Thursday, December 07, 2006
The winner of the free copy of The Wedding Caper was Cheryl Shaw. I mailed the book to her. Look for a new contest in January. This is a busy time of the year with Christmas parties, Christmas shopping, and family get togethers. I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Thursday, October 12, 2006
I started making these bears years ago when I made one for my granddaughter who was taking ballet. Then I made a few for a craft show at church and ended up with more orders than I had bears on hand. Each Christmas until two years ago, I made them and sold them at craft shows. I have well made over a hundred of them, but now do only special orders or for events like our conference. Each bear seems to take on her own personality and each one is named and has a card attached with her name and a Scripture verse or a short message on it.
If you're interested, email me and I'll get more info to you.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Post your comment and enter a drawing for a free copy of Brandilyn's book. Drawing will be October 31.
Friday, September 08, 2006
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Here is a list of special memories:
Rachel Hauk's beautiful smile and way of making everyone feel special.
Finding out editors are real people.
Sharing a room with two ladies who were strangers on Thursday, but great friends by Saturday.
Leaving my brand new Eyes of Elisha on the table in the lobby of the hotel when our shuttle showed up and having Joyce Hart find it and get it back to me by way of another member. (I think that book traveled more than I did.)
Floating body parts
Anita Higman's hog-calling
Having a bunch of members who came in early on Wednesday to Houston at my house for dinner that night.
Patti Miller praying for me during a large group session
Kim Sawyer praying with me before an editor's appointment
Jim Peterson praying for me during an editor's appointment
Anne Goldsmith's crazy games
Meeting my on-line critique partner, Elizabeth Curtis
Eating breakfast with my agent and getting to know her better. (Hi, Tamela)
Seeing Ruth S. every year
Francine Rivers' moving testimony
"Taking down and closing up" the bookstore. (When you're tired, you do crazy things)
Having hotel guests look at us with wary eyes as we discussed WIPS and things we were doing to heroines.
And the list could go on and on. The conference not only is the place to network and meet editors, but it also a place to make dozens of new friends, meet your favorite author, be inspired and motivated, learn the craft of writing, and realize you're not in this game alone.
Hope to see a whole big bunch of you in Dallas next month. For more information, visit the ACFW website: http://acfw.net also members can then log onto the Forums and get more info from other members.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
The workshops are great. Look at our wonderful faculty this year and you will see something for every writer whether just beginning or a best seller. Liz Curtis Higgs will be sharing her heart with us and she will inspire and encourage us with her own experiences and insight into the world of writing.
Of course we can't forget the chocolate party either. Chocolate lovers unite and go a little wacky for an hour or two one night. Funny the people you can meet and what you can learn at a chocolate party.
Friendships made at the conference can last a lifetime. Even though we may actually see each other only once a year, the friendships grow through cyberspace.
ACFW conference replaced Mount Hermon as my "must attend" conference, and I haven't regretted it one bit. Check out my earlier blog about editor/agent appointments.
Get all the details at www.americanchristianfictionwriters.com/conference/
Make plans to go. You won't be sorry. I'll be posting some of my memories from the conference in the coming weeks.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
It's not too late to register for this one day conference on August 5 at First Baptist Church. We'd love to have you. A registration form may be obtained by emailing me at marthalrogers.sbcglobal.com. Registration fees may be sent to our Treasurer, Pat Vance at 1108 Valerie, Pasadena TX 77502. Registration is $75 for the day including lunch and Continental breakfast.
Next year the conference will be on August 4 and will feature Sally Stuart, Kathy Ide, DiAnn Mills, and Lena Nelson Dooley among others.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Tips for those editor/agent meetings
The key is being prepared before making the appointment.
- Know the genre of your manuscript and research the houses publishing your genre.
- Read the guidelines of that house and be certain your manuscript meets them all.
- Sign up for your appointment.
Before the appointment.
- Learn all you can about the editor.
- Make a file for your manuscript. (Not the manuscript itself, but notes)
- Business card
- One sheet with your manuscript info and your biography
- 70 word or less blurb of your manuscript
- One or two sentence summary of your manuscript
- Sheet with the name and picture (if possible) of the editor and the guidelines for that publisher.
- Memorize and practice your pitch with your spouse, your friends, your critique partners, whoever will listen.
- Make a list of questions you might ask the editor concerning your manuscript, their house, or guidelines.
- Make notes if they request a manuscript as to when they want it, how to address it etc. (If your manuscript isn’t finished, and a full is requested, make note of the deadline you or the editor sets.) If for a proposal, give the editor an idea of when it will be sent.
- Be polite, not pushy. Smile and accept the decision of the editor/agent if he or she isn’t interested and thank him/her for the time.
- Have the same folder ready at all times.
- Select the editors whose houses publish your genre. Memorize their faces.
- Sit at their tables at meals and be prepared to make your pitch in a minute.
- Have your list of questions ready to ask if you need further information.
- Don’t be afraid to approach or start up a conversation in the hall or elevator, but be polite, not pushy.
- Give them a business card with your information and a blurb about your book on the back of it. ( Your picture will help them remember you)
- Take classes led by the editors of interest then approach them after class to inquire if they have time to talk with you a minute or two.
- Attend the editor/agent panels and listen carefully and take notes. You never know when some new information may work in your favor.
