area. Be sure to leave time to visit their country store and awesome bake shop. You'll love the rustic charm and country setting.

Be sure to invite friends who may be interesting in joining the ACFW Great Lakes Chapter.

About Sarah Grimm:

I love stories. 

I strive for quality. 

I'm passionate about helping writers.

As a writer myself, I know what it’s like to be on that side of the fence: You write something, you love it, and you want to share it with the world. Whether you choose to self-publish, publish via the traditional route, or search for an agent, you need to put your best work out there. You want it to be polished until it shines. That’s where I come in. 

My experience comes from performing different types of editing on a regular basis. As an editor for both Pelican Book Group and Splickety Magazine, I perform the duties of acquisitions editor, copy editor, proofreader, and an editor who works closely with authors to get their manuscripts publication-ready. I have edited the work of published and new authors alike. 

Learn more about Sarah at her website.

Sue Brower says ... “I love finding and developing authors and connecting them with the reader. Book publishing has changed dramatically over the past several years and it's no secret that the novels that create buzz through their unique writing or concepts are the ones that become bestsellers.  Over the past 25 years in publishing, I have done marketing, editing, story development and acquisitions for Zondervan, a division of Harper Collins Publishers. Most recently, I was Executive Editor and had the privilege of working with New York Times bestselling authors Karen Kingsbury, Tim LaHaye, Stephen Carter, and Terri Blackstock and was named ACFW's Editor of the Year in 2010. And now I am fortunate to partner with Natasha Kern at the Natasha Kern Literary Agency. “
“I've been an avid fiction fan since childhood and love the way stories are able to change lives, heal hearts, and bring joy to readers. Today, I want to read and acquire women's contemporary, any kind of romance, suspense, mystery and historical novels.  I would love to discover the next breakaway author in any of these genres.”
“I am originally from Arizona and now live in Michigan with my hubby, and three furry "kids," Shep, Ollie, and Pepper.  You can find more information on LinkedIn and Facebook.”

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Secrets of the Comma and other Grammar Mysteries: Tuesday, Feb. 3

Travel with the ultimate Grammar Nerd into the mysterious world of participial phrases, appositives, and the ancient conflict between dependent and independent clauses as we unravel the enigmatic comma and grapple with grammatical perplexities that would leave your ninth grade English teacher’s hair standing on end. 


Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 at 7 p.m., Robin Patchen will present "Secrets of the Comma and other Grammar Mysteries." 

Robin is a professional freelance editor with several books to her credit. You can read more about her at Robin's Red Pen, and you can read some of her blog posts at Quid Pro Quills.

This is a free online event for members and associate members of the Great Lakes Chapter of ACFW! As long as we have your email address, you don't need to worry about anything - you'll receive an invitation in your inbox.

If you aren't a member of the GLC and would like to join, click here. If you have any other questions about it, please contact me at 

Monday, December 29, 2014

December 2014 Newsletter - Looking Ahead
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

It’s hard to believe, but another year is almost over. Thank you so much for your patience this year as the new board learned how things work. I hope you enjoyed the past year and were able to participate in some of our events. We had some great successes as a group and individually – our first writing retreat and online meeting plus lots of new contracts and book deals.

Our newest celebrant, for the month of December, is Kathy Rouser, who received a contract for her full-length novel, As Rumor Would Have It (working title)with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. They're hoping to release it in the spring of 2016. Congratulations!


We’ve just about filled our 2015 event calendar (we still need a December presenter), but you can see the agenda (including our May writing retreat) by clicking here.


In case you missed it, our new board was elected this past month, and your officers for 2015 are:

President – Karin Beery
Vice President – Ron Estrada
Secretary – Susan Tuttle
Treasurer – Pegg Thomas
Prayer Coordinator – Joy Avery Melville

Thank you to everyone for your willingness to serve!


That’s about all for now. Praying you all have a great new year, full of the Lord’s love and prosperity.


Judy Eick and Karin Beery

Historian and President

Sunday, November 30, 2014

November 2014 Newsletter - It's Almost Christmas!

