The Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference is Going VIRTUAL this year! 

Join Liz Curtis Higgs at This Year's Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference

The Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference is Going VIRTUAL this year! 

The Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference is Going VIRTUAL this year! 

Registration Is Open for GPCWC’s June 24-26 Conference!

Because of the ongoing pandemic and the new mutations, and out of an abundance of caution for everyone’s safety, GPCWC will be virtual in 2021.

JoinGPCWC faculty online June 24-26.

Save $$$ – NO cost for travel, lodging, and meals!

This highly INTERACTIVE and virtually AMAZING conference includes:

  • Faculty of over 55 agents, editors, authors, and other professionals!
  • 5 LIVE challenging Keynotes
  • Choose 1 of 8 LIVE Continuing Sessions
    (6 hours each plus 90 minutes in small group breakouts)
  • 6 LIVE Workshops
  • 36 pre-recorded video Workshops
  • LIVE Editors, Agents, and Indie Publishers Panels
  • Lunchtime Q & A Breakouts
  • Dinnertime Breakouts with Authors
  • Surprise LIVE Author’s Night
  • 2 Appointments with Editors or Agents on first-come basis. Must register by June 1.
    Additional appointment for first 50 to register!

PLUS – at NO additional cost:

  • Access to videos of all the sessions for two months
  • Special pre-conference webinars
  • Several Zoom meetings
  • Two Wednesday early bird workshops

ALL INCLUDED in this low registration fee of

$157 through June 1
$177 after June 1

Less than HALF the cost of our last 3-day conference.

GPCWC is delighted to bring Liz Curtis Higgs to this year’s event. You will not want to miss her two keynotes and hour-long workshop. Click here for an encouraging message from Liz.

For practical help to grow your writing ministry click on “Blog and Freebies” and visit Marlene’s home site, https://writehisanswer.com for even more free resources.

 

 

 

“All writers conferences stimulate the mind;
Marlene Bagnull’s conferences
challenge the heart.”

Cec Murphey

How Did I Do on Forecasting the Second Coming of Jesus by 2033

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. may still be hailed as a prophet

In January of 2019, during an event honoring Martin Luther King Jr., Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) cautioned the audience that climate change would “destroy the planet” by the year 2031.

“Millennials and people, you know, Gen Z and all these folks that will come after us are looking up and we’re like: ‘The world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change and your biggest issue is how are we gonna pay for it?’” Ocasio-Cortez told interviewer Tanehisi Coates at an “MLK Now” event in New York.

On June 5, 2019 I speculated how the representative from New York’s 14th congressional district might, in fact, be hailed as a prophet should Jesus return by 2033. Nearly two years into Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proclamation (to be clear, she was not prophesying), let’s see how a possible roadmap I laid out for the return of Jesus has performed.

* Democratic nominee locked in by May of 2020.
✔️ Took until mid summer but by May President Biden had asserted himself as the presumptive nominee, besting Senator Bernie Sanders.

* June 2020 polls show Democratic nominee leading Trump in key battleground states Trump needs to win to be re-elected. (Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Pennsylvania). Polls show troubling numbers for him Texas and Arizona. In Iowa, New Hampshire, Ohio, North Carolina and Arizona the president and the Democratic nominee are polling even.
✔️ The 2020 election proved much closer than many in the mainstream media anticipated, but in general President Biden performed as expected.

* By July stock market reacts and begins to slide as cautious investors plan for the possibility of a President who promises huge taxes on corporations, small businesses, and the wealthy.
Wrong by miles. The stock market continues to soar.

* Ahead of forthcoming tax law changes, large corporations and the rich begin moving jobs offshore and wealth out of the country.
Wrong. Despite President Biden’s proposed tax hikes on the rich and corporations, wealth in the country remains and companies have not moved. . . yet.

* By August of 2020 US economy dips into a recession. Unemployment jumps.
✔️ Check, but for the wrong reasons. COVID caused a contraction of the economy. Unemployment increased but the government dolled out lots of money to ease hardship.

