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Crowd Funding Webinar Postponed
The webinar on “Crowd Funding and the Future of Publishing,” originally scheduled for March 6, has been postponed.
Watch for a new date and time when Jerry B. Jenkins will interview Scott Klososky, founder of CrowdScribed, about this online tool that provides authors a platform to market and fund their books.
March 18 Webinar
“8 Ways You Can Use Goodreads to Promote Your Book”
presented by Thomas Umstattd, Jr.
“Goodreads is one of the most effective places for marketing,” says Thomas Unstattd, Jr. “Learn easy ways to use Goodreads to sell more books and get more readers.”
Apprentice Grad Wins Operation First Novel
The Covered Deep by Brandy Vallance was announced February 13, at the Christian Writers Guild “Writing for the Soul” conference, as winner of the 2013 Operation First Novel. Vallance receives $20,000, plus publication by contest co-sponsor Worthy Publishing.
In her novel, an incurably romantic bookworm from Appalachia wins an essay contest and travels to England and the Holy Land in search of the perfect romantic hero.
Jeana Ledbetter, vice president for editorial at Worthy, says, “A strong narrative voice telling a captivating story is more important to us than perceived marketability or a distinctive genre. We are looking for fiction that moves us.”
Vallance says, “Every summer as a child, I visited family in Southern Ohio and Kentucky. The cadence and beauty of that region planted seeds that became Bianca’s backstory. When I merged that with my love of the Victorian era and all things British, I had the beginnings of The Covered Deep.
“Though I had the beginnings of my novel, I still didn’t have the tools I needed to write it. The Apprentice course taught me to write scenes and the importance of meeting deadlines. I developed a thick skin. I began to understand the business side of writing.
“The Apprentice course led to my first staff writing job and 50 published articles. That led to other writing milestones, which lead to Operation First Novel. But none of it would have happened without the confidence and knowledge the Guild gave me. I can truly say that the Christian Writers Guild taught me how to write.”
CWG president Dave Sheets says writers should be inspired by Vallance’s perseverance. “She rewrote her novel 10 times over the course of 14 years. Learning your craft and perfecting a story take time and dedication.”
Since graduating from the Guild’s Apprentice course, Vallance has served on staff with Miss Kitty’s Journal, a magazine focusing on the Victorian era. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she won its 2012 Genesis Contest for historical romance.
Christian Writers Guild owner and New York Times bestselling novelist Jerry B. Jenkins began Operation First Novel in 2004. The contest is open to Guild members who have not yet had a book released by a traditional, royalty-paying publisher.
Details of the 2014 Operation First Novel will be released this Spring on the Guild’s website: www.ChristianWritersGuild.com