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For 36 years I have had the joy of bringing gifted keynoters to the Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference and inviting the community to come hear their messages free of charge.

These keynotes are for all Christians, NOT just those interested in writing for publication. You do not need to register. Just join us August 8-10 in the chapel at Dock Mennonite Academy, 1000 Forty Foot Road, Lansdale, PA (just off the Lansdale exit of the North/South PA Turnpike I-476). You won’t be disappointed!

Thursday, August 8, 7:30 pm
Michael Gantt

The sad fact for America is that our gross national sin has made God our enemy. Can judgment be turned away without confession and repentance on a national scale?

Just as God spoke through the Old Testament prophets to warn His people to return to Him, I believe He has given Michael an urgent message for today.

Friday, August 9, 8:30 am
Bill Myers

As communicators for Christ [and that’s all of us – not just writers] it’s imperative we understand Christianity is not for the religious. We must know the Good News is not about trying to be good but being supernaturally transformed.

Bill’s books and videos have sold over 8 million copies and won over 70 awards. Not bad for a man who never wanted to be a writer!

Friday, August 9, 7:15 pm
Scoti Domeij

Deluged by stressful circumstances? Suffocated by a life-altering event? When swallowed by a monster billow, discover how the salty psychology of seismic circumstances will unleash a tsunami of words to comfort others and point them to the Lord. 

Scoti is the proud Gold Star mother of Army Ranger Sgt. First Class Kristoffer Domeij, KIA October 22, 2011, in Afghanistan on his 14th deployment, the most deployed soldier in American history to be killed in action.

Author Interviews & Booksigning following Scoti’s keynote. Come meet over 40 authors who will be happy to autograph their book for you to give to a loved one or to keep for yourself!

Saturday, August 10, 8:30 am
Peter Lundell

In a society that is increasingly deceived and divided, our calling is to write [and speak] in the opposite spirit. What does this mean, and how do we effectively and consistently do it?

Peter is a writer, pastor, and teacher who helps people connect with God and live by God’s Word and Spirit. 

Saturday, August 10, 4:30 pm
Beatrice Bruno

Do you doubt the gifting God has placed within you? You can be loosed from the doubt, fear, and unbelief many writers [and NOT just writers] face today because of what they have been told, what they believe, and what they acknowledge! But God . . . 

Beatrice is an ordained gospel minister, life and writing coach, and Army veteran.

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I used to think deadlines were exciting! Seriously! I loved the five years I worked in an editorial office – including the deadlines. Of course, my co-workers thought I was strange.

I guess I’ve grown up (well, I’ve certainly aged) because today deadlines and their accompanying time pressures are anything but exciting. I needed to re-read (and re-apply) what I wrote 27 years ago in Write His Answer – A Bible Study for Christian Writers.

Pressures
to produce, to perform,
to be more and do more
than is realistic or possible.

Priorities
demanding my attention,
pulling me in multiple directions,
creating guilt
as I fail to properly order them.

Yet praise
my God knows and understands.
He promises peace in the midst,
and teaches me how to rest in Him.

How about you? Are you tugged in so many directions you’re not sure what to do first. It’s a tactic the evil one uses to distract us from doing what is most important. If you’ve never read it, I encourage you to order the little booklet, Tyranny of the Urgent. You’ll find it on Amazon for only $1.99.

If time pressures are preventing you from registering for the August 8-10 Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference, I want to encourage you to ask Father how He wants to rearrange your schedule so you can come. I know it will be a life-changing conference. Although walk-ins are welcome, the price increases by $10 August 1 and meal tickets will no longer be available. So don’t procrastinate!

Here are the seven workshops you can choose from on Friday, August 9, from 5:00 – 6:00.

Michael Gantt did not have an ideal childhood. Anything but! Yet I have no doubt God used the heartaches he experienced to make him not just sensitive to the needs of others but determined to be used by God to make a difference. (His friends in Kenya and the students at the Immanuel Christian School for the Deaf will agree.) His workshop will challenge and equip you to write out of your broken heart.

Edwina Perkins came as a conferee to GPCWC many years ago. She is now the Managing Editor of Harambee Press, the Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas imprint for ethnic voices. She is also an award-winning writer, speaker, freelance editor, and treasured friend. Her workshop will help you discover and develop your writer’s voice.

