I’ve been thinking about CBE since crossing the threshold on Friday afternoon — actually since I got tasked last September with organizing the ACFW effort there. I think the CBE was a great idea. However, as with anything that is offered for the first time, there were some challenges. I was going to write a post on it, but instead am going to send you to Mary DeMuth’s blog because I agree with everything she wrote (except the awards dinner and banquet cause I didn’t attend those).
I hope ECPA tries again. Some random thoughts on ways to improve it in the future:
A corollary to the first two: it felt like an impersonal tradeshow. Everything about the Dallas Convention Center is large and oversized — hmmm, must be in Texas LOL. I walked around several times trying to see it through the eyes of a reader. I think having a central selling point of some sort and then having clusters of authors might work better — and the idea of selling books at the end of workshops for the participating authors is spot on. Make it easy for people to find the author they just interacted with. I was very surprised to have several of the folks who sat in on our workshop track us down later. It took some extra effort on their part.
Frankly, I hope ECPA tries again. It was so much fun to meet a couple of my readers and make some new friends while connecting with old. 🙂
So I hope they tweak, adjust, and move forward. I think getting outside the traditional box will be important as we strive to continue to interact with readers and solidify their connection and commitments to our books.