So, I’ve been a bit of a flaky blogger for the last couple of weeks. Mono has hit our house, and it hasn’t been pretty! That in addition to the recovery time that always seems to come with being gone from the internet and the house for nearly a week, and I have been in survival mode. I’m still not 100%, so please forgive me for any rambling or errors this post may contain :)
However, I want to share a little about the ACFW conference before I’m too far removed from it.
First of all, we had car trouble the entire time! But, the Lord provided just what we needed, even providing me with a couple ladies who would be within 30 minutes of where my hubby was, since we couldn’t drive our van. Originally, hubby was staying with his parents 2 hours outside of St. Louis, and he and the boys were going to pick me up for a fun day there. We missed out on that, but I was able to get a ride, for which I was very grateful.
A great roommate
I roomed with a fellow-Kentuckian, who I had never met, and the Lord blessed me because Shelia Stovall is just amazing! She spoke truth to me, and prayed for me during our time together. She was such a great encouragement and blessing.
Here we are with a couple other lovely ladies from Kentucky. Shelia and I are the pair on the right.
So many great people!
I have attended a Christian conference in the past that felt very clique-y. So, I was worried about this one, especially since many of the attendees are award-winning, multi-published authors!
However, I have to say that I was so very blessed by the people I met there! They were just amazing, down-to-earth, kind, and encouraging. As you might imagine, it was very overwhelming for a major introvert like myself, but it was such a blessing to spend the weekend with other writers who love the Lord.
I even got to meet a blogging friend, Meghan Carver! I have “known” her for the past couple of years, and it was so neat to meet her in person.
I also met a girl named Jaime Wright in the prayer room, who came over and prayed with me and was just so sweet and so full of God’s grace and love, that it was flowing out of her. I love encounters like that! There were many more, but I couldn’t possibly list everyone!
I didn’t take many photos (bad blogger!), but I did manage to get a few. Here I am with Karen Witemeyer. I have read and loved every one of her books!
And, here with Kathleen Y’Barbo, who wrote a book that really touched me–so much that I read it twice, which I almost never do. It was a much heavier topic than I generally prefer, but it was so good.
And, here with the awesome Erica Vetsch, who wrote a book with one of my favorite heroes ever. (the link goes to a 2-book collection, which includes hers and another good one and costs less than buying separately)
A little story about Erica. I met her in this never-ending line where we were all hoping to pick up a bonus appointment that someone else had canceled (with editors or agents). I had hoped to make it through that line before my already-scheduled appointment, but I never did. Erica laughed that she’d probably still be there at the end of my 15 minute appointment and would save my spot.
I left the line and headed off to my first (and WORST) appointment. The agent I met with was very critical of my story and manuscript and did not request anything from me. I was ready to call it quits, go back to my room and cry. Between the discouraging experience and being overwhelmed by the conference in general, I was done.
Until I remembered Erica’s offer. And knowing she was waiting for me to return was just the accountability I needed to go back and get in that line.
The meeting I got from that line was with an agent who said to me, emphatically, “You have a great story.” and requested my full manuscript. Now, she may not represent me after reading the manuscript. But I am so glad that I was able to push through that first disappointment and not let it ruin the rest of the conference for me, and Erica was a big part in that happening.
And, just for fun I met an author who I dubbed the funnest person there. Caryl McAdoo is from Texas and is a southern girl, and it was so refreshing to meet someone so down-to-earth. I am looking forward to reading her books.
Learning the craft of writing
I learned so much about the craft of writing through classes and conversations. More importantly, I was inspired anew to take initiative myself to learn more about it. I have found some great sites, books, and planning worksheets. I am working toward being more disciplined with studying my craft. A part of this is signing back up for critique group, where I have already received some great feedback about my story.
Nothing solid to report right now, but I will keep you posted!
*whew* I didn’t intend this to be so long, but I’m going to go ahead and make it a little bit longer by adding my giveaway!
My awesome ACFW-Inspired giveaway.
So, I am very excited about this, and I hope you are too! ACFW is all about fiction (American Christian Fiction Writers), but this giveaway includes some great non-fiction as well.
There are 13 books included in this giveaway, valued at over $150! Click the covers below to see more info about each book (affiliate links)
PS–If you like books, be sure to check out my post of 40 free Christian books for your kindle!
So, how do you enter?
Just use the rafflecopter below. Be sure to come back each day and get your free entry! I have lots of easy entries for you as well, so be sure to get those :) Good luck!
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