Today marks the start of the American Christian Fiction Writers conference in Denver. Hundreds of men and women, united by their love of fiction written from a Christian worldview, will gather for the meeting. They'll network with others in the profession. There'll be "pitches" for novels during scheduled appointments with editors and agents, at lunch tables, and even during coffee breaks. Only the rest rooms appear to be off limits for presenting a thirty-second tease for what the writer hopes will be the next great novel.
I've learned that getting an agent or editor interested in your work isn't the main advantage of these conferences. The real benefit comes in learning more about craft through workshops and continuing education sessions, while making new friends and renewing acquaintances with old ones. I'll be teaching one session, attending others, and meeting with my agent and editor. It should be a busy time, but a good one.
I'll be back next week with a report, including my impression of the one-day seminar with super-agent Donald Maass, who'll be teaching us how to bring fire to our fiction. Stay tuned.