NEWSFLASH!: a Giveaway – a FREE picture book edit!

Dear Readers…

To celebrate the six-month anniversary of (woo-hoo!), the Editor is giving away a free edit* of one picture book manuscript. Scroll down using the blue sidebar on the right for all the rules:

1. Your manuscript must be a PICTURE BOOK MANUSCRIPT (target audience ages 3 to 8), text only.

2. Your manuscript must be COMPLETE.

3. Your manuscript SHALL NOT EXCEED 2,000 WORDS.

4. Manuscripts that do not meet these requirements will be disqualified.

5. Deadline: MIDNIGHT, OCTOBER 10, 2010, PST.

6. Winner will be randomly selected.


One entry –  SEND EMAIL to using the “Write to Dear Editor” button at the top of this blog. Type “6-Month Anniversary Giveaway” in the subject line. In the body of the email, include TITLE of manuscript, WORD COUNT, and YOUR FULL NAME.

Bonus entry – SUBSCRIBE. subscribers get a bonus entry by sending a second email with “Subscriber’s Bonus Giveaway Entry” in the subject line and your title, 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 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, 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. The winner will be chosen randomly, using

*The edit may be a line-by-line “Line Edit” or a “Substantive Edit” in which the author receives general feedback about the manuscript’s overall pacing, organization, narrative voice, plot development/narrative arc, characterization, point of view, setting, age appropriateness, and delivery of background information, as the Editor determines appropriate and necessary after reviewing the entire manuscript.

As promised, friends, this one’s for picture book manuscripts. Thanks to everyone for a fun first six months!

Happy writing!

The Editor


    • Don’t submit the manuscript itself, M.K. Just tell me the title, word count, and your full name using the “Write to Dear Editor” link at the top of the page. Read through all the instructions above first (use the light blue scroll bar to scroll down for all the text).

  1. I’ve been trying to post to the “Write to Dear Editor” for 15 minutes, and it keeps telling me “No verification code generated”. But I keep putting them in. I’ve tried uppercase, lowercase, caps lock… Anything to put the code in, but it just doesn’t like me. 🙁 I hope you can consider this my entry.
    “Starry Night Circus of Monsters”
    Words: 630
    Laura Chesterson
    I’ll go subscribe now.

  2. I’m having trouble because my picture book is more than 320 words, but now that I’ve read your instructions again, I’m not sure I’m supposed to e-mail the actual manuscript. So, I’m just going to send you my title, name, and word count, like it says above. I hope that’s okay.

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