Monday, November 8, 2010

Paying it Forward with Partials!!!!

Yes--in case you can't tell by the title--this post includes a giveaway!!! One I *think* you all will like. Though I'll admit--I'm scared. Things worked out okay the last time I did this, but there's always the possibility that it was a fluke. But before we get to yet another one of my neuroses, I should probably explain what the heck I'm talking about (might be helpful, right?) :)

As most of you have probably noticed by now, I'm all about "paying it forward." I've gotten (and still get) a TON of help/advice/support as I struggle to navigate this crazy publishing world, so I believe very strongly in paying forward as much as I can to others. So in that vein, I've teamed up with a few of my favorite bloggers for an event we're calling "paying it forward with parials."

Which means I'll be giving away a 25 page critique to one lucky commenter on today's post!*

(*Hence why where my neuroses come in--I'm SO scared none of you are going to want this. Last time a lot of you did, but maybe you were all in strange moods or something)

As someone who has braved the waters in the querying pool (mind you, I only queried for two weeks--but they felt like forever) I know how important it is to have an especially strong "partial" for when an agent requests one. That's the key to hooking them enough to ask for your "full." 

I had a LOT of help with my partial, (I mean, A LOT. Like...you have no idea how many times I have rewritten my first 25 pages). So now I want to pay that forward and help one of you with yours by personally critiquing your first 25 pages.


If that sounds like something you'd like, make sure you're a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this post between now and 11:59 pm (PST) on Sunday, November 14th. I'll draw one random winner and post the winner on November 15th. (Oh, and in case you're wondering, you do not have to write middle-grade or YA to enter. I'll critique pretty much anything you want--though I'm *not* sure I'd be much help with a picture book)

But wait--there's more! (Heh--I LOVE when I get to channel my inner infomercial announcer).

I'm not the only one giving away a 25 page critique today. In fact, I've teamed up with FIVE other awesome writers (all of them WAY cooler than me) who are also giving away partial critiques!!! (Yeah...you're reading that right. This is a TREMENDOUS opportunity guys.)

So make sure you hop over to their blogs and enter for a chance to win their critique as well (I've turned their names into links so you can click right over). Look at the incredible talent participating:

P.J. (Tricia) Hoover: My lovely, fabulous, and adorable agent-in-law. Oh, and she's also the awesome writer behind The Forgotten Worlds books--and she's read some of my pages so I can personally attest to her incredible critiquing skillz. (Her and I also have way too much fun on Skype, though any shenanigans are completely HER fault. *adjusts halo* *bats eyelashes*). 

Elana Johnson: Query ninja, blogging extraordinaire and soon-to-be literary powerhouse, once her debut novel, Posession is released in 2011. She will whip your pages into shape like you wouldn't believe (speaking from personal experience here). She also may or may not be a cyborg--or has figured out a way to bend the space-time continuum, because I swear she has more hours in the day than the rest of us.



Lisa and Laura Roecker: Yes--THE LiLa, the geniuses behind The Liar Society, coming in 2011. So you get two sets of fabulous eyes on your draft for the price of one. And they are equally smart, talented, and awesome. Win and WIN. (Though many of us wonder if there really ARE two of them. I mean, has anyone *really* proven that "Laura" isn't just an actress hired by "Lisa" to cover for her during her maternity leave?)

Sarah Wylie: Yep, I'm sharing one of The Sara(h)s--which kills me because I rely way too heavily on this girl. Her talent is incredible, as you will all see in 2012 when her book, All These Lives debuts. So you can borrow her--but you can't have her! (Also--yes, that really is her in the picture. She *thought* she was all smart with her hiding all the pictures of herself online. But she forgot I knew where to find one. *evil laugh*)

So leave a comment here (please please please let there be some people who want this so I don't look pathetic) and then don't forget to hop over to all the other girls and enter over there too. 

Good luck--and Happy Monday!

**Oh, and sorry for no Marvelous Middle Grade Monday this week. I promise I'll make it up to you soon. PLUS, the lovely Shannon O'Donnell (who I tend to think of as "the better Shannon") has kindly taken up the reigns for me and done a Marvelous Middle Grade Monday Feature on her blog today (with a GIVEAWAY!). I highly recommend you hop over there and check it out. (And if anyone else has done one this week let me know and I will gladly add linkage. The more we can spread the word for Middle Grade, the better!)**

139 comments:

  1. Wow - Shannon you're so generous with your time. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  2. I know how important critiques can be, and I'd love to win. I follow through Google. Thanks!

