Sunday, September 7, 2014

Pre-Conference Mix and Mingle for Everyone!

My first ACFW conference with super friend Pepper Basham

The first year I went to the ACFW conference I met several of the gals from the Writer's Alley in person. We'd chatted in our writing group on line, but had never met in person. Yeah!

I only had pictures to go by to recognize these gals in a sea of conferees checking in for the conference.

In less than a heartbeat, I recognized them and knew they were kindred spirits. Pepper Basham and I were told to smile for this picture, but we couldn't stop horsing around. I don't remember who the camera person was, but she probably grew a little impatient with the two of us. In fact, I don't think the serious picture was ever taken!

My first ACFW conference with super friends
Krista Phillips and Sherrinda Ketchersid

After all of the classes, chatting with Alley Pals, meeting with agents and editors, we held a Writer's Alley meeting. We of course stayed very serious and ... HAH - NOT! Pillow fights, flopping on the beds, laughing, and of course lots of chocolate.

super friend, Casey Herringshaw and me

I must admit, there are stressful moments at the conference. Nail biting times when waiting to see an agent or editor then watching their face to see if they like what I've said. 

Rather than get all mopey when the answers hoped for didn't come....

Ashley Clark, Angie Dicken, Sherrinda Ketchersid,
Casey Herringshaw, Pepper Basham, Krista Phillips, and me

We found getting crazy -- then inviting everyone we saw around us to join in our crazy -- to be the best medicine.

Ashley Clark, Amy Simpson, Casey Herringshaw,
Krista Phillips, and me

And when our friends couldn't be with us in person, we used Skype to stay in touch, moving the camera to invite those in other countries to join in the fun.

Friendship is a gift from God
This year I am participating in the pre-conference mix and mingle. I was so happy to get an invite from Laurie Tomlinson, our newest Writers Alley Cat. And now I am inviting any of you. Wait, don't run away if you aren't going. You are invited to mingle, too! Get crazy with us!

If you want to participate, here’s what to do: answer any of the questions from below that you want. Put your answers in the comment section. You've read and learned a lot about me, let's open the friendship doors and get to know you. (There are virtual pillows for fun pillow fights, freshly brewed virtual coffee and tea, and virtual chocolate.)
Here are the questions and my answers! 
Name: Mary Vee
Location: Michigan – and a heart in Montana
What you write/tagline/trademark: Middle Grade and Young Adult Fantasy and Adventure / “Never Surrender”
Place in the book world: Pre-published author. Currently working on my third manuscript while the second one is out on submission.
On a scale of hugger to 10-foot-pole, please rate your personal space: Mostly hugger, but the shy bug attacks sometimes and falsely accuses me of hanging out at the 10-foot pole.
The unique talking point that will get you going for hours: Books, traveling, movies, characters, Bible doctrine.
Loved ones at home you’ll be missing: My husband, teen daughter who keeps me out of trouble on the computer.
Conference goals we can pray for? That my books will find their perfect agent and definitely for peace during pitches!
Anything we can celebrate with you? Three acquisition editor’s asked for my manuscript this year.

One or two ways we can help you build your platform? Yes! You can like my author page on Facebook and become a follower of this website and sign up to receive the post in your email.
That’s it!

I hope you've had a good time. Invite your friends to come mingle with us. Everyone is invited. :)


Joanne Sher said...

LOVE learning about you, Mary - and ADORE that pic of you and Pepper especially (your giggle is absolutely contagious!). (And did you used to watch the Superfriends? Will admit I was a fan of that show :D) Figured I would play along

Name: Joanne Sher (not attending in real life)
Location: Michigan
What you write/tagline/trademark: I write children's picture books - still learning. NOT "ready for prime time."
Place in the book world: Pre-published author.

On a scale of hugger to 10-foot-pole, please rate your personal space: hugger for sure

The unique talking point that will get you going for hours: children's books, why Michigan is better than California, encouraging others

Loved ones at home you’ll be missing: IF I were going, sweet hubby and my 5th grade daughter and 8th grade son

Conference goals we can pray for? Not going to conference - but AM taking an AMAZING intensive 5-week ecourse on picture book writing that starts TODAY. Please pray I can squeeze every bit of wisdom out of it that I possibly can - AND that I can be salt and light to the other attendees - especially those in my critique group.

Anything we can celebrate with you? Getting to take the course, all I've learned about writing picture books in the past 9+ months, and eight picture book rough drafts written since the beginning of the year!

One or two ways we can help you build your platform? follow my blog ( - should get more active starting this week!) and my Facebook author page (

Mary Vee Writer said...

How fun! I loved reading your answers. And I did go over and follow your blog and FB page:)
As for the Michigan vs California best guess is I'd rather live through humidity and tornado than an earthquake. I suppose if I grew up in California I'd feel the other way about the issue.

Laurie Tomlinson said...

Can't wait to hug you in person! <3 And hopefully celebrate good news!

Mary Vee Writer said...

I can't wait either! Next year with you have this fun event, I will be able to include a pic of you. Watch out--fun is about to be had!

Brandy Heineman said...

Hi Mary! Nice to "meet" you. Congrats on three requests this year! I'm putting your agent search and pitches on my pre-conference prayer list!

Mary Vee Writer said...

Thank you so much!!!