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Shannon Vannatter  // Posts published by Shannon Vannatter

When I Get Stuck on a Book. . . I Get By with a Little Help from My Friends

When I Get Stuck on a Book. . . I Get By with a Little Help from My Friends

He got your attention, didn’t he? He got mine too. A long time ago, I wrote a book about a wild rocker with long dark hair. It was a romantic suspense and got several rejections. Shortly afterward, I went to a writers conference. The speaker said that whatever you read the most is probably what […]

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01 Oct Posted by in Writing Life | 2 comments

What Led Me to ACFW

What Led Me to ACFW

When I started writing, people advised me to join a writers’ group. I thought why get together with writers and talk about writing, when I can just write. After two years of going it alone, I’d gotten 102 rejections and one POD book published. When the book released, I learned what Print On Demand publishing […]

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Conference – Oh My!

Conference – Oh My!

Hey y’all, Many of us are preparing to head to Dallas to stay in an ultra fancy hotel for the annual American Christian Fiction Writer’s Conference. If not this year, possibly some day in the future. So many writers show up with their hopes and dreams. A few go home with a contract. Some go home […]

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Something to Think About

Something to Think About

You’ve heard it a million times—write the book of your heart. But what if the book of your heart doesn’t fit into the market? Sometimes, the book of your heart can start a whole new trend. But what if it doesn’t? What if there are no takers for the book of your heart? Should you […]

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Unique Opportunities

Unique Opportunities

With my White series set in Romance and Rosebud, Arkansas, I could just run up the road and have a book signing just about anywhere. The Rambler Cafe, the restaurant where my characters ate. Lunch drew people in. The Romance Waterfalls featured in all three books. Seeing the falls drew people in. The Darden Gifford House, […]

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Tough Sell

Tough Sell

I’ve learned some things lately. Things that aren’t encouraging to writers.    Book sales on the whole are down.  This is the first year I’ve heard this about the inspirational market since the Left Behind series launched. I guess the economy finally caught up with inspirational buyers.  Contemporary Romance is a tough sell in a market […]

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Which Comes First – the Agent or the Editor?

Which Comes First – the Agent or the Editor?

When a writer finally gets to publishable level (9 1/2 years for me), agents and editors are equally attainable. How do you know when you get there? You won’t know until you get an offer from an agent or a publisher. But in case you’re there, if the publisher you’re targeting requires an agent, then shop […]

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Conference Follow Through

Conference Follow Through

Did an agent or an editor request a query, proposal, or—be still my heart—your full manuscript at the conference you attended recently? Did you send what they requested? The second question may sound odd. But I hear the stats once: 7 out of 10 writers who received requests at conferences don’t follow through.  Why? Beats […]

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Libraries

Libraries

Libraries are where the readers are, so it makes sense for the author to speak at libraries. If an avid reader meets an author and halfway enjoys the book, that author has a fan for life. And some libraries pay authors for speaking engagements. Yes some library patrons—like my mother—will never buy a book. She […]

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29 Sep Posted by in Conferences, News | 3 comments

ACFW Takeaway

I sing ACFW praises every chance I get. What an awesome organization. What an awesome conference. Put together by an awesome God. This year, I met Lynn Coleman, founder of ACFW. We chatted about how she wanted to start a Christian writing group to support and uplift one another, with no competition or jealousy. Like […]

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