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  3. This is so wonderful!! I would love to win! I'm in! Thanks.

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  4. Pick me! Pick me! I would so love the help. I could really use it.

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  5. Wow, your contests rock!! Thanks, and fingers crossed :-)

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  6. I would adore the opportunity!

    Thank you for the chance.

    DreamyCowgirl@hotmail.com

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  7. Please enter me. I'd love a critique. I already follow you.

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  8. I'm revising my MG novel in preparation for a query, and this would be incredibly helpful. Thanks for the opportunity, Shannon! (I'm a follower.)

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  9. I just entered on Elana's blog...I'm making my rounds! You ladies are *frawesome*!! Please enter me, and thanks for this!

    jmanni32@yahoo.com

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  10. Thanks for the opportunity! Just became a follower. Jennifer

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  11. What a great contest! How very generous of you!

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  12. Shannon, I'd love to win this! I have a middle-grade in revisions right now. --Deb

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  13. This is so awesome. You guys rock.
    This would be such a help.
    christine(dot)danek(at)verizon(dot)net
    Thanks.

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  14. A critique from you?? That's like the best prize ever! And I should know!

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  15. Oh, I so want this. Thanks for paying it forward! And I'm a follower.

    noveglgirl[at]gmail[dot]com

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  16. This is such an amazing opportunity! I'm so excited!!! Count me in! How cool to win it! I'm in revisions so this would be amazing!

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  17. Yet another reason why you lovely ladies are the queens of the writing world!

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  18. Nothing can beat this. A middle grade solidified author, critiquing my middle grade work. Please middle grade gods... grant me this.

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  19. such a great opportunity! thanks to all of you

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  20. Awesome contest! Please count me in!

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  21. Thanks so much for your awesomeness! Querying for only 2 weeks sounds great to me.

    Vicki

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  22. What a great idea! And you should underestimate yourself! :)

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  23. Awwww you are just too sweet and nice!! Ok, erm. May I add my name to the pot? Thank you! Take care
    x

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  24. *raises hand and waves like idiot* Oooo, pick me! Pick me!

    ...stupid randomizer...no extra points for making myself look like a moron (which is easier than you might think). Just kidding- thanks so much for the chance, Shannon :)

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  25. This is awesome and very generous of you. Thanks.

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  26. Yea! I love contests! Especially ones that loan you another brain.

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  27. Fun! Cool contest, I'd love to enter

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  28. You people are amazing. I'm SO glad I made it to work today and onto the blogosphere, this is such an awesome idea!

    You go girls!

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  29. I want it! I want it! Enter me, please. Such an awesome idea :)

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  30. Love, love, love the pay it forward plan. I think we all have the same neuroses that you have.
    Needless to say I'll take all the help I can get. Someday I hope to be able to pay it forward too :)

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  31. Thanks so much! I would love a critique.

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  32. Enter moi!

    lisa.aldin@gmail.com

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  33. Awesome contest. I'm a follower...and in need of a 25-page critique :-0

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  34. Would LOVE to win this. Thanks a ton! :)

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  35. I'd love a critique, and I'm already a follower.

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  36. I would be so stoked to win a critique from you! *crosses fingers*

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  37. Pick me! Pick me!

    Heck, I bet I've rewritten my first chapter more time than you (or JK Rowling for the first HP). ;)

    *rushes off to edit it again*

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  38. Ha ha ha! I'm laughing because I played a little email ping pong with Elana over the weekend. I'll be letting you in on the joke shortly.

    This is such an amazing opportunity! You guys are ALL so generous and helpful. Wow. Thanks!! :-)

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  39. I love how you guys give back to the writing community. I hope I can do the same if I ever get there.

    I'm totally a follower and now follow everyone else.

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  40. Um, don't enter me obviously, but these bios are hilarious! Although, I'm with you on this LiLa thing...*has* anyone proven it? Have they? #suspicious

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  41. You guys rock. What an incredible way to pay it forward. And now I've been introduced to Sarah. Thank you!

    karen.d.akins (a) gmail.com

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  42. I would love one! Thank you so much!
    brandileigh2003@yahoo.com

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  43. I am a follower and would love a critiiiquuee!!

