Meet A Winner


The first time I went to the Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference, I rode the bus. It was not a happy experience, mostly because I went at night, arrived tired, and stayed that way a good bit of the time.

The following year, some while before the conference, I pulled out the trusty list of attendees Mount Hermon supplied and started emailing locals to see if anyone from my area was driving up and might have room for a passenger.

While several people replied, only one looked like it would work out. I have to be honest. I had reservations. My traveling buddy was to be a man I had never met. Didn’t know him from Adam or from Jack the Ripper. 😀

Rich with his wife Sheryl

I laugh now because Rich Bullock, the writer who offered to car pool the six hours north, is one of the top-of-the-line Good Guys.

But I had another concern. What would we talk about for all that time? Or would it be OK for me to nap or stare silently out the window?

Silly me. I had prayed about this trip, and God has a way of giving abundantly more than we ask or think. I was driving with another writer, and we pretty much talked about writing non-stop.

Pretty much. I did learn that Rich and I are twins. Well, not actually, but we do share the exact same birth date—month, day, year.

So began a writer friendship. For the next three years Rich and I carpooled to Mount Hermon, adding in a couple other passengers along the way. One year we even had the opportunity to be in the same Mentoring Clinic, so I got a chance to read and critique Rich’s work, and he mine.

I soon learned he had an excellent eye and spot-on suggestions. For a short time we were in an online critique group together, and I saw more and more that Rich knew what he was doing on both sides of the writing desk. Even after that group petered out, I’d occasionally shoot a piece of work to him for his feedback, and he to me.

Consequently, it was my privilege to read a chapter from his new work in progress, Storm Lake, back in February when he was preparing it for another mentoring clinic at Mount Hermon.

And now, seven months later, after a somewhat hopeful agent rejection, Rich hit contest pay dirt. He submitted Storm Lake/Storm Song to the ACFW Genesis contest, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller category, and won!

I can’t tell you how excited I am for him. Here’s a writer who has taken the time to learn the craft and isn’t afraid to have his work before a group of tough critics. He’s one of those writers who gives back, too, having volunteered for years as a contest judge himself.

Hats off to all the ACFW winners—in all categories of both the Genesis (opening pages of an unpublished writer’s manuscript) and Carol (formerly the Book of the Year) contests. But I have to say, I’m especially happy for my friend Rich.

His is a name you’ll want to remember, especially if you enjoy mystery/suspense. His writing is sensory and transports you into the scenes he writes. I can see readers up late at night, all lights burning, covers pulled tight under the chin, but unable to put the latest Rich Bullock novel down!

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CSFF Blog Tour – Marcher Lord Press


First, I want to announce the winners of the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Genesis contest in the speculative division:

In the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Allegory category, the finalists are:
1st: Chawna Schroeder, Metamorphosis
2nd: Lynda K. Arndt, The Song of Blood and Stone
3rd: Valerie Comer, The Girl Who Cried Squid

Congratulations to these writers. Some of you may realize that Chawna and Valerie are both CSFF Blog Tour members, so it’s especially gratifying to see that they’ve received recognition for their own writing.

This month CSFF is NOT featuring a book. Instead we are highlighting a new publishing venture. Some of you may remember that a little over a year and a half ago, Jeff Gerke announced his plans to begin a new kind of publishing company, Marcher Lord Press. My initial reaction wasn’t particularly favorable because MLP is a print-on-demand publisher.

In part because of the discussion about POD that came about among CSFF members, I’ve changed my views. Another factor in my new position is a result of my awareness of the realities of the writing business. From agent Rachelle Gardner’s blog post last Thursday:

I think there are way, way more people writing books than the market can ever support. At least this is true within traditional royalty-paying publishing.

I began to understand this as I joined groups like The Lost Genre Guild and ChristSF. Lots and lots of writers. Very few spots for speculative titles released by traditional publishers serving the Christian market.

Another reality, quite frankly, is that the entire publishing industry is undergoing fundamental changes because of technology. With the development of Amazon’s Kindle and other such readers, I suspect books will, in a generation or sooner, be sold primarily via cyberspace.

Which brings us back to Marcher Lord Press. Here is a new, cutting edge, publisher devoted exclusively to speculative fiction written from a Christian worldview. As Jeff states in the introduction to MLP, “If it’s speculative and it comes from the Christian worldview, Marcher Lord Press is your publisher.”

Without a doubt, I see this new venture as filling a need, and I’m happy CSFF has the opportunity of letting others know about it.

Read what other bloggers on the tour are saying about MLP.

Brandon Barr
Justin Boyer
Keanan Brand
Kathy Brasby
Jackie Castle
Valerie Comer
Karri Compton
Courtney
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Janey DeMeo
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Kameron M. Franklin
Andrea Graham
Todd Michael Greene
Katie Hart
Timothy Hicks
Joleen Howell
Jason Joyner
Kait
Tina Kulesa
Mike Lynch
Terri Main
Margaret
Rachel Marks (not on the original list)
Shannon McNear
Nissa
John W. Otte
Steve Rice
Ashley Rutherford
Hanna Sandvig
Mirtika or Mir’s Here
Greg Slade
James Somers
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Jason Waguespac
Laura Williams
Timothy Wise

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