From the President’s Desk – May, 2013

As I write this, the rain is softly falling, the birds are chirping and I’m frantically trying to meet four deadlines. Such is the life of a writer.

Have you ever heard of the saying “Many hands make light work?” If you have a large family or grew up in one, you know how important it is for every member to help out. In this way, the Catholic Writers Guild is much like a large family. Each member is encouraged to do his part, even if it’s only a small part.

Image copyright James and Ellen Hrkach

The Catholic Writers Guild has over 300 members and perhaps only 25 active volunteers, many of whom volunteer for several jobs and activities within the guild. (Special thanks to our volunteers!) Some of these jobs entail only ten minutes a week; others are more time-intensive. Prayerfully consider stepping up to the plate and helping out with the Guild.

If you would like to volunteer, please email me: president(at)

And…don’t forget…the Catholic Writers Conference (August 7-9) is fast approaching. If you are planning to come and have not yet registered, please do so as soon as possible. If you’re not able to attend, you can still ask for your SOA-approved book to be displayed.

Catholic Writers Conference Registration

Until next month…


Ellen Gable Hrkach

About Ellen Gable Hrkach

Ellen Gable Hrkach is the president of the Catholic Writers Guild. Last year, she published her fifth book, A Subtle Grace (O'Donovan Family), which reached #1 on Amazon Kindle in Religious Historical Fiction, Christian Romance and Victorian Historical Romance in January and February of this year. Her third novel, Stealing Jenny, was an Amazon Kindle #1 Bestseller in Religious Drama (June/July 2012) and has also been #1 in Christian Mystery and Suspense. She is an award-winning author of In Name Only, (O'Donovan Family #1) the 2010 IPPY Gold medal winner in Religious Fiction. Her books have been downloaded over 625,000 times on Kindle. In addition to serving as president of the Guild, Ellen is a busy self-publishing book coach, a publisher, an editor and a speaker. She works part-time for Live the Fast as their marketing director. Her website is She and her husband are the parents of five sons and they live in Pakenham, ON Canada.
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2 Responses to From the President’s Desk – May, 2013

  1. Don Mulcare says:

    Dear Ellen,

    I’ve been trying to get into a crit group. I have about five, 60K+ word manuscripts and would appreciate feedback. One way that might happen is if I started a crit group for orphan writers who don’t have a group of their own. This might work for new members. They could transfer out once they found something closer to their favorite genre.

    I’m in the short story crit group, but aside from my commenting on two children’s stories I’ve seen no action, despite my submitting a short story manuscript as a trial balloon. There were requirements and pledges to join the short story crit group. I’m sure that a similar requirement should factor into the Orphan Crit Group development.

    The two problems with this idea are that I’ve have very limited crit group experience and, although I read different genres, it is possible that I could only give a general critique rather than a genre specific suggestion.

    Right now I’m doing a book review: Pope Francis, the Pope from the end of the Earth. My blog has not yet been listed on the CWG home page. Such a listing might make it easier to share the review with the CWG. Its address is

    Thank you.

    God Bless,


  2. Hello Don,
    Where have you been trying to get into a crit group? In the forums on our website? I’ve forwarded your info to the blog coordinator to add your blog to the side bar. Can you email me: president(at) and we can “chat” about a crit group…
    God bless,