Though the CBE turnout wasn't as large as hoped, I must say I had a wonderful time. Catching up with old friends and meeting new ones without having to wait for the ACFW conference helped make the trip a success in my eyes. I was able to spend time with three of my favorite people, Elizabeth Ludwig, Susan Downs, and Kim Sawyer,
not to mention Chris Lynxwiler, Carrie Turansky, Wanda Brunstetter, Becky Germany, and Mary Connealy who, btw, found out she was nominated for the Christy Award while at the CBE. Great stuff. Congratulations, Mary.
I think one of the most exciting things to happen was when Max Lucado was kind enough to speak to my sister on the phone since she couldn't be there. Her excitement alone made the trip worthwhile.
I was also able to meet face to face with my agent, Sandra Bishop, who has become another of my favorite people. She introduced me to some of the marketing folks at Harvest House, who will soon be publishing my Colorado Runaway historical series. I had dinner with Mary Lu Tyndall and Kelly Hake one night and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them. Another night I had dinner with many of the members of the Christian Authors Network, and spent time with Anita Higman and Aaron McCarver, but do you think I was smart enough to get pictures of any of these people? Nope. I'm still kicking myself.
All of this is to say, the next time you have an opportunity presented like the CBE, try to make it. You'll get to connect with some wonderful people.