New Release! Childhood Remembrances (Free Ebook)

Childhood Remembrances CoverNEW RELEASE! Childhood Remembrances is an anthology of brief memoirs. Experience someone’s best day, worst day, or somewhere in-between and gain wisdom from the lessons they learned. Authors include Ben Fine, Deborah Hansen, J. Ross Archer, Judy K. Haught, Leslie Anne Wood, M. Liebchen, Rebecca D. Bruner, Sandra L. Hickman, Sandy Loam, Saranya Sridharan, Sumeet Manohare, and Wanda J. Burnside.

Click this link Childhood Remembrances to read this free ebook online right now or download it to read later. Learn more about the authors who contributed their work to this publication by clicking right HERE. Childhood Remembrances is coming soon in print.

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Meet the Author

Childhood Remembrances CoverI am pleased to introduce the contributing authors from Draw Near’s upcoming free ebook entitled Childhood Remembrances. In it, each talented author listed below has shared a meaningful lesson from his or her youth for the glory of God and your reading pleasure.

Ben Fine is a mathematician and professor at Fairfield University in Connecticut in the United States. He is a graduate of the MFA program at Fairfield University and is the author of thirteen books (eleven in mathematics, one on chess, one a political thriller) as well over 130 research articles, twelve short stories and a novella about Pirates. His story August 18, 1969 published in the Green Silk Journal was nominated for a Pushcart prize. His latest novel Out of Granada was released in July. His author website is https://benfineauthor.com.

Deborah Hansen has been published in The Teacher Magazine, Florida Times-Union, First Coast Parent Magazine and most recently, Breathe Free Press, Runcible Spoon, and Burning House Press. She is the author of Character in Everything, a curriculum for school-aged children, and the author of two books: Broken Strings: Wisdom for Divorced and Separated Families and Nothing to Complain About: My 125-Day Journey to Become Complaint Free. Her third book, in progress, is a collection of her Haiku.

J. Ross Archer is a retired Colonel from the US Army where he served 23 years. He is an active Rotarian and a Gideon. He and his wife reside in Thomasville, Georgia and share five children, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Judy K. Haught, Christian 48 years. She began with short stories, and poetry. She discovered her writings were always ending with Christ as Victorious, showing Him as the “Great I Am.”

Leslie Anne Wood is a Christian motivational speaker and writer from the west Michigan area. Her ministry, Transforming Faith, helps non-believers to develop a personal relationship with Christ as their Savior and encourages believers to deepen their spiritual walk with the Lord. Learn more about her at www.TransformingFaithMinistries.com.

M. Liebchen grew up with dogs and cats, chickens and cows, and knows how they can impact our lives. She remembers her affection for them and theirs in return. Now she writes middle-grade novels that feature challenged characters and unusual animals, and short essays with a Christian slant.

Molly ~ wound dresser These are desperate days and people are losing hope in record numbers. “People need the LORD” just like the old Steve Green song said. My desire is to bring the gifts God has given me, of encouragement and teaching, to a world dying for hope and searching for the healing, I believe, only Jesus Christ can bring to the wounded heart.

Rebecca D. Bruner is an inspirational speaker and the author of six books. The longing of her heart is to see people fall deeply in love with Jesus. Connect with her online at www.rebeccabrunerauthor.com.

Sandra Hickman is an Australian writer, poet and songwriter. A contributing author to five Christian publications, and The Lamp Newsletter located in Michigan USA. An Intercessory Prayer and Ministry Leader, Evangelist, Missionary and Bible School graduate, residing in Western Australia.

Sandy Loam is the pen name of a wife and mother from Los Baños and Bay, Laguna, Philippines. A researcher at heart, she occasionally writes as the Lord leads. She also loves to sing and play some instruments, making melody in her heart, as well as gardening and sketching for the Lord.

Saranya Sridharan is an Indian Software Engineer by profession and a passionate author by choice. She has been blogging for around 6 years and has recently published a book titled Poetic Medley. She believes in motivating other people, inspiring them to be positive in their life. Her personal blog can be found here https://ani1dotme.wordpress.com/.

Sumeet Manohare writes a self-improvement blog with some photography and music. Visit the “Accidental Blogger” at www.writingmyheartout25.wordpress.com.

Wanda J. Burnside is an author, poet, teacher and publisher/founder of The Lamp Newsletter. She is the founder and president of Write the Vision Ministries and Media Productions, Int’l. She has been married to Simmie Lee Burnside, Jr. since 1972. They reside in Detroit, MI.

