I recently returned from the ACFW conference in St. Louis. I had a wonderful time… I was able to spend time with my editor and his lovely wife (who is also an amazing editor at Bethany House.)
I got to meet with my agent and finally see his infamous kilt attire.
I had the wonderful opportunity to fellowship with other Bethany House authors at a dinner and throughout the conference. These ladies were so kind, thoughtful and inspiring. I am so blessed to be part of the BHP family.
I reconnected with long distance friends and met some new ones.
If you ever have the chance to attend a writing conference, I highly recommend it. Why?
Because it’s a place to learn, network and be inspired. But I’ll give you a little hint, the key to a successful conference is attitude. If you go with a critical attitude, you will find things to criticize. If you go with the attitude that the conference will only be a success if you sell, re-sell, or land an agent then there’s a good chance you’ll end up disappointed. But…if you go with an attitude of service, you will find plenty of ways to service. If you go with an attitude of gratitude, you will find many reasons to give thanks.
Conferences can be overwhelming and it is disappointing to walk away without a strong lead for your book. I know. I attended conferences for many years before I was published, but there is so much more to writing conferences than selling. It’s a chance to meet friends, to mingle with your favorite authors, to learn from them, and to be part of the larger writing community. There is something so special about fellowshipping with other writers—praying for one another, encouraging one another. Next year ACFW will be in Dallas. I hope you’ll be able attend. I know you’d have a fabulous time and I’d love to meet you.