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Monday, September 17, 2012

Critique Contest for GUTGAA'ers

Hi guys,

So, I've been having so much fun with GUTGAA and met so many awesome people that I wanted to give something back. Because of that, I'm offering a first twenty-five pages critique. In case you're wondering why you'd want to be critiqued by me, I ran a website, Chimera Critiques, where critiquing was all we did. We critiqued every genre, so I have experience across the board with that.  I also taught a high-school class on critiquing skills. I've have about thirty articles published in our local paper, (The GA Harbor Sound) and have been published in Woman's World Magazine.

If you want to enter all you have to do is follow my blog and leave a comment on this post!! I'll be announcing the winner on Friday.

In the meantime, if you want, you can check out my Favorite Genre Blogfest entry and my Ghostly Flash-Fiction. I know the Flash Fiction one is still accepting entries, so if you're interested, check out the link in my post.

49 comments:

  1. GUTGAA is far too much fun to say, isn't it? Thanks for offering up this prize =).

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    1. Yeah, it's been awesome. Nice to meet you, Kel!

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  2. Thanks so much for contributing this prize for GUTGAA and good luck in the Luv YA contest!

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  3. Well, that's awfully nice of you - I'd love to have you critique TENDRIL. Also I tried to get in touch with you about something I was passing along, if you don't know what I'm talking about go see my blog and look for the yellow sunflower within a recent post (A Nest of Words)

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    1. I just shot over there. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! And I hope I get a chance to critique TENDRIL! :)

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  4. How very awesome of you! :) I'm so happy to now be subscribed to your awesomeness. One question: can the crit be on anything we've written or does it have to be a finished, polished, so-ready-to-be-querried-it-glows type manuscript? :) PS - please don't' critique this post.

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    1. haha...I promise not to crit your post. :) The critique can be on whatever you want. WIP's are the things that generally need critiquing the most, right? Very nice to meet you!

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  5. Tamara, you're such a sweetheart. What a super awesome thing to do! Now, I'm NOT entering simply because I won a 25 page critique over at Ru's and I don't think it would be fair if I won this one too - gotta share the love - but I just thought I'd drop in again to say your rock. Clearly.

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    1. Aawww. Thanks Heather! You're awesome too. :) And I won the fifty-page critique over at Ru's. YAY!

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  6. This is really great of you.:) Heading to checkout your Genre blogfest post.

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  7. A critique? I love critiques! Such a great prize to be offering. ^_^

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  8. This sounds great. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  9. What a great opportunity! Count me in!

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    1. Love your name!! Who doesn't like a ninja from Alaska--right? Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. This is so perfect! Thanks for offering this. I love receiving constructive criticism on my work :)

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  11. I'm here from GUTGAA. Please enter me in the drawing! :)

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    1. Hi fellow GUTGAA'er. haha. Nice to meet you.

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  12. Hi, Tamara,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's so nice to meet you too! What a terrific giveaway. We can all use a good tweaking on our WIP, that;s for sure.

    Like you, I love magic and anything Y/A. My second novel is an Edgy Y/A contemporary. (my first, m/g fantasy ... of course.)

    Looking forward to getting to know you better.

    Michael

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    1. Yeah, you too. I was looking around your site and caught the excerpt from The Blind Gardener. It's four in the morning (insomniac) so I need to crash but I liked the beginning. I got to the part where Aiden gets busted following Danny home. I was definitely intrigued. Aiden's voice caught me. He sounds like an asshole, but that's awesome, cause he also sounds real. I want to know why he is the way he is. Is this the one you're querying? Is the query up on GUTGAA? Did you get into the agent pitch? (I'm just full of questions--sorry. haha) If the query is over on GUTGAA, send me the number, I'd love to check it out.

