Manuscript Critique Contest! (CLOSED)

Unsurprisingly, Richard Pearson has won the critique! His friend, “Rufus’ Food & Spirits Guide,” will receive a book about writing, as well. Congrats! For everyone else who entered, thank you for becoming a follower. I’ll try to keep you entertained and informed and not whine too much. If you follow me on Twitter, send me a Tweet telling me your favorite book EVER and I’ll pick one more person to get a 5 page critique! This offer is open only from RIGHT THIS MINUTE until Friday, August 31st at noon (EST) for people who entered THIS contest and didn’t win and AREN’T Richard Pearson or one of his friends… The winner will be announced on Twitter. AND NOW THE “SECOND CHANCE” PART IS CLOSED, TOO! (Judy Ratto is our Second Chance winner! Congrats!)

I’m a little bored. End of August doldrums… I’ve got an idea! How about a contest?!

Win a critique of the first 5 pages of your manuscript (fiction only) and a book on writing for a friend!

Here’s how:

  • If you’re a blog follower already, all you have to do is invite one other person to follow. Once they start following, you’ll be entered into the raffle. If you win the raffle, you get the critique and they get the book.
  • The more of your friends that you get to follow, the more times you’re entered into the raffle.
  • Then just post your name and your friend’s name in the comments section down below.
  • If you’re not a blog follower yet, all you have to do is become one and invite one other person to follow. Once they do, you’ll both be entered into the raffle to win manuscript critiques. Again, the more of your friends you invite to follow, the more times you’ll be entered into the raffle. (Make sure to let me know in the comments section that you and your friend are both new followers.)
  • Please make sure to read the FAQs, down below.

Winners will be chosen at random by the extremely reliable scientific method of me writing all the names down on little pieces of paper and putting them into a pasta pot then having my 12 year old son pick a name out of the pot. 🙂

This contest will run from right this minute until Thursday, August 30th at noon (Eastern time). Ready, set, go!

Any questions about rules, etc… please post to comments and I’ll answer by updating the FAQs section.


How do I follow this blog? You have to hit the “e-mail subscription” button in the top left corner. Following me on Twitter is NOT following the blog. Although I’d LOVE for you to follow me on Twitter too!

Can I just post a comment to be entered? No, you have to hit the “e-mail subscription” button in the top left corner! Sheesh! I just said that…

How many friends can I invite (ie. how many times can I enter to win)? Well, I didn’t really specify, so I guess you can invite as many people as you want. But I really want you to invite your author friends, because this blog is mostly for writers and other people who want to get published.  And my Mom and Dad.

Do the 5 pages that you’ll critique have to be from a completed manuscript, or can it be a work in progress? No, it does not have to be a complete manuscript. But it does have to be the first 5 pages. It’s really difficult to critique something from the middle of a manuscript that I know nothing about. Also, if your first 5 pages are a prologue, think about getting rid of it. Most prologues are unnecessary backstory that should be woven into the text of your story.

What books will you be giving as gifts? Seriously? It’s a present! All right… I’ll check with you before I mail it to make sure you don’t have it, ok?


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71 responses to “Manuscript Critique Contest! (CLOSED)

  1. Judy Ratto

    I’m totally twiliterate so I hope you got my tweet!

  2. Well..I’m now a follower thanks to my writer friend Jeannie Zulick!!
    And she tells her friends, and so on and so on..

  3. New follower thanks to Ann Noser 🙂

  4. Emily D.

    Started following thanks to Rachel Leon!

  5. Stacey

    I’m a new follower, I was sent by Katherine Amabel

  6. Something tells me Richard Pearson’s going to win, but just in case, let me know if you saw my tweet and followed Linda’s blog!

  7. Circe Moss

    Hi! I like your blog, and I’m here because of Stasha Ginsburg.

    • jes wright

      Hey there! I’ve gotta say that Stasha Ginsburg’s writing will pull in you, so you won’t even realize that you are reading words, but completely caught up in the moment. Hope this is the lucky ticket.

  8. R.

    Devon Greyson is the reason for this new follower. Thanks Devon.

  9. Sarah Cannon

    I’m following at the suggestion of Devon Greyson.

  10. Jen P

    I’m a new follower — because of stasha ginsburg.

