Thursday, July 30, 2015

July 2015 Newsletter - Meet Pros, Write Posts, and Other Opportunities!

Next Meeting - August 1st in Grandville


Join the Great Lakes Chapter of the
American Christian Fiction Writers
for our August Meet & Eat

Carrabba’s Italian Grill3441 Century Center St. SWGrandville, MI 49418
Speakers
Tips from a Newly Published Author

Dawn Crandall shares her experience and offers some tips on getting published and what do to next.
Publishing Options

Agent Ann Byle of Credo Communications talks about publishing options, reaching your readers, and how an agent can help.

RSVP to Susan Tuttle at sltuttle5@gmail.com.

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Updates: What's happening in the Great Lakes Chapter?

ACFW-GLC needs meeting hosts for 2016! If you'd like to have a meeting near you, contact Karin Beery ASAP atkarin@karinbeery.com. Hosting a meeting lets you give back to ACFW (and you get to attend that meeting for free). It's a great way to give and receive a blessing!
2016 Writers Retreat confirmed! Mark your calendars for May 6-8, 2016 at Treetops Resort in Gaylord. Reservation forms and more details to come!
Karin Beery will present a 4-part course on the Basics of Fiction Writing at the Elk Rapids Library this fall. She's excited - and nervous! - about her first month-long event. Prayers appreciated!
We'd like to start making our blog a more active place, so we're inviting our members to contribute writing-related posts each month! 500-750 words each, and we'll make sure to include your picture (if you send it) and links to your website. Please contact Karin at Karin@Karinbeery.com if you're interested!
Just a reminder - we all have exciting things happening and strong opinions to share, but please remember that our Facebook group is available to help us live up to and fulfill ACFW's mission: to advance Christian fiction by inspiring writers to join with God in the creative process, training them in the craft, and educating them in the publishing industry. Thanks!
If you have any announcements pertaining to writing, please let me know so that I can include it in the newsletter. Email me at rmestrada@ameritech.net

Ron Estrada, VP
2015 Calendar
September 17-20 – ACFW National Conference, Dallas, Texas 
October 17 – Gaylord:
Pegg Thomas–Conflict, Consequences, and Conclusions
Christine Johnson– Writing for the Love Inspired line. 
December 5 – online: Ron Estrada will present on writing for young adults and his latest venture, the Teen Writers Publish! podcast.
Your ACFW Great Lakes Chapter: What we're about.
The Great Lakes Chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers Association promotes the writing of excellent, inspirational fiction from the great state of Michigan. We work to glorify God the Father and Jesus Christ, His Son.  

Contact Ron@ronestradabooks.com for if you have any announcements to include in this newsletter. God bless all of our Mitten State writers.

Now go write for God's glory!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Author & Agent Share Their Tips & Tricks - August 1

Join the Great Lakes Chapter of the
American Christian Fiction Writers
for our August Meet & Eat

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Tips from a Newly Published Author


Award-winning novelist DawnCrandall will let you in on the secrets she’s learned since her debut novel was published last year.

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Publishing Options: Reaching Your Reader, and How Your Agent Can Help



Credo Communications agent Ann Byle will be on hand to talk about the changing world of publishing and how an agent can help.

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Saturday, August 1, 12–3 p.m.
Carrabba’s3441 Century Center St. SWGrandville, MI 49418
$25* for ACFW-GLC members, $35* for non-members
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 *Cost includes lunch. Advanced registration is required. Please contact Susan Tuttle at sltuttle5@gmail.com with questions or to make reservations.
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ACFW (www.acfw.com) is a professional organization devoted to the craft of Christian Fiction. ACFW's mission is to advance Christian fiction by inspiring writers to join with God in the creative process, training them in the craft, and educating them in the publishing industry.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June Newsletter: Post on the Blog, Host a Meeting, and More!

Next Meeting - August 1st in Grandville

Join the Great Lakes Chapter of the
American Christian Fiction Writers
for our August Meet & Eat

Carrabba’s Italian Grill
3441 Century Center St. SW
Grandville, MI 49418
Speakers
Tips from a Newly Published Author
Dawn Crandall shares her experience and offers some tips on getting published and what do to next.
Publishing Options
Agent Ann Byle of Credo Communications talks about publishing options, reaching your readers, and how an agent can help.
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Updates: What's happening in the Great Lakes Chapter?

