Sunday, April 25, 2010
LDS Storymaker's Conference 2010
I cannot even begin to say how great LDS Storymaker's Conference was. There is something different about this conference and I can't really pinpoint what it is, but there is a feeling that prevails that brings everyone together in a different way.
The classes were fantastic and I can't wait to implement what I learned into my books. Dave Farland's class was unbelievably great. Not surprised though. He's taught some really great authors like Brandon Sanderson, Stephanie Meyer and Dan Wells, to name a few. He holds the world wide record of having the biggest book signing ever! How cool is that?
I got a ton out of Jeff Savage's class about villains. I can see that the villain in my book needs to be developed more. Thank you so much, you guys, for sharing your knowledge.
There were over 460 people that attended this year. HOLY COW! I don't know what they are going to do if it keeps growing. Cap it off, I guess.
I roomed with Sheila Stahley of the LDS Women's Book Review and Poscast and that was a total riot! She is so fun and outgoing. I just adore her! Kisses to you, girl!
The thing I loved most was hobnobbing with so many great people. All the authors make you feel like part of the game, totally included. I really loved meeting three of the other authors contracted with my publisher, WiDo publishing. We became like a little family. They are wonderful and have become dear friends.
I am so grateful for this new and wonderful world I've been allowed to enter. I can't even begin to explain how it feels to be a part something like this. The new friends, the training, the closeness you gain at something like this . . . Well, you'll just have to start coming to find out!
Just so you know, the first picture is with Jeff Savage, author of the Farworld series and James Dashner, author of Maze Runner and many other books, who are going to write blurbs on my book, unless, of course, they don't like it. Then I hope they don't say anything.
The next pic is with Sheila Stahley of LDS Women's book Review and podcast and Brandon Mull, author of the Fablehaven series.
The next is Lori Nawyn and Renae Mackley, from my critique group.
Then With David Farland, renowned author, screen writer and writing professor at BYU.
The last is the pic of all four authors who are signed with WiDo publishing. David West, Tamara Hart Heiner, me and Mary Gray.