|Alright, ahem, back to this post about my writing workshop. Sorry about that. I got a bit carried away with the baby pics... |
|Kristyn Crow and Jen White|
*Jess did a presentation she called From Pitch to Publication using The Books of Elsewhere: The Shadows as her example. It was so interesting hearing about everything from the agent's pitch to the emails she sent to Jacqueline about revisions. Jess said, "Take some risks!" and "I want the author to take what I say and elevate it." Also, "Write with your heart. Promote with your head. Revise with both." One more, "There are always hidden gems. Look at your stories. Where is the latent Potential? What wants to LIVE in your story?" or something like that...
*Sweet Ann Dee Ellis, who is charming and funny and pregnant with her third boy gave a great lecture on revising. She said, "It might not be your book. There might be a portion that is your book. Be open to change. It might not be the book you're trying to write." We discussed different revising techniques. She also said, "Be willing to play!" One I found interesting was the idea of revising one character at a time throughout the whole manuscript. Also suggested was revising the sense of place, dialogue and emotions, one at a time throughout your WIP.
*Carol led a discussion on agents. We chatted and discussed what we expected or hoped for and people shared their experiences with different agents. Carol said, "Remember to step up and say, 'You work for me." She made this point because some people spoke about how they get anxious to contact their agent. Interesting. I don't have that problem, yet. :)
*We broke into little critique groups again. This time I brought a small portion of a WIP that I worked on the night before. I started this project YEARS ago and pulled it out just for the fun of it. I want it to be MG, but I think it's YA. I'm not sure if I'll ever return to it, but it was a fun writing exercise and those in my group had positive things to say about it.
*They gave away books. And guess which one I picked?....
|My Handsome Nanny|