NEWSFLASH: “Free Full Picture Book Edit” Giveaway

posted 11/29/12

Dear Readers…

The Editor believes writers should celebrate every milestone—and she’s got a milestone to celebrate with you. Her first picture book, Letters to Santa, has just published and she’s feting it by giving away a FREE edit of a picture book manuscript up to 2,000 words. Deadline: December 4, 2012. Read the full post for rules….


Dear Readers…

To celebrate the release of the Editor’s picture book Letters to Santa, marking the 100th anniversary of the USPS’s Letters to Santa program, the Editor is giving away a free edit* of one picture book manuscript. Scroll down using the blue sidebar on the right for all the rules:

1. Your manuscript must be a PICTURE BOOK MANUSCRIPT (target audience ages 3 to 8), text only.

2. Your manuscript must be COMPLETE.

3. Your manuscript SHALL NOT EXCEED 2,000 WORDS.

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

5. Deadline: MIDNIGHT, December 4, 2012, PST.

6. Winner will be randomly selected using and announced on December 5, 2012, on and on the Facebook and Google+ pages, 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 here. Type “Free Picture Book Edit Giveaway” in the subject line. In the body of the email, include the TITLE of your manuscript and YOUR FULL NAME. DO NOT send your manuscript or any portion of it. (If you have any difficulty with the contact button, send an email entry directly to *If you do not want your title announced, please use an alternate working title.*

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.

*The edit may be a line-by-line “Line Edit” or a “Substantive Edit” in which the author receives general feedback about the manuscript’s overall pacing, organization, narrative voice, plot development/narrative arc, characterization, point of view, setting, age appropriateness, and delivery of background information, as the Editor determines appropriate and necessary after reviewing the entire manuscript.

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.

Happy writing!

The Editor

P.S. For more on this topic, read Giveaways
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    1. Sarah Floyd wrote (on 11/29/12 at 10:16 am) :

      Congrats on LETTERS TO SANTA, and thank you for the wonderful opportunity! Where would you like submissions sent?

    2. The Editor wrote (on 11/29/12 at 10:29 am) :

      Sarah: Thanks for your kind words. Scroll down to the end of the post. Full instructions for entering are there. Good luck!

    3. Sarah Floyd wrote (on 11/29/12 at 10:39 am) :

      Um, yeah…use the scroll bar. Why didn’t I think of that BEFORE posting a question? You are so kind!

    4. The Editor wrote (on 11/29/12 at 8:14 pm) :

      We all have those moments, S. 🙂

    5. Kim P wrote (on 11/29/12 at 11:15 am) :

      Congratulations on Letters To Santa and thank you for such a wonderful opportunity!

    6. The Editor wrote (on 11/29/12 at 8:13 pm) :

      Thanks, Kim, for taking the time to write this note. Good luck!

    7. Rick Starkey wrote (on 11/29/12 at 12:04 pm) :

      Congrats! Thanks for sharing in your celebration!

    8. The Editor wrote (on 11/29/12 at 8:13 pm) :

      You know I love sharing the sunshine, Rick.

    9. Dennise Sleeper wrote (on 11/29/12 at 1:32 pm) :

      Congratulations and what a wonderful subject. Love those letters to Santa.

    10. The Editor wrote (on 11/29/12 at 8:10 pm) :

      So glad you love the letters, Dennise. They were the so fun to write.

    11. Elaine M. Kearns wrote (on 11/30/12 at 9:30 am) :

      I read” Letters to Santa” to my second graders this morning and it was a huge hit! Such a wonderful story (and message too). Congratulations!

    12. The Editor wrote (on 11/30/12 at 11:20 am) :

      Yay!!!!! So glad they loved it. Thanks for sharing this with me, Elaine.

    13. Teresa Robeson wrote (on 12/04/12 at 2:33 pm) :

      Adding my congratulations to you on the release of your new PB! I have a fascination with the USPS, Santa program or not…LOL!, and think that this will make a really cool gift for one of my friend’s little one. 🙂

      And thank you for the free edit giveaway!

    14. The Editor wrote (on 12/04/12 at 5:04 pm) :

      Ha! The book sounds right up your alley, Teresa. Hope you enjoy it. Thanks so much for taking the time to share this with me.

    15. Brenda wrote (on 12/04/12 at 5:37 pm) :

      Congratulations for your first PB.

      Thank you for this opportunity even though I didn’t take it. What I did do was bring my PB ms to the almost finished point. It’s been sitting in my documents for almost a year and you got me moving.

      Thanks again, Brenda

    16. The Editor wrote (on 12/04/12 at 5:42 pm) :

      The giveaway gave you a creative goose? Excellent! Best of luck with the project.

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    18. Janet Smart wrote (on 12/04/12 at 7:54 pm) :

      Thanks so much for the giveaway. My son works for the post office and he’s told me some interesting stories about the letters addressed to Santa. Good luck with your book.