A Signing Bonus for New Inspire Memberships

Have you been thinking about joining Inspire, but keep putting it off? We’re offering a small gift for the first 30 writers who respond to this post by joining now.

Here are 10 Great Reasons to Join Inspire Christian Writers–and a Signing Bonus we’re offering for a limited time.

10. Inspire members enjoy the many benefits of participating in local or online critique groups.

9. Inspire members attend free local writing workshops or listen to them online if unable to attend.

8. Inspire members enjoy discounts to all Inspire-hosted conferences including annual Write to Inspire and the West Coast Christian Writers Conference. We also negotiate with other conferences to secure the best possible rates for our members.

7. Only Inspire members can have their books published through Inspire Press.

6. Inspire members enjoy free access to the Inspire Lending Library, which includes writer’s resource books, magazines, and CD’s from past conferences.

5. Inspire members receive marketing support, which includes help promoting books and organizing launch parties and signings.

4. Inspire members connect with each other through our members-only online community to discuss the changing publishing industry and the craft of writing, share tips and writing opportunities, and encourage and pray for each other.

3. Inspire members enjoy increased visibility when they post their headshot, bio and links to their blogs, websites and social media on the Inspire website.

2. Only Inspire members may submit their work for publication in the Inspire Annual Anthology. Contributors receive two free copies upon publication.

1. Inspire members understand the writing journey, much like our spiritual journey, was never intended to be walked alone.

*Bonus* For a limited time, while supplies last, you’ll receive a lovely Inspire mug as a thank you for joining today!

Join Inspire Christian Writers today, and experience the power of a healthy, holy Christian writing community as God molds us into the writers He created us to be!

Xochi (pronounced so-she) Dixon is an author, speaker, and Bible teacher who loves Jesus and encouraging women. She lives in Fairfield, CA with her husband, Alan, their teenage son, Xavier, and their doggy-daughter, Jazzy. Xochi’s work has been published in The Upper Room, Encounter-The Magazine, Devo’Zine, Inspire Trust and Inspire Promise.

 

Get Inspired: LinkedIn with Jennifer Harrison

 

LinkedIn

If you’re like most writers, you know you “should” be on LinkedIn. You may even have an account. But you have only a vague idea why you’re there.

You’re not alone!

On November 15th, we’ll learn how to use LinkedIn effectively with the help of public relations expert Jennifer Harrison.

If you’re ready to learn how (and why) to use LinkedIn as part of your social media platform, join us:

Get Inspired! LinkedIn Workshop

Saturday, November 15th

9am to noon

Peace Lutheran Church, 924 San Juan Road, Sacramento, Ca 95834

This event is free for Inspire members and only $10 for non-members.

Bring your questions and a resume for a hands-on workshop experience and a live LinkedIn makeover for one lucky participant!

Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Susy Flory – The Unbreakable Boy

You know when you’re reading a book and it’s so good you want to tell all your friends about it? That’s what happened to me while reading The Unbreakable Boy. But because so many of my friends are writers, I wanted to tell you all about Susy Flory, the co-author who helped bring this story to life. So sit back and sip your tea (or coffee, if you must) and enjoy the conversation between me and Susy. It’ll answer some of your questions about collaborative writing and give you some insights into the LeRettes and their story.

 The Unbreakable Boy takes you into a family that faced multiplied challenges with tenacity, hope and humor. As you read it, you’ll fall in love with Austin who has brittle bone disease and autism. He’s a delightful person who looks at the world with wonder and tremendous joy–even in the midst of great difficulty. His health concerns provide the pressure that caused them to forge deep bonds. Bonds than enable them to not only survive–but thrive! You’ll also get to know Austin’s dad, Scott, and will likely relate to his daily need to let go of his own agenda in order to become the husband and father his family desperately needs. I found myself cheering with each surrender-infused victory.

Here are some of the questions we covered. I’m sure you’ll have some of your own. You can leave them in the comments and Susy will respond.

1. You write about fascinating people with very interesting stories. What kinds of stories stir your passion and make you want to write them?

2. How do you find these stories?

3. Would you explain the difference between ghost-writing and co-authoring?

4. How did you get started writing in this genre?

5. What attracted you to the LeRettes and their story?

6. What was the most fascinating part of working on The Unbreakable Boy?

 7. How do you determine if a story is big enough to warrant writing an entire book? What do you look for?

8. What advice do you have for writers who think they’d like to write other peoples’ stories? What steps could they take to get started?

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Now it’s your turn. Leave a comment or question for Susy and you’ll be entered to win a free copy of The Unbreakable Boy: A Father’s Fear, a Son’s Courage, and a Story of Unconditional Love. We’ll announce a winner Tuesday at 1pm PDT.

 Elizabeth M. Thompson writes from her experiences as a Bible teacher, wife, mother and grief navigator. She enjoys speaking at writer’s conferences and women’s ministry events. Elizabeth serves on the Inspire Christian Writers Board. Her publication credits include articles published by Focus on the Family, Today’s Christian, and contributions to several compilations.