Top 10 Lessons Learned at ACFW


Posted On Sep 20 2013 by

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I attended the ACFW Writer’s Conference last weekend. I learned a lot, as expected. But some lessons aren’t listed in the brochure.

So here are my top 10 lessons learned at the ACFW Conference:

10. You will forget everyone you’ve met online when you meet them fact to face (my apologies to Lisa Jordan).

9. Agents keep a phone to their ear at all times. Don’t be fooled. Go ahead and pitch.

8. Writers only need a “hello” to launch into a long discussion of their latest book. Be sure to say “hello” to me next year.

7. A Starbuck’s in the lobby of a writer’s conference hosting hotel will need to call for back up.

6. Sit at the bar. All agents end up there eventually.

5. Certain agents (I won’t mention names) will read your chapter samples and visit your website while you sit there. Prepare for this eventuality. Make sure your last blog post wasn’t from Christmas of 2009.

4. Asking romance writers “What’s the name of your Amish novel?” isn’t funny and will earn you nasty stares.

3. If you don’t know what steampunk fiction is, just keep it to yourself.

2. “Research” is not a valid excuse for yelling “food fight!” during the awards gala.

And the #1 lesson learned at this year’s ACFW Conference…

1. The hotel management will have a “word with you” if you slip your one sheet under every door at 4am.

Until next year in St. Louis!

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Last Updated on: September 20th, 2013 at 6:13 am, by


Written by Ron

Just about everything I believe has been shaped by the written word. But books don't force a belief; they stir the imagination so that you, the reader, eventually draw your own conclusions. We grow richer in spirit when we read, deeper in our understanding of the universe and our role in it. That's why I read. That's why I write. To offer you a bit of myself. Come along on my journey, won't you? There's plenty of room.


8 responses to “Top 10 Lessons Learned at ACFW

  1. LOL! Love these!! I’m so glad you cleared up that slipping your one sheet under the door thing… I so did that. 😉

    I’m also glad I recognized your name from your posts with Gina and got to say hi.

    • Thanks, Brandy. I meant the one about not recognizing anyone. How embarrassing. Maybe if we used facebook profile photos taken within the last decade…