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.


 

Sunday, July 3, 2016

June Newsletter: New Books and Summer Fun!

June Highlights


Yes, it's summer! I know, the year is going by way too fast. Hopefully, you've registered for the ACFW national conference in Nashville. This is the highlight of the year for many of us. But our own little chapter has a few things happening, too!

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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In member news...


The second book in Christine Johnson's Keys of Promise series, Honor Redeemed, releases July 5th (Revell). Set in 1850s Key West, an orphaned Nantucket woman spends all she has to journey to Key West to join her fiancĂ©, only to discover he is already married.

And Deb Gardner Allard has a new children's book out. Here's the blurb and cover.



Remember that often hilarious moment when your infant became fascinated with body parts? Meet baby Poopsie! Deb Gardner Allard’s picture book for ages 1-7, Baby Poopsie Loves Ears, is the rhyming story of little Poopsie, who finds Mommy's ear and won't let go, until he sees that Daddy has ears, too. The fast paced story crafted with consonance, assonance, and alliteration delivers a double dose of fun when combined with comical illustrations by veteran illustrator Jack Foster. Published by Guardian Angel Publishing.

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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.

Now stop typing for a minute or two and enjoy the summer! You know it ends far too soon in the Great Lakes State!

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

Thursday, May 5, 2016

June Meeting - Cancelled

I'm sorry to have to report that we've had to cancel our June 4 meeting in Clare. Please know that a lot of thought, discuss, and prayer went into this decision, but sometimes things happen.


Take a couple of months off, but mark your calendar for Thursday, August 4 when Misty Beller will join us online for a Book Marketing Overview! Author of The Ambitious Author, Misty shares the lessons she's learned as a best-selling hybrid author.

So save the date and we'll see you then!

April Highlights!

April Highlights

This is the time of year when things start heating up. Not just weatherwise, but conferences are looming, writing projects are running full-steam ahead. Ron gets the April newsletter out on May 1st. The madness never ends. But here's what's going on:


3rd Annual Writer's Retreat: May 6-8 at Treetops Resort in Gaylord. For as little at $164 (based on double occupancy) you can get away for the weekend and worry about nothing but your manuscript! Lodging and meals included. To reserve your room, call Treetops Resort at 855-261-8764 FREE (option 3) and reference our group name or number (109018)..

And if Ron had got the newsletter out yesterday, he could have told you that it was the last day to register for the ACFW conference at the reduced rate. Now it'll cost you another $30. Regardless, it looks like a great line-up this year. Donald Maass is presenting 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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In member news...


Pegg Thomas just signed a contract with Barbour!



Dawn Crandall was interviewed on her local radio station and got to share about her series, The Everstone Chronicles. (You can listen here.)
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What's up with you?

We want to know how you're doing and what you're up to these days. Send us your news (or blog posts - we're happy to share writing-related posts on our blog), and we'll help you share with the chapter and others!

May you have lots of sunshine this spring!

Write on,
Karin Beery
ACFW-GLC Chapter President