I spent twenty dollars, less than a half tank of gas, on a self-editing workshop and its value far exceeded its cost.

I wrote my first novel in three months. I spent three more months editing. After I let a few friends read it, I edited some more and was ready to query. But a little voice in my head said, “Not yet, learn a little more before you cast your baby to the wolves.”

Boy, am I glad I did! Through the seven day self-editing workshop, hosted by Roses Colored Glasses, I learned key writing tools crucial to the success of my work. The class, moderated on yahoo groups, was flexible to my schedule. Feedback given by published authors on assignments was prompt and constructive.

Now, it’s back to page one, novel one. “I will not be discouraged. I will not be discouraged.” My work will be better for it.