I’ve been blessed to attend the conference for the past two years, and after each one my writing and my writing career have measurably improved. When I first attended the ACFW Conference in 2009, I had the privilege of meeting big name authors like Jim Rubart, Brandilyn Collins, Tosca Lee, Randy Ingermanson, John B. Olson and others. What’s more, Robert Liparulo and Ted Dekker showed up too, and I literally got to sit shoulder to shoulder with Ted at a bar/restaurant in Denver, Co, where the conference was held that year.
Yeah, meeting famous authors can be neat, but I also made what I think are going to be lifelong friends there as well. My good buddy Lynn Rush (who I’m interviewing for next week’s post about her new book) just got published. Her first book, Wasteland, is out now. I had interviewed her in the past about her track to publication, and now she got published, so I get to interview her again.
I also met my pal Avily Jerome (her pseudonym), who is incredibly talented and creative. I’m forever indebted to her for introducing me to the Firefly series while she let me stay at her house in Arizona for a church conference in Phoenix this past spring. What’s more, we’ve become each other’s FUD Buds, or “Finish-Upon-Death” Buddies. A FUD Bud is a person to whom you can entrust the completion of anything you’re currently working on should you die mid-project. Basically, if I die while writing a book, she’ll finish it for me and will pursue publication with both of our names on the manuscript, and vice versa.
Then there’s Frank Redman, who appears to be on the fast track to success with his writing because of his uncanny ability to make amazing connections (some of which I can’t tell you about because he’s asked me not to). I really believe it’s only a matter of time until Frank gets pubbed and hits it big, which is nifty because we’re buddies and I’m excited to see where his career goes (including the possibility of collaboration between us down the road).
For my last post on leading up to the last ACFW Conference, I provided a list of three goals for the 2010 conference. I’m going to do that again here.
Goal #1: With three novels written and one in-process, I want to convince a particular publisher (I’ll tell you who in a later post) to take the next step(s) in publishing me, thus making my path to publication a question of” when,” not “if.”
Goal #2: I want to network heavily with other authors to obtain submissions for the short fiction magazine I’m editing (previously described here) for Written World Communications. I’ll give an update on that in two weeks.
Goal #3: I want to soak in as much marketing strategy information as possible as it pertains to my writing so I can better promote and plan for my future success as an author.
I’m not entered into the ACFW Genesis Contest like I was last year, so I don’t need to comment on that. I also want to enhance my relationships with some of the authors I’m becoming more acquainted with since 2009, and I’d like to become more integrated in the ACFW Community via networking and meeting people.
I also want to swordfight Jeff Gerke, but that may have to wait until another time.