"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

6/28/11

F is for...

Ordinary Lives. From a 2 z 4 u & me

Welcome to week six of my dear, dear friend Patty Wysong's From A 2 Z 4 U and me. We're work through the alphabet - one letter each Tuesday. No rules, other than your post has to relate to the letter of the week. Link up at Ordinary Lives and check out everyone else's post. Click on the graphic above for more details, and stop by Patty's blog to link up.

In what will likely be a complete surprise to NONE of you, here at An Open Book, F is for FaithWriters. I've written about my love of this site several times before (click here and here), but today I want to focus on two specific things about this wonderful site: the upcoming conference, and the FaithWriters' blog. A significant thing will be happening with BOTH of these aspects of the "FaithWriters' family within the next several days.

Games until all hours
Book table isn't just for books!
FIRST: I want to recommend, heartily, that if it is at all possible, you attend the FaithWriters' Conference - coming up in just a month and a half. It will be held in Livonia, Michigan (a suburb of Detroit), August 12 and 13, and it promises to be a WONDERFUL time. I've been to all three of the past ones, and have written about the wonderful experiences several times (if you need convincing, check out this post. and this one, and this one). The information. The fellowship. The silliness. The games. The giggles. The books (YES - I'm the book table QUEEN). And there are going to be some WONDERFUL sessions on blogging, different genres of writing, interviews, dealing with agents and editors, inspiration, organization, and several others. And don't forget the bonuses - a bit of comedy with Timmy Boyle, a chance to get a professional headshot with Cari Weber, speed critiquing with Jan Ackerson and Deb Porter, One on One with Deb Porter, and a chance to pitch your manuscript to HEARTLINE LITERARY AGENT Linda  Glaz.

And the big news? The early bird pricing has been extended until this Thursday! You have until the end of this month to get this incredible conference at an especially incredible value. Click here for more info and/or to sign up. You won't be sorry :)

SECOND: The FaithWriters' blog. This wonderful spot in the blogosphere has been around for nearly a year and a half now, featuring FaithWriters news, devotional, writing tips, and so much more. And the queen of that blog: the lovely, talented, and contracted writer Lynda Schab. Every one of the posts you've seen there in the past 15+ months has been lovingly collected/written/posted by that lovely lady.

Well, as of July 4, that's going to change. NO--Lynda is NOT going to stop being lovely, talented OR contracted! She is, in fact, going to put some of her focus on other freelancing jobs, her writing, and her lovely family (and maybe even find time for a life). And someone else is going to be taking over producing content for the FaithWriters' blog.
Yeah. ME.
 It is with excitement AND a touch of fear that I take on the responsibility of being "the FaithWriters' blog lady." (I made up the title - take it or leave it) I've got some big shoes to fill (though I'm guessing my size 10's are probably larger than anything Lynda wears!), but I'm excited about, and I believe up to, the challenge. Hope to see you there - and if you have any suggestions for the FW blog, don't be afraid to toss them my way.

Sooo - there's F! Be sure to stop by Ordinary Lives for more F posts. Fun stuff!

Paving Rough Roads With God's Presence

12 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see everyone at the conference!!!

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  2. I got my start being published by Faithwriters--their weekly challenges made all the difference for me! I wish I could go. The year my husband lost his job, I had paid and then didn't come:( SOmeday.

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  3. Congrats on the new position. I'm sure you will do a fine job.

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  4. Looking forward to your take on the FW blog! :)

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  5. You'll do an amazing job with the FW blog. :)
    Thanks for letting me know my blog link was wrong.
    Diana

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  6. Can't wait to see you at the conference!! And how exciting that you'll be doing the FW blog. You'll be great!

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  7. At my brother's periodic encouragement I searched the web for an online Christian writer's group. FW was THE choice, hands down. I'm still a student, but have been blessed by so much encouragement from sweet people like you. You'll be an incredible addition to the team. Looking forward to the conference.

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  8. I always enjoy seeing the pictures from the conference! Congrats! You and the FW blog is a great fit! Love you!

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  9. Mercy girl, your words are going to be everywhere! I can't keep up with you. Next thing... book contract! I'm so glad for your connection with FaithWriters. Wish I could attend the conference. I know it will be filled with invaluable information, along with timely fellowship and food. And food, I'm assuming!

    peace~elaine

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  10. The conference sounds like so much fun!

    Wow, congratulations Joanne! I'm excited for you! I know you'll do a wonderful job!

    Love,
    Beth

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  11. I knew I wouldn't be the only one to post about FaithWriters this week! :-)

    I also had just Lynda's post on the blog today about passing the reins of the FW blog on to you. How exciting!

    You'll do a GREAT job and I look forward to reading your posts!

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  12. I just signed up with FaithWriters. Looking forward to getting involved!
    Blessings, my dear!

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