    Av668772@wcupa.edu

    POR FAVOR ;]

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  44. You rock, Shannon! Thank you for being so generous. All of you!

    LiLa must have stand-in's for their Vlogs... Conspiricy!

    Hope your week is fabulous ;o)

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  45. I'm a follower. Pick me, pick me.:)

    Maribeth:)

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  46. I'm a new follower. I cam over from Elana's. This is so great of you five to do this!

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  47. You guys are all so awesome for doing this. I would love to be entered!

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  48. Woo hoo! What a great giveaway you ladies are hosting. Terrific to pay it forward. :)
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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  49. Yet again, you guys are all awesome in an epic way! Thanks!

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  50. I can always use free advice! Count me in.

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  51. One of these days I'm going to have something far enough along I'll be entering all of these critique contests! Since I'm not there yet...I just clicked through to say HA you got fifty some takers and it's not even lunchtime yet!

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  52. Just became a follower. Thanks for this!!

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  53. Wow! This is an AMAZING contest! Almost makes me scared to win and have someone who is as fabulous a writer as you are read my stuff. Either way, I'll be following your blog. :-D

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  54. What a great idea - not to mention, wonderful opportunity for whoever wins! Thanks for running this!

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  55. *sigh* I love you. LOL. Yes, I am THAT psyched. Thanks!

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  56. So awesome! Thanks for offering up your time to do this!

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  57. Thank you for paying it forward! Definitely enter me. I need more eyes on my MS.

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  58. An amazing contest to go with an awesome group of writers.

    Writers...group hug:)

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  59. Enter me, please! Such a great idea... love that you always think of others!

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  60. Shannon, you need never worry that we wouldn't want your awesome advice.

    Sign me up! Thanks for another awesome opportunity.

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  61. What a great opportunity! Love your blog and would be stoked to win a critique!

    Thanks!

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  62. My very loverly crit partner Melissa won a first chapter critique from you and I harbor intense jealousy about that...just kidding. Anyway, you're crazy to think no one would want to enter and even more awesome for doing it. *sigh* First, WriteOnCon then this. You all really are extraordinarily sweet! *hugs*

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  63. Haha, I see Tina entered! I've been telling her how awesome your crit was of my first chapter. It's soooo much better now:) Don't enter me, but I just wanted to say this is awesome!

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  64. Would love to enter, I am new at this and need any advise I can get.

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  65. I follow you. :) Thanks for your generosity! :D

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  66. I love your pay-it-forward attitude. Please count me in.

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  67. Wow, what a great oppotunity! Thanks! :D

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  68. What a generous idea. Count me in.

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  69. Nice halo, Shannon! We have to Skype soon :)

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  70. Just clicked over from LiLa's blog. So nice to find a new blog to follow. :D

    I'd love to receive a critique from you. Enter me!

    smilerjg (at) gmail (dot) com

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  71. Hey! It's my birthday!
    How's that for a guilt-inducing comment?

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  72. This is the best give-a-way EVER!!! Thank you so much! It amazes all the time at how much you and the others do for us.

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  73. Indeed a happy Monday! Thanks for the opportunity! :)

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  74. Of course this would be amazing. I need all the help I can get, as I'm sure others think as well. haha :)

    -Lauren
    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

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  75. This is an amasing giveaway! I think you have just made all our dreams come true for the is nothing better than some expert advice.

    Thanks

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  76. This is an amazing opportunity. I'd love to win. I'm a new follower. :)
    Lyn

    lynfaw (at) gmail (dot) com
    W.I.P. It: A Writer's Journey

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  77. You ladies keep bringing the awesome!
    I'm in (and I'm a follower!).

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  78. Hey, Shannon! I think a critique from you would be AWESOME. So. Yes. Definitely count me in. :)

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  79. Wow, this is a great giveaway! You guys are awesome.

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  80. This is awesome! Thanks for the opportunity!

    alisonmiller20@gmail.com

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  81. Not want you to read for me? Crazy girl. I'd LOVE for you to critique my first 25 pages. (and it looks like you have many folks dying for the same thing! yay!)

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  82. Count me in too. I'm a new follower. Thank you!

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  83. Love this idea. Thanks for having a great contest.

    I am now following.

