Wednesday, July 9, 2008
The Big Ones - ICRS and ACFW
This week I'm gearing up to be away from the office 4 days next week.
Around March when I was deciding if I needed to attend ICRS (International Christian Retail Show in Orlando) this year, it sounded like a good idea -- be around some author friends, check out the industry, help with Marketing, etc. Now that the trip is almost here it isn't looking as fun. My life is so demanding this summer that I don't need to be away right now. And at ICRS it is a "look your best and be on your best professional behavior" kind of event. I have to try to speak intelligently about our sales and marketing efforts when those aren't really what I focus on in my normal work. It is too distracting of a place to meet with new authors and do much in the way of relaxed brainstorming and such. (In fact, I find authors searching for publishers at this show to be rather annoying.) Long days of standing and walking make me tired already.
But I'm still very much looking forward to the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) conference this September in Minneapolis.
ACFW has maintained a relaxed, celebratory atmosphere where the editors can be real and enjoy getting to know authors. It is a blessing for me to be at a conference where everyone is speaking the same language -- FICTION. I've made a wealth of friendships and cemented contacts at ACFW conferences. So it is the one event each year that I don't want to miss, both professionally and personally.
I don't know how any serious fiction writer would want to miss this conference.
Editor Du Jour Becky