Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
The Magic of Fiction
Need to polish the opening chapters of your novel before you submit it to agents and publishers?
Want to know if your story’s on the right track, if the opening works for the genre, if the first pages do what they need to do?
This is your chance to win an edit of the first thirty pages of a manuscript, an edit that will help you strengthen those pages and answer some of these questions for you.
A single winner will be chosen at random from those who submit entries in the comments of this article. You can enter only once per manuscript title, but you can enter as many different titles as you have manuscripts. So if you have only one book manuscript, you will have one entry. If you want to enter three different manuscripts, you’ll have three entries. (Each title must be entered in a separate comment.)
**Entries will be accepted for 24 hours before a winner is chosen at random. Entries will be accepted beginning at 11:59 p.m. (EDT) Monday night (March 14, 2016) and through 11:59 p.m. (EDT) Tuesday, March 15, 2016.
This article is now open for entries and comments.
~ the title you enter must be your own work
~ include the working title, your name, and the genre as your entry (you can include actual comments in your comment, but this is the info I’m looking for so that I know you’ve entered the giveaway)
~ you can enter a work of fiction or nonfiction
~ make sure the e-mail address you connect to your comment is one where you can be reached
~ only one entry per title (each manuscript gets only one chance to be picked)
~ yes, you can enter multiple titles; enter each in a different comment
~ enter no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT Tuesday (March 15, 2016)
First Thirty Pages
~ your first thirty pages must be ready to be edited no later than June 1, 2016 (they can be ready earlier)
~ maximum word count is 7,500 words
~ you will be sending me a Word doc—12 pt. Times New Roman, double-spaced, in English
Choosing the Winner
I’ll use a random number generator to choose the winner after midnight (EDT) on Tuesday night. I’ll post the winner’s name and book title in the comments.
The edit will include suggestions and comments on both writing issues and the fiction elements—anything that strikes me as needing a second look or further attention.
I’ll use TrackChanges in Word and will mark the text itself and include comments and questions in the comment column.
Although I will likely make specific suggestions for rewording some sentences—to give you an idea about options—I won’t be rewriting your story. I reserve the right to request that the winner revise the thirty pages if they’re not ready for an edit—i.e., notes or what amounts to an outline isn’t ready for an edit.
Join us all week—March 13 through March 17—for excerpts and other Launch Week festivities to celebrate the release of The Magic of Fiction, now available.
* Comments in this article are eligible for the Prize Pack Giveaway. The single prize winner will be chosen randomly from comments made on eligible Launch Week articles. (#8)