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Six Month Anniversary of NAF

Has it been six months already?

The New Authors’ Fellowship launched on January 15, 2010.  Within just a couple weeks all the featured authors that you have come to enjoy had come on board.  What a wonderful six months it has been!

From the very beginning, we wanted to be a group of unpublished authors to “pull back the curtain” and chronicle our journeys, life stories, and insights as we seek to break through that glass ceiling that is publication.  There have been set-backs, tears, and victories in these few short months… experiences our readers have shared.  It has been our hope to show other authors that we are just like them and that they are not alone in their very frustrating struggle.

But all has not been gloom these six months.  PA Baines has had two short stories published and has become the first of us to land that elusive contract for his novel!  We are very excited for him, and will soon have to move him to our Alumni section.  And just in the past couple of weeks, Keven Newsome has received a contract for a short story.

Things are certainly exciting here!

As we reach our six month anniversary, we want to renew our commitment to unpublished authors.  I’m sure by now you’ve seen some changes around here… I hope you like them!  But look closely at the top menu.  You’ll see links and resources for new authors.  And we will continue to seek out new ways to be a source of encouragement and help, not just another “how-to” site.  That’s not what we’re about.  Other things have been updated too.  Each featured author now has a Portfolio page, and there are RSS feeds for the blogs of our Alumni.  We will also be bringing you desktop wallpapers for you to download!

So, what does the New Authors’ Fellowship mean to you?  Do you enjoy the life stories?  The struggles of an unpublished author?  The insights into the writing and publication process?  Of what would you like to see more?  Leave us your comments and your stories of what NAF has meant to you these past six months.  Thank you for your support, and we pray that we will be here to be a source of encouragement for years to come.  The faces and names may change, but our purpose will remain the same.

Favorite Links

These are some of YOUR favorite posts.   The posts you see here are the top viewed posts for each of our featured authors since we launched in January.  Take a moment and reread some of your favorites.  Is your favorite not here?  Leave the link to it in the comment section!

PA Bains

Diane M. Graham

Keven Newsome

Ren Black

Mauricio Hance

Zoë Demaré

David James

About Keven Newsome

Keven Newsome is an musician, theologian, and a bit of a nerd. He enjoys a variety of musical genres, from Christian rock to movie soundtracks to KPop. A former band director, he plays about a dozen instruments, given a couple of weeks to practice up. His theological work has included a book on multi-generational ministry and a thesis on the theology of communicating with the dead. As for his nerd-card, he enjoys the fandoms of The Legend of Zelda, Doctor Who, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Lord of the Rings. With a music degree from William Carey University and a theology degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Keven actively serves in ministry as both pastor and worship leader.

9 comments on “Six Month Anniversary of NAF

  1. It’s been a heck of a ride so far, Keven! I’m sure that the best is yet to come though. I pray that the Lord will continue to use this to bless all those involved, the writers of the blog, as well as the readers. And I hope that other people out there working on writing their novel, or having finished it trying to get it published, can draw inspiration from our personal stories as we move toward publication. Best wishes to all, and a recongratulations to Paul for breaking the glass ceiling first for our group! May this be the start of a good trend for us all. 🙂 Everyone, enjoy!

  2. What many of our readers may not know is Keven Newsome brought all of us together. He had a passion for not only getting Christian authors noticed but providing a place where anyone could come and hang their hat at the end of a hard week. Let’s face it, some of the stuff my colleagues post is outright entertainment an that is priceless. So for the hundredth time, Keven, THANK YOU. 😀

    For me, this blog has been a source of much needed healing. I find peace in writing and to share that with others is pure joy. It is nice to know there are others walking a similar path and I am not alone on my quest.

    We are a family here at NAF. Honestly, Paul is always pulling Ren’s hair and David must be sent to the corner at least ten times a week. Mauricio is our silent wise-one but don’t think I can’t see him sneaking cookies from time to time. Keven is always playing super hero in the bathroom mirror and Zoe just giggles and rolls her eyes at how grown people can be so “immature”.Carol and Kristen are the older sisters away at college but they come home ever so often to give us all a playful smack in the back of the head. Me? Haha…I refuse to tell on myself. 😀

    • I guess that makes you the annoying little sister who takes our stuff and hides it!

      Seriously though, you are very welcome. I’ve always only wanted to fill a void that I’ve found in my own journey. After the MLP contest, I realized that there really were other writers out there who felt just like me. We shouldn’t hide. This can be a very discouraging adventure, and I want to be a source of encouragement to all frustrated “wanna-bees”. After all, most of us are still just “wanna bees” ourselves!

      To me, this blog has been a place to be real with other writers. With so much pitching and marketing going on trying to get our books noticed, so often writers don’t notice each other. We need each other’s support to stay sane… it’s not something easily done alone!

      So thank YOU everybody, for being a support system for me!

  3. He can’t have his cape back! I sold it for this glowing green rock.

    (what they don’t realize is that I love going to the corner…as a solitary person with social tendancies I can plot my world takeover best with everyone else out doing their own thing…going back to the corner now)

  4. Sorry for my tardiness. it just seemed to take me forever to braid my hair! FYI the number of bad hair days one has grows in direct proportion to the amount of hair you have. lol.

    You know, when I signed up for this carnival, I didn’t realize I was joining the ranks of a brand new sibling rivalry and childish antics. Guess I should have known.

    I had been one of those that rolled her eyes at the thought of blogging. Good grief, I had a hard time being consistent in my own private journal why should I spend all this time writing a public one. Besides, I ramble and I know it. Not to mention suffering from delusions of perfectionism. And it’s just not feasible to do 3 rounds of revisions on each post. So I joined to intentionally push myself. Writing can become such a solitary ordeal and I was a loner as a child, but more and more I find more evidence that says that a professional writer cannot afford to cut themselves off from their audience – from people. Not the readers, but also those already in the publishing/public arena. It’s a buyer’s market for books out there and even aspiring writers are expected to have good people skills and understand the market.

    This blog venture has already been such a wonderful learning ground for me – a place to grow, to connect, to practice humility and tact, and to refine what it means to me to be a writer. I see the dedication and faith of both my fellow bloggers and the wonderful comments. It encourages me and helps me refocus.

    Thank you all for the privilege of learning, making mistakes, growing, and of association with new friends.

  5. […] the summer of 2010 we overhauled the look of our site for our 6th month anniversary, and prepared to graduate our first real Alumni, Paul.  We also started to define ourselves as a […]

  6. […] the summer of 2010 we overhauled the look of our site for our 6th month anniversary, and prepared to graduate our first real Alumni, Paul.  We also started to define ourselves as a […]

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