Miralee Ferrell Returns to Sign More Authors with Mountain Brook Ink

By Diana Savage, director of the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal

MiraleeFerrellMiralee Ferrell, representing Mountain Brook Ink, came to the 2015 Northwest Writers Renewal looking for new authors to sign. “We were asking the Lord to bring the authors and manuscripts that we could believe in and bless,” she says.

That prayer was answered when she met with NCWA member Janalyn Voigt.

“I could tell that Miralee understood the heart of my western historical romance stories,” says Janalyn. “They’re not cookie-cutter fare, which means they don’t fall into neat categories. I do my best to cut through the mythos and recreate the West as it might really have been. I don’t sugarcoat violence, but neither is it glorified. My books are about people with very real problems not unlike those we face today. I want them to be as realistic as possible.”

After Miralee and Janalyn discussed how some novels glamorize the West, Miralee declared, “I want real!”

Janalyn was won over, and she signed a three-book contract in October 2015. “I’m so glad to be working with someone I trust as a friend and admire as a writer to bring these stories to life.” The books in Janalyn’s Montana Gold series are slated to be released in 2017 and 2018.

Miralee will return to the Renewal in 2016. This year she is teaching two workshops:

Take Fiction to the Next Level1) Take Fiction to the Next Level by Deepening Your Characters – What elements help bring a story to life? What books have been most memorable to you? The ones with a strong plotline, or strong, memorable characters? Both can work, but if you have a strong plot and weak characters, you’ll lose your reader quickly. This class will give you ways to make your main characters more memorable and keep your reader glued to the page. Find out what you can do to help bring your characters to life.

What to Do When the Screen Goes Blank2) What to Do When the Screen Goes Blank: Help for Writer’s Block – The phenomenon of writer’s block has had many a writer burning the midnight oil trying desperately to come up with words that will work. In a world of fast-paced deadlines and unpredictable audiences, it is a writer’s worst nightmare. While the reasons for writer’s block can’t always be pointed to one particular problem, its solutions are usually simple. This class will give you practical, everyday ideas on how to break through when you’re stuck. Don’t let writer’s block stop you from writing that next best seller!

At editorial appointments with conferees, Miralee will look for traditionally published authors who want to present something new or release their out-of-print books in e-book and paperback formats, while realizing a higher royalty rate than they originally received. She’s also interested in authors who want to write in genres that don’t work for their publishers, or debut authors with fresh ideas. A three-book series will get preference over a standalone novel at this point, although Miralee is willing to consider a standalone. The categories she needs the most right now are historical and YA, as well as new titles for her “Finding Love In” line of romances.

She accepts fiction in two general areas. The first is inspirational fiction in almost any genre (except children’s or middle-grade fiction). The second is general-market fiction. Although by definition it doesn’t have a faith thread, it must nevertheless be clean and contain no sexual content or offensive language.

To attend Miralee’s workshops or to request an appointment with her or one of the other six editorial representatives at this year’s conference, register today.

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Diana SavageDianaSavage, a graduate of Northwest University and Bakke Graduate University, sold her first article when she was still in college, and she’s been writing ever since. Now the principal at Savage Creative Services, LLC, she also directs the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal conference. She is the author of 52 Heart Lifters for Difficult Times and the coauthor—with Dr. Dennis E. Hensley—of the inspirational suspense novel Pseudonym.

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New Publisher Miralee Ferrell Specializes in Debut Authors

By Diana Savage, director of the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal

Are you a pre-published writer with the dream of seeing your name in print?

Are you a multi-published author with out-of-print books?

Or are you a traditionally published author who wants to write in a genre that doesn’t work for your publisher?

Award-winning author Miralee Ferrell founded Mountain Brook Ink in 2014 to fill a need in the publishing industry. “We are asking the Lord to bring the authors and manuscripts that we can believe in and bless,” she says.

MiraleeFerrellPinableWhile defined as a small press, Mountain Brook Ink is not a self-publishing company. “There is no charge for authors to publish with us, other than taking care of their edit,” Miralee explains. The publisher pays for the proofreading, cover, formatting, uploading, and printing and will help authors with promotion and publicity. Authors can even purchase their print copies at cost.

Traditionally published authors can also work with Mountain Brook Ink to release their out-of-print books in e-book and paperback formats, thus realizing a higher royalty rate than they originally received.

Miralee accepts fiction in two general areas. The first is inspirational fiction in almost any genre (except children’s fiction). The second is general-market fiction. Although by definition it doesn’t have a faith thread, it must nevertheless be clean and contain no sexual content or offensive language. Learn more from Mountain Brook Ink’s submission guidelines.

As a representative for Mountain Brook Ink, Miralee Ferrell will be available to meet with authors at the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal. Because she is a recent addition to our slate of editors, she is handling her own appointment scheduling, and instead of meeting with conferees in group appointments, she will schedule 20-minute, one-on-one appointments for both days of the conference.

After studying what she’s interested in, you may contact Miralee through her website to set up an appointment to pitch your novel in the genres listed above. Instead of sending a proposal at that point, simply state in the comment section that you’re coming to the conference and would like to make an appointment with her.

If you haven’t yet registered for the Renewal, there’s still time. Sign up today!

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DianaSavageDiana Savage, a graduate of Northwest University and Bakke Graduate University, sold her first article when she was still in college, and she’s been writing ever since. Now the principal at Savage Creative Services, LLC, she is also director of the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal conference. Her latest book is 52 Heart Lifters for Difficult Times.