This writer’s retreat gets better every year. This year we had two sessions. The first session agents were Christa Heschke from McIntosh and Otis and Kurestin Armada from PS Literary. If you don’t know them, you would love them if you met. They were so helpful, had great comments and ideas, and were very generous with their time.
Everyone who attended used the time they had to listen and started revising right away. The quality of the writing was high. Even the first pages were good. I expect to hear great things from all of them.
As you can see from the picture below the weather was nice, so Karen Belli, Marilyn Ostermiller, and I walked to the beach for a stroll where we talked books, manuscripts, and got to know each other better.
Unfortunately, the weather didn’t hold up for the second group, but the rain forced us to stay focused on working on our manuscripts. I can not give names, yet, but one manuscript was sent to an editor while we were there. Three other people were told by an agent that he/she wanted to work with them and represent their book after their revision. There were a lot of smiling faces by the end of the week.
I could kick myself for getting so involved in the retreat that I forgot to take more pictures in the first session. If anyone took some pictures, please share.
The editors for the second session were Scott Treimel from the Scott Treimel NY Agency and Jaida Temperly from New Leaf Literary. They were fabulous. If you haven’t met Jaida, go out of your way to meet her, she is so smart, nice, and cute. And I can never say enough about Scott. He give 150%+
Here is Angela Larson and Kathleen Bakos discussing their manuscripts. Both have attended the Avalon Writer’s Retreat in previous years.
Here is Sharon James and Dee Falvo printing new pages for their manuscripts. Both are regular attendees and it shows in their writing.
Here’s Sharon and Angela preparing dinner. Both are wonderful cooks.
The food was great!
This is Patricia Alcaro looking at the schedule. She writes picture books. You can see Scott Treimel working on line edits with another writer.
Here’s Scott licking the chocolate frosted spoon. Sharon made a birthday cake for him and Angela made the yummy icing. I wish I had taken a picture of Scott blowing out the candles.
Again Kathleen and Angela. I apologize to everyone else for not snapping a picture for this post.
Perhaps I will see you next fall. Put it on your “To do” list.