Mark Your Calendar for October 7-8, 2011!

Friday and Saturday, October 7 and 8, 2011, at the Best Western Country Cupboard Inn in Lewisburg, PA!


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1. Daniel Gasteiger, Lewisburg, PA – social networking expert: find out how to market yourself online most effectively


Daniel Gasteiger, social networking whizDaniel Gasteiger

Daniel Gasteiger’s book, Yes, You Can!  And Freeze And Dry It, Too! – about preserving food – is a new title from Cool Springs Press. Why is this significant? Gasteiger landed the book contract through effective Internet Marketing (SEO) and Social Media Marketing. In real life, Gasteiger is a social media evangelist, teaching social marketing strategies at corporations, civic groups, economic development organizations, and conferences throughout the northeast.

Gasteiger began his career as the Macros and Technical Editor of Lotus Magazine. There, in the first years of the personal computer revolution, he taught highly technical concepts to non-technical audiences. His readers were people who bought IBM PCs so they could use the newfangled electronic spreadsheet called Lotus 1-2-3.

Gasteiger wrote hundreds of articles about personal computing and he spoke at dozens of trade shows, corporate offices, and user groups on behalf of the magazine. Subsequently, he authored or co-authored five books about computing and worked extensively as a programmer and software designer.

As an independent consultant and freelance writer, Gasteiger has handled marketing and advertising for most of his career. With the emergence of social media, he became a student of SEO and Social Media Marketing and he works with several Pennsylvania companies to build web presence and extend their marketing reach online. Gasteiger also leads classes in which he teaches writers how to become relevant in the emerging online publishing industry.

The traditional publishing industry is failing, Gasteiger says, because the Internet is flourishing. Social media has given rise to a new economy, and learning to participate effectively opens amazing opportunities for new and established writers.

Gasteiger’s social network knows him as Cityslipper. His premier blog is Your Small Kitchen Garden which draws more than 8,000 visitors each month—even when he treats the blog poorly. He invites you to visit at Your Small Kitchen Garden, to follow him on Twitter, to “Like” his Facebook page, to subscribe to his vlog on Youtube, and to explore social media with his class for writers on his Social Marketing Strategies blog.

Your Small Kitchen Garden:

Small Kitchen Garden on Facebook:

Cityslipper’s Youtube channel:


Social Marketing Strategies blog:


Eight Workshops and a Faculty Panel Discussion with the Following

2. Vie Herlocker – editor w/Sonfire Publishing Co, Galax, VA; what’s the difference between a paranormal and a thriller? Is there such a genre as Christian horror?

Vie will present two workshops: “Christian Horror: Get Outta Here” and “Your Publishing Options.”

Vie Herlocker, editor

Vie Herlocker, editor

Vie, AKA “The Book Mama,” is the managing editor for Sonfire Media, an independent Christian publishing house in Galax, Virginia, where she recently edited and published Thomas Smith’s Christian Horror, Something Stirs.

In addition to her work at Sonfire, Vie provides freelance editing services through

She is a past winner of the Guideposts writing contest and has published in many of the GP family of publications. Her work has appeared in Penned from the Heart, Miracles of Forgiveness, and Chicken Soup for the Empty Nesters Soul. Vie co-wrote Building Better Schools by Engaging Support Staff and ghostwrote an award-winning memoir.

Her professional affiliations include: Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network, American Christian Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, JoyWriters, and C.L.A.S.S.

3. Mary Sue Seymour

Organization: The Seymour Agency
Title: Literary Agent and Founder
Web Site:

Mary Sue will present two workshops: “Gone Fishing: How to Catch an Agent” and “Write a Christian Romance.”

Mary Sue Seymour

Mary Sue, nominated for American Christian Fiction Writers Agent of the Year, has been agenting for 19 years and is listed as a top deal-maker for inspirational fiction on Publisher’s Marketplace. She has sold multi-book deals to ThomasNelson, Zondervan, Harvest House, Bethany House, Cook, Harper One, Guideposts and others. She travels the country and world presenting writing workshops, mentoring writers and doing appointments with them. She has been a guest agent at The Women’s Fiction Festival in Matera, Italy, has attended the London Book Fair and has traveled to almost every American city to writing conferences and she’d loved every minute of it. If you’d like to see current sales, conference pictures or recent covers of books she’s sold, please visit her web site.

She represents several best selling Christian authors such as New York Times best selling author, Shelley Shepard Gray, Beth Wiseman, Mary Ellis, Amy Clipston, Vannetta Chapman and so on; her writers have won numerous publishing industry awards, have been written about in Publisher’s Weekly and other publications.

Currently Seeking: Mary Sue sells primarily romance of the Christian variety – some secular romance and nonfiction. She doesn’t work with any other type of Christian fiction.


4.  Patti Souder – Montrose, PA; explore what’s involved in writing fascinating nonfiction and powerful drama sketches.
Patti will present two workshops: “Creative Nonfiction: Oxymoron or Timeless Truth?” and “Drama Sketches to Capture Your Audience.”
Director of the Montrose Christian Writers Conf.

Patti Souder, author, director, speaker

Patti is an author, speaker, and musician who has written four books and numerous drama sketches, musical productions, children’s stories, articles, and poems. She directs the Montrose Christian Writers Conference; co-hosts “Mailbag” on radio stations, WPEL, WPGM, and WBGM; and teaches writing courses at Davis College in Johnson City, NY.

Patti holds a Master’s in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. She has had the opportunity to interact with numerous talented writers, editors, composers, and playwrights and brings years of experience to the podium in several genres.

Her focus at our conference will be “Creative Nonfiction” and “Drama Sketches.”

5. Jeanette Windle – Lancaster, PA; find out what the components are of good fiction; do you think you have a manuscript that Kregel Publications  would like to buy?

Jeanette will present two workshops: “Candid Confessions of a Novice Novelist” and “Write an Eye-catching Proposal”

Jeanette Windle, best-selling fiction author

Jeanette Windle

As the child of missionary parents, award-winning author and journalist Jeanette Windle grew up in the rural villages, jungles, and mountains of Colombia, now guerrilla hot zones. Her detailed research and writing is so realistic that it has prompted government agencies to question her to determine if she has received classified information. Currently based in Lancaster, PA, Jeanette has lived in six countries and traveled in more than thirty on five continents. She has fifteen books in print, including bestselling CrossFire and Veiled Freedom, a finalist for both the 2010 Christian Book Award and 2010 Christy Award. Jeanette is also an acquisitions representative at writers conferences for Kregel Publications.

 Jeanette has a Bachelor of Theology and thirty years ministry experience in international missions, Bible teaching, women’s ministry, and children’s ministry.  She has spent twenty years in missions journalism and has fifteen novels in print. She’s also had ten years experience training and mentoring Christian writers in two languages (English, Spanish) on four continents. Besides all that, she has had ten years experience freelance editing in English and Spanish.


For more information, contact Marsha Hubler, coordinator of the conference at
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One response to “Mark Your Calendar for October 7-8, 2011!

  1. Hi Marsha! Thanks for your comment inviting our writers group (North Jersey Christian Writers Group) to your workshop. The workshop looks excellent. Interesting topics and speakers.

    At our last meeting (8/6/11), one of our members brought information about the workshop and we discussed going! I believe that she (Sr. Jane) will be going, and perhaps myself and one or more may go with her. If so, I look forward to meeting you.


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