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I am so excited about the 2007 ACFW Conference! I’ve attended the last two, but this will be my first going as an agented author. That’s a glorious feeling. Oh–speaking of which–or whom–my fabulous agent STEVE LAUBE let me interrogate…er, I mean interview him regarding his experience, advice, and thoughts on the ACFW Conference. That will be posted tomorrow, so be sure to come back!!
In 2005, I attended my first ACFW conference–and had a meltdown. LOL I was up for the Noble Theme (now the Genesis) in the Science Fiction category with my futuristic story. I was face to face with way more editors and agents than I ever thought possible. I had my expectations soaring over the moon. I’d thought, “This is it. I’m going to rocket to success because of my time here.” That was the worst possible mentality to attend a conference with. But it’s a contagious thought. To all us attendees stay grounded, the amazing Karen Ball lightened up the mood and seriousness of the conference (and boy can she minister!!!) with the “I have a castle!” goldfish moments. LOL My daughter still says that to me. SIGH.
In 2006, I vowed not to make that same mistake. So, I went and reminded myself I was there to learn, to fellowship, to grow as a writer, and to have a blast! Due to a change with agent appointments, I only ended up with one appointment–Andy Meisenheimer. I was his first-ever conference pitch (I also hold that title with the lovely Amanda Bostic, a beautiful person I now count as a friend)! Andy’s a great guy–and funny. If you have an appointment with him, you’ll love it!
Some totally *awesome* things at this conference were hanging with my crit partners, getting a huge hug from Amanda, meeting my buddy and advocate John Olson face-to-face, but most of all, sitting at the dinner table with Steve Friday night and talking about my book he’d *just* rejected (no, I never did mention how he’d crushed me LOL). Together we realized there was a misconception about an integral aspect of the story, and I can readily admit that part of that error was mine–in the wording I had used. But that conversation opened the door for me to rewrite my ending and send him the full again. Four months later, I got THE CALL from THE Steve Laube. LOL 😀
This year, I’m looking forward to volunteering, meeting Steve as his CLIENT, hugging new/old friends, meeting up and brainstorming with my buddy again, making new friends, and just being a writer. A weird, psychotic writer. LOLOL Oh, come–aren’t we all???
I thought I’d post some more pictures of my previous conference experiences. Enjoy–and don’t forget STEVE LAUBE’S INTERVIEW TOMORROW!!