Small Acts of Kindness: Encouraging Words

By Cindy Ervin Huff

I’d just completed the first leg of my flight to my first writer’s conference. I chose to go to one offered in Colorado because of an online writer’s course I was taking. The flight from Chicago to Denver had been uneventful and lonely. Anxiety over this new venture creeped into my thoughts. My resolve to go to the conference was fraught with doubts and anxiety. “Who did I think I was anyway?” God knew my heart. The short trip from Denver to Colorado Springs was a game changer for me.

I introduced myself to the woman sitting next to me. She was a published author attending the same conference. To this day, I don’t recall her name.  But I do recall the advice she gave me. “Take out some paper.” She instructed when I explained it was my first conference and I didn’t have a clue. She gave me a list of tips on pitching and talking to editors and publishers. My nerves settled by the time I got to the conference destination.

My first appointment was less than stellar. But my second with Susan King, from the Upper Room more than made up for it. After she looked at my devotional things and explained how to change them to submit to her. She took the time to share how I could approach publishers with my fiction idea. The next appointments went so much better.

God provided me with two women willing to share their knowledge with me.  It set me on a course to do likewise As I continued to learn the craft and gain experience I pass those nuggets on to newbie writers through my blog. When I attend my annual writer’s conference in Illinois I find those lost and confused attendees to encourage.

Think of your work, school, or family. Can you show kindness to someone who’s having a tough time?


Cindy Ervin Huff, a multi-published writer and 2014 Editor’s Choice winner for her first novel Secrets and Charades has a passion to encourage other writers on their journey. Check out her blog Jubilee Writer www.jubileewriter.wordpress.com or visit with her on social media.

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Secrets & Charades

Jake Marcum’s busy ranch leaves him no time for courting, and his wounded heart has no place for love. When battlefield nightmares disturb his peace and his tomboy niece, Juliet, needs taming, somehow a mail-order bride seems like a logical solution.

Dr. Evangeline Olson has no idea her niece is writing to a rancher on her behalf, and she sure isn’t interested in abandoning her medical practice for a stranger. But when an inheritance threatens to reveal a long-buried secret, she travels west to become Jake’s wife.

Jake soon realizes Evangeline is more than he bargained for, especially when her arrival causes a stir in the community. As the two try to find their way in a marriage of convenience, their fragile relationship is further tested by cattle rustling and kidnapping. Can their hearts overcome past hurts to create a real marriage?

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