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MCWC Faculty Spotlight – Editor/Author Cindy K. Sproles

Cindy K. Sproles is an author, teacher, and speaker. She is the managing editor for Straight Street Books and Son Rise Devotionals (imprints of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas), and the executive editor of ChristianDevotions.us and InspireaFire.com.  Cindy travels nationwide teaching at writers conferences and women’s conferences. She is a best-selling author and serves as a writing mentor.  She is the author of nine non-fiction and three fiction books, and her devotions are widely published over the eastern seaboard. Visit Cindy at www.cindysproles.com.

Cindy’s afternoon classes
Mon. – Thurs.
2:30 to 3:15 

Writing Devotions that Strike the Soul

In this class, we’ll utilize the hook, book, look, and took method of writing devotions. We’ll discuss aspects that stop the reader from reading and offer tips that draw readers in, providing them the ah-h-h moment that strikes the soul. There is no one specific right or wrong way to write a devotion, but there are elements that are a must for a devotion to make an impact.

  Make Diamonds from Coal – Polishing your Manuscript

We’ll discuss polishing a manuscript. We’ll address where the story begins, the importance of the opening paragraph and page, what is your hook, and what is your overall goal of the book. We’ll look at how to develop characters who impact your readers so when the book is done, they want to know more about them. This class also addresses chapter lengths and overall word count, as well as the synopsis and how to submit to an agent or publisher.

 Writing Cliff Hangers: Keep ’Em Hangin’

What makes your reader continue to flip the pages? What does it mean when a reader says, “It’s a fast read?” These are questions every writer needs to answer and understand.  We’ll discuss what a cliffhanger is, the types of cliffhangers—Every cliffhanger is not a devastating thing—and how to add them at the end of every chapter. Learn about twists and how they pull the reader into the next page and how they may even surprise you. If you are writing a novel, this class is a must.

I Can Self Publish Just Because I Can

Self-publishing is readily available this day, but jumping the gun to publish before your manuscript is ready will become your Achilles heel as your career progresses. This class covers the business decision of self-publishing and its financial impact, and it discusses the importance of never skipping the steps to publication, i.e. editing, professional cover, and platform. Rejections and the purpose of them is addressed as well as understanding trends, the market, and if now is the right time to publish.    


Writers, please continue to pray that Susquehanna County soon goes green. We’ll abide by all state regs to keep everyone safe at our conference.

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Meet the Author: Sicily Yoder

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Sicily Yoder is an Amazon Top 100 Fiction Novelist and Cookbook Author. Although she is not, and has not been Amish or Mennonite, she has attended a Mennonite church at times and has friends at two Mennonite churches.

Sicily’s Roots:

She is a twin, her twin living in sunny Beaumont, Texas. Sicily is a foster mother to her five nieces and nephews and an entrepreneur. She left a career as a Trauma Registered Nurse to study textiles, home furnishings, and merchandising with an emphasis in Business Marketing. She is a former award-winning sales representative for Land O’ Lakes and Alouette Dairy Corporations.   She took French in high school and is planning a trip with her foster daughters for Paris next spring.

As a hobby, she travels and does freelance travel and food writing and wants to one day have her own travel show. She is a devout Christian and believes Jesus is the only person who saves a soul, not following a set of rules. She enjoys cooking, traveling, latch-hooking, and reading her Bible.

Are Sicily’s Books Selling?

Sicily has a huge platform, mostly off line, due to extensive touring since 2004. “I sold books out of the trunk of my car during my merchandising route in six states,” she says. “But a car wreck forced me out of that line of work and into writing full-time because I can take my medicine and work from home.” Although she suffers from some kind of chronic pain every day, she relies in her strong faith in Jesus for healing.

Her Writing Career

Currently, Sicily is working on a young adult series, entitled COWGIRLS FOR JESUS. Her son competes on the rodeo circuit, so she was inspired to create the series. She has over sixty books in print, including her popular short-story serial volumes.

Thank you, Sicily, for sharing some of your life’s adventures with us today!

Yoder. AmishBlizzards (2)Visit Sicily on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Amish-Blizzards-Winter-Surplus-ebook/dp/B00B04VJ32/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1370872031&sr=1-1&keywords=Amish+Blizzards+by+Sicily+Yoder

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