CWStL Member Launches Editorial Services

…from CWStL member Denise Y. Montgomery:

From basic proofreading to copy editing to deep revision, I utilize my passion, skills, and experience to help clients reach their writing goals.

Editorial skills:
* acute research
* strong command of the written word including a reliable sense of structure and narrative skills
* diverse experience with both fiction and nonfiction manuscripts

Personal qualities and abilities:
* creative
* organized
* dedicated
* professional
* personal

I communicate well to identify client needs and project scope; email me at


Radio Interview Advice

If ever you are blessed with the opportunity to speak on the air about your craft and publications, here are some great tips:

What Every Author Should Know About Radio and Television Interviews

12 Things Every Author Needs to Knows Before a Radio Interview by Brian Dahlen

Seven Ways to Rock Your Next Radio Interview

What are your experiences with radio interviews? Please let us know!

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Calls for Submissions!

• Writers needed for New Catholic Evangelization Ministry “Saint Connection:” If a Catholic saint like St. Francis of Assisi or St .Therese of Lisieux could send text messages to your phone, what would they say? If each text told you a little about themselves and encouraged you to live a life of faith to God, would you read them? Saint Connection is a New Evangelization ministry looking for Catholic writers who can enter into the hearts and minds of popular Catholic saints, and create first-person text messages. Each Saint’s story will consist of approximately 20-30 text messages with the standard 160 characters per text. We will pay approximately $200 / saint story and give credit and recognition to each creative writers on each saint’s page on our website Our texting service is already working on a trial basis and will launch publicly at the end of 2012. We just need more exiting stories and many stories are there to be written. We are looking for writers who have gifts in writing spiritual poetry, colorful action screenplays, and creative religious fiction. Please email Aaron Junkersfeld for more information at

• Angoor Press is creating a new journal for Christian poets and writers called Phlox Share. Submissions to this new journal must not have been previously published and must be submitted by the original author, photographer or artist, that is the legal copyright owner. Current payment is a free copy of the journal. Submissions must be made through

• Dappled Things is seeking submissions for its Catholic literary magazine. Dappled Things raises the question of what Catholic literature is in the first place. Rather than give you a pat answer, we invite you as a contributor to help us explore that question. It accepts fiction, poetry, drama, essays, book and film reviews, interviews, critical analysis and literary articles. For more information go to:

• Descant Literary Journal is welcoming submission of unpublished fiction, poetry, essays and art to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Deadline is August 16, 2013. Read more information at:

• Descant Prize for Canadian Poetry is looking for Canadian poets to submit poetry of maximum length 100 lines, typed, double-spaced. Entry fee is $30 and it includes subscription. Winner received 1000CAN. Deadline is October 12, 2012. For more details go to

• Grassic Short Novel Prize is currently looking for short novel manuscripts. Word limit 30K to 70K words. Entry fee is $25. Winner receives $500 and publication by Evening Street Press. Contest is open to published and unpublished writers. Submission deadline is December 1, 2012. For more information go to:

• Mixed Fruit is a quarterly literary magazine running a poetry contest with no fee to enter, deadline November 15. They’re also still running a B-Movie Edition contest for the WORST poetry or short fiction you can write, deadline October 1. Entries to either contest must be loaded via their online form, not sent by regular e-mail or by post. More info at

• Unboxed Books is seeking submissions of novels or short story collections from all writers, from the unknown to the well-known. Winner receives $5000 and publication (print and digital formats) in Fall 2013. Submission deadline: December 1, 2012. Winner announcement: February 1, 2013. For submissions details go to:

Saturday Writers Presents: Writing Workshop 2012/ 9:00-3:30 on Saturday, October 27, 2012

A sampling of the schedule for October 27th……

9:00 Sign in to the workshop, browse the wonderful items up for auction and find the perfect seat.

9:30 Kristina Blank Makansi, co-founder, editor and publisher of Blank Slate Press, will briefly discuss the “dos and don’ts” of pitching to agents and editors.
 Contact to schedule your 10 minute private pitch session with Kristy in advance.

