Sunday, April 6, 2014

April Event - Small, But Fun!

Future presenter Mary Vee (June 7 in Lansing) talks with our April presenter, Linda Glaz.

This past weekend we had our first workshop of 2014, and boy was it fun! I made the trek down from northern Michigan to Brighton to join the small group of GLC members for a round table discussion about changes in the publishing industry with literary agent Linda Glaz. We had a great time of fellowship and education, including meeting new members Jenni Colson and Ron Estrada.

I want to give a big thanks to Kathy Rouser for hostessing the event. She found an amazing location, organized a great meal, and even provided fun goodie bags and beautiful flowers. Our workshops wouldn't be nearly as successful without people like you, Kathy!

Our amazing hostess and presenter!
For those of you who couldn't attend, here's a quick look at one of the topics Linda discussed. These are the top ten predictions* for the publishing industry in 2014 (information gathered from a group of publishing professionals - I'll post the actual source later this week).

1. Barnes and Noble will close or sell Nook and go private.
2. Amazon will go the bay of Barnes and Noble and open physical stores.
3. Trade publishers will sell and acquire assets to verticalize their business.
4. The illustrated book business will become extremely challenged.
5. Publishers will go after new revenue streams, especially ebooks.
6. More publishers will endorse the subscription ebook model (think Scribd).
7. Publishers will launch more magazines and websites geared toward reader interests (direct-to-consumer catalogs).
8. Publishers will move toward data driven decision making (Linda said this won't affect us).
9. There will be more price experimentation with book prices.
10. The Big Five publishers will make full ebook catalogs available to libraries to purchase.

*These are predictions only. It will be fun in December to see how many of these things really happened!
Our next event is Saturday, June 7 in Lansing. Mary Vee will talk about marketing techniques - save the date!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

March 2014 Newsletter - 2014 Schedule Planned!

Happy Spring!

Usually I look for robins or flowers on the first day of spring. This year I woke up to two inches of fresh snow. So what sign do I have that a warmer season is near? Mud in my driveway.

This month’s newsletter is a joint effort between Judy and me. The board held our annual meeting in Grand Rapids this past weekend, so we shared notes and created this hybrid post. We spent quite a bit of our board meeting discussing the boring, business side of things, but there was also a lot of talk about meetings and the calendar. We’re excited to announce a few upcoming events.

Saturday, Apr. 5: What on Earth is Happening in the Industry? Join us at the Brighton 242 Community Church to hear what literary agent Linda Glaz has to share about the trends in CBA publishing (read more here).

May 2-4: Writing Retreat at Shanty Creek Resort – a weekend away to write, write, write!
Cost is $344 per person for single occupancy rooms or $230 per person for double occupancy rooms. This rate includes two nights lodging, two breakfasts, two lunches, one dinner, and a meeting room. Rooms are being held until April 2, but our rates will be honored as long as the resort still has rooms available. You can print the reservation form here.

And now for the new news!

1. In order to help everyone plan ahead, we not only planned our 2014 meeting schedule, we’re also working on the 2015 schedule (which will be announced by the end of the summer). Stay tuned!

2. We’ve created a set schedule that we hope will make it easier for everyone to remember when our GLC meetings will be. We’re going to go with an every-other-month schedule. Starting next year (and for the remainder of this year), our meetings will be:

3. We have a tentative 2014 schedule! We still need to confirm some speakers and locations, so we don’t have a lot of details yet, but we wanted to give you the calendar so you can start planning.
June 7 – Lansing – To Be Confirmed…Stay Tuned!
August 2 – Grandville – Conference Prep
October 18 – Gaylord – Social Media
December 6 – Online Meeting – Self-Publishing
(I know this is vague, but we’ll have more info soon, I promise.)

That’s all for now. Remember, if you have news you’d like to share, please email Judy Eick at jeeick(at)centurytel(dot)net.

Hope to see you in Brighton!

Karin Beery & Judy Eick

Thursday, March 13, 2014

What on Earth is Happening in the Industry? Find out!

ACFW-GLC Meet & Eat,
Featuring Linda Glaz, Literary Agent

What on Earth is Happening in the Industry?

Saturday, Apr. 5, 2014, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Brighton 242 Community Church
7526 Grand River Ave.
Brighton, MI 48116

Linda Glaz, agent for Hartline Literary Agency, will look at and discuss changes in the publishing industry, specifically the CBA market

$10* for ACFW-GLC members, includes lunch and refreshments
$15.00 for non-GLC members* 
*$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

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

Thursday, February 27, 2014

February 2014 Newsletter

Hello, friends!

It has been a “blustery, blustery day,” as Pooh would say. I am sure we have all experienced many of the same winter storms, so I will not review that experience. The power outages in my area created a Christmas to remember.

One of our goals this year is to be consistent with our newsletter, and so far we’re doing well – our second newsletter in two months! Here’s what’s happening and what we have to look forward to:

Current News

Our new President, Karin Beery, has picked up the gavel and is offering us the opportunity to follow her lead. Thanks, Karin, for all you are doing to help us get organized. We are all excited to see what 2014 will bring for the members of the Great Lakes Chapter.

Board news: Sarah Grimm as Education Coordinator resigned due to employment changes (she has two new jobs that she didn’t have at the end of last year). Kathleen Rouser resigned as Critique Group Coordinator, as we currently don’t operate a critique loop (ACFW stills has Scribes, which is a great resource).

