Girls Write Out
Sunday, March 04, 2012

Taken at the ACFW Conference by Amber Zimmerman
Writer's conferences aren't cheap, so maybe you're thinking you'll just skip that part of the writing world and go straight to publication. Maybe you're already published and wondering why you should spend your hard earned money on a conference. I'd like to suggest you think of conferences as an investment in your dream. Here are some reasons you should attend:

1. Knowledge - You can learn from the best in the industry. Bestselling authors, editors, and agents teach classes for everyone, from the beginning writer to the multi-published. Learn about craft, marketing, publishing, and more!

2. Networking - Where else can you meet industry professionals, authors, and fellow writers all in one place? And you might just meet your future critique partners or best friends (case in point, Girls Write Out).

3. Opportunity - Face to face time is invaluable in this industry, and many conferences give you the opportunity to sit down and pitch your work to the agent or editor of your dreams. If the manuscript fits their house, editors often invite conferees to send their proposal post-conference--one of the few ways you can get your story seen by an editor!

4. Insider Information - Most conferences have spotlight workshops with publishing houses and agents where they tell conferees exactly what they're looking for. What better way to figure out where your manuscript might fit?

5. Belonging - Your family doesn't understand the voices in your head? Your friends think your little hobby is a waste of time? Come to a writers conference and mingle with other people heading the same direction as you! You will come away refreshed and encouraged!

You can find a list of Christian Fiction Conferences here. In my opinion, the best conference for Christian novelists is the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference.
Denise Hunter  
posted at 8:59 PM  
  Comments (5)
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At 9:52 PM, Blogger jel said...

did I miss who won the drawing,or have ya picked let?

At 7:09 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

I already chose the winners and notified them, Jel.

At 9:12 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

You got that right, Denise! Writing is a lonely profession, and some of us are people people. Uh, people persons? Oh well, you know what I mean. LOL

At 3:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was wondering when you guys were going to a conference. i'd go alone and honestly, it terrifies me & i really would like to see one of you guys there. i know you wouldnt know me but i would love to meet you. :)

At 8:07 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Hi Rockin Ruby. Colleen and I always go to the ACFW conference. Sometimes the other girls go too.

If you decide to go, definitely join ACFW and get involved in the loop and/or in the local chapter so you can meet other people who are going. You can even find a room mate or two so you won't be lonely.

We'd love to meet you, so if you go, look us up!


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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.

Diann Hunt

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.

Hannah Alexander

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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