Uh, hello?

Man, this blog is neglected. I envy people who have a blog presence that is regularly updated. I just don't have the stamina to do that. Or maybe it's the discipline. At the end of the day it's all about the writing, right?

That's what I've been doing. I am also taking an awesome writing class led by YA author Nova Ren Suma.

It's the best class I've ever taken.

It's only twelve writers, including myself, and is offered through Media Bistro. The good thing about it is that it's designed for writers who are looking to revise.

Each week, four writers are up for "workshop" where their work is discussed at length. It's been really helpful. My goal is to revise my middle grade novel, Hoodoo, which I queried back in December and January. I got a few full requests (one is still out) but ultimately, no offers. One agent in particular said she really liked it and that she would look again with revisions. So I'm hoping this class can help me take the book to the next level.

I'm reading Nova's latest book, 17 & Gone. It's spectacular. Check her out online. She has a lot of good stuff.

http://novaren.com

http://distraction99.com

4 comments:

K. M. Walton said...

Hey, stranger!! Nice to know you're liking that class. I was on a Teen Author Reading Night panel with Nova, in NYC - she seemed lovely.

Ron Smith said...

Hey Kate!

Nice to hear from you.

Yes, I am really digging the class. Nova is great and I'm getting a lot of good advice on taking this middle grade book to another level. Really looking forward to revising!

Jayme said...

Thought I'd check out some of your older posts. I agree - blogging is a real discipline all its own. When it comes down to it, I pretty much always choose to work on my WIP.

Also, is Hoodoo the ms that got you signed? The title alone has me interested! :)

Ron Smith said...

Hi Jayme, agent-mate! Yes! Hoodoo is the book that got me signed. It's funny now to skim down to these older posts and see what I was thinking.

I'm making an effort to be on Twitter a little more now. But the most important thing right now is my revisions so I need to dive in!