Marji Laine

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Top 10 Things for the ACFW Conference


Last week, I shared the suggestions from Christian Publishing experts at what to bring to conference. Many suggested items of personality that I didn’t originally think about. And since I wrote the article, I’ve read several others that echo the need for one thing in particular. I wonder if you can pick it out from my conglomeration list of the ten main things I’m bringing to the ACFW Conference in a couple of weeks.

  • File folders filled with the items that the agents I’ll be meeting with would like to see
  • A positive, helpful attitude and a good sense of humor
  • Plenty of Business Cards (Freebies at Vista print! I got mine in only 7 days!)
  • A teachable spirit – even the most experienced have things they need to learn
  • Extra one sheets, synopses, and sample chapters – for those God-made appointments
  • Note-taking materials (I’m bringing both a notepad and my Ipad just to be sure!)
  • Comfortable shoes – I have a feeling we’ll be walking and standing a LOT.
  • Layers for cold/hot rooms – since we are at the mercy of the hotel for our comfort
  • Extra money for the bookstore or for snacks
  • Advil – I hope I won’t need it, but spending the weekend “on ice” with a faulty back confirms the need

All of the above things are necessary. That’s why they’re on my list. (And yes, I’m planning on bringing each!) But the item that is most suggested by the experts is …

… going to be the subject of my post next week! (I know. That was mean!) But this topic deserves more than just a brief mention.

Your Turn: check out the list again and tell me which one you think SHOULD be the most important thing to bring to the ACFW conference. Or maybe you have a different idea?

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

10 thoughts on “Top 10 Things for the ACFW Conference

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  2. What??? I can’t believe you’re making us wait til next week!!! Hmm, I’m thinking it has to be the teachable spirit or the sense of humor. Or patience. Maybe patience. BTW, I’m also a homeschooling mom of 4 but 3 have already graduate (2 in college and 1 working).


    • I know! Cruel!
      So glad to know another homeschooling mom. It makes for an incredibly busy fall (Volleyball season) but an easier spring. The right time for easy!


  3. That list pretty much tracks what I’ve read as well. This will also be my first time at the ACFW conference. I’m stressing out about being prepared, since I have to travel several times on business between now and then. I’m trying to remember to take deep breaths and just prepare to relax and enjoy it.

    We ought to try to schedule a time when all of us locals (who live in north Texas) meet somewhere for a few minutes so we can at least say we’ve met in person the local folks we don’t know except from online!

    See you all there.


    • I tell my kids to enjoy where they are while they are there. I’m going to have to take that medicine for myself this time!
      As far as meeting, I’m all for it! Will you be at the First Timer thing that Cara is arranging on Thursday afternoon?


      • I will be at the first-timer thing. (I signed up for EVERYTHING, including the MBT Pitch Scrimmage thing on Wednesday!) I’ll look for you there. Maybe we should all get ourselves a big Dallas Cowboys star to tape on to our conference name badges, so we can spot locals from a distance! 🙂


  4. You forgot to mention a hankerin’ to meet virtual friends you’ve made recently. I’ll see you at conference… maybe pre-conference. We’ll see.
    Along with a positive, teachable spirit. Of course.