SQT – #CMN, Catholic Writers Conference Live

seven-quick-takes-friday-2-1024x727Please join me and other Catholic bloggers at This Ain’t the Lyceum for Seven Quick Takes Friday. I had a whirlwind trip to New Jersey for the Catholic Marketing Network and the Catholic Writers Conference Live. Here are seven photos from the CMN and Conference:

Speaking to the bookstore owners on Tuesday (notice the riser to help me see over the podium) Photo courtesy Megan Marley

Speaking to the bookstore owners on Tuesday (notice the riser to help me see over the podium) Photo courtesy Megan Marley

#CMNselfie2015, my attempt at a selfie before my first presentation on Wednesday (with help from Pat Gohn)

#CMNselfie2015, my attempt at a selfie before my first presentation on Wednesday (with help from Pat Gohn)

At the Author Reception, with Father Frank Pavone and Janet Morana (copyright Ellen Hrkach)

At the Author Reception, with Father Frank Pavone and Janet Morana (copyright Ellen Hrkach)

With Author Regina Doman

With Author Regina Doman

#cmnselfie2015 with Ann Lewis and Erin McCole Cupp

#cmnselfie2015 with Ann Lewis and Erin McCole Cupp

With other Guild members: Barb Szyszkiewicz, Marianne Komek and FQP authors Carolyn Astfalk and Erin McCole Cupp

With other Guild members: Barb Szyszkiewicz, Marianne Komek and FQP authors Carolyn Astfalk and Erin McCole Cupp

With new FQP author Karina Fabian and Amazing Catechists founder and author Lisa Mladinich at the CWG Booth

With new FQP author Karina Fabian and Amazing Catechists founder and author Lisa Mladinich at the CWG Booth

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More Highlights from CWCL

Here are more photos from the Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show and Catholic Writers Conference Live:

Moderating the Catholic Fiction panel

Moderating the Catholic Fiction panel

Self Publishing Panel with Arthur Powers (moderator), Ann Frailey and Eileen Leamy

Self Publishing Panel with Arthur Powers (moderator), Ann Frailey and Eileen Leamy

Sorrowful Mysteries Panel with Erin McCole Cupp and Karen Kelly Boyce

Sorrowful Mysteries Panel with Erin McCole Cupp and Karen Kelly Boyce

To see the previous photo highlights from the Catholic Writers Conference Live, click here.

7 Quick Takes Friday – FQP New Book And Other Quick Takes

7_quick_takes_sm1Please join me and other Catholic bloggers for 7 Quick Takes Friday, this week at Team Whittaker (as Jen is on break!)

1. The Lion’s Heart Now Available on Kindle
The Lion’s Heart by Dena Hunt is now available on Kindle. FQP is releasing the print edition later this month. Check out the new novel website at this link here.Front Cover Final revisedsm

2. Two of My Favorite Authors on Ave Maria Radio
Hey, check out this episode of “Meet the Author” on Ave Maria Radio recently with Dena Hunt and Jason Evert. Check out it out here.together

3. Prayer Intentions
First, please join me in praying for the repose of the soul of Fr. Kenneth Walker, a young priest who was murdered a few days ago in Arizona and Fr. Joseph Terra, who was also injured in the attack, but will likely survive. More information here at this Patheos post.

Please also continue to pray for Meriam Ibrahim (who has been sentenced to death for being a Christian and is currently held in prison in Sudan along with her toddler son and newborn daughter). and for the 300 Nigerian schoolgirls who were abducted and are still missing.

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.
Amen.

4. Catholic Writers Conference Live
If you are a writer and are interested in learning more about writing, networking AND your Catholic faith, the 2014 Catholic Writers Conference Live (held in conjunction with the Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show) will be held just outside of Chicago July 30th to August 1st. For more information, check out this press release here and the Conference website here.