* Democrat wins election in November 2020 by promising:
✔️ Check. Open boarders for everyone
✔️ Check. Universal child care for everyone living in America
✔️ Check. Free college for everyone living in America
✔️ Check. Guaranteed income for everyone living in America
✔️ Check. Reparations for descendants of slaves and LGBT persons
✔️ Check. Affordable housing for everyone living in America
✔️ Check. Free medicare for everyone living in America

* 3 months into new president’s first term, Democratic Congress cuts military spending to pay for promised social programs.
Wrong. No cuts in military spending. Instead, the Pentagon announced new policies enabling transgender people to serve in the military

* July 2021 US economy plunges into a depression.
  ✔️  So far it does not appear that we’re heading into a depression. The government is printing money to pay for all the gifts given during COVID. Inflation is rising, but no one seems too concerned.

Other predicted events unfolded sooner, but for different reasons.

* Spring of 2022 crime in most cities is out of control. Martial law takes affect in large towns. Things become chaotic with the military, police, and home guards staking out their turf.
✔️ Check – sort of. Crime in some cities is out of control. Rioting is now expected anytime someone of color is shot by law enforcement. (And to be clear, this happens way too often.) Some in Congress continue to call for the end of the military, prisons, and police, but for now they represent a tiny minority of those in office. The trend, however, is for more rioting and oversight of law enforcement.

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib tweeted No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can't be reformed.

I did not account for COVID and a global pandemic, or a nation so divided that those in urban areas wear masks and get vaccinated while those in rural areas reject government advice–and in some cases government orders.

I did not account for a nation splintering along racial, cultural, religious lines. It seems each week a new fissure appears. Within politics the Republican party remains divided over former President Trump, while the Democrats seem to be conflicted over whether to fully embrace socialism or try to hang onto some measure of capitalism. Sports fans can no longer simply pull for their team. Now they must decide if the team’s players, coaches, and owners subscribe to the “right” belief. The Methodist denomination seems headed for a split over the issue of gender and if the Bible is the word of God or man, while the Southern Baptist Convention faces headwinds over the issue of gender roles and if the Bible is the word of God or man.

In the Revelation of Christ the angel tells John the Disciple, “The waters which you saw are peoples and multitudes, and nations and languages.” (Revelation 17:15-17) The Psalmist say, “Who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the turmoil of the nations.” (Psalm 65:7) Jesus said, “On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea (peoples). People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world.” (Luke 21:25-26)

We’re not there, yet. We may not be close to there, yet. But we’re closer than we were yesterday.

In 1535, William Tyndale, who translated the first English Bible, was arrested and jailed in the castle of Vilvoorde (Filford) outside Brussels for over a year. In 1536, he was convicted of heresy and executed by strangulation. Afterwards his body was burnt at the stake.

The first coming of Christ was destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel. His death led the falling and rising of many in the world. If you’re a writer with the Holy Spirit within you, write now, write fast, and write what God places on your heart. The day is coming, and perhaps soon, when those who write for God’s glory are banned from publishing their words in print, ebook, or even online.

Let Us Endeavor to Speak Until They Silence Our Voices

CHRISTIANS FIRED FOR THEIR BELIEFS

Let Us Endeavor to Speak Until They Silence Our Voices

Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency Fires Agent for Having Parler and Gab Accounts

The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency fired literary agent Colleen Oefelein after the firm discovered she had accounts on social media sites Parler and Gab. Oefelein had publicly acknowledged starting the accounts two months earlier.

Kate Hartson, Former Editor With Center Street for Supporting Donald Trump

Kate Hartson, former editor with Center Street, was recently fired, “for political reasons,” she says. The New York Times reports that her colleagues considered her a “true believer” in Donald Trump.

In an industry where imagination and words are the tools of the trade, such actions should give all authors pause for concern.

The “Information Establishment” shapes minds with words. When only one voice is heard, that is propaganda.

The “Entertainment Establishment” creates false reality and has the ability to make what is evil appear good and what is pure to appear prudish.

The “Academic Establishment” shapes young minds and is the recruiting field for the expanding army of thought police.

The “Political Establishment” enacts laws and sets public policy to insure its citizens remain in line.

The “Corporate Establishment” decides who works, eats, and lives in comfort or squalor.

