On July 25, 2016, Jane Jenkins Herlong, Leslie H Stobbe Literary Agency’s author of Bury Me with My Pearls, was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame during the National Speaker Association’s annual conference.
By Mike Dellosso
In this suspense novel sequel to Centralia, Jed Patrick is convinced he’s doing all it takes to keep his family safe―new names, new location, new identity. But just when he thinks he finally has his life back, trained men claiming to be CIA agents break in and threaten his wife and daughter, proving once and for all his family will never truly be safe until he eliminates the agency dead set on hunting him down.
Monday night, May 23, I was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. Close to an hour of comments, written, vocal, and video from people I helped in their publishing career: Jerry Jenkins, Dennis Rainey, John Maxwell, and many more. My wife Rita and Lillian, our granddaughter, thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved seeing my wife laugh and laugh and just enjoy being with me as the positive comments kept coming.
By Scott Mohr
Axel Erickson thrives on riding the heaviest of waves, but the weight of his girlfriend’s death has driven him to explore God’s promises for the life beyond. When Axel also unexpectedly passes away, he comes face-to-face with Christ in the midst of Heaven’s glory. The Lord assures Axel he’ll be assigned a vital role, filled with purpose and exhilaration for all of eternity.
By Lorene Masters
After my first writer’s conference two years ago, I learned that the world of writing is full of intelligent, cutting-edge agents and publishers who are not afraid to tell you how they really feel. And how I sincerely wished that they would not be so bold when it came to me and the critiquing of my proposal letters and manuscripts. Their critique was all over the board from, “you are a gifted writer with a great story that needs to be told,” to “you need to start all over and write this as fiction,” and “who told you that you could write memoirs because you clearly cannot and you must not have read very many of them or you would know how to write one.”
By Ron Sandison
When Ron Sandison set out to write a helpful book for parents and their families struggling with an autism spectrum child, he decided to tell his own story. He discovered that personal stories were of no interest to publishers. In discussion with his agent, Les Stobbe, he agreed that a how-to book for parents might more easily find a publisher. He interviewed parents from all over the country, interviewed 40 experts on autism and wrote three chapters of a practical guide for parents with autistic children. Through ministry contacts, and working with his agent, he was able to interest staff at Charisma Media, where editors worked with him as he developed the rest of the book.
I’m constantly amazed by the fixation of fiction writers on novels, as if that is the noblest expression of the art of fiction writing. Yet there are a variety of other opportunities to employ fiction to present the life-giving message of Jesus Christ. Let me illustrate with my experiences.