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Cherry Memories (poem by me)

Papa picked cherries from high on the tree,
We ate them on the ol’ wooden porch swing,
As we swang to and fro we sang some songs,
Then we spit cherry seeds right on the lawn.

Then the ol’ swing broke and so did his leg,
Soon after my mom moved us far away,
No longer did we sing on the porch swing,
No longer did we spit seeds on the lawn.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…” —Ecclesiastes 3:1

 

Call for Submissions

Draw Near is currently accepting submissions for a new free ebook. This publication will consist of personal essays. All essay submissions should be under 1,000 words. The theme is childhood. The essay should capture a single day or event that happened during your childhood. The situation or event could be good or bad, but please close your essay with a positive message on how it helped you in life. Some possible themes for your essay could be living in the country/city, growing up with two parents or only one parent, being raised in a Christian/non-Christian household, living in a rich/poor family, being popular/unpopular in school, etc. Simply give the reader an idea of what it was like to be you as a child and a sliver of wisdom from your experience. Need help? Do not hesitate to request free assistance from Draw Near’s editor.

Carefully read the following guidelines before submitting.

  1. Email your personal essay to songofsolomon8@outlook.com. Submit in the body of the email or as an attachment (.doc, .docx, .pdf). Avoid using special fonts and formats (such as centering, italics, etc). Include the title and “by” line in the email. (A pen name is okay.)
  2. You may include a short biography (optional). If your work is selected, Draw Near will share your bio in a blog. The bio must be in third person and consist of no more than three sentences. One link to your personal website or social media is acceptable.
  3. Draw Near will accept work that you have published on the internet (on your website or a public forum). However, we are not interested in manuscripts that have already been accepted for publication by other publishers. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please notify us immediately if your writing is accepted elsewhere.
  4. Submit only one personal essay. Submissions with indecent words or subjects will be rejected without consideration.
  5. The deadline is when full. Please submit as soon as possible.
  6. Unfortunately, you will not be paid for your submission. Please submit only if you wish to glorify God and help others draw near to Christ. All submissions will be considered and acknowledged. However, Draw Near will only accept quality writing that adheres to these guidelines for publication.
  7. PLEASE READ THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT RIGHTS!!! By submitting a creative work:
  • you certify you are the author of the creative work.
  • you agree to give the publisher rights to publish your creative work in a single publication.
  • you authorize the publisher to make this publication available in print and electronic formats.
  • you agree to allow the publisher to post this publication on this website and other websites designed for hosting print and electronic formats.
  • you retain the copyright to your work.
  • you will be credited for your creative work (either as your real or pen name).

Still interested? Send your personal essay to songofsolomon8@outlook.com today!

Menagerie: An Anthology of Christian Writing (FREE EBOOK)

NEW RELEASE! Menagerie: An Anthology of Christian Writingswirl cover is now available! Click HERE to read this free ebook online right now or download it to read later. An arrangement of reverent, humorous, and touching pieces that are consistent with Christian values has been compiled for your enjoyment. This diverse collection of stories and poems includes writings from the following authors: Annieve Leonardi, David Meade, DT Richards, Judy K. Haught, Kevin Shaw, Kim Bond, Kim Rodrigues, Mercy Susanna, Molly~wound dresser, Nicholas Froumis, Rabbi Ben Avraham, Ruth Asch, Saranya Sridharan, and Wanda J. Burnside.

Meet the Author

NEW RELEASE! Menagerie: An Anthology of Christian Writingswirl cover is now available! Click HERE to read this free ebook online right now or download it to read later. This diverse collection of stories and poems includes writings from a variety of authors. Draw Near is pleased to introduce some of the talented writers who contributed their work to this ebook.

David Meade I live in Arlington Texas, married 31 years, three daughters, and one golden retriever.  I am a graduate of Valparaiso University, mechanical engineering and I earned a Master of Business Degree from University of Texas, Arlington.  Love to write, paint, run, bake, and ride my bike!  I currently work for Thrivent Financial as a certified financial planner – a faith based organization helping people be wise with money and live generously.

DT Richards is the writing name of a Canadian Christian writer currently living and working in Singapore. His work has been published in Edify Fiction, among others, and he maintains a blog at dtrichards.wordpress.com. He is deeply interested in how God works in people’s lives without them knowing it.

