Posted on 18 July 2013
Eleven months ago, I sat in a craft workshop at Bread Loaf and came up with an idea for a novel. Now flash forward to this week, when I have a draft of that manuscript down on paper and am workshopping the first three chapters at the Tin House Writers’ Workshop. It’s amazing what can happen in a year if you simply sit down to do the work.
I have so much I could write about this conference and my time here, from my workshop to the readings to the lectures to the fact that I keep losing things around campus (my water bottle, my Tin House beer koozie, my sweatshirt, and, most embarrassing of all, my journal), but I’m a bit pressed for time.
So until I can write more in-depth posts next week, I’ll have to settle for sharing just some brief Tin House love:
“Take a personal rejection letter seriously. It’s an engagement, an invitation to submit again … Women take rejection more personally than men. They’re much less likely to resubmit [another piece] after receiving a personalized rejection letter from us.” –Tin House editor
“Be real and be complex. Even hookers go grocery shopping.” –Jodi Angel
“If that’s what you want — an agent who won’t return your calls but will break some knees for you — there are people out there for you.”
“If I didn’t have to make a living, I’d send every project to indie presses — it’s where you get the attention and care.” –Agent
“Remember that you’re sending work out to [someone like] yourself: a nerdy, book-loving, socially awkward person.” — Tin House editor
“Did you know that editors can pick up your work and know within one page whether you’re a confident writer?
“Be a good literary friend.”
“Mermaids are big now.”
“We don’t read to make friends. If you want a friend, feed an animal.” –Jodi Angel