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.


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

  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.