Go, Grow & Write through the Hurts
Saturday, June 10 (11 am ET, 10 CT, 9 MT, 8 PT)
60-minute Zoom webinar
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As the director of Christian writers' conferences for 39 years, I've found many come because they want to write about the heartache they have experienced. This 60-minute webinar will provide biblical principles for those times that stretch our faith and later become grist for our writing mills. You'll discover how to use your life experiences to help others.
The video replay, PowerPoint slides, and handout will be available afterwards.
Only $14.95. Click here to register online using PayPal. (You do not need a PayPal account.) Or mail a check payable to Write His Answer to 951 Anders Road, Lansdale, PA 19446. If you’re sending a check, be sure to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can send you the Zoom link.
FREE if you are registered for the August 9-12 Write His Answer Conference. (You will automatically receive the Zoom link.)
Hook Your Readers from the Get-Go;
Hold ’Em to the End
Saturday, April 22, 11 am ET (10 CT, 9 MT, 8 PT)
90-minute Zoom Webinar
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With other 1,000 sales to Christian periodicals, I have developed a checklist to help you create, rewrite, and edit your nonfiction (articles and first chapters) so you can be certain you’ll hook ‘em from the get-go and hold ‘em to the end. Early price of $14.95 extended through opening of webinar. Click here to register and pay via PayPal. To pay by check, email me at email@example.com to let me know you’re coming. Mail your check to 951 Anders Road, Lansdale, PA 19446.
BONUS: As time allows, I’ll invite participants to paste the first 50-100 words of their article or nonfiction book chapter into the chat. Will you hook me?
The video replay, PowerPoint slides, and checklist will be available afterwards.
Put Your Best Foot Forward Webinar Click here to purchase video replay & PowerPoint slides.
March 18, 2023, 11 am Eastern (10 CT, 9 MT, 8 PT)
To make a good impression on an editor, start on your best foot by using the proper manuscript format, knowing the twelve rules for the use of Scripture, and writing effective cover and query letters.
You'll be encouraged by Marlene's hilarious how-NOT-to examples.
Someone has called mistakes "unplanned learning experiences." Marlene has made many, but she persevered and has sold over 1,000 manuscripts to Christian periodicals.
Don't miss this 60-minute webinar followed by Q & A. Replay available.
Through March 16, $14.95. After March 16, $17.95. Click here to register online using PayPal. (You do not need a PayPal account.) Or mail to a check to Marlene Bagnull, 951 Anders Road, Lansdale, PA 19446.
Christians Writing for a Secular Market Click here to purchase video replay and PowerPoint slides.
with Mary Potter Kenyon
February 25, 2023, 11 am Eastern (10 CT, 9 MT, 8 PT)
There are “Christian writers” and then there are writers who are Christians, and there is a marketplace for both. In this Zoom webinar, Mary will share how God led her down this writing path with concrete examples of faith-filled pieces written to reach an audience that might not have a personal relationship with Jesus. She will also provide information about markets for getting started sharing God’s Word through your own writing. Important: The video will be available to view afterwards if the day and time don’t work for you or you want to watch it again. Through February 22 the cost for this 60-minute webinar is only $14.95. After February 22 the price increases to $17.95. Click here to use PayPal, or you can mail a check payable to Marlene Bagnull to 951 Anders Road, Lansdale, PA 19446.
Mary's seven books were published by a secular publisher, and she once worked as a reporter for a secular newspaper. Yet, because of her stories, God hit the front page in her small-town newspaper countless times. Readers of her book Refined By Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace learned how faith got her through a dark period in her life. After reading her book Called to Be Creative there is no doubt that it is God who designed each of us to be creative.
Bio: Mary Potter Kenyon graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and is a Therapeutic Art Coach and Certified Grief Educator trained under world-renowned grief expert, David Kessler. Mary is widely published in newspapers, magazines, and anthologies, with essays featured in ten Chicken Soup for the Soul titles. Her seven books include the award-winning “Refined by Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace,” with a foreword by Cecil Murphey, and “Called to Be Creative: A Guide to Reigniting Your Creativity.” Her children’s book on grief will be released in April 2024. Mary has been doing public speaking and conducting workshops for spirituality centers, community colleges, women’s groups, churches, and libraries since 2011. She founded the annual Hope & Healing grief retreat and a Faith Writers conference in Dubuque, where she lives with her husband Nick Portzen. Mary and Nick are the new coordinators of the annual Cedar Falls Christian Writers Conference.
Writing Personal Experience Stories
February 4, 2023 Click here to purchase video replay and PowerPoint slides.
In addition to publishing 12 books, I praise God for the over 1,000 sales I've made to Christian periodicals. The bulk of my writing has been from personal experience. In this 90-minute webinar you'll learn the essentials and pitfalls of writing life-changing personal experience stories God can use to change lives.
Click here for the note-taking handout, and click here to print the writer’s checklist below.
If you were unable to be with us, click here to order the 90-minute video replay and PowerPoint slides. Only $17.95. If you prefer not to use PayPal, you can mail a check payable to Marlene Bagnull to 951 Anders Road, Lansdale, PA 19446.
Going Indie – January 14, 2023 Click here to purchase video replay and PowerPoint slides.
You CAN get your book in print!
"For such a time as this" God has provided the technology to indie publish. But is this the best option for you? How can you avoid making a costly mistake? If you were unable to attend the 90-minute webinar, click here to purchase the video and PowerPoint slides for only $17.95. If you prefer not to use PayPal, you can mail a check payable to Marlene Bagnull to 951 Anders Road, Lansdale, PA 19446.
Going Indie Webinar Outline
Traditional vs Indie?
Advantages / Disadvantages
Why go indie?
Cooperative, Subsidy, Hybrid?
Go Indie – Do it yourself or build a team?
Christian Indie Publishing Association - https://cipa.podia.com
How-to & cost – See https://writehisanswer.com/booksforwriters, Indie Publishing
Study the craft
Books, courses, coaches
Don’t run ahead of the Lord
Christian Writers Market Guide
Write His Answer Ministries – Thursday morning & evening group meets every other week
Self-edit - Christian Writers Manual of Style and Editing Secrets of Best-Selling Authors
Create a style sheet / check-off list
Hiring a professional editor is NOT optional - Christian Writers Market Guide
Typesetting & layout
Scrivener, Vellum (MAC), InDesign, Quark . . .
Books - How to Format Your Book in Word (Important to use Word’s “Styles”)
Amy Deardon - https://www.ebooklistingservices.com
Proofreading - Multiple eyes needed!
Book - Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors
Cover design (front and back)
Do it yourself cautions
Recommend https://99designs.com and do Google search
Obtain ISBN & bar code
Bowker Identifier Services - https://www.myidentifiers.com
Set price – Factor in cost of above plus
Printing - https://kdp.amazon.com, https://www.ingrampublisherservices.com
eBook, POD, offset printing
Binding – saddle stitch, perfect bound, wire bound
Distributor cost / discount
And critical to include cost of marketing
Marketing – Important, do NOT wait until publication to build your platform
See https://writehisanswer.com/booksforwriters, Marketing
Website, blog, flyers, postcards, trailer, ads . . .
Courses - Book Launch Blueprint or Obscure No More – Thomas Umstattd Jr.
Q & A
Trust in the LORD with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT