Monday, September 27, 2010

Back from Conference

Whew! I'm back, and mostly recovered, from Indianapolis and the ACFW Conference. I had a WONDERFUL time!

Some highlights:

  1. Seeing friends like Georgiana, Katie G. Mary Connealy, Wendy Miller, Audra Harders, Julie Lessman, Cara Lynn James, Glynna Kaye...the list goes on and on and on.
  2. Seeing my editors (who are also my friends) JoAnne Simmons, Aaron McCarver, and Becky Germany.
  3. Sitting in on a workshop taught by Allen Arnold from Thomas Nelson publishers. He's such a great communicator, I would've sat there for several more hours just listening.
  4. Selling out of all my books at the bookstore! SQUEE!
  5. Doing a video interview with Christian Retailing. (Thank you, Aaron, for pushing me into it. I was scared, but it went great.)
  6. Praying with Julie Lessman and practicing our interview skills as we waited for our CR interviews.
  7. Hanging out with WordServe Clients and Seekerville folks each night.
  8. Watching Katie G. stalk JSB and get lots of photos with him in the background.
  9. Getting encouragement, rejuvenation, affirmation, and direction in my writing career.
Some pretty cool things are on the horizon that I'll be letting you all know about in the near future.

Until then, there's a little change in the posting schedule here. I'll be posting blogs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. We'll still have the Friday Five (Wendy!) But with my schedule getting tight, I need to cut back on blogging.


  1. Oh, I'm so happy to see that the Friday Five stays!

    And Congratulations for #4!!!! Very cool.

    I loved meeting you in person. Just wanted you to know.
    ~ Wendy

  2. Great times, Erica! Great, great times!

  3. I love your highlights-especially number 8. Glad you enjoyed the conference!

  4. I'm with you. I post M,W, and F as well. It's all I can realistically handle. Can't wait to hear the good news on the horizon! Sounds wonderful already. =)

  5. I had SOOO much fun with you, and already miss you terribly. Hey, we will always have Steak and Shake!

    Good times....good times....

  6. Erica,

    I wish I'd had the chance to meet you at the conference. It was only my second time there, but it was so so wonderful! Nothing like being inspired and motivated in rooms full of other writers!

    Congrats on the book sell-out! Go you! :)

  7. Welcome back. After reading the reactions of several who attended the ACFW conference I'm totally jealous, even though I'm registered for a conference here in Canada next month. The opportunity for Christian fellowship and sharing has to be such a blessing.

    Congratulations on #4. (And I saw Katie's JSB glimpses... hilarious! One of the highlights of my upcoming conference is that he'll be there -- one of my appointments is with him. Not sure whether to be thrilled or intimidated.)

  8. I am so glad you had a great time. I love conferences.

  9. Welcome back! I'm so glad you had such a wonderful experience and I certainly enjoyed Katie's JSB pictures!!! lol

  10. So great meeting you face to face, Erica!! God makes you run into people when you need them most. I ran into you a lot during conference! What a blessing!

    I did my part in helping you sell out at the bookstore...bought one of each book. Suitcase was heavy by the time I packed for home, LOL!

  11. Wendy, it was a special gift to me to meet you at the conference...I'm just saying!

    CJ, I missed our chats! Good thing you were up for a phone call when I got home so I could blurt everything out all over you!

    Katie, we made some AWESOME memories! :)

  12. Cindy, so great meeting you! :)

    T. Anne, I'm excited to announce the news! Soon!

    Georgiana, I sure hope they have a S&Shake in St. Louis.

    Courtney, I wish we could've met in person too. There were so many people this time. Maybe I'll see you in St. Louis, Lord willing??

  13. Carol, be thrilled! JSB is terrific. Humble and fun and warmly human.

    Also an amazing writer! And great teacher!

    Sherrinda, I took a couple of the JSB photos on Katie's blog, and I was laughing so hard I could hardly hold the camera still.

  14. Amy, were you able to go to ACFW?

    Audra, God was blessing me at every turn allowing me to meet you. Thanks for letting me hang out with you! And thank you for buying my books!

  15. Great to meet you, Erica! I look forward to hearing your news.

  16. Rosslyn, it was great to meet you too! That banquet dress was something, and I loved the suit your husband was wearing. Great memories!

  17. You didn't tell me you sold out of your books! How awesome!

  18. Wow! I can't wait to learn about these developments, and congrats on selling out your books! Woo-hoo!

  19. Sounds like you had an amazing time! Looking forward to hearing about the 'cool things' on your horizon! Congrats on selling all of your books @ conference!

  20. Love your list! And it was so incredible to meet you at conference.

  21. Woohoo, your books sold out!!! That's awesome.

    So who did Katie stalk? Too funny. :-)

  22. Steph, it was a happy surprise! I have some generous friends who bought books (like Audra and Georgiana and Katie...and more!)

    Thanks, Jill. I was very happy about them selling out. :)

    Maria, I stopped by your blog, and it looks like we have LOTS in common. I sent my eldest girl off to a Christian college this fall too. And I'm amazed at how much she's changed and grown in just six weeks.

  23. Heather, So GREAT to meet you in person. I hope we'll all be together 11.5 months from now in St. Louis!

    Jessica, go check out Katie's conference blog post. She stalked James Scott Bell. I took some of the photos for her, and I was laughing so hard I could barely keep the camera still. :) Good times!