The Writing Life

One Sheets and Classes and Pitching…Oh, My!

Have you ever seen one of those cartoons where the character runs so fast his legs spin like a wheel? That’s me—physically and mentally–as I prepare for my first writers conference in several years. One sheets, proposals, classes, meeting new faces, pitching my book to editors…oh, my aching head! So much to do to get ready.

In light of that, tell me something about your conference experience. Do you have a funny story? What did you dread most? Did you make friends you’ve kept up with? Do you have a favorite annual conference?  Most vital, how was the food? If you’ve not yet attended a conference, do you have plans to do so?

Let’s talk writers conferences.

As an author of heartwarming historical and contemporary romance, Sandra Ardoin engages readers with page-turning stories of love and faith. Rarely out of reach of a book, she's also an armchair sports enthusiast, country music listener, and seldom says no to eating out.

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  • anemulligan

    I’ve been to a lot of conferences. Really a lot!! My favorite by far is the ACFW conference. The food is always fab, since the conference is in a classy hotel. 🙂

    • Sandra Ardoin

      Ane, I’ve heard from more than one source that Ridgecrest has awesome food (even my daughter said that). So I’m looking forward to it, especially the banquet on Wednesday. Wish I could make ACFW this year, but maybe next year.

  • Heidi Chiavaroli

    I’ve only been to the ACFW, but I loved it and can’t wait to return in September! My favorite part was connecting with people I’d only known through cyberspace. Have fun, Sandy!!

  • Patti Shene

    Hi Sandra. My fav is the Colorado Christian Writers Conference, which is right now and I’m missing it because my hubby’s medical condition kept me home.

    Anyway, I do have a funny story. Several years ago, I had a meeting with a YA book editor. I was talking to her about the fact that I worked at a Psychiatric Residential Childcare Facility (at that time) and the idea of maybe writing YA had crossed my mind. She said, “well, you know, holes is the standard for YA right now.” I nodded my head and said, “Oh, yes, absolutely.” We chatted on for a few minutes and when I left I felt like I’d been to another planet. I had no idea what on earth she was talking about! I asked several other people afterward, and they, too, chuckled with me and gave me a blank look. It wasn’t until several months later, when I ran across the book (at work, no less) entitled “Holes” by Louis Sachar and read it that I realized what she was talking about!

    God definitely has a sense of humor. I’m now a division manager for YA at a publishing company.

    • Sandra Ardoin

      Thanks so much, Patti! I think they also did a movie of Holes, but I haven’t read the book or seen the movie–I think you and I are in the minority though! 🙂 Thanks for the best wishes. I’m nervous, but looking forward to it!

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