      It's nice to meet a guy who writes/loves YA. Especially of the magical variety. I know a ton of girls into it, but not as many guys. My husband likes it, but he's very specific with the books. It has to be fast paced. Lots of action and intrigue. We both really like Cassandra Clare and JK Rowling. But, unlike me, he couldn't get through Maggie Stiefvater's books. Said they were too girly. haha. I LOVE her. I think her prose is beautiful. Anyway, I'm not going to leave you a book in the comment section, so I'll go now. :)

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  13. I am a fellow GUTGAAn from the planet GUTGAA here to pay thanks. In GUTGAAn we say "You da bomb fo sho!" Okay, I'll stop. But thanks for doing this. Following said blog. Liking it. :) Peace out.

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  14. What a great prize! And it sounds like you have lots of experience with this sort of thing, so it's sure to be a first-class critique!

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  15. Hi Tarmara

    So great to meet you, and you're right. We have lots in common... Your new Sci-Fi story sounds good. Would love to read some of your works.

    I'm a follower now:)

    Cheers
    Tania

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    1. Thanks for the follow, Tania! Did you want to be in this drawing? Or were you just saying hi? haha. Either way is cool, just let me know!

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  16. Coming over from GUTGAA again.

    This is such a great idea!

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  17. I'm in. GUTGAA is a lot of fun! Thanks for doing this!

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  18. Hi Tamara!

    As you know, I'm already a follower but hopping back over again from GUTGAA and throwing my name in the hat for your wonderful giveaway!

    Take care,

    Donna L Martin
    www.donnalmartin.com
    www.donasdays.blogspot.com

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  19. Hey, thanks for stopping by my place!

    This is really cool of you to do, and good luck with GUTGAA! Awesome!

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  20. What a great opportunity! Thanks so much for offering this! Good luck to you in the contest!

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  21. Hi,

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. I'm a new follower. :)

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  22. Thank you for the great information-especially about the flash fiction! Happy GUTGAA!

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    1. You're welcome. Are you planning on entering the flash-fiction thing? :)

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  23. Hopping over from GUTGAA here, thanks so much for the wonderful giveaway!

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  24. Hi, I am visiting from GUTGAA. What an awesome prize. I think it is terrific that you are offering such a generous and helpful prize. It sounds like you have a lot of experience so I know the winner will benefit from your expertise. I am a new follower, (but-and I feel really stupid here), I cannot find the google friend connect or anywhere on your blog to add my name and blog as a follower. So please count me as a new follower.

    Thanks agains for the generous prize offer.

    Melissa Sugar
    sugarlaw67@yahoo.com
    http://fictiontoolbox.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Melissa,

      PLEASE don't feel stupid. It's Blogger being stupid. Trust me. haha You are not the first person who has had this problem. I have been trying to fix it, but I finally just added a subscribe to posts/comments button on the right hand side of my blog up top. That way you can at least subscribe, even if you can't see the follow button. Sorry about that and thanks for wanting to follow me!!

      I'll make sure to swing by your blog too. :)

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  25. *waving hand in air like a maniac* Oh I wanna enter!!!! Because, let's face it, all the eyes I can get will help me to improve :)

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  26. Thanks for helping out your fellow ink-stained wretches in GUTGAA :)
    I'm in!

    Best,
    Heather

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  27. What a wonderful offer and of course you are instantly popular! Nice of you and wow what a great prize...so kind of you to offer your expertise. I'm sure that who ever wins will be eternally grateful, and thank you for making GUTGAA even better than it already was~

    Dr Margaret Aranda
    www.girlpowerinamm.blogspot.com
    www.drmargaretaranda.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, that's really nice of you to say so! I really like helping people with their writing. I've had a ton of people help me. Without them, I'd have never gotten this far. (Although I'm sure I still have a long way to go) Anyway, it's just nice to return the favor.

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  28. Hello,

    Just came over from GUTGAA. What an awesome offer...count me in! I'm new to this and need ALL the help I can get.

    I'm a follower, but you can check me out, as well.

    www.greeneyesandfreckles.com

    Thanks,
    Natasha

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  29. I found this through GUTGAA as well. Please enter me in the drawing for the critique. I really like your flash piece 'Beyond' by the way. Thanks!

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  30. I'm enjoying being a part of GUTGAA and I think it's great of you to offer up such a wonderful prize! :)

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I love to hear from everyone! Thanks for the comment. :)