Susan Baganz Lodwick is an editor with Pelican Book Group specializing in bringing great romance novels and novellas to publication. She is the author of 16 romance novels (contemporary and historical, and romantic suspense) and Ben Lodwick’s bride of seven months. You’ll meet the newlyweds at GPCWC. Needless to say, this is one of her favorite workshops to teach.

Catherine DeVries has been with us in the past. We’re delighted to have her back in her new position as Publisher, Kregel Publications. With 25 years of experience in the Christian publishing industry, and as the author of 25 books, Catherine knows the publishing world. Most important she knows the Lord. Her workshop, “Theological Accuracy in Nonfiction,” will provide examples of how errors can creep into publications due to lack of theological attention.

Linda Glaz is an agent with Hartline Literary Agency and is with us for the first, but I’m certain not the last time. She understands writers because she IS a writer. Linda served in the Air Force at a time when it wasn’t exactly politically correct for a woman, blazing many firsts for women in the military. She has taught karate and self-defense for 30 years and was a national instructor and referee for the largest soccer youth group in the US for 25 years. You’re going to enjoy this lady who isn’t afraid to try something new.

Patricia Durgin hasn’t been with us for several years so I’m delighted to have her back. Cec Murphey introduced us many years ago, and I’m so glad he did. Patricia’s Marketers On A Mission is a Facebook Live program for Christian writers and speakers. To date she has done over 250 hour-long interviews. In this workshop you’ll discover if you have what it takes to host a FB Live program. You’ll also learn five elements of a successful program and leave with a FB Live Action Plan.

Michelle Lazurek is an Associate Literary Agent with WordWise Media Service. She is also a multi-genre award-winning author, speaker, pastor’s wife, and writing coach. When she’s not too busy juggling all her responsibilities, she also comes to the critique group that meets in my home. Michelle says, “Many people want to write for children. but how do you write engaging content that not only tells a story but also keeps a young audience engaged despite the instant gratification world in which we live?”

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As a 25-year publishing veteran who has worked with close to 1,000 writers including numerous NY Times best-selling authors), I’ve experienced a huge variety of writer conferences. Two that consistently stand out as a force for making good writers better and launching new authors are the Greater Philly and Colorado Christian Writers Conference —both, not coincidentally—led by Marlene Bagnull. Marlene’s passion and industry knowledge has created a powerful place for Christian creatives to gather and grow. I have personally invested in both conferences as a speaker and teacher. The reason why is I’m a fan of her vision for writers because I see the breakthrough that occurs at these events. 

Allen Arnold
Author, Speaker, Former Christian Industry Executive



My book would not exist without having attended the conference in 2017 so all your effort produces much fruit!

Melissa Rosenberger, MD

Melissa loved writing and illustrating stories as a child and authored her first book at the age of six. However, she eventually chose a career in medicine, practicing as an anesthesiologist in the Philadelphia suburbs for nearly a decade. Believing it’s never too late to discover God’s unique plans for each of us, Melissa stepped away from medicine in 2014. A tour of Israel inspired both the research for this novel and her return to writing.

I don’t think it’s possible to count all the books, articles, and devotions that have been published due to this conference. Personally, GPCWC has helped me go from a few published books to 25 and to speak around the world.

Karen Whiting

It’s not too late to register, and walk-ins are welcome. Time payments and some scholarship help is available if needed. If you register online by August 1, you’ll save $10 and be able to order meal tickets. Meals are not guaranteed after August 1. Lodging, at a discounted conference price, is available at the Holiday Inn (five minutes from the conference) through July 31. For more info go to https://philadelphia.writehisanswer.com.

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Guest post
Stacy Lee Flury

Here we are, another year gone by and the August 8-10 Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference is now upon us. So much has transpired since last year. My book was finally written and in the editing stages. I felt excited about what God was doing. I was inspired and encouraged. Then my life changed.

By the end of summer last year, my husband and I had to declare bankruptcy on our business and house. We had to pack up sixty years of generational memories and items within a month and move them into an apartment rental that accepted two dogs and two cats. Very hard to do.

Moving day included an unexpected snowstorm as well as a 26-foot truck hitting one of our cars and ripping the whole front bumper off. By the time settlement came for the sale of the house and what little we received from it, I was left stressed and wanting to give up on everything–including my book.

My heart to write was crushed. I had no energy, will, or passion to continue. I was, in fact, overwhelmed with boxes from the move; animals in high anxiety; and a daughter who struggled with PTSD, anxiety, depression, and was very pregnant. I don’t know who cried more in those difficult and tumultuous days.

