One reason for this, I believe, is that there is such a lot happening in this arena. Look at the success of Marcher Lord Press, the increasing acceptance of "weird" stories by markets we would never have imagined possible, and all the great books that have come out in this year alone. Independent publishing ventures and high-quality e-zines continue to sprout and grow at amazing speeds, while the old guard keeps producing the fine stories we're used to.
I'm continually motivated to keep this up when I read the stats reports each week. We are getting lots of readers, and you're one of them - thanks very much for coming back! So what is it that keeps us on your blog list? Is there anything you'd like to see more of around here? Or something new you'd like us to try?
Also, does anyone have any idea how we could get more comment interaction happening? I realise news snippets don't usually warrant that kind of thing, so what could we maybe add to the mix?
If you are a writer or publisher of Christian spec-fic, you are most welcome to write a guest post on here at any time and make use of our large reader base. Just get in touch!
M E D I A R E L E A S E
CONTACT: Karina Fabian
For Immediate Release
Catholic Writers Conference Online Provides Practical Help
World Wide Web--This year's Catholic Writers’ Conference Online, which will be held February 26-March 5, 2010, will focus on the practical things the writer needs to succeed.
The conference is held via chats and forums at www.catholicwritersconference.
"We've always concentrated on workshops and chats that teach the writer skills or provide information in the areas of crafting, publishing and marketing their works, but this year, we're adding critique workshops and some incredible opportunities to pitch to leading publishers," said organizer Karina Fabian.
This year, publishers hearing pitches include well known Catholic publishers like Pauline, large secular publishers like Thomas Nelson, and smaller presses like White Rose. Thus far, eleven pitch sessions are scheduled, running the gamut from Christian romance to Catholic theology.
In a new program, at least fifty attendees will have the opportunity to have pieces of their work critiqued by successful editors and writers. In addition, there will be forum-based workshops and chat room presentations covering topics from dialogue to freelancing to how Catholic fiction differs from Christian fiction.
"Even in good economic times, it's hard for writers to attend live conferences," said Fabian, "but this year, we think it's even more important to help careers by utilizing an online format. We're so grateful that our presenters are willing to share their time and talent."
Early registration is recommended. Although the conference is offered free of charge, donations are accepted; proceeds will go toward future conferences. Non-Catholics may attend, as long as they respect Catholic beliefs and the conference's Catholic focus.
To register or for more information, go to http://www.
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