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Christian Writers Market Guide 2009

Sally Stuart's Christian Writers Market Guide is THE resource for freelance writers wanting to break into Christian publishing.

Do you write? Looking to get published? Do you need some direction? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then you cannot afford to miss out on the Christian Writers’ Market Guide 2009.
For over 20 years, author Sally Stuart produces this amazing resource, filled with trusted content. The only one of its kind, the 2009 Edition includes the latest information on more than 100 editors and publishers, conferences, writers’ groups, and more are not only listed and indexed in the book, but this year, readers will get a code in the book and on the CD-Rom for accessing more updates through the year on author Sally Stuart’s web site, A must-have!

I am thrilled to feature this book on my blog. It is such an exhaustive resource, it's almost overwhelming! And yet, it's easy to navigate and fun to search as I look for markets an…

life moves pretty fast

I've been reminded of that quote this morning. For those who remember the great (ok, at least it was fun!) 80s film Ferris Bueller's Day Off, you'll remember it was one of the lines memorialized in Matthew Broderick's voice.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

I have been moving "pretty fast." Life's been moving at quite a clip since January 5th, when "normal life" resumed and the girls went back to school and I to work. We had extra ballet practices and four performances of "Sleeping Beauty," my friend's husband (who is also my husband's friend) went into the hospital with a brain tumor (and is still there, awaiting a third surgery), we watched a new President's inauguration and a lot of new changes . . . I could go on, but you get the idea.

In the middle of all of these life-changing events, I have tried to be strong and brave. I've already made mistakes in th…

Stand-In Groom by Kaye Dacus

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Stand-In Groom
Barbour Publishing, Inc (January 2009)

Kaye Dacus


Kaye Dacus is an author and editor who has been writing fiction for more than twenty years. A former Vice President of American Christian Fiction Writers, Kaye enjoys being an active ACFW member and the fellowship and community of hundreds of other writers from across the country and around the world that she finds there.

She currently serves as President of Middle Tennessee Christian Writers, which she co-founded in 2003 with three other writers. Each month, she teaches a two-hour workshop on an aspect of the craft of writing at the MTCW monthly meeting. But her greatest joy comes from mentoring new writers through her website and seeing them experience those “aha” moments when a tricky concept becomes clear.


When wedding planner Anne Hawthorne meets George Laurence, she thinks she's found the man of her dreams. But when he turns …
I thought I'd check in with you on my New Year's Goals, since last night I was thinking that nearly two weeks in, they're not as shiny and new as they were on December 31st.

Writing every day. Um, not so much. Trying, but some days are just nuts.
Reading the Bible more. Um, so-so. Still have great intentions and HOPE, though!
I did not submit anything of my own, but all my knowledge did help my hubby get a contract for an article I helped him edit over New Year's. It came yesterday and is going back out in the mail today.
Reading: check.
I have not purchased or acquired any new books yet, save one I ordered after Christmas for book club that arrived yesterday. Neither have I stepped foot into a bookstore, because of the temptation.
Exercise: doing okay, need to do better.
Organizing every day: now this I HAVE done; almost every day I've gone through a stack, or a basket or drawer. I'm doing well with this. Take five minutes to do so at your house, and you'll feel…

What are you reading?

This week is a crazy-busy week in my world. Not only is it a busy week at work (I am a trainer and weight management program coordinator at Curves), it is a busy week at dance. My girls are in a production of the ballet Sleeping Beauty, and as such, we have nightly rehearsals. The performances--four of them--are this weekend.

So, I have three books I want to/need to read this week. I imagine that if I don't get all caught up in socializing (which is part of what I see as my ministry, but that's another story), I might get some reading done. (I also have some knitting for birthday gifts as well, and I can knit and talk at the same time!)

I have begun my book club's next selection, The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper. It's the book with the lovely yellow cover you've seen at your local Starbucks. I tend to read nonfiction much more slowly than fiction, so this book is a bit slow going for me. But it's beautifully written with vivid imagery. I need to finish t…

Perfect Match

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Perfect Match

(Tyndale House January 1, 2009)


Susan May Warren


Susan grew up in Wayzata, a suburb of Minneapolis, and became an avid camper from an early age. Her favorite fir-lined spot is the north shore of Minnesota is where she met her husband, honeymooned and dreamed of living.

The north woods easily became the foundation for her first series, The Deep Haven series, based on a little tourist town along the shores of Lake Superior. Her first full-length book, Happily Ever After, became a Christy Award Finalist published in 2004 with Tyndale/Heartquest.

As an award winning author, Susan returned home in 2004, to her native Minnesota after serving for eight years with her husband and four children as missionaries with SEND International in Far East Russia. She now writes full time from Minnesota's north woods and the beautiful town that she always dreamed of living in.

You can sample a chapter of each an…


Your Word is "Hope"

You see life as an opportunity for learning, growth, and bringing out the best in others.

No matter how bad things get, you always have at least a glimmer of optimism.

You are accepting and forgiving. You encourage those who have wronged you to turn over a new leaf.

And while there is a lot of ugliness in the world, you believe that almost no one is beyond redemption.

What's Your Word?

Five Books that Made a Difference

I don't often sit down and read Oprah's O Magazine, but one feature I always read when I have opportunity is "Five Books that Made a Difference to___" (insert name of famous person).

Right before I quit teaching, I heard from a teacher who translated this into an assignment for her seniors (by the time I read this, it was the end of the year and I was out of time in my classes; and it never seemed to fit into the university's curriculum my last year in the classroom).

I think it's a fascinating idea, and one that obviously still speaks to people.

For fun, here is a link to author Jodi Picoult's choices.

What would mine be? I don't know. I read over a hundred books a year. Some are wonderful; some are okay; some are so-so; and some are awful, but I just can't stop reading till I hit "the end."

What would your five books be that have made a difference to you?

Sounds like a stellar writing prompt. Link back here if you decide to answer; I'd l…

2009 Goals

Goals that I am recording here:write every day, be it a blog or a journal entry or something more the Bible more.submit at least one piece for publication this a books I already own and downsize my book collection.try very hard not to purchase new books! resist buying from the used book table at the library as well.exercise regularly.organize something every day, no matter how small a space or short a brave.