Tuesday, March 29, 2005

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24 comments:

Kristen J said...

I love this idea! However, I write children's books. Any idea about where I could find a similar resource for my age group? Thanks! :)

abenning said...

Wow! This is a great opportunity. Thanks so much!

Mystery Robin said...

Can I ask a probably stupid question? When you say "word count" are you referring to the words of the sample (which should be around 250) or the word count of the manuscript? And if it's the manuscript, does that mean that you only want to see 250 words of a completed manuscript?

Thanks!

suzie townsend said...

@mystery I only want to see 250 words. I recommend you finishing the ms first since this will be more helpful if you know you're not going to throw out these pages later. I would like to know the word count of your ms when you submit because then if your pages are good but your word count is off, I can let you know.

Josin L. McQuein said...

Gah! I couldn't find the side bar info earlier, so, of course, I screwed up my submission.

*snarl*
*growl*
*wail*
*flail*
*kicks self*

I hope it's okay that I resent per the specifications once I figured out where they were.

Justin Sloan said...

Can I submit a second entry? Thank you for the great opportunity either way!

erica and christy said...

I know my hotmail account normally goes to spam. So could you please check your spam?? I'm a real person, I swear!! (my gmail is my blog account and doesn't have my real name on it and...well, I haven't fixed it yet).

Jennifer said...

Can we submit less than 250 words?

J. L. Jackson said...

Thank you for the opportunity! This is a wonderful blog.

Lynn(e) said...

@Josin L. McQuein
I totally did the same thing. Good to know I'm not the only one :)

Becky Wallace said...

@ Lynne and Josin: Ditto. OOPS!!

sbjames said...

@Becky, @Lynne @Josin
I'm with ya. I came over off a tweet and jumped the gun too.

suzie townsend said...

@Kristen J--If you're writing middle grade or YA, we can look at that. For picture books or chapter books, you'll have to google around.

@Josin @Lynn(e) and @Becky and @sbjames--Don't worry! I totally kept that in mind that early submission might have missed the guidelines and/or resent.

@Justin--You're welcome to resubmit, but keep in mind at the end of day one I had over 330 submissions. Not every first page is going to get critiqued.

@erica and christy--spam checked. Don't worry.

@Jennifer--sure.

writequest said...

Oops! I did the same as @Josin @Lynn(e) and @Becky and @sbjames. Sorry. Just resent. Thanks for the opportunity.
Joanna

Jodi R. said...
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Jodi R. said...

So, what happens next? (Really excited to see this in action!)

Over 300 the first day? Yikes!
Thanks so much for doing this -
Jodi

Miranda White said...

I have a question... once our first page has been critiqued, are we allowed to revise and resend? I know you guys are probably super busy already, so I wouldn't be surprised if that's a no, but just wondering. :)

suzie townsend said...

@Miranda--Yes!

Ms. Snip said...

Do we put the title/word count/genre info at the start? Should we include a query, or just the info and the first 250?

suzie townsend said...

@Ms. Snip--Yes, that'd be great!

Roselyn said...

How does one find the site where you've posted the latest excerpts and their critiques?

I sent an email with my first page, and would like to check if it gets selected.

Thanks for doing this...
Roselyn Teukolsky

anonymous said...

I submitted my first page shooter back in april, and while I'm really enjoying the posts, I no longer want mine to be considered. Are we allowed to retract our submissions? I know you already have hundreds to consider.

carrieannebrownian said...

I also submitted mine in April, and since rewrote the opening and moved the information in the original opening paragraphs to later in the first chapter. Could we resubmit, just in case ours are among those that are chosen?

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