I’ve been a bad blogger lately—but it’s because we’ve been working hard behind the scenes on some exciting stuff, like the official announcement below about how you might rope yourself a free critique of the crucial first 1,000 words of your manuscript. (Rumor has it we might also have a WD superblog in the works. More details on that later.)
Also, thank you for all the excellent ideas for WD magazine’s 2012 editorial calendar. I’m going to box them up and take them to our big brainstorm next week. (And as for our random subscription drawing, the commenters were placed into the Promptly hat, and Jin Kaps’ name emerged—Jin, can you shoot an e-mail to me at email@example.com with “Promptly” in the subject line, and we’ll work out the details?)
A regular Promptly weekend prompt follows below.
Happy writing this weekend. It’s novel-editing time for me.
You Could Be Chosen to Get an Agent Critique & See Your Work in Writer’s Digest
Among the most popular events at writing conferences today are “Why I Stopped Reading” panels, in which brave attendees offer up the opening pages of their manuscripts to participating literary agents, who then read them aloud and explain when and why they would likely lose interest (or, with any luck, not!). The agents follow this with a brief critique of constructive advice for the writer and for the others in attendance to learn by example.
We’re excited to have an opportunity to translate this experience to the pages of Writer’s Digest magazine, thanks to superstar agent Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency—and, with any luck, a little help from you.
Here’s how it will work:
HOW TO SUBMIT: We’re looking for writers willing to submit their work to be considered for a free agent critique in the pages of WD. To volunteer, submit the first 1,000 words of your novel manuscript in the body of an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “First Page Critiques” in the subject line. You must include your name, mailing address and e-mail address to be eligible, but if you’d prefer for your work to be anonymously attributed should it be chosen to appear in print, simply write “PLEASE WITHHOLD NAME” next to your name at the top of your manuscript. Select entries will be chosen by Kristin Nelson to excerpt and critique in Writer’s Digest. IMPORTANT: By submitting your work, you are consenting to have it published alongside an agent’s critique in the pages of Writer’s Digest and Writer’s Digest publications. (Your manuscript excerpt may be edited for space.) Of course, you will retain the copyright and all other rights to your work.
WHAT YOU’LL GET: A small selection of manuscript excerpts will be chosen by literary agent Kristin Nelson to receive an honest, personalized critique in the pages of Writer’s Digest, in which will share her professional assessment of the opening pages of your manuscript as if it were a submission crossing her desk. She’ll explain what might entice an agent or editor to read further, and what might stall your submission’s chances before it starts, so that you can use her feedback to make your submission even stronger. You’ll also receive two copies of the issue in which the critique appears. Selected writers will be notified by June 30, 2011. All other submissions will be discarded.
DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 22
WRITING PROMPT: Recipient Ruckus
free to take the following prompt home or post a
response (500 words or fewer, funny, sad or stirring) in the Comments
By posting, you’ll be automatically entered in our
occasional around-the-office swag drawings.
you’re having trouble with the
captcha code sticking, e-mail your piece and the prompt to me at
email@example.com, with “Promptly” in the subject line, and I’ll
make sure it gets up.
It all started when you accidentally sent the message (text message, e-mail, phone call) to the wrong person—the worst person it could have gone to.
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