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November 13, 2017, Meeting: How to Self-edit Your Manuscript

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Bethany Kaczmarek
Freelance Editor
November 13, 2017
“How to Self-edit Your Manuscript”

 

Whether you want to traditionally publish or indie publish, having a polished manuscript is a must! But many writers aren’t sure how to self-edit their own work. Freelance editor Bethany Kaczmarek will give us tips and tricks to make self-editing more effective—and less scary.

A 2015 ACFW Editor of the Year finalist, Bethany is a fan of story. As a freelance editor, she makes sure every thread is woven consistently throughout a manuscript—whatever the genre—and points out ways to deepen and enrich the layers so the theme is subtle, the story vivid. Plus, she’s great at helping to develop compelling subplots and secondary characters if sequels are on the horizon. A card-carrying grammar nerd, she believes an author’s voice comes from knowing the rules well enough to break them with flair. Her goal is to help hard-working writers sound like gifted writers.

Bethany is a gold member of the Christian PEN and the Awards Director for the fantastic Realm Makers Conference. Her debut release, Strains of Silence, came out in July 2017. She’s one of the Editor Sisters at A Little Red Ink. You can check out their helpful and humorous blog at www.alittleredink.com.

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September 11 Meeting: Writing to Grow Closer to God

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Kathleen Griffin Otchy
Community Life Pastor
Monday, September 11, 2017
“Writing to Grow Closer to God”

How can we use our writing as a spiritual discipline? Kathleen Griffin Otchy, community life pastor at Fairfax Community Church, will talk about how to use our writing as a tool to grow closer to God. She will also discuss the many ways we can use our writing to serve our church communities through different church writing projects.

Kathleen came to full-time ministry as a pastor by way of a lifelong calling and an awkward but awesome transition into the role 16 years ago. She oversees discipleship, care, groups, and local/global outreach at Fairfax Community Church. She loves to see how story helps God connects people to himself and each other and continues to look for new ways in which the awesomeness of God can be simplified for those who don’t yet follow him. She has been married to Dan, who has kept her laughing for 40 years. They have four grown, married children and 10 grandbabies.

 

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September 11 Meeting: Writing to Grow Closer to God

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Kathleen Griffin Otchy

Community Life Pastor

Monday, September 11, 2017

“Writing to Grow Closer to God”

 

 

How can we use our writing as a spiritual discipline? Kathleen Griffin Otchy, community life pastor at Fairfax Community Church, will talk about how to use our writing as a tool to grow closer to God. She will also discuss the many ways we can use our writing to serve our church communities through different church writing projects.

Kathleen came to full-time ministry as a pastor by way of a lifelong calling and an awkward but awesome transition into the role 16 years ago. She oversees discipleship, care, groups, and local/global outreach at Fairfax Community Church. She loves to see how story helps God connects people to himself and each other and continues to look for new ways in which the awesomeness of God can be simplified for those who don’t yet follow him. She has been married to Dan, who has kept her laughing for 40 years. They have four grown, married children and 10 grandbabies.

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July 10, 2017, Meeting: Writing a Christian Memoir

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Stephen Hiemstra
Author & Publisher
Monday, July 10, 2017
“Writing a Christian Memoir”

Have you considered writing a Christian memoir? A memoir is an autobiography with a theme. A Christian memoir focuses on God’s work in your life. Questions to think about in writing a Christian memoir include:

  • How did you come to faith?
  • What were important milestones in your faith journey?
  • Who were your important mentors?
  • What faith stories were especially important to you?
  • When did God intervene powerfully in your life?

Come hear Stephen Hiemstra, author and publisher, talk about how Christian memoir is an important witness to God’s work in our lives that we can offer to our families and friends, especially those not embracing faith in Christ.

Stephen founded T2Pneuma Publishers LLC in January 2014 to focus on publishing non-fiction Christian books in English and Spanish. His author site is StephenWHiemstra.net; his publisher’s site is: T2Pneuma.com. He blogs three times weekly at T2Pneuma.net. Stephen is a seminary graduate and has a doctorate in agricultural economics. For more details, see the About tab on T2Pneuma.net.

