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Gardner Literary is proud to represent debut author Lyvonne Briggs as she signs her first publishing contract!

  Gardner Literary is proud to represent debut author Lyvonne Briggs as she signs her first publishing contract! . Congrats, Lyvonne!  🔥🔥🔥    
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SPOTLIGHT ON CLIENT BOOKS – Make a Move: How to Stop Wavering and Make Decisions in a Disorienting World by Stephanie Williams O’Brien

  We make thousands of decisions, and while most of them are relatively simple, we can get stuck in the larger, life-altering decisions, leading to frustration, anxiety, and confusion. “It would be so much easier if life just came with a road map!” Life is full of twists and turns, the unexpected and the unforeseen.…
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SPOTLIGHT ON CLIENT BOOKS – Abuelita Faith by Kat Armas

  🌹🌹 This beautiful book from debut author Kat Armas is out in the world, and I’m excited for you to read it! . What if some of our greatest theologians weren’t theologians at all? “Abuelita Faith” tells the story of unnamed and overlooked theologians in society and in the Bible–mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters–whose…
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SPOTLIGHT ON CLIENT BOOKS – Love Makes Room: And Other Things I Learned When My Daughter Came Out by Staci Frenes

  When Christian singer and speaker Staci Frenes learned her teenage daughter was gay, she found her dreams for the future—along with her lifelong faith—collapsing around her. Coming to terms with a new reality was an invitation to make room for new things: uncertainty, hope in the midst of loss, awkward and tough conversations, an…
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SPOTLIGHT ON CLIENT BOOKS – Red Lip Theology by Candice Benbow

💋Excited to announce this January release!!💋 I feel like I’ve been waiting forever to tell you about this book. Candice Benbow writes about Black spirituality and Black womanhood like no one else. She draws you in from the first page and doesn’t let you go. Her personality shines through and she balances depth and humor…
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SPOTLIGHT ON CLIENT BOOKS – “The Weight of Memory” a novel by Shawn Smucker

“The Weight of Memory” a novel by Shawn Smucker “A resonant allegory about forgiveness and faith. Fans of James Rubart will want to take a look.” -Publishers Weekly . “Smucker crafts beautiful sentences and haunting characters that immerse readers in a world where anything is possible but not everything is real.” -Library journal . I…
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Should you enter writing contests?

  ✍🏼 It’s a personal decision, but there are a few good reasons writers enter contests. ✍🏼 First, the prize money! That’s always nice. ✍🏼 But what if you don’t win? Was your time spent entering the contest wasted? ✍🏼 Entering the right contests can be helpful for writers of both fiction and non-fiction. The…
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An incredibly exciting and yet bittersweet announcement!

This is an incredibly exciting and yet bittersweet announcement! 💙 We’ve been waiting so long to tell you about this beautiful book that Rachel Held Evans wrote. Brilliant children’s book author Matthew Paul Turner finished and fully realized it, along with our gifted illustrator Ying Hui Tan. It’s the fulfillment of one of Rachel’s many…
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An Introvert at a Writer’s Conference

There’s plenty of advice out there about how to make the most of a conference. But what about those of us who are introverts? We may have trouble even wanting to attend a conference, let alone making the most of one! Potential for awkward social situations is around every corner. Oh, how we envy our extrovert friends!…
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Challenging Our Assumptions

I’ve noticed that when entering the writing and publishing journey, people have a lot of assumptions that aren’t necessarily true. Here’s a little true/false quiz to pinpoint some assumptions you may have. Do they need to be challenged?   True or False: The best time of day to write is the morning. In order to…
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One thing at a time

What’s on Your Sticky Note?

We all have our daily challenges, and I think most of us have certain things we struggle with over and over. My biggest day-to-day difficulty is the sheer number of things that need to get done. Sometimes the to-do list is so long, I get paralyzed. So I have a sticky note right by my computer. It…
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Eats Shoots and Leaves

Quotes for Writers

When the humorist James Thurber was writing for New Yorker editor Harold Ross in the 1930s and 1940s, the two men often had very strong words about commas. It is pleasant to picture the scene: two hard-drinking alpha males in trilbies smacking a big desk and barking at each other over the niceties of punctuation.…
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Friday Fun

A little shout-out to the place I call home… A young writer wanted to write a book about churches around the country. He decided to start with the most-populated states in the U.S., and work his way down from there. At a very large church in California, he began taking photographs and making notes. He spotted a golden…
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Lesson 3 Napkin Dad

Try Not to Sound Like a Writer!

Cartoon courtesy of “The Napkin Dad” Marty Coleman, Photographer and Artist Visit Napkin Dad Website See Marty Coleman’s photography View Napkin Dad Products
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