Thursday, June 17, 2010

June 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 the comment.
  • For an additional entry, post a link to this contest and give the URL in either the same or 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 now through 6am Tuesday, June 22.
  • 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 Tuesday, June 22, at noon.
So if the above sounds good to you, let the entering begin!

19 comments:

Janet said...

Thanks Marcia for the critique giveaway. I would love for you to enter my name into the contest. I will also post this on the sidebar of my writing blog.
Janet

Ruth Donnelly said...

Marcia, I'd love to win a critique! I already follow you, and I posted a link on my blog.

http://readatouille.blogspot.com/2010/06/critique-giveaway.html

Marcia said...

Thanks, Janet and Ruth! You're both in x3.

Laura Pauling said...

I don't know if I'm allowed to enter. But your feedback last time was great. So if I'm allowed - I'll enter again!

Marcia said...

Laura -- She who asks, gets entered! In your case, x2. (All I ask is that the same person doesn't win BOTH crits in the SAME month.)

Anne Spollen said...

Oooh, critique time! Yes, I'll enter and post a sidebar link on my blog. I already follow you -

Susan Fields said...

Please enter me in the critique giveaway! I just became a follower, and I will add your contest to my sidebar:
http://susanfieldswriter.blogspot.com.

Marcia said...

Anne and Susan, you're both in x3. :)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Thanks, Marcia...Please put my name in the hat for the critique and I'm a new follower. :) Looking forward to learning more about you. It appears you are connected with ICL.

Marcia said...

Welcome, Sharon! You're in x2. Yes, I'm an ICL instructor.

Diane J. said...

I would love to enter for the critique giveaway. Um, I'm still working on my very first book (YA). Since it is for the first 1000 words, is it okay if the book is not complete?

Oh, and I'm a new follower, too.

Lynn said...

I came here through Susan Field's place, and am entering your contest! I just became a follower. Good thing I got here before the contest ends!

Marcia said...

Diane -- You're entered x2. Yes, it's fine if the book isn't complete.

Lynn -- glad you came! You're entered x2.

Julie Musil said...

Thanks for the critique offer, I'd love to enter!

Marcia said...

Welcome, Julie! You're in x2.:)

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

I would love to enter my name in the contest! I'm a new follower, and also posted on facebook and Twitter.

Thanks!

Marcia said...

Susan -- wow, you are in x4.:)

Margo Berendsen said...

Oh goody! I am now a follower and I also posted your contest in my sidebar at http://margoberendsen.blogspot.com.

Thanks!

Marcia said...

Margo -- Welcome, and thanks! :)