To celebrate the one-month anniversary of Dear-Editor.com, the Editor is giving away a free Substantive Edit* of one Young Adult or Middle Grade fiction manuscript. Here are the rules:
1. Your manuscript must be YOUNG ADULT OR MIDDLE GRADE FICTION.
2. Your manuscript must be COMPLETE.
3. Your manuscript SHALL NOT EXCEED 85,000 WORDS.
4. Manuscripts that do not meet these requirements will be disqualified.
5. Deadline: MIDNIGHT, APRIL 14, 2010, PST.
6. Winner will be randomly selected.
One entry – SEND EMAIL to Dear-Editor.com using the “Write to Dear Editor” button at the top of this blog. Type “1st Month Anniversary Giveaway” in the subject line. In the body of the email, include TITLE of manuscript, YA or MG, WORD COUNT, and YOUR FULL NAME.
Bonus entry – SUBSCRIBE. Dear-Editor.com subscribers get a bonus entry by sending a second email with “Subscriber’s Bonus Giveaway Entry” in the subject line and your title, YA or MG, word count, and full name in the body. (Note: the Editor will verify!) Not a subscriber yet? Then subscribe now by clicking on the “Subscribe” button at the top of this blog and then email your second entry.
Extra bonus entries – SPREAD THE WORD. Blog, tweet, or otherwise electronically tell others about this giveaway to get additional entries. Send an email to Dear-Editor.com with “I Spread the Word!” in the subject line, and in the body include a link to your blog post or your twitter address or your facebook wall or whatever social media you used to spread the word. Don’t send screen-shots; attachments won’t be accepted. Include your title, YA or MG, word count, and full name in the body. Spread the word more than once? Then send an “I Spread the Word!” email for each one!
Anyone who doesn’t follow these rules will be disqualified, at the Editor’s discretion.
*In a “Substantive Edit,” the author receives general feedback about the manuscript’s overall pacing, organization, narrative voice, plot development/narrative arc, characterization, point of view, setting, delivery of background information, adult sensibility (children’s books only), and the synchronicity of age-appropriate subject matter with target audience, as the Editor determines appropriate and necessary after reviewing the entire manuscript. It is not a word-by-word, line-by-line “Line Edit.”
So there you have it—an anniversary, a giveaway, a bunch of rules, and even some italicized fine print. Sounds like a party to me!
Totally cool! An edit from Dear-Editor has to be a gem!
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I’m in! At least if I can touch my manuscript up in time.
I think you win for having the best contest ever.
I agree, best contest ever. Now, if only I had that next YA book ready. Umm, Dear-Editor, can you do this contest for your 1 year anniversary too? I should be ready by then! :>)
What a generous contest!
I hear you, Bill!
Great contest Deborah! Hope all is going well with you.
What a super opportunity! Thanks for doing this.
Thanks for offering this!
How wonderful. What a sweet, dear editor. Sandy
Sounds like a blessing from heaven; just what i needed right now!
Love it! Thank you for this chance!
What a great and rare opportunity. It’s pretty thoughtful too. Please count me in and thanks!
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You are VERY generous!
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This is great! Thanks for the opportunity.
This is an awesome contest 😀 Thanks!
thanks for this opportunity!
Sounds good. Thanks!
This is such a great idea! Thanks so much for the opportunity!
just got in. . .what a fabulous opportunity. Thanks!
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Wow! What a great opportunity! Thanks! And I almost missed it. I’ve got to check my facebook message more often.