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! 😀
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 “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.)