I really don't know what to expect from the conference since this is my first. Originally, I signed up to go because in May I finaled in the ACFW Genesis contest and I thought the conference would be a great place to pitch my manuscripts, especially because both had finaled.
But a LOT has happened since May. My contest final pushed my MS out of the slush pile and helped me acquire an agent. Then my agent worked incredibly hard over the summer and landed me a three-book deal with Bethany House Publishers.
As I head to the conference, I'm incredibly blessed that I don't need to find an agent or sell my book to an editor. The pressure is off. The hard work of getting the deal is behind me.
Instead, I changed my focus for the conference and now the primary reason that I'm going is to build relationships.
- I want to meet other writers face to face. The blogging community is AWESOME! But. . . nothing can compare to the give and take of a real life friendships. I hope I can make new lifelong friendships and network with others.
- I want to get to know my agent better. Even though Rachelle's schedule will be full just about every minute of every hour of the conference, I'm looking forward to meeting her and thanking her in person for everything she's done.
- I'll get to meet one of the Bethany House editors. Charlene Peterson is one of the BPH editors attending the conference. We've schedule a short time to meet together. I'm excited about the opportunity to connect with someone from Bethany House and learn a little bit more about the publishing process.
Anything else I should try to gain from the conference? If you have any other conference tips, I'd love to hear them!
I might be absent from the blogging world for a couple of days, but now you know where I am and what I'm doing! I'll report back on Monday!