Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed . ~ 2 Timothy 2:15

Thursday, March 12, 2015

New online resource for writers

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Are you passionate about writing? Do you want to sharpen your skills? Do you want to stand out from the crowd? (In a good way)

Then check out Jerry Jenkins's new online resource for writers: The Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild - "Where Passionate Writers Learn to Sharpen their Skills and Stand Out from the Crowd."

I was a mentor for Jerry's Christian Writers Guild courses for nearly a decade and even took the Guild's Craftsman course when I branched into fiction. I loved the courses, working with the students, and watching them improve lesson by lesson and find direction. It broke my heart when the Guild shut down late last year.

But Jerry's heart has long been in been in paying back to the industry that has blessed him so much (a paraphrase of his own words), and he searched for ways to continue to help stock the pool of Christian writers.

Here's what Jerry has to say about his new website: "I'd love to come alongside you in your writing journey. I created the Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild for one purpose: to help you become the writer you want to be."

What are the top 5 resources every writer needs?

What are his top 5 tips for aspiring authors?

All this, plus his weekly blog on writing, all "designed to help you improve, publish, or market your book."

I've signed up. I know the quality of material Jerry Jenkins produces. I have glimpsed into his heart - a heart that loves the Lord and wants to serve Him anyway he can, a heart that wants to help you become the writer you can be.

Click here to visit his website and get more information.


Speaking of resources for writers:

The one-day Writing Success XXII writers conference in Stoneboro, Pa., is just around the corner.

The keynote speaker is DiAnn Mills, the best-selling, Christy Award winning author of over 55 novels from such publishers as Tyndale House, Zondervan, and Barbour. She's a founding member of American Christian Fiction Writers, is the current president of RWA's Faith, Hope, and Love chapter, and was a mentor for the Christian Writers Guild Craftsman course.

Her keynote address is "From Fearful to Focused."

Click here to check out the conference online at Writing Success XXII.

You can also register online.

I'll be teaching how to "Strengthen Your Online Presence" in a two-hour, hands-on workshop. I hope to see you there.

Keep writing,


Monday, March 9, 2015

Blogs for writers

I've added a new BLOG FOR WRITERS to the list on this page: Marsha Hubler's Writing Tips. (Scroll down the page for the list of blogs for writers in the right margin.)

Marsha is my editor and is a best-selling author of the Keystone Stables books and the Loves of Snyder County series. Marsha has published with a number of publishing companies, including ZonderKids. She loves horses, dogs, and writers (not necessarily in that order, though!) and recently over the reins of directing the Montrose Christian Writers Conference.

She gives some great tips for writers, "beginners and the rest of us," in today's post. When you're done reading today's post, browse through her past posts. Bookmark her site to come back to and feed yourself on her words of wisdom for writers.

Keep writing!