Hey, wonderful writerly people! It’s time for our monthly critique contest. This month, we have a unique contest: 10 winners will receive feedback on their book blurb from a professional editor!
This contest is closed. Please try again next month. If you’d like to be notified when the next one goes live, consider subscribing to the blog (in the sidebar).
Here’s a post with helpful tips for crafting a blurb…which is the copy on the back cover of a book or the sales webpage, explaining what the book is about. It’s usually two to three paragraphs in length.
Winners may send the kind of back cover book blurb described in the post linked above…or you may share the book blurb you’d like to include in a query or cover letter to an agent or editor. If you’re a winner and intend the blurb to be inside a query or cover letter, please let Erica know.
PLEASE NOTE: We’ve recently changed our process for entering this contest.
If you’d like a chance to win feedback, use this link or click the graphic below to reach our ENTRY FORM:
When you enter by form, double check that your email is correct so I’ll be able to contact you if I draw your name. (If I can’t reach you, you’ll have to forfeit your win.)
The editor you’ll be working with:
I’m Erica Converso, author of the Five Stones Pentalogy (affiliate link). I love chocolate, animals, anime, musicals, and lots and lots of books – though not necessarily in that order. In addition to my work as an author, I have been an intern at Marvel Comics, a college essay tutor, and a database and emerging technologies librarian. Between helping adult patrons in the reference section and mentoring teens in the evening reading programs, I was also the resident research expert for anyone requiring more in-depth information for a project.
As an editor, I aim to improve and polish your work to a professional level, while also teaching you to hone your craft and learn from previous mistakes. With every piece I edit, I see the author as both client and student. I believe that every manuscript presents an opportunity to grow as a writer, and a good editor should teach you about your strengths and weaknesses so that you can return to your writing more confident in your skills. Visit my website astrioncreative.com for more information on my books and editing and coaching services.
- Comments will NOT enter you in this contest. To enter, fill out this contest form. (One entry per person.)
- Have your blurb ready to go.
- This contest only runs for 24 hours, so enter by form ASAP.
We use Random.org to draw winners, and will post the names in the comments tomorrow morning. If you win, I’ll be in touch!
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A huge thank you to Erica, and good luck to all! I can’t wait to see who the winners will be. 🙂
PS: Here’s a blog post with tips for writing a top notch blurb by Erica Converso.
Here’s an incredible worksheet that will help you build an eye-catching blurb! Ready Chapter 1 is celebrating the launch of their free Peer Critique forum and shared this to prepare people for their blurb contests (where you can win agent feedback). They generously allowed me to share this resource with you.
Mindy loves giving back to the writing community. She’s a founding member and Administrator on the From the Mixed-Up Files…of Middle-Grade Authors blog, an SCBWI volunteer, and host of the PBParty chats, New Draft Challenge & Critique Train, and annual contest. She writes middle grade novels and picture books filled with humor, heart, and hope and is represented by Joyce Sweeney.