Thinking our nightmare was over, we were informed that we were going to be sued over a payout sheet that was incorrect by the mortgage company. Mind you, we had already settled and been left with basically nothing from the sale/bankruptcy of our house.

My job was far away, and we had one car between three people. Then we had an infestation of ants in our new apartment, a broken tooth with no dental insurance, and so much more. Mind you, all the time I was going through this, God was using every emotion that I was feeling.

You see, I wrote a devotional book called Turn the Tide of Emotional Turbulence: Devotions for Parents with Teens in Crisis. Never did I realize that those same emotions I traveled through as a parent would be highlighted once again in my life.  

Sometimes we want to give up, but the Lord really wants us to give in. When I finally did, the ants went moving along, our kitties and doggies were calmer, I did less crying and more praying, and we were blessed with a donated car. We will most likely get more money back from the mortgage company, and the cost of publishing my book was paid for with not one penny out of my pocket. To top it all off, my chapters are more fine-tuned to what God wanted to say.

So, if you are in a place in which you want to throw in the towel in your writing, throw yourself on the floor instead and ask God what He wants to do. He is not finished with His story in you. He could be just adding another chapter.

I want to encourage you to register for the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference. I guarantee you will find many other aspiring writers at the conference who also have encountered thoughts of giving up. Yet, they will be there, taking a step of faith that God will see them through their writing trials.

But as for you, be strong and do not give up,
for your work will be rewarded.

2 Chronicles 15:7 NIV

Stacy Lee Flury blogs at Anchor of Promise, a support and education blog for parents with hurting and troubled teens.

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I’m whistling, laughing, and jumping for joy;

I’m singing your song, High God.

Psalm 9:2 MSG

I missed my self-imposed April 15 deadline to open online registration for the August 8-10 Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference. I did meet the April 15 deadline to request an extension to file my taxes. Actually, drum roll please, I was TWO days early!

Yesterday I began updating GPCWC’s website. Although I still need to add bios for our 41 faculty members, you can view the list of who is coming by clicking here.

Descriptions of our 7 continuing sessions are also online (click here). I’m excited that Father showed me a way to make them longer this year. (They are now 5 hours instead of 3.5 hours.)

I still need to add descriptions for our 4 learning labs and 42 workshops, but you can see the great choices you will have by clicking on Schedule2019.

We’re now offering a full Thursday afternoon program with EIGHT choices each hour, so please plan on starting your GPCWC 2019 experience by arriving Thursday a little before 1:00 pm. You’ll find there is a substantial savings in the registration fee if you come all three days.

I hope to have our 16-page brochure online in the next 10 days and in your hands, if we have your USPS address, by early May. Please email me at mbagnull@aol.com if I do not have your address.

Online registration will open tonight, April 16! Remember, the earlier you register, the better opportunity you have to get your top choices for your one-on-one appointments. If you register for all three days, you are eligible for FOUR appointments. And (another drum roll please), if you are among the first 50 to register for all three days, you will receive a free FIFTH appointment!

Unexplainable computer glitches that even the Geek Squad have not been able to resolve have been part of planning this year’s Philly and Colorado conference. Rather than give up (what I’m sure the evil one wants me to do) I choose to view the glitches as evidence that the conferences are a threat to the kingdom of darkness. Along with the apostle Paul I affirm,


In all these things

we are more than conquerors

through him who loved us.

Romans 8:37 (NIV)

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GPCWC registration opens April 15.
No fooling!

Yes, I had announced that online registration would open today, April 1. It wasn’t meant to be an April Fool’s joke. I simply couldn’t get it together in time. While the faculty and program is 95% in place, I haven’t begun updating the website. And I need to give Scott at Celebration Web Design time to update the registration form.

But I am praising God and thanking Him for answering the many prayers for my husband. Paul is now almost fully recovered from his September 30 fall. I never imagined that Sunday morning when he tripped over a curb going into church that it would be more than four long months before he was again able to drive and get around without a walker. He’s eating again and has gained back half of the 40 pounds he lost. I’m so grateful for all the prayers and encouraging emails.

Now for the exciting news about the August 8-10 GPCWC! We presently have 40 agents, editors, and authors on faculty. Eleven (including 6 editors) have never been to GPCWC. Fourteen were not with us last year or, as is in the case of one of our keynoters, Bill Myers, have not been with us for a number of years.

