Writers and their need for accountability

It’s easy sometimes to sit down and write until your family tells you that you have a life and responsibilities and it’s time to stop.  But you just can’t stop.  Sometimes, though, a writer needs someone to get them writing, to say “git dem stories down and git’em down now!”  You, dear reader, will now get to be the one to wag a stick at me.

I’ve been meaning to write “reviews” on the music I love the most.  I plan on writing at least 5 per calendar week.  Now I’ve told the world.  We’ll see if I have the conviction to keep my word about… giving my words away.

Vanish- A book the Post Office takes literally

Unfortunately this month’s CSFFBT book, Vanish by Tom Pawlik, came a bit late for a slow reader like me to get a review in on time.  My wife was able to read it already, she said it’s scary and full of suspense.  My review is coming soon, Lord willing, but for now I’ll just be pointing you to other reviews.

The publisher sent the book a while back, and it would seem the post office thought the title was instructions.  Thankfully the publisher was kind enough to send out another copy, though it seemed the post office wanted to keep us in suspense, wondering if it would ever come.  I guess they really wanted to get us in the mood for the story.

I’m looking forward to reading this book, especially since it won the Christian Writer’s Guild’s “Operation First Novel” contest in 2006.  There’s a good chance I’ll be doing a giveaway on this book, so stay tuned.

For now, please check out these other reviews and posts about the book Vanish and it’s author Tom Pawlik.   

To purchase Vanish http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1414318936
Tom Pawlik’s other new release, Valley of the Shadow http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1414326793

Tom Pawlik’s Web site http://www.tompawlik.com/
Tom Pawlik’s blog http://www.tompawlik.com/blog.htm

Brandon Barr
Justin Boyer
Keanan Brand
Grace Bridges
Karri Compton
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Alex Field
Beth Goddard
Todd Michael Greene
Ryan Heart
Christopher Hopper
Joleen Howell
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Julie
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Margaret
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Eve Nielsen
Nissa
John W. Otte
John Ottinger
Donita K. Paul
Epic Rat
Steve Rice
Crista Richey
Hanna Sandvig
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Speculative Faith
Rachel Starr Thomson
Robert Treskillard
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler

The Lost Genre Guild

As some of you know, Christian speculative fiction is a genre that’s not really a part of the general Christian publishing industry.  Authors writing fantasy, sci-fi, alternate reality, spiritual warfare, and other spec-fic  books with a Christian world view have a hard time convincing big Christian publishers that their books will sell.  Their books are not usually the ones picked up on bookshelves.

But that doesn’t mean there’s not an audience.  There is, in fact, quite a large group of people who love Christian spec-fic.  They just spend their time in other places.  Some authors and readers have banded together to reach this audience.  One such group is the “Lost Genre Guild.”

http://www.lostgenreguild.com is where the group can be found online.  They have something for anyone with an interest in Christian spec-fic..

Readers:

  • A list of quality books to read
  • Reviews to help you find the right book for your current mood
  • People who are working to encourage authors to write what you like

Authors:

  • Reviews to help market your material to the right people
  • Links to other groups that support what you write
  • Publisher links specific to Christian spec-fic
  • Contacts for author helps

Beyond these benefits, this is a chance for both readers and writers to partake in a work that brings glory to God Almighty, the Great Story Maker.  All good things come from Him; and when a book’s author understands that, they are able to tap into something that touches the very soul of man. 

So please visit the site, and be a part of what they are doing.  You’ll find good resources, no matter your part in the telling of good fiction.

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For more information on the LGG, and for more on Christian Spec-Fic, please check out the following blogs…

Brandon Barr
Justin Boyer
Keanan Brand
Kathy Brasby
Grace Bridges
Valerie Comer
Courtney
Frank Creed
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Janey DeMeo
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Andrea Graham
Todd Michael Greene
Katie Hart
Timothy Hicks
Joleen Howell
Jason Isbell
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Kait
Carol Keen
Lost Genre Guild
Mike Lynch
Magma
Margaret
Rachel Marks
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Nissa
John W. Otte
Steve Rice
Crista Richey
Mirtika
Hanna Sandvig
James Somers
Robert Treskillard
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Jason Waguespac
Phyllis Wheeler
Timothy Wise