The American Christian Fiction Writers conference took place the weekend before last, and for the first time since 2005, I was not there. Well, not technically. I love this conference. I wouldn’t be published today without the connections I’ve made there. But this year, it just wasn’t feasible for me to go. At least not to the official event.
The conference was in Dallas, which is only a 3-hour drive from my home, and I couldn’t bear to be so close to my editors, agents, and author friends without trying to see some of them, so I pulled a sneaky. I drove up Friday night in time to attend the Bethany House author dinner, then stayed the night in a cheap little hotel close to the airport and had official meetings with editorial and marketing staff Saturday morning along with a meeting with my agent on the fly. Bet you didn’t know you could have an agent meeting in the deli section of a Kroger supermarket, did you? Well, we made it work. Fastest meeting ever continued in the car as I took her back to the conference hotel, but well worth the effort since I’m up for contract renewal this fall.
The Bethany House dinner is always a highlight for me. The chance to kick back and relax with author friends and my publishing team in a non-business atmosphere is a joy. We had scrumptious Italian food (I had a chicken and eggplant dish that was delish!) and even had a waiter who entertained us with extremely impressive slight-of-hand and card tricks. Ask me about the lemon sometime. 😉
The following morning, I met my publishing team at a cute little diner called The Snooty Pig. Don’t you just love that? And yes, the place was filled with unique pig decor. In honor of the pig, I had an egg and ham breakfast with hash browns and a biscuit. We talked marketing strategies, editorial feedback (I’m midway through rewrites of the next novel), and touched a bit on what might be in store for the future.
After that I headed back to the hotel to work on said rewrites until lunch time. Then I snuck out again to meet a new friend. An author whom I met through my Facebook group, The Posse, told me she was going to be at the conference and would love to meet up. She grew up in the town where I live and attended the same college. We had so much in common! We found a barbecue joint (can’t go to Texas without some BBQ) and sat and talked for about an hour. It was wonderful. A new connection made and hopefully a friendship started.
Then it was back to the hotel for more rewrites.
The weekend finished up on Sunday when I met my youngest son at the soccer fields in Arlington for the first of two soccer games he was slated to play that day. I’m happy to say his team won 4-0 for the first and tied a very hard team 1-1 in the second. It was an excellent weekend.
- When was the last time you got away with some friends. Even just a night out with the girls.
I’d love to hear about it.
Especially since I’m still working on rewrites and don’t have much of a life right now.