Re: “Free First 20 Pages Critique” Giveaway!

posted 10/17/11

Dear Readers…

The Editor is celebrating the premier of her book trailer for WRITING YOUNG ADULT FICTION FOR DUMMIES by giving away a FREE CRITIQUE OF THE FIRST 20 PAGES OF YOUR FICTION MANUSCRIPT. See the book trailer and get the full rules today on


Dear Readers…

Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies has a book trailer—and I’m celebrating with a “Free First 20 Pages Critique” giveaway! Check out the nifty trailer then use the blue bar on the right to scroll down for the giveaway rules.

Now for the giveaway rules:

  1. Your manuscript must be FICTION of 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; and sorry, no children’s picture books this time). Your manuscript can be for adults or young readers (YA or MG).
  2. The FIRST 20 PAGES of your manuscript must be COMPLETE.
  3. Manuscripts that do not meet these requirements will be disqualified.
  4. Deadline: MIDNIGHT, October 20, 2011, PST.
  5. Winner will be randomly selected and announced on October 21, 2011, in the comments section and on the Facebook page, and the winner will be notified directly via email.


One entry –  SEND EMAIL to using the “Write to The Editor” button at the top of the blog or by clicking this link. Type “Free First 20 Pages Critique” in the subject line. In the body of the email, include the TITLE of your manuscript, the GENRE, the CATEGORY (adult, YA, or MG) and YOUR FULL NAME. (If you have any difficulty with the contact button, send an email entry directly to

Bonus entry – SUBSCRIBE. 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 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 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.

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.

Good luck!
The Editor

P.S. For more on this topic, read Giveaways
posted by: The Editor
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    1. Linda B Johnson wrote (on 10/17/11 at 8:01 am) :

      I entered the contest for your giveaway during your book launch. Thanks for offering another opportunity.

    2. The Editor wrote (on 10/17/11 at 8:55 am) :

      Good luck, Linda!

    3. Joyce wrote (on 10/17/11 at 8:09 am) :

      I have an unpublished YA novel that would love to be critiqued; however, my current WIP is middle grade. I’ll take whatever I can win. 🙂


    4. The Editor wrote (on 10/17/11 at 8:54 am) :

      It’d be up to you which one you’d like me to critique if you win the drawing, Joyce. I can tell a lot about an ms by the first 20 pages, so the full YA ms would benefit from feedback on the first 20. Good luck!

    5. Dorothy Dreyer wrote (on 10/17/11 at 8:45 am) :

      Awesome! You’re so great to do these contests. The trailer looks great!

    6. The Editor wrote (on 10/17/11 at 8:51 am) :

      Thanks, Dorothy. The praise goes to Circle of Seven Productions, who produced the trailer. Thanks, C.O.S.!

    7. Jenny wrote (on 10/17/11 at 9:22 am) :

      Thank you so much for this awesome contest. By the way, the trailer rocks! Great job.

    8. The Editor wrote (on 10/17/11 at 1:20 pm) :

      I’ve been looking for an excuse to do a giveaway. Thanks for the kind words.

    9. Heather wrote (on 10/17/11 at 9:38 am) :

      Love the trailer. And thanks for offering the critique.

    10. The Editor wrote (on 10/17/11 at 1:22 pm) :

      I think the trailer music is officially stuck in my head for today. 😛 Good luck!

    11. Laura C. wrote (on 10/17/11 at 10:36 am) :

      This is wonderful! You’re so generous! I’ll announce it in all my forums. 🙂

    12. The Editor wrote (on 10/17/11 at 1:18 pm) :

      I appreciate that, Laura.

    13. Kurt Chambers wrote (on 10/17/11 at 10:56 am) :

      Awesome!!!! Another contest! I’m in. hehe A great trailer, by the way, Deborah 🙂 I’ll post this in my forum.

    14. The Editor wrote (on 10/17/11 at 1:17 pm) :

      Thanks, Kurt.

    15. Theresa Schultz wrote (on 10/17/11 at 11:08 am) :

      The trailer looks great! Thanks for the opportunity to win the critique.

