Thursday, July 15, 2010

July 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 Sunday July 25.
  • 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 Monday, July 26.
So if the above sounds good to you, let the entering begin!

34 comments:

karenbschwartz said...

Throwing my hat into the ring, hope I win!

Nora MacFarlane said...

I'm in, and I'm a follower. AND I've posted on twitter facebook, and my blog.

http://twitter.com/NoraMacFarlane
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1431351270
http://noramacfarlane.blogspot.com

TerryLynnJohnson said...

Nice contest again Marcia. You are awesome. (I'm not entering, just admiring)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I'm a follower and would like to throw my hat in the ring too. :) Thanks for helping us out with your critiques, Marcia.

Alison said...

Great idea Marcia!

Marcia said...

Karen -- Consider your hat thrown! :)

Nora -- Thanks for all that enthusiasm!

Sharon -- Your hat's in too. :)

Terry and Alison -- Thanks!

Christina Klizen said...

Hi Marcia: Yet another hat in the air:) I signed on as a follower and posted your link on my blog. Thanks for sharing your time and knowledge with whoever wins!

Marcia said...

Christina -- Thanks and you're welcome! More hats are good! :)

C.R. Evers said...

I'm always up for professional feedback! I'm in.

I' shall tweet promtly.

Christy

Anne Spollen said...

Another contest. I'll enter because it will give me a nice kick to go back to my WIP and revise. It's been so hot and I've been reading and lazy about writing.

I'm a follower already, and I'll post a link on my blog as soon as I can get it the linky thing to work again.

Susan Fields said...

I won't enter since I won last month, but good luck to everyone!

danceluvr said...

Hi, Marcia.

I'd love to have your comments on my WIP. I'm getting notes about immersing the reader more into the MC's world. And I'm a bit unsure how to do that.

On another subject, have you considered using a darker color for your text? I'm finding it a bit hard to read the red on a light brown background.

Other than that, I enjoy your website!

danceluvr said...

Marcia,

I posted your contest at Verla Kay's forum under Contests.

M said...

I'm interested!

Blee Bonn said...

This is so great that you do this! I'm sitting out since I won an awesome critique from you in May. :)

Jennifer said...

I'd love to enter. And I will follow you. Thanks for having this contest!!!

Jackee said...

Such a great idea! I'll post this on my sidebar. :o) Good luck to all and thanks for hosting this, Marcia, glad I found your blog!

Kip said...

I saw Kathy's post with the link on the blue board - thanks, Kathy! I'm always looking for more feedback, so I'm crossing my fingers. :-)

Kip

Anonymous said...

I'd love a critique! Thanks, Marcia!

Amy

Marcia said...

Thank you so much, ALL of you, for entering! You are all in the hat in the proper amounts, except for those who asked not to be.:)

Rebecca said...

Hello Marcia,

I'd love to enter. Thanks for the opportunity.

Jennie Marsland said...

Hi Marcia, hope you're having a great summer! I'd like to enter, and I'm a follower.

Sam Hranac said...

Whoop! Count me in! And, yes, I follow.

Evelyn said...

You are so sweet to do this, Marcia. I'd love to have my name in the drawing.

Natisha LaPierre said...

Thank you for holding the contest! I just became a follower, and I'd like to enter the contest.

Marcia said...

Rebecca, Jennie, Sam, Evelyn, and Natisha -- Hello all! Thanks for entering. :)

Kelly said...

You are so very kind to do this. I saw this contest on the blueboards. I'm now a follwer and am throwing my hat in!

suz said...

I found your blog via Verla Kay contests and really like your "About Writing" posts. I joined as a follower. I hope I win a critique, but even if I don't, I found a great new blog. Thanks for doing this.

Marcia said...

Kelly and suz -- Thank you both! I love all these hats in the hat. :)

Angela Ackerman said...

Woot, I'll enter! I have a MS I need some eyes for--how nice are you for doing this! :) Oh but I'll be away at the end of the month to Aug 12, so if that disqualifies me, no worries.

Hey I didn't know you were an ICL instructor!

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

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Marcia said...

Angela -- Yup, I am an ICL instructor. :)The deadline will be Aug. 18, so sounds like it'll work for you.

Josh -- Thanks for commenting. I'll check you out!

Abigail Beal said...

Thank you for offering the critiques, it is very nice of you Ms. Hoehne. I'm throwing my hat in the ring! :)

Marcia said...

Thanks for entering, Abigail!