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    Ethel Herr

    This book is indispensible for the apprentice Christian Writer. If you hear the call to write as a Christian Writer this is the book to spiritually and technically get you going in the direction that God is calling you. If you can’t afford joining the Christian Writer’s Guild’s two year course, Ethel Herr stands in as your mentor and guides you through the learning process, developing your disciplines and skills. Everything you need to get going as a Christian writer is in this book. Her exercises and assignments really work your writing muscles. Buy your Christian Writer’s Market and this book [and] you will be good to go. I highly reccommend this book for every writer’s library.
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    As a journalist who is beginning to also write for the Christian market, I found this book extremely interesting and helpful. The chapters cover everything from praying for guidance, to how to make your manuscript more saleable to how to write for different markets (children, teens, romance, historical fiction, education, etc.). I especially enjoyed the chapter about how to write humor by James Watkins (who has some great humor in print!) and how to make a living as a freelance writer by Dennis Hensley. This book is a wonderful resource that I will refer to again and again.
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    Cross & Quill is our organizational newsletter. The front page of each issue is devoted to profiling one of our professional members. Other pages are packed with writing how-to’s, information and advice from editors and other professional writers, a writer’s devotional column, member/ subscriber prayer and praise items, computer helps, upcoming conferences and seminars, reviews on writers books, software and resources, and MarketLines, a column that gives the latest market news and views.To receive a free sample copy of Cross & Quill, simply fill out and submit the C&Q Request Form or email Sandy Brooks at cqsample@cwfi-online.org.

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    Meet the Pro: Assigned. Our front page features a member of the CWFI Family and their publishing accomplishments.

    This Side of the Desk: Written in-house.

    Writing Rainbows!: 500 to 600 word devotional thought including Scripture and prayer that comes from your writing experience. Give Bible translation.

    Family Talks: 300 to 500 word articles by CWFI Family members to CWFI Family members on lessons and nuggets of wisdom you’ve learned on the road of publication.

    Editor’s Soapbox: Assigned. Dave Fessenden, Contributing Editor.

    Writers Helping Writers: 200 to 800 word articles. More instructional and how-to articles, fewer personal experiences. Need articles directed to the veteran as well as the beginning writer.

    Writing Internationally: 200 to 800 word articles exploring the unique challenges that come with writing for readers in other cultures such as content, expression, language, money exchange, and other issues. We especially encourage writers outside North America to educate us on these issues and others we have not mentioned here.

    Tots, Teens & InBetweens: 200 to 800 word how-to and informational articles on writing for children, teenagers, and young adults. Immediate Need for these.

    Fabulous Fiction: 200 to 800 word articles on any aspect of writing fiction. Also profiles of fiction editors or successful fiction writers. Photos of editor or author improves chance of acceptance. Immediate need for these.

    The Merry Heart: 200 to 800 word articles on how to write and market humor.

    Symbiosis: Webster defines symbiosis as “a similar relationship of mutual interdependence between persons or groups.” The internet constantly creates new avenues for writers to share their hearts, develop their communication skills and form symbiotic relationships with persons of like mind around the globe. We would like to see 200 to 800 word articles on innovative ways you use the internet to develop symbiotic relationships with other writers: your Web site, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and other types of internet services and functions.

    Editor’s RoundTable: 200 to 800 word interviews with editors on current needs of the publication or publishing house. Ask questions that help writers understand the joys, frustrations, and challenges of editorial work. Find out what the editor has often wanted to tell writers to make the editor’s and the writer’s jobs easier, more productive, and more profitable. Professional quality B&W glossy of editor improves chances of acceptance.

    ComputerWise: Assigned. Kay Hall, Contributing Editor.

    BusinessWise: 200 to 800 articles on how-to and informational articles on the business side of writing such as tax information, recordkeeping, and other related topics.

    MarketWise: 200-800 word articles or fillers on effective ways to market manuscripts.

    LegalEase: 200 to 800 word articles on various legalities in the writing profession: income taxes, contracts (book, agent, self-publisher, POD publisher), copyright, etc.

    Our Evolving Industry: 200 to 800 word articles on how our industry has changed over the past 25 to 30 years and how it continues to evolve into a ministry to both believers and non-believers. Immediate need for these.

    The Speaker’s Platform: 200 to 800 word articles on how to tame the terrifying beast of public speaking and become a clear communicator of the Gospel.

