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Starting to Write?

40 video/audio lessons that take you step-by-step from idea to finished novel, taught by an award-winning, best-selling novelist and nationally acclaimed writing teacher. Easy, understandable, foundation elements essential for every genre. Learn Skills, Secrets and most of all... Story.

Rewriting and Editing?

A great book isn't written. . .it's rewritten. Learn how to analyze and fix your novel’s problems with this unique “self-editing” system. . .then arm yourself with over 40 Advanced Fiction Classes and rewrite your story into publication.

Ready To Publish?

You’ve worked too hard to quit now. Your story is nearly ready, but now it’s time to sell your novel. Learn the steps to creating a powerful proposal, secrets to pitching, the key elements to your marketing plan, a social media primer and how to create rabid reader fans. It’s time to ignite your career.

Featured Fiction Friday with Richard L. Mabry, MD

Today we’re continuing our Featured Fiction Friday series, and celebrating one of the authors that helped make the our contest possible. Introducing Richard L. Mabry, MD!

Q: Richard L. Mabry, MD, can you tell us a little bit about your new book?

Overcoming these odds would take more than a miracle drug—it would take a miracle.

The infection wasn’t supposed to happen, but it did. The treatment was supposed to take care of it, but it didn’t. Dr. Josh Pearson believes an experimental drug not yet approved by the FDA may be the antidote. But there’s only one dose available for two patients: the former president of the United States… and Josh’s fiancé.

With the nation’s eyes on him, Josh must pull off a miracle to save a man who holds a good deal of power and the woman who holds his heart.

Q: Do you have any writing advice for the MBT Audience?

Writers must be readers. Read the good stuff so you’ll know what works. Read the bad stuff, so you’ll know what to avoid.
Never be afraid to ask someone knowledgeable to read your work. After they do, don’t pout if they suggest ways to improve it. Always strive to make it even better the next time.

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Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician, now writing “medical suspense with heart.” He is an active member of International Thriller Writers, a past Vice-President of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and a member the Romance Writers of America. His eight previously published novels have garnered critical acclaim and been recognized by programs including the ACFW’s Carol Award, the Romantic Times’ Inspirational Book of the Year, the Inspirational Readers Choice, and the Selah Award. His latest novel, Miracle Drug, was released on September 25 by Abingdon Press.

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Featured Fiction Friday with Sharon Hinck

Today we’re continuing our Featured Fiction Friday series, and celebrating one of the authors that helped make the our contest possible. Introducing Sharon Hinck!

Q: Sharon Hinck, can you tell us a little bit about your new book?

A lost songkeeper must lead her people to a long awaited Deliverer

Eager to serve the One, a young songkeeper travels to the dark and foreign nation of Hazor, but her confusing, rough-edged companion has lost his Restorer gifts. As danger rises against them both, she loses her freedom, her memories, and her hope. Now even the very music of her soul is threatened.

In our world, Susan Mitchell no longer feels at home in the carpool lane. Burdened by the unhealed scars from her trips through the portal, she fights to suppress her worry about her son, who remains out of contact in Lyric. But when a mysterious message hints Jake is in danger, she and her husband are swept away—to the place they least expect.

Clan rebellions. Lost Restorers. Has the One turned away, or will the face of the Deliverer bring light to the darkness?

Book four of The Sword of Lyric series

Q: Do you have any writing advice for the MBT Audience?

Notice things that rekindle your joy and help you overcome the common resistance that we often confront on our way to tackling the empty page. Try new places to write, write (silently) alongside writing friends, write with your favorite cup of tea nearby, let your characters surprise you (and you can surprise them, too).

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Award-winning author Sharon Hinck writes “stories for the hero in all of us,” about ordinary women on extraordinary faith journeys. She has been honored with a Christy finalist medal, and three Carol awards for her previous books. Information about her novels as well as her devotional writing can be found at her sharonhinck.com website

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1 Samuel 1814 NASB 2015

May You Prosper as a Writer

Don’t you love it when God surprises you?

Well, God set me back in my red leather chair a few mornings ago … all because of one little word.

I was reading through 1 Samuel, thanks to the recommendation of Rachel Hauck, and came to 1 Samuel 18:14, which says:

David was prospering in all his ways for the LORD was with him. (NASB)

It was as if God said, “Stop reading right there. Stop.”

So I did — and I read and re-read that single sentence, lasering in on the word prosper.

I thought I knew what “prosper” meant. Success. Maybe financial … or maybe professional success … accolades. Achievements. But when I dug into the word, God turned my understanding of the word prosper upside down.

The Hebrew word is sakal and it means to be prudent, circumspect, wisely understand, wise behavior … to act wisely

David was acting wisely in all his ways for the LORD was with him.

As writers, we want to prosper.

And so often, we think of prospering as winning awards. Or landing an agent. Or signing a contract. Or doing well as an indie author — selling copious amounts of our novels. We think of prospering as success that we can deposit in the bank or declare to others on our Facebook page or display on our mantle or frame and hang on our wall

But how would our lives change if we thought of prospering as acting wisely? Imagine what would happen if our prayer was for God to prosper us — and what we meant was, “God, help me to be wise as I make my decisions today … as I interact with this agent or this editor during my fifteen mnute appointment … as I meet with my writers group.”

We’re all winding down 2015 and looking forward to 2016. Maybe you’re thinking you didn’t prosper as much as you’d hoped to during the past year … but then again, maybe you did prosper.

Reframe your thinking about prospering. Put aside the dollar signs and contracts or the lack thereof  … and think about those times when you prayerfully made wise decisions, allowing God to lead your yes and your no. And then take that truth with you into the new year so that you will continue to prosper as the LORD is with you.

May you prosper as a writer — today and every day! 



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