Summer is winding down, kids are heading back to school, and writers across the land are taking stock of their summer writing. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our transition into the next writing season than giving away a free Substantive Edit* of one fiction or nonfiction manuscript. Here are the rules:
- Your manuscript can be of ANY GENRE or CATEGORY (for adults or children, fiction or non-fiction), including picture books.
- Your manuscript must be COMPLETE.
- Your manuscript SHALL NOT EXCEED 80,000 WORDS.
- Manuscripts that do not meet these requirements will be disqualified.
- Deadline: MIDNIGHT, August 28, 2012, PST.
- Winner will be randomly selected using Randomizer.org and announced on August 29, 2012, on DearEditor.com and on the DearEditor.com Facebook page, and the winner will be notified directly via email.
One entry – SEND EMAIL to DearEditor.com using the “Write to The Editor” button at the top of the blog or by clicking here. Type “Free Edit Giveaway” in the subject line. In the body of the email, include the TITLE of your manuscript and YOUR FULL NAME. DO NOT send your manuscript or any portion of it. (If you have any difficulty with the contact button, send an email entry directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Bonus entry – SUBSCRIBE. DearEditor.com subscribers get a bonus entry by sending a second email with “Subscriber’s Bonus Giveaway Entry” in the subject line and your title 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 DearEditor.com 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 DearEditor.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 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.”
Disclaimer: The Editor does not share or in any other way use your contact information; it’s collected solely for winner contact purposes at the end of the giveaway.
What a great opportunity! I will definitely mention this on my blog when I next post 🙂
Wonderful. I assume we are to send our manuscripts to your hotmail address. Thank you!
Glad the giveaway comes at a good time for you. Please do NOT send the manuscript. Just the title and your name. For full details, please read the rules in today’s giveaway post. Thanks … and good luck!
I was lucky enough to win a Dear Editor contest in March 2012- the edit was phenomenal! My ms is now ready for the submission process because of Deborah’s editing talents. Do NOT miss this opportunity! Your ms will thank you! Good luck to all who enter! 🙂
I am confused. I know you want us to have a complete ms to enter your awesome giveaway, but do you want us to send the complete ms, or just our name/contact info. And where do we send it?
Wendy: To enter, send an email to DearEditor.com using the “Write to The Editor” button at the top of the blog or by sending an email entry directly to email@example.com. Type “Free Edit Giveaway” in the subject line and type only your name and your manuscript’s title in the body of the email. I don’t want to collect hundreds of manuscripts! If you win, I’ll get your full ms from you. As for the requirement about the ms needing to be complete, this edit is for those who’ve reached “The End” and now need a full edit. I do partial edit giveaways at various times throughout the year for those who haven’t reached “The End” yet and need help getting there; keep your eye out for those if that’s your situation. Good luck!
Wow, this is great. I will definitely enter. Thanks for the edit giveaway.
I won one in Feb 2011 and it was a HUGE help. Ilearned so much from Deborah’s awesome feedback that my writing improved by leaps and bounds. Don’t miss this opportunity! Good luck to those who enter. 🙂
Hi! Thanks for this wonderful opportunity. What a GREAT giveaway! I just noticed that in the opening sentences it says FICTION, but then down below, it says it can also be nonfiction. Just wanted to verify that it can indeed be nonfiction. Thanks!
“…giving away a free Substantive Edit* of one fiction manuscript. Here are the rules:
Your manuscript can be of ANY GENRE or CATEGORY (for adults or children, fiction or non-fiction), including picture books….”
Fiction AND nonfiction are BOTH eligible. Thanks for pointing that out, Christie! I have updated the post to reflect it.
Thank you for doing this!
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Rats. Sniff. My ms is 85K, 5K too long…I did Tweet about it though, and I’m off to post it on Facebook. 🙂
Awesome contest! Thanks so much.
Gah! My shortest manuscript needing edits clocks in at 80,700 words. We can round down, right? #ohpleaseohplease
What a prize! Thanks!
I did a blog post and will post of FB too. This is awesome.
Awesome. That’s three entries in a sea of so much more … I like those odds. ^_^
I SO want to win that!! Thanks for another great contest. Can’t wait to find out who’s the winner!! I’ll spread the word.
Thank you for this fabulous opportunity, Deborah! When will the winner be announced?
Lynn, the winner announced on August 29, 2012, on this site and on the DearEditor.com Facebook page, and the winner will be notified directly via email. Good luck!
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Hi, I entered under “I Spread the Word,” but did not receive a confirmation like I did for the first and bonus entries. Was it received? Thanks!