So I've woken blurry eyed but my mind is racing after attending the Faber Academy course After 'The End'. There were fourteen writers, all writing in different genres. The focus of the course was on approaching agents, writing a good covering letter and an even better first page. Sarah Savitt (@sarahsavitt) is an editor at Faber and was full of constructive and thoughtful advice. Nicola Barr (@Nicklerb) is an agent with Greene and Heaton and was honest and forthright. It may come as a surprise to some writers who've hit a brick wall when submitting, that they both were human and really genuinely looking for great authors and exciting new novels.
My favourite piece of advice was 'not to leave any characterat the service station'! Meaning, don't forget to round up all your characters by the end of the book.
The advice I was given was to sort out the points of view in my book. It's something I've really struggled with so I wasn't surprised. I did my best not to feel too disappointed that they weren't jumping up and down with excitement at the idea of my novel - but it has knocked my confidence. Still, I believe in my novel so I've just got to grit my teeth and carry on.
Oh, another rewrite? I guess so!