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PASS THE MAYO
2/9/2018 9:00:00 AM by: Michelle Medlock Adams

“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:19 NIV

 

I’ve been a fulltime freelance writer since 2000, and those of you who know my story, know that when I first quit my fulltime magazine writing job to pursue a freelance career, my three steady freelance gigs disappeared one by one that first month. I was a little panicked, and my hubby was a lot panicked. I had assured him that I could make at least $500 a month on those three clients alone, and then they vanished just like that. I was devastated. I wondered if I’d missed God by going fulltime freelance. I wondered how I’d ever find work again. I wondered if I was good enough.

Maybe you’ve been there, too. It’s a scary feeling, isn’t it? Those bills just keep on coming even though your royalty checks don’t. If you’re in this situation today, I have good news for you. God can provide for you in a million different ways. Your paycheck, your royalty check, your freelance income—they aren’t your source. God is your source.

He certainly proved that to me during that season of transition, as I tried to find work to revive my budding freelance writing career. Just when I was about to give up and admit defeat because I hadn’t been able to make $500 that first month, I received an unexpected check for that exact amount in the mail. I couldn’t believe it! The check came with a letter that said I had won the Hellmann’s Mayonnaise Essay contest. I had forgotten that I’d even entered! And, what’s more, I don’t even like Hellmann’s. (No offense to the nice folks at Hellmann’s.) I’m a Miracle Whip kind of gal. I had entered that contest months before, but God knew when I’d need that $500, and it arrived just in time.

God will do whatever it takes to get you what you need. From manna to mayonnaise—He has a way to supplement your income and supply all your needs. He will open and close the doors as you follow His lead. You don’t have to figure it out. You don’t have to sweat it. You just have to trust God and stand in faith. 

Pray this with me: Thank You, Lord, for meeting all of my needs and always being right on time. Help me to trust You more and follow Your lead no matter what. I love You. Amen.

 

Michelle Medlock Adams: When not working on her own assignments, Michelle ghostwrites books for celebrities, politicians, and some of today’s most effective and popular ministers. Michelle is also a much sought after teacher at writers conferences and universities around the nation. In fact, she has served as an adjunct professor at Taylor University twice, teaching “Writing for Children.” Michelle also loves speaking to women’s groups, youth groups, and congregations, encouraging others to discover their destinies in God.

 

 

 

 

Continuing Class Presented by Michelle:

The Five F’s of a Writing Career: Freelance, Finance, Faith, Family and Fun—Getting it all done with grace and balance!

In this continuing class, we’ll explore what it takes to launch out into the freelance writing world and stay happily afloat! I’ll share with you all the tricks of the trade that have allowed me to run a successful freelance writing business (Michelle Medlock Adams, LLC) for the past 18 years. I hope you’ll join me for a practical, fast-moving, ever-so-fun, chocolate-filled kind of class.

Specifically, we’ll cover:

How to prepare yourself for taking the big leap of faith into a fulltime freelance writing career & how to determine when you’re ready

  • How to break into competitive markets and stay there
  • How to find consistent paying freelance work
  • How to come up with sellable ideas and turn them into articles, blogs, devotions, and books
  • How to craft a killer query letter, a perfect pitch letter, and a polished proposal
  • How to network, market, and maintain a presence in the industry
  • How to supplement your freelance writing income with related ventures such as speaking gigs
  • How to find time to write without sacrificing your family time
  • How to divide your time between looking for work and doing the work that’s already on your plate
  • How to find credible and even celebrity sources
  • How to mine your goldmine of past published pieces and additional unused research
  • How to make money while maximizing your ministry—it doesn’t have to be an either/or choice
  • How to think outside the box to increase your publishing potential and freelance income
  • And how to do it all with balance and grace and a great big smile on your face! 

 

Workshops Presented by Michelle

Turning Rejection into Publication 
After being in this business for more than 25 years, (Yes I began at age 10, haha) Michelle Medlock Adams has enough rejection letters to wallpaper most of her home. But, that's all a part of the process. In this session, she will help writers "read between the lines" of their rejection letters; use the letters to their advantage; and finally, turn those rejection slips into contracts.

 

If This Is What Being a Writer Is, I'd Rather Have Chocolate
If you're feeling discouraged and confused, wondering if God can ever use your writing skills for Him, join Michelle Medlock Adams for this session. The life of a writer isn't always an easy one, but it is definitely worth it! If you need reminded that God uses imperfect people (even writers with lots of rejection slips and no best-selling books), join her for this inspirational session. This session is guaranteed to put the pep back in your step! :) (And, she will have chocolate for all who attend!)

