What Makes You Special?

by Ava Pennington

Who are you? How do you identify yourself? We might identify ourselves by name, family, where we live, what we do, our physical attributes…and that’s just the beginning. Does this list describe who we really are? The world defines being special in terms of physical beauty, talent, status, and wealth. Problem is, all those things […]

Announcing Write2Ignite Conference 2019 Faculty & Theme!

 A love of reading starts early, but how do we keep older kids reading, and enjoying material with Christian worldview values? Join us for #Write2Ignite2019 to explore the theme “Witness!” The following editors, agents, and authors plan to present at Write2Ignite Conference 2019: Nancy Lohr* will deliver a keynote and workshops.  Perennial favorite Kim Peterson will return, joined by the following: Edie Melson, Carol Baldwin, Vijaya Bodach, Samantha Bell, Brenda Covert*, Daniel Blackaby, Vanessa Fortenberry, Jean Matthew Hall, Lori S. Hatcher, Linda Vigen Phillips, Tony Snipes, and Todd Williams*. Editor and agent responses are still coming in. In addition to those listed above (*), we expect Tessa Emily Hall of Hartline and Kenzi Nevins (Cyle Young). Watch for additional names, keynotes and workshop titles, and schedule announcement!

6 Social Media Tips That Make a Difference

by Ava Pennington

Authors are constantly striving to grow their platform. If you’re on social media, you’re working to increase followers. But if you have hundreds or even thousands of followers, what’s the point if they don’t stop to read your posts? The real goal is active interaction. Are your followers interested in what you have to say? […]

Celebrate Black History Month

Add These Titles to your "To Be Read" Pile

As part of my research for my YA novel Half-Truths, I read a lot of books.  And I mean A LOT. Read my pitch and I think you’ll understand why: In the heavily segregated South, fifteen-year-old Kate Dinsmore’s world is shaken when she realizes she’s related to her grandmother’s black housemaid. This knowledge leads Kate to truths […]

Plan to Persevere

One of my favorite stories to listen to as a child was, The Little Engine That Could. The voice of the little blue engine who took on the insurmountable challenge of bringing toys, dolls, and “good things to eat to the good boys and girls on the other side of the mountain,” still echoes in […]

Easy Video Tool for Social Media

by Ava Pennington

Ever feel like Sisyphos? In Greek mythology, the gods punished Sisyphos for his greed and deceit by assigning an impossible task. He had to roll a huge boulder up a hill, only to have it roll back down when it reached near the top. And he had to do it for eternity. Gaining traction for […]

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Kristi Butler’s 2019 Questions: Inspired or Just Tired?

It’s a New Year! Are You Pumped or in a Slump?

A new year is upon us. Chatter of resolutions and goals echo in conversation, sermons, and on social media. Have you chimed in? Have you made your list? Posted your plans? Does the thought of 2019 and the clean slate before you cause you to feel pumped…or in a slump? Inspired…or just tired? Motivated…or debilitated? […]