Girls Write Out
Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Did you hear the roar last night? Registration opened for the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference I have to admit I was excited myself. If you're on the fence about whether to go or not, hop down on the side of going right this minute. Most of you love checking in here to join in the friendship and fun we share. Those friendships began at conference. When I look back on my life and career, the defining moment that changed everything is when we girls became friends. There is something about sharing common misery that knits us together. LOL In the early days we would rush to get our feedback from an editor then try to glean every bit of positive out of the few scrawled comments. We'd bolster each other up when we saw the dreaded, not for our house comment. We drank too much coffee and ate too many DeBrand truffles to bury our woes.

I highly recommend cramming four women into a room. There is something about the experience that leaves you never the same again, and it has nothing to do with four women sharing a bathroom. LOL You stay up late sharing your deepest, darkest secrets. You leave that place knowing you have some lifelong friends.

Going to conference is the single best thing you can do for your career and you life. You will make lifelong friends and learn so much about the publishing world. If it feels overwhelming to you, let us encourage you right here on the blog. Tell us what scares you. Ask what publisher you should target. Ask about agents or workshops. We are here to help you.

You know we became such great friends at a conference but where did you meet YOUR best friend? How did it happen? What magic thing bound you together? What do you think makes a friendship last a lifetime?

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Colleen Coble  
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At 9:03 AM, Blogger Wendy Paine Miller said...

I'm so excited to register. Found three other blogging friends to room with and am trying to line up who I want to meet with. I feel funny being so excited for something that is months away.

~ Wendy

At 9:09 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

Wendy!!! You're going!! YEAH! :) Look me up there. I'm going too! Thanks to about 4,000 emails from Colleen who pulled me off the fence and convinced me it was OKAY to leave my baby for 3 days. :) So I SECOND Colleen's motion and now that I'm registered I'm so excited I can hardly breathe. :)

At 9:10 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Yay!!! Make sure you come say hello, Wendy! We can try to sneak in a coffee. If you're not an addict yet, Jaime and I will turn you into one!

At 11:20 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

There is no better conference for the aspiring Christian novelist! Can't wait for it and so glad it's located in Indianapolis this year!

Maybe we can have a GWO coffee time!

At 11:21 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

What a GREAT idea, Denise! If you're part of Girls Write Out and will be there, join us for coffee! I'll post a time and place to meet.

At 12:44 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I met mine, Gina Holmes & Jessica Dotta, at The Blue Ridge conference in 2004. :) They became my crit partners and BFFs. We room together at conferences and since we live in different states, that's our together time. :) One of these days, we;re going to manage a retreat together to write. :)

At 1:14 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Ohhhhh! I'm disappointed it's so far away for me that I never get to go to those sorts of things.

Still, I'm happy for all of you! Yay! Enjoy! And have a great GWO coffee time!!

At 6:31 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Oh I wish you could come, Pam!

At 7:10 PM, Blogger jel said...

hope y'all have a good time! :)

At 6:46 AM, Blogger Lisa Faye Harman said...

I'm an introvert so conference usually leaves me feeling a little overwhelmed and left out. Finding a seat at every session and meal. Ugh. My worst nightmare. Takes me back to the first day of high school.

At 7:17 AM, Blogger Lisa Faye Harman said...

That being said, the teaching is top notch. The worship and prayer room is fantastic.

I really enjoyed volunteering at both registration and as a timekeeper for appointments. I was actually deeply moved during appoinments as I prayed for the nervous participants.

At 10:46 AM, Blogger Catherine West said...

I'm all registered and can't wait!! I had to miss last year so this year I'm already counting the days!! I met my crit buddy Jenness on the forums before the first conference either of us attended. We met in Dallas and have been friends ever since. Except she is threatening to stay home this year...
I hate being in a crowd too, but I suffer through - there are a lot of nice people in that crowd! Besides, the best thing about ACFW is that where two or three are gathered...and two or three hundred or more are gathered - God's presence is everywhere, from the squeals of first sightings of friends, in the hugs, in the smiles and even in the tears, but more than that, when we come together in worship, He moves. The teaching is great, the appointments are invaluable, but for me, being surrounded by brothers and sisters in Christ, who 'get' what I do and why I do it, that's why I go.

At 10:47 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I love hanging out in the lobby and administering those hugs and squeals! LOL

Lisa, I'm sorry it's a trial for you. I soooo love conference time when I get to see everyone.

At 8:49 PM, Blogger Beverly said...

I have been having "conference-envy" over all the conferences my husband gets to go too, lol! And there is a writer wannabe deep down in my heart, but this is probably way premature, lol!! Hope you have a fun time!!

At 6:05 PM, Blogger Kaye Dacus said...

I've met so many wonderful people at conferences through the years, going all the way back to meeting Rachel Hauck and Patty Hall for the first time at Blue Ridge in 2001. I blame--um, credit them with getting me to join ACRW (now ACFW) so that I could. I also met my agent and acquiring editors at both of my publishing houses at conference years before I ever submitted anything to them.

I'm so excited about conference this year, after having to miss last year's---the first one I ever missed. I'll be the one sitting in the lobby greeting everyone as they arrive on Thursday and Friday!

At 10:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is my first conference and I'm nervous as can be about it, but from everything I read, it'll going to be great. I can't wait to see people who I "know" there. I only have people I "know", not a single soul do I know for real. It's going to be interesting :-)

At 11:14 AM, Blogger Digging for Pearls said...

Oh how I would love to go. I have felt God's call to write since I was a little girl. I just now am getting back to that calling.

I hope to make it to the conference sometime.... Finances just won't allow for this year. I'm excited that with birthday money I was able to join ACFW. Perhaps one day I will actually be a published ACFW!

Hope you all have a great time!



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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

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Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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