DON'T YOU JUST LOVE SURPRISES???? I know I do. In fact, I like being on the giving end of surprises even more than the heartstopping thrill of being on the receiving end.
I'm having a blast right now as Becky and I prepare to attend the annual ACFW conference in Dallas next week. Among the traditions Barbour has established over the past several ACFW conferences has been the presentation of a contract to an unpublished author. This year, we are hoping to surprise not one but TWO such writers. We're busy working out all the logistics while swearing to secrecy anyone who might be tempted to spoil the surprise. Don't even try to drag the information out of me ahead of time. I'm an expect secret-keeper. My lips are sealed until noon Friday, September 21st.
Even when I don't get to personally witness an author's expression when she/he first gets "The Call," my favorite task as an editor is issuing that first contract to a soon-to-be-published writer. There's no feeling like it. Do you published authors still remember the thrill of your first contract call?
I imagine the Lord is having a great time preparing a few surprises for us as well. 1 Corinthians 2 gives us a hint: " No one's ever seen or heard anything like this, never so much as imagined anything quite like it—what God has arranged for those who love him." (The Message.) Yahoo! What a celebration that is going to be!