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IMG_5665ACFW KC West Chapter Meetings

The second Saturday of every month we meet @the Bonner Springs Library from 1pm – 3pm. We host special author guests, writing days, conference prep sessions, and contest crits. If you’re a fiction writer in the KC metro please join us.


I just joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, SCBWI.

Here’s a link to my new speaker profile on their site.

Speaker Profile-Barbara Hartzler

ACFW Membership:

I’ve been a member of American Christian Fiction writers (ACFW) since December 2010. I love the mounds of resources at my fingertips. And my local group is inspiring. I hate to miss a single meeting. It’s definitely worth the price of admission.

Purple Stairs SMBarbara Hartzler on the Web:

Come check out my new Facebook author page. Just click on the sidebar.

My Twitter handle is @HartzlerBarbara.

I’m also on Pinterest and Goodreads.

Unlike some people, I do like to unplug and have a life outside of the world wide web. However, I will certainly entertain all arguments to the contrary. Make your case.

Past Events

MBF14 Small PosterMaranatha Book Fest

  • Sunday, September 28th, 2014
    1:00pm – 5:00pm
    St. James Anglican Church
    8107 Holmes Road
    Kansas City, Missouri 64131

I gave a talk on Angels in YA Literature complete with visual aids and gave away free bookmarks and angel wings to the local children. You can read all about it in my post,

Confessions from An Author Event: 3 Surprising Secrets on Leaving Your Comfort Zone.


Still working out the details for my upcoming book party, blog tour, and book signings. Stay tuned right here. I’ll keep you posted.

From Aspiring Writer to Full-fledged author:

In case you haven’t read my post, My First Book Contract, here’s the scoop–I just landed my first book contract with OakTara for my teen paranormal romance The Nexis Secret.  The editor there worked with my all-time favorite author, Madeleine L’Engle. Needless to say, I’m totally psyched and ready to get started.

Here’s what’s on the agenda:

  • Think about adding an author video, whatever that means
  • Update web site: IN PROGRESS! :)

Recent Awards:

  • Reached Round 2 of ABNA 2014
  • Semi-Finaled in the YA category of the 2012 Genesis Contest
  • Second Place in the Port Yonder Press 1,000 word short story contest
  • Third Place in the Port Yonder Press 1,500 word short story contest

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