Subject: FaithWriters August Newsletter - Win a Xulon Publishing Package

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FaithWriters August 2014 
"News & Information for the Write Brained Christian" 
Today's Devotional and the Newest Member E-books Included


Big News FaithWriters! 

Raffle For An Additional 
Xulon Press Publishing Package

Open to all Silver, Gold and Platinum members with NO manuscript submission requirements or judging.

We wanted to make the last comprehensive publishing package Xulon has graciously offered us to a wider group of members. Many who may not yet have the ability to win a writing contest but have a real vision from God. Therefore we are running an old fashioned raffle where the winner can publish any type of Christian book they desire. You must be a FaithWriters member and enter this specific drawing to be eligible. You even have the option to greatly improve your chances of winning by completing over 30 simple tasks on FaithWriters (Like us on Facebook, Tweet, post articles, comment on articles, read free books, subscribe to our devotional, write a devotional, enter the Challenge, critique articles and more). Each task has a different point value from one to ten entry credits and some can be done every day to build up entries. There is no limit to the number of entries you can earn and the more you do the greater your chances of winning. At the end of the contest the winners will be drawn randomly. 

Go HERE and scroll down the page to the third publishing package contest and read the details. While you are there take a look at all of the publishing contests. Platinum members can enter all four, Gold can enter two and Silver can enter today's newly released raffle. 


Xulon (zoo' lon): Greek word used by John to describe the Book of Life in Revelation.
Fishers of Men 
Together We Spread the Gospel

We wanted to remind you that FaithWriters is unique in its dual purpose: We are writers and evangelists. On FaithWriters, you'll find fiction, non-fiction, poems, devotionals, Bible studies and other articles written from a Christian perspective; content you will not find on a site that is strictly evangelistic in nature, or on a general writing site. With so much variety, we receive many visitors who might not go to a traditional evangelism site. Many may not even be looking for Jesus, but Jesus still meets them when they visit. In our experience, God tends to find people where they are in their life. This may be while they are reading your article about marriage or divorce. It might happen when they read about struggles with sin or your fictional story. What we are saying is to keep on submitting your various pieces that could only be authored by you. You never know who will be touched and moved by your work.

Men and women from over 225 countries are drawn to the FaithWriters site by the various articles on the end of our virtual fishing pole. Many have no other way than the internet to find out about Jesus. They are able to learn a lot from our site and the sister-sites to which we have provided links. Many click on the sites we link to that offer in-depth information on Jesus because they are able to get more information in their native language.

Hundreds of people from around the world have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior directly through FaithWriters. Plus, as mentioned, we refer many people to other sites to help answer their questions and accommodate their language. We know it is not about just about numbers. We also know that accepting Jesus and confessing Him is just where it starts. It is honor to consider the fact that God would use us in this way. The numbers are encouraging for us though and we will love encouragement. 

We contact every person who leaves an email address, and provide them with more information. Sometimes we correspond with them several times. We even offer to place them in contact with another believer (FaithWriters member) in their country.
Consider how much time people --- especially kids --- spend on the internet these days. Watch this two minute video on how Kimberly found God on the internet.

Here is a comment we just received after an ongoing conversation with with a woman who emailed us from the FaithWriters Jesus page.

"Thank you for all of this. Bless you all. I am starting this today, July 19, 2014. Please pray for me. My battles with my
"demons" are a tough one."


Thank You FaithWriters

Mike & Bea
We Need Your Testimony  Earns Credits Towards Xulon Raffle
Currently Accepting Submissions for our Second Book of Testimonies 

If your entry was not chosen last year, please polish it up and consider entering it again this year. If you have a true story you want to share, this is the perfect way to do it. Get full submission guidelines here: http://faithwriters.com/win_a_publishing_package.php

We will now accept entries from members who were in the first book and want to submit a new version of their testimony.

Deadline extended to 9-15-14
Really Big News For Free Silver Members! 
FaithWriters Private Messenger Available to You Now

All members can now receive direct private messages from anyone interested in their writing through private messenger. If you had previously listed your email address in your profile, it should be removed now to reduce potential spam to your email address. Private messenger provides you with a level of privacy and security you did not have when posting your actual email address.

