With a Little Help From My Friends

Never say that this dudette don’t meet her deadlines, ayuh.  With a little help from the Great Pumpkin, a ridiculously damaging October snowstorm, and a wonderful husband who knows when I need to ignore him for a while…I’ve done it. I’ve survived the second major revision of last year’s NaNoWriMo novel. Now I need your help. My book is far from perfect, but I’ve rewritten so much of it that I can’t distinguish between storylines that are, were, and might have been. I need detailed constructive criticism, and I’m not above offering bribes to get it.  Here’s a look at what all I’m asking you to read:

Autumn’s Daughter

Niamh Brennan is changing into…something. Something that can incinerate objects with a glance, move objects with a thought, inadvertently dematerialize a moving vehicle, and that’s not even the half of it. When Niamh’s sister Birdy is kidnapped by an entity no one else can even see, Niamh and her best friend plunge into a strange world of magic and theoretical physics to rescue her. In pursuit of the missing girl, Niamh discovers that she is more deeply connected than she could have imagined to the politics and scheming of a not-as-mythical-as-she-thought people who call themselves the Sidhe.

Edit My Book Fast Contest Extravaganza!

To enter:

1. Email me at the following address: write2mwauthor@gmail.com with the subject line “I want to rip your manuscript into tiny pieces to make it better, for reals.”

2. Receive a reply from me containing a checklist of feedback I’m looking for and Word document attachment.

3. Email me again when I inevitably forget to attach the attachment.

4. Read my checklist, then read my book.

5. Make no less than 30 comments, changes, and/or suggestions using the comments and “track changes” features on Word or Open Office. If you don’t track it, I might not be able to find it to count it towards your total.

6. Save your copy and email it as an attachment back to me.

Grand Prize (first five valid responses)

> 1 batch of homemade cookies (chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, or snickerdoodles, your choice, and please don’t neglect to mention any food allergies if you win)

> Custom-designed mug sweater (they’re cute and they keep your tea warm!)

> Mention on my “Thanks” page when I eventually get published

> My eternal gratitude

Awesome Prize (next five valid responses)

> Custom-designed mug sweater (they’re cute and they keep your coffee warm!)

> Mention on my “Thanks” page when I eventually get published

> My eternal gratitude

Not Too Shabby Prize (any other valid responses)

> Mention on my “Thanks” page when I eventually get published

> My eternal gratitude

Bonus Prize for Artists!

If you’re and my book inspires you to draw anything from it, I would LOVE to see what you do. If you send me art based on my book (along with your permission to put it on my blog), I would be delighted to share it with my readers and link the post to your web presence.

I am heading into NaNoWriMo as of now and I still have a mountain of Christmas knitting to accomplish, so this contest will remain open at least until December 16th, longer if I have not received ten valid responses. One week after I announce the close of the contest, I will announce the winners. Prizes will be sent out by the end of January.

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