2014 Write to Inspire Conference: Interview with Kathy Ide

Behind every great writer is a great editor! Today I have the privilege of introducing you to Kathy Ide, a full-time freelance editor, author and founder/director of The Christian Pen and the Christian Editor Connection. Kathy will be teaching The Art of Editing at the 2014 Write to Inspire Conference.  Here are some of the questions that formed the basis of our conversation.

  • How did you get started as a professional editor?
  • What do you offer for Christian writers?
  • Tell us about The Christian Pen. What prompted you to launch it?
  • How can writers benefit from The Christian Pen?
  • You are also part of the Christian Editor Connection. How is that different than the Christian Pen?
  • What qualities should writers look for in an editor?
  • How much self-editing should a writer complete before engaging a professional editor?
  • How have recent changes in the publishing industry affected writers? What role does professional editing play in these changes? 
  • What advice would you offer a brand new writer?
  • When the writers come to the Write to Inspire Conference, what can they expect to learn from you?

Kathy was a joy to speak with and will be an asset to the conference. If you haven’t reserved your spot at Write to Inspire, you can join us by registering now

Over the past few weeks, we’ve introduced you to all of our conference speakers. If you’ve missed any of the interviews, you can follow the links to view them now: Bill MyersManuel Luz and Lyn Lasneski  and Steve Scott.

Do you have an editing question for Kathy? Leave it in the comments below.

Dreams Interrupted

Dreams Interrupted was used with permission by author Kathy Ide. 

We all have cherished dreams and goals. We make detailed plans and then put in the time, effort, and sometimes money to make them happen, with the expectation that our plans will enable us to achieve our goals and realize our dreams.

And then life happens.

Twenty years ago, I got the idea of becoming a novelist. So I started to pursue that dream. I am now a successful freelance editor, and I have a couple of commercially published books, and I absolutely love what I do for a living. I still don’t have a published novel. But I wouldn’t be able to edit fiction as well if I hadn’t spent years trying to be a good novelist.

What are your dreams and goals? What plans have you made to achieve them? How has “life” interfered with those plans and altered your expectations?

The Bible says we are to rejoice always and give thanks in everything (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18).

Everything? Rejections? Infertility? Cancer? Losing a loved one? Surely not those things.

Yep. Even those things.

Of course, we don’t have to be happy with everything that’s going on in our lives. But as Christians, we can focus on our loving heavenly Father more than our present circumstances. And put our ultimate trust in Him. Not in doctors or medical breakthroughs. Not in query letters or proposals or agents or editors. And certainly not in our elaborately orchestrated plans.

When we focus on God, we can recognize His blessings in the midst of our circumstances. And when we see those blessings, it’s easier to let go of our disappointments.

When we choose to thank God in everything, a spirit of rejoicing will reign deep in our hearts, regardless of our circumstances. And that inner spirit of rejoicing will reveal itself in the way we act, think, and speak.

If there’s nothing you can do to change your circumstances, then make the choice to rejoice. You don’t have to thank God for the difficult situation, but you can thank Him in it. Your words of gratitude will be a sweet aroma to your loving heavenly Father, who promises to work out everything in our lives (Romans 8:28) for His honor and glory, for our ultimately greater joy, and for the benefit of those who don’t yet know Him.

It’s great to have dreams and goals. And to prayerfully and intelligently make plans to achieve them. But when life interrupts those plans … and it will, far too often … choosing to trust the true Orchestrator of our lives makes those detours easier to handle.

Kathy Ide is a professional freelance editor who speaks at writers’ conferences across the country. She is the author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, January 2014). Kathy is also the founder and director of two organizations for editorial freelancers—The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network (www.TheChristianPEN.com) and the Christian Editor Connection (www.ChristianEditor.com). Find out more about Kathy on her website (www.KathyIde.com).

Kingdom News Interview

Inspire Christian Writer’s leader, Beth Thompson was recently interviewed by Kingdom News’ Tony Bosserman on KFIA about Inspire and our 2014 Write to Inspire Conference, The Art of Writing. Below is a snippet of that interview along with the spot currently running on KFIA and 103.9 The Fish.

Please share with anyone you think would be interested in learning more about this event.

 

 

2014 Write to Inspire Conference: Steve Scott Interview

The 2014 Write to Inspire Conference is just days away and I’m excited about the five wonderful speakers who will teach at this year’s event. You’ve met Bill MyersManuel Luz and Lyn Lasneski through their interviews. Today, I’m introducing you to Steve Scott. Steve is an author, speaker and mixed media artist. He was instrumental in the founding of Inspire Christian Writers. I hope to share that story with you at the conference. For today, I’ll let you get to know him through the interview below. Here are some of the questions I asked. Watch the video to hear what he had to say in response:

  • What is C.A.N.A. (Christian Artists Networking Association) and how did you get involved in it?
  • In your topic for the conference you include the term Post-Secularism. Can you please define this term? What does it mean for today’s writers?
  • You plan to encourage writers to unplug and connect. What should we unplug from and connect to?
  • You’re using the Gospel of John in your teaching. Can you give us a little taste of what we’ll be learning?
  • What impact will your teaching have on the writers who attend the conference? What will be their take-away?  

Registration is now open. Click for more details or to secure your place at the 2014 Write to Inspire Conference. 

God’s Calling to Write

God’s Calling to Write was written by Kathy Ide and used by permission from the author. 

“You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NKJV)

Have you ever read an article, book, or story that really touched your heart? Did you ever think about what had to happen for that piece to get into your hands?

Before you could read it, someone had to buy it from someplace. That place had to purchase it from a publisher, who had to get it from an author. Before that, the author had to have the idea to write it. Even before that, God had to touch that author’s heart with a call to write.

God knows how long it takes to get a manuscript written (and rewritten, revised, edited, proofread), accepted, and published. He also knows who is going to need to read what He wants you to write, and He knows precisely when those people are going to need it.

Since God knows all that, and since His timing is perfect, we can relax! We can trust that He called us at the right time, and He gave us everything we need to fulfill His plan.

Think again about that piece you read that touched your heart. What if the author had let rejection letters or the cost of a writers’ conference or some critical comments from an editor crush her spirit so that she turned her back on God’s calling? Then the moment when God touched your heart would never have happened.

If God is calling you to write, that’s every bit as important as if He were calling you to a foreign missions field. Being a writer is a lot like being a missionary.

Missionaries go through extensive training, including learning the language and cultures of the countries they’re traveling to. Writers need to learn everything they can about how to best reach their target audience.

Missionaries need sponsors. Writers need people who can support them emotionally, financially, and through prayer.

Missionaries are often misunderstood. Your loved ones may question why you’re working so hard at something that seems to have so little reward.

Missionaries suffer squalid conditions and adverse circumstances because they believe in their calling. If God has called you to write, you may have to squeeze in writing time and costs among all your other priorities.

Missionaries are often rejected by the people they are trying to reach. If you submit queries, proposals, or manuscripts to publishing houses, you will be rejected. But you mustn’t let a few—or even several—rejections sway you from the task God has called you to.

A missionary can reach many people. An author can reach countless individuals through a book or article or story.

If God is calling you to be His witness through writing, you have His promise to receive power from the Holy Spirit to fulfill that task.


Kathy Ide is a published author/ghostwriter, editor/mentor, and writers’ conference speaker.  Her latest book is Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors.Kathy is the founder and coordinator of The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network (www.TheChristianPEN.com) and the Christian Editor Connection (www.ChristianEditor.com). To find out more, visit www.KathyIde.com.