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