If you are a Silver member and have never been able to check your private messages, there may be some there now. Log into the site and look on the right hand side of the My Account page. It will tell you if there are any old or new messages waiting for you. Click on the link to read your messages. Please erase the ones you do not want to keep.

As new messages come in for you,  FaithWriters system will email you about the message that is waiting for you. Make sure your current email address in registered in your profile HERE. If you are not logged in, you will be asked to do so before being taken to your profile page to update your email address.

Note: Private messages with job opportunities will still only be sent to upgraded members. If you want to benefit from those opportunities you will need to upgrade HERE.

The 2014 Page Turner Contest is open!
Includes Possibility of Publication just like our 2013 winner Theresa Santy 

Calling all non-fiction writers! The eighth annual Page Turner Contest is now open for submissions! All that’s required is the first chapter of your completed or just-started non-fiction manuscript, along with a synopsis of the entire book. This could be just what you need to spur you on to fulfilling that dream of being a publishing author! You have plenty of time to enter, but now is a great time to start brainstorming, plotting, and outlining. Deadline is October 31st, 2014. Winners will be announced in December.

First Prize: $800 cash, editing of your entire manuscript, possibility 
of publication and more!
 
For complete guidelines, visit the official contest page: PAGE TURNER
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Freedom in Christ Earns Credits Towards Xulon Raffle
Are you suffering from doubt, reoccurring sin, condemnation, fear, worry, stress, guilt, shame, depression or addiction. 

Take our thirty day challenge HERE and see what happens. We have already had great feedback. Then let us know if it helps you.
Testimony Book - Trials and Triumphs Earns Credits Towards Xulon Raffle
Available in our store & on Amazon 
The Powerful and Personal Testimonies of Forty FaithWriters 

Support fellow members by getting a copy of this inspiring book, which contains 40 true stories from members who live for Jesus no matter what. These testimonies are powerful and encouraging, and maybe just what you need to strengthen your faith. Makes a great book to leave on your coffee table for a conversation starter. Check it out! http://faithwriters.com/testimonies.php.
Xulon Publishing Package

Ten percent discount for Platinum members and five percent for Gold. These discounts are off Xulon's best advertised price at the time you commit to purchase. This discount could potentially save you hundreds off a publishing package with them. 

Don't let a shortage of funds stop you from fulfilling your publishing dream!

Xulon Press offers interest free payment plans to get you started. We’ll even work on your book while you’re making timely payments.Call your Author Consultant at 866-381-2665 to discuss the payment option that's best for you!

Make sure to tell them you are a FaithWriters member and want your discount. If you are not currently upgraded you could very well save twice the cost or more of your FaithWriters membership making upgrading at FaithWriters something to consider.  
Are You Missing Out on a Huge FaithWriters Advantage?
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We have paid editors who visit the Critique Circle on a regular basis and they are telling us they need more submissions. This is a real chance to receive some very constructive and private critiques of your writing. 

One of the things I really like about the Critique Circle is the fact that in order to receive a critique, you must be willing to give one. Helping others has always given me a warm fuzzy feeling inside. It feels nice to know my actions can help someone else have a good day. The Circle requires one to give in order to receive. Some people may shy away from leaving constructive critiques because they may not feel qualified. But even if you are new to the writing world, there is a good chance that you've been reading since you were just a tot. Knowing what you like or don't like is a big part of leaving a critique. If you find yourself stumbling over a sentence there is a good chance that the sentence needs to be restructured. When giving a critique instead of just saying your sentence needs restructuring, I find an example and then show them one or two ways I would write the sentence so it flows without the reader needing to stop and reread a section.

I've learned as much, if not more, about writing by paying attention to what I like or don't like in other articles. One of the reason I try to comment on every challenge entry is because I learn so much from reading and leaving feedback. For a critique to be considered constructive, it's important that the author trusts you. If you gush over everything you read, it can be difficult to believe if you love my story because I just so your comment on a different story that was filled with errors and didn't make sense. One of the things I do is start with a prayer asking God to guide my words and to be gentle yet kind. Then I try to start the critique with something positive. No matter how poorly written an article is, if you ask God to guide you then you will always find positive things to say. Next, I'll point out specific typos or errors and show them the corrected version. If I'm giving my opinion with something like show, don't tell, then I'll pick a line from their story and try to find examples that would be more of a descriptive picture than an accounting of events. Finally, I always try to end the critique with positive comments.

I do tell people who want more feedback on their stories that one of the best ways to get comments is to give them. Most weeks that I enter the challenge, I will receive lines of gold boxes. I believe that is because people are repaying the favor and leaving me comments because I'm faithful in leaving them comments.

Shann Hall is a FaithWriters moderator and long time member. She is one of the most helpful people we have on the site. Please be nice to her and the other moderators who help critique. It is not an easy job and the pay is lousy. They do this out of the kindness of their heart in a sincere effort to help writers.
Great Multitude Daily Bible Devotional 
Receive it by email or place it on your website HERE

"What's in a Name?" – by Toni Babcock

The Bible says "And the disciples were called Christians first at Antioch," (Acts 11:26 KJV).
Not Catholics, not Lutherans, not Presbyterians, not Baptists, not Pentecostals - they were first called "Christians". To get to the seed of the apple one must scour away the pulp that grows around it.

As a believer in Jesus, the name 'Christian' identifies me immediately with Christ - his person and his work, and the freedom I have in Him. This freedom extends to my fellowship with other believers. For instance, I am a Christian that currently attends a Baptist church with other believers. When vacationing, I go to an Evangelical Free Church to worship with other believers. Both churches preach salvation in the person and work of Jesus Christ. The Spirit of truth sown by the word of God within the two, hears the harmony of faith amid the differences. "Unity, without uniformity" is part of the liberty in the Spirit we share, even as Christ is our Shepherd. "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me," (John 10:27 KJV) the Lord assures. 

Freedom is part of who true believers are. Not freedom to live without restraint, but freedom to serve Jesus in newness of Spirit, not in the oldness of the letter, which brings us to this; "…Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty," (II Corinthians 3:17b KJV ). Now here is a profound truth. Do we stand fast in our liberty in Jesus, so He is at liberty to do His work? Imagine Jesus free to work outside all the strict religious parameters man in his wisdom decides to frame for Him. We can stop imagining - because He does.

Toni is a freelance Christian Writer who lives in Minnesota, USA. Contact

This devotional is on thousands of website around the world and goes to about 15,000 daily by email and twitter. FaithWriters members are encouraged to submit devotional for publication HERE. Earns Credits Towards Xulon Raffle.
DISCOUNT - Guide to Marketing Books in the Christian Marketplace

The newly updated and expanded version of this award-winning title is packed with valuable information on promoting books in the unique Christian marketplace. This is the essential resource for anyone involved in producing and promoting Christian books.You will find many great ideas you need to market your book, and FaithWriters has negotiated a member discount . 

Christian Fiction Contest is Open
Winner to Receive a Xulon Publishing Package
Earns Credits Towards Xulon Raffle

1) PLATINUM MEMBER CONTEST – Fiction entries with a sound biblical message

If you have completed a manuscript or have an idea for a fiction book with a sound underlying Biblical message, this contest is for you. Simply submit at least the first chapter by November 30, 2014. There will be one winning entry, and the author will receive a Xulon publishing package. Click on the following link for full details:
The First Mixed Blessings Book, Simple Pleasures, is out, and we could not be more excited. New Release filled with FaithWriters top Challenge winners

At last! The long wait is over. The first of the new “Writing Challenge” books, Mixed Blessings Simple Pleasures, has been released, and what a book it is. With one hundred bite-sized stories, articles, and poems, by over fifty fantastic FaithWriters Challengeers including the talented Jan Ackerson, Kenn Allan, Teri Wilson, Beth LaBuff, Melanie Kerr, and a whole lot more, this makes a perfect bedside book or gift. There really is something for every Christian reader in a Mixed Blessings book.

