Friday, January 15, 2021

Getting Together Solutions!

Although the current rules in our state prohibit meeting in restaurants at this time, there are other ways we can get together. 

We have to meet. God did not intend for us to be hermits.

And let us not neglect meeting together, as some have made the habit, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:25

So, what are some solutions? How can Christian Writers meet at this time?

Thanks to technology, we have several ways to meet. These are listed in no particular order. I have used all and like them all.

1. Facebook Messenger Video Chat: Calls are free and so easy. Go to the person's name, or type it in the search bar, then click the little camera. Poof the call will ring!
One day I went to Facebook Messenger, clicked Greta's name and called her using the video app. Now, she happened to be at work at the time, (I didn't know), BUT later that night my Messenger brrrrringed. I looked, and there was Greta's lovely face. We video chatted for about half an hour. What a delight it was to see someone and talk with them. I also use this almost on a daily basis to visit with my three-year-old grandson.

2. Google Hangout. This is also a Video Chat. If you have Google email, down at the bottom you will see the phone You can set up a video chat by clicking on the phone.
My four siblings meet on Google Chat every Tuesday night for one hour. Each one lives in a different state, yet we are able to connect, have tea, talk about our week, laugh, chat...and oddly enough not argue like we used to as kids!

3. Zoom. Zoom is still free for the first 40 minutes. Go to and download the app. Then click "host a meeting". You can choose who to invite, what time the meeting starts, and more. Please be sure to click that you want the meeting with video so you can see each other. 

4. SKYPE. Of course there is the old stand by, Skype. I use to use that

All of these are free. All produce great quality. All will brighten your day.

There may be a Christian writer who is longing to chat with someone else. A young parent who would like to chat with another adult. A working person who would like to chat with someone who understands the crazy fun world of writing. It's no fun to be alone...

Look at the list in the left column of some of our folks. Is there someone you could chat with?

Goal: set aside fifteen minutes to be a friend to another Christian Writer between now and January 31st. THEN, tell us in the comments how it went. I have a feeling you're going to say you had a wonderful time connecting with another writer. 😎

Photo of tree take in the UP by Mary Vee

Friday, January 1, 2021

New Year. New Solutions.

Happy New Year authors, writers, creators of story, poetry, devotionals, and articles for readers young and old.

Odd for this time of year, there has been very little interest in making resolutions on social media. 

Readers are looking for encouraging reads. Stories of hope. Uplifting poetry and devotionals. Articles drawing on what we can do to emerge from trials. 

1. The need is great. Your writing is important! More importantly, your writing needs to be made available to the readers either by self-publishing, or with a publisher. Perhaps this is the year several members can get their work published.

2. As writers we also need to be readers. Great ideas spawn from other ideas. Think about your writings, did the idea first come from something you read somewhere?

3. Let's support one another by reading books by authors/writers in this group. Take a moment and name your book along with the link in the comment section. I'll start here. I've read Rick Barry's books: The Methuselah Project and The Methuselah Project SOS. Next on my list is Bev Robinson's Bible Brides

The next essential step is not so much jotting a kind note to the author, although that is nice, but writing the same words as a review on Amazon or Goodreads or Bookbub.

I have THREE questions for you to respond to:

1. What book are you reading? If you aren't yet, pick one with the goal of starting it soon and indicate that one.

2. What book of yours do you recommend for others from this group to read? Don't be shy! We want to read! I'd like to recommend my book, Sylvia's Secret  link:

3. Are you conveniently receiving new posts from this blog? Sign up in the column to the left.

Shall we make a goal? 

Finish reading one book by January 31 and write a review (even a few sentences is so helpful!).

AND write (you set the word count) by January 31.

So excited to spend this year with 

Great Lake Michigan American Christian Fiction Writers.

Mary Vee,



Friday, August 23, 2019

Fun, Fellowship, and Marketing Tips in Grand Haven!

On August 10, 2019, fifteen of our members and guests gathered in the cozy Snug Harbor restaurant in Grand Haven, Michigan. There, they enjoyed a great meal and fellowship while learning more about book marketing from author Anneliese Dalaba. As usual, the event turned provided both information and inspiration!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Glancing Back to Last Autumn, "The Write Stuff, 2018"!

Last October the Great Lakes Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW-GLC) enjoyed a terrific day of information and inspiration in Jackson, Michigan. What did attendees think of that day? Here are a few quotes!

Worship leader Cody Morehead began the
meeting with a time of singing and worship.
Mary Vee:
      "I came home from The Write Stuff one-day conference with a mountain-peak experience. The speakers touched my specific needs at this time. I was extra pleased to have a one-on-one conversation with an agent. He answered all my questions and gave excellent advice. I feel like it's final exam week with all the new tasks on my list, but I  am ready for them, thanks to the teachings and encouragement at the conference. As an added bonus, I met with other great author friends and all in all, had a memorable time."

