Thursday, January 20, 2011

January Critique Giveaway

It's 2011, and it's critique time again! 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).
  • For additional entries, post links to this contest and give the URLs.
  • You may enter one ms. per month. No one person can win both critiques in a single month.
  • Include your email in the comment. But if not, be sure to check back to see if you've won!
  • Enter now through Sunday January 30.
  • 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.
  • 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, January 31.
So if the above sounds good to you, let the entering begin!


Jamie Manning said...

How awesome of you...I definitely want to be entered! I've gotten some feedback on my work and I'm always in the market for another opinion. I'm also an "old" follower!

Andrea Mack said...

Hi Marcia - I'll enter this time. It's wonderful of you to give of your time like this! I'm already a follower.:)

Jeff King said...

I write medieval fantasy, would that genre be acceptable for a critic?

If not, thx either way… any helpful advice a writer can get, is priceless.

Anne Spollen said...

Sure, Marcia, I'll enter.

I follow you anyway.

Thanks for having these!

Anonymous said...

Good morning, Marcia! I'd love to enter! Thanks for the offer!

Amy C.

cleemckenzie said...

You're so generous, Marcia. I'm sure whoever wins will be greatly rewarded by your insights.

Interested in some realistic YA?

Janet said...

Thanks for the contest. I would like to enter. I am already a follower.

Marcia said...

Thank you all for entering! :)

Lee -- Realistic YA is fine. Did you want to enter?

Jeff -- Yep, medieval fantasy is okay too.

Laura Pauling said...

I'll enter. I just finished my first draft of my first YA. Would love some initial feedback! And I loved your comment on my blog about underwriting. I think it is probably true that we can be overwriters in some areas and underwriters in others! Thanks!

Susan Fields said...

I've won recently so I'll let others have a chance this time, but best of luck to everyone! And thanks for doing these wonderful critiques, Marcia!

Emy Shin said...

Thank you so much for generously offering your time! I'd love to be entered.

emyblogs [at] gmail [dot] com

Marcia said...

Laura and Emy, you are entered.

Susan, thanks for stopping by! :)

sally said...

Wow, what a generous offer. I'd like to enter, please. sally at sally-apokedak dot com

Marcia said...

Hi, Sally! You are entered. :)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I won recently too, so I don't want to be entered. Best wishes to everyone who enters (fingers crossed) Thanks for doing this Marcia...It's such a great opportunity for us to learn. :)

MaDonna Maurer said...

I want in, I almost missed it! So thankful that you do this!

Marcia said...

Sharon -- Thanks for stopping! :)

MaDonna -- You're in. :)