  11. Wonderful (and kind) idea. 🙂

    I am a new follower here, and have invited my bestie, Kale Night, who is also following you.

    In the rare chance that someone like me were to win, should the 5-pages come from a completed manuscript or would a heavily edited work-in-progress be acceptable as well? I have both, so just curious. 🙂

  12. Thanks to everyone who subscribed to this blog at my suggestion. In the interest of fairness please do not use my name any longer. I don’t want Linda to be so exhausted from handwriting my name out, that she can’t get properly critique the winner.

  13. Jane

    New follower thanks to Richard Pearson. I hope you look at his book!

  14. following because of Richard Pearson. His book is amazing!

  15. Surya

    Drawn here by Richard Pearson, and following.

  16. Michael J. Burd

    I’m following at the suggestion of Richard Pearson, bestie and one of my most talented friends! You’ll understand when you check out his novel!

  17. Rich Walls

    Let’s go RIchard Pearson!

  18. I am following at the request of Richard Pearson!

  19. Richard Pearson is the cat’s meow!!

  20. Sarah Helm

    I’m following for Richard Pearson (a truly amazing writer and friend).

  21. John Thompson

    I am following at the request of Richard Pearson.

  22. Dillard

    New follower. You should consider Richard Pearson.

  23. Jeanette

    New follower. Please consider Richard Pearson

  24. JAD

    Proudly supporting Richard Pearson’s work!

  25. michael

    Go team Richard Pearson!!!!! new follower here!

  26. Carl Carter

    Looking forward to following you! Here at the recommendation of my friend, Richard Pierson. Thanks!

  27. Van

    I recommend Richard Pearson.

  28. Stephanie Easley

    Richard Pearson is my favorite person in the world.

  29. Michael Ross

    Here’s another for Richard Pearson!

  30. Justin Huff

    I am following for Richard Pearson!!!!! Please consider him!!!!

  31. I’m a friend of Zoë Migicovsky’s. 🙂 And I’m following because of her.

  32. Brian Baskin

    I’m following for Richard Pearson!

  33. I’m following for Richard Pearson!

  34. Peni

    I am following at the request of Richard Pearson

  35. New follower and lifelong friend of Richard Pearson!

  36. Ann Noser

    I am lucky to have Danielle Allen as my friend.

  37. Emily

    Please consider Richard Pearson 🙂

  38. Margaret

    I’m following at the suggestion of Richard Pearson. Linda, you should definitely check out his novel!

  39. Barbara Senenman

    It’s Barbara Senenman here. Shanna Silva and Judy Ratto said they’ve signed up to follow your blog!

  40. I’m a new follower Thanks to Melanie Conklin. Glad to find your blog and this contest.

  41. Another one for Richard Pearson! 🙂

  42. Amy

    I am proud to follow Richard Pearson. He is a talented man who has a true talent in writing.

  43. OMG, I don’t even know Richard Pearson, but I’m kinda feeling like I might cry if he doesn’t win.

  44. Erin

    Joining in hopes you’ll take a look at Richard Pearson’s book! Thanks!

  45. Susie

    Following for Richard Pearson!

  46. I am a new follower, recommended to you by Richard Pearson.

  47. Karel C

    New follower thanks to Richard Pearson

  48. Iris McAlpine

    I am following for Richard Pearson

  49. Lauren

    New follower here, thanks to Richard Pearson!

  50. I’m a new follower and my friend is Richard Pearson. He is a new follower as well.

  51. I am now following your blog and my friend Pianky Mak is following it as well. Best wishes from Canada, Giora Moore

  52. I’m following thanks to Richard Pearson.

  53. …is now a follower thanks to Richard Pearson…

  54. I’ve sent this over to my buddies in my *new crit group* — they’ve seen the results of your feedback in action, so hopefully they won’t miss this opportunity! 🙂

  55. Okay I’m now following.

  56. How do I follow this blog? (sorry, I’m used to blogger, not wordpress :()

    Do I just do email subscription? Or follow you via twitter?

    • Click the “e-mail subscription” button in the top left corner. And thanks for following! I’ll try to keep you entertained while giving you good information. But I do get whiney…

  57. Sounds like a fun contest, and I’d have a go at it with a new work and with friend and writer Courtney Tuckman.

  58. Yay! What a great opportunity! I’m off to invite my writing and twitter friends.