Fool Proof Pitches

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By Deborah Clack For those of you who are trekking across the country to San Antonio, Texas for the annual ACFW conference, let me dispel your fears. No cowboy boots required. But you might be thinking that ACFW is big! And the state of Texas even bigger, almost as massive as the nerves that come along with pitching a manuscript. …

ACFW’s National Conference – Benefits

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If you’re still considering attending the ACFW Conference this year in San Antonio, TX add this to your consideration: As part of your registration cost, you have the opportunity to sign up for slots to meet with agents and editors! These appointments are perfect for creating face-to-face connections that will be imperative for your writing future! See our list of …

The Conference Portfolio, Part 2

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By Lynne Pleau In yesterday’s post, I discussed the benefits of carrying an old-school, hardbound portfolio to conferences. In this post, I’ll talk about what that portfolio should look like and what it should contain. The job of a writing portfolio is to present your work in its best light. That means it should be simple. Let’s start with the …

The Zacchaeus Syndrome

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By Loretta Eidson Writers conferences attract people from all over the world. The meetings are eye-opening, educational and enjoyable experiences. By the time they arrive, most writers have preselected a favorite author, agent, or editor they’d love to meet or partner with for their writing future. Indescribable energy fills the air as groups gather in the hotel’s common areas, coffee …

ACFW Conference Prayer – For Casey Miller/Appointments (Day 9)

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2017 ACFW CONFERENCE – 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 9 – 9/12/17 – CASEY MILLER AS HE FINALIZES APPOINTMENTS Heavenly Father, we thank You for bringing Casey Miller to this conference to provide the important service of scheduling all ACFW appointments. His experience and organizational skills are a blessing. We ask that You will shower him with patience as he …

Connections Matter

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By Donna L.H. Smith I’ve always heard it said, “It’s not always what you know, it’s who you know.” It’s the same for Christian publishing, too. When I first started writing, I knew very few people, and had few connections. But I continued to learn by attending larger Christian writer’s conferences. My best connection came from my first ACFW conference …

Requested Material

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By Lorraine Beatty It’s the end of October. Two months since the ACFW conference and the point at which editors are back on track with reading submissions. How many of you sent in the proposals or full manuscripts that were requested? If you have, three cheers. It a scary thing to do but you can’t get published if you don’t …

Why We Can’t Give Up

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by Catherine West While at ACFW’s annual conference in Nashville this year, I was reminded of something. I had the opportunity to pass through the ‘waiting room’ of the appointments area a couple of times, and oh, the pressure was palpable. I remembered my first few conferences, nerves doing a jig all the while until my appointments were over. Conference …

Don’t Be a Conference Statistic

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By Tamara D. Fickas Statistics show 70% of writers won’t follow through on a request at a conference from an industry professional to send their work. Shocking, I know. I always wondered about those writers. Why would they go to all that work and not follow through? It didn’t make sense to me. Then I went to a conference. I …