Six LDS Writers and A Frog

Monday, March 17, 2008

Truely Great People I Get to Hang With

As some of you may know, this week is the (5th?) annual Storymakers writing conference, and the 1st annual Whitney awards. I’d just like to take a minute and thank the many people who have put in untold hours, money, and talent to make this possible. Take someone like Rob Wells who has spent more time this year than I’m sure he ever imagined for an award that he isn’t even eligible for. Or Annette Lyon and Heather (HB) Moore who worked tirelessly to bring top notch agents, editors, and guest speakers to the conference despite raising families with young kids, and writing books. Or authors like Kerry Blair and Tami Norton who traveled hundreds of miles to teach classes.

What do these people get out of this? Fame? Not when you’re talking about fewer than 200 hundred attendees. Of course that is an amazing number of attendees, but it sure isn’t going to make your book a best seller. (If you even have a new book out to promote.) Fortune? I don’t think I even have to explain that one. But let’s just say what they make in sales won’t even cover their gas. I mean shoot, they don’t even get an award named after them.

One do they get? More competition. Every year conference attendees end up publishing with LDS or national publishers. Major stress. Consider coordinating the meals, binders, schedules, rooms, and travel for close to 200 people of all levels of writing talent.

Okay, there is one thing they get out of it. The joy of seeing each other for what is often the only time each year, in kind of a bog family reunion. Lots of laughs. Stories that get passed down every conference—like Tristi’s fairy outfit or BJ surprising Rachel by running down the aisle in his Indian headdress, outfit, and war paint. And probably most important of all, the satisfaction of passing down some of the things they’ve learned over the years, and the talents they’ve been blessed with to a new group of authors.

Thanks all. There are too many of you to name individually, but it is an honor being associated with people as selfless and wonderful as you all. See you Friday.

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At 3/17/2008 11:48 PM, Blogger Marcia Mickelson said...

I have been wanting to come to this conference for many years. I am so excited that I am finally able to come and meet all you amazing people!

At 3/18/2008 8:14 AM, Blogger Marta O. Smith said...

The only way to make the Storymaker's Conference better would be to make it three days long. I think I'm more excited about going to the conference every year than almost anything in my adult life (except maybe getting married, or possibly the Rexburg temple dedication).

At 3/18/2008 2:15 PM, Blogger Annette Lyon said...

More competition. You're absolutely right. WHAT were we thinking? :D

Seriously, the conference truly is a labor of love for so many people. It's exciting to be part of something so great--and that helps so many writers and LDS literature as a whole.

Thanks for your kind words, Jeff--and for all YOU are doing for the conference, both this year and next.

At 3/18/2008 6:03 PM, Blogger L@pterces said...

Um... there's no "E" in truly. I figured as a writer you would like to know-

At 3/18/2008 8:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're people may be truely great. Mine, sadly, are only TRULY great.

Ask Annette. I think it has something to do with pilcrows and diaeresis.

Dave Woolley

At 3/19/2008 12:09 AM, Blogger Heather B. Moore said...

It will be awesome to finally meet a lot of people that I've only known through blogging or emailing. Be sure to introduce yourself! I'll be the one who is "not Annette".

At 3/19/2008 12:42 AM, Blogger J Scott Savage said...

Clearly you are confusing a writer with a speller. Writers publish books, spellers pass tests.


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