Greetings, and hoping you had a happy Thanksgiving! We’ve been having an on-again, off-again
relationship with the snow here, but I decided to embrace the winter feel and put up the Christmas tree. I even wrapped the gift, which the cats love – they’ve been knocking off the bows and playing with them all weekend!

I can’t believe it’s almost December. As I start to prepare the make Chex mix, decorate cookies, and attend Christmas parties, I’m keeping time free for GLC events and plenty of writing. Here are some things to remember this December:

Saturday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m. – The Six Enemies of Deep POV by Amanda Stevens. This will be an online meeting. You will receive an invite from later this week. To make sure we’re all ready for the digital experience we will have two test runs this week: Tues. Dec. 2 and Wed. Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.

Our 2015 calendar is ready (mostly)! Here's what you have to look forward to: 

February (1st week of the month, day/time – TBD) – online: Robin Patchen – Grammar 

April 4 – Davison: Sarah Grimm – Flash Fiction; Sue Brower, Natasha Kern Agency – The Agent/Author Relationship

May 1-3 – Bellaire: Writing Retreat – Shanty Creek

June 6 – Lansing: Kathy Rouser – Time Management; Judy Eick – Pitching/Toastmaster

August 1 – Grandville: Dawn Crandall – Tips from a Newly Published Author; Ann Byle, Credo Communications – Publishing Options, Reaching Your Readers, and How an Agent Can Help

September 17-20 – ACFW NationalConference, Dallas, Texas

October 17 – Gaylord: Pegg Thomas – Conflict, Consequences, and Conclusions

December – online: TBD

Don't forget to vote! You must return your ballot to Karin Beery by December 14 (Karin(at)karinbeery(dot)com). If you've lost your ballot, the candidates are listed below. You can cut/paste this and send it in:

___ President - Karin Beery (would be serving for her 2nd year)
___ President - __________________

___ VP - Ron Estrada (would be serving for his 1st year)
___ VP - __________________

___ Treasurer - Pegg Thomas (would be serving for her 3rd year)
___ Treasurer - __________________

___ Secretary - Susan Tuttle (would be serving for her 2nd year)
___ Secretary - __________________

___ Prayer Coordinator - Joy Melville (would be serving for her 3rd year)
___ Prayer Coordinator - __________________


And here’s some news from our Great Lake Members:

*Our very own Kim Russell has been named a finalist in ACFW's First Impressions Novel Category. Congratulations Kim from all your Great Lakes friends!

*Karin Beery is excited to announce that she has signed on with agent Steve Hutson at WordWise Media. She’s excited to be part of the WWM family and is looking forward to the next phase of her publication journey.

If you have news that you’d like to share in next month’s newsletter, please contact Judy Eick at juditheeick(at)gmail(dot)com.


Karin Beery & Judy Eick

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Six Enemies of Deep POV - Coming Soon!

Don't forget - Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. - online! Amanda G. Stevens will present The Six Enemies of Deep POV.

We will host test-runs next week to make sure everyone is familiar and comfortable with (our webinar resource). All ACFW-GLC member automatically received an invite. If you're not a member yet but would like to attend, contact me and I'll tell you all about our chapter.

See you soon!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

October 2014 Newsletter

Good afternoon to all the members of the Great Lakes ACFW-   

We would like to welcome our new members Ron Estrada, Brenda Garver, and Christine Johnson. We also extend a welcome to Kathy Gibson, who has been a former member and is returning.

First, some reminders from the board:

- Officer elections are coming up! Please pray for our 2015 officers, whoever they may be, and prayerfully consider whether or not it's something you should volunteer for next year.

- Saturday, Dec. 6 (time TBD): Amanda G. Stevens presents “The Six Enemies of Deep POV.”
This will be our first online meeting, but we'll have at least one test-run in November so we can practice using

- Most of our 2015 event calendar is planned! We're once again hosting a writing retreat at Shanty Creek, we have two online events planned, and four workshops around the state. Visit our Meeting Calendar tab for more details!

