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Conference presenters and their message During the 2015 Mid-Winter Writers Conference, 13 presenters shared their insight. Karen Allen of Birmingham, author of Confronting Cancer with Faith – “Difficulties in life can be used in advantageous ways.â€? She found her battle with cancer not to be a test of her faith in God, but rather an opportunity to see faith increase. “(God) has blossomed it into a ministryâ€? through outreach to others facing a similar crisis. “Sometimes, the battle is the blessing.â€? Urainah Glidewell of Pell City, author of the self-published Cluttered Thoughts: Non-ethanol fuel on the water A Poetry Collection – Self-publishing is an avenue through which writers Snacks and beer on the water can reach their goal of being published. Over 200 full hook up Society: sites Jerri Hardesty of Montevallo, president of Alabama State Poetry   Writers should use their words Covered to create memorable striving for & secureimagery, boat storage symbols that go “10 miles and not 10 inches.â€? Convenience store Ashley Kitchens of Hoover, division chairman at Jefferson State Community College’s Clanton campus: Poetic imageryLaundry should notroom be confined just to Meeting poetry. It is a powerful tool in writing prose as well. hall Kathryn Lang of Guntersville, speaker, columnist and grounds author of books and Picnic eBooks: “No matter what it is you are trying to do – business, Swimming area online, writing, family, church – it all comes down to relationships. You are Boat andto repair uniquely designed for relationships. You dealership aren’t supposed do it alone. So reach out and make connections and then invest in those connections to grow a foundation of relationships. Relationships will drive you to your purpose and your desired success.â€? Harry Moritz of Pell City, webmaster: A social media platform is effective for disseminating information. It is not difficult to do, but does require diligence. He manages his wife’s blog, which receives 25,000 hits a you’re on month, with visitors from about 62 countries. Rita Moritz of Pell City, speaker, blogger and author oflake the self-published time Precious Poems: A Journey of Hope: People tend to findhere! time for the things that are important to them. If writing is a passion, then it is essential to plan time to write and to guard that time carefully. Jennifer Rash of Pinson, executive editor of the statewide newspaper, The Alabama Baptist: Stressors drain a person’s energy. In order to have the freedom to write, it is important to have stability in other areas of life. Effective teamwork in life allows an individual to have the time, resources and energy to write. People must be good stewards of their time. Kim Ridley of Mississippi, acquisitions editor     for Little    Roni    Publishers      and  author: It is important to have realistic expectations

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Because there are many ways to be published, it is necessary to investigate the options (such as traditional versus self-publishing), and know the process, the dos and don’ts, the expectations of editors and contract pitfalls. Ellen Sallas of Clanton, speaker, author and editorial director of Little Roni Publishers: It is essential for writers to develop three-dimensional The starts characters and an interesting plot. The party writing process must behere taken seriously. So often, writers rush through the writing process to get the The ultimate manuscript published quickly. As a result, they are not producing their best work. one-stop-shop Constance J. Smith of Huntsville, professional blogger: With a few clicks, even for all your a person who is not tech-savvy can have his compositions on the web for beverage the world to read. “Go for it.â€? Chris Tiegreen of Atlanta, Ga., author and editor at Walk Thruneeds! the Bible: Devotionals place a message in front of a large number of people. Effective devotionals are written in a manner that spurs daylong OPEN LATE! meditation on those thoughts. Jeanette Willert of Pell City, professor emerita of Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., and writer: Each sentence must be composed with great care so that it conveys exactly what thewriter    wants.    Writers     must   learn    to exercise variety in words and styles to express thoughts effectively.



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Discover St. Clair June & July 2015  

Covering Pell City, Ashville, and the rest of St. Clair County: Beaver Creek Outdoor Park Mud Racing, Texas Longhorns, Disaster Relief, Chic...

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