Summer News

Summer News

I’m taking a short break from my ‘I Dare You’ series to bring everyone my summer news. Many things have happened this year so far, and I’m bursting at the seams to share it all.

April 4th I received an email back from Splickety Publishing Group about a manuscript I had submitted to them last year. It’s my contemporary young adult novel about a girl dealing with alcoholic parents, and the fallout of the lies she tells to try to cover it up. Splickety’s acquiring editor fell in love with it (her words, not mine), and she offered to help me publish it in partnership with SPG. You can only imagine the elation I felt that 1.) someone loved my story, and 2.) they wanted to help me get it published. Since this novel was one I had planned on self-publishing anyway, this is a real coup to get a publishing company to help me navigate these indie waters. We are currently working on the edits for this story, and when something more newsworthy such as a publishing date, or front cover comes, Inkspirationalmessages will be among the first to know.

ACFW logoOn May 4th I received a call telling me I was a semi-finalist in the ACFW Genesis contest for my fantasy submission. This isn’t the first time I’ve submitted, but the first time after a professional editor went through it first. I’d sent this in without any real intention of being a finalist, but God has a sense of humor. Maybe because I had given it fully over to Him this time, He blessed me. Later I received notice that my submission moved on to the finals rounds. The winner is going to be announced on August 27th at the ACFW gala in Nashville, TN. I quickly gathered the money needed and booked the conference, and later a flight, and hotel room. I’m beyond elated with this news, and a little queasy at the thought of having to have a speech ready, just in case. Talk about jitters!!

This past month I went to one of the most fulfilling conferences for Christian Sci Fi and Fantasy writers Davis Bunn RMever: Realm Makers. There I got to meet up with my Splickety editor, Sarah Grimm, and meet all of the SPG staff who came to the conference face to face. They are all amazing in so many ways. As are Becky and Scott Minor, who along with Ben Wolf, spearhead the conference. This year it was an honor to sit through a class with Davis Bunn, aka Thomas Locke. I almost envisioned gold coming out of his mouth as he spoke. Next year will be bigger and better. It’ll be held in Reno, NV and it boasts Ted Dekker as our feature speaker. This group is one of the most accepting and helpful I’ve ever met. It’s almost as if you assimilate when you sign up. (Dr. Who reference for those other nerds out there.)

And two days ago I received notice that one of my short stories has been accepted to a magazine. Because I don’t have anything signed yet, and I’m using a pen name, I can’t give you any details on that, save to say that my smile is breaking the sides of my face at this point. It feels like all of my hard work is finally coming together in fast succession. I don’t know what to do except praise God for giving me the stories of my heart that I can turn around and share with others.

It’s been an eventful year, and it promises to keep getting better. Normally I would knock on wood, or toss some salt behind my shoulder, but I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt this has all transpired due to God’s great and powerful favor. When people told me it would take ten years to get published, I used to scoff. It’s close to ten years for me now, and I’m not scoffing any longer.

So, how has your summer been?

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Dawn Ford

Dawn is a young adult fiction author, creating authentic stories that cut through the lies we hide behind to break through to our inner truths. Her passions are her faith, family, shoes, purses, things that sparkle, and anything steampunk. Keep up with Dawn's news and events at

14 thoughts on “Summer News”

  1. SQQQQUUUUUEEEEAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!! That’s a TON of amazing news! I’m so thrilled for you. Excited beyond belief. I don’t know how you kept all this mum for so long!!!!!!! SQQQQUUUEEEAAAALLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!! That’s great summer news.

    1. Right? That’s why I was bursting, lol!!! I hadn’t had the okay to talk about the self-published book because Splickety is launching three lines of books they will publish, and they hadn’t announced it yet. When they finally did at Realm Makers, I got the go ahead to talk about it. So, I’ve been dying to tell everyone. And it still doesn’t seem real. I keep pinching myself.

  2. Soooo excited for you, Dawn! No one’s worked harder than you at becoming the best writer possible, so I’m just giddy with joy. 🙂 When you need to line up influencers, I’m first in line. ~~~ I heard so many wonderful things about the Realm Makers Conference, it almost makes me want to write sci-fi or fantasy. I love the camaraderie that’s so evident on social media. Now I hope the reading fans discover what gems are to be found within the Christian fiction sci-fi/fantasy realm.

    1. Aw, thank you, Brenda!! And I DO need infuencers!! Yay! Davis Bunn and several others expressed the hope of the speculative genre growing with the growth of Realm Makers. It shows there are many of us out there looking for homes. He said we shouldn’t shy away from the general market because it can broaden our audience. Then he went through steps on how to make that possible and not lose the spiritual storyline. With authors like Tosca Lee, Mike Duran, and Kerry Neitz (among so many great others!) there, you know we’re gaining momentum!

  3. Dawn, I am absolutely thrilled for you! All that hard work definitely paid off and I feel like more good things are in store for you. That sounds like a wonderful conference you went to and it’s great you’re making all those connections. Congratulations!!!!

  4. Go Dawn! Go Dawn! Go Dawn! Go Dawn!!!!!! Soooooooooo Excited for you!! I can so identify with you – I looked at my first draft of my book, and guess what year I started writing it? 2006. And it was this year that I just decided that I would give up on it, but I just had a nudge to go back to my writing group. The rest is history! I’m so proud for you, and to think, we may both have 2017 publishing dates!! Love you, my friend!

    1. This is so cool!! I’m so excited for you, too, my friend. Who knew we would come hand in hand to this point in our writing journey! I can’t wait for these books to come to fruition.

    1. Thank you, Lorna!! It does seem to be happening all at once. Maybe I just got brave enough to stick my neck out a little further. 😉

  5. Dawn,

    Congratulations and fingers crossed for a win in Nashville!!

    Would it be possible to include who is writing the posts that come via email without coming to the website? If I’m reading from work I’d prefer to read without opening a page.

    1. Thank you, Stephanie!! And that’s a great question! I’ll forward it on to our IT gal to see if we can.

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