Help Make Our Joy Complete!

June 1 Is the Deadline for This Year's Anthology Submissions

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These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete. (1 John 1:4, NASB)

We know John wasn’t talking about this year’s Inspire anthology, but we do hope this scripture will serve as a reminder that we need your help to make Inspire Joy complete.

We are looking for stories of personal experience, fiction, poems, and devotionals on the topic of joy. There’s no limit to how many pieces you may submit, and Inspire Press may publish up to three selections per author.

Submissions are due no later than June 1. That’s next Wednesday! Time to dust off your computer or notebook, get feedback from your critique group, and submit your joy story. Please refer to the style sheet before submitting.

Membership reminder and password resets (a joyful update)
Your membership must be current for you to submit a joy story and have it published in the anthology.

It fills us with joy to announce that we’ve fixed the bug that was making it impossible to reset your password. So if you’ve forgotten your login password or need to renew your membership, do those first, and then head over to submit your joy story.

Crossing the Lines — An Interview with Jeanette Hanscome

How Niche Books Can Benefit a Variety of Readers in Unexpected Ways

Jeanette Hanscome - Author Photo 2 - 2015Every nonfiction writer must identify their target audience when preparing a book proposal. Effective marketing requires authors to know their readers’ preferences and needs. Other than the Bible, no book can minister to anyone in any situation at any time of their lives.

So, why should writers even consider the readers outside of their target audience?

 

A recent conversation with Jeanette Hanscome answered that question and changed the way I think about target audiences and niche books.

During her twenty years serving as a freelance writer, Jeanette has written for women (stories in 21 Days of Grace and 21 Days of Love), teens (ENCOUNTER−The Magazine), and even children (Running with Roselle). Her latest release, Suddenly Single Mom: 52 Messages of Hope, Grace, and Promise, is written specifically for women adjusting to life as single moms.

Writing for varied audiences has given this author a unique way of considering a wide range of readers while working on a project. Please help me welcome Jeanette Hanscome.

The Power of a Four Letter Word:

Guaranteeing Success at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers

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God’s people from around the world, including my writing and prayer partner from Chile, are preparing for the upcoming Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference.

Some are breathing sighs of relief because they made the deadline for pre-submissions. Others are talking themselves off the ledge because they missed the deadline.

A few are practicing pitches.

Others are smiling, nodding, and excusing themselves for an urgent call. “Okay, Google, what is a pitch?”

Friends who met online are excited about seeing each other face-to-face for the first time. Old friends are looking forward to reunions. And a few first timers are nervous, because they won’t know one single person when they step onto that beautiful campus.

Quiet ones will feel invisible or like they don’t belong, while gaggles of writers feel at home amongst their tribe.

Many, if not all, will be terrified of rejection.

Share Your Joy Story

8840137_sThe joy of the Lord is your strength. But what does that mean?
What does joy look like in your life?
How have you experienced, shared, or been strengthened by the Lord’s joy?
Inspire Christian Writers is now accepting submissions for the 2016 anthology, Inspire Joy. Submissions can be stories (fiction and non-fiction), poems, devotions, or teachings on the topic of joy. All Inspire members are welcome to submit one or more pieces for consideration. For more information check out the submission guidelines page.
There’s still plenty of time to write your stories and have them critiqued by your Inspire group.  Then submit your polished piece between March 1 and June 1, 2016 using our online submission form.
Submit your stories. Share the joy!

Michele Zumwalt: Bringing Hope and Healing through Testimony

IMG_2928In Ruby Shoes, Michele Zumwalt invites readers into her struggle to overcome prescription drug addiction. Michele gives readers hope that they too can overcome the stronghold of addiction. Her story is a powerful testimony of what God can do with a surrendered life.

Maybe you have a very personal story you need to share with the world, too. Maybe your testimony can help pull others from despair and defeat. I hope this interview with Michele will nudge you to get your story written and published so it can bring hope and healing to readers.

Addiction to prescription medications is all over the media lately. How big is the problem?

Let me start by saying how much I appreciate the chance to talk with my friends at Inspire Writers.  I have so much respect for what you do and I’m truly honored to talk with you.

Prescription drug addiction has recently been called an epidemic in America by the Department of Health & Human Services. Americans are only 4% of the world’s population and yet we take 80% of all narcotic prescription medications. More people die every year from prescription drug overdoses than from car accidents. Every 19 minutes, someone dies from a prescription drug overdose and as a Law Enforcement Chaplain in Sacramento County, I know. I’ve done far too many death notifications and witnessed too many preventable deaths just in our county alone.  Since 1999, the number of narcotic prescriptions in the US has quadrupled.  That’s why I wrote the book, Ruby Shoes: Surviving Prescription Drug Addiction, to bring hope to a hopeless situation.