Monday, January 14, 2019

Monday Milestones

From Iola Goulton @iolagoulton

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2019!

In Monday Milestones, members of the Beyond the Borders zone of American Christian Fiction Writers share their latest achievements.

Click here for more information on joining American Christian Fiction Writers. In case you were wondering, Beyond the Borders covers all members outside the USA—there are almost 100 of us, from over a dozen different countries.

Onto our Monday Milestones!

Cover Design Award

Grace in the Shadows by Christine Dillon won a gold star for cover design in the September e-Book Cover Design Awards from Joel Friedlander. Christine's cover designer is Joy Lankshear of Lankshear Design, and it is the second of Joy's covers for Christine to receive the coveted gold star.

Joel says:

A gorgeous and perfectly executed cover for this inspirational story. The controlled color palette helps focus attention on the 2 figures, and the graceful tone of the design is emphasized by the careful typography

Works in Progress

David Rawlings has submitted his second novel, The Camera Never Lies, to his publisher, Thomas Nelson. Here's the quick description:

A successful marriage counselor, whose own marriage is falling apart is given an old SLR camera. Each time he uses it, it reveals another of his secrets, and he has no idea who is doing it.


There aren't any awards to announce this month, but if you're an unpublished writer you'll want to enter the Genesis Award from American Christian Fiction Writers. Entries are open, and close on 15 March 2019. Click here for more information.


If you're a Christian writer based in the South Pacific, here are two writing conferences you'll want to check out:

Omega Writers Conference

US Christian literary agent and publisher Steve Laube will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Omega Writers Conference. As far as I know, Steve is the first US-based agent to visit one of our conferences, and this is a great opportunity for Christian fiction writers to connect with one of the most influential people in the industry.

The conference will be held in Sydney, New South Wales, from 11 to 13 October 2019.

Romance Writers of New Zealand Conference

This isn't a Christian conference, but one of the keynote speakers this year is USA Today bestselling Christian author and publisher, Melissa Storm of Sweet Promise Press.

The conference will be held in Christchurch, New Zealand, from 23 to 25 August 2019.

To find out more, click here to visit the RWNZ website.

Congratulations, everyone!

That's all for this month! Do you have any writing or publishing achievements to share?

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