Scrivathon: 51,649 words $3115 in 24 hours for Syria Relief

24 hours to write as many words as possible and fundraise for Syria Relief-that was our goal. We finished sprinting, and as a team we raised $3115 for Syria Relief and wrote 40,349 words. A fantastic result all around. Everyone who made this happen should be very proud of their efforts. The wonderful sponsors who generously donated amazing prizes. All those who donated their time and money to help support the event. And our wonderful team members who fundraised. These are:

  • Adele Buck
  • Alexandria Sturtz
  • Christina Dwivedi
  • Dante Medema
  • Erin Cosyn
  • Kim Cohen
  • Lyla Lawless
  • Maria Guglielmo
  • Morgan Hazelwood
  • Nola Sarina
  • Racquel Kechagias
  • Sara Mortensen
  • The Winged Pen

Our two top fundraisers were Maria Guglielmo and Morgan Hazelwood raising a whopping $725 and $700 respectively.

I cafe hopped as I wrote, visiting 5 different cafes and restaurants over 14 hours, heading home for the final stretch. A fun caffeine fuelled day.

And here are the winners of our raffle prizes!

  • Query and first five pages critique from literary agent Beth Phelan won by Jay Perin
  • A spot at Story Masters, a 4 day workshop with Donald Maas, Christopher Vogler, and James Scott Bell from Free-Expressions (travel and accommodation and other costs not included) won by Brooke Hartman.
  • 3 chapter edit from editor Katelyn Uplinger won by Maria Guglielmo
  • 50 page edit from editor Kellie Doherty won by Joseph Layden
  • 50 page edit from author Dana Alison Levy won by Ben Langhinrichs
  • One month’s book coaching with author and editor Tiffany Hoffman won by Sara Mikulic
  • Ten page critique from author Maria Guglielmo won by Matt Mutshnick
  • Five page critique from author Brenda Drake won by Candace Davenport
  • Scrivener Mac won by Barbara Penner
  • Scrivener Windows won by Vicki Weevil
  • Five page critique from author Suzanne Purvis won by Lori Fulton
  • 3 three chapter edit from Author Accelerator won by Candace Davenport, Matt Mutshnick, and Marsha Wallace
  • Plot Consultation with Rebecca Petruck won by Christina Dwivedi
  • Query and first page critique from The Winged Pen won by Matt Mutshnick

All winners have been notified by email. If you haven’t received your prize details, please get in touch!

Milestones Matter!

I read this wonderful thread on Twitter from Julia Brandt. She’s inspired me to live a little more in the moment. I tend to downplay achievements, and hold off on celebrations. I am queen of delayed reaction. Because life and adulting get in the way, often the celebration gets left by wayside. So these are things I’m celebrating!

I was a finalist in the Colorado Gold contest, and while I was pretty disappointed not to place in the top three, I am pretty chuffed I made it to the top 5 in a category that wasn’t a perfect fit (Speculative Fiction for my Urban Fantasy).

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The sting of not placing the Colorado Gold contest was soothed by winning first place in the RWA Indiana Golden Opportunities contest. WHOOHOOO!! A nice grown up dinner out on Thursday will be the perfect celebration.

I’m also almost finished rewrites on my MS–I completely reworked the plot thanks to some invaluable insight from Rebecca Petruck. Half is already with my editor… next half coming up this week. I’m excited and stoked.

Celebrating the little wins feels really good. 🙂 My new motto: Milestones matter!

Just as every mother needs a wife, every writer needs one too

Amy Poehler acknowledges the universal truth that every mother needs a wife–a person who supports, encourages, and empowers (be it a babysitter, a nanny, family, friends, or husband) who enables the mother to work and fulfil personal goals.

The same is true for writers. But for writers, our wives are critique partners, beta readers, and editors. It is so difficult to be objective about one’s own work. We are too close. We have our own insecurities that often have nothing to do with a reader’s experience of our work. So the best way to strengthen our weaknesses is to identify them. The best way to do that? Feedback. Absolutely invaluable.

