Tuesday, September 17, 2013


American Christian Fiction Writers Conference ended around 9 p.m. Sunday night. It was a wonderful conference and a wonderful gala evening. When we finished and began to tile out of the ballroom, I was shocked that it was over so early. I have sat through a lot more hours of awards presentation in the past.

Everything was wonderful and now I have so much work to do. I have a proposal and three chapters to send to one agent, and a proposal and the full manuscript to send to another one. My work is beginning because our publishing company was well received by both writers and agents. I've had a pumped week-end. Right now I feel like I'm coming off a drunk, but I don't know exactly what that feels like. I have heard other people talk about the headache and not liking loud noises. That's me today.

The most wonderful thing to me about the conference is being with the writers. I enjoyed making new friends and getting to see old friends. Even the trip to and from was good. The food was good, except for the beef not being cooked as well as I like it. There was a "Flourless Chocolate Cake" that was to die for. I'm going to be looking that up on the internet. It was very chocolate and rich.

Since I have to get started on my proposals, I'm going to make this short. I have so much to do and I want it to be the best. I'll write more on Thursday.

Thursday, September 12, 2013


Tomorrow I leave for American Christian Fiction Writers Conference in Indianapolis. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone, but it is sure hard to get ready.

My bags are packed and ready to meet up with my traveling partners. It's good to be close to Indy and it will be better when the conference is in Nashville. That's even closer.

What do I expect? Lots of good information in the writing world. I plan to learn as much as I can to bring back to my clients. There will be lots of new people there, and I plan of getting to know as many as I can.

I'm tired and I still have more to do, so this is short. I'll write more when I get back. There should be a lot to tell.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


Finally, we have cooler days on the schedule. I'm not much for hot weather, and it's been very hot and humid here in  Western Kentucky. My favorite times of the year are fall and spring. I love the crispness of a fall day.

Also, I work better in cooler weather. I can't say I haven't worked hard in  hot weather, because I have. Between the publishing company, my writing, and getting ready for American Christian Fiction Writers conference in Indianapolis, I've worked very hard. It's a good feeling to be busy.

Sometimes I wonder if I'm crazy for starting this publishing venture at my age. Most people want to take it easy when they retire, but I'm getting busier than I was when I worked full time. I love staying busy. I told a friend of mine last night that I believe you stay younger when you stay busy. Anyway, I love my job.

It's hard to believe that ACFW conference is a little over a week away. I have a checklist of things I need to do. My one page for Susannah's Hope is finished and printed out. I still have to do one for Going Home and Emily's Faith. If I do another one in the Melungeon Series, it will be Maria's Gift. It depends on how conference goes.

The dreaded synopsis is finished for Susannah. I still need to do a couple of more for the other books. I hate doing a synopsis, and I've heard other authors say the same thing.

A formal proposal needs to be done for one agent I'll be seeing. I don't like doing that either, but it's a necessary evil. If I see other agents, they are only asking for a one page. I'll have extras with me, so that's not a big deal.

Here's my biggest problem. I hear publishing houses are not taking historical novels anymore. I love history, and I love to write history. Contemporary is now the big thing. Going Home is set in the modern day, so I'm safe there. The only thing is it isn't finished. I need to work on it in my spare time.

As conference draws closer, I'll probably have more to say. I'm anxious to see people I've met before and make new friends. It's always a fun time.