American Christian Fiction Writers Conference 2014
I’m still walking in the clouds from the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Conference 2014! Every year I’ve enjoyed the amazing opportunity of hanging out with my peeps who also hear voices in their heads. For those of you who aren’t writers, we are talking about those imaginary characters that we writers write.
Each year I am sure couldn’t top the year before… and then it does.
5 Things I Learned From ACFW 2014:
1. Hard work does pay off. Jeanne Takenaka is one of the hardest working writers I’ve had the pleasure of meeting on my writing journey. Her sweet spirit and great attitude have been front and center so many times over the past few years that others in the writing community have taken notice. This year I am delighted to celebrate her Frasier Contest Win!
2. A servant’s heart always shines through. Cynthia Ruchti and I met for the first time at the ACFW Convention in Minneapolis several years ago. From that moment I have always known her to have a huge heart to serve others. Since then she has served ACFW and the writing community in so many ways. Many would say she has given back and deserves a chance to sit back and relax at the end of an amazing conference.
Where do you suppose I found her on Saturday night after the banquet? Helping pack up books in the conference bookstore! She reminded me that a servant’s heart always shines through.
3. We all need a champion. No matter how long a writer has been writing, they still need a champion of their work. Someone who believes in them, encourages them, raves about them, and makes them feel like they can do anything. I’ve been blessed with so many champions. Here are just a few: Susan May Warren, Colleen Coble, Rachel Hauck, Lisa Jordan, Cynthia Ruchti, Kathleen Y’Barbo Turner, Alena Wendel, Amy Lindberg, MN N.I.C.E., Agent Mary Keeley, my sweet husband, and four amazing children.
4. Story is our Super Power and our writing community hands us the cape. The My Book Therapy Pizza Party this year had the theme that Story is My Super Power and I realize just how much my writing community supports that super power. I could not find success without others who support and encourage me along the way. I am so grateful for you!
5. Sometimes dreams come true. All year long writers tap away at the keyboard, slurp caffeine, and invent imaginary people in the hidden hours of morning and night. Often it is a job without high fives and promotions. Still we create and dream that one day our story will resonate with someone who reads it. The Genesis Contest for unpublished authors gives those of us writing in the middle of the night a chance to dream of what may come. This year I was honored to be among the winners of the Genesis Contest.
This Year’s Winners:
Contemporary – Jennifer Sienes – Redemption, Historical – Heidi Chiavaroli – Tears of the Outcast, Historical Romance – Kristi Ann Hunter – My Lord Valet, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller – Dennis Ricci – Perilous Judgment, Novella – Peggy Trotter – Spun, Romance – Laurie Tomlinson – Just Breathe, Romantic Suspense – Michelle Lim – Sketching Evil, Short Novel – Candee Fick – Serving Up Love, Speculative – Megan Ebba – Tangled in Gold, Young Adult – Sara Ella – Blemished
What have you learned at a writing Conference this year?
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