Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Greetings from. . .

. . .the American Christian Fiction Writers Mentor of the Year. The women in the critique group that meets in my home had all voted for me. Of course, more people did, too, or I wouldn't have received the award. We were mostly sitting together. After we finished eating the banquet, I went out to powder my nose, so to speak. Pam Meyers started reading the announcement, and I wasn't back. My friends were becoming nervous.

Thankfully, Pam read a long list of all who had been nominated. I actually didn't hear that list. When I returned, she was reading e-mails. I started putting on lipstick and trying to figure out who it was. One of the people I thought of wasn't even nominated, but I didn't know that since I didn't hear the list.

When Pam read my name, I dropped everything. On the way to the stage, I couldn't remember if I had finished putting on the lipstick or not.

Here is the trophy.

Thank you, everyone who voted for me. I think at least three-fourths of the attendees found me sometime Saturday night to congratulate me. I was really hoarse from all the talking.

As you can see from the following photo, several of the people who I've helped either finaled in the Genesis contest (Lynne Gentry), won a Genesis category (Cheryl Wyatt), or won in a Book of the Year category. Actually, Pamela Griffin, one of the first people I mentored and a multi-published author for several years, won two Book of the Year categories. I'm very proud of these women.

Just take a good look at the others. They will soon be published, as will the others who didn't stay for the picture.

Check back in a couple of days. I'll have more conference pictures up on the blog.


Margo Carmichael said...

What a fun moment! Congratulations, Lena, on Mentor of the Year! And to Lynn Gentry, who just joined ACFW and the DFW Ready Writers this year on her nomination,to Cheryl for her win and Pam for how many? All glory to God!


Jennifer Y. said...


Ane Mulligan said...

I'm thrilled for you, Lena. I remember last year in Nashville, I was a newbie to ACFW, and you invited me to lunch with y'all. Now I'm going to chase you with mentoring. :o) I have a group of a dozen or so I'm helping. LOL It's what really makes this worth while, isn't it? Come over to Novel Journey. I mentioned you today. :o) The battle of the redheads. ROFLOL

Kristin Billerbeck said...

Lena, it was so fun to watch you win that. You were speechless, and watching you try to pull it together to find words was really awe-inspiring. You deserve this and so much more for all you to bringing along young authors. You go girl!!

ScrollSquirrel said...

STILL SO PROUD OF YOU and tickled pink that you won!!!!!!

Love, Cheryl WYatt

Camy Tang said...

Congrats, Lena! You totally deserve that award!

Catherine Terry said...

Congratulations, Lena! Thank you for all that you do for our aspiring authors.

Many Blessings,
Catherine Terry

Cherie said...

Congratulations! How exciting! Congrats to the other winners as well!

Cherie Japp

Joyce Livingston--a true romantic at heart! said...

Great pics of some great gals, Lena. Loved the slide show. I'm so proud of each person who won or placed in the ACFW contests. TERRIFIC! MUCHO grants to one and all. And, Lena, your honor is WELL deserved. Congrats to you! You are LOVED!

Joyce Livingston

Ginger Garrett said...

Congrats Lena!!
What an honor for you--and well deserved.
I think I need in on thise battle of the redheads that Ane started....

DK said...

Hi Lena, It's my first visit to your blog since the convention; been a bit busy here. Congratulations on the Mentor of the Year award! I have been in the writing business many years (in fields different from yours) and I have to say I've never seen anyone work as hard as you do to promote writers and their books!
I am enjoying Minnesota Brothers very much! I included it in my Fall Into Reading list and posted it on my blog. (This is a challenge from Callipidder Days.)
Have a wonderful week and keep up the great work!


Lena Nelson Dooley said...

Thank you for listing Minnesota Brothers on your blog.