We have semi-finalists! Each semi-finalist will have their own post, so scroll down and view each one. Please feel free to comment on the entries’ posts (be nice in your critiques). I have to say that the writing and stories were so fantabulous it was hard to decide. I hope you got enough critiques during the blogfest to determine if your characters’ voices matched their ages. Thank you to everyone for being so kind. I love this community, you all are so helpful and generous!
How it went down yesterday…
The three judges met at my home for a lunch of pancetta pasta, salad, red-velvet cupcakes, and triple chocolate hot cocoa. Yum! With full bellies, we played the game Can We Guess Your Character’s Age? I’d read an excerpt aloud and each judge wrote down the age they felt the character was on a dry erase board. When we had finished, the judges had successfully guessed ages for thirty-five entries.
The next round was now about what voices matched the age the best. Enter my wonderful writing buddy, Erica M. Chapman who read late into the night to help me pick the top twenty. Thanks, Erica, you are so beyond awesome! (Please note: This contest wasn’t about perfect grammar but about voice.)
I’m happy to leave the final decision to our wonderful judge …
is an editor, literary agent assistant, writer, blogger, journalist, Brazilian, insomniac and word nerd. In addition to being an Associate Editor at Turquoise Morning Press and an assistant at a major New York-based literary agency, she works independently to offer editing and consulting for authors. Her work is to make manuscripts shine! Check out her reasonable editorial and consultant rates here
. She’s simply great! Now, I wish I could enter *pouts*.
Follow her blog, it has some great information!
And, of course, we have prizes …
1st place – Edit of first 30 pages + 25% off any services they want to hire
2nd place – Edit of first 20 pages + 20% off any services
3rd place – Edit of first 10 pages + 15% off
If you’re not already following Gabi on twitter or her blog, please do – she’s aAHmazing!!!!!
What did you learn from participating in this contest?
Check back in a few days for the winners! I’ll be drawing names from the linky list of participants for door prizes.