April Meeting

OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host author Lacy Williams on Saturday, April 19th, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Ms. Williams will speak on Before the First Word & Self-Pub Q&A. In this combination workshop, Lacy will briefly discuss the work that goes into a novel before she writes the first word, including brainstorming characters, developing the plot, and evaluating originality of ideas. For the second half of her workshop, Lacy will do a Q&A time with participants on the current market for self-publishing, retailers, audiobooks & print, the reality of making money, and more.

Lacy Williams’ latest novel, KISSED BY A COWBOY, is part of the FIRST KISSES anthology, available March 15, 2014. Ms. Williams is a native Oklahoman, a wife and mom to three. She grew up on a farm, which is where her love of cowboys was born. In reality, she's married to a right-brained banker. She gets to express her love of western men by writing historical romance. Her books have finaled in the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Awards (2012, 2013 & 2014), the Golden Quill and the Booksellers Best Award.

OCFW meets the third Saturday of the month at 1:00 at Mardel Christian Store, 3300 South Boulevard in Edmond. For more information, visit http://okcchristianfictionwriters.com or email Susan Crawford at OCFWchapter@gmail.com.


March Meeting

OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host author Janet Lee Barton on Saturday, March 15, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Ms. Barton will speak on Keeping the Joy in Writing. We all have those times when it’s like pulling teeth to put words on the screen. Or edits on the last book come in at the worst possible time. Or our proposal gets rejected. Day-to-day life happens and we didn’t get any writing done at all. Do we cave or do we keep the joy?Janet will try to help us get the joy back into our writing.
Ms. Barton is a multi-published, award-winning author of twenty-two novels and five novellas. Her latest book, A Place of Refuge, published by Love Inspired Historicals, is the second book in the Boardinghouse Betrothal series. While she’s lived all over the south, Janet and her husband make their home in his home state of Oklahoma. Janet is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and her local chapter, OKC Christian Fiction Writers. She is also a member of RWA's Faith, Hope and Love Chapter, and has served as president in both chapters.

OCFW meets the third Saturday of the month at 1:00 at Mardel Christian Store, 3300 South Boulevard in Edmond. For more information, visit http://okcchristianfictionwriters.com or email Susan Crawford at OCFWchapter@gmail.com


February Meeting

OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host author Linda Goodnight on Saturday, February 15, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Ms. Goodnight will speak on Write from the Heart, Adding Emotion to Your Novel. The best novels evoke powerful reader emotions. But how do authors bring you to laughter, tears, anger, or fears? NY Times Bestselling Romance author, Ms. Goodnight will share tips and techniques to pump up the emotion in your manuscript and keep your readers coming back for more.

Linda Goodnight’s latest novel, THE LAWMAN'S HONOR, published by Love Inspired, is the final book in the Whisper Falls series and will be released in February. Winner of the RITA Award for excellence in Christian fiction, Ms. Goodnight has also won the Booksellers’ Best, the ACFW Carol, and the Reviewers’ Choice Award from RT Book Reviews. Linda has appeared on the New York Times and USA Today’s Bestsellers lists, and her romance novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Active in orphan ministry, this former nurse and teacher of the year lives in rural Oklahoma with her family. Readers may connect with Linda through her website at www.lindagoodnight.com or on Facebook and Twitter.

OCFW meets the third Saturday of the month at 1:00 at Mardel Christian Store, 3300 South Boulevard in Edmond. For more information, visit http://okcchristianfictionwriters.com or email Susan Crawford at OCFWchapter@gmail.com.


January Meeting

OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host author Robin Patchen on Saturday, January 18, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Ms. Patchen will speak on Marketing Your Novel. Based on the brilliant insights of Amanda Luedeke of the MacGregor Literary Agency and Luedeke’s book, The Extroverted Writer, Patchen will discuss using the Internet to reach readers who will be interested in your novel’s subject matter.

Robin Patchen’s second novel, Faith House, was released in November with White Rose Publishing. Patchen is a member of ACFW and its Oklahoma City chapter. She was a semi-finalist in ACFW’s 2011 Genesis Award. She earned a degree in Journalism from Northeastern University in Boston and currently lives with her husband, Edward, and their three children in Edmond, Oklahoma.

OCFW meets the third Saturday of the month at 1:00 at Mardel Christian Store, 3300 South Boulevard in Edmond. For more information, email Susan Crawford at OCFWchapter@gmail.com.


2013 Year in Review

2013 was a BIG year for OKC Christian Fiction Writers! Our members made huge strides in their writing careers, and they did it while holding down day jobs, caring for families, and maintaining (semi) normal lives. That's something worth celebrating! 

Here’s our year in review:

In February...

In March...

In April...

In May...

In June...

In July...

In August...

In September...

In October...

