Just finished the novel workshop here on the Oregon Coast. (Details of all workshops under workshop tab above.) Thirteen pro writers with some great new novels attended and they all mailed their book packages to a number of editors each today.
We worked on fine-tuning cover letters, proposals, and starts of first chapters, as well as giving feedback on all the books.
From my side, the workshop worked fantastically, and not once was I bored sitting in a Clarion-style critique session, since we didn’t do this workshop that way at all. This was a brand new animal of workshop in structure and it worked. I am pleased and sort of stunned, actually.
For me, it was an honor to get to read these thirteen novels ahead of their publication. There wasn’t a dud in the bunch, all great reads, and with luck, the authors now have their presentation packages to editors clear enough that editors will snap them up and you will all get to read them as well.
I had a great time and I’m now looking forward to the next novel workshop in June. This new way of doing a novel workshop really worked. And thirteen new and wonderful novels are now on editor’s desks.
Up next in two days we start the Denise Little short story workshop. Denise is on her way and I’m madly powering through the first 30 manuscripts, enjoying most of them, actually. This is the fifth or sixth year we’ve done this workshop and I always enjoy it a lot, and learn a lot as well. How can you not have fun when 20-30 professional writers come together to talk writing and the business of writing?
So back to reading for me. New Sacred Cows post next week. Stay tuned.
But right now I get to go learn and have fun.