And as you're reading this we're all parting ways to head back home from the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference. Several Seekers have been sending photos to Tina, and she's going to share them. I'm going to do a recap of some of the highlights of the conference.
For those who were at the conference, it was great to meet/see you! For those who weren't...we missed you and hope to meet you in the future.It's always so fun to put faces with names we see online. :)
First, we kicked off Friday with an amazing Early Bird Session presented by James Scott Bell. Really great stuff about the 6 critical factors that help us take our writing to the next level. And if they recorded it (I sure hope they did!), then you'll want to be sure to get a copy of the recording. Or better yet, buy the CD of all the workshops!
As with all our gatherings, Brandilyn Collins was an entertaining MC. Of course, each gathering is filled with a wonderful praise service. And our fantastic keynote speaker was Tim Downs. Tim had us laughing and left us inspired (again, get a recording of this if possible!).
I did an informal survey, asking what some of the favorite workshops were. I have to say mine (and also the favorite of several other people) was Michael Hauge's. I've loved his work for years. They didn't record his sessions, but you can find his books and cd's/dvd's at his website. www.screenplaymastery.com. You know I've mentioned his DVD set, The Hero's 2 Journeys on here before. It's amazing!
Ohter favorite workshops mentioned: Scene Therapy by Susie May Warren and Rachel Hauck. Marketing Your Fiction by Chip MacGregor and Jim Rubart. Inside and Acquisitions Meeting hosted by Thomas Nelson. Of course, this was just a small sampling of excellent workshops offered. (Plus, I had to turn my article in to Tina before some had even been held.) So be sure to check out the recordings when they're posted at the ACFW site.
Oh! Another meeting I had that was excellent was with media trainer Rusty Shelton of Shelton Interactive. He worked with me on a plan to make sure my website and blog are in top shape. Also helped train me on how to approach an interview. I even did a practice taping of an interview! And he gave me a plan for using Twitter. Very cool stuff. Check him out at www.sheltoninteractive.com.
Okay. Gotta run! It's been so fun to see all our Seeker friends while here! Many of our regular visitors were sighted in "purgatory", the place everyone waited for editor and agent appointments. :) So I'm hoping many come back to tell us or requests they had!
The 2010 Genesis Winners are:
Contemporary Fiction: Lynnette Horner, The Assistant
Contemporary Romance: Janice LaQuiere, Truckload of Love
Historical Fiction: Brenda Jackson, Principle Engagement
Historical Romance: Pam Hillman, Terms of Indenturement
Mystery/Suspense/Thriller: Rich Bullock, Storm Lake/Storm Song
Romantic Suspense: Valerie Goree, Weep in the Night
Speculative Fiction: Andra Marquardt, Traitors
Women's Fiction: Jennifer Fromke, Docking
Young Adult: Stefanie Morris, Shyla, Desert Daughter/Shyla, Child of the Desert
Carol Award Winners:
Contemporary Novella: Susan May Warren, The Great Christmas Bowl (Tyndale House)
Historical Novella: Janet Tronstad, Christmas Bells for Dry Creek (Steeple Hill)
Short Contemporary: Mae Nunn, A Texas Ranger's Family (Steeple Hill)
Short Contemporary Suspense: Jill Elizabeth Nelson, Evidence of Murder (Steeple Hill)
Short Historical: Dan Walsh, The Unfinished Gift (Revell)
Young Adult: Jenny B Jones, I'm So Sure (Moody Publishers)
Long Contemporary: Christina Berry, The Familiar Stranger (Moody Publishers)
Long Contemporary Romance: Jenny B Jones, Just Between You and Me, (Thomas Nelson)
Mystery: A.K. Arenz, The Case of the Mystified M.D (Sheaf House)
Suspense/Thriller: Terri Blackstock, Intervention (Zondervan)
Long Historical: Allison Pittman, Stealing Home (Multnomah)
Long Historical Romance: Mary Connealy, Cowboy Christmas (Barbour)
Speculative: Kirk Outerbridge, Eternity Falls (Marcher Lord Press)
Woman's Fiction: Rene Gutteridge & Cheryl McKay, Never the Bride (Waterbrook Press)
Debut Author: Dan Walsh, The Unfinished Gift (Revell)
Congratulations to the winners and finalists from Seekerville!!
Now we end with some great conference photos!! Be sure to click on them to see enlarged.
Melanie Dickerson (Zondervan) and Mary Connealy (Barbour)
Steeple Hill Seekerville authors, Missy Tippens, Glynna Kaye and Debby Giusti holding the Seekerville ad in the ACFW Conference brochure.
Carol Winner, Mary Connealy and friend of Seekerville Kathy Hurst
Seekerville's own Cara Lynn James (Thomas Nelson) and Glynna Kaye (Steeple Hill)
Cheryl Wyatt, Janet Dean, Missy Tippens,
Audra Harders, Emily Rodmell
(Assistant Editor, Steeple Hill) Debby Giusti,
Glynna Kaye & Myra Johnson
Authors Shannon Taylor Vannatter (Heartsong Presents) and Lorna Seilstad (Revell)
Camy Tang (Zondervan & Steeple Hill)
with Gayle DeSalles
of Word Count Virtual Office Assistance (www.wordcount.biz)
Revell's Julie Lessman
The booksigning event: Steeple Hill authors Glynna Kaye and Winnie Griggs.
Julie Lessman (Revell), friend of Seekerville Anita Mae Draper and Myra Johnson (Abingdon Press, Heartsong Presents)
The dynamic duo: Erica Vetsch (Heartsong Presents)
and Mary Connealy
Friend of Seekerville Helen Gray
(our java queen),
Cara Lynn James and Glynna Kaye
Writers Alley, Friend of Seekerville Pepper Basham and Mary Connealy
Audra Harders (Steeple Hill), Pepper Basham, and Angie Dicken.
Missy Tippens & Debby Giusti (Steeple Hill)
with Michael Hauge, and Janet Dean (Steeple Hill)
These pictures just in...
Myra Johnson and Mary Connealy
at the awards banquet
Remember you can still watch the Live Blog Awards replay here .