I was away on vacation for the weekend but wanted to pop back in here and say thank you again to everyone who left comments about my story. Your comments will be extremely helpful. Thank you also to Authoress for her kindness and generosity, always! :-)
First, thank you ALL for your AWESOME feedback! I'm very impressed with the level of critiques I've received, and I'm sure all of it will be very helpful getting this book into publishable shape.
Second, if you would still like to leave critiques on any of the entries for Miss Snark's First Victim's Blog Critique Tour and have your critique count as an entry into Authoress's contest, you must leave your critiques before midnight EDT! I won't be blocking any further comments after that time, and you're free to leave comments, but be aware your critique will not be eligible for the contest.
Today the Blog Critique Tour portion of the contest goes live. If you want to take part, feel free to leave me critiques in the COMMENTS section of my blog. Make sure if you're leaving critique to post under a name other than Anonymous, otherwise you won't be entered for a chance to win. I'm including a link at the bottom of my original blog post to Miss Snark's First Victim's blog which explains the rules and also has all the other amazing authors' blogs so you can critique all 10 of our writing samples.
Enjoy, and thanks!!
ORIGINAL BLOG POST
So I have some exciting news. I've just been selected to take part in Miss Snark's First Victim's #BLOGPITCH contest!
Round one of the contest has already passed. Contestants entered their Twitter pitches with the hashtag #BLOGPITCH on Twitter, and 10 pitches were selected by Authoress, the anonymous but amazing author behind the Miss Snark's First Victim blog. For the next phase, each of the 10 winners will post loglines and the first 250 words of their books on their blogs for critique. For every critique given to one of the 10 winners, the critiquer is entered into another contest to win a 15-page critique by Authoress. All loglines and writing samples will be posted on the winners' blogs by Wednesday, July 9, where critiquing will begin and end by midnight Friday, July 11.
For more details on this contest, and for other writing related resources, tips, and contests, visit Miss Snark's First Victim: a blog for aspiring authors.
I'm excited to be part of this for a bunch of different reasons:
- I get to receive valuable feedback on my logline and writing sample
- I get to help other authors out there by providing the same feedback for them
- I get to connect with more authors who are hoping to be published someday like I am
- I get to give my readers a glimpse of one of the many things I'm up to these days with my writing
- I get to turn you all on to Miss Snark's First Victim's website, a valuable resource for writers.
So, without further ado, here is my logline for my middle-grade mystery novel I'm working on, The Vanilla Wafer Chronicles: The Case of the Missing Pin:
Brain-injured Jason becomes a detective to solve the case of the school bully's missing pin. Why? Jason is the number one suspect.
Here is a 250-word excerpt from Chapter 1:
Jason Roberts slumped in his seat, lost in his usual fog. Ms. Iafrate strutted around the room, lost in her lecture on electricity, but all the important points seemed to blow away before his ears could trap them and deliver them to his brain.
Jason rummaged through his backpack and pulled out a pad to take notes. A tap on his shoulder startled him.
"Hey, weird kid," a boy sitting behind him said. "What's with the notebook?"
Jason looked around. None of the other kids in the class had notebooks. Apparently, they had photographic memories. Unlike him, who had no memory at all. "Nothing," Jason mumbled and put the notebook away.
As Ms. Iafrate rambled on, Jason sighed. Why couldn't she slow down for a minute? He rolled his eyes up into his head, as if somehow the ideas had made it to his brain anyway and all he had to do was look for them.
Ms. Iafrate's voice broke through his thoughts. "Who would like to volunteer for The Experiment?"
Jason shuddered. He pictured the capital "T" and "E" in his mind when he thought of Ms. Iafrate's evil experiments. She clearly designed them to embarrass the students. Two days ago, The Experiment dealt with static electricity. Ms. Iafrate had instructed Jason to rub a balloon on a piece of carpet and then touch it to his head. For the rest of the day, he couldn’t seem to comb his hair back into place. A bunch of kids called him Porcu-Jay all that afternoon.
I'll be putting up a quick post when all the other winners from the first round of the contest have been posted on Miss Snark's First Victim's blog (which should be on Wednesday, July 9). At that time, you can go check out all the loglines and writing samples based on the other winning Twitter pitches and leave your critique for a chance to win the 15-page critique.
Enjoy, and let the critiques fly!
END ORIGINAL BLOG POST
LINK TO BLOG CRITIQUE TOUR RULES AND ALL 10 AUTHORS' BLOGS: