By Beth Adams
Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference
The past few days, I’ve been gearing up for the Mt. Hermon Christian Writer’s Conference, which I’ll be attending early next month. I’ll be meeting with authors and agents, and learning more about what’s going on in the world of inspirational book publishing.
I’m excited about the conference for several reasons—for one, it’s supposed to be one of the best out there. For another, the conference takes place at a gorgeous, relaxing retreat center in the
I’m also teaching a couple workshops at the conference, and for some reason I’m kind of looking forward to that too. When I first found out I had to teach, I almost tried to get out of the conference altogether, but when I sat down to think about what kind of wisdom I could possibly impart to a group of writers more experienced and talented than myself, I realized that there are a few things I know about.
I know about how to pull together a book series. I spend a good part of my day creating, fleshing out, and editing fiction series. I know about that. I realized I also I know a fair amount about writing mysteries. I’ve never written one myself, but I have edited a ton of them, and drawn some of my own conclusions and rules about what makes a good, well-plotted, fast-paced mystery.
I proposed two workshops—Writing The Series and Writing The Mystery—and I’m actually getting excited about what I’m going to say and how I’m going to present the material. It’s going to be fun.
Beth Adams is the creator and editor of GUIDEPOSTS' Home to Heather Creek fiction series.
She also created the Home to Heather Creek series, which centers on a woman raising her grandchildren on a family farm in Nebraska.
Many of the posts in this blog center on reading, writing, and editing fiction, especially Home to Heather Creek.