Skip to main content

ACFW Conference and Book of the Year finalists

Captain's Log, Stardate 08.09.2006

Blog book giveaway:
My Thursday book giveaway is THE SIMPLE LIFE by Wanda Brunstetter.
My Monday book giveaway is MY SO-CALLED LOVE LIFE by Allie Pleiter.
You can still enter both giveaways. Just post a comment on each of those blog posts. On Thursday, I'll draw the winner for THE SIMPLE LIFE and post the title for another book I'm giving away.

Conference! The ACFW conference is one of the highlights of my year. I’m a bullet-points kind of gal, so here’s why:

* Meeting online friends face-to-face, both new and old. It’s thrilling to see people I’ve only e-mailed with, and to give and receive hugs from people I haven’t seen since conference last year. The comraderie is festive.

* Small conference. There’s only about 300-350 people who attend the conference, rather than 2000+ like RWA National, so it’s easy to find people, meet up with them, bump into them in the halls or in workshops, have meals together.

* Spiritual refreshing. Unlike a secular writing conference, I’ve always found the worship times and the spiritual atmosphere incredibly soothing, uplifting, and energizing at the same time. Prayer happens all the time in the Prayer Room, in hallways, in bathrooms, in hotel rooms.

* Hosted tables. Because the faculty hosts tables at lunch and dinner, there are tons of opportunities to talk to authors, editors, and agents. Also, because there are so many opportunities, I think that editors and agents feel less harassed in the hallways, elevators, and bathrooms, because attendees know they don’t have to grab their attention right then or forever lose a chance of a lifetime.

* Breakfast with other writers and Brandilyn! How much better can it get? A table with other sleepy writers talking pre-coffee nonsense, and Brandilyn Collins singing “The Author and the Editor Should Be Friends”!

* Nice editors and agents. Who’d a thunk? They’re actually real, normal people! There are a lot of agents and editors who attend ACFW who specialize in fiction, moreso than many other conferences. ACFW has an editor and an agent panel, and there are lots of opportunities to talk to them and get to know them.

* Lots of published authors. The ACFW faculty is chock-full of published authors—multi-published, best-selling, award-winning, and sometimes odd and weird (like someone named, hypothetically, Randy Ingermanson). There are tons of opportunities to talk to them, glean advice, be informed or entertained. And if you’re especially nice and polite, they might even like you back.

* Workshops for several levels. Not all Christian writers conferences offer workshops and continuing tracks for writers at different stages of their careers, so the fact that ACFW offers so many is a bonus.

* All fiction. I’ve gone to a few Christian writers conferences that are both fiction and non-fiction, but sometimes more workshops are geared toward non-fiction. Also, I’ve heard non-fiction writers sometimes insist that fiction writers should write articles first before starting on that novel, which I think is bull-honky. If a writer doesn’t want to write non-fiction articles, why should she? Clips are nice but only if they pertain directly to the novelist’s brand, genre, or the theme of their novel. There isn’t that type of bias at ACFW conference.

* Workshops on MP3. Last year, they had ALL the workshops that were recorded available on MP3 for only $99. GREAT deal. I downloaded them to my iPod and I listen to them in the car whenever I drive someplace.

* Chillin’. The conference always has night owls (like moi) hanging out in the lobby, in the hallways, or in various other public areas of the hotel, being loud and making a nuisance of ourselves. What fun! I get to enjoy great company, meet new people, and be a pest all at the same time!

* THE GENESIS CONTEST!!! And ACFW Book of the Year contest! The winners for both will be announced on Saturday night at an faboo awards ceremony!

And speaking of Book of the Year . . .

Coordinator Robin Cynclair announced the finalists in the 2006 ACFW Book of the Year contest! The winners will be announced at the conference in September, as well as the overall highest score which will win the coveted title of ACFW BOOK OF THE YEAR. So, without further ado.....the finalists (in alphabetical order):

(The author links on this list came from Tricia Goyer)

In Contemporary Novella Category, the finalists are:
Kristy Dykes with "Reunited" in with Wedded Bliss
Pamela Griffin with "Strawberry Angel" in One Christmas Angel
Robin Lee Hatcher with Veterans Way
Jane Orcutt with Dear Baby Girl
Lenora Worth with "'Twas the Week Before Christmas" in Once Upon a Christmas

