Monday, January 18, 2016

Help Me Help Others to Help You!

It's only mid-month and already I feel like I'm drowning in blessings. As far as professional ones, I'm in awe of the influx of editing business that started the first of the year. So far, I've had four amazing clients that have honored me with their trust and their words.

I just want to share the love!

So, in addition to the January Editing Specials I've already announced here, ($10 off editing services for 2015 NANO participants) I'd like to give back even more to the writing community. For every client that hires me after my fifth one, the Query Helper will giveaway one query critique. If by some amazing happenstance, I'm hired by ten clients by January 27th , I'll give away two (2) Contest Entry Edit Packages just in time for #SunvsSnow, #PitMad, and many other upcoming contests in Spring 2016. 

These $30 value packages include 2 passes on any two(2) of the following contest entry types:

  • First 250/ First Page
  • 5 x Novel Tweets
  • Query
  • 30 word plot summary
  • 60 word plot summary

So please pass the word on to any friends that are needing my editing services or anyone that needs help with their NANO project from last November. Also, be sure to follow me on Twitter and my blog to stay in the loop on when the giveaways happen as I'm hired.

Thank you again for all the help I've been given. I'm so excited that now I can pass it on to others!

Click HERE to tweet: Need an editor? Hire @egmoorewriter by Jan 27 to jumpstart #QueryHelper & Contest Entry Critique Pkg #giveaways. Details: RT

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

#FicFest: A New Contest for Fiction Authors!

It's no secret that I'm majorly involved in the online writing community. From forums and critiques to leading fundraisers and entering my manuscripts in various contests as a hopeful for the agent rounds, I love every minute of it. (If you haven't had a chance to donate toward helping Veronica Bartles and her family fix their house, check out the GoFundMe page here.) 

When it came to those contests, even as I struggled along with writerly friends in anticipation of being the chosen one (virtual tequila floats and all!), I always had the thought in the back of my mind that someday I'd like to pay it forward and be a mentor or judge for such a life changing event for another writer.

This week I had my chance. Tiffany Hoffman, an author friend who single-handedly pulled me through NANO last November, announced on one of our Facebook groups that she was launching a new contest in March called FicFest and would any of us like to participate via marketing or being a team leader? My virtual hand shot into the air.

Soon I found myself as Team Leader for Picture Book team #1 (I mean that numerically and competitively, we are going to rock this contest!)

The YA, NA, and Adult teams still need a few members so if you'd like to participate within that capacity, be sure to check out this link and email the contest admins. 

Here's a blurb from the webpage:

"FicFest is a brand new contest launching in 2016 that will help put manuscripts in front of agents. FicFest is unique in that this contest covers the five major categories of writing: Children's Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult. The chances for each category to get agent requests is equal. Unlike most writing contests, an equal number of finalists will be chosen for each category so that one does not overpower the other. FicFest creators also ensure that there will be a plethora of agents wanting each of these categories. Our goal is to help writers of all book types get out there, get great feedback, and have the opportunity to get requests from agents.

How AWESOME does that sound?

If you're an author with a manuscript that may just be ready to snag an agent's attention, I'd encourage you to keep your eyes out for contest open submission tweets or to follow my blog for updates on the happenings involved with #FicFest. There will be team announcements and introductions, as well as fun posts to get to know us prior to submissions, and I'm hoping to keep a stream of teasers going on twitter as we make our final decisions. I can't wait to see all the amazing picture books that come my way. I want this to be a difficult decision!

Have a manuscript you're thinking of submitting? Tell me about it in the comments below!

Monday, January 4, 2016

What Do You Want to Know About + January Editing Specials!

I hope all my readers had a joyous and bright New Year's Eve!

I've been making mental lists of all the fun new topics I'll be writing about in the coming year, and reflecting on all the fun I've had in the previous one. Interviews, book reviews, contests and fundraisers, editing others work, but most of all the comments from readers have been my favorite part. So I'd love to know what you'd like to read about in 2016. 

Freelancing or fiction writing topics?Favorite book reviews and giveaways?Interviews with authors, editors, publishers, or readers?Personal essays about being agented and the struggles that are part of submitting from that place? Public reviews or breakdowns of queries, synopses, or chapters? 

What are your writing goals this year and how can I help you achieve them? Please tell me in the comments or email me at emilygmoorewriter

Be sure to come back next week for my first book review of 2016, as well as on January 18th to learn all about taxes for freelance writers and/or novelists.

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January's Special is Mostly for National Novel Writing Month 2015 Participants!

If you wrote a novel during NANO last November, then you'll receive $10 off any of my editing or freelance coach services. I promise that novel you wrote and all its submission parts aren't ready to go to an agent or publisher yet, but I can help you get it in top shape in no time!

I'll share a secret: this actually means a single pass query critique for all 2015 Nano participants! To get yours, simply send your query via email to emilygmoorewriter with the subject line: Query Helper NANO Critique.

If you decide to do a triple pass query critique, the $10 off still applies, so you'll pay only $15 for three critiques!