Time to start planning for the 2012 Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference (address: www.mounthermon.org/writers.) You only have a few more months–it starts at the end of March.
Why mention this now, you ask? Because you may need time to save up your bucks. And you should know that writers can learn enough in the five-day conference to skip right past the mistake-ridden amateur writer phase.
Case in point: I just received an email plea from an author I’ve never met who informed me I was to help her write a proposal for the book that “God told me to write.” She had the manuscript ready to put in the mail, she said, and only needed my home address. She knew I would help her, she wrote, because “God told me to send it to you and get your help.”
Hmmm. There’s a problem here: God didn’t fill me in on any of this.
At the Mount Hermon Writers Conference, this writer would discover that the “God told me to tell you. . .” line seldom works. Even more, she would learn to write her own proposal in her own distinctive voice.
There is plenty of room in the marketplace for new writers. But not for amateurs. If you want to succeed as a writer, start by learning your craft. And for Christian writers, the Mount Hermon conference is a wonderful way to do it.
God didn’t tell me to say this, by the way, but I feel certain He is nodding in agreement!
“God has not only read your story, He wrote it.”