"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

8/16/10

We Have A Winner (and not just in my giveaway)

Thanks so much, folks, for all the support and encouragement about the FaithWriters' conference and pitching and all that fun stuff. My update is below. But FIRST,

It's time to take care of some business.

I had 21 entries :D - and by running it through the random number generator, the winner of my birthday book giveaway of Delivered by Peculiar People (LOL including this peculiar person), signed by six of the contributors (FYI - me, Joanney Miller, Lisa Mikitarian, Amy Michelle Wiley, Dub Wright, and Jan Ross) is...

LYNDA SCHAB (who was AT the conference - and whose giveaway I won last week. But this is not a reciprocal thing. Truly. I used the random number generator. AND, by the way, Lynda is ALWAYS winning things. A-L-W-A-Y-S!!)

So, Lynda, send me your address and I'll mail it out to ya this week (or if I'm really ambitious, drop it by your house)

ANYWAY - the conference. If I hadn't started with the giveaway, I would say that I don't know where to start. The people were AMAZING. The sessions, without exception, were annointed and helpful and funny and  wonderful. I learned so much in EVERY one. I can't even pick a favorite. From trends in publishing to blogging to characterization to agent tips to the proper attitude toward rejection (okay - MAYBE that was the one I got the most out of. MAYBE), I came out of the conference so much more prepared to continue my writing for God's glory than I was when I walked in.


I LOVED working the book table - and WE WEREN'T SHORT MONEY THIS YEAR! (can I get an AMEN, Peej and Scott?) The fudge, the truffles, and the food in general was exceptional. And then, of course, the games after hours. More fun than I've had in a long time (maybe about this time last year??). Where else can you start out with "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" and end up with "Squid Love" (you had to be there, I'm guessing)? And let me tell you - there is no better way to find out how crazy and creative your friends are than to play a game of Things with them.


AND, I pitched - and she wants my book proposal! Sending it off THIS week. Exciting stuff (and I may just have picked up a bit of a proofreading for pay job while there too).


I may blog more about it once I've had a chance to let it all meld in my mind. But it was an incredible blessing. Can't wait for the next one!

 
Paving Rough Roads With God's Presence

7 comments:

  1. Yes, Lynda ALWAYS wins stuff. :) Congratulations, Lynda! Hope you enjoy the book.

    Jo! I'm so excited the agent wants your book proposal! So exciting!!!!!

    Also glad you had fun and learned lots at the conference. Yay!

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  2. YAY!! Thanks so much, Jo! And the reason I am always winning is because I am always entering. LoL. And believe me, I enter many more contests than I actually win. But I have been looking forward to this book. Can't wait to read it!

    Jo - SO excited for you! Much success to you on the possible representation of your amazing book. A testimony that definitely needs to be shared. :-)

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  3. I can see your big smile, JO!
    I'm so happy with you.

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  4. Congrats to Lynda and glad to hear you had a wonderful time at the conference and the book proposal request, Joanne.

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  5. Yes, ALWAYS winning and I say a big AMEN to the book table not loosing money, too. Glad the refined method worked. ;-)

    Miss you already!

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  7. Sounds likes a fantastic time of encouragement and growth! I pray it yields a good return for your writing future, my friend.

    peace~elaine

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