Patsy Reiter:
      "What an event! I learned so much about writing and publishing. Great speakers, wonderful fellow-ship, fantastic food, a terrific day. Thank you."

Editor Pegg Thomas discussed writing and
publishing from the editor's perspective:
"Where to Start Your Story" and "The Basics
of Story Structure.
Judy Eick:
      "Terrific conference, well organized, time frames maintained, and there was time available to visit with friends in the group. I liked the teaching, encouraging us to think beyond your current project, to thinking about your story as a screenplay – after all, why not you? Great day and worth the drive."

Kathryn Moore:
      "I loved it. The time of year was perfect. I liked how much you and the team were able to pack into a one-day event and the myriad guest speakers were fantastic. So much learning and networking close to home and for a very reasonable cost."

Joy Avery Melville: 
“It was a tremendous conference – so very, very glad I was able to attend. What a great group of writers we have in our state!
Melissa Kerley, Founder of the faith-based film company
Generation Courage, spoke on "Novels as Movies: Things
Writers Need to Know."
“I was impressed with the line-up - the schedule for the most part. The lunch and snacks were superb – great job there.”
“The only thing that bothered me: we travel so far and have so little time to talk one-on-one with the others present – especially other writers.
“It was so good to see new faces in the chapter – didn’t get to spend much time with most and got none with some – finding out where they live, what genre they write, which stage of this writing gig they’re at, etc. That was the only thing I feel was missing.
“You guys did a stupendous job, and I for one got a lot from the marketing presentation. The other was noteworthy too.”

Literary agent Cyle Young discussed "The Author Platform
Being Taken Seriously by Publishers."
Deb Allard: 
“The Write Stuff event surpassed my expectations. It was like a weekend conference condensed into 7 hours at a fraction of the cost. For $35 we heard five speakers give valuable information for our writing projects. It was the best deal I’ve ever come across, thanks to the hard work of all involved.”

Pegg Thomas:
      "It was a nice, laid-back event. No pressure, just a good time with encouragement and teaching and sharing."

      Plus, an unscheduled bonus was the appearance of film director Joel Reisig (not pictured), who works actively with Melissa Kerley at Courage Generation. Joel discussed what he, as a director, looks for in a screenplay, emphasizing Do's and Don'ts for authors who would like their novels to be considered for adaptation to film.
      Look for more upcoming events for ACFW-Great Lakes Chapter in 2019!

A final group photo pictures a bunch of happy writers and speakers who came 
together to fellowship and sharpen their creative skills for the Lord!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Join Us October 27 - "The Write Stuff 2018"!

Christian writers! Join us in Jackson, Michigan, on October 27 for special day planned just for you!

Monday, January 22, 2018

"Fireside Chat" for ACFW - Great Lakes Chapter!

by Catherine Brakefield

The United States had reached the bottom of hopelessness during the Great Depression years. Between 25 and 33 percent of the work force was unemployed! Then Franklin D. Roosevelt decided to hold the first of his radio broadcasts, which became known as “Fireside Chats.”

Our Great Lakes Chapter has just 10 percent of its members willing to participate and accept the challenge of growing, learning, and encouraging their fellow GLC members.

My hope for GLC is to become a unit of caring, encouraging, and spiritual confidants for this glove of the United States. GLC members can be that hand from which Christ’s message flows throughout Michigan and spills into other states and into the world. There is a great mission field in the GLC for our Christian literature. We need to get the word of encouragement and inspiration out to a struggling society, most of which does not realize they are lost or needing a Savior!

Through the 30 speeches Roosevelt gave in his fireside chats, people related to and felt the problems of a nation. Yes, the American people responded, feeling that bond and that handshake of friendship FDR offered.

Well, we won’t be having 30 fireside chats. Just one, for now. Let’s get united in a common bond to see the GLC flourish like never before!

Kathy Rouser has graciously invited us into her home from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 27th, for our first fireside chat for this 2018 year (2117 Cobblestone Lane, Brighton, MI 48114). We will be having soup and salad. I’m bringing the dessert. (That’s my favorite part of every meal. I’ve heard Kathy makes some fantastic soup, so I just might be changing my preferences!) If you’d like to bring something, we are presently looking for someone who does a great salad.

Do you have a new book out, or a book pending? Bring the information for our next newsletter. Everyone, please bring a copy of your one sheet, and a reference book that helped in your writing career. Most of all, bring your ideas for what you
would like to see covered in the GLC for 2018. 

You don’t have a one sheet? You will after this Fireside Chat”! You don’t have a favorite reference book? You will after this “Fireside Chat”!

Also, plans are in the works for a one-day conference in the Jackson area for either April or May; a weekend retreat (location undecided at this time); and a special GLC gathering at the ACFW Conference held in Tennessee. You have something to offer GLC! We look forward to seeing you on January 27th.

P.S.: If you intend to come, please RSVP at (And if you have questions or would like to host the next Fireside Chat, drop me a line at the same address!)