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In limbo. Taking questions.

I’m in writerly limbo at the moment. Next week I’m off to Viable Paradise and I’m already a ball of nerves, because I’m a terrible flyer. It will be an adventure just getting the right bus and ferry connections timed right, but should I make it there in one piece, I’m really looking forward to it. I’ll be sure to give you the  full goods on the workshop when I’m back.

I’ve got a short list of silly questions for the instructors. There are some things I’ve just always wanted to know, but I can’t find any answers to online. Almost embarrassingly trivial, but they bother me. The rest of my brain is as open as a dry sponge. I really don’t know what’s going to be covered and in what depth.

Do you have any questions that you’ve always wanted to ask an experienced editor or writer? Maybe I’ll be able to get some answers for you. I can’t promise, but maybe 🙂

18 Comments

  1. Oh dear, I’ve often wondered if there’s a market for books written for “Children who feel like young adults and young adults who feel like children.” It’s not as complicated as it sounds, but its a heck of a lot of fun to read & write. 🙂

    1. T. S. Bazelli Author

      hehe, I think there is. I remember I wanted to feel more grown up when I was a child, so I read older novels. I also read young adult and middle grade sometimes now that I’m an adult.

      1. There are a few personal questions, Also a bunch of questions on editing, and a few silly questions such as:
        “Do you need to not-indent the first line of a new chapter or section, even if it is dialogue?”

      2. Now that’s something I haven’t even thought of. I do have a list of questions too. These insturctors better be prepared to be pummeled. 🙂

        I understand your nervousness traveling. My distance vision lacks somewhat, so I usually have to backtrack after going the wrong way… no worries: we will both get there! Get some rest while you can!

      3. You too Dawn! I’m trying to catch up on my sleep while I can. I’m excited though, and yes we’ll make it somehow! I gave myself plenty of time so that I can find where I need to go in time – hopefully LOL

  2. Unfortunately my questions usually arise as a result of whatever’s talked about, so it’s hard for me to generate them ahead of time… But as others have said, I’d be curious to know your questions too! Even if they’re “embarrassingly trivial.” 😛 (Which they probably aren’t!)

    I hope you have a blast! And do try to relax. You’ll get more out of it that way. 😉

  3. No specific questions from me ((unless it’s whether folks think that e-book serials are really going to take off), but I look forward to hearing all about it.

    Hey, a week on Martha’s Vineyard sounds great even if it didn’t have an interesting writer’s workshop attached to it. 🙂

  4. Have a wonderful trip!

    I’m curious about what trends they’re foreseeing in the market when it comes to themes (i.e. vampires) and the market in general (more ebooks, print dying). I just wonder what the pros see ahead for the publishing world.

    1. The short answer: don’t write to trends. Write what you want to write, because they’re buying books 2 years before they will be available in stores. If you write to a trend, you will already be behind the curve. No one’s sure what’s going to happen with e-books, but contrary to what you might hear, publishers are throwing money into experiments to find out what works best.

  5. Tree

    So excited for you! Can’t wait to hear how the workshop goes. Will you be back Oct 25? I’m thinking of having a boardgame night! Let me know if you can come!

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