|Do you dream about writing and selling a book? Do you fantasize about your life as a successful writer? Do you wish you could take a great writing course like Your Fantasy Novel – Start to Finish in One Year with P. June Diehl but can’t quite come up with the tuition? We’re certain that 2011 will be an excellent year filled with great opportunities, plenty of publications, and realized dreams! To start things off, we’ve got a contest for you!The Win a Free Scholarship Contest to Your Fantasy Novel – Start to Finish in One Year with P. June Diehl is just what you need to make your dreams come true.Entering the contest is simple.
First, write the opening scene of a fantasy story (1000 words or less) using the following first lines as your prompt:
Jaz glanced into the semi dark alley after escaping from her BMW. Drat. Zombies. Not what she needed at the moment. How would she explain this to her new boyfriend?…
Second, complete your contest submission with a personal statement (200 word or less) explaining your strategy for success in 2011 and why you should win the scholarship.
Third, check your entry for any personally identifying details and remove them.
Fourth, submit your completed entry here
Don’t wait to long to enter! The contest is limited to the first 25 entries! So enter now!
First Place Winner: 12 mo. paid tuition in Your Fantasy Novel – Start to Finish in One Year with P. June Diehl
Second Place Winner: $25 workshop gift certificate for use on SavvyAuthors.com
Third Place Winner: $15 workshop gift certificate for use on SavvyAuthors.com
1. One entry per person.
2. Anyone may enter this contest who is over the age of 18, regardless of Savvy Authors membership status.
3. Opening Scene Entry must be 1000 words or less and can be a full or partial scene.
4. Opening Scene Entry must use the lines listed above, but does not have to be from a completed manuscript nor the manuscript you’ll work on in the SavvyU course if you win.
5. Reason for Winning entry must be 200 words or less and should explain why you deserve to win a place in P. June’s class.
6. All entries will be judged by P.June Diehl.
7. Judging criteria will be based 50% on submitted scene (originality, voice and crafting) and 50% on included 200 word scholarship essay. Entries are sent “blind” to Ms. Diehl for judging and do not contain any personal information. Judging is solely done by Ms. Diehl and is entirely subjective. There is no official scoresheet.
8. Please remove all personal details from your contest entries!
WHEN: January 15, 2011 (THIS IS THE DEADLINE!)
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December 27, 2010
December 20, 2010
Last time we looked into rewriting and recreating your manuscript as you move through the revision process. You might want to send this revision back to your writing group for feedback and revise from this critique round. After you’ve made all your revisions, you sail into the final part of the writing process – formatting the final manuscript.
Catching the idea
Evaluating the idea
Growing the idea
Reading the draft
Re-vision and self-editing
Critique group feedback
Rewriting or recreating
[GO TO Critique group feedback, if needed]
Finally! You’ve completed the revision process and you’re ready to format your final manuscript. Congratulations! You reached the final stage of your writing process. You can type “THE END” on your final page.
There are plenty of articles and books available to show you how to format your manuscript in getting it ready to sent out to publishers or agents.
The biggest trick here is to made sure that you follow the submission guidelines for each agent and publisher. They might have slightly different requirements than what you’re read. (And I’m NOT going to summarize those formatting requirements.)
At this time you should also have your writing group critique your query letter and synopsis, if you have not already done so. And you may find that some agents and publishers might want other information, like a marketing plan or back cover blurb or a book teaser or tagline. Be ready to give them anything they want. And remember that you can have your writing group critique any of this also.
Each time you get ready to submit your manuscript, double check the formatting requirements and the other pieces of the submission package that are required by the publisher or agent. Some publishers no longer require a query letter, but they are probably in the minority. More and more, I’m seeing requests for marketing or promotional plans.
Make a list of agents and/or publishers and decide the order in which you’re going to send out your finalized manuscript. Some people suggest that you send out multiple submissions at one time, even if the publisher or agent request this not be done. You make your decision and go for it. One hundred million percent. This is your time to be sending out, sending out, sending out.
Have a plan in mind and go for it. Keep a list of agents and publishers, when you sent out your manuscript, when you expect to hear back, and the outcome of each submission. You might want to track other information, such as how much you sent if you used snail mail and other associated costs.
No matter how many rejections you get, KEEP SENDING OUT YOUR MANUSCRIPT.
This is the end of your writing process journey, and the beginning of a new and even more exciting journey. Are you ready?
Question for today: When you have finalized your manuscript, what is your submission PLAN?