NEWSFLASH: a DearEditor.com “FREE Fiction Edit” Giveaway

posted 4/15/11

Dear Readers…

To celebrate the completion of her final manuscript for Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies, the Editor is giving away a FREE Substantive Edit of one fiction manuscript for adults or young readers. Deadline: April 21, 2011. Read on for rules….

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Dear Readers…

You’ve been on the Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies journey with me, so you should be a part of its milestone celebrations—and there’s cause to celebrate now. On Monday I received word from my editor that the manuscript is now final and moving on to production: “You’re done!” I celebrated with my family by treating them to a night of grand desserts; I celebrate with you by giving away a free Substantive Edit* of one fiction manuscript. Yes, this one is open to young adult fiction AND fiction for grown-ups. Scroll down using the sidebar on the right for all the rules:

1. Your manuscript must be FICTION FOR ADULTS or YOUNG ADULT OR MIDDLE GRADE FICTION (no picture books), ANY GENRE (general, sci fi, romance, steam punk . . . you get the idea; no non-fiction like how-to’s or memoirs, as fictional as those may seem).

2. Your manuscript must be COMPLETE.

3. Your manuscript SHALL NOT EXCEED 80,000 WORDS.

4. Manuscripts that do not meet these requirements will be disqualified.

5. Deadline: MIDNIGHT, APRIL 21, 2011, PST.

6. Winner will be randomly selected and announced on APRIL 22, 2011.

TO ENTER:

One entry –  SEND EMAIL to DearEditor.com using the “Write to The Editor” button at the top of this blog. Type “Dummies Celebration Giveaway” in the subject line. In the body of the email, include TITLE of manuscript, YA or MG or ADULT, WORD COUNT, and YOUR FULL NAME. (If you have any difficulty with the contact button, send an email entry directly to dear-editor@hotmail.com.)

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, YA or MG or ADULT, word count, 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 this blog 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, YA or MG or ADULT, word count, 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. Disclaimer: I do 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.

*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.”

Okey-dokey, that covers it. After the giveaway I’ll announce the winner and then get back to answering great reader questions, featuring great guest editor posts, and planning a whopping virtual book launch for the Dummies book. Seriously, the launch will be big: multiple days filled with daily giveaways, features, and free downloads. More on that as the July 5, 2011, pub date nears.

Happy writing!

The Editor

 



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    1. Dave wrote (on 04/15/11 at 9:10 am) :

      What a fabulous opportunity! I just wish my ‘finished’ novel was really ready and not kinda, sorta done. 🙂

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      The Editor replied (on 04/16/11 at 6:20 am) :

      Dave, there’ll be plenty of other giveaways. I love doing them.

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    2. Heather wrote (on 04/15/11 at 9:13 am) :

      So nice of you to share your celebration with us. Yippee!

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      The Editor replied (on 04/21/11 at 5:50 pm) :

      I’ll take any excuse to throw confetti.

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    3. Laura Chesterson wrote (on 04/15/11 at 9:51 am) :

      This is great! I’m telling all my friends! Thanks for your generosity. 😀

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      The Editor replied (on 04/16/11 at 2:58 pm) :

      🙂

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    4. Carol Riggs wrote (on 04/15/11 at 1:05 pm) :

      So exciting for you to be at this point for YA FOR DUMMIES! Big hugeous congrats. And thanks for the opportunity to win an edit, with this contest! I will spread the word.

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      The Editor replied (on 04/16/11 at 6:22 am) :

      Thanks, Carol. It’s a fast-happening book, but the editors at Wiley were a true joy to work with. They share my particular brand of humor, which is always nice in an editorial relationship. Gotta laugh while you work, right?

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    5. Susan Stephenson wrote (on 04/15/11 at 10:43 pm) :

      What a wonderfully creative AND useful giveaway!

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      The Editor replied (on 04/16/11 at 3:13 pm) :

      Thanks, Susan. I’m glad I’m getting the chance to know you. I can’t remember what life was like without technology allowing us to reach across continents as if we were just chatting over the back fence.

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    6. Elizabeth Varadan wrote (on 04/16/11 at 1:58 am) :

      What a generous thing to do! Congratulations on being in the final stage!

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      The Editor replied (on 04/16/11 at 3:07 pm) :

      I just sent you an email, Elizabeth, in response to your offline question.

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    7. Cheryl Rainfield wrote (on 04/16/11 at 4:33 am) :

      That’s a very generous giveaway you’re hosting! I’ll help you spread the word; I know a lot of writers would love to win such a prize.

