Saturday, August 18, 2018

Business Cards

At our recent ACFW Indiana meeting, we talked about how to get ready for the ACFW National Conference.  It was mentioned that every author needs a business card.  Here is a reprint of the information if you were unable to attend.

Enjoy! I know I had a lot of fun creating a business card after I had all the information I needed.


Business cards must have:

·           Author’s Name or Pen Name
·           Email (author name if possible)
·          Website (no Weebly or Wordpress), have SM handles linked
·          Professional Headshot (People remember faces.)
  If you include SM handles, it should be the same across all platforms and be the author's name.


Ideas to make your card unique:

  Your business card is a way to show your personality and put a spotlight on your writing!
  You can include any of these fun ideas to make the card your own:
·           Show your genre or style through your design
  If you write:
  • Vintage? Design a vintage card.
  • Romance? Consider pink and light blue with flowing fonts.
  • Mysteries? Add bold colors.

·         Use the cover art or a setting from your book.
·         Create a tagline to describe you as an author.
·         Don’t be afraid to use both sides of the card.
·         Author biography, short blurb.
·         A phrase from a review, a blurb about your newest book, or a quote that describes you as a writer.
·         QR code: Create one at Kaywa QR code.

Ideas on how to share your business cards:

      Give them to the person who asks you what you write.
      When networking at a writing conference.
      Promote yourself at book readings and signings.
      Give them to attendees when teaching a workshop.
      Attend events related to your subject or genre.
      Meeting with editors or agents.

Where to get them printed:

      Print your cards locally at Office Depot or Staples.


     Print your cards online through:
     VistaPrint.com 
     UPrinting.com
     Zazzle.com
     Moo.com
     GotPrint.net
     OvernightPrints.com

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

That's Relationship


While I know our next newsletter will give you the full report on ACFW Indiana’s August  meeting, I want to share one take-away with you. 

Relationships.

Our wonderful panel of Cara Putman, Sarah Forgrave, and Michele Israel Harper touched on the word “relationship” off and on throughout the energetic back-and-forth between members and guest speakers for over two hours. Apparently, no one wanted to go home!

1. Relationships between the writer and the readers.

One definition of success as an author is: “If we have touched one life, our efforts are worth it.”

“Touched.” That’s relationship. Maybe the reader sends a note of appreciation. Wonderful! Encouragement for the writer! Or, we may never connect personally, but our words deeply affected the reader.

2. Relationship between the writer and the agent/editor. 

“Mine the passion.”  
That’s where the relationship starts—in the first interview or query. Even earlier. Writers can always send out a feeler to a prospective agent/editor if they expect to meet with them one-on-one at a conference. When we put our hearts into describing our work, the agent or editor can tell, and it gives them goosebumps.

“Have fun with pitching.”
Consider every pitch session as a practice run. That attitude will help the writer de-stress,  and once they’re relaxed, the agent/editor can get a sense of who he or she is as a person. They will find connection. And that’s relationship.

Once a writer has a contract, either with a publisher or an agent, the business relationship begins. The spark that brought both sides together needs to build. The agent will be diligent to promote the author’s work. The writer will make sure to follow through with deadlines. The publisher will provide the necessary expertise in creating and directing a marketing plan. Each successful communication strengthens the ties among professionals.

3. Relationships between writers.

Meetings like ours on August 11th drive the point home. Old friends reconnect. New friendships are forged. Writers learn from other writers. Established authors share their expertise with  budding authors. The energy in the room can power the electrical grid in three states!

4. Relationship between writer and God.

 God called you to write. Right? The relationship between God and you—His child—is vital. He has the long-term perspective. He knows your writing road. He knows the detours and the rest stops and the final destination of your manuscript. Trust Him. That’s relationship.



Linda Sammaritan writes realistic fiction, mostly for kids ages ten to fourteen. She is currently working on a middle grade trilogy, World Without Sound, based on her own experiences growing up with a deaf sister.
Linda had always figured she’d teach middle-graders until school authorities presented her with a retirement wheelchair at the overripe age of eighty-five. However, God changed those plans when He gave her a growing passion for writing fiction. In May of 2016, she blew goodbye kisses to her students and dedicated her work hours to learning the craft. She still visits the school and teaches creative writing workshops.
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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Shining a Light on Scared

by Jean Kavich Bloom
Along with other contributors, I write short, monthly essays for a Christian community blog for women called The Glorious Table. If you or the women in your life don’t know it, check it out.

While encouraging women in all walks and aspects of life, the blog's multiple writers often bare their own souls. I’ve done that, too, although I don’t think my soul is as consistently bared as some of the others’. It’s too easy for me to “preach it” without exposing the ways I should be preaching to myself. I’ve had to work on that over the years, to shine a light on both that tendency and what I might be hiding. I'm still working on it.

You see, I’m a scared writer. Not in my basic ability to get the words down and make sense of them, but in what I’m willing to share. This may be in part born out of growing up a pastor’s kid (an excuse I love to make!), but before I know it, I’m thinking, What will people think if I confess that? What will people think when my opinion/conviction is less than traditional/conventional? What will people think of me?

I’ve also thought about any tendency to be a scared writer when it comes to writing fiction. Sure, we can make our characters as nontraditional and unconventional as we like, but how far are we willing to go to make them as vulnerable as real people? Like we are as real people? Even baring their souls?

I’m not talking how some writers would gladly portray everything as R-rated as possible; I think even beginning writers have the skill to avoid that. And I know protagonists are best loved when they’re likeable, at least eventually. But I don’t want to be afraid to infuse characters with real, reflecting a lot of me that might elicit a raised brow or two.

As primarily an editor, I’d also like to encourage authors with whom I work to not be afraid of real. The beauty of Christian fiction, or fiction not so labeled but that still accurately portrays the Christian walk, is that it can also portray the eye-opening, heart-opening redemption and transformation only God can provide.

Maybe a scared writer can be a good writer who's just decided to write what’s real anyway, unafraid to shine a light. 



Jean Kavich Bloom is a freelance editor and writer for Christian publishers and ministries (Bloom in Words Editorial Services), with more than thirty years of experience in the book publishing world. Her personal blog is Bloom in Words too, where she has posted articles about the writing life. She is also a regular contributor to The Glorious Table, a blog for women of all ages. Her published books are Bible Promises for God's Precious Princess and Bible Promises for God's Treasured Boy. She and her husband, Cal, live in central Indiana. They have three children (plus two who married in) and five grandchildren.


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