- ACFW is closing many of their Yahoo! Groups, and the local chapters are following suit. You can still email GLC members, but for regular interactions, please find our group on Facebook. We will also continue to post to our blog. 

Now for the news:

Karin Beery had a great time at the conference in St. Louis. Not only did she receive four requests for a full manuscript, she also had the chance to meet with other chapter presidents and the Zone Coordinator. She picked up lots of great tips and suggestions that she hopes to bring to the Great Lakes Chapter.

Patricia Grau now has 36 devotionals available in Barbour’s newly released 2015 Daily Wisdom for Women. She also signed a contract with Barbour to write the devotionals for the month of February in the 2016 Daily Wisdom for Women.

Linda Glaz, Karlene Jacobsen, and Kathleen Rouser will have stories in the Christmas anthology Christmas Treasures: A collection of Christmas Stories. They don't have a publication date yet, but they’re excited to start some buzz!

Rohn Federbush’s story “The Farm Stray" will appear in a 2015 Halloween anthology by Edward Allen Publishing.

Judy Eick recently attended the Breathe Conference in Grand Rapids and it was a wonderful experience. The speakers, the information, and the food were excellent. They not only made wonderful accommodations to meet her gluten-free menu needs, they also provided snack and treats that were gluten-free. The friendly atmosphere and willingness of participants and speakers to share will bring her back again. Thanks to Karin Beery for recommending this conference. (She also enjoyed seeing fellow writer and Great Lakes ACFW member/officer Rohn Federbush.)

Joselyn Vaughn has a new book, In For a Pound, coming out from Astraea Press on November 4.

Joshua Pounds speeds to Pine Bottom to take care of his ailing dad, expecting to spend his time bouncing between doctors’ appointments and cancer treatments. His first task, however, requires a canoe paddle and helping his father’s friend win the honeymoon of her dreams. He doesn’t count on falling in love with the energetic young woman.

Sidney Walker had her life all planned: the wedding, the honeymoon, and the dependable husband—until her fiancĂ© crushes her dreams by putting riches above their relationship.
As her engagement crumbles, her heartbreak rocks Joshua’s confirmed bachelor status. He picks up the pieces, but the challenge threatens both of their ideas about love.
Will Joshua’s resolve to keep his heart untouched break Sidney’s?

Respectfully submitted,

Judy Eick, ACFW-GLC Historian

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Ins and Outs of Social Media

On a cool, blustery October day, new and experienced (not old...I would never say old) members of the Great Lakes Chapter of ACFW met in Gaylord to hear Pegg Thomas share her knowledge and know-how regarding social media. In addition to sharing from her own experience, Pegg recently attended the Maranatha Conference in Muskegon and shared many of the tips she learned there.

Pegg demonstrated how she uses Hootsuite to keep her tweets trending.
The workshop specifically looked at what it takes to have a successful author platform, focusing on three main sections: building your social media platform, the nuts and bolts of social media, and Facebook, Goodreads, and Amazon author pages.

In case you missed it, here are a few tips that Pegg gave us. Here are her top four suggestions for developing a real author platform:

- Work to develop it over time - this can't happen overnight
- Make "friends" - don't go looking for sycophants
- Aim to develop devoted followers - you want a long-term relationship with readers who want more of your stories
- Create a platform that works - if you don't like it, nobody else will either

For our first northern Michigan meeting, we had a great turnout. We also welcomed three new members! It was great having Christine Johnson, Brenda Garver, and Ron Estrada (who, we didn't realize, wasn't technically a member until this past weekend - the technicality has been fixed).

Ron, Brend, Christine, Karin, Linda, Pegg, and Joy - fun times in Gaylord.
Our next event will be online the first week of December (topic yet to be determined). We'll have a couple of test runs in November to make sure everyone's comfortable with the format.

Thanks to everyone who made the drive to Gaylord, and we're looking forward to meeting again online this winter. The 2015 workshop schedule is almost set, and we'll announce it as soon as we can.

Happy writing!