Thursday, February 18, 2010

February Critique Giveaway

It's critique time. Enter to win! Here are the rules and caveats:
  • I will critique TWO manuscripts each month. By "manuscript" I mean the first 1000 words of a children's magazine story, chapter book, mid-grade novel, or YA novel. Please, fiction only. No picture books or easy readers. No poetry.
  • Enter the drawing by commenting on this post AND stating that you wish to enter. This frees you up to comment, ask a question, or just say hey WITHOUT throwing your name in the hat.
  • For an additional entry, become a follower, and tell me so (or that you already are one) in a second comment.
  • For an additional entry, post a link to this contest and then post a comment giving the URL. For the sake of my own organization, if you post a contest link in more than one location, please give each URL in a separate comment. In this category, you can enter as many times as you have cyber-places to post the contest.
  • You may enter one ms. per month. While the above rules allow you to enter multiple times, those entries are for ONE manuscript. If the #2 name drawn is a duplicate of #1, drawing will continue until a new name is drawn. This way, two people are assured of a critique each month.
  • Enter anytime on February 18, 19 or 20.
  • Any story that you plan to enter in an ICL contest is ineligible. Since I am an ICL instructor, I cannot edit stories that you intend to enter in an Institute contest.
  • The level of detail I offer in a critique will vary based on my impression of the caliber of the writing. Whenever possible, I will make both "big picture" comments and zero in on more specific areas.
  • My critique is only one opinion. This business is SO subjective. Any suggestions I make that resonate with you are yours for the taking. Compare mine with those from other beta readers, critique partners, writing teachers, etc. Even if specific suggestions vary, when two or more critiquers pinpoint a certain passage or aspect, there's probably a need for revision there. Yet don't feel you must take advice you don't agree with. In the end, it's your story.
  • Winners will be announced on Monday, February 22.
So if the above sounds good to you, let the entering begin!


Nora MacFarlane said...

Hi Marsha - I'd like to enter. I'm now a follower, and I will post this on my blog and facebook. Thanks for the contest!

Nora MacFarlane said...

I posted on Verla Kay:


and my blog:

Anonymous said...

I'd like to enter, sounds like a great contest! Karen

Amber Lough said...

Hi Marsha! I would like to enter. I'm a follower of your blog. :-) I saw your link from the blueboards.

BTW, you have adorable kitties.

miriam franklin said...

I'd like to enter. I'm always looking for a free critique. Thanks for offering the contest!

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in your contest. Thanks so much!


Marcia said...

Nora -- Thanks for your enthusiastic posting! You are entered x5.

Amber -- Thanks for coming, and for joining! You are entered x2. My son caught that shot of the fuzzy girls and I love how it turned out. :)

Karen, Miriam, and Amy -- Thanks for stopping in and entering.

Enjoy your writing, all. :)

Larissa said...

I'd like to enter. I am a new follower. Thanks! :)

Daniel Dragomirescu said...

Daniel D. Peaceman, writer and editor of CHMagazine

Marcia said...

Larissa -- Thanks for dropping in and for following! You are entered x2.

Daniel -- Thanks for stopping in and for following as well! The list of blogs you follow is truly formidable. :)

Andrea L. Mack said...

Hi Marcia,

I recently became a follower of your blog for its great content about the writing process. But I'd like to enter your contest too. Other opinions on my writing are always welcome! I'll mention your contest in a blog post.

Marcia said...

Andrea -- Thanks for the feedback on what you like! And for stopping by and following. I saw the contest post on your blog. You are entered x3. :)

Mary Witzl said...

I feel like Donkey in Shrek: "Pick me, oh pick me!" And need I remind you that I am already a follower?

Heather said...

Hi Marsha,

I came across your link on the blueboard. Great blog. I'm a follower now and I'd love to enter your contest.


Veronica Bartles said...

I'd like to enter as well. Thanks!

Angela said...

I'm totally in for a crit! I'm a follower, too! Thanks for hosting the contest!

Mary Danielson said...

Hi Marcia! I'd love to enter! What a great contest.

Marcia said...

Mary W -- Ah yes, I do know you're a follower. :) You're in x2.

Heather and Angela -- Hi and welcome! You're in x2.

Veronica and Mary D -- Thanks for stopping in and entering!

Katie L. Carroll (KT) said...

Hey Marsha. I'd like to enter your contest. I'm already a follower. I also nominated you for a Creative Blogger award. (I'm just letting you know...not looking for any favoritism in the contest!!!) Check out my blog for the details.

Marcia said...

Thanks, Katie! Though the contest entries ended at midnight on the 20th, do enter again in March. :)

Nicoledwas said...

Hey Marsha. I'd like to enter your contest. I'm already a follower. I also nominated you for a Creative Blogger award. (I'm just letting you know...not looking for any favoritism in the contest!!!) Check out my blog for the details.

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