To celebrate the release of the Editor’s picture book Letters to Santa, marking the 100th anniversary of the USPS’s Letters to Santa program, 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, December 4, 2012, PST.
6. Winner will be randomly selected using Randomizer.org and announced on December 5, 2012, on DearEditor.com and on the DearEditor.com Facebook and Google+ pages, 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 Picture Book 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.) *If you do not want your title announced, please use an alternate working title.*
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.
*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.
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.