Coming Events

March- Our board meeting is scheduled for March 22 in Grand Rapids. We’re currently working on the agenda for that meeting, but one guaranteed topic: planning our 2014-15 events. We will post more information after the meeting.
April- The details are being finalized for a April 5 meeting in Brighton. Linda Glaz will be presenting. More information will be available soon!
May 2-4, 2013: Writing Retreat!
It's official - we have a date and location for our writing retreat!  Registration required before April 4 (reservation form coming soon)

May 2-4 at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire. Cost is $344 per person for single occupancy rooms or $230 per person for double occupancy rooms. This rate includes:

Two nights lodging (Fri/Sat)
Two full breakfasts (Sat/Sun)
Two lunches (Sat/Sun)
One Dinner (Sat)
Dining Gratuities
Unlimited use of Fitness Center (not including tanning, massage treatments, manicures, or pedicures)
Complimentary shuttle service on Shanty Creek property
Complimentary Wi-Fi access
Complimentary meeting room

You can view the property at (Summit Village). The nice thing about the property is that once you park and move in to your room, there's no need to leave the facility: guest rooms, the dining room, and the meeting room are in the same structure.

Member News

Rohn Federbush has a new book, North Parish. Rohn is inviting reader reviews.

Joy Avery Milville signed a contract with Hartline Literary Agency to be represented by Jim Hart. 
Linda Glaz’s book The Preachers Family will be released March 1 by Heartsong Presents. Linda is an agent and author Hartline Literary Agency. You can read more about her at
Kathleen Rouser is celebrating her book, Brave New Century. The Kindle edition made it to #3 on the Best Seller Historical Christian Romance on Amazon and remains on the best seller list this week.
Dawn Crandall received a book contract from WHITAKER House for a three book historical romantic suspense series set in New England during the gilded age (1890). Written in first person POV, each book is in another character’s perspective with all three heroines introduced in the first book. The series release date is pending. Dawn would like to connect with interested bloggers for an interview opportunity. You can reach her at crandallberries(at)gmail(dot)com or
Donna Winters released Adventures with Vinnie, the nonfiction story of a shelter dog, on January 2. It is available on for 99 cents. Her current WIP is a contemporary fiction novel set in the 51st state of Superior. No publication date at this time.
Respectfully submitted,

Judy Eick, Historian, a.k.a. Nelle Cooper, author of Princess Lil available at

Sunday, January 26, 2014

A Late Welcome to 2014!

Hello friends!

Thanks for stopping by our updated website. We are without a PR/Website coordinator this year, so we streamlined some things to make the site a little more user-friendly for the board (and I hope for our members as well!). If you haven't met the board yet, please stop over here to see who's volunteering to serve this year.

As our website also functions as our chapter newsletter, we're going to work hard to keep the site updated and functional for everyone. The board is currently working on this year's event calendar, and we hope to have some information to you in the next 2-3 weeks (with information on our first event, if nothing else). While we're working on the schedule, please feel free to chime in with tips and suggestions. I can't guarantee that we'll be able to do everything this year, but we will do our best to meet our chapter's needs.

As I was updating the website, I noticed that our Member News page is a little outdated. If you signed a contract, released a book, started a new job, or enjoyed some other writing-related accomplishment in the last 2-3 months, please let us know! We want to brag about you, so please give us the chance. You can email me directly at karin(at)karinbeery(dot)com, and I'll make sure to get the info to the right person.

Thanks for stopping by today, and have a great week!

Karin Beery
Chapter Prez

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Pictures from Proposal Meeting/Workshop in Jackson!

Just thought you folks would like to see some pictures from our meeting this past Saturday. (Photos courtesy of Peggy Bennitt and Mary Vee)

Agent Linda Glaz
Paying attention to the workshop

Looks like lots of fun, and learning!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Membership/Chapter Meeting and Proposal Speaker in Jackson October 19!

It's almost time for our next ACFW Great Lakes Chapter gathering - and this time it features not only a fabulous speaker, but a general membership meeting!

On Saturday, October 19, 2013, Literary Agent Linda Glaz will be speaking on putting together a proposal packet. The presentation will run from 10 am to 2:30 pm, and will include lunch. There is NO cost to attend! Please bring a working copy of your proposal with you to the workshop.

The general membership meeting will begin right after lunch - at around 12:30pm. Even if you can't make the proposal presentation, hopefully you can attend the membership meeting and spend time with your Michigan writer friends!

At the meeting, we will be finalizing nominations for the 2014 GLC Board and set our course for next year. Please prayerfully consider whether you can take on a board role for 2014. All positions are open to the membership for voting, and those wishing to have their names in-the-hat for Board position consideration are invited to send their names to Holly Wolfe, our current president at

Also, if you plan on attending, please email Peggy Bennitt at so that she can plan the food for the workshop. Thanks!

The presentation, and workshop, will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jackson, MI (3637 Spring Arbor Road, Jackson, MI 49201). We will be in the library upstairs and the best place to park would be the back (upper level) parking lot, unless you have lots to carry or have difficulty with stairs or hills. In those cases, the lower level and the parking there are better because you can haul stuff in and take it up in the elevator. There is another event that day (LWML Rally) in the lower level. We are on the upper level in the library. Hope to see you there!