All the above establishments exists within the kingdom of man.

Only in the Kingdom of God will you find free will for all, love for all from God, and the freedom to live without sin and hate through the Spirit of Christ. Those in Christ are not called to wage war on the kingdom of man. That is above our pay grade. Instead, we are called to pray that God’s words go forth and proclaim his Good News. Let us endeavor to speak, write, and teach until they silence our voices.

Calling All Christian Romance Authors

Calling All Christian Romance Authors

 

Announcing the opening of the 2021 Faith, Hope and Love Reader’s Choice Award, sponsored by the Faith, Hope and Love Chapter of RWA. Books published in 2020 are eligible.

All authors of Christian fiction are welcome to enter. They do not have to be members of any set group. There are seven categories available: Long Contemporary, Short Contemporary, Long Historical, Short Historical, Women’s Fiction, Romantic Suspense, and Novella.

The FHLRCA is the only contest that is solely for Christian fiction and judged by readers of Christian fiction who are not involved in the writing industry. This is an excellent opportunity to get your author’s work in front of new readers who love to tell fellow readers about books they love.

If you would like more information, the rules and entry form can be found on the FHL website: https://www.faithhopelove-rwa.org/fhlrca-contest/. You can also email me directly for information:  nancy-rca@faithhopelove-rwa.org. Please share this information with your authors and the other editors at your publishing house.

Blessings,
Nancy J. Farrier
FHLRCA Coordinator

acwc.live

Join us for the
Asheville Christian Writers Conference
February 26, 27 and 28, 2021

https://acwc.live/In the years following the formation of Christian Devotions Ministries, our small staff of volunteers would gather at the Ridgecrest Conference Center outside of Black Mountain, North Carolina, and discuss how we could help writers and authors.

Back then ChristianDevotions.us served as our only online presence. After a few years of gathering with thirty or more writers, we decided we should offer those who drove up for the day some instruction. After all, they were giving up part of their weekend simply to help the ministry. That year Yvonne Lehman, Ann Tatlock, and several other award-winning authors offered classes on plotting, character development, and other ways to improve our writing. Thus began our next ministry: a Christian writing bootcamp.

Today we call that ministry The Asheville Christian Writers Conference.

All Christian writing is a battle cry, a call to rally around God’s words and act as a herald for his Kingdom. God calls us to step up and answer with the best work possible using the talents received. We are called together to focus our hearts on the task Christ assigned us . . . to strengthen our ties with one another and hone our craft of writing in order that we might clearly spread God’s message of love for all and to all through fiction and non-fiction books, screenplays, scripts, articles, and blogs.

Past attendees have gone on to write for Inspire A Fire, our online magazine, Christian Devotions, CBN Devotions, the Upper Room, and Inspiration.org. Some attendees have received book contracts from Iron Stream Media, Thomas Nelson, Tyndale, and other book publishers.

This year we will offer both in person and  virtual options for attendees. Whether you join us online at ACWC.live or at The Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove, you will be challenged to improve, encouraged to persevere, and prayed for and pray with fellow believers who take serious the call of Christ to “go and make disciples in” his name.

If you wish to attend in person, we would love to see you! Currently, we have a limited number of rooms available for on-campus housing. Act fast to reserve a room on site at The Cove. Hotel space is available nearby, but staying at The Cove is a treat you will not want to miss.

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Who Is Your Sanballat ?

When Sanballat heard that we were building the wall of Jerusalem, he was very angry and upset. He started making fun of the Jews.  Sanballat talked with his friends and the army at Samaria and said, “What are these weak Jews doing? Do they think we will leave them alone? Maybe they think they can finish building in only one day. They cannot bring stones back to life from these piles of trash and dirt. These are just piles of ashes and dirt!”

This month I’m reading Nehemiah during my devotional time. On February 21, as I studied Nehemiah’s efforts to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem, I felt God prompting me to ask: “Lord, who is my Sanballat?”

