This is an opportunity for authors to solicit professional and peer feedback on their manuscript, in real time, in a helpful, constructive and kind environment. We’ll discuss overall story arcs, the all-important “hook,” pacing, characterization and tension (among many other important topics). Attendees are given marked-up manuscript pages to take with them when they go.
CHANCE TO WIN the opportunity to join Carina Press Editorial Director Angela James, Senior Editor Kerri Buckley, or Assistant Editor Stephanie Doig and a small group of your fellow authors, and get feedback from both the editors and your peers on your work-in-progress.
Three critique groups will be held on Saturday, July 29th, 2017 in one-hour blocks from 9am-12pm at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort. Four winners will be selected for each group.
At the event, each author will be allotted up to 15 minutes in which they will receive feedback from a Carina Press editor and the other author participants. Participants are asked and expected to read and comment on all chapters prior to the event and not just attend to receive comments on their own work. All critiques will be expected to be helpful, constructive, and framed kindly. These types of groups are most successful with a variety of feedback and discussion! Participants are encouraged to print out the pages and comment directly on them, so they can be handed directly to the authors after the critique session.
Those entering must be able to attend one critique group on July 29, 2017 in person. Potential winners may not attend via any other means, including conference call or video chat. No date/time substitutions will be offered and feedback will not be given at any other time. Winners are responsible for any transportation/accommodations necessary to attend on July 29th, 2017 at the Walt Disney Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida. Participants must be aware that their manuscript chapters will be shared with the other group participants in order to provide commentary and critique. Winning authors may not transfer their place in the group to another author. In the event that someone cannot attend, a new participant will be selected. All authors must confirm their attendance no later than July 10th, 2017. If attendance is not confirmed by that time, a new participant will be chosen.
Entries and/or submissions are not considered to be submissions to either Carina Press or Harlequin and all non-winning entries will be deleted.
Note: Authors should consider this an opportunity to solicit professional and peer feedback on their manuscript, not as an opportunity to pitch their project to each editor. Authors who participate in these sessions are welcome to submit to Carina/Harlequin following official submission guidelines, but chapters for this session will be used only for the purpose of critique and will not be considered submitted for potential publication.
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