So, my workshop class was not wild about “The Wisdom of Elephants.” They said that, although the piece was cleanly written and contained decent characters, descriptions, etc., it was overly-sentimental to the point of being maudlin. Bummer. Fortunately, they gave me many useful suggestions of what to do to repair the piece, but I think I have quite a bit of editing to do.
Eugenia Kim was an excellent alumni workshop leader. She gave us assignments to do each evening, ones that taught us about specific elements of craft: character, setting, etc. I took copious notes so hopefully whatever information I was unable to absorb at the time, I’ll be able to pick up when I reread the notes later.
While at the alumni conference, I MIGHT have made a connection with a literary agent, but I want to wait until I know for sure before I blog anything more. Fingers crossed!
Yesterday, I wrote to Nayt at New Rivers Press, asking him when I should expect the new round of edits, when the galleys would be ready, and what the expected publishing date was for Frozen Voices. Just a few months now!