Upcoming Events



June 25

ACFW Indiana

Pitch  Party


First Page Follies

Our much-anticipated, Gong Show-style meeting is upon us!

This has become a favorite for members who participated in the past. However, unlike the past, we’ve added a “pitch party” to make this a full-day event. We want to make your travel time worthwhile. So, YOU get to pitch your book and submit the first page of your book, and you’ll do it anonymously.

Pitch Party starts at ten a.m.

Lunch is scheduled for noon, catered by Mancino’s (sub sandwiches.) We will send a Google Form to take your lunch order by the 18th of June. Price for sandwich and sides is $10.

First Page Follies will begin at one p.m.

Deadline for submissions of both pitches and first pages: June 18.


Here are the basics for the day.

What: ACFW Indiana Meeting in Person

Pitch Party and First Page Follies

When: June 25, 2022 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Where: Kokomo Public Library – South Branch, 1755 E. Center Rd. in Kokomo

Who: Cara Putman evaluates your pitches.

Tish Martin, Linda Taylor and Jim Watkins join us on the agent/editor panel

for First Page Follies.

Cost: Lunch $10

                     Writer Guests $10


In addition, since this is our only in-person meeting of the year, if you wish to use the day as an opportunity to sell your books, bring them along. We will have a book table available. Unless you have  the means for credit cards, these will be cash transactions, so plan accordingly.


You can RSVP via this email or future emails regarding June 25th, or do the same on our Facebook page.


We’re looking forward to the fellowship with all of you!


Our Pitch Expert




Cara Putman

Since the time she could read Nancy Drew, Cara Putman wanted to write mysteries. In 2005she attended a book signing at her local Christian bookstore. The rest, as they say, is history. There she met Colleen Coble and shared her dream.  Since those infamous words, Cara has been writing books.

In addition to writing, she is an attorney, lecturer at a Big Ten university, active in women’s ministry, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, her husband and her kids. Cara graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Huskers!), George Mason Law School (JD), and Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management (MBA). You can learn more about her books at http://www.caraputman.com.

Our First Page Follies Panel


Tisha Martin writes historical fiction and nonfiction but edits full-time for beginning and best-selling writers and publishing houses.  She has a bachelor’s in Professional Writing, a master’s in English Education, and an editing certificate from the PEN Institute. She enjoys speaking at writer’s conferences and supporting writers in the self-editing process. Learn more at www.tishamartin.com.




Linda Taylor directs the Taylor U writers' conference and has been working in publishing for the last three decades. She’s been an editorial director, freelance editor, and currently is an assistant professor in the professional writing major at Taylor University. She has an MA in English from Ball State and an MFA in creative nonfiction from Ashland University. Her book Word by Word: An Editor Guides Writers in the Self-Editing Process was published by Bold Vision Books. She blogs about writing, editing, and teaching at www.lindaktaylor.com. And she has way too many cats.

Linda does freelance copyediting and proofreading. If you’re interested in her services, check out the Editing Services page on this website.

 Jim Watkins

First and foremost, Jim is a writer saved by grace. Of much lesser importance, he’s the author of 20 books and over 2,500 articles which have won numerous national awards. He has worked as a magazine and book editor since his sophomore year in college and taught writing for fifteen years at Taylor University. Jim has spoken around the world in churches, colleges and conferences. But mostly, he's a writer saved by grace!



ACFW Indiana 2022 Calendar of Events
Save these dates!
January 8
Book Brush Media Workshop
Kathleen Sweeney
March 5
Theme and Voice
Lisa Jordan, novelist
June 25
10 a.m. - 3 p.m

First Page Follies
with agent/editor panel of Tish Martin, Jim Watkins, and Linda Taylor
Cara Putman--our Pitch Coach 

September 8-11
ACFW National Conference
Saint Louis

October 1
Tari Faris, novelist

November (date to be decided)
Sharing What We've Learned
ACFW members panel



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