In General Fiction, which includes Sci-Fi and Young Adult, the finalists are: (6 finalists due to a tie)
Bryan Davis with Circles of Seven
Bryan Davis with Tears of a Dragon
DiAnn Mills with When the Lion Roars
Miles Owens with Daughter of Prophecy
Sarah Anne Sumpolec with The Passage
Sarah Anne Sumpolec with The Reveal

In the Historical Novella category, the finalists are:
Pamela Griffin with "Moonlight Masquerade" from Masquerade
Pamela Griffin with "Legend of Mercy" from Brides o' the Emerald Isle
DiAnn Mills with "Missing Pages" in Golden Gate Gazette
Kathleen Y'Barbo with "Coffee Scoop" in Fresh-Brewed Love
Kathleen Y'Barbo with "The Marrying Kind" in Lone Star Christmas

In the Lits category, the finalists are:
Kristin Billerbeck with She's All That
Kristin Billerbeck with With This Ring, I'm Confused
Diann Hunt with Hot Flashes and Cold Cream
Siri Mitchell with Kissing Adrian
Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt with Emily Ever After

In the Long Historical category, the finalists are:
Tracey Bateman with The Color of the Soul
Dorothy Clark with Joy For Mourning
Susan Downs and Susan May Warren with Oksana
Deeanne Gist with A Bride Most Begrudging
Tricia Goyer with Dawn of a Thousand Nights

In the Short Contemporary category, the finalists are:
Colleen Coble (writing as Colleen Rhoads) with Windigo Twilight
Colleen Coble (writing as Colleen Rhoads) with Shadow Bones
Mary Davis with The Island
Nancy Lavo with Miss Menace
Elizabeth White with Under Cover of Darkness

In the Short Historical category, the finalists are:
Janet Lee Barton with A Place Called Home
Tracey Bateman with Beside Still Waters
Vickie McDonough with Sooner or Later
DiAnn Mills with Renegade Husband
Kathleen Y'Barbo with Bayou Secrets

In the Suspense category, the finalists are:
Terri Blackstock with Breaker's Reef
Colleen Coble with Distant Echoes
Colleen Coble with Black Sands
Wanda Dyson with Intimidation
Creston Mapes with Dark Star

In the Women's Fiction category, the finalists are:
Nikki Arana with The Winds of Sonoma
Linda Evans Shepherd and Eva Marie Everson with The Potluck Club
Susan Meissner with The Remedy for Regret
Deborah Raney with Over the Waters
Linda Windsor with Fiesta Moon

Congratulations everyone!

Comments

  1. I've only been to one conference and that's the ACFW. I can't even faithfully describe what happened to me in those four days because I know I'd leave something out. The fellowship is amazing. I've never had people I don't know pray for me and my writing. I discovered that I'm not as crazy as I thought I was because there's a group of people just like me. I learned that God has a plan for me, I just have to be faithful to trust and obey (still learning that one). I'm definitely going to be there this year and hope to make this an annual trip. I'm looking forward to meeting even more people and experiencing adventures that God has been planning.

    Camy, everything you said about the conference was right on. AMEN!

    ReplyDelete
  2. It sounds like so much fun! I've never attended any conference and think the ACFW would be a great first one to go to and I'd love to be able to go but it ain't gonna happen this year :(

    So, I'll set my sights on attending next year and vicariously living it through your blog posts about it this year (hint hint, wink wink, hope hope, lol)!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Sounds fabulous! I'll have to look into it next year! Make sure to take lots of pictures to share! One of these days we'll get you to put all your photos in a scrapbook!

    Real Women Scrap

    ReplyDelete
  4. I LOVE conferences. I admit it, I'm a conference junkie. LOL But what's best about ACFW is getting to hang with my buds again! Camy...date on the balcony??? LOL

    ReplyDelete
  5. oh man I can't wait for conference! We'll ignore the fact that I'm totally not prepared for this conference! LOL

    ReplyDelete
  6. Wow! Thanks for the information! No one told me I was a finalist. I wouldn't have known if I hadn't read your blog!

