Dear friends,

B.J. here (and not Charlie Bear this time). Here’s another great quote from someone I look up to:

My advice and belief is that if you get ready for opportunity,
opportunity always will be ready for you.
Zig Ziglar

I made it my job to learn all I could about writing for the Guideposts family of magazines. The editor I learned from at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference would ask me every year, “Why are you back in my class? You know all this already.”

It was true. I’d been attending his class four years in a row. You’d think I would be tired of it or knew everything, right? Not so. I gleaned more and more information each time I listened to Hal Hostetler back in the day. And it paid off. I became a Guideposts writer.

Now it’s your turn. Join me at the conference. It’s beautiful there.

And you can learn so much…including writing for the Guideposts family of magazines (from me this time).

Tell me…will you be there? I want to give you a big hug and a pat on the back for walking down the path of learning.

And if you are not a writer, or not attending the conference, I want to hear from you too. Tell me what opportunity you are striving for.

Best regards,
B.J.

Charlie Bear sends his “woofs.”

Are you ready for it?
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10 thoughts on “Are you ready for it?

  • March 20, 2018 at 12:37 am
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    I am unable to be at Mt. Hermon, but I am preparing a manuscript for submission to an agent. I had been debating self-publishing versus traditional. Because of my age I was leaning toward self-. Then I realized that I can always self-publish if it becomes necessary, but by choosing that route, I’m not leaving room for God to work. So I’m putting together the proposal this week.
    Thanks for your encouraging posts, and, of course always look forward to Charlie Bear’s comments.

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    • March 20, 2018 at 2:37 pm
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      Hi Lois,
      How wonderful that you are preparing a manuscript for an agent. Your thinking is good and wise. See what happens and go where God leads you.
      Warm hugs…

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  • March 19, 2018 at 9:26 pm
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    I will be there. Since you are part of the critique team, I have my Guideposts entry ready for you to review.

    You are the reason I have published in Guideposts and Chicken Soup for the Soul.

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    • March 20, 2018 at 2:36 pm
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      Penny,
      Awesome that you will be at Mount Hermon again! Let’s chat while there. Would love to hear all about your writing life. And can’t wait to help you with comments and suggestions on the Guideposts entry.
      Warm hugs,
      B.J.

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  • March 19, 2018 at 6:58 pm
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    You are a bright, shining star at the conference, B.J. and I for one cannot wait to see you! I totally agree with everything you say. People often tell me, “I would love to be a writer. But how can I get started?” My answer is: “Go to a good writers conference.” Mount Hermon is a great one. That’s where I got my start, too.

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    • March 19, 2018 at 8:05 pm
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      Hi Kay (my momma writer…who I adore and who I model myself after),
      Without you in my life and learning at classes you have taught, along with all the wonderful writers conferences I have attended, I would not be where I am today. I have a long way to go with many things I wish to accomplish, but I’m excited and happy to share what I have learned along the way.
      Again, many thanks to you!
      Love,
      B.J.

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  • March 19, 2018 at 6:07 pm
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    Love this, B.J. So inspiring to get a glimpse of your determination and success as a Guideposts writer and now YOU are the teacher at Mt Hermon!! So proud of you, friend. Learning. Doing. Sharing. Perfect! Have a wonderful time at beautiful Mt. Hermon. I’m with you in spirit and will pray it’s a fabulous conference. So excited for you!

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    • March 19, 2018 at 6:24 pm
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      Thank you, Jean. It means a lot to me to hear you say you are proud of me. ; o )
      I’ll drink in all of Mount Hermon for you and visit the tiny chapel with the stained-glass windows and say some prayers.
      Warm hugs,
      B.J.

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  • March 19, 2018 at 6:06 pm
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    That’s a sign of a good teacher. She’s loves to learn. And even repeats the same classes.

    xoxoxoxoxo
    Julie

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    • March 20, 2018 at 2:32 pm
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      Julie, I’ll bet you’ve learned over and over as well. We never stop learning.
      Warm hugs,
      B.J.

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