Friday, July 27, 2007

ACFW - Anticipating the Experience!

Reading the posts from this week have me even more excited about the American Christian Fiction Writer's Conference than I already was!

This will be my first big conference. Last year I attended a very small, local conference with Northeast Georgia Writers. I had a good time and it gave me the chance to meet other authors writing both fiction and non-fiction.

But I know ACFW will be huge compared to my other experiences! And I can't wait. I know I'll wait until the last minute to pack, but that hasn't stopped me from making a mental list of the things I'll need. I'm working on obtaining a one-sheet and business cards. I'm planning to purchase my plane ticket this weekend. (ACFW gives a 5% discount if you fly with Northwest, American Airlines or Continental.)

As of August, I'll be receiving emails through the ACFW first-time attendees loop. Already we've exchanged hello's and a little about ourselves. It's interesting to read information on what other first-timers are writing. Some, like our very own FAITH girl Jennifer Hudson Taylor, have written many articles, books and manuscripts but haven't attended ACFW yet. I feel like a baby since I've completed a couple of things and started on a whole bunch more, but I'm not published yet. It just makes me wish I'd realized what I wanted to do much sooner! But maybe that wasn't in God's plan...

As first-timers, we're thinking about a plethora of things. One reoccurring subject, not just on the email loop I mentioned above, but through other circles, is agent-editor appointments. Several people have made some very good points. Let me share a couple:
  • They're only human.
  • Following them into the bathroom to pitch your book isn't cool.
  • Have samples of your work on hand. If they ask for it, you'll have it! Take a couple of chapters and synopsis - at least.
  • On your One-sheet - say the most in least amount of words!
While I look forward to September, I have some concerns, too. On a personal note, this will be the first time I will be away from my daughter in over a year. She'll be in very capable hands. (Who could be better than her own father!?) But I can't help worrying. I'll be a thousand miles away. It's not like I can hop in the car and get to her, then be back in time for a workshop or dinner.

I'm confident and faithful that the Lord will take care of us. He'll find a way for Missy. He'll ease my worries, both those I've mentioned and others I have not. God has a plan for each F.A.I.T.H. girl and you too.

Let's continue to be faithful in our love and obedience to Him, no matter what obstacles are thrown our way.

2 comments:

  1. Whoo-hoo! I like your attitude, Christy. All I can say is, the excitement is building.

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  2. You will be surprised at how fast the time goes. You'll get to Sunday and wonder why you were worried when you just left a few minutes ago. I promise it flies by so fast you won't know what happened.

    Trust me:-) I was just there yesterday, lol.

    Angie

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