Thursday, December 16, 2010

Lancaster Christian Writers December Meeting and NEWS

Dear Lancaster Christian Writers:
Are you as astounded as I to look up from your keyboard and discover that 2010 is almost over? I've got whiplash turning my head to catch it as it zipped by! We do have one more  LCW meeting this year.  If you can tear yourself away from holiday activities, do join us Saturday, December 18, 2010, at Lancaster Evangelical Free Church, 419 Pierson Rd, Lititz, PA, 17543 from 9:30AM-12 noon. Sharing her newest title, Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise, and tips for both fiction and non-fiction writers will be Joyce Magnin, author of The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow, chosen as one of the "Top 5 Best Christian Fiction Books of 2009" by Library Journal. Here is a perfect chance to pick up that final personally autographed Christmas gift for someone on your list! ALSO we will again be offering opportunity for LCW members to showcase their titles and/or craft items for Christmas shopping. So come meet Joyce Magnin and bring along checkbook or cash for your final Christmas shopping.
1) A special thanks to Hana Haatainen Caye, for her workshop at our November LCW workshop on making a  living with freelance writing and editing. Feedback from those there included 'one of the most practical workshops I've ever heard' and 'you really knocked it out of the ball-park with this one'. Despite twenty years as a writer'edit and fifteen books in print, I personally learned more new, practical tips for my own freelance writing career than I've ever done in the course of only ninety minutes. If you missed Hana, you have opportunity to pick her brain again, BECAUSE:
2) 2011 LCW Super Saturday Seminar: We have just confirmed the date of our 2011 one-day writers workshop for Saturday, March 19, 2011. Already we have a stellar lineup of speakers confirmed from fiction authors Tracy Higley, Wanda Dyson, fantasy author Alan Loewen, children's author Carol Wedeven to non-fiction authors like Terri Gillespie, Emily Chase, and Hana Haatainen Caye. We will have a poster ready to begin passing on by the end of the year. One thing we've learned this year is how reasonable the price is for this one-day event compared to any other writers events across Pennsylvania. So PLEASE consider how you can help us this year get news of this event out to writers who can profit from our 2011SSS
3) And one more writing opportunity has come to LCW: The publishers of Deep River Books has sent the following contest invitation tor Christian manuscripts to LCW members, top prize $1000! Info below. Let's see if an LCW member can take home this prize.
In this holiday season, let us use the words God has gifted us with as writers to remind a listening/reading world of the true reason for our rejoicing, our Creator stepping into  time and space, the greatest gift wrapped not in shiny paper, but human flesh, Emmanuel, God with us, Jesus Christ.
Jeanette Windle
Chapter President, Lancaster Christian Writers
FROM DEEP RIVER BOOKS:I wanted to share with you an opportunity for the members of Lancaster Christian Writers.  Deep River Books is holding a contest for Christian manuscripts and a chance to win $1000.  Please read the press release below.  Feel free to call us if you have any questions at Bring It On! Communications (541) 549.1139. You will find all the rules at the Deep River website listed below.   


Shelby Stafford
Bring It On! Communications


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Deep River Books Giving Away $1000 to The Best Christian Manuscript

Deep River Books,  a full-service Christian partner publishing company, is looking for the next bestselling Christian book and they are offering a $1000 cash prize to the best manuscript submitted by an unpublished author.  Second and Third Place winners will receive $500 each.  A“Certificate of Merit” will be awarded to runner-up contestants whose manuscripts are of merit but do not win a cash prize.

If publishing your book idea has become a burning desire, then you owe it to yourself to check out Deep River Books and their Best New Manuscript Contest. 

The contest ends January 31, 2011, so hurry!

Deep River Books has published an array of best-selling Christian authors including Coach Bill McCartney (founder of Promise Keepers), Kimberly Cash Tate, John Claeys, Rosemary Trible, Sam Batterman, Ace and Bethany McKay, and many others. 

Mentoring new authors, DRB offers more than most publishers. With their top of the line design team, typesetters, editors, and publicity team, DRB products command attention. 

As one of our authors put it, "[Deep River Books] is the perfect place for talented but unknown authors to get a chance. If you can write and have a compelling story to tell or a significant message to put forth from a traditional values point of view, [Deep River Books] will give you the chance to get the exposure you deserve. If you are lucky enough to be selected, you will not be disappointed."  Michael Hayutin, author of Character Immunization- How to Raise Children Strong Enough to Resist Popular Culture

Right now, DRB is accepting unsolicited manuscripts in the following categories:
Inspirational books
Marriage, Family, and Parenting books
Christian Fiction (Adult and YA)
Christian Self Help/Counseling/Leadership Issues
Contemporary Issues from a Christian Values point of view

To enter the contest, go to and click on the “Contest” bar for entry rules and more details.