Advent Calendar Prize: First Chapter Edit (Fawkes Editing)

Today’s Giveaway

Professional editing isn’t a nicety for today’s author…it’s a necessity.

Editor September Fawkes is awarding one lucky winner a first chapter edit (up to 3,000 words, prologues welcome), with the goal of helping take it to the next level. She will be doing both a content edit and a line edit, focusing on weaknesses and strengths, and giving you ideas on how to improve on each. She is happy to keep an eye out for anything in particular you may be worried about.

About September:

As an editor, I have read literally tens of thousands of story openings. I have seen the clichés and the most common pitfalls, as well as powerful hooks and riveting concepts. I have been working in the industry for over six years and have edited for both award-winning and best-selling writers.

“I loved the feedback you gave me. It was really thorough and encouraging, and that’s a rare thing.” Loretta Torossian, YA writer, represented by Paula Munier of Talcott Notch Literary Services

“I ask her to look over just about everything that I send out for publication.” David Farland, New York Times best-selling, award-winning author

For more information about September, her services, and additional testimonials visit Fawkes Editing today!

Want to win this first chapter critique? Enter below, and good luck!

Enter more Advent Giveaways HERE. (Last day to enter is Dec 19th!)

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66 Responses to Advent Calendar Prize: First Chapter Edit (Fawkes Editing)

  1. LisaB says:

    fingers crossed

  2. Aimee says:

    Looks great!

  3. Kris Atkins says:

    I’d love to win this!

  4. Laurel says:

    Hello. I signed up on Twitter just for these giveaways, but Twitter shut down the account saying that I was acting weird. I was only posting about the giveaways here…. so not sure what I did wrong. Anyway, wanted you to know I didn’t lie about posting to twitter on any days I signed up for, but I’m sorry that it probably won’t show up as I don’t know how to unlock the Twitter account now and have had a ticket in for several days and have not heard back. 🙁 I am so sorry about that and completely understand that you’ll need to remove those extra ballots from the draw. Laurel

    • No worries, Laurel–I am sorry you had a run in with Twitter. I have heard this before, them being a bit too zealous with postings and such. Hugs–I hope it gets resolved soon, and good luck!

  5. Marlene Relja says:

    Crossing my fingers

  6. Marlene Relja says:

    Awesome giveaway!

  7. Jeigh Meredith says:

    This would be so helpful!

  8. Jenna says:

    This is so exciting! I finally started writing my novel and this will be an awesome resource!

  9. Talia says:

    This is awesome!!

  10. Tabitha Das says:

    What a great prize! Thanks!

  11. Larry Keeton says:

    Great concept. Hope to win!

  12. Angelle McDougall says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this awesome prize. Merry Christmas.

  13. !st Chapter sells the book. Love to learn more. Thanks. Anne Randolph

  14. Jeanette Smith says:

    Excited to see this offering!

  15. lisa clark says:

    thanks for this chance!

  16. Betty Vanderwielen says:

    What a great give-away!

  17. sue frye says:

    Awesome giveaway!

  18. I am all about editing right now! Trying to get my first SciFi/Dystopian novel out the door by August 2019 while releasing a children’s picture book at the same time. Yikes! This would help. 🙂

  19. I need to win this prize. Thank you for the chance.

  20. Paul Go says:

    What writer can’t use help here?

  21. Jackie Batston says:

    I keep on changing my opening lines and fine tuning my first chapter. A professional opinion would be a life-saver

  22. Peter Loraditch says:

    I’ve rewritten my opening six times. I need help!

  23. Tamara Meyers says:

    This would help get me back on track. I haven’t done much writing since my husband passed away in May, so maybe this would spur me to get back into my wip…

  24. Alli Martin says:

    I’m loving these giveaways!

  25. Negera says:

    That’s a great chance to stop mulling over this *&$^#*&#$( first chapter!

  26. Gwendolyn Ensz says:

    Yay, critiques! I would love to get this – my novel definitely needs some help.

  27. myka says:

    thanks for the opportunity – can’t wait

  28. myka says:

    thanks for the opportunity

  29. Sarah Mohler says:

    I’ve just rearranged the starting point of my novel and am making what was Ch. 3 my first chapter. I would love to know if this is a good decision!

  30. Ava Quinn says:

    Thank you for offering this opportunity.

  31. Betty Vanderwielen says:

    Wonderful gift — thanks so much for offering it.

  32. Cyra says:

    Excellent giveaway. Looking forward to this.

  33. Ali says:

    What a wonderful gift!

  34. Ali says:

    It would be amazing to have you critique my chapter.

  35. Mary Holm says:

    I’m in the middle of revising and would love this. Thanks for a great contest.

  36. Heather O'Connor says:

    A first chapter edit would be terrific!

  37. This is a really awesome prize.

  38. Bonnie says:

    Getting fresh eyes on writing is always a good idea. Getting a professional to look at your pages is an awesome idea!

  39. Lori says:

    This is a fantastic opportunity for a newbie writer and I would LOVE to win this. It might make me actually write my first chapter rather than keep jumping in in the middle too! 🙂

  40. Elaine Milner says:

    I would love to win this edit! I have a lot to learn from it. Thank you very much for offering this prize!

  41. Lara Herrera says:

    Great prize, thanks!

  42. Ashley Wong says:

    I would love this!

  43. Julie Hiner says:

    Great prize!! One of the first things I learned was you need an editor!

  44. Wow, this would be amazing!

  45. Jennifer Jensen says:

    This would be awesome!

  46. Hannah says:

    Neat giveaway! Fingers crossed that I win!

  47. Laurel says:

    I was with a sick child all day, and couldn’t get on, so it might be too late to enter, but if it’s not, this is an amazing opportunity, thank you! 🙂 I am loving this. 🙂 Thank you.

  48. Tim Seabrook says:

    Oh nice. Another opportunity to have the first and most important chapter read by an expert and solid, useful feedback given so that the rest of the novel can be approached and tackled in a more productive way.

    This is certainly a prize worth having.

  49. R.A. Leigh Hawkins says:

    So excited to see this. I’ve always wanted professional feedback.

  50. It is great getting to know more in the writing community willing to assist us newbies!

  51. Tom Crepeau says:

    Thank you! how Wonderful!

  52. Charli says:


  53. Katherine Holom says:

    Excited about this opportunity!

  54. Sarah Connor says:

    Wow, that’s an amazing offer!

  55. Desiree says:

    I’ve rewritten my first line so many times it will be different by the time this contest ends. Hoping for good luck.

  56. Siv says:

    What an opportunity! Thank you so much for this advent calendar.

  57. Marsha Posz says:

    I think I would love this! I have a first chapter I have been polishing and would enjoy a thorough critique of it. Thanks for the opportunity!

  58. Diane says:

    I’ve read a lot of her writing advice articles, and they’re great!

  59. Magdalena says:

    The most brilliant advent calendar ever!

  60. Karla Diaz says:

    I would love this. I could learn so much from this type of editing.

  61. Jessica Swafford says:

    Yes, please

  62. Karen McIntosh says:

    wonderful chance for a writer

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