We all have some adversary who tries to discourage us — a negative voice that seeks to destroy our work.  Many times our enemies gossip and slander in the shadows, working in stealth-mode.  I rarely pay attention to what others say about me or LPC.  As long as I’m doing God’s work, His opinion is the only one that matters.  But that February morning while I read how Nehemiah sought to rebuild the wall, I felt called to pray for insight into any unseen attacks lodged against our work.

Yesterday, as I prepared to leave the Florida Christian Writers Conference,  an individual sought me out to warn me that someone at the conference had told others: “Signing with LPC will kill your writing career.”  This Sanballat claimed that authors who signed with small publishers would never generate enough book sales to earn the respect and attention of a larger house.  Literary agents and large publishing houses DO look at sales numbers.  Your book’s sales and reviews are two indicators of how well your writing resonates with readers.

But if an author cannot succeed with a small press they probably will not succeed with a large house.  Jesus said as much when he shared the story of the talents.  Every “one talent” book contract is a chance to succeed.  Make the most of that opportunity and more chances will come your way.

A small press is a great place to learn how the publishing process works and what’s expected of the author.  Yes, it’s minor league ball, but you’re in the game.  You are learning what it takes to become a successful author.  If you are humble enough to start with a small press, odds are you will learn sooner rather than later how to control your ego, work with your editors, and treat your writing as a product you create, not an extension of yourself.

If you can afford to wait five years … ten years … longer … to land that three-book contract with one of the Big Five houses, God bless you.  That’s a noble goal and one I applaud.  Just know that the same hard work required to succeed with a small press is necessary with a large house.  In fact, the work and expectations are greater.

One final comment about the Sanballats in our lives: In chapter three of Nehemiah there is a verse that shows the corrosive influence of those who gossip and slander in secret.  “Their nobles did not lift a finger to help their supervisors.” – Nehemiah 3:5.  Notice how the nobles, those who believed themselves too good to get their hands dirty, refused to work.  This, too, is a consequence of listening to the Sanballats around us.  Not only do they seek to discourage those hard at work — they destroy the work ethic of others.

Refuse to listen to the Sanballats in your life.  They come only to steal and kill and destroy.  Work where you are, make the most of every opportunity, and leave the results to God.

 

Book Publishing News – 09/15/17

Book Publishing News - 09/15/17Barnes & Noble Same-Store Sales Slide 4.4%

Overall sales fell 6.6% while same-store sales dropped 4.4%.“Barnes & Noble continues to struggle with the sea change in the book industry as Amazon.com now controls the majority of the market and has even begun challenging B&N in the brick-and-mortar world with its own stores,” The Motley Fool said. Read more …

Former WaterBrook & Multnomah Publisher Alex Field Launches New Literary Agency

Alexander Field, former VP & Publisher at WaterBrook & Multnomah, launched a new literary agency and consulting agency. The Bindery is an ambitious, full-service literary agency working closely with authors to set big goals, shape their book ideas, create robust book proposals, and build a marketing and platform strategy, long before anything hits an editor’s desk. Read more …

 

Baker Publishing and Book House Create e-commerce Site

Baker Publishing Group and independent Christian bookstore Baker Book House launched a new online website www.bakerbookhouse.com that offers the discounts and online shopping. The website features products from all BPG divisions—Baker Academic, Baker Books, Bibles, Brazos Press, Bethany House, Chosen, and Revell.

Authors Question the Novel’s Future in the Face of Declining Attention Spans

During BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program Robert Harris argued that novels have “moved away from the central position in our culture.” Claire Messud suggested that “maybe in 50 years there won’t be novels” due to perceived declining attention spans in readers. Presenter John Humphrys quizzedHarris on whether the novel could compete with other mediums.Humphrys said “You’re slightly anxious – is that the right word – for the future of the novel set against opposing attractions? Read more …

 

Print, Audiobook Sales Up – eBook Sales Slide

publishers reported higher sales of print books and downloadable audio, while e-book sales continued to slump. With a good, if not great, first half of 2017 behind them, publishers are cautiously optimistic about the remainder of the year. In his letter to PRH employees about the first half results, Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle cautioned that, “we face a marketplace heavy with unrelenting new-title competition each week and a crowded media landscape with constantly breaking news and attention-grabbing headlines.” Read more ...