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January 2017

posted Jan 1, 2017, 7:35 PM by Western Wis Christian Writers Guild   [ updated Jan 1, 2017, 7:56 PM ]
This month's newsletter, written by Melissa Wiltrout:
          It's a new year!  Who doesn't enjoy a fresh calendar on the wall, a fresh
          number to write on checks and journal entries, and a fresh, untainted 
          New Year?
          I am breaking from my usual negativity and daring to view 2017 in a 
          positive light, due in part to reading a few journal entries from last fall 
          highlighting the work God has done in my life over the past 14 years.
          While last year was challenging in many ways and I don't know what this
          year holds, my faith has been strengthened on this New Year's Day through
          remembering who God is and what He has done for me.  I believe that "He
          who began a good work in me will complete it."  (Philippians 1:6)  With God
          at work, with Him providing and caring for me, I know 2017 will be another
          good year.
        Writing Prompt:  What was your 2016 like?  Was it filled with awesome 
          experiences that drew you closer to your loved ones and to God?  Or did it
          bring disappointment and loss?  Was God there for you?  How did He reveal
          Himself?  Write a letter of remembrance and thanksgiving to God for His
          guidance and care for you in the past year.

       COMING UP:  Michelle Rayburn will be our feature speaker this month
          talking about Marketing from Proposal to Publication.  Marketing is an
          important part of the process from the moment your book becomes a
          concept.  She will examine the process of surveying the market, assess
          how to get your audience to want your book, and strategize about cost-
          effective ways to capture sales.  How to maximize free marketing
          opportunities and helpful insights into the ever-changing market will
          also be shared followed by a Q & A time.  Door prizes, yummy food
          and fellowship for all.
          If you want to receive feedback on your work, come early (5:30 p.m.) to
          meet with others.  Bring 6-8 copies of your short piece (300 words or so)     
          for the group to read along as you share.  You could bring what you've
          written in response to the prompt above or something else you're working
          on.  It can be a portion of a book chapter or a short article, too.
          See you at the January meeting!