Simple Pleasures is the first in the constantly growing Mixed Blessings series from Breath of Fresh Air Press. Each book is compiled almost entirely from our Writing Challenge Editors’ Choice winners over the last seven years. To date, there are over 460 authors involved in this massive project, with 2,900 articles in 29 books. Each quarter of the Writing Challenge will add more authors to the list, and another hundred articles.

Writing Challenge Coordinator and owner of Breath of Fresh Air Press, Deb Porter, says, “These books have been a long time coming, but I wanted them to perfect, and our first book, Mixed Blessings—Simple Pleasures, is worth the wait. I love everything about it. It is a delight from start to finish. I have too many favorites to list.”


Deb also mentioned that through the preparation of this first book, she has rediscovered the amazing talent of some old FaithWriters members, and is now working on book projects with three of the authors featured in this first book.

Mixed Blessings books are another excellent reason to enter the weekly Writing Challenge, which begins again after a brief hiatus on July 10. Apart from the main benefit of honing your skill by writing to topic, word count and deadline, and the possibility of winning a cash prize each quarter (or even becoming the Best of the Best each July), there is also the possibility of having your work published. And who knows? Deb may rediscover you, too. So if you haven’t entered the Challenge in a while, or maybe never tried it at all, jump on it. You never know where it may lead.

Although the Challenge is the best way to be included in a Mixed Blessings book, there are ways to sneak into one much sooner, as did Helen Curtis, Robyn Burke, and Marty Wellington with Simple Pleasures. “There are times an eligible author is not able to be contacted, even after extensive efforts and super sleuthing,” Deb said. “On those occasions, we need to put a call out for gap-filler articles, stories, and poems. So keep an eye out in the FaithWriters forums, Facebook page, Twitter, and Breath of Fresh Air Press for those special opportunities.”

Book 2, Mixed Blessings—Classically Inspired, is due to be released in October this year.



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Platinum Members are Eligible to Enter ALL Contests During the Year
Upgrade today and support FaithWriters 
At FaithWriters, we want to help you grow as a writer as we work together to spread the gospel. We really appreciate all of our members. However, like any business, we have website overhead, employees, and other expenses. Because most FaithWriters are free Silver members, please consider helping FaithWriters by UPGRADING to Platinum or UPGRADING to Gold. We promise to do all we can to give you a lot more than it costs. Another way you can help is by purchasing products through our Amazon links. They are found at the top of most site pages and are entitled Shop, Save, Support.  We thank you for your prayers and support. -- Mike & Bea and the FaithWriters staff

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  This Months FaithWriters Great Reads Selection
 We have some excellent writers and many topics to choose from at FaithWriters. Bless your fellow members by reading one or more of their books occasionally. Just imagine how you would feel if they did the same for you. Many of these books have multiple five-star reviews on Amazon. Descriptions are unedited and taken from the Authors book page.




Books added to our bookstore in the last month as described by each author.


Inside Timmy's Mind: Enter at Your Own Risk

Your Price: $3.99
Clean Christian comedy. A favorite comedian at FaithWriters conferences.
from Amazon.com!


Biblical studies

Genesis
Wayne Mac Leod
Your Price: $4.99
A Devotional Look at Creation and the Early History of Israel as Recorded in the Book of Genesis.
from Amazon.com!

The Relenting Heart of God
Wayne Mac Leod
Your Price: $2.99
This is a study of the relenting nature of God's heart. I have come to appreciate God's sovereign and unchangeable nature. This, however, does not mean that things in life cannot change. Blessings can be restored. Unused gifts can be taken away. Judgement can be replaced by pardon.
Login to Buy!
Available in more formats from:
Amazon.com
Smashwords.com

Devotionals

Meet Him on the Mountain
Sheldon Bass
Your Price: $5.95
40 Days of Intimate Encounters with God
Especially designed for Christians who desire a closer relationship with the Lord. Included are: 40 devotional messages, expository notes, extra articles, beautiful color images, poetry & further reading section.
from Amazon.com!

Poetry

Rose Without Thorns
Teresa Burleson
Your Price: $12.00
The central question in life is who is
Jesus? Everything hinges on the answer. This is a collection of 26 poems about who Jesus is. He is the
Rose without thorns, the treasure worth seeking.
from Amazon


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