ACFW-GLC needs meeting hosts for 2016! If you'd like to have a meeting near you, contact Karin Beery ASAP at karin@karinbeery.com. Hosting a meeting lets you give back to ACFW (and you get to attend that meeting for free). It's a great way to give and receive a blessing!
Karin Beery is thrilled to announce the official launch of her freelance writing and editing service, Write Now Editing (www.writenow-editing.com). To celebrate her new website, and the redesign of her author website (www.karinbeery.com), she'll be hosting giveaways each week on her blogs. Stop by to see what she's up to and to enter for your chance to win all kinds of fun freebies!
We'd like to start making our blog a more active place, so we're inviting our members to contribute writing-related posts each month! 500-750 words each, and we'll make sure to include your picture (if you send it) and links to your website. Please contact Karin at Karin@Karinbeery.com if you're interested!
Just a reminder - we all have exciting things happening and strong opinions to share, but please remember that our Facebook group is available to help us live up to and fulfill ACFW's mission: to advance Christian fiction by inspiring writers to join with God in the creative process, training them in the craft, and educating them in the publishing industry. Thanks!
Joy Avery Melville is a 2015 Mentor of the Year Finalist! Winner to be announced at the ACFW 2015 CONFERENCE GALA AWARDS BANQUET in September in Dallas.
If you have any announcements pertaining to writing, please let me know so that I can include it in the newsletter. Email me at rmestrada@ameritech.net


Ron Estrada, VP
2015 Calendar
September 17-20 – ACFW National Conference, Dallas, Texas: Click here for details and reservations.
October 17 – Gaylord:
Pegg Thomas–Conflict, Consequences, and Conclusions
Christine Johnson– Writing for the Love Inspired line.
December 5 – online: TBD
Your ACFW Great Lakes Chapter
What we're about.
The Great Lakes Chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers Association promotes the writing of excellent, inspirational fiction from the great state of Michigan. We work to glorify God the Father and Jesus Christ, His Son. 

Contact Ron@ronestradabooks.com for if you have any announcements to include in this newsletter. God bless all of our Mitten State writers.

Now go write for God's glory!

Monday, June 1, 2015

May Newsletter - Where To Go & Who To See!

Next Meeting - June 6th in Lansing
 
Join the Great Lakes Chapter of the
American Christian Fiction Writers
for our June Meet & Eat
 
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Make the Most of Your Writing Time!
 
Novelist Kathleen Rouser will share her secrets and tips on how to manage your time and write more efficiently.
 
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Learn to Pitch Your Stories Like a Pro!
 
Toastmaster and author Judy Eick returns to help us learn the tricks and tools needed to speak well in front of others – including agents and editors.
 
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Saturday, June 6, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

La Seniorita Restaurant
2700 Lake Lansing Road
Lansing MI 48912

$25* for ACFW-GLC members
$35* for non-members


Updates: What's happening in the Great Lakes Chapter?


Joy Avery Melville  is a 2015 ACFW MENTOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS FINALISTS. Winner to be announced at the ACFW 2015 CONFERENCE GALA AWARDS BANQUET in September in Dallas.

If you have any announcements pertaining to writing, please let me know so that I can include it in the newsletter. Email me at rmestrada@ameritech.net


Ron Estrada, VP
2015 Calendar
 

August 1 – Grandville (host Susan Tuttle):
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 National Conference, Dallas, Texas


October 17 – Gaylord (host TBD):
Pegg Thomas–Conflict, Consequences, and Conclusions
Christine Johnson– Writing for the Love Inspired line.

December 5 – online: TBD
Your ACFW Great Lakes Chapter
What we're about.
The Great Lakes Chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers Association promotes the writing of excellent, inspirational fiction from the great state of Michigan. We work to glorify God the Father and Jesus Christ, His Son. 


Contact Ron@ronestradabooks.com for if you have any announcements to include in this newsletter. God bless all of our Mitten State writers.

Now go write for God's glory!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Manage Your Time & Pitch Like A Pro - June 6!

Join the Great Lakes Chapter of the
American Christian Fiction Writers
for our June Meet & Eat

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Make the Most of Your Writing Time!

Novelist Kathleen Rouser will share her secrets and tips on how to manage your time and write more efficiently.

***

Learn to Pitch Your Stories Like a Pro!

Toastmaster and author Judy Eick returns to help us learn the tricks and tools needed to speak well in front of others – including agents and editors.

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Saturday, June 6, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

La Seniorita Restaurant
2700 Lake Lansing Road
Lansing MI 48912

$25* for ACFW-GLC members
$35* for non-members

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Cost includes speakers and lunch. Advanced registration is required. Please contact Rohn Federbush at Rohn@comcast.net with questions and to make reservations.

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ACFW (www.acfw.com) is a professional organization devoted to the craft of Christian Fiction. ACFW's mission is to advance Christian fiction by inspiring writers to join with God in the creative process, training them in the craft, and educating them in the publishing industry.


Friday, May 1, 2015

April 2015 Newsletter: June's Meeting Date Set!

On flash fiction, retreats, and what-not

The April meeting kinda rocked. And not just because I only had a 20 minute drive to get there. Sarah Grimm's presentation on flash fiction was a revelation for most of us (I have written two in preparation for the scifi\fantasy contest issue of Splickety). And Sue Brower of the Natasha Kern Agency provided more information on the state of publishing than we dared to ask.

