Though I've been published over 150 times in Christian magazines, church curriculum and such, the publishing world is changing so much, my attempts at getting a book published were like climbing a mountain--barefoot! In the current publishing climate, with such a focus on social media marketing, I knew I was way behind the times when it came to what today's publishers are looking for. This conference was a huge help. Very practical advice--so much in fact that I still haven't managed to implement it all! I was able to get a critique on a book proposal from a real agent, which not only was a real help (she gave me information I had not been able to find in my own research), but also as I looked around at other new and advanced writers meeting with other agents, writers and publishers, I noticed all of us were feeling less and less intimidated. That in itself--the approachability of the experts--was an unexpected gift.
And it was at The Cove in the Blue Ridge Mountains, which definitely added to the appeal!
I would definitely recommend Writer's Boot Camp to both new and seasoned writers. You'll be encouraged by meeting others with the same heart for ministry through writing, come away with a book full of information, and perhaps get the very nudge you need in the right direction to make those writing dreams come true!
From Boot Camp 2012 Trainee - Katie Newingham
...You know it's funny, as I write this blog, I'm realizing I lost momentum when I lost focus. I traded one goal for another, one I have not mentioned to any of you. What I mean to say is, my major hurdle wasn't my children getting sick. Instead, it was a decision to pursue a long-time goal of mine to be a published author. At the beginning of this year, a friend sent me a link for a writer's conference in Asheville, NC. I disregarded the event, thinking I'd be unable to go. My son was still nursing. I had no desire to be away from my family for a weekend and I really had not thought of attending a conference. Having read my book, my husband encouraged me to sign up and said we would all go up to the mountains and stay in a cabin. I'm always up for an adventure, so I paid the fee and booked a cabin at Willow Winds.
What I didn't realize was there were assignments each week, and because I signed up late, I was already behind. I realized this at the tail end of week 7 and spent the seven days leading up to the conference doing homework: Three bio's, a 2-page synopsis, and a proposal. There was no way I could finish it all before the conference, but I had to try so I could prove to myself that I'm not just a dreamer, I'm a doer, gosh darn it.
I brought my running gear to Asheville. I actually thought I'd get a chance to run trails in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Needless to say that didn't happen. But where I feel like I failed my faithful followers, I have peace that I accomplished something this past weekend. I walked away with clarity. I received a formal edit from an author whose written more than 50 novels: Her latest, Hearts that Survive, a novel of the Titanic, just came out.
I also walked away having met 77 like-minded souls. I didn't stay at the conference the entire time, but I stayed long enough to reinstate my passion for writing and my reason for pursuing the craft.
Even more important to me - my husband actually had a great time with the kids. They visited a nature park where my daughter saw otters and donkeys, but not bears, she said, "because they're hibernating." And my son got to see the world from a whole new perspective too, since he was attached to the back of his daddy.
From Boot Camp 2011 - Trainee Lori Hatcher -