Conference Countdown | Tips and Advice | 18 Days to go



I was painfully reminded only a few minutes ago of why we should NEVER do this. I won’t go into details except to say this: It is very true! When you take on too much and spread yourself too thin, you miss important things. When you have too many blogs, you don’t post often enough on any of them and you end up having a smaller number of “likes” on each one.

At any rate, the point is this: No one can do a better job of being YOU! You are unique, one-of-a-kind, fearfully and wonderfully made and NO ONE else can be YOU!

Remember that while you are preparing for conference in the next two and a half weeks.



Even if two authors took the exact same story line, characters and plot to write – you would end up with two VERY DIFFERENT stories at the end!



God knows what you can handle and what you can’t and He knows what challenges you need to encourage you to be the best you can be!



You are the only person who sees the world the way you do and no one else can understand exactly how that outlook is.  



Every author I talk to has a different story to tell about how they went from Chapter 1 to Contract. We can read all the books about “How to Write”, follow all the rules about queries, send material to the same agents and attend all the same conferences but no two authors are going to go from Chapter 1 to contract along the same route.

Each author finds an agent differently. Each author gets a contract differently. Each journey is different and we really should not try to judge ours by anyone else’s.

Remember that. And have a great conference!


God Bless!

And watch for more posts to come as we count down to the 2014 ACFW Conference!

Conference Countdown | Tips and Advice | 24 Days to go

Realize that your FAVORITE Authors are still…just…people!


 Mom: Just remember, when we get to the hotel and you see Tricia Goyer and start to squeal, I’m going to pinch you. Then when you see Shelley Shepard Gray or Suzanne Woods Fisher and you start to squeal, I’m going to pinch you again until – when you see someone else, you stop to think before you start squealing.

Me: Oh ha ha ha… Hey! When I met Melanie Dickerson, did I squeal? No, I cracked a joke. I think I handled that pretty well.

Yes the above was a real conversation

No, she wasn’t really serious… at least I don’t think she was.

But you get the idea.

Far too many people meet someone they’ve seen on TV or a movie, or someone who wrote one of their favorite books and they do two things.

1) They are overwhelmed by excitement and they squeal/scream/yell/faint (I could go on and on and on I’m sure but you see where I’m going with this)

2) …and this one may actually come first in their head but the first point was so much more fun to write so it went ahead of this – They forget the actor/writer/producer/musician they are speaking to is actually a real person!


I’m sure that Mary Ellis, Sarah Sundin and Colleen Coble really enjoy knowing their readers enjoy their books. And I’m sure they don’t mind (if they’re not in the middle of something super important like a facial or getting their teeth cleaned) signing their book for you and listening to you tell them how much you love their writing.

I’m also sure it gets old really fast to have people falling all over you and track you down to get your autograph or bend your ear when you have somewhere to get to.


So that is the focus of today’s “helpful advice”.


REMEMBER that the authors/agents/editors who are at ANY conference you attend are there for the same reason you are – to learn and to make connections.

REMEMBER that, while they are there to make connections, that means holding an intelligent conversation and discussing writing – NOT squealing and running after them no matter where they go.

REMEMBER that they were once where you are. Every best-selling author was once a newbie – unpublished and unsure of themselves!

REMEMBER that they WANT to help you get to where they are. It may not be true of every writer’s organization but it certainly is true of ACFW!

REMEMBER that you may, one day be where they are and while it may sound trite, treat them the way you hope your fans will one day treat you.


At the end of the day, they are just people – like you. And they want the same things you do – to enjoy the conference, learn a lot, meet new people and make new friends!

You never know who will be your next critique partner, prayer warrior, best friend, co-author, publisher, editor, agent or proof-reader! Make the best impression you can and be yourself!

God Bless!

And watch for more posts to come!

NaNoWriMo, Writing and a Very Personal Ministry.

For years I have worried that I would never find the right ministry.



I thought it might be writing but I am beginning to see that my writing might only be a small part of God’s plan for my life and my ministry.

My mother and I felt a calling to participate in NaNoWriMo again this year, despite our experience last November.

And I felt called to start this group.

I applied to be an official ML with NaNoWriMo but I kept feeling like I wasn’t done yet so I prayed a bit and I waited and I listened.

When I saw the Facebook page for the current Nashville regional group, I felt compelled to start one for our group. Then it was a blog and finally a twitter profile. And once I had all of these things in place, I realized I still wasn’t done yet.

Then I finally began to see what God had been trying to tell me. It wasn’t enough to reach out ONLY to writers who do NaNoWriMo… I have to reach out to ALL authors – and when I say all, I mean all. Not just writers of inspirational fiction (although that is still our group’s main focus) but ALL writers of any genre.

Jesus went out and talked to the people – ALL of the people. That was one of the biggest reasons the Pharisees had so many issues with him… because he associated with the “wrong sort”. 

Yes, we need more support for writers of Inspirational fiction and non-fiction.

But we also need to reach out to those around us who do not. The saved don’t need to be saved again. They just need fellowship.

It’s the lost who really need us. And if that can be done by reaching out through a writer’s group, then that is how I will do it!

God has called and I WILL ANSWER!



Have a Blessed Evening!

~ Rachel

It’s NOT too late!

We started this blog/group with the intention of encouraging writers of Inspirational fiction within the confines of NaNoWriMo but now that we have had a day to think about it and discuss – we think it is better to use this group/blog to encourage Inspirational Authors everywhere ALL THE TIME!

There is simply not enough support for Authors of Inspirational fiction! And there should be – there are a lot of us out there! PRAISE GOD!

So watch our FACEBOOK and TWITTER pages for news of events coming SOON! And watch the BLOG for encouragement and for tips and hints for your writing journey!




That being said, if you want to participate in NaNoWriMo, there is something called Camp NaNoWriMo that is going on RIGHT NOW! And…BONUS… you can pick your OWN Word Count GOAL! So, if you decide to participate – starting NOW, you can STILL WIN! All you have to do is ask yourself how much you WANT to write in the remaining days of July!

You also have the option of revising a novel – which is what I am doing. And I want to add at least 10,000 words to my novel so that is my goal. If you would like to connect with me there, click HERE.


So, watch for news and encouragements COMING SOON!

And head on over to Camp NaNoWriMo and join in! You can sign up anytime! I did! You can have fun while you’re writing! And you get to pick your own word count. You can’t lose!


Plus you get all these Great Banners and Buttons and Avatars!

Participant 2014 - Facebook Cover

2014 Participant - Vertical Banner         2014 Participant - Facebook Profile         2014 Participant - Square Button

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Happy Writing and GOD BLESS!