Imperfect Wings and Elizabeth Noyes

I have a delightful interview in store for you today with author Elizabeth Noyes. Bookmark this page because you’re going to want to come back to her advice at all stages of your writing journey.

Author Elizabeth Noyes

Author Elizabeth Noyes

Imperfect Wings, published by Write Integrity Press and released August 1, 2014, is Elizabeth’s first full novel. She is a contributing writer to the book A Dozen Apologies, a collaborative novel with 11 other writers.

At what point in writing your book did you begin to look for publishers? [Read more…]

5 Steps to Capture and Keep the Editor’s Interest

I’m blogging over at the Palmetto Christian Writers Network today. Come join me for 5 Steps to Capture and Keep the Editor’s Interest.

Guidelines for Magazines Accepting Submissions

Congratulations to Charlee, who is the winner of Plot & Structure.

Here are today’s markets accepting submissions. As always, read and follow the guidelines carefully after analyzing the magazine.

Bear Deluxe, an environmental arts magazine http://orlo.org/participate/

Earth Island Journal, quarterly magazine covering the environment/ecology, http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/guidelines/

Pacific Yachting, monthly magazine covering all aspects of recreational boating in the Pacific Northwest (Canadian based), http://www.pacificyachting.com/writer-submission-guidelines

WoodenBoat, a bi-monthly magazine for wooden boat owners, builders, and designers. http://www.woodenboat.com/woodenboat-editorial-guidelines

Trail Runner, for off-road running enthusiasts, http://trailrunnermag.com/contributors

Inclusion here does not constitute endorsement of magazine.

What do football and fiction have in common?

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What do football and fiction have in common?

The first thing we as writers must accomplish with our story is to hook our reader. But if we merely hook them, the reader can get away. So we must also then compel them to read on to the middle and then right through to the end of our story.

We spur our reader to the middle of our story by creating a compelling lead character with whom our readers bond. Next, [Read more…]

Writer’s Guidelines for 5 Christian Publications

Here are today’s markets. Read the writer’s guidelines thoroughly and study at least one sample issue before submitting.

Prism Magazine, a publication of Evangelicals for Social Action, http://prismmagazine.org/writers-guidelines/

The Lookout is designed to provide Christian adults with true-to-the-Bible teaching about current topics to help them mature as believers and live in the world as faithful witnesses of Christ. http://www.lookoutmag.com/about-us/write-for-us/

RELEVANT covers faith, culture and intentional living. Their readership is culturally savvy, mainly Christian twenty- and thirtysomethings who are looking for purpose, depth and spiritual truth. http://www.relevantmagazine.com/how-write-relevant

Light & Life Magazine, http://llcomm.org/writersguidelines/

Faith Today, a Canadian publication, http://www.faithtoday.ca/writers

Listing here does not constitute endorsement of magazine.

 

Who’s the big bad wolf in your story?

Big bad wolf chasing 3 little pigsWhat was the big bad wolf’s goal in the story of the 3 little pigs?

To have dinner. He needed to eat and the 3 pigs met the bill. The wolf was doing what came naturally to him.

There was nothing evil about eating the pigs, but of course to the pigs, who stood to lose their lives, the wolf was evil.

At the heart of every story is a protagonist with a goal. It doesn’t matter what the goal is, just that it is essential to the character and without reaching it he/she suffers great loss—physical death being the ultimate loss.

In the case of the wolf and the three pigs, each faced the same loss if they didn’t meet their goal—death.

What would the story have been like if the wolf told it? [Read more…]

God’s Promises Anthology – Call for Submissions

The Benefit Package book coverCrossRiver Media Group is accepting submissions for their newest anthology, God’s Promises, to be published in early 2016. As the nonfiction editor for CrossRiver, I’m leading this project. CrossRiver’s 2012 anthology, The Benefit Package, is 30 stories of God’s benefits based on Psalm 103, and is one of our best sellers.

God’s Promises (working title) will focus on His promise of provision.

Here are the details: [Read more…]

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