Thursday afternoon from 1 – 6 pm now includes a FULL program. We’ve got 4 learning labs and 14 workshops to choose from followed by an Italian Buffet and Michael Gantt’s important keynote address, “Cry Mercy!”

Our continuing sessions are now 5 hours long instead of the 3.5 hours I allowed for them last year. I decided that just wasn’t enough time to give you the in-depth instruction you need. So this year each continuing session will include 4 workshops, 75-minutes each – two on Friday and two on Saturday. The topics are:

Write the Truth
Unforgettable Storytelling
You CAN Indie Publish & Market Your Book
Jumpstart Your Publishing Dreams
Social Media for the Clueless
Your Nonfiction Book – From Good to Great
Authentic Writing that Changes Lives

In addition, there are 14 workshops on Friday and 14 on Saturday – your choice of two each day – panels, 5 challenging keynotes, one-on-one appointments, and author interviews and book signings.

The conference will again be held at Dock Mennonite Academy just off the Lansdale exit of the North/South PA Turnpike. The campus is lovely with a short walk along a tree-lined path between the main building and classrooms. I’ve reserved a block of rooms at a discounted price at the Holiday Inn in Kulpsville just five minutes from the campus.

I’ll try and send emails to let you know when I’ve posted specifics on the website. But to be in the know ASAP visithttp://philadelphia.writehisanswer.com frequently.

I hope you’ll save August 8-10 for what I know will be another life-changing and writer-enabling conference. A few comments from last year’s conference:

“I actually saw how Jesus personalized this conference for me
and showed me my dream of writing
wasn’t just my imagination.”
Lisa Brooks – Hammonton, NJ

“Loved Dock Academy.
Good meeting spaces close together.
Caterer was awesome.”*
Toni Campbell Crosswicks, NJ

* Lisa M. Bohar and Chef Fred of Villa Vito’s Partnership will again cater the conference!

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Reposted with permission from Sarah Bolme’s blog, Marketing Christian Books.

The growth of independent publishing is truly astounding. Consider these figures from Bowker (the ISBN provider):

  • The number of print books independently published grew from 235,639 titles in 2012 to 879,587 in 2017. That is 273% growth in six years.
  • In 2017, 85% of all independently published print books were published through Amazon (CreateSpace) for a total of 751,924 titles.
Photo courtesy of NeONBRAND.

Amazon has leveled the playing field for publishing a book. Almost anyone can publish a book through Amazon (using Kindle Direct Publishing—previously through CreateSpace). Of course, the ability for anyone to publish a book has both positive and negative consequences.

Positive Consequences

1. Anyone can now be an author.
Anyone means anyone. Amazon does not discriminate with respect to whom they allow to upload a book.

2. No gatekeepers.
No subject is taboo. No one has to approve of the content, style, or quality of the writing.

3. It’s free.
Yes, absolutely free to upload a book to Amazon. It does not cost a cent. All it requires is Internet access.

Negative Consequences

1. Anyone can now be an author.
Anyone can be an author whether or not they take the time to hone the craft of writing, understand proper book design, or learn anything about marketing a book.

2. No gatekeepers.
Anything goes. This means that there is no check on quality. There are no guarantees for buyers.

3. It’s free.
The easier and cheaper it is to publish a book, the more people will publish books. The more books published, the more competition all books have for readers’ eyes.

Here’s the deal: Don’t just be anyone.

In other words, be an informed author. If you are thinking about publishing a book, don’t do it just because you can. Take the time to hone your writing, learn about proper book design and layout, and understand what you need to do to market your book. Both you and your book will be better for it.

I am thankful that it is both easy to independently publish a book and it is easy to learn what you need to know to do this. Many sources exist to help independent authors who want to learn.

You have the opportunity to learn directly from me at the upcoming Colorado Christian Writers Conference in Estes Park May 15-18, 2019. I will be teaching a Continuing session on “You Can Indie Publish & Market Your Book.” This session will teach you what you need to know to publish an industry standard book and to begin the process of promoting your book.

Colorado Christian Writers Conference

NEWSFLASH: Sarah will also teach this continuing session at the August 8-10 Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference.