    J

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  84. This is one of the awesomest contest ever. Thanks for hosting it! :)

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  85. As if anyone could possibly resist such a GREAT opportunity!! My first chapter is the devil - help! New follower here (Hi, Shannon - I'm Donea!) And I'd love to be entered for this. Thank you! :)

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  86. You only queried for two weeks before you landed an agent? You go, girl. That is awesome!

    And of course, count me in for the giveaway. And thank you for being so generous!

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  87. Yes! Yes! Please enter me. I'd love to win a partial.

    This is very generous of you, Shannon.

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  88. Thank you for offering this contest!
    Lauren

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  89. Hey, what a great contest. Thanks for offering this. Count me in.

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  90. Glad to see you doing this again! Please enter me.

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  91. You ladies are awesomesauce! Thanks for sharing your timing!

    I'm a follower!

    taffy.lovell@gmail.com

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  92. What a fantastic competition, thank you!

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  93. I love that you want to give back so much :)

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  94. Thanks for the opportunity. I'm a follower, so please enter me in the awesome contest.

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  95. I just wanted to say that I love your pay it forward attitude. I don't think any of us would be where we are now if it wasn't for the help and knowledge-sharing of others. It feels great to give back.

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

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  96. Seriously guys, best giveaway ever!!!
    I am a follower!

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  97. I would love a critique of my MG fantasy. Thanks for the contest!

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  98. of COURSE we all want your crit, Shannon! You have the most amazing give-aways!

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  99. This is such a great idea! Thanks to all the ladies offering critiques! I hope I win one!

    Cassandra

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  100. So much wonderfulness!
    Please please :)

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  101. I have been missing out by being unaware of your blog, Shannon. But no longer! From this moment on, I am a devoted follower. (And a praying man, that the stars will be in alignment.)

    My verification word is "judgem." Could this be a sign?

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  102. I'm sure I have ZERO shot at winning but hey, I'll give it a try :)

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  103. This is a great contest. Thanks for paying it forward and helping us improve our craft.

    Laurie

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  104. I so want this. Thanks for the great offer!!

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  105. Wow, this sounds like a great opportunity. So glad I didn't make it too late!

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  106. Great! I am spreading the word about writeoncon : )

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  107. I'm following and commenting! How fun!

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  108. Count me in. I need as much help as I can get!

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  109. Thanks for the awesome contest!
    Jennifer
    jenross(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  110. awesome! I'd love to win this :-)

    sarah.nicolas.ya at gmail dot com

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  111. Hi,

    I'm currently editing a Novel and I would love a comment for the first few chapters.

    Thanks
    Linda

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  112. Been busy and almost missed this!!! Yes, please to enter my name in this most generous contest.

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  113. Can I just say "please count me in" and ya'll rock!

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  114. Thank you so much for doing this. Please enter me!

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  115. Thank you so much for doing this. Please enter me!

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  116. Agg! I did not mean to "stuff the box" - somehow my comment got entered twice. Please delete one (and this one) before doing the drawing. Sorry!!

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  117. I might be the last to enter, but that doesn't mean I have less of a chance, right?!

    I'm hoping that if I win a crit, it will inspire me to start working on my novel again. Le sigh. (#insertpregnancyasexcusehere)

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  118. I would LOVE to be entered. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

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  119. So very awesome! Thanks for entering me.

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  120. Thanks for the opportunity! Yay, middle grade!

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  121. WOW, look at how many comments there are! You guys are fantastic for "paying it forward" and I'd definitely like to be entered please. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Lynsey(AT)narrativelyspeaking(DOT)com

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  122. Ohh, this is awesome, Shannon, sign me up! :)

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  123. Wow this would be awesome! I'm in!! :)

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  124. Great contest prize! I would love to win!

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  125. Wonderful idea! I'm in like Flynn! Thank you for being part of this and for paying it forward. Really hope I get the chance to do the same someday.

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  126. Gah - just squeezed in last minute! And I can really use the read-through.

    As far as critiquing others, if it's short, I get into the language, but if it's longer, I talk about character development and what I see as weak and strong...

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  127. I would love this opportunity. Thank you for your generosity.

    wickedmoxie@gmail.com

    :) Michelle

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  128. What an awesome idea! I love that you guys are so generous with your time :)

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Yay-I love comments! Thank you so much! (But please remember to keep your comments spoiler-free. Also, I try to keep this a happy, positive place. Friendly debate is fine, but always be kind to each other). <3