Posted by Angela Ackerman
Seriously, look at those numbers: 802 followers. Over 200,000 page views.
What that 802 number really means to me is this--802 spectacular people have been kind enough to visit The Bookshelf Muse and like it enough to hang out for a spell. 802 incredible writers, educators and publishing industry professionals who all so generously believe in sharing knowledge, learning together and helping each other succeed. 802 people who, while working toward similar goals, have enriched my own experience beyond words, along with all the other great visitors who come here, day after day.
How great do I feel to be a part of the blogging community? Pretty darn great. I cannot underscore how much I have learned from all of your blogs or how much I appreciate everyone who spends time here, sharing their thoughts, encouragement and wisdom. I started blogging two and a half years ago, totally clueless, believing that maybe there would be a handful or two of people who might find my ramblings useful. How shocking to reach this milestone, and know that more lies ahead.
I hope that as The Bookshelf Muse continues to grow, that many more friends will share the journey. I am a firm believer that none of us reach publication alone, and I am honored to be able to have such fine folks to share the road with.
So to celebrate, how about a contest? :)
The Prizes? I like the numbers 2 and 8 today, yanno?
2 First Page Critiques (approx 250 words) Analysis of your hook, introduction of characters, setting and events. If you want an agent or editor to keep reading, you need a perfect first page.
2 Five Page In line Critiques (approx 1250 words) I tooth-comb your first 5, honing in on your characters, set up, description and pacing. I will also slice and dice as needed.
2 Mystery Prizes (might be a book, might be a gift card, might be something else...you won't know until you see it in your mailbox).
2 Full Manuscript Evaluations. (max WC 100,000) Yes, you read right. Two. Of. Them, thanks to Paul W. Hankins, who helped answer my challenge and became my 800th follower before hitting 200,000.
I will read your book, and provide several pages of my thoughts on characters, plot, dialogue, voice, pacing, plot, resolution, description, emotions, sub plots, tension, believability, logic, etc. The draft must be complete and clean (minimal typo/grammar issues). I'll read first drafts on this if the winners want me to, but the more developed the book is, likely the more my critique will help you.
What you have to do to win:
--Be a Follower
--Comment with a link to one of your favorite writing blogs that you can't live without (it can't be mine or yours)
--Optional: Pass on the word. Hey, as always I appreciate everyone who spreads the word about The Bookshelf Muse on writing forums, Twitter, Face Book, critique groups and email, and I hope you'll continue to as long as you find the content helpful. But I won't chase you down and beat you with a stick if you don't, lol. This contest is my thanks to you, simple as that!
Have a great one! Contest closes Wednesday, June 16th. I'm looking forward to seeing the sites you link to and I hope people reading this post will visit them as well. Let's spread the love around, because this blog community is something to be celebrated.