Friday, September 08, 2006

ACFW Conference: It's that time again

I finally got back to my blog! I said I was going to blog about this tomorrow, but that was a week ago. OOpah.

Anyway, in less than two weeks I'll be in Dallas at the American Christian Fiction Writer's Conference. Oh my goodness! Last year was my first year to go, and I feel so blessed to be able to go again. This time I have to fly. Yikes! It makes me nervous, for some reason. (No, not for some reason, for three reasons, but I won't feed the fear by talking about it.)

Anyway, I'll be pitching my new book, The Woodcutter's Daughter, and seeing my old friends and making new friends. I get a fifteen-minute interview with one editor and one agent of my choice to pitch my book, plus I plan to try to pitch to other editors and agents by accosting them in the hallways and elevators. This is perfectly legal and not considered obnoxious, as long as you're polite about it and don't shove your manuscript at them, or try to slip it to them under the bathroom stall. :-)

I'm really excited and can't wait to see everyone! I also get to meet and talk with published authors who are there to teach the workshops and participate in a book signing. That's a lot of fun, too. But one of the biggest highlights for me is the worship time. Oh, wow, the singing is awesome, and I'm already so thankful to God for where he's brought me, into the wonderful world of writing, as of three and a half years ago, and for allowing me to go the conference, that I just overflow with tears of joy and gratitude. It's an incredible experience to be with so many godly women--and there are a few men there, too--and worship and learn together. I love it!!!

But I'm asking people to pray for me, too. Not getting enough sleep because I'm too excited is not a good thing for me. We won't even talk about what happened last year. Pray that I will remember that God is with me, that he wants me to be calm and at peace, and he wants me to TRUST HIM that everything will work out the way it's supposed to. I don't know why that's so hard to do.

But if you write, go to this conference. It's wonderful.


April Erwin said...

I'm excited for you to Mel. Woodcutter's Daughter is amazing. I loved every bit of it and I'm sure you'll find a home for it when the time is right. Have a great time at conference, and enjoy it a little extra for me. :)

Paula said...

I love the worship, too. I thought it was especially good this year. :o)