The Making of a Writers Conference

With conference season upon us, I thought it would be interesting to learn what goes into creating those conferences, so you can better evaluate the conference(s) you choose to attend (and pray for their organizers).

Hiebert interview

I asked Julane Hiebert, chairwoman of the Called to Write Writers Conference held in Pittsburg, Kansas, to share her experience and advice.

I first met Julane at last year’s Called to Write conference and wish I had had more time to get acquainted with her. Conferences are wonderful places to make new friends who are walking the same journey and understand the joys—and frustrations—of writing!

When and how did the Called to Write conference get started? [Read more…]

What Marketing Book Would You Recommend?

As the first Monday of the month, my focus is marketing.

I struggle with marketing like many authors do. I’ve purchased 1 or 2 marketing books, but they were only a little helpful.

So today, I’d like to hear from you.

What book(s) on marketing have you found most helpful and why? Please leave your response in the comments below so all my readers can read your choices and maybe find a book that can help them.

Thank you, and happy marketing!

Learning How to Encourage Yourself

tragedy and comedy theatre masks

Rejection letters from magazine editors, book publishers, and agents.

Book sales? They’re flat lining.

It’s all too easy for writers to get discouraged.

I’ve received my share of rejection letters, and at present my book sales are dismal. Between the day job and my freelance work, marketing my books and writing my newest book get pushed to the very bottom of the to-do list.

3 Reasons for Discouragement

Generally speaking, I find discouragement happens because we are… [Read more…]

7 Writers Conferences to Attend

Writer’s conferences are one of the best places to get your work in front of agents and acquisitions editors. While you can find conferences happening the year round, spring and summer have the most to offer.

Now, while you still have time to rearrange your work schedule and purchase plane tickets at a reasonable price, is a good time to look at what’s ahead, and what will meet your needs.

Here are several questions to consider as you study the conferences. [Read more…]

Saying no to a contract

Saying no to a contract Lisa LickelLisa Lickel is a Wisconsin writer who lives in a 160-year-old house built by a Great Lakes ship captain. What a great setting for book! I can imagine all sorts of interesting and mysterious aspects a ship captain might build as part of his house.

Lisa is a multi-published, best-selling and award-winning novelist, and also writes short stories and radio theater, is an avid book reviewer, blogger, a freelance editor, and sometimes magazine editor. Be sure to visit her website at

Why did you write The Last Detail? [Read more…]

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