    Worthy of Our Hire: 200 to 800 word articles on ways to make a living at writing such as proofing, editing, indexing, writing ad copy, designing newsletters and business forms for offices, other writing/ publishing related jobs. Immediate need for these.

    Connecting Points: 200 to 800 word how-to’s and informational articles on leading and attending writers groups. Especially want articles on how to critique various kinds of writing such as nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and others. Also program ideas. We encourage writers international writers to explain the challenges of organizing, finding, and operating writers groups outside North America.

    The Conference Circuit: Organizing and operating writers workshops and conferences—successes and learning experiences. 500 to 600 words. Also profiles and personal experiences at Christian writers conferences. State availability of photos.

    Poetry: 1 to 8 line poems on helpful and inspirational about writers or the craft of writing. Limit 3 per submission.

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    Sharing with Writers and Readers

    sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com

    Looking for cheap ways to promote your book? Carolyn Howard-Johnson shares tips to get your book out to the world at a low cost. Sign up for her free e-newsletter to have most of the information delivered right to your inbox.
    Shawguides

    writing.shawguides.com

    Use this database to find a writing conference near you.
    Smith Mag Six Word Challenge

    smithmag.net/sixwords

    Can you write your memoir in only six words? This is a thrilling challenge that encourages you to write sharply and concisely.
    Social Security Administration Popular Baby Names

    ssa.gov/OACT/babynames

    Need character names that suit your 1920s setting? The Social Security website has the most accurate list of popular names from 1879 to the present.
    The Eighteen Questions

    eighteenquestions.com

    Also known as 18Q, this site is designed to share the views and experiences of published authors for novice writers in a series of 18 questions. More than 100 authors have taken the quiz.
    The Erotica Readers & Writers Association

    erotica-readers.com

    If you like the extra randy stuff, check out this site, dedicated to erotica writers and writing. It’s a great place for tips and stories, but definitely not a playground for the youngsters.
    The Internet Writing Workshop

    internetwritingworkshop.org

    If you’re not into message boards, The Internet Writing Workshop offers discussions and critiques delivered right to your e-mail inbox. There’s no fee for this service, but there’s a minimum participation time of 30 minutes a week.
    The Jewish Writing Institute

    jewishwriting.com

    This site is for e-mail and correspondence classes, but if you dig a little you’ll find some of the best resources for Jewish writing and publishing. Tamar Wisemon’s article on Jewish magazine and newspaper markets is a must read.
    The MuseItUp Club

    freewebs.com/themuseonlinewritersconference

    Hard to beat a free online writing conference, and that’s exactly what The MuseItUp Club offers. The group acknowledges that writers often have insufficient funds to travel across the country, so they bring a weekend of professional advice to your office (or wherever your computer is set up).
    The MuseItUp Club Critique Group

    museitupclub.tripod.com

    Critique groups are limited to five people so your work can get more personal attention. They’ve added a workshop forum for members to discuss monthly workshop topics.
    The Poetry in Color

    jpicforum.info

    The Poetry in Color forum solicits poets of all backgrounds and encourages quality peer-to-peer feedback on members’ writings. This site isn’t censored, so leave the kids at home.
    The Poetry Market Ezine

    thepoetrymarket.com

    Get your poetry markets, contests, reviews and news from this free monthly e-zine.
    The Publicity Hound

    publicityhound.com

    Consultant Joan Stewart shares tips on self-promotion and how to get free publicity—a key for any writer living on a tight budget.
    The Publishing Law Center

    publaw.com

    From fair use of trademarks to electronic rights, attorney Lloyd L. Rich provides dozens of helpful articles on topics important to the writing community.
    The Rejecter Blog

    rejecter.blogspot.com

    This assistant at an NYC literary agency rejects 95 percent of the queries that cross her desk—and blogs about them. She also answers questions about the process and offers up advice on getting your query past her desk.
    The Story Starter

    thestorystarter.com

    If a daily prompt isn’t enough to stuff your writing appetite, check out this site. Get a random story-starter sentence from more than 340 million (yes, you read that correctly) choices. Just one click of a button and you’re on your way.
    The Teacher’s Corner

    theteacherscorner.net/daily-writing-prompts/index.htm

    Looking for inspiration? These daily writing prompts aren’t only fun, but relate to the date (September 5 is National Cheese Pizza Day—who knew?).
    The Urban Muse

