Thursday, August 19, 2010

August 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 August 29.
  • 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, August 30.
So if the above sounds good to you, let the entering begin!

29 comments:

Bish Denham said...

Sure! I'll go for another crit. And I'll put a link to you on my blog.

Anonymous said...

I'd love a critique. Thanks, Marcia!

Amy

Annette Gulati said...

I'd love one too. Thanks!

Kelly said...

So wonderful that you offer this once a month! I'll enter!

mclicious said...

I would love a critique!

Marcia said...

Hello, all! Thanks for entering. :)

Laura Pauling said...

Hee hee - I've rewritten since, so I'd love to enter again! :)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Please count me in! I'll put a link on my post too....Thanks, Marcia

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

http://skmayhew.blogspot.com/2010/08/follow-up-on-ibkty-week.html

I added it into my post...I hope it sends some more traffic your way. You have a wonderful blog.

Susan Fields said...

I won't enter since I'm still working on the same project you've already given me an AWESOME critique for, but I will say good luck to all the entrants! It's so sweet of you to do this, Marcia!

JosephDMMiller said...

I'd like to toss my hat into the ring for a critque.

Rebecca said...
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Rebecca said...

I'd like to enter again. I am a follower of your blog.

Rebecca

Marcia said...

Thank you all for entering and for your kind comments. :)

My word veri: neonoel. New Christmas? :D

Anne Spollen said...

If entering will force me to apply tush to chair, and it would, I'll do it and I'll post a link on my blog.

Marcia said...

Ah, glad to help promote writerly responsibility, Anne. :)

TerryLynnJohnson said...

Sounds like a great contest. I'd love a crit! Really wonderful of you to offer this.

Abigail said...

Hi from the VK Boards! I'd love a critique, and I'm now following you.

twitter.com/abigailhw

Marcia said...

Hi Terry and Abigail. Thanks for entering!

Melissa said...

Hi - I'm a new follower and will post on my blog. I would love to get a critique. :)

Marcia said...

Welcome, Melissa! You're in. :)

sruble said...

Please put my name in the hat too :)

Thanks Marcia!

p.s. I'm a new follower

PatEsden said...
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PatEsden said...

I saw your post on the blue boards and came over to check out your blog.

I'd love to enter.

I'm now following you on blogger and I tweeted a link to the contest.

http://twitter.com/PatEsden

Anonymous said...

Hi Marcia, I'm already a follower and would love a crit. I'll send some tweets your way.

Sue

florkincaid said...

I'd love a critique. Fun contest. Thanks, Marcia!

Marcia said...

Hello sruble, Pat, Sue and florkincaid -- it's fun to see so many Blueboarder names. :) Thanks for entering!

M said...

I'm in.
Thanks,
MichelleL

Marcia said...

Hi, Michelle. You're in. :)