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      The Editor replied (on 04/16/11 at 3:00 pm) :

      That would be great, Cheryl. Thanks!

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    8. Marna wrote (on 04/16/11 at 7:14 am) :

      My novel’s not at the finished stage… Just wanted to say congrats and that I’m looking forward to picking up the book in July.

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      The Editor replied (on 04/16/11 at 2:54 pm) :

      Plenty more giveaways coming, Marna!

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    9. Lisa Albert wrote (on 04/16/11 at 7:24 am) :

      I’ll spread the word! Great giveaway!! And, congrats on YA For Dummies!

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      The Editor replied (on 04/21/11 at 5:50 pm) :

      Thanks, Lisa.

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    10. S. Susan VanLeeuwen wrote (on 04/16/11 at 10:14 am) :

      I want to enter this really badly because, after firing two agents and not having any luck finding a third that I can handle, I think my novel needs a fresh new edit. However, my novel is longer than 80K words (which is part of the reason I’d like a fresh set of eyes on this puppy) and I haven’t enough time to edit it to make it short enough to enter this by the deadline. Sadness sets in, but such is life. Good luck to all.

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      The Editor replied (on 04/16/11 at 2:57 pm) :

      Ack. Sorry to hear you’ve had a rough streak, SSV.

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    11. Jen wrote (on 04/16/11 at 10:20 am) :

      Wow! This is amazing! Thank you for including us in your celebration. I’m going to tell everyone I know.

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      The Editor replied (on 04/16/11 at 2:54 pm) :

      Thanks for your kind words, Amy & Jen!

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    12. Amy L. Sonnichsen wrote (on 04/16/11 at 1:41 pm) :

      Congratulations on completely finishing your book! This sounds like a must-read.

      Amy

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    13. Free Fiction Edit Giveaway! « Anita Nolan's blog wrote (on 04/16/11 at 8:09 pm) :

      […] Find the details here. […]

    14. Lynn Dickinson wrote (on 04/16/11 at 8:39 pm) :

      Woo Hoo! Congrats on finishing your manuscript. Can’t wait to get a copy of the book itself. When will it be coming out??

      And thanks for the giveaway. What a cool thing to do.

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      The Editor replied (on 04/17/11 at 6:52 pm) :

      It’ll be out July 5, Lynn… I’ve arranged for the country to celebrate with fireworks.

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    15. Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban wrote (on 04/17/11 at 6:44 am) :

      Congratulations!

      I wish we were family. I love desserts.

      I won’t miss your other giveway!

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      The Editor replied (on 04/17/11 at 6:34 pm) :

      Am I terrible, Carmen?: I’ve talked some friends into taking me out to celebrate again this week . . . at the same dessert place. Wicked! But I’m sure fellow dessert-ees like yourself understand. 😉

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    16. Elaine wrote (on 04/17/11 at 8:39 am) :

      YEAH! This is a great opportunity. Thank you.

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      The Editor replied (on 04/17/11 at 6:56 pm) :

      Thanks, Trisha and Elaine!

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    17. CS Frye wrote (on 04/17/11 at 9:25 am) :

      Awesome contest! I’m going to tell everyone!

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      The Editor replied (on 04/17/11 at 6:57 pm) :

      Much appreciated, CS.

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    18. Trisha wrote (on 04/17/11 at 4:21 pm) :

      This is indeed a great opportunity!!

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    19. The Editor wrote (on 04/17/11 at 6:29 pm) :

      It’ll be out July 5, Lynn . . . one day shy of fireworks!

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    20. kathy stemke wrote (on 04/18/11 at 2:50 pm) :

      I’m writing my first YA historical fiction. It’s not ready for an edit yet. boohoo Can I apply for a partial edit? I could use the help. dancekam1(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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      The Editor replied (on 04/18/11 at 3:37 pm) :

      Alas, it’s full mss this time, Kathy. But I’ll almost definitely be giving away partials during the Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies book launch the first week of July.

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    21. anita wrote (on 04/21/11 at 12:28 pm) :

      Wow, Congratulations! That’s great news!

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      The Editor replied (on 04/21/11 at 5:50 pm) :

      Thanks, Anita!

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    22. KD wrote (on 04/22/11 at 6:56 am) :

      Wow, had I learned about this blog site sooner, that would have pushed me to finish my adventure romance manuscript faster. This would have been just what I needed. Oh well. I’m in the know, now. Great post!
      @kdelley on twitter.

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    23. Nely wrote (on 04/19/12 at 6:17 pm) :

      Less than 80k?! I need to cut down my MS by 20k. Not enough time to edit for the contest. I’ll spread the word though.

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