    theurbanmuse.blogspot.com

    The Urban Muse is populated with excellent tips on writing, marketing and staying creative. Don’t miss the “5 Ways to Promote Your Blog” post; great advice.
    The Wild Poetry Forum

    wildpoetryforum.com

    A poet’s heaven, this extremely active forum welcomes all poetry buffs 13 years old and up. Just be sure to keep your work clean for the children.
    The Writer’s Resource Directory

    carolkluz.homestead.com/index1.html

    Carol Kluz’s site has hundreds of resources for writers. Note that not all of the links work, but most of the ones that do are valuable.
    The Writers Society

    thewriterssociety.com

    If too many people overwhelm you, here’s a small forum that may suit your needs. It’s focused heavily on fiction, but there’s some poetry and nonfiction as well.
    The Writing Bridge

    thewritingbridge.org

    This private writing workshop is always seeking new members, but you have to be serious about the craft. If you make it through the approval process, you’ll have access to critique forums and creative writing prompts.
    The Young Writers Society

    youngwriterssociety.com

    If you’re a young writer (think under 18) and looking for support, look no further. The Young Writers Society offers kids and teens a space to share work, chat, blog and more. This site also discourages “netspeak,” which is good news for grammar buffs.
    Today’s Woman

    todays-woman.net

    Today’s Woman has nearly 1,000 members who participate in its forum, online critiques and weekly contests. Women aren’t the only ones taking part (43 percent of the members are men), but they’re highly active in this site.
    Trent Steele’s Write Street

    writestreet.com

    Trent Steele’s Write Street is a good place to find recommended writing books, articles on the writing craft and inspirational quotes.
    United States Copyright Office

    copyright.gov

    Everything you need to know about copyright law is right here, along with the option to register your work for extra protection (for a fee). We recommend bookmarking the FAQ section.
    Wikipedia

    wikipedia.org

    For the public, updated by the public, Wikipedia makes for an excellent starting point when you’re researching a subject. But use it only as a diving board to better sources. (See Questions & Quandaries, p. 65 for a better explanation.)
    Winning Writers

    winningwriters.com

    Gain access to 150 poetry contests by subscribing to its free e-newsletter (and more than 750 if you upgrade to its premium membership). Plus, enter its famous Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest, which searches for the “best humor poem that has been sent to a ‘vanity poetry contest’ as a joke.”
    WordTrip

    wordtrip.com

    With 4,500 registered users, this site offers a forum to discuss all forms of writing. The extra good news is it’s kid-friendly—there are ratings to let you know if something has explicit content.
    Worldwide Freelance Writer

    worldwidefreelance.com/writing.htm

    Sign up for this site’s e-newsletter and receive access to a list of more than 500 magazine market listings. There’s also a European market listing available through a subscription.
    WOW! Women on Writing

    wow-womenonwriting.com

    This e-zine caters specifically to women in the writing community, dishing out interviews (and tips) from popular female writers.
    Writer Beware

    sfwa.org/beware

    One of the most notable watchdogs for the writing community, Writer Beware shares information on writing scams, problematic agents and publishers, and more. New to the site is a blog where writers can share info in the comments section.
    Writer Gazette

    writergazette.com

    In its fourth consecutive year on the list (sixth overall), this site lives up to its tagline: “Bringing you free writer-related articles, paying call for submission and freelance job postings, contests, resources, tips, and more to help induce, improve, and promote your writing career—every week.”
    Writer Site Out

    writesideout.com

    Looking for a Christmas present for yourself? Here you can find free, printable posters and bookmarks showcasing quotes from some of your favorite authors. All you need is a printer.
    Writer Unboxed

    writerunboxed.com

    Through interviews and discussion of craft, Writer Unboxed dissects genre-fiction writing. Its daily updates are a nice way to start your day (if you’re a genre-fiction writer).
    Writers FM

    writersfm.com

    Created by writers for writers, this online radio station broadcasts author interviews, writing prompts, music to inspire and mini-mysteries. Most of the material is available for podcast download.
    WritersNet

    writers.net/agents.html

    Brazil, Hong Kong, Jamaica—find an agent nearly anywhere in the world.
    Writing.com

    writing.com

    This site welcomes writers of all levels. Sign up and get a free online portfolio, numerous user tools, e-mail services and a chance to network with other writers.
    WritingFix

    writingfix.com

    Here’s another fun site that creates writing prompts on the spot. The site currently has several options—prompts for right-brained people, for left-brained people, for kids—and is working to add prompts on classic literature, music and more.
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