First of all, a buddy of mine has a new book! Search for the Madonna, by Donna Alice Patton, is cause for rejoicing on more than one front. Donna is not only a buddy but a faithful, persistent writer with tons of talent and it's a pleasure to see her succeed. Go there! Pick up the book! Tell your friends!
(There, was that subtle enough?)
Second, yours truly will be starting a great summer gig over at Chapter One starting on Wednesday nights in June. Yes, ladies and gentlemen...Ms. Mentor returns :-), with her ever-popular workshop, "12 Weeks to Submission." All the information you need to bring your work from rough idea, or rough draft, to ready to submit--in just 12 easy weeks. How can you go wrong?
Answer: You can't.
Seriously, the first time we did this workshop--which is years and years ago now, in Mentor Place--we drew 20+ people for each week's session, in the height of summer, when people have 100 more appealing things to do than sit in front of their computers...so you know they got something of value from it. AND we ended up with 6 people who actually submitted their stuff that August who said without a doubt that they wouldn't have been doing so without the shop "urging them on."
So there you have it. Spend your summer peeling, or spend it writing and submitting. Actually, you could do both--because the workshops are at 9 PM Eastern, which gives you plenty of outdoor time beforehand. The best of both worlds, no? Read Donna Alice's book on the beach, get your tan, and then come inside and work on your own success...
And yes, I'm pumped about it. So I hope to see YOU there. Chapter One chat room, with your hostess, Shirley Flanagan, starting Wednesday night, June 2!