A great conference

It’s my pleasure to chat today about the upcoming American Christian Fiction Writers Conference, taking place September 18- 21 in Minneapolis at the Sheraton-Bloomington. If you’re an aspiring novelist or a prespiring novelist (that would be me!) who writes with a Christian worldview, this is the conference for you.

Since June, we blogging ACFW members have been chatting up the conference. You can read what other bloggers have been sharing about this premier writers conference by clicking right here. The line-up of workshop leaders and continuing session teachers is top-notch. I am teaching a couple classes, too, but that truly is beside the point. The keynote speaker, Angela Hunt, is a gifted novelist, wise and funny, and she will be one of dozens upon dozens of professionals teaching and attending the conference.

If you’ve got a work in progress whose final chapter is in sight, you can sign up for agent and editor appointments that provide one-on-one face time that you just can’t get anywhere else. A national conference like this one is simply the best place to pitch a book idea to a prospective publisher or agency. I am amazed (God was nice to me) that I ever got published without attending a conference first. This is the way to break into the industry, meet people, learn and grow.

It’s the best investment you can make in your writing career if you are pre-published. Honestly. And hey! Over 100 authors (including me) will be signing books at the Rotunda at the Mall of America! It’s going to be wild and fabulous. If you’re a fiction writer, I hope you’ll consider coming. If not this year, then next. It’s never too late to make plans for next autumn!

Have a lovely Monday. See on the workweek’s bookend. . .

Author: Susan

This post has 4 Comments

  1. Miss Sandy on August 5, 2008 at 2:46 am

    Hi, I am so glad to have stumbled upon your blog! I just read Sticks and Stones over the weekend and loved it!

    May I ask a question? How do you choose a writer’s conference? I would like to attend one to learn more on the writing craft. Right now I freelance, mostly magazine articles. I am not sure I am or ever will be a novelist. My interest lies in reading them, not writing them. My heart is drawn towards non-fiction inspirational writing. Is there one you would recommend over another?

    Thanks for considering my questions.


  2. Jeanne Damoff on August 5, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Love the photograph! Did you take it?

  3. heather on August 5, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    What about perspiring authors?

  4. Susan Meissner on August 5, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Hey, Jeanne! Alas, I was not the artist behind the lens on this one. Hope you’re coming to ACFW – Jeepers, Heather, my computer can’t spell. No, wait a minute. A prespiring author is one who is thinking of aspiring to write but hasn’t made the leap yet. . . There. That covers everybody. Aspiring writers, prespiring writers and perspiring authors on a deadline. . .

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