 

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Who am I Writing For?
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The Day I Decided to Keep Writing
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Invest in Your Writing
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Your Writers Conference Checklist
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5 Reasons to Launch a Blog
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Craft Fiction with Vivid Emotion
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Thoughts on being a Submissive Writer
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How Fast Should Your Blog Grow?
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The ART of Exceptional Editing
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Happy New Year
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Finding Your Strengths and Weaknesses
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Do Writers Need a Blog or Website?
12/22/2015 11:21:19 AM  by: Edie Melson

"Second-Fiddle" Characters Play an Important Role
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Let Them Eat Bread: An Editor's Thoughts on FCWC
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Preparing for Promotion
12/10/2015 12:59:44 PM  by: Michelle Medlock Adams

Jesus Believed in the Power of Story
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How to Use Hashtags in Social Media
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Where Writer Conference Connections Can Take You
12/2/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Lindsey Brackett

Why Should I Attend a Writers Conference?
11/30/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Andy Lee

How to Fight Discouragement... as a Writer
11/23/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Andy Lee

An Interview with Acclaimed Author, Robert Benson
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How to Write a Synopsis of Your Nonfiction Book
11/14/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Kristin Stieffel

How to Write a Synopsis of Your Novel
11/9/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Kristin Stieffel

Let God Define You
11/4/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Michelle Medlock Adams

10 Clues that You Are a Fiction Writer
10/31/2015 10:30:07 AM  by: Taryn Souders

The Basics of a Book Proposal
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What To Wear at FCWC
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The Skinny on Business Cards
10/15/2015 11:14:47 AM  by: Andy Lee

Just Do Your Part
10/12/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Michelle Medlock Adams

A Sneak Peek into a New Class at FCWC 2016
10/2/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Shellie Arnold

50 Reasons Why You Should Never Write
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The Best First Step on Your Journey to Published
9/21/2015 2:40:54 PM  by: Eva Marie Everson

10 "Not-So-Secret" Secrets for a Great Writers Conference
2/10/2015 11:40:12 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Go Where God Leads
2/1/2015 4:24:15 PM  by: Allison Bottke

Moving From Passion to Process
1/27/2015 7:08:31 PM  by: Ava Pennington

Your Last First Conference
1/19/2015 11:57:13 AM  by: Kristen Hogrefe

What Is Compel Training?
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That Agent Meeting
1/3/2015 7:44:41 AM  by: Tamela Hancock Murray

Three Problems with Point of View
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How to Evaluate Your Options
12/5/2014 3:23:10 PM  by: Cheri Cowell

Writing Effective Book Proposals
11/29/2014 9:37:42 AM  by: Jim Watkins

Do the Math
11/21/2014 7:49:46 AM  by: Marti Pieper

Becoming More Media Savvy
11/15/2014 11:12:20 AM  by: Natalie Gillespie

The Perfect Book Pitch
11/8/2014 6:04:14 PM  by: Dawn Anderson

Moved With Compassion
10/20/2014 8:26:14 PM  by: Diana Flegal

Splickety In A Flash
10/9/2014 1:30:56 PM  by: Ben Wolf

Look into Their Eyes: Why Editors Go to Writers Conferences
9/29/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Ramona Richards

A Writer's Life
2/21/2014 1:32:01 PM  by: Dan Walsh

The Good, The Bad, and The Gutless
2/20/2014 10:16:18 AM  by: DiAnn Mills

I Want 2 Write 4 Teens
2/13/2014 11:32:07 AM  by: Marti Pieper

6 Things Writers Should NOT Say to Editors or Agents
2/12/2014 9:03:54 AM  by: Jevon Bolden

Don't Be Labeled "Dead On Arrival"
1/30/2014 10:59:22 AM  by: Eddie Jones

Imagine. Create. For a More Confident Faith
1/28/2014 9:19:18 AM  by: Lora Zill

Burnout or Balance
1/21/2014 6:42:50 AM  by: DiAnn Mills

Money Workouts for Writers
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The Tale of Three Authors
1/10/2014 9:27:11 AM  by: Cheri Cowell

Three Questions, Three Answers
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The Introvert's Guide to the Writers Conference
1/2/2014 8:11:05 PM  by: Marti Pieper

After Your Meeting with an Editor or Agent
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It's Headed Right Towards Us
2/16/2013 2:53:05 PM  by: Amber Weigand-Buckley

So, Tell Me About Your Platform
2/11/2013 8:44:17 AM  by: Cheri Cowell

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2/1/2013 9:07:24 AM  by: Eddie Jones

Tips For Coming to the FCWC From a Floridian
1/26/2013 9:45:40 PM  by: Cheri Cowell

How to Write For Kids When ...
1/23/2013 4:06:57 PM  by: Michelle Medlock Adams

Why Take the Chance?
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Having a Positive Influence
1/4/2013 11:55:00 AM  by: Deborah Raney

Managing Your Time
12/29/2012 10:20:26 AM  by: Rusty Wright

Are You Ready for the Conference?
12/26/2012 8:45:52 PM  by: W. Terry Whalin

Devoted to Devotions
12/21/2012 9:04:49 AM  by: Ava Pennington

A Different View of Story
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