 

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May 8, 2017, Meeting: In-Person Marketing

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C.J. Brightley
Author
May 8, 2017
“In-Person Marketing”

C.J. Brightley will share how to make in-person book events successful, with tips on presentation, stock, promotional material, and pricing.

Cecilia grew up in Georgia and attended Clemson University in South Carolina, where she met her husband. They went to graduate school at Texas A&M, then moved to the Washington, D.C., area for jobs. After a few years in the national security world, they had their daughter in 2011. Cecilia stayed home with their new baby and began to focus on her life-long love of writing. She published her first novel in 2012. Now a homeschooling mom of two, she’s a bit busier but still finds time to write.

 

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March 12, 2018, Meeting: An Agent’s Perspective

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Tamela Hancock Murray
Agent with The Steve Laube Agency
Monday, March 12, 2018
“An Agent’s Perspective”

 

 Want to know what an agent thinks about today’s publishing world? Then come hear Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Agency as she shares her thoughts and takes your questions.

Tamela was recognized as the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Agent of the Year for 2017. She brings to her clients her past experience as a bestselling novelist and author of nonfiction as well. Her fiction has been recognized with an RWA Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Tamela has been a literary agent since 2001, joining The Steve Laube Agency in 2011. A native Virginian, she holds a BA with honors in Journalism from Lynchburg College, and lives in Northern Virginia. She and her husband of over 30 years are the parents of two bright and beautiful daughters. An avid reader, Tamela feels blessed by the Lord to have a career in Christian publishing, where she enjoys long-term relationships with key publishing professionals in every top CBA publishing house.

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January 9, 2017, Meeting

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Sarah Hamaker

Author & Freelance Writer/Editor

January 9, 2017

“Setting & Achieving Writing Goals”

 

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Is writing part of your New Year’s Resolutions? Then come to the January meeting and learn how to set and achieve your writing goals for 2017.

Author and experienced freelance writer and editor Sarah Hamaker will give some tips on goal setting and meeting deadlines. Then she’ll facilitate a roundtable discussion on overcoming hurdlers, setbacks, and discouragement.

Come with your goals and your calendar, and leave with a firm plan on how to achieve success in your 2017 writing.

 

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November Speaker: Jane Hampton Cook “Using Visual Media to Promote Writing”

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Jane Hampton Cook

National Media Commentator & Author

Monday, November 14, 2016

“Using Visual Media to Promote Writing”

 

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Presenting a message through visual media attracts the attention of many people. Using TV, video and other types of visual media to promote your writing projects can help you spread the word about what you’ve written. Historian Jane Hampton Cook will share her expertise about how to do so successfully. Cook, whose books have been featured on top TV shows like Fox News and C-SPAN, will discuss ways you can promote your own writing projects visually, including how to set up a YouTube channel and how to contact TV stations about author interviews.

National media commentator and award-winning author Jane Hampton Cook brings history and biographies to life, making them memorable and relevant to today’s news, current events, politics, issues of faith, and modern-day life. She’s also the author of seven books, including America’s Star-Spangled Story and American Phoenix. Learn more at http://www.janecook.com/biography.htm.

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September Speaker: Austin Camacho on “The Business of Writing”

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Austin Camacho

Editorial Director for Intrigue Publishing

Monday, September 12, 2016

“The Business of Writing”

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There is a long list of vital information authors need to know before deciding if they want to self-publish or sign with a publisher. Austin Camacho, editorial director for Intrigue Publishing, LLC, will take you through the quagmire of the publishing business do’s and don’ts.

Camacho is also the author of the Hannibal Jones Mystery Series novels about Washington, D.C.-based private eye Hannibal Jones and the Stark and O’Brien international adventure-thriller series. His latest is a detective novel Beyond Blue. Camacho is deeply involved with the writing community. He is a past president of the Maryland Writers Association, past Vice President of the Virginia Writers Club, and is an active member of Mystery Writers of America, International, Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime.

 

 

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