Yesterday was a good day! My local critique group trekked down to Providence RI to workshop our manuscripts with editor/author Kara LaReau. Given that I hadn't seen them since last December (Jan got canceled because of snow, and I couldn't get to Feb because of the flu) I was thrilled simply to see everyone. But the workshop itself was awesome too.
Kara was wonderful! The picture of her (left) is from her Bluebird Works website. I'm embarrassed to say I took not one individual picture of her, so had to steal this. We were all in awe of her on account of her, you know, having edited books like Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tale of Despereaux etc. After which we were going to read our humble stuff, YIKES! But she was so sweet and unassuming and truly gave each of our mss her full attention. She was liberal with praise and constructive feedback, and brainstormed some great ideas to fix the problems we identified together.