Conference Critique Deadline is almost here!

Morning, folks, and happy Tuesday!

Just a nag … er, reminder that the deadline for submitting manuscript critiques for our Lucky 13: Make 2013 Your Year conference is this Saturday, August 31st! As of last Friday, all critique slots for Jenne Abramowitz, Jessica Garrison, and Laura Whitaker have been filled, but there are still awesome agents and authors available!

[Edited to add: Oops, my bad, I mistakenly had August 30th as the deadline when this post first published. Sorry!]

Not quite sure how to submit your manuscript? No worries, here’s the scoop directly from our website:

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These are the three things that must be completed before any manuscript will be assigned to a critiquer. Completion of less than all three means someone else can still take your slot.

   1. You must register for the conference and payment must be received for the conference and the critique.
   2. You must send an electronic copy to lscarlson@mac.com
   3. You must also send a printed copy of the manuscript to:

      Loretta Carlson
      MD/DE/WV SCBWI
      PMB 227
      26 Fox Hunt Drive
      Bear, DE 19701

Please use this attached cover sheet to identify your manuscript and indicate critique preference.

Your manuscript must be double-spaced, size 12 font, and not more than 10 pages. On the first page, include your name, manuscript title, genre and age group. Be sure to put your name, manuscript title, and a page number on every page. You may also submit a summary or a synopsis in addition to the 10 pages of your manuscript (strongly recommended for novels). However, the synopsis must also be double-spaced, size 12 font, and not more than 1 page.  Please review this manuscript example available here before submitting your manuscript.

For art portfolio reviews, register and pay for the conference and portfolio review and send email with your top three choices of reviewer to Susan Detwiler at susandetwiler@comcast.net. Susan will give you instructions about submitting your portfolio and will let you know when your review is scheduled. Do not send original  artwork through the mail.
 
Note: All critiques will be assigned on a first-come/first-served basis. No assignments will be made for second critiques unless slots are still available after August 31, 2013. Watch for an e-mail announcement.

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Need some help polishing your ten pages? No problem, we’ve got your back. Just go to our previous critique workshop for tips:

Workshop #1:  Opening Lines

Workshop #2:  Amazing Manuscript First Pages

Workshop #3:  Formatting

Have you had a really stressful summer and you don’t have anything anywhere near ready and the thought of putting one together makes your head explode but you feel horribly guilty because Laura Bowers keeps nag, nag, nagging you to do a critique?

Okay.

Here’s a confession.

Despite my constant push for critiques, I’ll admit, there have been times in my life when things were so chaotic and complicated that the thought of doing a critique only added to my stress level.  I just wanted to go to a conference, sit, relax, refresh, listen to the words of wisdom from other artists, and refill my empty creative bucket.

So don’t feel guilty about not doing a critique if you’re not up for it right now. That’s okay, you can always get one at the next conference. Until then, sit. Relax. Refresh, and Refill. 🙂

Happy writing and drawing, everyone!

And remember, the registration deadline for the conference is September 13th!

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About Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, blogger/vlogger at Write, Run, Rejoice and Joyful Miles, mom of two college boys, excellent chili maker, and obsessive list keeper. She clearly likes run-on sentences and adverbs. She also still thinks Spice World was an awesome movie and feels no shame about that.
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