Posts By: Kathy Ide

Get Your Professional Head Shot

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With the ease of taking a selfie and relatively inexpensive photo editing software, why pay a professional photographer for a headshot? Maybe your cousin is a hobby photographer and will be happy to take some photos in your living room for you. Your headshot is your introduction to your audience, and you want to put […]

10 Ways to Be Awkward at a Writer’s Conference

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by Mary DeMuth My young adult kids overuse the word awkward. As in … they say it a lot. Everything’s awkward, apparently. As a writing conference attendee, and now as faculty, I have learned the true meaning of the word. While the vast majority of folks who attend writing conferences try not to be awkward, […]

Writing Workshops for Children’s Writers

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The Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference has opportunities for all writers, and this year we have the most offerings for children’s writers we’ve ever had! Mentoring clinics are available at the Pre-conference Next Level Clinic (April 5-7). During the main conference (April 7-11), we have a Major Morning Track and Afternoon Workshops geared especially for […]

Extended Deadline for All Mentoring Clinics

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by Jan Kern Do you have a writing project that’s nearly ready to be birthed? Could you benefit from a small mentoring group of no more than six writers? This can be the perfect setting for focusing in on developing your writing and taking your manuscript to the next level. The Pre-Conference Next Level Clinics, […]

Challenge Yourself

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by Marci Seither One of the most often asked questions when I talk to school-age kids about writing The Adventures of Pearley Monroe is “How long did it take you to write your book?” When I tell them it took eight years, their eyes widen. Eight years! I started my writing journey with a family […]

Homeschooled Students Get Career Help

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by Susan K. Beatty Are you a Christian homeschooled teen or young adult who dreams of writing as a career? Do you wonder what it would be like to meet best-selling authors, agents, and publishers in person? I’d like to introduce you to Kara Swanson, a recent homeschool graduate who saw that dream fulfilled. Kara […]

Writing a Captivating True Story

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by Jan Kern What draws you into a nonfiction book or article and keeps you captivated? Many readers find  themselves drawn in through story. Why Story? A few years ago, Diane Turbide, an editor at Penguin Publishing, said: People nowadays are assailed on all fronts. They’re busy, they’re overwhelmed by the pace of life, by […]

Four Ways Money Can Add Depth to Your World

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by Chris Morris Many novels hardly even mention currency in the story. And most characters never run out of money or supplies … unless it’s a convenient plot point. But a creative author can use money as a way to introduce the intricacies of the world that is created. Currency can shine light on the […]

The Psalmist Had a Day Job

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by Cynthia Ruchti For every writer who slogged through a day where interruptions outnumbered hours spent writing… For every novelist who left a hero in deep distress because the family car needed its oil changed or the substitute teacher position turned into a financially helpful but creatively draining three-month maternity leave sub… For every memoirist […]

17 Questions to Ask When Researching for Your Novel

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by Sarah Sundin When I started writing my first World War II novel, I thought I just needed to read a history book, find some cute outfits for my heroine, and have her hum a popular tune. You may now stop laughing. Those initial research questions ended up raising more questions. I fell in love […]