This weekend, I had the pleasure of seeing San Diego news anchor Carol LeBeau at the San Diego Christian Guild Writer’s Conference.  I even brought baby Lucy to the session.  But to understand the significance of this conference, I have to back up a little.

Three years ago, a friend invited me to attend.  Financially, it was challenging to go, so I was offered a partial scholarship.  I went with a manuscript in hand and a dream in my heart.  I didn’t know much about book publishing but I wanted to learn.  I went to consultations with editors, authors, and agents.  It seemed like the best step would be to self-publish, because how would I attract the attention of a publisher since I’m not a big name?

Two years ago, I attended this same conference by the San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild – but this time, I met with Harvest House editor Rod Morris and that year, my book proposal was accepted.  I had a contract for my book 31 Days to a Younger You!

Last year, I didn’t attend.  I was busy having baby Lucy and finishing up my book for an October 2009 deadline!

So this year, when I drove to the conference, I cried tears of joy.  God has done so much to bring me to this point.  I am overwhelmed by His faithfulness and somewhat consumed with a sense of purpose.  This is a season of praying, speaking, and writing to touch someone’s heart and replace disappointment with hope.  Wow, what an amazing journey!

Whatever the dream God has given you in your heart, try to find like minded people and conferences which will help you learn more about your interests.  Learning from other authors like Pam Farrel and David and Lisa Frisbie has made a HUGE impact on my journey.

Arlene Pellicane

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