There’s no doubt about it, the inspirational fiction market is growing fast. And this year at the RT Booklovers Convention readers can meet some of their favorite authors and aspiring authors can learn about how to succeed in the market. Furthermore, published authors will be recognized for their hard work at the annual RT Awards Ceremony. Today, we are sharing an early peek at all the fun in store for inspirational fans at our upcoming convention in April 2012!
The Giant Saturday Book Fair at RT Booklovers Convention 2011
Among the authors at the convention will be Lyn Cote, who is best known for her Steeple Hill Love Inspired romances (both contemporary and historical). Cote is the winner of last year’s RT Reviewers’ Choice Award in the Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical category. Cote’s fellow Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical authors Allie Pleiter and Winnie Griggs will also be in attendance. Fans will also be able to meet author Dorothy Love whose 2011 historical romance Beyond All Measure got 4 1/2 stars. These are just a few of the inspirational authors who will take part in the upcoming convention.
Aspiring writers will be able to hear from authors and industry insiders as they share their tips, tricks and success stories about writing (and publishing) in the inspirational market. There will also be representatives from Tyndale Publishing House, Desert Breeze Publishing and Moody Publishing.
We are planning to hold three special genre workshops just for inspirational writers:
Christian Fiction Finally Gets Real: Living in faith is not about never stumbling, never leaving the straight and narrow, never making a mistake, never wanting more than we’re supposed to have. It’s what we do about it. Join us in an open discussion about the evolution of Christian romance, reflecting the imperfections of life and the choices we make. Leave behind the prairie bonnet and rose-colored glasses for reality-based Christian fiction.
Making The Change From Secular To Inspirational Fiction: Inspirational fiction covers all genres now, from romance, women’s fiction, suspense, mystery, young adult and historicals to Amish vampire stories and speculative fiction. Quality writing and captivating stories are a given, but what makes inspirational fiction different from secular? How do you go about writing these novels and making a first sale? Join these authors, who have published more than 150 books, and who look forward to sharing their experiences and advice with anyone interested in this exciting and very popular area of publishing.
Writing Inspirational Historical Fiction: Come learn the nuts and bolts of writing historical romance, including creating an appealing hero and heroine, developing the moral premise, conducting research, and writing in dual points of view.
Every convention attendee is welcome to take part in any workshop or panel that they are interested in. And after each day of networking, learning and meeting fellow booklovers, there's a party to attend. Of course, Saturday's giant bookfair will include many of the authors listed above — and more.
At next year's convention award ceremony we are especially excited to honor several inspirational books and authors. The 2011 Reviewers’ Choice Awards include three categories that recognize new releases in the genre: Inspirational Romance, Inspirational Novel and Inspirational Mystery/Suspense/Thriller. But we can't wait to find out which of the five authors nominated take home the year’s Career Achievement Award.
There will be fierce competition between these nominees. Author Wanda Brunstetter has made her mark with a score of historical and contemporary inspirational romances since she first came on the scene and is one of the most well known names in the genre. RT readers have been seeing Melody Carlson’s inspirationals reviewed in our magazine since 1998 and in that time the author has written in many different subgenres. Author Jane Kirkpatrick has written three books that received the highest RT rating, a gold, in the eleven years we’ve been reviewing her books. Another of the genre’s prolific and talented authors, Kim Vogel Sawyer, has been nominated for her work — all four of the books she’s published in the last two years received 4 1/2 stars and she has a track record of good writing. Kathleen Y’Barbo rounds out the category as the only nominee who has been nominated for both a Career Achievement and an RT Reviewers’ Choice award this year.