Nancy Kay Grace and The Grace Impact

Nancy Kay GraceI’m visiting today with author Nancy Kay Grace. Nancy is speaker and author loves to share about embracing God’s grace in everyday life. She has contributed stories to several anthologies and published magazine articles.

Nancy is married to her best friend, Rick, who is a senior pastor in northwest Arkansas. They have served the Lord for more than forty years. Now they enjoy the stage of life with two married children and an increasing number of grandchildren. To learn more about her ministry, please visit

Why did you write The Grace Impact? [Read more…]

Discover what’s so great about Scrivener!

Scrivener, Scrivener, Scrivener.

You’ve been hearing about it from a lot of writers, including me. In fact, I recently taught a workshop on using Scrivener at the Called to Write conference in Pittsburg, Kansas.

You may be wondering what’s so terrific about this software and why you should consider using it.

So let’s take a look at it. [Read more…]

5 Magazines Accepting Submissions from Kids

submissions from kids

Encourage your children’s creativity.

Writing isn’t just for adults.

To encourage your children in their writing and creative endeavors, here are 5 magazines that accept submissions from kids. Some accept both writing and art.

As always, spend time getting to know the magazine and then read and follow the guidelines thoroughly. Please be aware several of these magazines require submission via the postal system rather than online.

Highlights for Children

Creative Kids accepts submissions from kids ages 8-16.

Amazing Kids Magazine accepts submissions from kids age 5-18.

Canvas is seeking writers ages 13-18, They also accept art submissions

Stone Soup is a magazine of writing and art by kids ages 13 and younger.

You may also want to check out your local newspapers to see if they have kids sections you can submit to.

Make Your Submission a Homeschool Project

This makes a great project for homeschoolers. Many of these magazines can be found at the library, where your children can read and study the magazine’s articles, activities, and style. Then they can craft their story (or art) and submit.

Do you know anyone who homeschools? Be sure to share this post with them.

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The Top 3 Mistakes Writers Make When Submitting

rejected book proposalDo you dream of getting published? What writer doesn’t?

But in their excitement and exuberance of completing a manuscript writers often make these 3 crippling mistakes when submitting their manuscripts to publishers.

The No. 1 Mistake

They don’t include a book proposal.

The book proposal is [Read more…]

Let’s Celebrate!

July 4Join with me in saying CONGRATULATIONS to these writers:

Charlene Harris:

  • *North To Absolution* is to be published this year.
  • *Sam’s Song,* a narrative nonfiction, once completed, already has a publisher wanting first bid on the book.
  • *Anju* has been picked up by Barbarian Books and should be in e-book format sometime this year.
  • *Misfire* will be accepted by Barbarian Books as soon as I complete it. They have given me two weeks, so I’m working like a maniac.
  • I’ve had a talent agent in London talking to me about my work, and she is deciding now which genre they wish to review first.
  • I have a new website you can find at where you can read “About Me” and see a list of my projects.

Marie Wells Coutu:

  • *Thirsting for More* (, the second book in the Mended Vessels series, released in April. Published by Write Integrity Press, novels in the series are loosely based on biblical women and reveal how God takes broken lives and restores them to usefulness. The stories of Queen Esther and the Samaritan woman at the well—each one re-imagined in contemporary settings—demonstrate how the principles of God’s love apply today. Each is a stand-alone story but the books are connected by their themes of restoration, forgiveness, and hope through stories of women who find significance in spite of their pasts.
  • The first book,* For Such a Moment* (, won the Books of Hope Contest. The e-book is available on Kindle for $.99 through the end of April.

Charlene and Marie, congratulations on these successes. God’s best as you continue your work of writing and promoting your books.

5 Publishers Accepting Submissions

Here is today’s marketing news: 5 publishers who are currently accepting submissions. Review their website, their catalog, and their submissions guidelines thoroughly before submitting.

Facts on File, an imprint of Infobase Publishing, is an award-winning publisher of print, eBooks, and online reference materials for the school and library market. Infobase Publishing has several imprints, so be sure to read this About Us page. Guidelines:

Fathers Press, has a very specific focus on the materials that it publishes, read guidelines closely.
Contact Mike Smitley at before submitting any manuscripts, queries, or E-Book materials, or call (816) 987-0045. E-mail:

**Fortress Press*, is actively seeking proposals for scholarly works in biblical studies, theology, and Christian history.

innovativeKids, submissions should be suitable for children from birth to 12.

JourneyForth, an imprint of BJU Press, books for children, accepts fiction and nonfiction with a conservative Christian worldview. They do not publish short stories, personal narratives, fiction for adults, devotional books, gift books, or poetry

Indie Publishing: Author Rachel Skatvold’s Perspective

Author Rachel Skatvold

Author Rachel Skatvold

Today’s Friday Feature Author Interview is with Rachel Skatvold, author of the Riley Family Legacy novella series. Thank you, Rachel for allowing me to interview you and sharing your experiences with my readers.

What made you decide on novella length for your series? [Read more…]

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