If you can attend either conference, I encourage you to do so. You will learn valuable information, not just from me, but from the other presenters as well. Don’t take my word for it; here is what a couple people said about my “You Can Indie Publish & Market Your Book” sessions on Facebook:

Don’t just be anyone. Learn what you need to know and be an author that people want to read and share with others.

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Don’t miss out on any of the great information Sarah shares in her blog. Subscribe to receive each post in your email box. Just click here.

Sarah Bolme is the Director of the Christian Indie Publishing Association (CIPA) and the author of Your Guide to Marketing Christian Books. The 4th edition of this must-read book was released March 5, 2019.

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Storm over city

It’s been almost 30 years since Against the Night, Living in the New Dark Ages by Chuck Colson was published. He writes,

‘Dark Age’ is a strong term. I recognize that. Yet  in recent  years I’ve had a growing sense of storm clouds gathering on the horizon . . . The forecast is foreboding . . . We scan the horizon with unease.

We sense that things are winding down, that somehow freedom, justice, and order are slipping away. Our great civilization may not yet lie in smoldering ruins, but the enemy is within the gates.

The times seem to smell of sunset. Encroaching darkness casts long shadows across every institution in our land. . . . We do face a crisis in Western culture, and it presents the greatest threat to civilization since the barbarians invaded Rome.”

Chuck Colson – Against the Night, Living in the New Dark Ages

If you are not aware of  H.R. 5, known as the Equality Act, that was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives March 13, you need to Google it – NOW! This bill, if passed, would end our freedom as Christians to live out our faith not just in our workplaces but in our homes.

Liberty Counsel says,

HR 5, wrongly named the Equality Act, is the most extreme threat to religious freedom, free speech, privacy, and to women’s rights that has ever been proposed by Congress. The impact of HR 5 will be widespread – affecting churches; religious colleges and universities; public, private, and Christian schools; curriculum; religious and private organizations; employers; employees; individuals; foster care and adoption; shelters; local, state, and federal entities; privacy; women’s rights; and more. Click here to read more.

Yes, we must “love without stopping” (1 Cor. 16:14 MSG). But that does not mean we can ignore what God clearly says in His Word.

If we have eyes to see, the moral fabric of our nation is not just unraveling – it’s being torn apart. How much longer can a righteous God withhold His judgment of a nation that has turned away from His Truth?

The 23 years the Colorado Christian Writers Conference and 36 years the Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference has focused on the need for God’s scribes to “Write His Answer.”

Michael Gantt, who is again keynoting at both conferences, says:

MK gantt watchman

I urge you to subscribe to Michael’s blog at https://mkgantt.com and to read his post about the conference and why I’ve given him a standing invite to keynote. In part he says,

Writers have always been among the most feared by despots and dictators. Truth tellers have been imprisoned and executed, their writings banned and burned, their character brought into question by allegation and accusation. The written word is among the most powerful weapons of history. . . .

I realized this weekend that my part in standing before these conferences of writers and publishers is to represent the Word of God that it might not be bound; to communicate with a deep sense of urgency that we are not writers who are coincidentally Christians, but we are Christ followers who have been given a gift to write and that we bear a grave and dangerous responsibility to guard the deposit of truth that has been entrusted to us and to ensure above everything that the Word of God is not bound.

I also urge you to check out my blog post, “Write His Answer to Issues at this Year’s CCWC,” I posted on March 3. If you are unable to come to the conference, you can order a CD of one or more of the workshops in our Issues track:

America at the Crossroads
The Rocks Cry Out
Speaking Life to a Culture of Death
Answering Christianity’s Critics
The Burden of the Watchman
Make Some Noise!

Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, for children or adults, God can use you to write words that, as Michael says, “can shape lives and maybe, just maybe, change the world.”

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a-full-inboxFive days! It’s taken me five days to resolve the latest problem with my Outlook email – a problem that four Geek Squad techs spent over eight hours trying, unsuccessfully, to fix!

Somehow my Outlook folders got corrupted and scrambled. The folder properties showed they contained emails, but they would not open. And, again, the same as last May, the folders that were affected (or infected?) were critically important conference folders.

More times than I can count I’ve told Father, “I can’t. I CAN’T do this!” The deadly Ds of doubt, discouragement, and yes, even despair have almost defeated me. But I’ve not told Father “I won’t.” And thanks to the prayers of many and the Facebook friend who told me about “Kernel for Outlook PST Repair” I’m finally able to retrieve the emails I need to complete the website and brochure for the May 15-18 Colorado Christian Writers Conference and finish planning the August 8-10 Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference.