  • Jessica Ferguson’s Christmas short story If You Believe released as part of Kathi Macias' 12 Days of Christmas series published by Helping Hands Press.
  • The Gift of Christmas, Linda Goodnight’s reprint duo with Debbie Macomber released and landed on the USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, and New York Times Best Seller lists. It has remained on the NYT list for 8 weeks and currently sits at #8.
  • Julie Jarnagin signed with agent Nicole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency.
  • Robin Patchen signed with agent Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary Agency.

In November...

  • Jeremy Johnson participated in NaNoWriMo, adding 18,000 words to a new project.
  • Robin Patchen’s novella Faith House released.
  • Sharon Srock submitted The Women of Valley View: Samantha, book 4 in the Valley View series, to Harbourlight Books.
  • Terri Weldon’s debut novella Mistletoe Magic released with Pelican Book Group.

In December...

  • Jessica Ferguson’s novella The Last Daughter was released by Wild Rose Press.
  • Linda Goodnight’s Sugarplum Homecoming released from Love Inspired.
  • Regina Jennings’ novella An Unforeseen Match was released in the novella collection A Match Made in Texas from Bethany House Publishers.
  • Lacy Williams’ Return of the Cowboy Doctor released and received the honor of being a Romantic Times Top Pick, got a 4.5 starred review, and was named a finalist in the 2014 RT Reviewers' Choice Awards.

Additionally in 2013...

  • Janet Lee Barton signed a two book contract for more books in the Love Inspired Historical Boardinghouse Betrothals series, and she self-published her first ebooks.
  • Anita Breitling joined ACFW's Novel Track Writing and Editing groups. She participated during ten months and met her goals six times, receiving six badges of accomplishment. As a part of these two groups, she completed a novella and wrote nearly 60,000 words on her current manuscript.
  • Jessica Ferguson had her first experience with Blog Talk Radio.
  • Darlene Franklin set a personal record for "most ever" books published in a year and signed a 3-book contract with Heartsong Presents for Maple Notch Days.
  • Linda Goodnight signed a 4 book contemporary romance contract with Love Inspired and a 3 book contract with Harlequin for single title women's fiction.
  • Vickie McDonough sold Attack on AngelFire to Love Inspired Suspense and her Land Rush Dreams trilogy to Barbour Publishing.
  • Jeremy Johnson finished his manuscript Reflections and will start submitting it soon. He also wrote four short stories that he plans to self-publish in ebook format.

Way to go, OCFW! May 2014 be just as rich, full of the Lord's blessings.


November/December Meetings

OCFW will not have regular meetings in November or December. Please check back with us in January for a full line-up of amazing speakers and workshops.

The OKC Christian Fiction Writers wish you and yours a blessed and beautiful holiday season. Happy Writing! See you in 2014!


October Mini-Conference Featuring Karen Ball

Karen Ball
Instead of a regular chapter meeting this month, OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host our third annual mini-conference. You won't want to miss this event featuring Karen Ball! 

Join us Saturday, October 19 from 8:30am-4:15pm at Memorial Road Church of Christ at 2221 E Memorial Rd in Edmond. 

About Karen Ball:
After 30 years of working in publishing houses (Tyndale, Multnomah, Zondervan, and B&H Publishing Group) as an executive editor, Karen is now a literary agent with the prestigious Steve Laube Literary Agency. She is also an author who loves writing stories that resonate with authenticity.

Karen will present 4 sessions:

Write Your Passion & the Spiritual Side of Writing
Whatever genre you write in, you can't do it without passion! So come explore what passion really is, what your passion is, what kills that passion, and practical ways you can nurture it.

How NOT to Get Rejected!
The editor loved your proposal and enthusiastically asked for the full manuscript. You sent it that same minute and counted the days until you heard back. Then you got a rejection. Why? In this session, Karen shares reasons requested full manuscripts get turned down and gives specific ways manuscripts fail to deliver. Don't let your manuscript be on the rejected pile.

Taming Fiction Dragons
They're out there, lurking in the shadows, just waiting to attack and derail your writing. By the time were done, you'll know not only the names of your personal writing dragons, but how to tame them! In this session, we'll explore solutions to the most common writing mistakes, including:

•    Voice
•    Show vs. Tell
•    Dialogue
•    and more!

Everything You Want to Know about Editors, Agents, and Publishing (Q&A)

Ask Karen, an agent, editor, and published writer with over 30 years experience in the publishing industry. Do you want to know what a day in the life of an agent looks like? Are you wondering what editors love best about their authors? Are you curious who really makes the buying decisions at a publishing house? Or maybe you have an entirely different question. Submit your question for Karen directly to ocfwchapter@gmail.com.

This event is open to the public, so please share with others who may be interested. Cost is $50 and requires registration. 

Click here to register.