Sending out a Christian Wave upon a Secular Sea

Hooks and Books class 8/1

Hooks and Books

Conference speaker

Bryan Powell

A CAG class that covers the sell and why of your published works. Taught by the President of the Christian Authors Guild, author Bryan Powell.

This class session covers the elements of an effective front cover, back cover blurb, and “the hook”. As Bryan stresses, “Your hook is your book.” He will be covering the goals, motivation, and conflict of you book project.

Bryan will be bringing a stack of books from his Hiram Books store to use as examples. This will be an interactive class with a short reading/writing assignment, followed by a discussion.

For a limited time, Bryan is also offering a free downloadable copy for anyone that reviews his newest book trailer, The Witch and the Wise Men.





Atlanta Christian Writers Conference = Over 30 workshops/sessions/classes

” The ACWC is a remarkable writers conference to attend.”

What do Athena Dean Holtz, Fred St. Laurent, Jennifer Slattery, Bryan Powell, Andrea Merrell, Cheri Colwell, Cynthia Simmons, Debra Butterfield, Ane Mulligan, Robert Graves, ReAnn Ring, Mavi Archa-Rowe, Sally Apokedak, Michael Anderson, and Patricia Holbrook have in common?

They will a1-044ll be part of the faculty of the 2016 Atlanta Christian Writers Conference and will be leading the over-30 workshops, sessions, and classes. A ACWC schedule and registration info can be found on the “Conference” tab across the top of our home page.

If some of these names sound familiar it’s because they are experts in their fields of writing, editing, and publishing. Some are recognized and sought after by other conferences throughout the U.S. We are fortunate to have all this writing talent in one two-day conference.

Speaker and Writer

Athena Dean Holz

Fred St. Laurent

Fred St. Laurent

Jenifer Slattery

Jenifer Slattery

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The Atlanta Christian Writers Conference coming August 18-20

RadissonThe 2016 Atlanta Christian Writers Conference  hosted by the Christian Authors Guild will be held at the Radisson Atlanta NW Hotel  in Marietta, Georgia. The dates are August 18-20.  A faculty of over 15 experts includes award-winning authors, speakers, editors, publishers, genre experts, and more with over 30 workshops/classes/sessions being presented. One-on-one meetings with editors and publishers are also available.

Please see the Conference tab drop-down menu on this page for more details including a ACWC schedule and registration form.



CAG Spotlight with Jennifer Hudson Taylor

Jennifer Hudson Taylor is the CAG Spotlight for November 2011. Jennifer is an author, speaker and publicist for Hartline Literary Agency. Her website is

Interview by Cindy Simmons.

CAG October Spotlight

Interview with Candy Arrington

CAG Spotlight–Cindy Sproles

CindySprolesSpiritual life coach, Cindy Sproles is this week’s CAG interview.



Podcast Spotlight-Edie Melson

Cindy is hosting Edie Melson for this week’s CAG Spotlight.

Edie Melson is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for life’s stories. She loves to share her 16+ years experience in the field of writing through mentoring and teaching others. Her first foray into professional writing was as a technical writer in the 80’s. From there she quickly moved into freelance writing and editing, a perfect fit for someone who loves new challenges. Hundreds of articles and devotions, including those for Focus on the Family,, and, have flowed from her pen to her audience. Visit her site at

Podcast with Jennifer Slatterly

jennifer_slatterlyJuly 2011 Podcast

This month’s podcast is with author Jennifer Slatterly.

Jennifer has written for Granola Bar Devotions, Afictionado, Bloom, the Breakthrough Intercessor, and the Christian Fiction Online Magazine.
Jennifer’s website

Cec Murphey-Author Spotlight Podcast

This week’s Spotlight podcast with Cindy Simmons is NY Times bestselling author and international speaker Cecil (Cec) Murphey. Cec Cec Murpheyis the author or co-author of more than one hundred books, including the bestseller 90 Minutes in Heaven (with Don Piper). His books have sold millions and have been translated into nearly 40 languages. His newest book, Christmas Miracles, released in October 2009, and When God Turned Off the Lights, released in August 2009.

Cec Murphy will be our keynote speaker for our Catch the Wave writer’s conference this September. For more conference information, go to

Listen to the podcast below.

Lin Johnson–Author Spotlight Podcast

Listen to Cindy’s awesome interview with Lin Johnson!

This is a preview of our fall conference. Lin will be one of our guest speakers.