Last night was our writing group. We met at a local coffee shop because our usual reservation of a room at the library fell through somehow. There was a lot of background noise and I wish I could have heard better. As it was I sat in the middle of the group hoping to be in a better position to catch what was going on. Here is what I did hear.
B talked about her trip to Italy and Europe. I only caught bits and pieces. One important part of the conversation I heard was that she was accepted to George Mason University to the writing program in the English department. Hurray for her!
L had gone on an extended trip to Michigan and was having trouble getting back into her writing. She is heavy into rewrites of her book. She meets with her book doctor in two days so he’ll get her going. She is having a great experience with him that it is definitely worth the money. She debated about the book coach at first. The way she told it was this: she is still working, has always wanted to write a book, this book. She is 62. She talked to her daughter about it and her daughter said “Mom, this is something you have wanted your whole life. Put aside two paychecks and pay for it. Wouldn’t you do this for traveling?” L made up her mind the very next day, called him up and scheduled the workshops.
S was having an experience with her “French Connection”. She is working with an agent in France who likes her children’s books. She is going over the art and text and giving her consent about it. The contract seems emminent.
SK is having B go over her book before she submits it to a publisher she met at the Pennwriters conference. She talked about how hard it was to write a query letter for it. Depending on how you looked at it the antagonists and protagonists were interchangeable. Her book is science fiction/fantasy with lots of elves and magic. We all decided that the environment could also be a protagonist and could also cause conflict.
D is writing about her grandmother and has submitted it to people to read. She was quiet for the most part. She showed us her alumni magazine of George Mason where she was highlighted as being published. Her book “Born a Refugee” is a story about a Palestinian family and the politics of the times. D lived on the West Bank for eleven years and wrote her dissertation about it.
As for me, I’m waiting for eTreasures to return my contract with eTreasures Publishing for “Annie’s Special Day.” I had some questions and sent them an email asking for their answers and am waiting for a reply. I asked D to read it because I wanted some other input into it than mine. I have no experience with contracts and hoped D did. He didn’t see any thing to be wary about. He teased me about how if it became a movie I might want more than fifty percent royalties. My children’s book about time and clocks a movie? No way.
So do you have writers groups? And if so tell me about them and what you discuss.