5. Father’s Day
Happy Father’s Day to my husband! Check out this previous Father’s Day post from two years ago!

6. St. Anthony Feast Day
Happy Feast of St. Anthony, patron saint of lost things!

7. Man Up Cartoon

image copyright James and Ellen Hrkach (all rights reserved, do not use without permission)

image copyright James and Ellen Hrkach (all rights reserved, do not use without permission)

Copyright 2014 Ellen Gable Hrkach

Sunday Snippets – May 25

Photo copyright Ellen Gable Hrkach

Photo copyright Ellen Gable Hrkach

Please join me and other Catholic bloggers at RAnn’s Place for Sunday Snippets, where we share posts from the previous week and answer a weekly question.

This week’s question: What are your plans for this summer?
Other than taking it easy, we do have plans to attend the Catholic Writers Conference Live in Chicago. We will also be visiting my extended family down in New Jersey and possibly take a trip to visit the Statue of Liberty.

This week’s posts:

7 Quick Takes Friday – Anniversary, Reviews, Giveaway Two new reviews (thank you, Carol and Jean!!) and a link to a huge giveaway at the Catholic Sistas website.

From the President’s Desk – Inspiration and CWCL A brief post on inspiration and the upcoming Catholic Writers Conference Live in Chicago.

Copyright 2014 Ellen Gable Hrkach

7 Quick Takes Friday – Anniversary, Giveaway, Reviews Etc.

7_quick_takes_sm1Please join me and other Catholic bloggers at Conversion Diary for 7 Quick Takes Friday.

1. 32nd Anniversary
This past week, my husband and I celebrated our 32nd anniversary. It’s hard to believe we’ve been married that long! We went to breakfast at our favorite diner, spent the morning at the National Gallery in Ottawa, then attended Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral.

2. Review at Catholic Fire
Jean Heimann at Catholic Fire always has wonderful things to say about my books. Her recent review of my newest book is no exception!! Thank you, Jean!
“A Subtle Grace is excellent read for historical romance fans. Those who enjoy Christian romance and suspense novels will find this story particularly enjoyable. This is a winner!”

3. Review at Simple Catholic Living
Special thanks to Carol at Simple Catholic Living for this lovely review of A Subtle Grace.
“…a few pages in, I was hooked! As usual, Ellen does a wonderful job portraying realistic, memorable characters and touching on delicate subjects in a sensitive, caring manner. She also weaves authentic Catholic teaching seamlessly throughout the novel, without being preachy or overbearing.”

4. Giveaway of All Five of My Books
Would you like to win all five of my print books?? Go to Catholic Sistas and enter at this link. Or click the picture below. One lucky winner will win all five books!ASG Giveaway CS

5. Catholic Writers Conference Live
Are you a Catholic writer? Would you like to be inspired by great talks and network with fellow Catholic writers? Come join us at the Catholic Writers Conference Live, which is being held in conjunction with the Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show just outside of Chicago this summer. For more information, check it out at this link.logo

6. Reading/Review Shelf
Catholic Mom’s Cafe – Donna Marie Cooper O’Boyle

7. Status Update Cartoon

copyright James and Ellen Hrkach Please do not use without permission

copyright James and Ellen Hrkach Please do not use without permission

copyright 2014 Ellen Gable Hrkach

7 Quick Takes Friday – Volume 85

7_quick_takes_sm1Friday is here again (where did the week go?) and it’s time for 7 Quick Takes. Check out more fun Quick Takes at Conversion Diary.

1. Memorable Moments from the Catholic Writers Conference Live
Check out my recent post at the CWG Blog entitled “Memorable Moments from the CWCL.”

