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Grand Prize: A free edit, your choice from
1. Full-service editing (from punctuation to big-picture content) on one manuscript up to 15,000 words.

2. Line edits (punctuation, usage suggestions) on one manuscript up to 25,000 words. These are the issues which might lead an acquisitions editor to turn down a good story. The need for extensive line edits slows the editing process and pushes out your release date if they contract your story. When comparing two fairly equal stories, an editor will generally choose the one that needs less work.

3. Big-picture edits (content, pacing, characterization, etc.) on one manuscript up to 60,000 words. These are the key points an acquisitions editor focuses on for rating your story. If it’s good enough an editor will overlook issues with your writing mechanics. Aim to shine in one or the other and continue to work on the weaker aspect of your writing.

[If your manuscript is longer, I’ll work up to the nearest scene break past the word count. I’ll give you action items to improve whatever portion of the manuscript you send.]

Second Prize: 50% off any Smooth Draft editing or proofreading service

Third Prize (x2): 25% off any Smooth Draft editing or proofreading service

Prizes must be redeemed by May 1, 2013 unless other arrangements are made before expiration date.

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  1. Nice ^.^ Hmm, question. Okay, do you see a lot of difference in syntax/grammar between writers with English as their native language and those who have it as their second language?

    • I have edited work by non-native English speakers quite a lot and yes, I do see different sort of usage and grammar issues, generally proportional to how much the writers read in English. But I admire anyone who writes in a different language than they usually speak. I lived in Japan for five years, and I would never attempt to write a book in Japanese even though I could speak fluently.

      A good editor can help solve the grammar/usage issues and will explain the reason, so the writer can learn from the editing process.

  2. thanks for this great chance!

  3. What one book on writing would you recommend for a new writer?

    • Hi Laurie, Thanks for asking (and for entering the raffle!)
      If you’re having issues with the mechanics of writing try Self-Editing for Fiction Writers. If you want some help with how to craft a great story or how to take what you’ve written and make it better plot-wise, try Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook. It doesn’t have the detail of Writing the Breakout Novel, but it has great concrete exercises that can almost instantly improve your story and change the way you think about characters and plot.

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