If you have more than one manuscript to pitch, have a folder for each one ready to whip out at the table, in the food line, in the elevator, or in the hallway. Talk with others who write the same genre you do. Above all, have a good time, and rest wh
Saturday, July 08, 2006
One of the reasons this book touched a chord with me is that our grandson has cystic fibrosis. The hardships Karen describe for Ali are the same ones we see in Robert Mikell. Ali has a lung transplant, and our boy had a liver transplant. This is a disease that attacks all organs of the body, some more profoundly than others. Robert Mikell's parents face the same hard questions with him as Ali's faced. Whether he has A Thousand Tomorrows or ten thousand, we know he is in God's hands.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
Although Chicklit is not my favorite genre, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Josey reminds me so much of myself at her age. Yes, I can remember that far back. I laughed with her and cried with her through all of her adventures and encounters with a culture so very different from her own. Susan has done a wonderful job in taking us on a journey to Russia.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Friday, June 23, 2006
Yesterday, June 22, I entered another decade on my birthday. When my mother turned 70 I thought she was so old, but now that I've reached that milestone, it doesn't seem odd at all. Usually I celebrate my birthday with my cousins, but this year we've postponed our cousin's visit until late July.
God has brought me through so much in my life, and the fact He has let me survive this long tells me that He isn't finished with me yet. I'm eagerly looking forward to what he has planned for me in the coming year.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
In Warren we attended the class reunion of the classes of 1953 and 1954 for Banks, Arkansas High School which is no longer in operation. Each class had less than 12 graduates, so we didn't have a big crowd, around 43 I think. I really learned a lot about small town life by listening to them talk. The majority of them still live around the area.
Not only did we have a good time visiting family and friends, but I also enjoyed the scenery. We stayed on the Interstates most of the time, but in Arkansas we traveled a lot of back roads and coming home through northern Louisiana and then East Texas on the back roads, so we saw many interesting towns. I must say the land of northwest Arkansas is really beautiful as is most of northern Arkansas. Read three great books while traveling. But being home again is the best.
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Monday, May 15, 2006
Had a great Mother's Day with our youngest son and his family. Our two other sons called to wish me a happy Mother's Day. We're enjoying this time with our three youngest grandchildren too.
We'll be in Okalahoma until tomorrow. From here we'll drive over to Springdale, Arkansas and visit with my husband's brother and his wife. After a few days there, we'll head for southeast Arkansas and a visit with his sister. We'll be attending a class reunion of the '54, '55 and '56 classes of Banks High School in Banks, Arkansas. Each class had 10 or less graduates so it won't be a huge group.
Plans are underway for our annual "Cousins Camp." Each summer my cousins from my dad's side of the family try to get together and visit for three or four days at one of our homes. This summer we plan to be in Georgetown at one cousin's home. They just retired after many years of being a Methodist pastor and wife.
I'm busy planning for our annual Texas Christian writers conference. We hope to have a large attendance this year. If you're in Texas, we'd love to have you come. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a brochure.
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Saturday, April 01, 2006
Of course the very first novel I wrote back in 1954 when I was seventeen broke all the rules of good writing. At that time I simply wrote what I felt as a teenager writing about teenagers. Headhopping was the worst mistake I made along with tons of description. One thing I did notice was that I had plenty of conflict, a steady goal, and motivation to reach that goal.
In Not on the Menu, I have a 65 year old woman, Dottie Jean Weaver, who is content with her life as the owner of the best catfish restaurant in South Mississippi. When a wealthy, former classmate Fletcher Cameron comes along and takes her out of that environment into his, all her self-confidence and happiness is stomped on by former classmates who only remember her as the daughter of a drunk and a dressmaker for the wealthy. She returns to Calista and the friends she knows care about her and love her. Will Fletcher be able to win the heart of the woman he loved as a teenager back in high school? Only if Dottie is able to forget her childhood and concentrate on the future with a man who loves her.
Yes, I've come a long way from writing skits, paper doll stories, and teenage love stories.
It's been a long journey during which my self-confidence flew out the window several times as the rejection letters rolled in. It's also been an exciting journey to see where God would lead me. I've met so many exciting people along the way. These people have encouraged me, critiqued me, mentored me, given me opportunities, and have been my cheerleaders.
One of those was my journalism teacher in high school. She told me I had "a gift for words" and she hoped I would someday use it to entertain others. Well, it took over 50 years for that to happen. In the meantime I wrote Bible studies, devotions, and personal stories in hopes of pointing people to Jesus. Now I have a book I pray will accomplish the dreams of that journalism teacher, Mrs. Juniger, and a 16 year old who loved putting words together.
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Their paths to romance are filled with various obstacles that the ladies work together to unravel and resolve.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Another book I thoroughly enjoyed was Paper Moon. Linda Windsor has such a penchant for humor that you find yourself laughing out loud at the antics of Mrs. C, Annie, Karen, and Blaine. As a retired teacher, I can so relate to the situations Linda conceives for her characters. I chaperoned many a senior trip, and this delightful tale brought back wonderful memories of those excursions. This is a great read to take your mind off what ails you.
Friday, March 24, 2006
My writing journey began in the 1940's when I wrote skits for my cousins to perform for the family and also wrote stories for my paper dolls. Some you younger friends may not be as familiar with those since Barbie came into the picture. I wrote my first novel at the age of 17 as a Freshman at Baylor University. My dream then was to become a writer. I wanted to be like Jo March of Little Women when I grew up. Well, it's taken 53 years for me to "grow up" and have my first novel published. But the wait was worth it. God had the plan all along, I just had to keep working until the plan was complete and ready to go. I know He has a purpose for my life, and I'm along for the ride to wherever He takes me.
Have a great day and I'll see you on down the road, but I'd love to hear from you before then.