Sunday, September 20, 2009

It Just Got Better and Better

Since my last post, the conference just got better and better. The agent I went to see in the Friday night agent chat is interested in my historical novel, Emma's Outlaw. This is the same story the editor at lunch in my last post is interested in, so I'm very glad I'm taking time to do a recon in Wyoming to lend authenticity to Emma's journey. However, that's tomorrow since I'm still in Colorado.

I didn't have time to blog yesterday on Sat but the conference is over now. I'm sitting in the hotel lobby and want to download these photos before I hit the road in case I don't have internet service tonight.

Friday night after the Harp and Bowl worship session, I joined the Seekers for their nightly get together.

Starting at the back row, left to right: Julie Lessman, Cheryl Wyatt, Audra Harders, Janet Dean, Mary Connealy, Camy Tang, Tina M. Russo and Pam Hillman. Front row: (L to R) Cara Slaughter, Debby Giusti, Ruth Logan Herne, Sandra Leesmith and Missy Tippens. Missing from photo are Myra Johnson and Glynna Kaye

I call these gals the Steeple Hill Knitting Club. They knit everywhere including during workshops. From left to right are Danica Favorite (eHarlequin Steeple Hill board host)and Love Inspired authors Allie Pleiter and Camy Tang.

After the workshops ended on Saturday afternoon, the authors took their places for the book signing. Here are some of the Love Inspired authors. From left to right starting at the front row: Marta Perry (seated), Mary Connealy, Janet Dean, Missy Tippens, Debby Giusti. And the back row left to right: Tina Russo, Glynna Kaye, Seeker pal Lisa Jordan and Sandra Leesmith.

Here's one with me and two special Love Inspired authors: Margaret Daley on the left and Cheryl Wyatt on the right.

After the booksigning, everyone got gussied up for the ACFW banquet. Here are some of the Inkies from the new Inkwell Inspirations blog. By the way - head over there for daily prizes as well as grand opening prizes to be given away at the end of October.

Left to right starting at the back row: D'Ann Mateer, Jennifer AlLee, Debra E Marvin and me, Anita Mae Draper. Front row (L to R) Connie Marquise, Gwen Stewart and Lisa Richardson.

Inky Lisa Richardson was runner up in the Historical Romance category of the 2009 ACFW Genesis contest for unpublished writers.

Here I am with a special friend, Seeker Julie Lessman who won the much deserved Book of the Year award for A Passion Most Pure.

The Awards banquet dessert was this double chocolate layered mousse with edible ACFW sign.

And that's it for the 2009 ACFW conference. I'm shutting down my laptop now and heading north searching for the ruts that show where the pioneers travelled along the Oregon trail.


  1. Welcome back, Anita. Mom called as she was leaving conference and said it was as amazing as ever. She particularly loved Donald Maas. Sounds like you had a good time too.

  2. Glad things got better and better. Way to go! Have fun exploring the Oregon Trail!

  3. In the booksigning photo, to my right is Seeker Glynna Kaye (October release from Love Inspired, Dreaming of Home) and Seeker pal Lisa Jordan.

    Great photos Anita Mae.

  4. Hey Kelly, I saw your mom before you let me know she was there but at the time I didn't rememember why I knew her. I kept looking for her after you told me it was her birthday but never saw her again.

    Yes, I had a humbling, funtastic time. :)

  5. Hi, Anita Mae, it was so fun to talk with you ... and with all the friends from ACFW and Seekerville. We had such a terrific time. Every evening turned into a party. Thanks for hanging around with it.
    Great pictures.

    Except I'm a lot younger and thinner than I look in that picture. Prettier too. Also, I'm a lot smarter than I look.

  6. Way to go, Tina! I kept meaning to email you but trying to let everyone know what I'm doing takes time. I was 90% sure it was Glynna but didn't want to say just in case. Thank you so much for taking the initiative.

    Also wanted to say how much I enjoyed chatting with you. It was one of the highlights. :)

  7. Gee whiz, Mary, I'm sitting alone in my motel room and every time I read that last para, I start laughing. And that's why I'm looking forward to your books. And trust me, you look a heck of a lot better in your photos than I do. *cringe. Remember the blank card Debbie Macomber gave us to write down our goals? Well, as of now, the first one on my list is to change my image. :)

  8. Anita, great pics of the trail and the conference! You're skilled with words and a camera. Dagnabbit, that's impressive, woman!

    So nice to meet you in Denver! Yay!!!!

    I love finally getting to meet people I've only known online, and you're just as genuine as you appear in print. You go, girl!


  9. Hi, Anita! It was so great to meet you in person! Thanks for sharing the ACFW photos! Love the on-the-road ones, too. You're a VERY good photographer! Happy Writing!

  10. Thank you, Ruthy and Glynna. I feel so much more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it. :)

    I enjoyed finally meeting you ladies as well although it seems like I've known you for years. But that's the good thing about efriends, eh.

    Thanks for stopping for a visit. You've just reminded me I have to mail in my treasure map. Ahar, matey's. :)

  11. Great photos, Anita Mae! It was great seeing you again. :)

  12. Hi Anita! Sorry I'm late to the party. These are GREAT pictures.

    I miss you already. Chat soon? ;)

    Hugs to ya!

  13. Thank you, Missy. I really enjoyed seeing you again, too. :)

    Hey Gwen, can never be late for a cyber party, heh. Yes please, to a chat soon. 8)

  14. Anita Mae,

    ALWAYS a pleasure to spend time with you, girl! Love your new group blog and love you!


  15. Hey Julie, I still can't believe you won Book of the, that's not right...I can believe it because it's one of the best books I've ever read...but I didn't think others would agree with me, ya know? Major congrats to you.

    And I really wanted to thank you for taking the time to talk with me and reassure me on Sat night after your win when there were so many others who would've been thrilled to be in my shoes.

    Actually, I'm thinking I'd like to interview you for a post with the Prairie Chicks about what the win meant to you, so here's the heads up on that email. LOL

    I can't wait for your next book!

  16. Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!


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