I have a decision to make. The Institute of Children’s Literature says I have been chosen to take the advanced novel writing course. Whether I really have been chosen or everyone gets chosen, I don’t know. Similar to how I felt when I did the placement exam and they said I qualified to take the initial course. Does everyone qualify or do they really only accept people with some sort of writing potential? I don’t know. I digress though.
Back to the issue at hand. I was very happy with the initial course. I went into the course looking forward to starting a manuscript and learning the ins and outs of getting published. (Still working on the getting published part.) I finished the course with a number of magazine pieces ready or close to ready to submit, the knowledge of how to submit them and a full manuscript. Granted the manuscript needs a lot of work, but my story is all down on paper. The beginning has even been commented on by my instructor so I know where to start with editing and what needs more work.
The novel course has you working, once again, one on one with a published author. During the course your instructor works with you to get your manuscript ready to submit. I have to admit, it sounds great. I don’t have the editing know-how or the experience to get my manuscript ready to submit on my own. I don’t belong to a writer’s group and haven’t the faintest idea of how to find one. And if I did find one, how would I know if it was a good one, one that would do more good than harm? (Seems I’m full of questions today:). So what’s the problem? Why the dilemma? Sign up. The problem is, it’s just under $700. That’s a lot of money. Is it worth it?
I sort of also feel like it’s cheating in a way. That I won’t really be making it if I don’t do it on my own. Is that silly? What would you do? Any advice or insight would be greatly appreciated.
Oh, I also figured out a new way to type on the computer while holding my sleeping baby. No more one-handed typing for me. Wohoo! (She is currently sleeping on my chest as I recline on the sofa with the laptop on my knees.) 🙂