Monday, October 27, 2014

Our Fall Experiment


We're trying something fun for our November meeting this year. A Show & Tell, Read & Sell party. Here are the ground rules:

For published authors:

  • You can bring as many different books as you'd like to sell, but you can only read from one. 
  • Pick a scene that will whet the appetite of your fellow authors but that is short enough to allow everyone the opportunity to have a turn.

For unpublished authors:

We want you to be able to participate too! There are a few things you can do:

  1. Read a scene from your WIP. Bring printed copies of your scene for people to take notes and give you feedback if you'd like. (Max 5 double-spaced pages).
  2. Read a scene from your favorite book! Do you have a friend or writing partner who is published? You can showcase their book.
  3. Read a section from your favorite novel on writing craft. We can all learn something.
  4. Or just come and listen. :)
If you're willing to provide a book for our raffle, we might all go home with something new. :) Also, you can swap books with your friends as well as sell your own books.

This is a great way to Christmas shop early. Friends and family love to receive signed copies of fiction. So bring tons of $$ and a big book bag to get your purchases home.

Questions/comments?


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Get your serve on

Nominate yourself for an officer position! If you're willing to do the work, we want to know.


Which one sounds most fun to you?

President:
  • Oversees other officers and provides vision for the Chapter
  • Moderates local e-loop if the Chapter has one
  • Directs meetings
  • Chairs Speaker Selection Committee
  • Serves as Critique Group Liaison

Vice President:
  • Serves President as requested
  • Co-moderates local e-loop
  • Directs meetings in absence of President
  • Chairs Fund Raising Committee
  • Sits on Speaker Selection Committee

Secretary:
  • Records minutes of chapter board meetings
  • Maintains meeting calendar
  • Maintains critique calendar (optional)
  • Mails welcome letters to new members
  • Maintains Member roster
  • Chairs Event Publicity Committee
  • Maintains media/industry mailing list
  • Files monthly chapter report with the Area Coordinator no later than the 5th of each month. A report must be filed, even if the chapter does not meet (put zeroes in the number of members and meeting area)

Treasurer:
  • Processes new member applications and dues
  • Maintains account for group dues and other monies, sends $25 of dues to ACFW National for the Chapter dues
  • Disperses monies as voted on by officers
  • Reports account balance and membership numbers at monthly meetings
  • Submits new member information to secretary
  • Reminds members about annual dues
Submits the Annual Financial Report to the Zone Coordinator. This reports consists of  the Chapter's opening checking account balance, its income, expenses, the net amount, and year-end checking account balance.

  • Chairs Finance Committee
  • Sits on Fund Raising Committee
Requirements:

Must be a member of ACFW for at least 6 months
Must be a member of WOTS
Must be willing to serve with a great attitude

Email wots.acfw(at)gmail.com if you're interested. Voting starts November 1!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

You don't want to miss Melissa Williams!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 20th!



I met Melissa Williams when she presented at my girls' elementary school in 2012. I was impressed with how she engaged her audience and how she marketed herself and her products. This is a lady who thinks outside the box and overflows with  great ideas on how to get you and your books out there. We are excited to host her at our next WOTS meeting where she'll tell us about her road to publication and beyond. This is something all authors will enjoy and it might just spike the fires of of your own creativity.

Melissa is a children's author so if you have or know school aged children, bring your pocket book because she has a lot of cute things that you'll want to buy up as gifts. Now, more about Melissa...

Melissa Williams (@MelissaAuthor) is the author of the Iggy the Iguana chapter book series, the Turtle Town chapter book series and the Little Miss Molly picture book for kids, the owner of LongTale Publishing and founder of the Literacy Non-Profit Foundation–READ3Zero. Melissa received a Master's degree in professional counseling and implements psychological skills when presenting to her young audiences and when writing for her target market. She has visited hundreds of schools and tours all over Texas and California in addition to being a regular guest on ABC and FOX Houston News. As a child literacy advocate, Melissa's main focus today revolves around recognizing the need to keep reading, writing and creativity inside the home and classroom while balancing electronic usage. Her literacy foundation hosts the I Write Short Stories by Kids for Kids Publishing Contest, offering opportunities for children to become published authors, illustrators and speakers. Melissa resides in Houston, Texas and is the 2014-2015 president of her local rotary group. More information may be found at www.MelissaMwilliamsauthor.com.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Coming this Saturday - Marc Schooley's Simple Fiction Fixes




Marc Schooley  lives near Houston with his wife Dorann (AKA Dode, long o, long e), a philosopher dog too smart to figure out how to jump onto the bed, a re-animated twenty-two-year-old, 2 lb. Pet Sematary cat, a massive Great Dane affectionately known as Becky the Bed Walrus or Rebecca of Schooleybrook Farm, and adult children who consistently and lovingly save him from the dread and loathsome horrors of the empty nest syndrome.

Sketched in equal shades of grit and inspiration, Marc’s signature raw blend of literary and pulp fiction engages readers in a forceful swashbuckle of surprising depth, through a supernatural continuum whose hub is the Lone Star State as you’ve never seen it.