Judy K. Haught, Christian 48 years. She began with short stories, and poetry. She discovered her writings were always ending with Christ as Victorious, showing Him as the “Great I Am.”

Kim Rodrigues lives in Georgia and has served in the U.S. Navy. She currently works in the library. Kim loves spending time with her grandkids and all her family. Her current passion for poetry was ignited after taking some online classes. Kim’s greatest passion is for the Lord. She has earned a certificate in Christian Ministry through INSTE Bible College. She also loves to travel, dabbles in quilting, enjoys history.

Mercy Susanna is a 22-year-old girl from India who loves to minister through her writings. She is a compassionate indite poet, article writer, storyteller and works with the commentary on the Scripture. She is a firm Christian apologetic and is passionate to let the world know how the God Almighty is the only Creator of this universe and Jesus Christ the Son is the only Saviour of this world. Her recent writings ‘How I met Jesus’ and ’21st Century Church-Where is this going?’ are found online on her blog MercySusanna~orisonbardsuz.

Molly ~ wound dresser These are desperate days and people are losing hope in record numbers. “People need the LORD” just like the old Steve Green song said. My desire is to bring the gifts God has given me, of encouragement and teaching, to a world dying for hope and searching for the healing, I believe, only Jesus Christ can bring to the wounded heart.

Nicholas Froumis practices optometry in the Bay Area. His writing has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Gravel, Right Hand Pointing, The Penwood Review, WestWard Quarterly, and Ground Fresh Thursday.  He lives in San Jose, CA with his wife, novelist Stacy Froumis, and their daughter.

Rabbi Ben Avraham is originally from Queens, New York City, born in 1954. He was ordained as Messianic Rabbi in 2005 at Shema Yisrael Theological Seminary in Miami, FL and went to Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. He is married with 6 grown kids and 9 grandkids.

Ruth Asch is a much-published poet and prose writer. After years of teaching she is venturing into a career editing and proof-reading in order to give more time to her husband and five children. Her writings can be found online, in many anthologies, and in her volume Reflections (2009 St Austin Press).

Saranya Sridharan is an Indian Software Engineer by profession and a passionate author by choice. She has been blogging for around 6 years and  has recently published a book titled “Poetic Medley”. She believes in motivating other people, inspiring them to be positive in their life.

Wanda J. Burnside is an author, poet, teacher and publisher/founder of The Lamp Newsletter. She is the founder and president of Write the Vision Ministries and Media Productions, Int’l. She has been married to Simmie Lee Burnside, Jr. since 1972. They reside in Detroit, MI.

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On “Good” Writing (blog by me)

When I first began writing, I used http://www.duotrope.com to discover new publications. I submitted every piece of writing to the editors of the publications I found there. To stay organized, I created three folders in my email for their replies to my submissions: a) rejections, b) rejections that requested additional writing, and c) acceptances.  Of course, the rejections folder was filling up the fastest. Although the number of rejections was disappointing, it drove me to learn more about the publishing industry. In particular, I wanted to know: What do editors consider “good” writing? As a more experienced author and editor, I now understand the most important factors of good writing.

  1. Good writing is subjective. Even though my writing was rejected by one editor, eventually some other editor would love it and publish that same rejected piece of writing. This led me to conclude what we all know but (as writers) cannot hear often enough.  As individuals, we all have different opinions of what is good. If you have a piece of writing you love, keep submitting it. You just haven’t found the right editor yet—or maybe the right publication.
  2. Good writing should uphold the mission of the publishing company and fit the theme of the publication.  The mission statement of the publishing company is usually stated plainly on the website. Reading the mission and considering it can provide you with the necessary insight to submit the most fitting piece of writing to that particular publication. (Draw Near’s mission is clearly stated on the MISSION & CONTACT page, and the most recent theme appears on the CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS page.)
  3. Good writing follows the rules of punctuation and contains no spelling errors. Although some writers might think breaking some punctuation rules or making a spelling error is no big deal, it actually is problematic to editors. I strongly recommend regularly reviewing guide books on punctuation and researching every questionable rule of punctuation that surfaces as you write. Additionally, read your writing several times for spelling errors prior to submitting. The competition in the writing industry is fierce. Do not let yourself lose an opportunity based on technical errors.

I hope these tips I learned during my writing journey will help you to get more of your writing published. Don’t let rejection letters steal your hope to become a successful writer. Instead, use those rejections to drive you to hone your skills and to become a more savvy writer. Have a great day and God bless!