Tag Archive: critique


Revisions? Yay!

Yeah, I know. Seems too chipper, right? But hear me out.Feeling too good this week?

I’ve been chomping at the bit to query for THIRTY DECIBELS. The letter’s been through the wringer (courtesy of YAlitchat and the practice boards at WriteOnCon) and I’m raring and scraping my feet to pound the path ahead. The manuscript itself has seen about four complete drafts, of 5-7 revisions each. (Sounds weird, right? Post to come.)

But I must take deep breaths.

I know these pages need more eyes on them – starting with my SCBWI colleague/friend Trina Sotira. She co-founded Musewrite and gave me amazing feedback through a three-chapter critique I won at the Armchair Auction for Evanston libraries. She even helped shape my synopsis. Simply put, Trina rocks.

So of course I had to send her the full MS for a big-picture critique. Only one other pro has seen it so far – author Kevin MColley, the instructor for my class through the Institute of Children’s Literature.

Today, Trina told me I’ll get the critique on Friday – that she’s got some good ideas on “restructuring.”

If you’d asked me a year ago how I’d react to a word like that, I might have squinted and tried to save face with a pat answer like, “Heh. Could be… interesting…?”

But I seriously cannot wait to see what she says. She explained she’d like to take the story to “epic proportions of awesomeness.” How cool is that? She’ll help me see my path forward, so I can send the best possible pages to my epically awesome beta readers.

Let’s go. My feet are scraping the dirt again.

Speaking of epically awesome beta readers: would you like to be one?

Please leave a comment below or click my pic at the top right.
(And thanks in advance!)

I JUST read about a fantastic giveaway from Ms. Cassandra Marshall, a freelance editor who’s also a literary agency intern, writes YA and short stories, and loves tea. (Don’t you love her already?)

Cassandra received tear-inducing feedback from a client recently, and she’s also gained quite a social-media following of late. To celebrate these things, Cassandra is offering up a great giveaway: a free substantial edit (That’s plot, pacing, character development, etc, up to 100k words) to one lucky reader. How awesome is that? And you can get more entries by spreading the word. (More daring writers may consider bribing Ms. C.A. with exotic teas…)

According to the recent client, Hope Collier, the help you get from Cassandra will not only improve your current WIP, but the ones to come. (I love learning, and C.A.’s expertise seems right up my alley.)

Hurry, guys! You must enter to win the substantial edit giveaway by Friday, July 2 at 11:59pm.

Submission/Critique Contest with FinePrintLit

Fiction writers, I trust you’re working tirelessly on your entries to my James Kennedy Order of Odd-Fish book giveaway contest. But take a quick breather to check this out:

Suzette Saxton and Bethany Wiggins, sisters who write fiction for teens, are giving away five fabulous prizes in honor of their blog’s (“Shooting Stars”) 500 followers.

The prizes start with a 40-page partial submission AND critique from FinePrintLit agent Suzie Townsend! FinePrintLit represents “a wide range of fiction, both literary and commercial, including thrillers, mysteries, fantasy, women’s, romance, chick lit, YA and middle grade readers.” (See more here.)

The details and entry form can be found on Bethany and Suzette’s Fantabulous Followers Giveway post. Good luck to all!

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