Monday, August 13, 2007

Like so many other authors, I’m packing my bags and heading to Dallas this September for the annual ACFW writer’s conference. Included in my suitcase? Here’s my list:

Plenty of business cards complete with contact information, website links, and one line blurbs of my latest book. Don’t think it’s just editors and agents I’ll be giving them to. Networking is all about meeting new friends, connecting with authors writing in similar genres, and getting my name “out there.”

Three copies of my proposal—one for my editor appointment, two for additional appointments I hope to land at dinner or in the elevator.

Pitch sheets with a summary of my book and a killer one-liner sure to hook an editor into requesting a full manuscript. Okay, so that may be a little unrealistic. Still, pitch sheets are an awesome way to stay on track when nerves are frazzled and distractions plentiful.

Author bio complete with publishing credits and writing experience. I’ll also plaster my picture on it, just in case the person reading my bio needs a little something to jog their memory about who I am and what kind of stuff I’m writing.

Bookmarks and various promotional items such as Post-It pads with the name of my book stamped across it. Even though my book hasn’t been released yet, it’s never too early to start marketing it.

Notepad, Bible, highlighter, and laptop. This is a working conference, after all. I’ll be taking plenty of notes and stashing away information to be used on my next wip.

Most important of all, I’m taking Jesus with me, albeit not in my suitcase (smile). I made the mistake of going to my first conference thinking it was all about my writing and my quest for publication. Somewhere in the chaos, God reminded me why I was there. He convicted me of my selfish pursuit, and opened my eyes to the need to make Him first in all things, including my writing.

Okay, God. Lesson learned. This year, I’m with You.

3 comments :

Janelle said...

I see you like the Post it Note idea. I've been looking into those too. I am NOT ready for this conference. No where NEAR ready. Guess I'd better get it in gear.

Marcia Gruver said...

I thought I was ready for conference until I read this post. Now I feel like the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland:

-"I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date! No time to say hello, goodbye! I'm late, I'm late, I'm late!"

Jess said...

I've lost my pizzaz for the conference. Wish I could postpone things. :(

Great post, Lisa. You sound armed and organized.

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