Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Roving Editor

Some exciting news to pass on.

Beginning August 1, my editor Barbara Scott will no longer be tied to a desk at Abingdon Press in the heart of Nashville. An exciting new venture has opened up and she is hitting the road as The Roving Editor . Barbara will be sharing her knowledge of writing and publishing in cities and towns across the USA.

Here is her plan taken from her new blog:

I’ll still be the exclusive acquisitions editor for Abingdon fiction, but I’ll also be dropping by the homes of my existing authors (and agents) and brainstorming new projects. They can feel free to invite their writing buddies or critique group friends for a “meet and greet” in a local bookstore or wherever they like to hang out.

I’ll schedule a daylong writing intensive workshop in the area so that writers can spend time honing their craft with me and perhaps with one of my authors. There will be plenty of time to discuss ideas, work on story, characters, plotting, dialogue, setting, and narrative description in an encouraging atmosphere. Come ready to write and expect useful critiques.

Our first Roving Editor Intensive Writing Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, August 21, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Springton Lake Presbyterian Church in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. Joyce Magnin, author of the award-winning book The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow and her next Bright’s Pond novel Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise will be on hand to offer her expertise as well. Fee: $159 per person. Includes a light lunch. Feel free to bring your favorite snacks. Dress is casual.

I’ll attend numerous writing workshops during the coming year, where I’ll teach the craft of writing, answer questions, and meet with conferees.

During August 12-14, 2010 I’ll meet with attendees during 15-minute slots at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference. Check out the details at if you would like to sign up. I’ll also teach a workshop and meet with conferees during the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Annual Conference set for September 17-20, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Indianapolis, IN. I’ll update you later on my full schedule.

I’ll also offer one-on-one mentoring sessions where we’ll laser focus on your writing and the next steps of your writing journey. This can be done over the phone or in person if I’m in your area. Fee: $100 for a half-hour session.

Visit Barbara's blog for more details. Her first blog entry is 'The Five Best Ways to Meet an Editor'.


Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Rita -

What an exciting new venture for Barbara!

I requested an appointment with her at Philly. I won't know until I get there if she's on my list.

Susan :)

Jessica Nelson said...

Very exciting! I love the new loko of your blog. :-)

Barbara Scott said...

What a surprise, Rita, when I opened Facebook tonight! Thanks for spreading the word through your Inspire blog. See you soon!