Some part of my brain must have decided that parenting, church ministry, full-time writing, full-time work, a marriage ministry, and nurturing a start-up business wasn’t enough to keep me busy.

Or maybe it’s just that I needed more excuses to drink Lavazza coffee. 🙂

One way or another, earlier this year I found myself expanding my “to-do” list by organizing the FIRST EVER small book & crafts gathering in our area.

We’re calling it LancoExpo and, I must say, things are coming together in a better way than even I anticipated.

I want to share what’s gone into planning this event and hope that you’ll reblog, tweet, and–if you’re near this corner of the world–attend 2019 LancoExpo.

It all started with a viable need. I know talented authors who can benefit with exposure to the community of readers. I know the feeling. So, author ally that I am, I reached out to a couple of venues and realized that the best place to hold this kind of an event was at… a library.

11/6/2019 from 10-2 pm
Come to LancoExpo a book and craft expo at Quarryville LIbrary

The Quarryville Library is a gorgeous facility with a very community-oriented leadership team. They agreed to host LancoExpo so that was one thing off my list.

This year we have about 12 author vendors signed up so far which makes for a promising event. You can find their info on my Meet the Authors page.

So now I had a place and some authors but I had one small problem that wheedled its way to the top of my must-be-solved-right-now list.

How do I get people to come ?

Find out how we’re solving that problem in my next post.

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I’m busy making last-minute preparations for what’s going to be an OUTSTANDING writer’s conference in Philadelphia this week. I’m teaching two workshops: Turn Your Writing into a Business and Resurrect the Past (writing historical fiction, biographies and memoirs).

This conference is special to me because I’ll share a revolutionary approach to marketing for Christian authors as well as debut my latest writers’ self-help guide: Write Business.

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Tim Shoemaker gives a presentation on how God is the Christian's confidence.

What a day! Tim Shoemaker, award winning author of Code of Silence, kicks things off by illustrating how a Christian’s confidence should be in God and not himself. The lesson has impact and the visuals (a ketchup-covered $20 bill) certainly reinforces his point.

Thanks Tim!

Bill Meyers, award-winning filmmaker and author of over 140 novels that have sold over 8 million copies, steps up to reinforce Tim’s message with another powerful lesson on “Spiritual Transformation.” Talk about a confidence booster!

Then, for the next 7 hours I’m swamped meeting with authors and offering advice and constructive criticism of their manuscripts. Helping these authors achieve their dreams is a great feeling.

One of the highlights of my day comes just before I start teaching a dynamic workshop on how to write historical pieces (thanks guys for an awesome class filled with laughs by the way).

If I’ve got the story right, two high-school friends that lost touch since childhood, happened to take my class and reconnect at my workshop! All I can say was I heard a lot of happy screams and laughs. 🙂 As they said, “we really resurrected the past!”

After class, I rush back to the Reusch Auditorium to (re)connect with friends, talk to literary agents about my next work-in-progress.

Photo with authors MK Gantt, JP Robinson  and Bill Watkins at the Estes Park conference center

I’m privileged to share dinner with Bill Watkins, author of the New Absolutes, and touch base with other friends such as MK Gantt.

Before I know it, the sun is hanging low over the mountains but my day isn’t complete without a phone call home to my amazing wife.

About an hour later, I’m ready to call it a night.

Thank you Lord for a powerful day filled with your grace, light and truth.

Day 1 is done.

JP Robinson

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In 2017 I found myself doing something I never expected: teaching an adult author education workshop. Since that time, my role as an author-educator has dramatically expanded. Here’s what’s happened at-a-glance.

  • 2017: LCW writing conference
  • 2018: Write His Answer Greater Philadelphia Conference
  • 2019:

Teaching is nothing new to me; I’ve been an educator in the public school system since 2010. But now I’m combining my experience as an educator with my passion for writing. Who knows what can happen?

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