Hello, Boise!

I love being home.  Boise is one of the nicest cities I’ve ever been in, and the reasons are pretty clear: It’s clean and safe, people are nice, traffic is minimal, and the city is lovely.  On top of all of that is Bronco spirit, which really seems to permeate everything in the city.  There’s a general sense of goodwill and overall awesomeness.  But shhhhh…don’t tell too many people.  I like Boise how it is, thank you very much.
Good for you, you’re likely thinking.  So? Well, you’ll have to excuse me.  I’m going home for a few days, and I’m excited.

In fact, I’m aboard a plane right now, writing this post from 20,000 feet high.  (Or maybe it’s 10,000 feet.  I really don’t know anything about airplanes.)  I just finished some editing, reviewed my presentation for this Friday, and now I’m putting fingers to keys to write about my excitement.

Presentation, you ask?  Oh, yes…that’s the reason I’m heading home.  This weekend is the Idaho Book Extravaganza, and I’ll be leading a workshop entitled, “Write Your Best Book: The Writing and Editing Process” on Friday, October 28th at 12:00 p.m. at the Boise Center on the Grove.

The class will touch on the writing process and the four main types of editing, but the main concept is on how a strong focus on editing can strengthen a manuscript and save time and money during the writing process.  I’ve prepared several handouts, including a checklist to help determine what kind of editing is needed for a manuscript, a manuscript review form, and tips for hiring an editor.  The workshop will teach the lingo needed to communicate with editors, including what to discuss and the kinds of things that should be written up in an agreement or contact.

It’s going to be a great class.

And while I’m a little biased about how awesomely informative my workshop will be, there are some other amazing workshops going on over the two days.  But don’t take my word for it, check the website out for yourself.  I hope to see you there—or perhaps we’ll see each other on the lovely streets of Boise, smiling in that friendly, Northwesterner sort of way.

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