April 1st Northeast Ohio Christian Writers Conference

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This Saturday, April 1st, is the Northeast Ohio Christian Writers Conference.

If you are local or don’t mind the drive, it’s not too late to register! This conference is packed with so much. You don’t want to miss it!

I will be there too, presenting a book cover design workshop! Hope to see you there!

Location: Heritage Presbyterian Church, 515 N. Leavitt Rd., Amherst, Ohio 44001

Panels & Workshops:

Toying with Your Writing Dreams – Keynote Speaker, Jeanette Levellie
Self-Publishing 101 – Cassandra Morgan
The Spectrum of Christian Publishing Opportunities – Panel discussion
Write Your Non-Fiction Book in 24 hours – James O. Barnes
Creating Eye-Catching Book Covers – Theresa Linden
The Author as Marketer – Christine Benedict
The Things People Say: Finding the Funny – Irv Korman
Adding Light into the Darkness: Humor in More Serious Subjects – Debra Rose and Kelly Boyer Sagert
How Do You Deal With Writer’s Block? – Panel discussion
Storytelling: the Critical Elements – Panel discussion
Creating Characters Your Readers Will Love – Debbie Alferio
Buried Treasures: The Secret to Unearthing Hard to Find Information – Wendy Koile

Come to the reception at 6:oo PM, Friday, March 31st. Jeanette Levellie will be presenting “Humor Helps (And it Sells!)”  This event is open to the public. Come and mingle with other conference attendees, coordinators, presenters, and sponsors the night before the main event.

Learn more about keynote speaker, Jeanette Levellie.

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Book promotion. Ugh.

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I love writing! I could do it all day and all night… given the opportunity. Of course, I’m never given that opportunity because I live in the real world. I have a wonderful family, I homeschool my three boys, and we have to eat and do other time-consuming things like that.

I get time to write here and there, and I have an awesome husband who often takes the boys out for awhile or helps in other ways to make time for me to write. I don’t bring in a ton of money with my books, so one could consider it a hobby. Sometimes an expensive hobby. But my husband never belittles me as a writer. He encourages me and listens to my story ideas, lets me spend money on ISBNs and contests and websites and flyers and all those other things that go with writing and publishing. I probably don’t tell him enough how I appreciate him!

But I digress. This blog post is about promoting my work. Not my favorite thing to do. In fact, it’s not even in the top ten. I don’t know where on the list it is, but I avoid it like the plague! Part of me loves writing so much that I don’t care if I sell a single book. But the other part of me realizes that I write for others.

I long to find my audience, those people who would really enjoy my books! So I have to do something in order to find them.

Today I made an effort. I created a bunch of tweets about my books and a few quotes from wonderful Americans.  And I created a few promotional posters which I promptly posted on my Author Facebook page and Tumblr. And I don’t know what else to do with them, so I’m putting them all here.

If you or someone you love, might enjoy my books, please check them out! Ask your library to carry them and buy them as gifts for your friends!

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Along with a group of awesome writers of Catholic teen fiction, my books are on this brand new website: www.CatholicTeenBooks.com   If you like my books, chances are you will like the books found here too!FB poster

Okay. There you have it! My promotional effort! Yay, me!

If you have a good idea for how an author can find his or her audience, please oh please, let me know!

New Release: Path of Angels

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PoAKindle (002).jpgIt is year 63 of the New Era.
Nacerma has rid itself of societies ills, homelessness, hunger, suffering and religious differences, becoming a country of peace.
Seventeen-year-old, Aadi, seeks something deeper than the life Nacerma offers. When her former lover, turned  priests, asks her to risk her life for her faith, she accepts.
Mischa Truin is wanted by the Guard and needs to get out of town for awhile. When he’s asked to keep his best friend, Aadi, safe, he jumps at the chance.
Together, their faith and friendship are tested as they face thieves, highwaymen, the Red Guard and their own inner demons as they grow closer. Will their friendship survive? Will they?
Available on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Path-Angels-Underground-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01N4W4X3W
Author website: http://dawnwitzke.com
Dawn Witzke is the author of  100 Best Free Online Learning Links: For Teachers, Parents & Students and several magazine articles. She is also a cover designer who has designed a ton of amazing covers that you can check out here.

Catholic Teen Books Website Launched

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[March 10, 2017] – A  group of authors writing primarily for Catholic and other Christian teens has launched the website CatholicTeenBooks.com. The website provides teen readers, parents, catechists, homeschool co-ops, youth ministers, teachers and others with direct links to exciting, well-crafted books that raise the heart and mind to God and reflect the fullness and beauty of the Catholic faith.

The site is organized by genre and includes a wide range of books in the following categories:

  • contemporary
  • historical
  • mystery
  • speculative
  • saints
  • dystopian

Among those, you’ll find suspense, romance, coming of age stories, and lives of the saints with age-appropriate themes including the power of intercessory prayer, the communion of saints, the Rosary, virtue, Theology of the Body, and respect for life at all ages and stages.

“Today more than ever, teens need to know they are beautiful and valuable creations of God,” said author of the contemporary Bird Face series Cynthia T. Toney. “Catholic fiction and nonfiction can show them.”

Rather than stuffy, dry stories of saccharine piety, readers will find lively stories that appeal to the modern reader addressing difficult issues such as suicide, abortion, grief, family relationships, disabilities, and dating, all informed by the light of faith.

“A growing number of Catholic authors are producing high quality fiction, as well as riveting non-fiction or fictionalized versions of historical people and events,” according to Stephanie Engelman, author of A Single Bead. “The goal of these authors is to teach as Christ taught – through stories. They take ordinary people, with ordinary lives and challenges, and write extraordinary stories meant to change hearts while teaching minds. While avoiding being preachy or didactic, these authors impart wisdom and support Catholic moral and social teaching.”

Many of the books included have been awarded the Catholic Writers Guild’s Seal of Approval. Several have also received awards from the Catholic Press Association as well as secular organizations. Some books are currently used in schools throughout the United States. All are available in both paperback and electronic format through Amazon.com and other retailers.

“An incredible amount of excitement surrounds this new website,” said Theresa Linden, author of the award-winning Roland West, Loner. “We hope to see it grow into something wonderful for God, helping young readers find books they will thoroughly enjoy and that support, rather than tear down their faith. And also, helping authors of Catholic teen fiction reach their audiences.”

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