Apr 26, 2010

GREAT Writers Conference

I just got back from the LDStorymakers Writers Conference in Provo, Utah and had a WONDERFUL time. There were over 450 attendees this year, and the place was packed. I remember the first time I went and it was held in the "Little Brown Theatre." I think there were MAYBE 75 attendees that year, it was ONE day and I thought it was GREAT. The Storymakers have done such a wonderful job with all the conferences and I applaud them.

FRIENDS: Oh, my goodness . . . I AM A RICH WOMAN! I lost count of how many people tracked me down just to say hello and give me a HUG. It was so wonderful meeting all my Facebook friends and making new ones. I have to say that the biggest hugs had to come from L.T. Elliot and Keith Fisher. They really lifted my spirits. But everyone else kept me up. I don't think I would have made it through the conference if it weren't for each and every one of you. THANKS!!

CONTEST: HOLY COW!! I took first place in the 1st chapter contest in the category of "Women's Fiction/Romance," with my novel, "Forever In My Heart." How cool is that? I was totally blown away. And YES, I heard each and every yell, scream, whistle and WOOT from all my friends. I thought it was my imagination, but the room literally exploded when my name flashed on the screen. I'm such a LUCKY GIRL!

My prize was $75 plus a "get out of the slush pile" card for Deseret Book and Covenant Publishing. WOO HOO!!!

AGENT: I pitched my YA Paranormal, "Aquatara: The Water Spirit" to Nephele Tempest of The Knight Agency and she requested I send a few chapters to her. I know she asked several others for their works, but I can't help to be hopeful. She also said to send "Blood Bound." I'd queried her in January, but since I haven't heard from her and she didn't remember it, she thinks it got lost in a computer glitch. So she'll be looking at TWO NOVELS. YAY!!! Will keep you informed on that one.

SOOOO....that means I have THREE books to work on getting ready for submission. I'm going to be working like crazy. Or going crazy. OR BOTH.










14 comments:

  1. Great post Chris! And just so you know, you're already crazy so all that work will be a walk in the park for you! ♥)

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  2. Christine - It was nice to meet you in person, if only for a moment. I'm so excited for you, and your writing career. I was so happy to hear them call out your name for the contest winner. That's incredible! Keep writing, so we can all read it soon. :)

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  3. Congrats again!!! Triple good news! I wish I could have spent more time with you.

    (And congrats to Ali, too, of course!)

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  4. Yay! Congrats, Christine! It was really nice to meet you. *fingers crossed for you*

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  5. That's awesome! I'm rooting for you!

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  6. That totally rocks, Christine!!! I, for one, was totally proud of you and screaming my head off when your name was announced. Best of luck in your submissions!!! Fingers crossed as much as possible.

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  7. Way to go Christine! Whoop! It was exciting to hear you won the chapters contest! What an exciting conference! =)

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  8. It is so much fun to be reliving the excitement of that moment again. The ballroom really rocked when your name flashed up on the screen!

    Remember what I told, when you are down just think back to how many people truly love you and want you to succeed! Great BIG ((HUGS)) my friend.
    ~~Sheila Staley: Book Reviewer

    Come visit me at http://www.whynotbecauseisaidso.blogspot.com

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  9. Congratulations on all the good things! I'll cross my fingers for you. You're obviously on the right track with the contest win.

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  10. Congrats on the contest win and good luck with your upcoming submissions! =)

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  11. Congratulations!! That's awesome!

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  12. Christine, I'm so freakin' happy for you! I had a great time seeing you, cheering for you, and mourning that I didn't get to see more of you. Hooray for all the success! Good things happening for you! =]

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  13. I'm so excited for you! I can't wait to hear what happens!

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  14. Chris, I was soooo happy for you when they read your name! From following your blog I know you've worked very hard on your writing. Enjoy every moment. You're going to make it!!!

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