Marc works on contract to the NASA Johnson Space Center, preaches every Sunday, and is NOT—I repeat NOT—MS Quixote. Marc's books include K├Ânig’s Fire is a Carol Award (ACFW Book of the Year) winner and Christy Award nominee, Nightriders, and The Dark Man featuring ultimately awesome attack helicopters, which propels the tender love story at its heart.

More about Marc at: http://www.marcschooley.com/.

For time, location, and directions to our meeting: http://wotsacfw.blogspot.com/p/calendar.html

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2014 Storming the Short Story Contest!



CONTEMPORARY CATEGORY:


Winner:
Squall Line - Jim Hamlett 


2nd place: Dorothy's Carol - Terrie Todd 
3rd place: A Rumspringa Storm - Steve Hooley 
4th place: Tempest Tossed - Annette O'Hare 

Honorable mention:
When Love Pours Down - Angie Dicken 


SPECULATIVE CATEGORY:


Winner:
The Grumpy Chronicles - Susan Lyttek 


2nd place: The Great Storm - Karla Rose 
3rd place: Oddman - Carla Hoch 
4th place: Aperture - Linda Kozar

Honorable mention:
Orphans in the storm - Scott Abel 

COMBINED CATEGORY:

Winner:
Just West of Clovis -  Ralph D. James 


2nd place: Husband Hunting - Crystal L Barnes
3rd place: Detention - Gretchen Engel 
4th place: Fire in a Storm - Angela K Couch 

Honorable mention:
Entertaining Angels - TJ Akers 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Storming the Short Story - Semi-finalists 2014




Congratulations to the Semifinalists in our Storming the Short Story contest. The stories listed below (alphabetical order) will be sent to Chalfont House Publishing to select the finalists who will be published in an anthology by Hope Springs Books.

Thank you to all who submitted stories. As our judges will tell you, it was hard to choose our favorites from the many wonderful stories that were received. We hope you will consider entering our short story contest in 2015!

Contemporary Category

A Rumspringa Storm
Dorothys Carol
Squall Line
Tempest Tossed
When Love Pours Down

Speculative Category

Aperture
Grumpy Chronicles
Oddman
Orphans in the Storm
The Great Storm

Combined Category

Detention
Entertaining Angels
Fire in a Storm
Husband Hunting
Just West of Clovis

Saturday, July 19, 2014

2014 Texas Christian Writers’ Conference

2014 Texas Christian Writers’ Conference 

Words with a Mission 

Sponsored by Inspirational Writers Alive!

Saturday, August 2, 2014 
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Houston’s First Baptist Church 
7401 Katy Freeway
Houston TX, 77024

WORKSHOPS
Michelle Flippin:
  • Speaking for Writers - Would you like to take your writing to a whole new level? You can through speaking. Discover the connection between speaking and writing, how to maximize speaking opportunities near you, and tips for speaking well.
Anita Higman:
  • Writing Page-Turning Dialogue – Learn how to use dialogue to drive the plot and show characterization. Keep your readers turning the page by using this valuable tool. 
  • Creating an Irresistible Proposal – Learn how to leap frog the stacks of manuscripts on the publisher’s desk with a sure-fire proposal.

Elizabeth Ludwig: 
  • Editing Do’s & Don’ts – Tips for fine-tuning your manuscripts. You have a good manuscript, but you must take it to the next level. Plus how to avoid editing pitfalls which will ruin a great story or article.
  • Creating Believable Characters – The Edge of Freedom Series is full of characters who come alive on the page. Learn how to make your readers root for your characters. Believable characters are the heart of any good story. 

Martha Rogers:  
  • The Story Bank - Places to get ideas for your stories. Exercises to help you explore your experiences to get ideas for articles, devotions, stories, and books. 

Melanie Stiles: 
  • D is for Devotions - The Christian devotional arena is often the starting point of a writing career for many writers. Prepare to discuss all things devotion as Melanie covers the ins and outs of devotional structure, submission methods and markets available. Melanie has written and published hundreds of devotionals published by Barbour Publishing, Standard Publishing and more.
  • Managing a Freelance Career - Step One is the desire to write and submit your work. But where do you go from there? Join Melanie as she shares helpful forms, tips and action plans for starting and maintaining a freelance career. You will leave this session knowledgeable about the tools for trade!

Kathleen Y’Barbo Turner: 
  • Finish the Book: A Procrastinator’s Guide to Reaching THE END and Pressing SEND: This is a step-by-step workshop that will move the conferee from stuck in the writing process to submitting a manuscript to editors or agents. Workshop attendees will learn to know what they have and learn how to reach their goal of completing the book. They will also learn how to decide when to stop editing and what to do next. Issues of procrastination, time management, editing and more will be covered.
  • Writing Romance: Learn how to write romance from one the best Christian Romance authors.

WHAT TO BRING
 Notebook and paper for taking notes.
 Light wrap or sweater as classrooms may be chilly.
 Money if you want to purchase books in the bookstore (payment by cash or check only).
A manuscript and/or notes to discuss during your critique and/or one-on-one session with faculty. 

CONTACTS
Please contact the following individuals for questions/comments about…
 Conference registration – Pat Vance (patav AT aol dot com)
 Special dietary needs – Martha Rogers (marthalrogers AT sbcqlobal dot net)
 Everything else – Danny Woodall, conference coordinator (dannywoodall AT yahoo dot com)