In yesterday’s post, I shared how the grand prize that will be awarded to one lucky MMM finisher is a free 10-20 page critique with freelance editor Kate Angelella!* Formerly of Simon & Schuster, Kate is an experienced children’s book writer and editor who offers in-depth, honest, and compassionate critiques.
For those not tackling the challenge, Kate is available for freelance editing! Go here for more information.
We are also happy to announce that ALL FINISHERS will receive a free 10 to 20 critique with a PAL member!* A full list of reviewers will be made available once we find out how many challenge finishers we have. But two of them are:
Ronald L. Smith, author of the mid-grade HOODOO, which will be releasing on September 1, 2015!
Twelve-year-old Hoodoo Hatcher was born into a family with a rich tradition of practicing folk magic: hoodoo, as most people call it. But even though his name is Hoodoo, he can’t seem to cast a simple spell.
When a mysterious man called the Stranger comes to town, Hoodoo starts dreaming of the dead rising from their graves. Even worse, he soon learns the Stranger is looking for a boy. Not just any boy. A boy named Hoodoo. The entire town is at risk from the Stranger’s black magic, and only Hoodoo can defeat him. He’ll just need to learn how to conjure first.
Set amid the swamps, red soil, and sweltering heat of small town Alabama in the 1930s, Hoodoo is infused with a big dose of creepiness leavened with gentle humor.
Another critique is Lois Sepahban, whose debut mid-grade novel, PAPER WISHES, comes out in January, 2016! She is also a member of The Sweet Sixteens, a group of young adult and mid-grade debut authors. (Our lovely PAL Coordinator, Kathy MacMillan is a member as well!)
Kara Laughlin recently posted on our MMM Facebook page what Lois responded with after being asked if she had any tips for getting a first draft done quickly and efficiently:
I do have a trick that helps when I’m drafting. I have two young kids–a 4th grader and a preschooler. Plus a small farm and animal rescue. If I get two solid, uninterrupted hours to write, it is a golden day! Because I feel like I’m pulled in many different directions at once, I have to make the most of small blocks of time. The Pomodoro technique has been a game-changer for me. The idea is that you intensely focus on a task (like writing) for a short amount of time, 30 minutes or so. My goal is to get in 4 or 5 pomodoros of writing time each day. I have an app I like called the Pomodoro Timer for my phone.
Thanks for the great tip, Lois! For more suggestions, before to visit our MMM Facebook page. And if you’re participating, let us know your dates so we can cheer you on!
* Finishers have three months to send their first ten to twenty pages of their MMM project to their assigned reviewer.
For a full list of rules, go to this post.