That’s me these past three weeks. Do this, do that, do this over there, hurry up! Approve this, create cover for that, someone decided that offworld is misspelled in SiP and complained to Amazon (it’s intentionally spelled that way), omg, there is a guy on Belgian Amazon selling all of our books in a bundle. Wait, no, he is selling a list of all of our books and charging people 99 cents. For the reading order list. What?
I sat down yesterday and happily wrote 2,000 words just to get away from everything.
I was contacted by a young writer on Facebook yesterday asking for a blurb. I had to explain the proper procedures, but before I did that, I went and looked up the writer’s previous book on Amazon. It had a huge glaring issue on page two that would be very easy to fix if someone made him aware of it. The author clearly jumped the gun with publication. Another 6 months of intense practice would’ve improved the manuscript by leaps and bounds. In this case, a critique was not requested, so I did not offer one. It would’ve been in bad taste. But I remembered that we used to do some one page critiques, and it’s been ages since we’ve done some and people have asked for them before.
So, if you are brave – and you will need the bravery because it can be brutal – send one page of your work to Susan at ilonaandrews.assistant at gmail. Your email should say One Page Challenge. You can send a section of your work or your synopsis. You work will be critiqued on the blog. (Bravery.) Susan will randomly send me no more than three of these, and we’ll do them one by one over the course of next week. The submission window is opened for 24 hours.
[UPDATE] Hi everyone! Susan here. You were all fantastic and I am so impressed by the volume of submissions. Ilona and Gordon definitely have enough to look through so I am not accepting any additional entries. Have a fantastic Wednesday!