It’s that time of year again. No, I’m not talking about Halloween.
Whether you’re hoping finally to start that novel that’s been pestering you, rewrite a previous draft, or maybe write fifty 1,000-word short stories, NaNo is a great opportunity to get some serious word crafting done.
But what happens when NaNo is over? When the smoke from the keyboard settles? Is it time to start sending your novel off to agents? Perhaps immediately publish to Amazon and Kobo?
Or are you going to make sure your work is the best it can be before sending it out into the world?
To help with that, I have two amazing giveaways to tell you about.
My colleague, Mariëlle S. Smith, and I have teamed up to offer you the chance to win a full developmental edit and a copy-edit of your NaNoWriMo 2016 project. That’s two separate giveaways, two chances to win.
I’ll tell you about the giveaway I’m offering and provide a link to the second offer.
Is this giveaway for me?
Are you going to participate in NaNoWriMo 2016? If so, then yes.
What can I win?
A full copy-edit up to 50,000 words.
Copy-editing is what most people think of when they hear the word “editing”: fixing typos, spelling mistakes, grammar/usage problems, and punctuation errors. However, there’s much more to a good copy-edit than that. It’s also done to check contradictions (your character was a blonde in chapter one, but in chapter ten she’s a brunette), consistency, omissions, style, readability, flow, and needless repetition. Copy-editing is done before proofreading but after developmental/structural editing.
Great! So, if I win, can I go ahead and send you my project?
That depends on the progression of the work. How did you spend your time during NaNoWrioMo – did you write a first draft? If so, you need to revise, rewrite, and possibly have some developmental editing first. Copy-editing is done once your story is complete. If, however, you used NaNoWriMo to revise and rewrite AND you’re completely satisfied with what you’ve written, i.e., you’re not going to undergo any more rewriting, then yes, you can send your work in to be edited.
My work won’t be ready for copy-editing for a while. Can I still enter? Or, can I submit something else instead?
You have 6 months to take up the offer, and as long as you participated in NaNoWriMo in some way this year, you can submit anything you like provided it’s ready for a copy-edit.
This is a great offer, but what I really need after NaNoWriMo is a developmental edit.
Fortunately, I can help you with that too. Mariëlle S. Smith from mswordsmith.nl is giving away a free developmental edit up to 50,000 words for NaNo participants. Her giveaway ends the 30th of November 2016, midnight GMT, so be quick!
How do I enter the giveaway?
- Like my Facebook page.
- Comment on this post telling me about your plans for NaNoWriMo 2016.
(Note: if the comment box isn’t displayed below, click on the title of this post and when the page loads, scroll down to the bottom; the comment box should now be there. Weird, I know.)
What’s the deadline for signing up?
You can sign up until the 30th of December 2016, midnight GMT.
When will I hear whether I’ve won?
The drawing will be held on the 31st of December, and the winner notified via Facebook immediately.
I didn’t make the 50k. Am I still eligible?
Of course! It isn’t about winning NaNo, it’s about writing. You have 6 months to take up the offer, which should hopefully give you time to finish.
What happens if I quit my project?
You can either submit something else you’ve written that’s ready for copy-editing or begin a new project. If you’re unable to take up the offer within the 6 months, please let me know so another winner can be selected.
What if my project exceeds 50k?
I’ll offer a 15% discount on anything exceeding 50k. You can find my rates here.