I’m very excited to have the opportunity to attend the 2008 American Christian Fiction Writer’s conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 18-21. This will be my first full conference. If you know me well, you know that I am very shy, especially in crowds. One thing I am sure of is that this conference is sure to have a huge crowd. Another thing I’m sure of is that the knowledge and opportunity that this conference offers will be well worth being uncomfortable.
The other day a friend told be about a trick she uses to get warmed up in a group. She sets goal like, talk to five people wearing red, or talk to four people with brown hair. You get the picture. I think I’ll give it a try.
I’ve been listening to the audio from the 2008 Mount Hermon conference. I’m really loving the workshops that Angela Hunt taught. She will also be the key note speaker at the ACFW conference. Another great reason to jump into the unknown.
Some of you that read this blog are not writers, and you probably wonder why I would need to go halfway across the country. Couldn’t I read some books on writing or listen to more workshops on CD? Well, yes I could do that, but conferences also give writers the opportunity to meet with editors and agents, giving them the chance to pitch their manuscripts and ask questions.
If you’re interested in knowing more about ACFW, or the conference, go to http://www.acfw.com/.
On another note, I was offered a contract for a juvenile fiction book I wrote last year. I’ve had a chance to look over the contract and will be signing soon. I’m very excited to have A Typical Summer for Lilly McGilly available some time next year. Thanks so much to all of you that have been so encouraging. I really appreciate it.