What a fabulous event! Oh my goodness, I think I’m still in the clouds from all of the fun and fellowship. Since there are so many snippets to comment on, I’ll give you a brief day-by-day overview.
I spent all day Thursday in a class with 270+ people, trying desperately to keep up with Donald Maass, who taught writing techniques from his book, Writing the Breakout Novel. To say I experienced information overload would be an epic understatement, but I did manage to retain a nugget or two that I’ve already started to apply in my writing.
Friday morning I volunteered for a few hours and helped assemble books generously offered to conference participants as free takeaways. Each attendee received Breathing Grace by Harry Kraus, and A Slow Burn by Mary Demuth.
In the afternoon, I had my first scheduled 15-minute appointment with literary agent Steve Laube, who happens to be the 2009 ACFW Agent of the Year. Because I was a finalist in the Genesis contest, Steve had already read the first 15 pages of my novel. After we chatted about my story, Steve invited me to send him my entire manuscript along with my proposal. Unfortunately, based on my story premise he doesn’t see a place where my novel fits in the CBA (Christian Booksellers Association) market, but he offered to read the full manuscript and make a judgment based on my writing. Right now, I’m preparing my package to send to him, and we’ll see how things progress in the coming weeks and months.
My second scheduled appointment was with Barbara Scott from Abingdon Press, and I really enjoyed talking with her. Maybe it was my excitement, but I felt Barbara and I connected, and liking someone is such a key part of having a successful relationship. After reading my one-sheet, Barbara indicated she liked my story and found it interesting. Based on her interest, she invited me to send my proposal. Yay!!! So once again, we’ll see what happens.
New Friends I Met or Reconnected With
Michelle Sutton, Candace Calvert, Lynnette Horner, Sharon Lavy, Carol McClain, Sarah Kohnle, Kent King, Lena Nelson Dooley, Leanna Ellis, Michael Webb, Sandi Rog, Jennifer Griffith, Tracy Reed, Marion McNair, Diane Meyer, Kit Wilkinson, Dan Case, Lynn Dean, Zoe McCarthy, Katie Green, Joyce Holland-Brown, Cathy Bryant, Katy McKenna and her wonderful hubby, Christina Berry, Tamara Cooper, Margie Lawson, and Megan DiMaria.
Whew! I’m sure I’m leaving lots of people out, but the ol’ memory isn’t what it used to be.
Pictures of Old and New Friends
Michelle Sutton, signing books and giving away yummy chocolate.
Candace Calvert and me at the Donald Maass session.
Megan DiMaria, who is scheduled to be my guest next week, and yours truly.
Candace Calvert and Leanna Ellis.
Brandilyn Collins and me at the awards banquet Saturday night.
If you’re a writer and you haven’t attended an ACFW Conference, I really encourage you to consider next year’s event in Indianapolis. The workshops and continuing education sessions are excellent, the event itself is well-organized, the fellowship is uplifting, and the opportunity to talk about books and writing with people who “get you” is invaluable. If you attended the Denver conference, what were some of the high moments for you?
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