Monday, June 4, 2007

Increasing Your Odds for Breaking Into the Christian Fiction Market




If I could offer just ONE tip to authors seeking to break into the Christian Fiction market, it would be this--JOIN ACFW AND AVAIL YOURSELF OF ALL IT HAS TO OFFER. The organization known as ACFW--American Christian Fiction Writers--did more to advance my skills as a writer than any other resource I know. The networking, critique groups, writing workshops, e-loops, forums, and ACFW-sponsored annual conference provide a complete support package for novice as well as professional writers.

I've yet to miss an ACFW writer's conference, starting with the very first one in Kansas City oh-so-many years ago. I firmly believe, there is no better opportunity for advancing a fiction career for the inspirational author.

If you're not already making plans to attend this year's conference in Dallas, September 20-23, may I encourage you to consider this investment? I'd love to see you there!

Go to: www.acfw.com for more information and registration links.

Susan

13 comments:

Rhonda said...

I agree Susan. ACFW is the best!! This will be the first year that I miss the acfw conference. I'm going to miss not seeing everyone there but God had other plans for me this year.

Robin Caroll said...

I can't wait until conference! You know, I'd gone to my first ACFW with the mindset to learn about the craft, soak up as much as I could....but a funny thing happened. Sure, I did learn a lot, met some great friends, and had really good appointments, but the surprise for me was the amazing fellowship! Awesome! September can't get here fast enough for me! Can't wait to see you there, Susan!

margie said...

I'll be there, too! Awesome conference. This year I'm taking the earlybird session with Margie Lawson. I'm looking forward to meeting even more new people this year, too. And I agree that ACFW is responsible for my growth as a fiction writer. See you there, Susan!

Cara Putman said...

I certainly wouldn't be where I am on this journey without ACFW. And the Margie Lawson class is fantastic! Hope to see y'all in Dallas.

Anonymous said...

I love being an ACFW success story, and I have wonderful memories of meeting Susan at that first conference oh-so-many years ago. :o) Now the conference is one of the highlights of my year!

Kim S.

Ed J. Horton said...

I joined ACFW about a year ago and have been lurking in the shadows ever since. After showing my wife the 2007 conference information, she encouraged me to attend, even going so far as suggesting potential editor/agent appointments. With her support, I was on the website early on June 1 typing in my registration. Looking forward to my first ACFW conference!

Anonymous said...

ACFW is a tremendous organization and the conference is wonderful.

If there were any way to get me there this year, I'd be there!

JanetS

Janice Thompson said...

I'm coming! I'm coming! I'll see you there!

Rhonda said...

OHHHHH!!! What was I thinking? I forgot to share~! Becky gave me my first contract at an ACFW conference! It was awesome and I will hold that moment dear in my heart forever!! Thanks Becky.

Lynette Sowell said...

Yes, ACFW is the best. I got you beat on the conference, though... before the national conference in Kansas City, I remember the first two conferences. We met--in ONE room, about 28 of us--at a Houston hotel in 2000. I had goosebumps on my goosebumps, meeting writers I'd only known on-line. Then in 2001, we had a bigger crowd and held our meetings at a nearby church. I remember meeting Becky the first time, the first editor I'd ever met. I was so nervous, and she was super-nice, which really helped me a lot. I have no idea now what I pitched back then. LOL. :)

Mary Connealy said...

I'm a big ACFW fan. My first conference ever was ACFW in Denver and I worked up the nerve to go because I was a double finalist in the Noble Theme contest. I won with Petticoat Ranch (different title back then).
The Next year, I was awarded a contract by Tracie Peterson for Golden Days AT THE CONFERENCE. I was one of those who got to go up front. An amazing, stunning, beautiful experience.
You know, Becky, I've always wondered this...
I was sitting at YOUR TABLE when they annoucned my name. You had to know.
What did I look like? It's all kind of blurry but I just remember Kathleen Kovack jumped up and screamed and me??? I was next and I think I was struck almost motionless.
I didn't like...oh...you know... drool or anything did I?
I don't know much about any other conference. This is the only one I've attended. But I'm a HUGE FAN!

Deborah Raney said...

I have to sing ACFW's praises, too. I'm another haven't-missed-a-conference-yet member. It's just a great fellowship of writers, and a wonderful place to connect with editors and agents. And wow! We're growing by leaps and bounds!

Becky said...

Oh, Mary, I can't remember your reaction in detail, but it was cute to see your surprise and awe. I love to see an author honored for hard work.