Our August 2014 chapter meeting was packed with news to celebrate and a wealth of information on solid fiction writing practices and the publication process.
Congratulations to Michelle Lim, who has received two requests from publishers for full manuscripts, and to Gabrielle (sorry I didn't catch Gabrielle's last name), who is now under contract for two novellas. We also shout a hearty "bravo" to our own Chawna Schroeder, winner of the 2014 Save Our Synopsis contest!
This month, we were privileged to have as our guest speaker Julie Klassen's editor Karen Schurrer. During her career as fiction line editor for Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group, Karen has edited such bestselling authors as Tamera Alexander, Kristen Heitzmann, Karen Hancock, Patrick Carr, Karen Witemeyer, and of course our own Julie Klassen, among others.
Karen shared insight on such topics as how to make a good impression through your proposals and at writing conferences, what to expect while working with an editor during the publishing process, and what she looks for in a novel. The wealth of knowledge and experience she brought to us was enhanced by her down-to-earth, friendly nature. After her presentation, she lingered to chat with group members about all aspects of publishing, showing genuine interest in authors at every stage of the process.
To read a detailed account of the six elements Karen listed as components of a great novel, check out this post at Light's Scribe blog. Also, here is an informative interview with Karen.