10:15 Former newspaper reporter and Professor, Steve Wiegenstein will lead a two-hour exercise in mainstream fiction with genre fiction as an option. Polish up and learn new skills by generating ideas, writing, critiquing, and sharing.

12:30 Lunch will be delivered by Manninos Deli of Cottleville. Order an 8 inch hoagie boxed lunch in advance and skip the hassle of running out for lunch or bringing your own lunch for the workshop!

1:00  Do you have a personal story to tell? Are you serious about writing? Learn the ABC’s of writing authentic, brave, creative nonfiction. Linda O’Connell will discuss every aspect from the basics to the ethics of sharing your life story. Linda will provide a list of publishing markets and small attendance prizes. She is also offering a door prize of one, free, ten page personal essay critique.

Register NOW to reserve your space!

Current Members before 10/15:    $25.00
Non-Members before 10/15:         $30.00
Everyone 10/15-10/27:                    $35.00
Delivered Boxed Lunch:                $6.00
WritingWorkshop12 Tee shirt:     $10.00
2013 SW Membership:                   $20.00

1.    Fill out a registration form here (or copy, paste & snail mail with your payment – payment options here)
2.    Click here to pay by credit card or paypal  (or snail mail with your registration form – visit the page for payment options)
Contact: Jennifer Hasheider at 314-603-6283 for more information or questions or email

CWG Conference/ Tentative Schedule/ August 29-31, 2012/ Arlington Convention Center, Arlington, TX

Wednesday August 29th
7:00am-7:30am The Holy Rosary (CMN)
7:30am-8:30am The Holy Mass, celebrated by Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR (CMN)
8:45am-5:45pm Show Floor Open (CMN)
9:00am-9:45am The Catholic Writers Guild: Welcome, Who We Are and Members Meeting (all welcome): Ann Lewis, Ellen Hrkach
10:00am-10:45am When God is Your Editor How conversion led me away from the National Enquirer and how giving my gift of Writing to God took me from Woman’s World to Catholic Publishing.: Patti Armstrong
11:00am-11:45am Marketing the Self-Published Book: Ellen Hrkach
12:00-1:30pm lunch break
1:45pm-2:45pm Writing and the New Evangelization: Father Andrew Apostoli, CFR
3:00pm-3:45pm Bernadette Waterman Ward (U Dallas) :Newman & Hopkins: Catholic Writers that Catholic Writers Need to Know
4:00-4:45pm How to pitch your book to a publisher: Ann Lewis
5:00-5:45pm Publisher’s Panel: Where is Catholic publishing going? Claudia Volkman, moderator
5:45pm-6:45pm Cocktail Party, background music provided by the Irish Musical Group “The Patience Family” (CMN)
8:15pm-9:00pm Jeff Cavins, presented by Ascension Press (CMN)
9:00pm-11:00pm A Maximus Film (CMN)

Thursday August 30th
7:00am-7:30am The Holy Rosary (CMN)
7:30am-9:00am Breakfast, sponsored by Marian Press, Featured Speaker Fr. Michael Gaitley (CMN)
9:00am-5:30pm Show Floor Open (CMN)
9:30-12:00pm pitch sessions: Servant, FAITH Catholic, Christus/Tuscany, Ignatius Press, Ave Maria Press (pre-registration required)
9:30am-10:15am Sarah Reinhard – Blogging 101
10:30-11:15am Gail Coniglio and Teresa Tomeo: Everything You Wanted to Know About Catholic Marketing and Publicity but Were Afraid to Ask
11:30-12:15pm Gail Coniglio and Teresa Tomeo: Ask What You Were Afraid to Ask – a Q & A Panel
12:15-1:45 lunch break
2:00-2:45pm Ellen Hrkach: Fiction and the New Evangelization
3:00-3:45pm Christopher M. Petro – Enabling Catholic Authors to Self-Publish,Without Risks, Using Digital Technology
4:00-4:45pm trade show free time
5:00-5:45pm trade show free time
5:45pm-6:45pm The Holy Mass, celebrated by Bishop Kevin Vann, Ft. Worth (CMN)
7:00pm-10:00pm Dinner, sponsored by Ignatius Press, Keynote by Collin Raye and MC’d by Peter Kreeft (CMN)