Treasurer and Conference Coordinator Ann Lewis and myself at the CWCL

Treasurer and Conference Coordinator Ann Lewis and myself at the CWCL

2. Don’t You Forget About Me by Erin McCole Cupp
Final edits and preparations to publish Erin McCole Cupp’s upcoming novel, Don’t You Forget About Me, are happening as we speak. Erin passed out free tomato pie at the Catholic Writers Conference (and I must say, it was very scrumptious…I actually prefer it to pizza…although I usually stay away from wheat.)EMCsm

3. Successful Kindle Marketing for the 21st Century Author
My presentation on “Successful Kindle Marketing” went well and the attendees even participated in a game called “Snowstorm” (second photo below).conf19EGHKindlepresentation3

4. We’ll Be Warm This Winter
Just received our yearly delivery of logs for the winter.IMG_0840

5. Our “Pope” Picture
At the Catholic Writers Conference/CMN Trade Show a few weeks ago, we posed with the best cardboard cut out of the Holy Father that I’ve ever seen. Even standing in front of this double of the Pope, and knowing it was merely a cardboard cut out, we were amazed at how lifelike it was!

copyright James Hrkach

copyright James Hrkach

6. Reading Shelf
A Body in Prayer – Neil Combs
Finding Grace – Laura Pearl

7. Be Fruitful, Multiply (Classic Cartoon)

Image copyright James and Ellen Hrkach (Please do not use without permission)

Image copyright James and Ellen Hrkach (Please do not use without permission)

Cartoon copyright James and Ellen Hrkach/Full Quiver Publishing
Text copyright Ellen Gable Hrkach

The Value of Live Conferences and Long-Lasting Friendships

My latest post at the Catholic Writers Guild Blog:

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.” St. Thomas Aquinas

When I self-published my first novel seven years ago, I joined a local secular writers’ group but never quite felt a connection. It was only through the Catholic Writers Online (Yahoo group) that I discovered a new group called the Catholic Writers Guild in 2007. Initially, being a member consisted of receiving a newsletter and participating in Sunday chats. This grew to an online conference, then an opportunity to attend the Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show in 2008.

2008 Trade Show with Lisa Mladinich and Karina Fabian

At the time, there was no accompanying conference, just interaction with fellow CWG members and Trade Show attendees at the CWG booth. In the beginning, I was nervous at the prospect of meeting such diverse and accomplished writers. However, I soon learned there was no reason to be nervous; they welcomed me with open arms and treated me as one of their own.

The next year, 2009, was the first year for the Catholic Writers Conference which was held in conjunction with the 2009 Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show in New Jersey. I learned a lot, met more talented Catholic writers and made more friendships. There were opportunities for book signings (photo below), as well as great talks by Regina Doman and Fr. Frank Pavone.

With Karina, signing books at the CWG Booth, 2009.

For me, the highlight of the 2010 Catholic Writers Conference Live was acting as moderator for the Catholic Fiction panel (third photo below).

Moderating the Catholic Fiction panel at the 2010 Catholic Writers Conference Live: L to R, Michelle Buckman, Regina Doman, Elena Maria Vidal, Christian Frank and John Desjarlais.

That was probably the most fun I’ve had in years. I looked a little dwarfed behind the podium, but I’m sure my loud voice overcompensated for what I lack in the height department.

In 2011, CWG president (Ann Lewis) and vice president (me) had an opportunity to show off our IPPY Gold medals (photo below). There were talks on blogging, Catholic fiction and marketing. My talk on “Marketing the Self-Published Book” was so well-received that I’ll be giving it again this year at the 2012 conference.

Ann and I showing off our Gold Medals, 2011.

The Catholic Writers Conference is a great place to learn about writing, marketing and our faith. But when it comes right down to it, the best thing about the Catholic Writers Guild and the live conferences are the friendships. I have made long-lasting and deep friendships based on mutual faith, charity and respect. When I ask for a review of my latest book, my friends in the CWG are there. When I ask for prayers, they respond with great charity.

Whether you’re a self-published author or a traditionally published author…whether you write for a living or as a hobby…whether you write non-fiction or fiction…the Catholic Writers Conference Live is an outstanding opportunity to learn, to network and to gain deep friendships.

This year, the Catholic Writers Conference Live will be held on August 29-31 in Arlington, Texas. I’ll be running the CWG booth, giving two talks (one on Marketing the Self-Published Book and one on Fiction and the New Evangelization). Most importantly, I’ll be reconnecting with old friends and making new ones.

I hope to see you there!

Text and Photos copyright 2012 Ellen Gable Hrkach