This was the gathering of 3-D friends. You know, the people you met on FB, have chatted with for hours, have seen their picture and were convinced you'd recognize in a crowd until they appeared one foot shorter than you expected.
We heard their laugh rather than read LOL. We saw their smile complete with dimples rather than an emoji :). We saw their aching heart, their bubbly spirit, their hopes and dreams and found them more vibrant than we thought. These 3D friends...are gems created by God.
So, my husband asked me what I liked most about the conference. How did I love it? (instead of like it) let me count the ways....
*Allen Arnold's continuing education class--equally stirring. Dig deep into your soul. That is when the story will truly come to life.
*Erin Healy's How to Think Like Your Editor. Powerful. Packed with tons of information helping writers understand the editing process and how we can edit our manuscripts.
*The Don't Lie to Me class taught by a forensic artist wowed me. These tips, facts, clues were not just for mystery writers. Every genre benefited from knowing how to accurate portray a character who is not telling the truth. Much more than body language.
And these were only the tip of a magnificent iceberg conference. God blessed above and beyond what any attendee expected.
Krista's book, A Side of Love, is on sale for ninety-nine cents through Sunday. Click here.
FANTASTIC NEWS: Pepper was a Carol award finalist for her debut book: The Thorn Bearer. Click here. Pepper also says, "I had two editors request two manuscripts each and made some great contacts with Tyndale editors. I was reviewed by Romantic Times." We are also not surprised that she was swamped with raves about her books!!
|Pepper and Mary|
Mary received a request for a full manuscript and full proposal from an editor from Revell.
|Casey and Sue (Mom)|
Casey, director of the Carol Awards, presented the winners. Her mom, Sue Herringshaw was able to attend the Gala. Casey says, "I survived." We knew you would. :)
|Amy, Krista, Mary, Julia|
Julia says, "I was able to connect with two women who had been mentors to me and get some new story ideas." I happen to also know that Julia interviewed a few VIPs for an article. Way to go Julia!
|Matt and Nate came along to support Ashley.|
Ashley says, " I had a full request from my dream publisher and a partial from another!! I am just so thankful for the time spent in community and encouragement among some of the dearest people in my life." Sounds like triple goodness, Ashley!!
|Jessica Patch and Laurie Tomlinson|
Laurie had a great time connecting. She signed a contract earlier this year. We are so excited about her new book!
Angie's fabulous news was already shared!!! CONTRACT!!
|Amy and Krista|
Amy claimed to be a lurker at the conference in her post yesterday. I beg to differ. She touched so many lives. Networked with writers. Shared her experiences. Laughed. And cheered for winners at the gala. To me, she gave a lot.
|Ashley, Sarah Ladd, Courtney Walsh, and Cara|
Cara whisked around, helping first timers and most likely a thousand other jobs during the conference. She is a multi-published author.
Now it's your turn!
You didn't have to attend the conference to receive a blessing from God!
Let's do this! Share your blessing in the comment section.
Time to brag on what God did for us!
Let's fill the page with His blessings!!