Friday August 31st
7:00am-7:30am The Holy Rosary
7:30am-8:30am The Holy Mass, celebrated by Fr. Roderick Vonhogen (SQPN)
8:45am-1:00pm Show Floor Open
9-3:00pm CNMC Blogging Summit Jennifer Fulwiler, Elizabeth Scalia
9-12pm Critique Session (bring writing to share!): led by Ann Lewis, Ellen Hrkach, et. al.
12-3pm CWG tear down and lunch together/after-conference socializing

St. Francis de Sales, Patron Saint of Writers


“Francis was born on August 21, 1567, at the Chateau de Sales in Geneva, Switzerland to a noble family. He was a frail and delicate child, but very intelligent, humble, kind, loving, patient and gentle. He was educated in some of the best schools of that time period. At the age of thirteen, he attended the University of Paris where he studied theology. He then attended the University of Padua, where he earned his doctorate in law. His father desired that he become a lawyer and politician, but Francis desired to become a priest. In 1593, he was ordained.

The Catholic Church at this time was losing many of its parishioners to the new churches of the Protestant Reformation. Francis set out to restore Catholicism to the area around Lake Geneva known as Chablais. For three years, he trudged through the countryside, his feet frozen and bleeding, as he trampled through the snow. No one would listen to him, so he wrote out his sermons, copying them by hand in the form of leaflets, and placed them under doors. It is said that he converted 40,000 people by the time he left to return home.

In 1602, he was made Bishop of Geneva. He led and organized his diocese from his new residence at Annecy. His words of inspiration and wise counsel led many people to live out the gospel message in their lives. In 1610, he founded the Order of the Visitation with St. Jane Francis de Chantal, a good friend, with whom he shared his spiritual beliefs. Francis was overworked and often ill due to his heavy workload. However, he remained active, particularly using his talent for writing to assist him in ministering to others.

Francis died at Lyons on December 28, 1622 and was buried at Annecy on January 24. He was canonized in 1665 and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1877 and Patron of the Catholic Press in 1923.”

Quotes From St. Francis de Sales

“Keep your heart very wide to receive in it all sorts of crosses and resignations or abnegations, for the love of Him who has received so many of them for us.”

“Faithfully attend to your obligations, but know that you have no greater obligation than that of your salvation and of the saving progress of your soul on the way to true devotion.”

” When you are sick, offer to Christ our Lord all your pains suffering, and your languor, and beseech Him to unite them to those He bore for you.”

~ Taken from Gold in the Furnace, copyright 2004, Jean M. Heimann

Prayer for Writers (taken from Saintly Support: A Prayer for Every Problem)

May the Lord guide me and all those who write for a living. Through your prayers, St. Frances de Sales, I ask for your intercession as I attempt to bring the written word to the world. Let us pray that God takes me in the palm of His hand and inspires my creativity and inspires my success. St. Francis de Sales, you understand the dedication required in this profession. Pray for God to inspire and allow ideas to flow. In His name, let my words reflect my faith for others to read. Amen.

Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC Featured Speaker at CMN Trade Show Breakfast

Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, the director of the Association of Marian Helpers, a spiritual benefits society of the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception will be the featured speaker at the annual CMN Trade Show breakfast on Thursday August 30th, 2012.

Father Gaitley has authored a book, Consoling the Heart of Jesus: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat Inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, which is now in its second printing and has recently completed a companion guide to his book. A familiar face and voice on different Catholic Television and Radio networks, Father Gaitley gives talks and retreats around the country on topics such as Divine Mercy and consoling spirituality through the teachings of John Paul II. When he is not giving retreats and missions, Fr. Gaitley lives and works on Eden Hill in Stockbridge, Mass., home of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy.

This year’s breakfast is being sponsored by Marian Press and will take place on Thursday August 30th, 2012. For more information visit:

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