If you’re a writer and are looking for feedback, Scrivathon raffle prizes have a number of excellent critique prizes. A donation is all it takes to enter the raffle, and you could win a chance to take your manuscript from pretty good to shiny agent ready awesome. Some of these prizes have ZERO entries–so your chances of winning a valuable editing package are very high! Go on, enter. And see where your writing can take you! 😀

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The writers at The Winged Pen have generously offered their time and expertise for a number of critique packages:

ENTER HERE with code “Winged Pen Query & 1st Page” for a chance to win one of TWO query and first page critique from The Winged Pen’s contributors

ENTER HERE with code “WP 1st Page Crit” for a chance to win one of FIVE first page crits from one of Laurel Decher, Gita Trelease, Halli Gomez, Jessica Vitalis, and Kristi Wientge

ENTER HERE with code “Winged Pen Query & 1st Page” for a chance to win one of TWO query and first page critique, from either Gabrielle Byrne or from Julie Artz.

And to round up the other editing and crit packages available, here they are:

ENTER HERE with code “BP-Q5” for a chance to win a query and first five pages critique from literary agent Beth Phelan. Yes, that Beth Phelan. Of #DVpit fame.

ENTER HERE with code “KU-3CH” for a chance to win a 3 chapter edit from editor Katelyn Uplinger.

ENTER HERE with code “KD-50” for a chance to win a 50 page edit from editor Kellie Doherty.

ENTER HERE with code “DAL-50” for a chance to win a 50 page edit from author Dana Alison Levy.

ENTER HERE with code “TH-1M” for a chance to win one month’s book coaching with author and editor Tiffany Hoffman

ENTER HERE with code “MG-10CRIT” for a chance to win a ten page critique from author Maria Guglielmo.

ENTER HERE with code “BD5CRIT” for a chance to win a five page critique from author Brenda Drake.

ENTER HERE with code “SP5CRIT” for a chance to win a five page critique from author Suzanne Purvis. (I’ve taken classes from Suzanne Purvis, and she has a keen and excellent eye. Great opportunity here for some excellent insight).

ENTER HERE with code “3CH AA” for a chance to win one of 3 three chapter edits from Author Accelerator that includes: an evaluation of up to 30 pages, feedback in 2-3 weeks with in-line comments, a summary of strengths/weaknesses, and those all important suggestions for next steps. Value $135.

ENTER HERE with code “RP PLOT CONSULTATION” for a chance to win Author Rebecca Petruck’s Plot Consultation that includes: a review of your story’s plot chart and/or synopsis of up to 5 double-spaced pages, mark-up copy, and follow-up with 1-hour phone Skype call. Value $150. (I’ve also been fortunate enough to have had a plot consultation with Rebecca. If you are stuck on your plot, if something feels meh, or off, Rebecca is amazing.)

Structure Plotter/Detail Pantser

My secret weapon for Nano is my three act eight sequence plot chart–something that gives me a structure to write within, but also allows freedom for my pantser heart to dance and sing. Head on over to Operation Awesome for my guest post showing you how to put together your own outline.

I put the wrong link for my DIYMFA guest post earlier, but that’s been fixed now.  If you want to head there, here’s the correct link.

PRIZE DRAW: 3 Chapter Edit from Katelyn Uplinger

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ENTER HERE with code “KU-3CH” for a chance to win a 3 chapter edit up to 35 pages from editor Katelyn Uplinger.

This is for authors who want someone to look over their first chapter. Katelyn will use Track Changes and give you an editorial letter, addressing setting to dialogue tags. This is a good way to get a feel for any weaknesses and to strengthen them in your manuscript.

The draw will close at 11:59pm on the 12 November 2016. Winners will be announced on the blog and on Twitter. Good luck!

PRIZE DRAW: One Month’s Writer’s Coaching from Tiffany Hoffman

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One month of writer’s coaching by Tiffany Hoffman, FicFest khaleesi and editor. Including: editing 10k words on any cat/genre manuscript, 1 query critique, and weekly coaching via Skype for writing, querying, editing, and all things writing. Value $150

ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN HERE.

The draw will close at 11:59pm on the 12 November 2016. Winners will be announced on the blog and on Twitter. Good luck!

Interview with A.Y. Chao on Scrivathon 2016

With one month to go til the Scrivathon, we’re getting everything ready. Testing out the word count application, and I’ll be putting up the rest of the raffle prizes over the weekend.
Meanwhile some awesome Scrivathoners are blogging about Scrivathong. Here Hoda interviews me about the event for her blog.

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I had the chance to interview Alice on the upcoming Scrivathon. She tells me all about the event, and how to participate in the charity word sprint.

