Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Dr. Harry Kraus
March 10, 2014
“Ten Things I Wish I’d Known When Starting My First Novel”
The best-selling author of 19 books (16 novels and 3 nonfiction works), Dr. Harry Kraus is a board-certified surgeon and his signature is the authentic medical stripe that runs through his novels. His books have been finalists for the Christy award, American Christian Fiction Writers’ book of the year, and book of the year for the Faith, Hope, and Love section of Romance Writers of America. His novel, Could I Have This Dance? was the Christian Booksellers Association’s number-one bestseller for the contemporary fiction category for 2002. He divides his professional life between Virginia and East Africa.
Come hear Dr. Kraus reflect on more than 20 years in the publishing business, and get rejuvenated on writing your own fiction or nonfiction work.
His books include novels Lip Reading, An Open Heart, A Heartbeat Away, The Six-Liter Club, Salty Like Blood, Perfect, Serenity, The Chairman, The Stain, Lethal Mercy, Fated Genes, Stainless Steal Hearts, and The Claire McCall Series (Could I Have this Dance?, For the Rest of My Life, and All I'll Ever Need); a youth novella (A Zebra Tale), and the nonfiction works Domesticated Jesus, The Cure, and Breathing Grace: What you need More than Your Next Breath.
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Rejoice with CCW member Joyce McConnell on the sale of her story, “Of Course You Can” to Under His Shadow magazine. She writes that the title of the piece was what a journalism teacher told her “when I wasn't sure I could cover a story he assigned me.”
Joyce says, “I was really thrilled to sell a story again! It has been quite a while and it encourages me to get on the ball and write up some more stories which I have been putting off because of one thing or another.”
If you have a writing-related praise to share, send us an email so that we can celebrate God’s goodness to you.
Monday, February 3, 2014
Monday, Feb. 10,
Join fellow CCW members and friends for some fellowship on
Monday, Feb. 10, from to at the Panera Bread in the heart of
(just a block from Fairfax
at 3955 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax,
Parking is free in the garage next to the complex, which also has the Wine
House, Bollywood Bistro and Potbelly's).
Come share what you're working on, talk shop and generally have fun! We'll try
to snag the long table, so if you get there first and see it empty, please
reserve it for us!
Hope to see you there!
Monday, January 20, 2014
Joyce McConnell is a freelance writer who has written down some of the surprising answers to prayer the Lord has blessed her family with over the years. She originally gave her book to her family as Christmas gifts, but then discovered that other people enjoyed reading her stories also and has been marketing her book since 2010. When you read A God of Surprises, you will discover that our Lord delights in answering His children's prayers. His answers are unique. Sometimes unexpected. Often unusual. And many times fun! You will see why our Lord truly is A God of Surprises!
Joyce writes: I would appreciate any comments or suggestions you might have for me. My paperback book is only 85 pages long, is a very easy read and some people use it as a devotional. I also give all the proceeds from the book to our wounded veterans and I give the address in the preface in case anyone would like to give to our veterans also. I think my book appeals to anyone interested in knowing how God answers prayers and it can be any age group, male or female. At my last book-signing , which was at a craft fair, a 10-year-old boy got very excited about reading my book. He didn't have enough money, but he made a deal with his mom who was at another table selling jewelry who agreed to give him the money and he would pay her back when he got home. As it turned out, it was a strong Christian family and we got to know each other during the day. Craft shows are fun!
Let's help Joyce find more people to reach with her book!
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
At last night's meeting, we ran out of time to comment on our own work. Over the next few weeks, CCW members and friends will post their current work-in-progress to this blog and we'll comment on the summary and offer suggestions for how the poster can reach his or her audience. Comments should be encouraging yet helpful, remembering Ephesians 4:32: "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ forgave you."
First up is Stephen Hiemstra!
Summary of work:
A Christian Guide to Spirituality is a devotional study in 50 reflections focused on the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Apostle’s Creed. Each reflection is treated with a scriptural reference, biblically focused reflection, prayer, and questions for discussion. The target audience is the committed Christian wanting to dig deeper during Lent or Easter season. The book is complete and the total length is about 34,000 words.
About his audience:
Since I volunteered to be an elder in 2002, I have been teaching adult Bible studies. The past two years I have taught a bilingual class which is mostly in Spanish. Most of my students are believers wanting to understand their faith better. Oftentimes, my classes have been young adults and professionals who have never attended a Bible study and only came because I invited them. Some came to church for the first time as adults.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Capital Christian Writers Presents:
“Find Your Readers Where They Live”
Looking for a home for your article, short story, devotional, or book-length work? Whether you’re going the traditional route or self/e-publishing, it’s more important than ever to know who your audience is… and where they live: Pinterest? Instagram? Flickr? Facebook? Twitter? YouTube? A website? A particular print publication? A professional organization or hobbyist group?
In this interactive session, author and former Writer’s Digest Editor Melanie Rigney will share some tips on identifying your target audience.
Then it’s your turn!
Bring a one-paragraph synopsis of the work you’re trying to sell and who you think the target audience is, and we’ll all brainstorm on where they congregate!