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.

Friday, September 01, 2006

I finished!!!

I finished my second novel last week. It isn't just a rough draft, either. I am always compelled to go back and edit as I go, plus my wonderful--and I do mean wonderful--critique partners, Jamie Driggers and Caren Fullerton, have critted it as well. (I love those girls). Anyway, I was so excited and happy about the way my book turned out, the plot came together so well, that I got depressed after I finished it. It was an attack of self-doubt and fear that really blind-sided me. But I'm better now. I'm praying every day, several times a day, for peace and calm. It's the only way I'm going to get through the next several weeks.
Which brings me to the subject of the ACFW conference, but I want to save that for tomorrow's blog.
Anyway, here's my quick pitch that Jamie and the others in our critique group helped me with yesterday.
"Sleeping Beauty meets Pride and Prejudice when a betrothed prince falls for a woodcutter's daughter whose secret identity endangers both their lives."
I hope the editors like it. :-)