    Bryan Davis

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular Posts

Year of the Dog serial novel

About Year of the Dog : A month or two ago, I remembered an old manuscript I had completed but which hadn’t sold. It was a contemporary romance meant for Zondervan, titled Year of the Dog . The book had gone into the pipeline and I even got another title ( Bad Dog ) and a cover for it, but eventually my editor at the time decided she didn’t want to publish it, for various reasons. She instead requested a romantic suspense, and so I cannibalized some of the characters from Year of the Dog and thrust them into the next book I wrote, which was Protection for Hire . Honestly, I didn’t take a lot from Year of the Dog to put in Protection for Hire , aside from character names and a few relationship ties. I was originally thinking I’d post Year of the Dog as-is on my blog as a free read, but then it occurred to me that I could revamp it into a romantic suspense and change the setting to Hawaii. It would work out perfectly as (yet another) prequel to the Warubozu series and introduce

No Cold Bums toilet seat cover

Captain's Log, Stardate 08.22.2008 I actually wrote out my pattern! I was getting a lot of hits on my infamous toilet seat cover , and I wanted to make a new one with “improvements,” so I paid attention and wrote things down as I made the new one. This was originally based off the Potty Mouth toilet cover , but I altered it to fit over the seat instead of the lid. Yarn: any worsted weight yarn, about 120 yards (this is a really tight number, I used exactly 118 yards. My suggestion is to make sure you have about 130 yards.) I suggest using acrylic yarn because you’re going to be washing this often. Needle: I used US 8, but you can use whatever needle size is recommended by the yarn you’re using. Gauge: Not that important. Mine was 4 sts/1 inch in garter stitch. 6 buttons (I used some leftover shell buttons I had in my stash) tapestry needle Crochet hook (optional) Cover: Using a provisional cast on, cast on 12 stitches. Work in garter st until liner measures

Just another day at youth group

My Christian contemporary romance, Single Sashimi , includes some of the wilder tales from my and my husband’s stints as youth staff workers at our church. The Steven character in the book is actually the same Steven who’s the associate pastor and youth group leader at our church now, since I wrote Single Sashimi when he was still in youth group. :) He’s a young man in his late twenties (maybe early thirties?), and he’s full of great ideas and lots of energy. On one particular Saturday, my husband and I were at youth group as usual. Steven had bought a tug of war rope—the really long, thick kind that looks like it belongs on a sea trawler. The opening game for the kids was, of course, tug of war. Then we came indoors for a three-song worship set. After worship, we usually split up into Junior High and High School for lessons, but this time Steven had an idea: “Okay guys, we’re going to have a tug of war--staff versus kids. If you guys win, we’ll ditch the lesson and go out t

A new tier in my Patreon

I started my Patreon for my fans and for people who didn’t want to buy my books on Kindle. My patrons get each new ebook 2-3 weeks early for only $3 (which is usually the newsletter-only price), and they only get charged when I release a book, not every month. At the moment, I’m releasing my Christian historical romantic suspense series, Lady Wynwood’s Spies. But after I finish that series, I’ll be releasing my Christian contemporary romantic suspense series, the Warubozu Spa Chronicles, and those in my Patreon will be able to get those books early, too. I just added a new $1.00 tier for fans who would prefer to read my books in Kindle Unlimited or buy the Kindle ebook, but just want to support me. Click here to read more about my Patreon. Thank you so much for reading my books!

Grace Livingston Hill romances free to read online

I wanted to update my old post on Grace Livingston Hill romances because now there are tons more options for you to be able to read her books for free online! I’m a huge Grace Livingston Hill fan. Granted, not all her books resonate with me, but there are a few that I absolutely love, like The Enchanted Barn and Crimson Roses . And the best part is that she wrote over 100 books and I haven’t yet read them all! When I have time, I like to dive into a new GLH novel. I like the fact that most of them are romances, and I especially appreciate that they all have strong Christian themes. Occasionally the Christian content is a little heavy-handed for my taste, but it’s so interesting to see what the Christian faith was like in the early part of the 20th century. These books are often Cinderella-type stories or A Little Princess (Frances Hodgson Burnett) type stories, which I love. And the best part is that they’re all set in the early 1900s, so the time period is absolutely fasci

Year of the Dog serial novel, chapter 9

I’m posting a Humorous Christian Romantic Suspense serial novel here on my blog! Year of the Dog is a (second) prequel to my Warubozu Spa Chronicles series. Year of the Dog serial novel by Camy Tang Marisol Mutou, a professional dog trainer, is having a bad year. While renovating her new dog kenneling and training facility, she needs to move in with her disapproving family, who have always made her feel inadequate—according to them, a job requiring her to be covered in dog hair and slobber is an embarrassment to the family. She convinces her ex-boyfriend to take her dog for a few months … but discovers that his brother is the irate security expert whose car she accidentally rear-ended a few weeks earlier. Ashwin Keitou has enough problems. His aunt has just shown up on his doorstep, expecting to move in with him, and he can’t say no because he owes her everything—after his mother walked out on them, Aunt Nell took in Ashwin and his brother and raised them in a loving Chri

Follow Camy on BookBub

Follow my author profile on BookBub! You’ll get an email from BookBub whenever I have a new ebook release and when my books are ever featured there. Click here to go to my Camille Elliot page on BookBub.