If you'd like to join a few of us in the flash fiction fun, here's the link to Splickety's submission guidelines (they actually pay, by the way, just sayin'...). Be sure to click on the "contests" link as well. If you think you can tell a story in 1000 words or less, you have three imprints to choose from: Splickety Prime for general fiction, Splickety Love for short mushiness, and my persoanal fave, Splickety Havok for the escalated creep factor and interstellar travel (or both).

Go ahead and give it a try. It's amazing what you'll learn about your writing when forced to hack it away to the bear necessities of story.

Updates: What's happening in the Great Lakes Chapter?


GLC Writing Retreat

The GLC writing retreat is coming up on May 1-3 at the Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire. $230 per person includes 2 nights lodging (double occupancy), 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 1 dinner per person.

Reservations are closed. Let's pray for a great weekend, sunny weather, and some inspired writing.


Member News

Ron Estrada (me) is working with a woman in his home church of Oakwood Community Church in Oxford\Brandon to start a writing group. The plan is to create a teaching, encouragement ministry to meet once a month or so. If anyone has started a similar undertaking in your church, I'd like to hear from you. If you haven't, maybe it's time to consider it. Imagine a statewide church writing ministry...but I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's start with Oakwood. If you have any advice (or warnings), please contact me at rmestrada@ameritech.net.

If you have any announcements pertaining to writing, please let me know so that I can include it in the newsletter. Email me at rmestrada@ameritech.net.

Ron Estrada, VP

2015 Calendar

June 6 – Lansing (host Rohn Federbush):
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
La Senorita Mexican Restaurant700 Lake Lansing Road
Lansing MI 48912
517-485-0166
Kathy Rouser – Time ManagementJudy Eick – Pitching/Toastmaster
August 1 – Grandville (host Susan Tuttle):
Dawn Crandall – Tips from a Newly Published AuthorAnn Byle, Credo Communications – Publishing Options, Reaching Your Readers, and How an Agent Can Help
September 17-20 – ACFW National Conference, Dallas, Texas
October 17 – Gaylord (host TBD):
Pegg Thomas–Conflict, Consequences, and ConclusionsChristine Johnson– Writing for the Love Inspired line.
December 5 – online: TBD


Your ACFW Great Lakes Chapter
What we're about.
The Great Lakes Chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers Association promotes the writing of excellent, inspirational fiction from the great state of Michigan. We work to glorify God the Father and Jesus Christ, His Son.  
Contact Ron@ronestradabooks.com for if you have any announcements to include in this newsletter. God bless all of our Mitten State writers.

Now go write for God's glory!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Editors, Agents, and Bunnies - Oh My!

Even though it was Easter weekend, the Great Lakes Chapter of ACFW enjoyed a great day of education and fellowship in Lapeer, Michigan. Thanks to our gracious host Judy Eick, we met at the Past Tense Cider Mill to meet with Splickety Prime editor Sarah Grimm and Natasha Kern Literary Agency agent Sue Brower. 


Sarah helped us not only understand the concept of flash fiction (stories in less than 1,000 words), she also talked about how we can use it to improve our novels (and even help promote them!). It's also a great opportunity to practice all aspects of fiction writing.

"Flash fiction lets you practice your whole skill set," she said. "Writing, editing, revising in one short story."

It's also a great way to break through the writer's block. "Creativity begets creativity," said Sarah. Are you stumped in a scene? Write a flash fiction story - once the creative juices start flowing, they'll keep moving into your novel!

You can even take those stories you used to break the block to make a little money. Splickety publishes three flash fiction magazines, and they're always looking for gripping stories (in 1,000 words or fewer). You can learn more about their themes and deadlines here.



After a great lunch and some socialization, Sue Brower shared some tough-love advice, as well as industry information. Here are a few tidbits from Sue:

* If you haven't published yet, your #1 job is to write. Spend 90% of your time writing and 10% on social media.
* Don't quit your day job - you're not just competing against other novelists. You're fighting for attention with novels, TV, Pintrest, Facebook, and Candy Crush Saga.
* As a client, you have a responsibility to your agent. Make sure you communicate well so your agent can advocate for you.
* Sue hasn't read an unsolicited query in 18 months! With so many writers out there, she (and other agents as well) only responds to people she's met or who have been referred to her.

GREAT NEWS! If you were in Lapeer last weekend, Sue said that's an official meet! You didn't have to spend thousands of dollars and multiple days at a conference - most of us spent a few hours in the car and $25 for the chance to meet an industry professional.

Sue Brower and Joy Avery Melville even got to meet the Easter Bunny!
With two speakers, three guests, and six members, it was a successful and enjoyable event!

Next Up:

May 1-3 - Writer's Retreat - Shanty Creek Resort: Two nights away to write, write, write! The all-inclusive price includes meals and lodging. To reserve your spot, click here.

June 6 - Meet & Eat - Lansing: Featuring Kathleen Rouser talking about Time Management and Toastmaster Judy Eick showing us how to speak well in front of a crowd. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., location to be determined