As Steve Laube reported on Monday, ICRS was enlightening, entertaining, energetic, and frenetic. (I ran out of “e” words.) One “s” word I looked forward to upon my return home? Sleep!
As a member of AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association), I entered ICRS infused with a great amount of love and support from many sisters in Christ because the AWSA conference takes place just before ICRS.
Earlier, I introduced Steve at his State of the Industry speech, an annual highlight of the AWSA conference. Each year a different industry leader is chosen to give the speech. This was Steve’s second time, and his message was one of hope, realism, and practical advice for the many professional writers and speakers in attendance. As always, his encouragement was well-received.
I was also thrilled when the Fiction Editor of the Year prize was awarded to Andrea Doering of Baker Publishing Group. I heartily concur with Lynette’s sentiment, “She makes each of her authors feel special, not just because we write for her house, but because she cares.”
To learn more about this year’s many outstanding winners, visit this link.
Once the AWSA activities subsided, we were on our way to ICRS meetings and events. Several of our agency’s authors held book signings, and we were delighted to spy many of our authors’ books on the ICRS floor, either as ARCs (Advance Reader Copy = ARC), final editions, and/or prominently pictured on booth displays. As always, publishers displayed slick catalogs showing offerings for seasons to come. Even a cursory review indicates that CBA publishing is an exciting, informative, and uplifting place to be. I didn’t notice silly gift items this year, but I did see many friends at the CAN (Christian Authors Network) booth, my friends Suzanne and Shawn Kuhn at the Suzy Q booth, and of course, awesome friends at the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) booth.
One ICRS highlight is the announcement of Carol Award finalists. This year I am once again so very proud of the agency’s authors on this list! They are:
Under a Turquoise Sky by Lisa Carter, Abingdon Press, editor Ramona Richards
No One to Trust by Lynette Eason, Revell – a Division of Baker Publishing Group, editor Andrea Doering
Rescuing the Texan’s Heart by Mindy Obenhaus, Love Inspired (Harlequin), editor Melissa Endlich
With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editor Raela Schoenherr
A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes, Enclave Publishing, editors Jeff Gerke and Karen Ball
Samantha Sanderson at the Movies by Robin Caroll, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editors Kim Childress and Mary Hassinger
My take on ICRS is still Yes!
Fewer freebies? Yes!
Lots of quality participants? Yes!
A fun place to go? Yes!
Great fellowship? Yes!
Worth my time? Yes!
I didn’t want to repeat information that Steve wrote on Monday, so for his excellent review of ICRS and great information on the business of CBA, please visit his post.
Do you go to ICRS?
If not, do you have plans to go, or would you like to go?
As a writer, how do you think you would benefit from attending ICRS?
Will you go to ICRS in Cincinnati next year?