The best thing about being a writer?
Well, there’s no one “best thing.”
What can compare to holding a finished book in your hand? Or the relief of typing The End and turning in a fought-for manuscript?
Or getting a phone call telling you your book is a contest finalist?
Or attending your first sales meeting?
Reading letters from readers and realizing once again, you’re doing this for Jesus, the Glorious One?
But for sure one of the highlights for me is the friendships with other writers as well as readers.
I just returned from the International Christian Retail Show in Atlanta and I’m full of good moments connecting with friends. Of which included debating the “way to write” with greats Ted Dekker and Steven James along with Susie May Warren and Ted’s daughter, believe it or not, who is a contracted author herself.
I had some face time with my awesome publisher, Daisy Hutton and marketing director, Katie Bond, as well as fellow TNZ authors and Christy Award nominees, Colleen Coble and Katherine Reay!
I ran into my Norwegian publisher as well as folks from my Dutch publisher! How cool is that?
I met up with fellow belle Lisa Wingate as well as author friends Robin Carroll, Lynette Eason, Hannah Alexander, Katherine Reay, and well, too many names to mention.
So, I’ve created a pictorial review from moments at the show.
I’m home now and it’s back to work. There were some hard moments on this trip. I didn’t sleep well which is annoying but God’s goodness to me always, always shines through.
I’m in love with Him and that’s why I write.
She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and leads worship for their annual conference. She was named ACFW 2013 Mentor of the Year. She is also on staff at My Book Therapy as their book therapist.
Rachel lives in Florida, where she is also a worship leader, with her husband and mini schnauzer.
Her novel, The Wedding Dress, was named Romantic Times Inspirational Novel of the Year and is an Amazon #1 Best Seller.
Her novel, Once Upon A Prince, earned starred reviews from Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly, and hit #1 on Amazon in Christian romance. It was recently nominated for a Christy Award!