From: "Andrew Bollen"
Subject: Re: (urth) Wolfe Walks - my rant Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2003 22:26:29 +1000 I took a friend of mine to lunch yesterday to celebrate her first book being accepted for publication by Random. She found the workshop thing very valuable. Before the workshop, she had a draft manuscript and scattered comments on it from all over the place, but nothing very informed. The main value of the workshop was *useful reading*, to use her phrase. She was told the manuscript was totally unpublishable, for this reason and that, and that she would have to rewrite it. So she spent a couple of years rewriting from scratch, taking note of the specific criticisms, and ended up published. She believes her work experience as a speech-writer, policy analyst etc for various senior politicians and bureaucrats was very helpful in being able to use criticism effectively: she'd spent years being told, brusquely, that pieces were no good & to rewrite them. But others in the workshop found it much harder to handle. Being able to use criticism is one of those things you get from experience, if you're lucky. Sounds like these people have a way to go. --