Friday, August 1, 2008
You Gotta Spend Some Time Love....
That line from the Death Cab for Cutie song has been running through my head quite often here in San Francisco at the RWA National Conference. Mainly because the idea of taking time to make sure that everything concerning your manuscript has been lovingly reviewed and polished to a high sheen before sending said work off to the sometimes scary land of publishing keeps coming up.
I've heard it in many of the wonderful workshops dealing with craft (how to layer and texture your novel for high impact, guide to great beginnings and the art of voice) and especially the sessions dealing with the publishing industry. Deliberation, attention and diligence with your body of work seems to be key. Rightly so.
I can't begin to tell how excited I am to attend the conference this year. Meeting all the authors whose work I've read and loved is very exciting. Even though many of them have multiple works published, they've been very friendly and open to the first timers or Virgin Queens as I like to refer to the newly initiated. I promise that I'm paying attention and considering the things I've done right with my story already and contemplating the changes needed to make the things I've done wrong, right. I know, I know--getting that grammar book at the RWA might be a good idea, lol.
Wish me luck.