Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Conference Comedown

Good morning, bloggers! Mindy here, fresh off the heels of the best ACFW conference ever. I had a wonderful time in Denver. My only complaint is that it was too short. Seems that just about the time I start getting into the swing of things, it's over.

So what made this year's conference so special? No, I didn't walk away with a book deal or an agent. And I can't put my finger on one thing in particular. I guess it's several things working in tandem that made it so great.

These were a few of the high points for me:

  • The conference facility (Marriott Tech Center) was beautiful and the staff uber accommodating. And of course, those Marriott beds. Love those.
  • Donald Maass's workshop was AWESOME! I'd do that again. And what a great guy. I was afraid he might be a tad arrogant, but I found him just the opposite. Very humble, with loads of great information.
  • Rachel Hauck and Susan May Warren's continuing education session. It meshed fabulously with what Mr. Maass had taught, allowing me to learn the same concepts in a slightly different way.
  • Seeing friends I hadn't seen in one, two, or three years.
  • The gracious atmosphere. I'd challenge anyone to find a conference with more love.
  • The food :-) Aside from the fact that I didn't have to cook once, the meals were well above average. And the desserts . . . OH MY GOSH! This is what we enjoyed at the awards banquet. Mmmmm. Even the ACFW logo was edible!
  • Without a doubt, the best part of the entire conference was seeing the look on my twinkie's face when Camy Tang announced her name as the winner of the Contemporary Romance category of the Genesis contest. At the risk of sounding cliche, I think I could have knocked Christy over with a feather. From disbelief, to shock, to joy, and maybe a bit of terror as she made her way on stage. Yet she still managed to pull off a wonderful speech.

Now that it's all over, it's time to get back to work. Implement what I learned. Push myself harder, and ever closer toward the goal of publication.

Were you able to attend this year's ACFW? Or perhaps you've been to another conference recently. What were some of your high points?


  1. Thanks Twinkie! I'm so glad you were there to share that moment with me!

  2. It's always hard to come down from the conference high. I can't wait until next year.