I admit there were times I asked myself, “Why? Why go through all this stress? Why not quit?” know Father has called me to direct the Colorado and Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference. He hasn’t promised it would be easy or that I would be immune from the evil one’s efforts to defeat me. But He has promised to be with me and  has again confirmed that He is using the conferences in Ephesians 3:20 ways.

I am so encouraged by Eric Sprinkle’s testimony below.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhile reading updates on all the mayhem in Marlene’s life these last few months, I couldn’t help but wonder, “What if the CCWC (Colorado Christian Writers Conference) went away? What if it had never even been around these last five years?”

It didn’t take long to reflect on the impact Marlene’s conference has had on my own personal publishing career lately.

As an overwhelmed first-timer back in 2013, I clearly remember clumsily trying to find conference rooms, manage armloads of notes, chat with people over lunch, and keep up with numerous sessions all ranging from editing tips, improving your writing, and the potential growth of something called IndiPub.

Fast forward to 2018 where I was able to serve on Faculty, facilitate training sessions, field hundreds of IndiPub questions, and finally end the year with my name listed on two books…as Author.

So amazing.

And where did I even begin to learn all the ins-and-outs of the Indi Publishing process? At CCWC.

  • Where did I find the typesetter for my projects? At CCWC.
  • Where did I find our book’s cover artist? He’s a good friend…of a guy we met at CCWC.
  • My branding manager? He was my roommate three years ago at the conference.
  • Where did I meet my Editor? Okay, she’s a member of my small group Bible study, but where did I meet my brilliant co-author? Yup, only just the year before, at Marlene’s CCWC in Estes Park, Colorado.

I can hardly believe all that God has done in my life, and in my writing, since that first conference five years ago, but I do know that oh, so much of it has been a direct result of the time, the teaching, and the people attending the Colorado Christian Writers Conference these last few years.

How has God used these very same things in your life recently? How could he impact you through the people and training you’d experience by attending this year?

My name’s Eric Sprinkle, author of some crazy fun devotionals called Adventure Devos, and Adventure Devos: Women’s Edition, and I can’t imagine either one of these books being a realty, except for our gracious Lord God using an amazing writers conference, located in the heart of the Colorado wilderness.

God is speaking, and the mountains are calling. I look forward to seeing all of you at this year’s CCWC in May!

2019 CO banner & website2019 GP Banner 2

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Question Mark Key Shows Doubt And Help

Years ago, I sold a packet of “Ministry and Marketing” resources for Christian writers. One side of the twin pocket folder had Bible studies as well as articles from my column in The Christian Writer that later were compiled into my book, Write His Answer – A Bible Study for Christian Writers(It’s now in its third edition and has been in print for 28 years!) The other side had how-to articles on writing and, yes, on selling our writing. My “Market Analysis Charts” helped many get their work in print.

I’m certain my kids and husband were happy when I stopped selling the packet and they no longer had the job of collating the 50-plus pages and pasting on the front and back cover.

Much has changed since I started writing for publication in 1972 after our second child was born. Wannabe writers and those already published now are able to access a huge amount of how-to information on the Internet. Writers’ conferences, seminars, podcasts, webinars, and coaches provide exciting opportunities to become better wordsmiths and marketers. And, of course, there are more how-to books than any of us will ever have time to read.

But sadly, the tension between ministry and marketing still exists. In fact, I think it’s grown more intense. Yes, we want to get the message we believe God has entrusted to us into print and into the hands of readers, but all too easily we can get caught up in doing things the world’s way.  We can spend lots of dollars and hours on building our “platform” and push God into a corner of our busy lives. In the process, it can become all about us and not about Him.

For the past 35 years as the director of the Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference and 22 years as the director of the Colorado Christian Writers Conference I have sought to find the balance God wants us to have between ministry and marketing. Of course, I offer workshops to help writers find a publisher for their manuscripts and readers for their books. But hopefully our “Write His Answer” theme keeps the focus clearly on the Lord and on writing as a ministry to point readers to Him and not to ourselves.

Father, please help me and Your people, Your scribes, to seek You and Your plans for our writing. Give us wisdom to know what learning and platform-building opportunities You want us to invest in. Help us to be realistic and not to focus on what we hope to gain but rather on what You would have us give.

How do you deal with the tension between ministry and marketing?

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