A contest worth jumping through hoops!

If you scroll down and read my post from just yesterday, you’ll learn that my eyes glaze over when a contest flashes up on my screen. I’m not willing to jump through a lot of hoops, and I rarely blog about a contest.

But here I am. Blogging about a contest.

Because I would love a substantial edit. Someone with real editing skills to read my manuscript and tell me how to improve it. 

So check out her post about her awesome contest. Reading a manuscript takes a chunk of time. She won’t just be popping a book in the mail.

And then read yesterday’s post on how to react to editorial letters, even if they are from a crit partner. Good advice.

And I have to give her a big shout out for clueing in the clueless masses on how to get to the individual tweet. I’ve never been able to figure that out!

So, what are you waiting for? Go check it out!


12 Responses to A contest worth jumping through hoops!

  1. Carole Anne Carr September 11, 2010 at 9:04 am #

    Thanks for that, Laura.

  2. Karen Lange September 11, 2010 at 12:44 pm #

    Thanks! 🙂

  3. Laura Pauling September 11, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

    Not that my beta readers/ crit partners aren’t awesome, because they are!

  4. kris September 11, 2010 at 1:02 pm #

    Good luck! CA seems awesome…and I’m sure it would be great to have a totally unbiased crit. We know you love us. 🙂

  5. Lynn September 11, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    Good luck with the contest!

  6. Marcia September 11, 2010 at 10:29 pm #

    100K words! Holy cow!

    But you see, here’s where I’m a duff: I don’t twitter (or tweet, if that’s the better verb) because as of yet, at least, I don’t see why I should spend all kinds of time texting the entire globe and trying to figure out how to get people to care. I don’t Facebook either, since I’m still recovering (but I’m getting there!) from a bad social networking experience in our family. Actually, I was seriously considering getting on Facebook when Twitter exploded on the scene. And I said, “You know what? Forget it. I’ll always be behind, and I quit chasing the latest trend in middle school.” And because I don’t Twitter or Facebook, I notice I’m becoming ineligible for more and more contests and even from commenting on some things. (“Comment through Facebook.”)I see giving bonus points for spreading the word. I don’t see REQUIRING anything other than a comment.

  7. CA Marshall September 11, 2010 at 11:18 pm #

    Thanks for the blog post and your awesome comments Laura! (And everybody else too!)

    Marcia, I’ve contemplated deleting my facebook several times in the last year. I hardly ever use it and those darn game invites are so annoying! Bit yes, it seems like it’s just barely worth it to keep it so I do.

    Best of luck to all of you!

  8. Laura Pauling September 12, 2010 at 12:51 am #

    Hey Marcia,
    Sorry you had a bad experience. Email or the likes is not the way to communicate with family if there are problems. So much can be misinterpreted.

    I’m on facebook but it hasn’t crossed with my writing world yet. It’s personal. And I’m barely on it.

    I joined twitter to figure it out. To be able to tweet contests. To research agents. And to help promote other writers/authors.

    I don’t think you have to worry about being behind. And yes, sometimes, it does feel like middle school – but only if we let it. Like I said previously, when I feel like a duff on twitter or bloggin, I shrug it off and go back to my writing!

    And I’m with you. When I do hold contests. I’ve only asked for people to follow and comment! The simpler the better!

  9. Theresa Milstein September 12, 2010 at 1:04 am #

    This is an amazing post. I should sign up for Twitter and be willing to devote a whole post to it just for a better chance of winning. Good luck!

  10. Terry Lynn Johnson September 12, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

    really appreciate this post Laura! I would have missed this and it’s fab! Thanks so much.

  11. SP Sipal September 12, 2010 at 11:51 pm #

    Wow, you’re right. This is a great opportunity for a valued critique. I’ve never seen an agent, or intern, open to this many pages.

    Thanks for posting!

  12. patti September 13, 2010 at 2:22 am #

    Well, this looks great, Laura!

    Hope you win!!

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