Back from Surrey with an incredible desire to go forward and write, write, write and publish, publish, publish.
I met Donald Maass, the powerhouse literary agent who has seminars all across the country concerning writing the breakout novel. That's the title of his book: Writing the Breakout Novel. He signed my copy with the following epigraph: "Tension on every page." His workshop on pacing echoed that sentiment. You can always try to rephrase a sentence to evoke more tension. Each and every sentence in your novel.
I was invited to send samples to two editors. I've tried sending to Donald Weise at Carroll & Graf, but his e-mail doesn't seem to be working. I called to confirm his e-mail address and left a message. I guess I'll have to send hard-copy.
The experience was tremendous. I can't wait until next year.