We have all just returned from the ACFW conference in St. Louis where is “all fiction all the time.” It is a wonderful and unique experience to have over 600 novelists in one building all “making stuff up.”
Every agent from our agency was there. And we had nearly 40 of our clients in attendance.
I taught two classes (one co-taught with Tamela and another on contracts with the lawyer/author Rick Acker). In addition I spent eight hours, over two days, in a small room taking 15 minute pitch appointments. We all did, as a matter of fact. If you count the hallway serendipities, the meal times talking with authors, the appointments, etc, I would guess that our agency, as a whole, spoke one-on-one to nearly 200 authors. Exhilarating and Exhausting.
The awards banquet on Saturday night was fun. One of my clients, Patrick Carr!, Won for best speculative fiction. Congratulations Patrick!
If you are an aspiring novelist and can make the trek, we highly recommend you consider joining ACFW and also consider attending a future conference. Next year will be in Dallas.