Saturday, April 20, 2013

Announcing a New Contributor!

Happy weekend, writing friends! Annette here. We don't normally post on the weekends, but today we have a special announcement. Beginning this Monday, April 22nd, and for each fourth Monday of the month, editor and writer, Michael Ehret will post helpful articles full of editing tips. We're thrilled to have him join us! I've read his first post (coming up in a couple of days), and it's great! 

Here's more information about our fellow American Christian Fiction Writers member, and ACFW Journal editor:

Michael Ehret
Michael loves to play with words and as editor of the ACFW Journal, he is enjoying his playground. He also plays with words as a freelance editor at, where he often takes a writer Into The Edit, pulling back the veil on the editing process. He has edited several nonfiction books, played with words as a corporate communicator, and reported for The Indianapolis Star.

Michael edits freelance, as well. Here's more about his editing business:
“The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
George Bernard Shaw
You’ve heard the phrase, “There’s a fine line between ‘this’ and ‘that.’” I see fine lines everywhere. For instance, there’s a fine line between:
  • Being ready for publication and being published.
  • Having completed a manuscript and having that manuscript ready for publication.
  • Having the desire to write and having the determination to complete a manuscript.
As Shaw suggests, there's also a fine line in communication—that place where what you're trying to say gets jumbled up with what the reader is hearing. Are you getting through? Is your message clear? I’ve learned to appreciate both the value of editing and the benefit of great writing. I can help you improve your writing, as you stay focused on the goal before you. 


“Michael Ehret gets my highest recommendation as an editor. He has an uncanny talent for taking what I’ve written, boiling it down to its essence, yet never losing an ounce of my writer’s voice.” Deborah Raney, author of The Hanover Falls Novels series from Simon & Schuster/Howard  

"Mike edited my first book when I naively believed I didn’t need a professional editor. He made the text come to life. After taking the time to hear my goals for the reader, he helped shape the text to meet those goals. I always use an editor now, and he is the first one I call.” Steve Ganger, author of Time Warped and Priority Parenting.  

“Michael Ehret understands tight, powerful writing and is committed to helping others grow in their craft. His keen eye for strong words and his ability to communicate craft-related skills has greatly helped my writing.” Jennifer Slattery, contributing writer with the ACFW Journal

Learn more at his website: Writing on the Fine Line, and watch for his great articles beginning this Monday!


  1. Mike is a great addition to your blog!! I'm looking forward to his posts. :)

    1. Thanks, Ane! We agree and are thrilled to have him.

  2. Thanks for the kind welcome! I'm looking forward to it.


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