Posted by: Kathy Temean | December 27, 2013

Free Fall Friday – January First Page Critique +

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This delightful holiday illustration was sent in by Sara Jane Franklin. Sara was featured on Illustrator Saturday November 17th, 2012 https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/illustrator-saturday-sara-jane-franklin/ 

I am please to announce that Agent Sean McCarthy will be our Guest Critiquer for January. I am doing something a little different with January. I feel bad that over the last months so few of the first pages chosen have been picture books, so this month anyone who submits a picture book will get their names placed in the hat, twice. Make sure you note that in your submission is a picture book. Of course, you don’t have to submit a picture book and whether you do or not, you can increase your chances by posting about Free Fall Friday on your blog, facebook, Linkedin, and or Twitter. You must leave a comment to let me know if you did any of those things, so I can put the right amount of slips for you in the drawing.

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ABOVE IS THE PICTURE PROMPT for anyone who would like a little inspiration. It is an illustration done by Laura Jacobsen who was featured on Illustrator Saturday on December 7th 2013. https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2013/12/07/illustrator-saturday-laura-jacobsen/

WRITERS: Sending in a First Page: Please attach your double spaced, 12 point font, 23 line first page to an e-mail and send it to kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail(dot)com. Also cut and paste it into the body of the e-mail.

Put “January 2014 First Page Critique” or “January 2014 First Page Picture Prompt Critique” in the subject line. Make sure you have your name on the submission, a title, and indicate the genre.

DEADLINE: January 23, 2014

RESULTS POSTED: January 31, 2014

Just in case you did not notice and you have a Kindle:

You can buy A FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green for $3.99 right now on Amazon. (Just finished – Great Book – Effortless writing)

Also, FLAT-OUT LOVE by Jessica Park for $3.99 right now on Amazon. (On lots of Best of 2013 lists) I just bought it. Read first chapter on line and it sounded good. If you are a Prime member you can get it out of the Amazon’s Lending Library for Free.

What I do is make up a Wish List of the books I want to read and then I check everyday to see if any of the go on sale.

Invisible by Cecily Anne Paterson & The Mind Readers by Lori Brighton are FREE!

If you haven’t read LEGEND by Marie Lu is is on sale for $2.99 (Great book)

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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  1. Kathy, just shared on my FB page. :-

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  2. Hi Kathy, i have a question. If submitting a picture book, the first page could be awfully short. How many words would you like?

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    • Doh,23 lines would suffice I guess! Sorry for the silly question above.

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      • I don’t find it a silly question because I had to change story… 😉

        such few words… looked like nothing… But made me realise it took too long to get in the move… even if it was poetic…

        I am going to go back and work on that problem ! 🙂

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      • Nicole,

        Okay, but it is due today. Make sure you put Revised somewhere in the Subject area.

        Kathy

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      • Kathy
        I sent an e-mail, I hope I did as it was supposed to be done… 🙂
        I must have sent it over 5 hours ago.

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      • I didn’t send the poetic story… The 23 firts lines didn’t allow to know much about the story !

        So I sent one that had more words in a line ! 😉

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  3. Happy New Year, Kathy!
    I appreciate your website and this opportunity to submit a PB page.
    I Tweeted.

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  4. Thank you – just shared this with my critique group on FB.

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  5. Shared again with the ReviMo group via FB. Thank you again for this opportunity. I haven’t submitted yet – but I’m working on it!

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  6. I’m confused. We submit then the winners are picked?

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    • Rena,

      Yes, the guest critiquers only critique 4 first pages. I have many more writers send in a first page, so I have to pick four. Do you have another suggestion? I am open to new ideas?

      Kathy

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      • Maybe you could use rafflecopter? That way winners could be picked via that and whoever wins then sends pages vs. having a bunch of MSS sent your way. I think you could even set rafflecopter up so that if PB writer submits they can get an extra entry. Just a suggestion though. 🙂 Thanks for hosting this contest.

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      • Rena,

        I’ll have to check that out. Thanks for drawing my attention to it.

        Kathy

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  7. Hi Kathy –
    Posted to 2012×2012 2014. My first page on its way in just a few. Thanks!

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  8. Hi Kathy, I also shared it on my facebook page

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  9. Kathy, I just shared on twitter. Thank you.

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  10. I tweeted, shared it on Facebook, and submitted. Crossing all fingers and toes! 🙂

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