Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pictures from the ACFW Conference

I returned home from ACFW feeling completely zonked. A combination of little sleep, tons of information, and a tremendous amount of socializing. (Especially for me, since I tend to be waaaaay quiet.) I met my agent in person for the first time.

Sandra and Me.

Not only is she wicked smart and business savvy, she's also beautiful and warm and has a heart for serving others. I loved the time I was able to spend with her and her other clients.

It's so funny that I talked about Julie Klassen's The Apothecary's Daughter last Thursday, because I had the privilege of meeting Julie over the weekend. Here's proof:

Me and Julie. 

My camera somehow got put on some weird setting before this picture was taken, but that's okay. Still proof. She was so generous with her time and indulged all my geeky questions about POV choices in The Apothecary's Daughter.

I also was able to hang out with some of your favorite authors.

That's Jill Williamson on the left and Heather Burch on the right (whom you haven't read yet, but I just know her debut, Halflings is going to blow up this February). Both Jill and Heather are very warm and high-energy. It was wonderful to be able to hang out with them in person.

And this is Jenny B. Jones, who probably gets as tired of being called cute as I do of being asked, "Are you a teenager?" But she is cute. And sweet.

As is Shellie Neumeier, whom I had the good fortune of running into in the bookstore at 11:00 at night.

I was also able to hang out with Betsy St. Amant, who's as gorgeous and sweet in person as she is on-line.

Me and Betsy.

Sarah Sundin taught a class that I hear was wonderful, and even though I wasn't able to make it, she still let me take a picture with her.

Me and Sarah.

One of the highlights of the weekend was when Erica Vetsch, my first writing friend (and current judge for the Go Teen Writers prompt!) learned that her book, Log Cabin Christmas, hit the New York Times Bestseller list! It was so exciting, and I completely understand why she wouldn't deign to take a picture with me, a lowly YA author. Here's where I would have put it had she bestowed me the honor:

Actually, we took one together, but we must have taken it on her camera, which apparently found it's way home with Mary Conneally.

And it was a joy to hang out with my best friend, Roseanna White. Although it was pretty tough to walk anywhere without getting stopped by someone who wanted to talk to her about her wonderful books/reviews/publishing house, we did manage to sneak away for some lattes at Starbucks where we talked about important things like potty training.

Just thinking about the weekend makes me feel worn out all over again. I'm going to spend some time pouring through my notes and try to wrap my brain around everything I learned and how to pass it on to you guys.

Have a great Tuesday!


  1. Sounds like a blast! I'm glad you had a good time.

  2. I'm glad you had such an amazing time at the conference! I know how exhausting stuff like that can be, though :D Get some rest - we won't go anywhere. :)

  3. Thanks, Jenna!

    Ellyn, you're so sweet! I bragged about the GTWers all weekend long :)

  4. You slay me! I'll send the picture as soon as I get it! I promise. :D

  5. Looks like you had an awesome time, Stephanie! Wish I could have been there with you. Next year!

  6. That looks like SO. Much. Fun. :D

  7. :) sounds cool!

    - Elisabeth Greenood

  8. Um...sorry!Greenwood not " Greenood"

  9. I'm going to have to make it to one of these writing conferences someday... :)
    So cool that you met Jenny B. Jones, I got an advanced copy from a reviewing website of her book "There You'll Find Me" She is SO good at writing!! :D

  10. So fun! Envious of meeting Jenny B Jones!! & others

    People always think im a teenager. I was a bridesmaid & getting my eyebrows done a week before the wedding & the lady doing them says, "you're awfully young to have a friend getting married"
    And then at the wedding, right before I was supposed to walk down the aisle my groomsman partner whispers "are you old enough to be in college?"

  11. There were so many great authors there(and so many great books being spoken of I'm sure ;)! great pictures! Betsy is soooo sweet! And i loved Sarah Sundin's first Wing's Of glory book(I've got the second on the way) and Jenny B. Jones is the one author who really makes me want to laugh out loud when i read her books. There may be a book that will make me want to do that...but with her it's like very book! Sierra
    Keep Growing Beautiful♥ (Cause You Are!)