The day was packed full of information. Following morning worship there was a General Session on Reaching Readers and a panel discussion on Marketing and Social Media. This was followed by a Social Media show ‘n tell.
They are really feeding us well. All the meals are buffet style and the food is delicious. After lunch the afternoon was spent attending workshops. We could choose 3 different workshops to attend. I choose: 1. Writing and Speaking to Change Lives; 2. Your Part in the Marketing Plan; and 3. Building an Author Page on Facebook, Goodreads, and Amazon. Everyone of them was immensely informative.
The speakers for our evening session were Newell and Colleen Cerak, authors of the book “Mistaken Identity”. You might remember the story. In 2006 their daughter, along with several other students from Taylor University, was in a horrible car accident. The Cerak’s were told their daughter had died. Another girl had survived and was severely injured. Five weeks after the accident the Cerak’s found out their daughter was the one in the hospital, not the one they had buried. They gave us details of what happened and how they dealt with the media after the book came out.
The final event of the evening was small critique groups hosted by Word Weavers writing group and Redbud writing group. Nine or ten members of the West Michigan Word Weavers came for the evening. We conducted critique sessions so people could see how helpful critique groups can be for improving their writing. The day finally ended at 10 PM.
It was a long day, but a fun, educational day. I am meeting so many new people. I am excited to see what tomorrow will bring. But for now I’m exhausted and the bed looks very inviting. (To be continued).