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WOW: How did the Author Salon Novel Writing Program get started?
Michael: I was having lunch with a couple of editors from Random and St. Martins in New York during the Algonkian pitch conference event a few years ago, and we were talking about online writing courses and programs of one kind or another. We discussed the advantages and disadvantages of several before bemoaning the fact that no comprehensive, realistically tough program for novel writing yet existed that put it all together. That's when I decided to partner with several editors and agents to create just such a program, and at a cost that made it reasonable. I was already involved as a part-time admin and contributing editor at Author Salon, so it all meshed. Course, I didn’t realize at the time just how much work would ultimately go into it. You know, you conceive something, get a head of steam, then you're sighing with exhaustion as the reality sinks in many months later. It became an enormous task to brainstorm and develop the methods, syllabus, work modules, and all the assignments and articles, but we got it done. The emphasis was always on being comprehensive and pragmatic.