    16. The Editor wrote (on 10/17/11 at 1:20 pm) :

      Good luck, Theresa.

    17. D.L. Cocchio wrote (on 10/17/11 at 12:43 pm) :

      What a great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity.

    18. The Editor wrote (on 10/17/11 at 1:20 pm) :

      My pleasure, D.L.

    19. Joanna wrote (on 10/17/11 at 1:04 pm) :

      Trailer is hip. Eye was mysterious, like it’s tempting the viewer to come journey behind the wall. Music is fast and upbeat. Graffiti bullets are to the point. Left me wanting to know more about what topics will be discuss in the manual, which I guess is the purpose for buying the book. Good job.

    20. The Editor wrote (on 10/17/11 at 1:17 pm) :

      I love hearing your reactions to each element. I think Circle of Seven Productions did a bang-up job, but it’s useful to know how an objective viewer took it in. Thanks for taking the time for this feedback, Joanna.

    21. Bill wrote (on 10/17/11 at 1:06 pm) :

      I’m in!

    22. Janet Smart wrote (on 10/17/11 at 2:06 pm) :

      thanks for the contest. I’d love to win the critique.

    23. Jeanette Andersen wrote (on 10/17/11 at 3:21 pm) :

      What a great opportunity you are giving and would love to have a chance of receiving it. I admire you and all writers for their work.

    24. Elaine wrote (on 10/18/11 at 1:48 am) :

      What an amazing advert for your book, I loved it 😀
      This competition is a great opportunity and I can’t wait to get earn the Brownie points and send my entry.

    25. Cari Galeziewski wrote (on 10/18/11 at 7:06 am) :

      Trailer was very eye-catching! (no pun intended) ha ha. Thanks for the great opportunity.

    26. The Editor wrote (on 10/20/11 at 10:52 am) :

      Puns work for me, Cari. Good luck in the giveaway!

    27. Janet Johnson wrote (on 10/19/11 at 8:13 am) :

      Great trailer! Congratulations on its release. 🙂

      And thanks for the opportunity to win a free critique!

    28. Lorie wrote (on 10/20/11 at 5:08 am) :

      I’m in! I’d love a critique on Island of the Beast.

    29. The Editor wrote (on 10/20/11 at 10:50 am) :

      Make sure you send in an entry, Lorie. Good luck!

    30. Mark McClintock wrote (on 10/20/11 at 7:05 am) :

      A very cool trailer, but the book is even better. If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, sign up for the contest and then head to the book store. It’s been an invaluable resource for my current MG project!

    31. The Editor wrote (on 10/20/11 at 10:51 am) :

      Thanks, Mark! I’m glad to hear the book is helping you.

    32. Annie McMahon wrote (on 10/20/11 at 11:21 am) :

      I’m in! First time trying. Let’s see if I’m lucky this week. 🙂

    33. Haley wrote (on 10/20/11 at 11:43 am) :

      Love the book trailer. Thanks for offering another awesome giveaway. A 20 page critique is very generous. Would love to get your feedback or a copy of your book 🙂

    34. Sharon K Mayhew wrote (on 10/20/11 at 11:50 am) :

      I’ve tweeted and facebooked the contest a couple times. 😀 Good luck to everyone!

    35. Laura K. wrote (on 10/20/11 at 1:15 pm) :

      Great trailer! Can’t wait to get my copy of the book! Thanks for the opportunity…

    36. Heather Tourkin wrote (on 10/20/11 at 1:55 pm) :

      Thanks for the opportunity! The first twenty pages are often the toughest.

    37. Lisa Kelleher wrote (on 10/20/11 at 2:52 pm) :

      I have a YA novel called FOR THE LAST TIME dealing with cyber-bullying and self mutilation that I desperately want critiqued!

    38. The Editor wrote (on 10/20/11 at 3:50 pm) :

      Make sure you send in an official entry, Lisa.

    39. Trisha wrote (on 10/20/11 at 5:48 pm) :

      Very nice contest!!

    40. kathy stemke wrote (on 10/20/11 at 8:24 pm) :

      Thanks for the opportunity. Great railer!