ひとり寿司第28章パート2

「ひとり寿司」をブログに連載します! ひとり寿司 寿司シリーズの第一作 キャミー・タング 西島美幸 訳 スポーツ狂のレックス・坂井 —— いとこのマリコが数ヶ月後に結婚することにより、「いとこの中で一番年上の独身女性」という内輪の肩書を「勝ち取る」ことについては、あまり気にしていない。コントロールフリークの祖母を無視するのは容易だ —— しかし、祖母は最終通告を出した —— マリコの結婚式までにデート相手を見つけなければ、無慈悲な祖母は、レックスがコーチをしている女子バレーボールチームへの資金供給を切ると言う。 ダグアウトにいる選手全員とデートに出かけるほど絶望的なわけではない。レックスは、バイブルスタディで読んだ「エペソの手紙」をもとに「最高の男性」の条件の厳しいリストを作った。バレーボールではいつも勝つ —— ゲームを有利に進めれば、必ず成功するはずだ。 そのとき兄は、クリスチャンではなく、アスリートでもなく、一見何の魅力もないエイデンを彼女に引き合わせる。 エイデンは、クリスチャンではないという理由で離れていったトリッシュという女の子から受けた痛手から立ち直ろうとしている。そして、レックスが(1)彼に全く興味がないこと、(2)クリスチャンであること、(3)トリッシュのいとこであることを知る。あの狂った家族とまた付き合うのはごめんだ。まして、偽善的なクリスチャンの女の子など、お断り。彼はマゾヒストじゃない。 レックスは時間がなくなってきた。いくら頑張っても、いい人は現れない。それに、どこへ行ってもエイデンに遭遇する。あのリストはどんどん長くなっていくばかり —— 過去に掲載済みのストーリーのリンクはこちらです。 *** キッチンテーブルの上にごちゃごちゃと置かれている食べ物を見つけた。フルーツが入ったお皿は、すでに子供たちがめちゃくちゃにしていたが、新鮮なマグロの刺身は、巻き寿司の隣にきれいに並んでいた。天ぷら鍋から取り出したばかりのもち粉チキンは、まだ湯気が立っていて、祖母の自家製たくあんが、その隣の小皿に置かれている。 「わあ、叔母さんか誰かが、エビの天ぷら作ったんだわ」トリッシュはエビの天ぷらを紙皿に取った。 レックスはお皿をつかんだ。ここに来た唯一の理由。祖母ですら、美味しい日本食を食べていると

A List of my Free Blog Reads

Curious about what my writing is like? Here’s a list of all my free books and the free short stories, novellas, and novels that you can read here on my blog. I’ll update this post as I add more free reads. Christian Humorous Romantic Suspense: Year of the Dog (Warubozu Spa Chronicles series, Prequel novel) (Currently being posted monthly on my blog as a serial novel) Marisol Mutou, a professional dog trainer, finally has a chance to buy a facility for her business, but her world is upended when she must move in with her disapproving family, who have always made her feel inadequate. When she stumbles upon a three-year-old missing persons case, security expert Ashwin Keitou, whose car she accidentally rear-ended a few weeks earlier, is tasked with protecting her. However, danger begins to circle around them from people who want the past to remain there. Can they shed light on the secrets moving in the shadows? Christian Romantic Suspense: Necessary Proof (Sonoma series #4.1, n

Tabi socks, part deux

Captain's Log, Stardate 07.25.2008 (If you're on Ravelry, friend me! I'm camytang.) I made tabi socks again! (At the bottom of the pattern is the calculation for the toe split if you're not using the same weight yarn that I did for this pattern (fingering). I also give an example from when I used worsted weight yarn with this pattern.) I used Opal yarn, Petticoat colorway. It’s a finer yarn than my last pair of tabi socks, so I altered the pattern a bit. Okay, so here’s my first foray into giving a knitting pattern. Camy’s top-down Tabi Socks I’m assuming you already know the basics of knitting socks. If you’re a beginner, here are some great tutorials: Socks 101 How to Knit Socks The Sock Knitter’s Companion A video of turning the heel Sock Knitting Tips Yarn: I have used both fingering weight and worsted weight yarn with this pattern. You just change the number of cast on stitches according to your gauge and the circumference of your ankle. Th