1. Hi, Alice. Thank you so much for doing this. Can you tell us about Scrivathon and when it’s taking place?

Alice : Scrivathon is a 24 hour write-athon, open to everyone who wants to join. For those who wish to support Syria Relief, our chosen charity, we have a fundraising team on www.justgiving.com/teams/scrivathon. Individuals can create their own fundraising page and link it to the team page so that their total contributes to the event total.  

For those who would simply like to donate, we have a dedicated donation page here: www.justgiving.com/scrivathon and a have a host of incredible raffle prizes so anyone who would like to donate can enter for a chance to win.  

The Scrivathon takes place wherever…

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Can I just say, writers rock. ❤️

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We have an incredible community. I mentioned this before about Pitch Wars, those amazing people who were willing to help total strangers with their writing. Everywhere I turn there is an abundance of goodwill and sheer awesomeness. And when I put the call out for Scrivathon raffle prizes, the community did not disappoint.

I want to hug every single one of our generous sponsors. They are amazing. The prizes they’ve donated are INCREDIBLE! I’ve listed them below, and there are still more to come. Keep an eye on the blog and on the twitter hashtag #scrivprize4sr for the rafflecopter raffle prizes. Some are live already, the rest will go live over the next couple of weeks.

All the raffle draws you can enter now are listed here. To enter, follow the instructions in the rafflecopter link on the blog post of each prize. Each donation to justgiving.com/scrivathon is eligible for one prize draw entry. You can make as many donations as you wish. Every dollar is appreciated.

Blog Hop

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To get to know each other, and learn more about Scrivathon and our charity Syria Relief, we are doing a Scrivathon Blog Hop and visiting fellow Scrivathoners. Check them out below!

Gurpreet Sihat || Hoda Agharazi || Deborah Crossland Maroulis || Morgan Hazelwood || Dante Medema || Miranda Burski || Maria Guglielmo || K.J. Harrowick || Rochelle Karina || Adele Buck

If you’d like to join the fun, send me an email (aychao[at]aychao[dot]com).

Raffle Prize List

And without further ado, here are our fabuddabulous raffle prizes thus far:

Plot consultation by author Rebecca Petruck

Query + first 5 pages critique (MG, YA, or Adult CR) by literary agent Beth Phelan

5 page critique by Suzanne Purvis, author & writing teacher.

5 page critique by Brenda Drake, author & Pitch Wars founder.

10 page critique by Maria Guglielmo, author and surgeon.

3 chapter edit by editor Katelyn Uplinger

50 page edit by editor and author Kellie Doherty

50 page edit by author Dana Alison Levy

THREE x “3 chapter edits” by Author Accelerator, home to Lisa Cron’s Story Genius.

One month of writer’s coaching by Tiffany Hoffman, editor and FicFest founder  (includes: editing for 10k words on any cat/genre manuscript, 1 query crit, and weekly coaching via Skype for writing, querying, editing, and all things writing)

6-month subscription to Angela Ackerman’s One Stop For Writers

Signed copy of A Year and a Day, Isabelle Broom’s new release.

Signed copy of Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake.

Signed copy of Finding Hekate by Kellie Doherty

Signed copy of Crown of Ice by Vicki L Weavil (U.S. and Canada only).

Signed ARC of This Would Make A Good Story Someday by Dana Alison Levy

A copy of The Novel Planner, a daily planner for writers by author and writing coach Kristen Kiefer (U.S. only)

THREE x signed copies of The Crime Writer by Jill Dawson

$10 Amazon voucher

TWO x Scrivener downloads (one Mac licence and one Windows licence) from Literature and Latte

Three x Save the Cat! Story Structure downloads from Save the Cat!

A spot on Story Masters, a 4 day workshop with the “Three Tenors” of story: Donald Maas, Christopher Vogler, and James Scott Bell 11-14 May 2017 in Toronto, Canada. From Free-Expressions

….and more to come. Keep an eye on the blog and on the twitter hashtag #scrivprize4sr for the rafflecopter raffle prizes.

PRIZE DRAW: Scrivener (Windows) for your Desktop

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Serious writers use serious apps. Scrivener is one of the best out there. This prize is a voucher for a regular licence for Scrivener for Windows desktop. Please note that the voucher is platform-specific and cannot be redeemed against purchase of a licence for an alternative platform.  Value $40. Click here for the Mac version.

ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN HERE.

The draw will close at 11:59pm on the 12 November 2016. Winners will be announced on the blog and on Twitter. Good luck!