Grace Inspired Press is happy to bring you information today from the American Christian Fiction Writers President, Margaret Daley. Ms. Daley is here today to tell us a little more about the work ACFW does. Welcome ACFW!
ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) is the Voice of Christian Fiction. Founded over ten years ago, it has grown to over 2500 members. Take a moment to visit the website.
ACFW is a premier writing organization with the following mission statement: Our mission is to promote Christian Fiction through developing the skills of its authors, educating them in the market, and serving as an advocate in the traditional publishing industry.
How can ACFW help a writer toward his/her writing goals?
ACFW has many different programs to help a writer. The first one is Novel Track: Writing. It is an email loop for support and encouragement to help you meet your writing goal. Following that is Novel Track: Editing. This loop focuses on how to edit the words you wrote the month before. If you participate in the Novel Track program through the year, you can have a completed novel by the end of the year.
Another way ACFW can help you meet your writing goals in 2012 is through free online classes. Each month (except December) there is a class offered by a qualified writing instructor. Our classes cover a variety of subjects from grammar to deep point of view—and more!
A third program available through ACFW is a large Critique Group which gives writers a way to connect with others who want to critique—and have their work critiqued. Some of the members of the large Critique Group break off and form smaller ones.
Also there is The End Program. Unpublished writers, if they have finished a book, will have their name entered into a drawing. One member will win a free registration to ACFW national conference for the following year for finishing a book during the year.
There are several email loops that the members can join that offer networking and help.
2. Your zone loop is the loop where chitchat is welcome. It is for fellowship with your fellow writers. It is a place where at last someone understands you.
3. Prayer Loop: Many members enjoy supporting one another through prayer. This loop has been a blessing to me.
4. Genre Loops: ACFW recently added several genre loops to discuss the writing craft in a more specific way. On these loops we offer a place to discuss these subjects: Children’s Fiction, Historical, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Speculative, Suspense, Women’s Fiction and Young Adult.
As a member of ACFW you receive a discount on ACFW Conference fees. A big savings to you when it’s time to register for the annual ACFW Conference. This year the conference is in Dallas from September 20-23, 2012. At the conference the winners of the two contests that ACFW sponsor are announced. The Genesis Contest is for unpublished writers and The Carol Award is for published authors.
ACFW’s very own printed magazine, The ACFW Journal, is published quarterly. You will find articles about the writing craft, member news, industry news, author interviews, book reviews and much, much more.
If you have an upcoming novel release from one of our recognized publishers, a member can submit the information to the ACFW’s Fiction Finder and the New Release Coordinator will make a list of that month’s new releases and send it out to our main email loop as well as a list of blogs.
ACFW has a book club that discusses two books a month. The members vote on which books to read. You can apply to have your book, if it is from one of our recognized publishers, considered by the ACFW Book Club.
ACFW’s blog is a popular destination for people who want to know what is happening in the industry, with ACFW and writing information.
Author Interviews and Featured Author: Each week we post an author interview of a published ACFW member on the public side of the site.
Another important benefit for published members is the opportunity to be included in the FictionFinder database. Fictionfinder.com links readers, bookstores, libraries, book clubs, and authors with great Christian fiction.
As you can see there are many reasons to become a member of ACFW. Go check out our website!
Margaret Daley is an award winning, multi-published author in the romance genre. One of her romantic suspense books, Hearts on the Line, won the ACFW Carol Award (formerly Book Of The Year). She currently writes inspirational romance and romantic suspense books for Love Inspired, romantic suspense for Abingdon Press, and historical romance for Summerside Press. She has sold 75 books to date. Her website: www.margaretdaley.com